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No Illusions

by Die Young (TX)

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released August 26, 2016

Daniel Albaugh - Vocals
Eric Gibson - Bass
Michael Arellano - Drums
Jeff Williams - Guitar
Allan Davis - Guitar

on this recording: Daniel Albaugh - vocals, lyrics, rhythm guitars, Eric Gibson - bass, Michael Arellano - drums, Allan Davis - lead guitar

Additional contributions: Steph Huskin - piano on "I Repent", vocals on "Mortal/Eternal," spoken word and cello on "Thorn And Thistle" and cello on "The Weeping Song". Sal Fuentes - vocals on "Bear Witness" and "Automatons"

Recorded and mixed at Origin Sound in Spring, Texas by Craig Douglas, March and April 2016. Assistant engineer: Mark Lopez

Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon

Design and layout by Daniel Albaugh

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Track Name: The Last Good Age
It’s been a long time coming 
To the endpoint of our design 
To return to a state of nothing 
In a blink of cosmic time 
 
Welcome to The Last Good Age 
 
Cry out 
Let it roar, let it go 
In the twilight of the ways we’ve known 
 
I’ll live for love and freedom 
I’ll strive for peace in our time 
But as The Last Man reigns 
We’ll have nothing of the kind 
 
Welcome to The Last Good Age
Track Name: Bear Witness
Stamping down on the face of humanity 
The boot arrives—as prophesied—to squash your rights with impunity 
First they bring you the Trojan horse, those fancy things you can't refuse 
Too infatuated with yourself to realize you've been subdued 
 
Where is your rage? 
Do you put your trust in those who can take 
Take your rights away? 
 
Tanks invade city streets  
Rubber bullets, tear gas unleashed 
Upon unarmed crowds 
Witness the boot come stamping down 
 
A sobering dose of reality 
For those behind the veil of luxury 
You now will hear how the unheard speak 
And your sheltered eyes will be forced to see 
 
Don't lose your rage 
Our lives are cheap to those who can take 
Take our rights away 
 
The boot arrives as prophesied 
To squash your rights with impunity 
Track Name: Automatons
They come marching in 
Barely recognizable as human 
With all weapons drawn 
Acting on beliefs and orders 
Like automatons 
 
They represent a condition of man 
So frail in the world 
That he submits to a greater force 
To be absolved and relieved of his thoughts 
 
He functions under illusions 
That he maintains order and peace 
Serving the madness of bad men 
Right to your face 
 
Taught to see you as vermin 
A constant threat of lower form 
Itching to pull the trigger 
Right in your face 
 
No rights in times of martial law 
Lost in fog of war 
Through suppression of the press 
He'll "Serve and protect" 
 
Whose conscience does he serve 
When he aims his gun at your face? 
 
Lower or higher—a choice we're all free to make 
Lower or higher—subjugate or educate? 
 
They come marching in.... 
 
They represent a condition of man 
So frail in the world 
That he submits to a greater force 
To be absolved and relieved... 
 
…So the war rages on 
Track Name: You Will Be Forgiven
Relieve your soul of its burdens 
And lay your weary head to rest 
Take comfort in your delusions 
You will be forgiven 
 
For your willful complicity 
In our culture's routine crimes 
For all the holy hate you spew 
You will be forgiven 
 
Repent 
Accept 
If there's one world that is true 
It's this one that you abuse 
 
But you know not what you do 
Track Name: God's Promises
Despair in the land of Abraham 
Where God's promises remain unfulfilled 
And "kill or be killed" is the law of the land 
"Thou shalt not kill" forgotten by zealous men 
 
He commanded 
And you followed 
Prepared to cut 
Your own son's throat 
 
As numerous as the stars in the sky 
The bodies piled in His name 
As your descendants struggle for life 
Over territorial claims 
 
Surely a God who can part the seas 
Can bring you just a bit of peace 
He promised the cities of your enemies 
But all you get is unrest...  
 
