Posterity's Sake

by Protected Left

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1.
I'll keep it simple, I'll keep it direct I'll spell it out so you can understand You're just an image, a cheap facade With fissures showing what you're trying to hide A constant scowl, a strained rictus Shallow breathing and a clenched anus Hands that shake when not in a fist From nerves that threaten to expose the myth And when you fail because your act won't last Call it a "phase," shrug it off and laugh I'll laugh as well, inclined to agree There's no passion in your dice and cherries Just platitudes and thumping chests Empty gestures that seem to suggest You don't get it, you'll never know No fucking way you guys are rock and roll You just traded your jackboots for converse And a pair of 501's The look's complete, but not the conversion You're still fucking knuckle dragging thugs
2.
I can't keep waiting for things to change And I can't promise that I can stay And the silence said more than I ever could Your silence said more than I ever could I can't help feeling it's a mistake Regretfully, one I can't erase And the silence said more than I ever could Your silence said more than I ever could Label this arrangement 'subject to change' Post-date all your feelings of empty rage And the silence said more than I ever could My silence said more than you ever could
3.
What did I expect? I knew just what I'd get. But, still, I can't keep myself from wanting. This won't go anywhere. I know, but I don't care. Still wish that I'd been given and option. Complications are not an excuse. But now it seems oh-so convenient. If it matters now, well, then it always did; But you're not just a kid: Fuck you. I said, "Let's keep it clean. Simple, just you and me." You smiled reluctantly, but agreed. And now you've changed your mind, And I think I know why; I hope you had fun fucking at Bonnaroo. Complications are not an excuse, But now it seems oh-so convenient. If it matters now, well, then it always did, But you're not just a kid: Fuck you. I let this bother me For so long needlessly. It was only my pride that took the beating. The rest was in my head, The pain from rejection. Tonight I'll dine on black birds instead
4.
Elk Antlers 03:01
Shaken, scared, unsure Return to the familiar Hoping he might find Sure footing on conviction Solid, safe, secure No risk or chance of failure Resolve became rigid And in the end he'd crack There are times that I can relate There are times that I can understand The world can seem overwhelming When not clear and whole Lost, alone, afraid No purpose or direction The days began to blur To blur until they'd stop Shaken, scared, unsure Return to the familiar But even that had changed Not static when you're gone There are times that I can relate There are times that I can understand Sense of purpose, once shattered Rarely returns.
5.
Some things you'll never know Some things you'll never know Some things you'll never really know And if it pains your days To feel and not explain Well, I hope you live to see the day When everything works out When everything works out right for your (2x) Some doubts you'll always have Some doubts you'll always have Some doubts you'll always have with you And if you just can't take Pressure or crushing weight Just grit your teeth for one more day When everything works out When everything works out right for you (4x) Ooo ooo Ooo ooo ...
6.
This old, sick, familiar feeling Well, it keeps me up at night It makes me question my own instincts And it rattles my insides I can't stop staring at the ceiling Or retracing days' events Each step examined from all angles Until there's nothing left I just can't help but think How every ending might turn out Peace of mind's been abandoned Replaced with gnawing doubt This old, sick, familiar feeling Has replaced long nights of sleep I search for some type of distraction But there's none that I can see I just can't help but think How every ending might turn out Peace of mind's been abandoned Replaced with gnawing doubt
7.
Blacktop 01:25
Blacktop beckon me Lure me from White lines guided me Over the road And when asked, I know what I'll say "I love you, but I cannot stay." Please, don't ask me to wait. Please, don't ask me to wait. Yeah!
8.
Never Again 03:10
There's something I can't fathom In my (very) limited wisdom How my old friend can kneel down in prayer The weight he gives to his faith He gives no other place How does he make this one exception? *despite the obvious lack of any empirical evidence supporting his convictions Never again, never again Like others from a same place I was brought up in blind faith But quickly that had stopped making sense It comes through one of two ways: Tragedy, or how you were raised. Not one free will readily submits *not one single fucking person (nope!) Never again, never again
9.
I know some others waste their time Burn out and leave this life behind For something simpler More safe and more secure Content to let content choke out their fire At times I fear that I'll fade the same way That the embers slowly will die out This is my worst nightmare To slowly rot away To watch my efforts compound As failures every day Now should I just give up the ghost? And let this chapter in life close? Move on to bitter days A life filled with malaise Fulfilment seems forever out of reach Each day one step closer to my own grave But "you gotta keep on truckin' anyway"
10.
I often wonder what I'm doing here I wonder why I'm still at home And in the end I would go anywhere As long as I am not alone But when I leave, I leave here for good I've waited so much longer, longer than I should And when I leave, I leave here for good I've waited so much longer ... I often wonder why I've lingered here I think because I am afraid Of failure, solitude, uncertainty Each one an outcome that awaits But when I leave, I leave here for good I've waited so much longer, longer than I should And when I leave, I leave here for good I've waited so much longer ... I hope there's something out there for me to find I hope it's not a waste of time
11.
Some things you'll never know Some things you'll never know Some things you'll never really know And if it pains your days To feel and not explain Well, I hope you live to see the day When everything works out When everything works out right for your (2x) Some doubts you'll always have Some doubts you'll always have Some doubts you'll always have with you And if you just can't take Pressure or crushing weight Just grit your teeth for one more day When everything works out When everything works out right for you (4x) Ooo ooo Ooo ooo ...
12.

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released December 15, 2012

Recorded and mixed by Rick Johnson @ Coldwar Studios, Grand Rapids, MI.
Mastered by Joel Hatstat @ Joel Hatstat Audio, Atlanta, GA

Protected Left was:
Mario - Guitar/Vox
Joe - Bass/Backing vox
Jason - Drums

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