Jaws Of Life

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released June 9, 2009

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The Roar is Justin Zeppa, Tom McCartan, Sean Tuccillo, Aaron Bales, and whoever the hell else they want it to be. theroar1@gmail.com

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Track Name: II. Jaws Of Life
JAWS OF LIFE

Transcend the windshield
in a dream of an ice field
through fire and mortar
I felt myself bound
The noise died of fright
As the snow in the night
Fell quiet to blanket the ground

The mourning informed
Of my exhale of wreckage
The jaws of life could not be found
The jaws of life could not be found

On the steps of a manor
Sat all the ill-mannered
My people, my rogues gallery
The ones whom I loved
The ones who loved me
My heroes, my rogues gallery
I sat down among them
And their welcoming
And so though surrender
I found myself free
Such fortune I’ve known
In the warmth they bled me
The lumens, the brilliance
Of my rogues gallery

The mourning informed
of my exhale of wreckage
the jaws of life could not be found
the jaws of life could not be found

And I still remember where this all began
I still remember where this all began.
Track Name: III. Rubicons
RUBICONS

From where I stand up here
The world looks so flat
But I control it all
I can make it bend back
I’ll take the globe
I don’t need a map
It's just two different houses
Two beds wearing black

I can see you when I want to
On that same old bowered street
Breach the train tracks on the old bridge
Past a sleeping armory

When you say you’re not happy
Please know I believe it
Escape plans are drawn up
You know we can beat it
If it’s one more day
Then it’s one more year
Until we see the sun set
State-lines from here

Shield your eyes as the phone dies
Both our beds are wearing black
For some reason that’s how it should be
For some reason that’s how it should be

IV bags of chlorine sanitize all the sick
It’s the syndrome you get
when you paint those white pickets
and cry for your cage.
Track Name: IV. Siren Song
SIREN SONG

That girl was bad news
Yes, her shirt said so
And her friends have found they agree
If she doesn’t kill you first, man
Her reputation will
The exorcism failed to make her demons sleep

She throws her mattress in the closet
And ignites a halogen
She melts the figures of old tyrants down
to bullets for the kids
Destroying one another
seems to be the party line
But abuse is still attention
And attention’s hard to find

Now the January lockdown
Is looming in the distance
And the witch is gonna hang
Because she showed signs of resistance
In a flash of smoke the system broke
They won’t see her again
She lights her coffin nail with mine
While she waits to get pulled in

She says she’s gonna be a siren
Gonna get real high and do bad things
The anthems echo with her vengeance
Soon we’ll all regret the day

She shows up at 8 o’clock
At my house on a Friday
Full of piss and wind and fuck-all else
She needs a place to hide away
It’s been a long week
And a new one’s soon begun
That girl was bad news
And I knew it all along

Now it’s seven hours gone
And three more to see the sun
And I feel that today is my day.
Track Name: V. Thermidor
THERMIDOR

Now for one day in my life
I will revel
Between the glory
Of the pavement and the sun
It’s green all around
And the window’s down
I will revel
I will revel
And better times ahead
I can see so clear on the horizon
Now I’m counting down
The miles I trace back
To your house

7
6
5
4
3
2
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And I can’t remember where this all began
I can’t remember where this all began.
Track Name: VI. Anathema
ANATHEMA

Burn low the candles
In a dessicated ritual
They say vigilance brings comfort
But I don't believe it's true
Straighten the noose
That chokes the suit onto these ruins
An avalanche unfitting as a tribute

Carve up the kingdom
Change the names on all the maps
Take all that you can carry
Escape here while you can
My stormy friends will hover close
My clouds are coming with me
Together we'll destroy the end

This should have been a letter
And not a paper epitaph

I'm mistaking shadows
On the wall for ghosts again
I'm mistaking shadows
I have seen here for the dead

Alien sedition
Running rampant in my head
All my contrition
Can't roll back the wheels of death
I am anathema
We are the damned
And so do we reach the stars

This should have been a letter
And not a paper epitaph
This should have been a letter
And not some foolish epitaph

I'm mistaking shadows
On the wall for ghosts again
I'm mistaking shadows
I have seen here for the dead

There is a pulse unrivaled in its resonance
A requiem that promises we won't forget
For we are the damned
We are the damned
We don't forget.
Track Name: VII. Pig Iron Blues
PIG IRON BLUES

I’m driving spikes into the clay
Out in the mountains of PA
Looking for iron
That mean cast iron

With a shovel in my hand
A red jackhammer from Japan
I’m talking purgatory blacktop
In a bucket from the man