Because  you serve and obey 
 
Despair in the land of Abraham 
Where God's promises remain unfulfilled 
Track Name: Burnt Offering
Instrumental
Track Name: Fragile Thing
The human mind is a fragile thing 
A tangled mess of instinct and doctrine 
Haunted by the truth of insignificance 
I know you need to be loved, and I know you just want to belong 
I hope we all find peace before we die 
 
Because love is scarce in this world 
With life overflowing, expendable 
Pledge allegiance to the tribe 
Climb the ranks and pray that you don't get eaten alive 
 
The web you weave is a fragile thing 
A clusterfuck of ego and symbols 
Threatened by the things you don't understand 
I know you are quick to hate ‘cause I know you just want to belong 
Few things give us meaning like enemies 
 
Likewise, peace is scarce in this world 
With life overflowing, disposable 
No room at the table for us all 
Climb the ranks with pride but don't kid yourself 
We're pack animals 
 
Though I’m judging you, do what you have to do 
I'll do the same 
We crave meaning in a cruel universe 
Sanity's a fragile thing 
 
When the walls close in we won't be of kin 
Morals cannot tame the will to survive or be recognized 
Civility's a fragile thing 
 
Though I’m  judging you, do what you have to do 
We crave meaning in a cruel universe 
When the walls close in we won't be of kin 
We'll plunge into chaos—competition!  
Our illusions are fragile things 
Track Name: Providence
Can you explain your suffering 
By other means than Providence? 
Don't question His wisdom, 
But what about His cruel indifference 
To the faithful—those who serve and obey? 
To the children—those who didn't do anything? 
 
Fortune, misfortune 
No reason, no rhyme 
You can have it all like Job 
But like Job, you can lose it in time 
 
Why must you suffer 
As the wicked prosper? 
And must you listen to Him condescend 
To you from a fucking whirlwind? 
 
Toil in the realm 
Of His holy care 
He'll give and he'll take 
Exalt or forsake 
For reasons He won't explain 
 
You'll never know 
The reason for your pain 
Or the meaning of the rain 
Oh, what mysterious ways 
 
Is He  worthy of your  praise? 
 
"A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness. There was a hint in it of laughter, but of a laughter more terrible than any sadness...It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life."
Track Name: I Repent
You were a mistake 
I'm sorry, I don't mean to berate 
I made you to adore 
But you're a monster and I can't love you anymore 
 
I was lonely and desperate 
A little too human for my own good 
I just wanted a friend 
But you're a demon and now I  repent 
 
You ruin all that you touch 
I gave you the world, but it wasn't enough 
I curse the day you were born 
What the fuck was I thinking? 
 
You ruin all that you touch 
I gave you free will, but it was too much 
Now look what you've done 
You are my greatest mistake 
 
You were meant to be 
The paragon, the missing piece, 
My dearest company, 
Made in my image, and yet you disgust me 
 
You ruin all that you find 
I gave you my love, but you weren't satisfied 
Always desperate for more 
What the fuck was I thinking? 
 
You ruin all that you find 
That is the nature of human kind 
So I blame myself 
You are my greatest mistake 
 
You—you are a virus 
A fucking cancer, a true disaster 
And I'm your maker 
I—I am not perfect 
Not omnipresent, not omnipotent 
You are the evidence 
 
And I repent 
I regret the day you were born
Track Name: Surplus Life
Surplus lives 
Condemned to 
Suffer for 
No reward or cosmic purpose 
 
Stories untold 
Worse than your own 
Systems can't hold 
As numbers explode 
 
Wander the streets 
Nothing to eat 
World of concrete 
Parasites, violence, and disease 
 
Stories untold 
Worse than your own 
Systems can't hold 
As numbers explode 
 
Surplus life 
Discarded 
Forgotten 
No reason  
Track Name: Mortal/Eternal
Spawned upon "a mote of dust 
Suspended in a sunbeam" 
Housed in flesh that blooms and decays 
With an intellect we deem separate 
From the guts of exploded stars 
And billions of other precious accidents, 
Those forms of life we don't understand 
We're more like them than we can admit 
 
Mortal/Eternal, all at once 
An evolution of gas and dust 
Given the chance to contemplate 
The pain of a world made not for us 
 
