define & defy

by city of thieves

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released March 11, 2013

recorded by grace royse @ switchblade sound
mixed by vince ratti @ skylight studios

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city of thieves Phoenix, Arizona

scattered poems and diatribes

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Track Name: i divide
One more song for the broken men with tired hearts and restlessness. I fell down all of dante’s rings.
We separate – burn the memories – build a new foundation
Out of ash and broken bones.
I lost my strength. When I divide there’s too much suffering I need a break from a woman’s ways.
A silent thought for the hallowed years
A violent storm – the wake – the reckoning.
I harbored rivers of resentment.
Hold me up – I’m falling faster than a deadweight anchor & having trouble letting go.
I lost my strength. When I divide there’s too much suffering I need a break from a woman’s ways.
One more verse for the old souls who never bend or break convictions. Against the stream in their own direction
I know myself – bleeding heart with a poet’s penance.
This is a song for us all.
I lost my strength. When I divide there’s too much suffering I need a break from a woman’s ways.
Track Name: hollow
this is the song the widow sings
as she's torn apart from the mourning it wasn't her fault, it was mine
i was a hollow man, grey as the river
they did the best with what they had hollow/hollow
these are the words of a dying man
i do not exist, i do not exist
i am nothing but sad songs and brittle bones extended into this world, known by none
these are the words of a mourning son
i am lost in this world without a father
all he left behind were scattered poems and diatribes a reflection of his pain and the hollow
Track Name: sick rose
Bury you in the yard When I’m done with you I’ll plant a row of seeds So I don’t forget
She was a sick rose, sick rose A withered winter rose
Arrange you in a vase To watch you bloom Sometimes I need to see What you won’t become
Track Name: carry the weight
I’ll carry this weight
Your disappointments
I’ll hold your head above the waves Someone help me carry this weight
The weight of this world is love This weight we carry
I’ll help you out along the way Someone help me carry this weight
I’ll carry this weight
Your disappointments
I’ll help you out along the way Someone help me carry this weight
Track Name: city of thieves
feeling alone in this city of thieves transient men with no shred of dignity complacent and stagnant with dying ideas i'm alone here
city sky's red like a beacon of fear
my hands are all bloody from breaking the line again the whispering silence thats shared between thieves i'm alone here
we live in a city of thieves without a solution
Track Name: ghost house
faint traces of a ghost house
lost anonymity
we hid out in the orchard
talking about god and discussing our mortality
you said that you're scared to die
but me, i'll fade away, like a passing storm
trace memories of the haunting
and our families that've passed
we all dance with demons
battle our mistakes, regrets and disappointments.
Track Name: define & defy
My redemption for the past & all of my mistakes
It takes the strength of a weathered hand/ I am a sane man
If I fall, burn me up
& wallow in the sound that’s made as I fade away(as I fade away)
there is a broken side of me that always leans upon the will of a better man there is a darker side of I that I define & defy.
My distaste of single-minded wayward righteousness
It takes a man to admit his faults/ the liar/ deceives me.
In the wake, suffering
I built up walls to keep my fears all locked away(all locked away)
I, will define & defy.
Track Name: caustic
There’s a cold deceiving air
Responsive quelling wind
That breaks us all apart
It’s a harsh reminder
Of where we all stand
We slip away and break!

I know its strange to see me act in a vicious way
It was an ebullient response to some caustic dissonance
She lost control
Shallow words from a sinking ship
She lost control, she lost control....

We’re battling in a senseless verbal match
We have ourselves to blame
You set the mood with incendiary rants
I’ll defend with prose that’s deafening

I know its strange to see me act in a vicious way
It was an ebullient response to some caustic dissonance
She lost control
Shallow words from a sinking ship
She lost control, she lost control....