Born from a mother whose lot is to suffer 
The sins of the father unreconciled 
He slays his brother, over and over 
Till the dying sun swallows the earth  
 
Nothing and something, all at once 
With inclinations to violence 
Given the chance to multiply 
The pain of a world made not for us 
 
Mortal/Eternal 
Tread like gods 
Mortal/Eternal 
Perish like parasites 
 
So you want to live forever? 
And so you shall… 
Your oxygen as ether 
Your carbon as dust
Track Name: Spared
Son, you're one of the lucky ones 
To be spared what's after birth 
To be spared living among 
The killers and undead who rule the Earth 
You'll never know their world of lies 
You'll never succumb to the Lord of the Flies 
This is the best I can give you 
You'll never have to suffer the fools 
 
Impulse and instinct cloud all judgment sound 
Reason and mercy shall dictate now 
 
How could I justify inflicting consciousness 
Upon one so innocent with this world as it is? 
 
Son, you're one of the lucky ones... 
 
I let the cancer run its course 
And spare you from its wanton hordes 
This is the best I can give you 
You'll never have to suffer the fools
Track Name: Thorn And Thistle
I call, I cling, I want 
And there is no One to answer 
No One on Whom I can cling 
Alone …  
Where is my Faith? 
Even deep down right in, there is nothing…  
 
But emptiness & darkness  
How painful is this unknown pain 
I have no Faith.. 
 
I dare not utter the words and thoughts that crowd in my heart 
And make me suffer untold agony 
So many unanswered questions live within me 
Afraid to uncover them because of the blasphemy 
When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven  
There is such convicting emptiness  
That those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my very soul 
I am told God loves me 
Yet the reality of darkness and coldness and emptiness 
Is so great that nothing touches my soul… 
 
But emptiness and darkness  
How painful is this unknown pain 
I have no Faith… 
I have no Faith… 
 
Track Name: No Illusions
He peered into  
The depths from which few ever return 
He saw us clinging to a dying world 
With petty illusions 
 
Once cast out, the truth becomes clear 
And you'll never be as you were before 
When the veil of myth is stripped from your eyes 
You'll wish you had stayed blind 
 
Set adrift, propelling through space and time 
Meaningless in our race for resources 
He saw no purpose 
And descended further into 
The depths of vice and madness, unglued 
Craving escape and distraction 
To cope with the pain of separation 
 
Once cast out, the truth becomes clear 
And you'll never be as you were before 
When the veil of myth is stripped from your eyes 
You may wish you could die 
 
To be released 
Released from this world 
At last 
Burdened no more 
 
To return 
Return to the womb 
Of the Earth 
Forever more 
 
Released 
Released from this world 
At last 
Burdened no more 
Track Name: Resolve
I keep living despite my better judgement 
Trying to outlast the disappointment 
Of living among the absurd and cruel 
I keep living in hopes of future raptures:  
Little deaths, creative flight, hysterical laughter... 
Whatever helps me to forget what's true 
 
I'll lose myself inside of you 
To ease the pain of consciousness 
But there are aches that love can’t soothe 
When one stares long into 
This abyss… 
 
I keep loving because love is all we have 
It’s all that can relieve and redeem the worst of man 
Maybe, just maybe, we can evolve… 
I keep loving because I have to reaffirm 
A little light and salvage it for what it’s worth 
This is my resolve 
 
I'll lose myself inside of you 
To ease the pain of being doomed 
Only love can fill the void 
An illusion I must not undo 
Not undo 
 
There was a night in my youth 
A lonely moment of epiphany 
With my feet planted on concrete, I looked to the sky 
And suddenly it all became so clear: 
No one up there to hear my prayers, 
Nature and man red in tooth and claw, 
And all my pain is mine to own (it’s mine to hone) 
 
“How do I proceed from here?” 
I thought about dying constantly 
I learned to bear the weight of years 
Despite the absurdity of living… 
Of suffering… 
 
I keep living 
I keep loving 
 
I keep learning 
I keep growing 
 
I keep living 
Because I’m already here