I hear flames! I hear flames!
Halleluj, my soul is saved
I’m digging my way out of hell
A dirty pig with iron blues

I piss down at the works
Where I ditch all of my dirt
And pray John Henry strikes me down
And drags my carcass to the sky

I should stow it all away
A Federal drug test on the way
And it’s been 58 days sober wasted
Wave them all goodbye
I hear flames! I hear flames!
Halleluj, my soul is saved
I’m digging my way in and out of hell
A pig with iron blues

I hear flames! I hear flames!
Halleluj, my soul is saved
I’m just a shotgun-shacked up
Diesel driving pig with iron blues

And when we’ve reached the end
Of this cycle of endless suffering
The very trench that I just made
Will be my final resting place
They’ll throw my body in
and cover it with lime
So a pox upon your head
And all the bullshit that you said
Oh lucky me, I‘ll finally sleep
Now that my brain is fucking dead.
Track Name: VIII. The Donor
THE DONOR

I enter rooms with my blood open season
I’m pumping currency
And they’ve got a reason or two

Anybody wanna ease up on this mainline?
I know you need it more than you did before
Anybody wanna wait their turn in this line?
I’ve got your number now I know what you swore

A drop of blood will bring them round for the feeding
They build the drama
Because it gives them a meaning or two

Anybody wanna ease up on this mainline?
I know you need it more than you did before
Anybody wanna wait their turn in this line?
I’ve got your number now I know what you swore

And I don't care
So tranquilize me with what you have
A psychotropic stay in the dungeon
The entropy of my mind’s deductions
And I told myself what I’ll tell you once again

I won’t feel bad the way that I used to
I won’t feel bad – these days I refuse to
I’ve got no more blood left here to give
Am I a donor or just a sieve?

Will you stop looking at me
Like I’m just fucking crazy
What the fuck am I to do?
The verdict’s soaking in the pint you consumed

I don’t feel bad the way that I used to
I don’t feel bad – I fucking refuse to
I’ve got no more blood left here to give
Am I a donor or just a sieve?

And I can’t believe that you still think
That it matters what you think
About the way I give my blood to you
You’re still getting it, so what’s the use
Of condescending like it’s clever
I wish that I was clever too
Until then I’ll just see you around the zoo

The end of the road is coming
The end of the road is coming for you
Yes, it’s true
The end of the road is coming
You know you’re not a hero, man
But you’ve got a use.
Track Name: IX. Age Of Adventure
AGE OF ADVENTURE

I will make a promise to you
If you leave with me today
We’ll find a shade to hide us
From the trouble on the way
We’ll found an everglade there
With the forge that made the anchor
We shall cast into the sands
Out on the edge of an adventure

The squalls of old Poseidon
They will doom you
They’ll doom you
The myths of Muscle Shoals
They will consume you
Consume you
A matchstick on the bedlam
Of apocryphal transistors
Projecting superstition
On the age of the adventure

Oh, Polly Blue
What can we do?
Those vampire fiends are sucking
All our fucking blood
So fuck the drugs, the law, the cannibals
Let’s put our two weeks in
And walk through these volcanic bends
Each chamber named after our friends
Align the tigers, horses, greenhouseboats
Into a new system

Am I a dead man of Elysium?
Have I seen my dying day?
So sing the choir empyrean
And I'll break like mercury.
Track Name: X. Dead Man Of Elysium
DEAD MAN OF ELYSIUM

Rays broke through in a sandstorm
That proclaimed the Pharaoh’s death
In the waterway wound the excarnate
As the sun charged east to west

When the wailing priests of Giza
Wrote the good man’s book of death
They carved a message into stone
And this is what it said:

You are not gone dead
But you are gone alive
Your presence made an impact
That my heart has fossilized

Once upon a turnpike
We struck gold in Jersey City
We found the veins and mined them all
Until the aqueducts ran dry

We hedged our bets with the Bailbond vets
Who were buried so close by
Respect was due and we paid in full
With the words that we would cry:

You are not gone dead
But you are gone alive
Your presence made an impact
That my mind has fossilized

There are horses in Connecticut
Who will not eat from your hand
Sophisticated, pompous equine
Loved by Puritans

There’s a wilderness reserve preserved
On a parcel of state land
So wait ye here, dear pagan boy
Find solace if you can

And yet you sat with me
Among the reeds
As twilight
And dragonflies descended
This life of mine
Has never been so fine
And I wonder, has it ended?

One day we're gonna hang
Like pirates Caesar crucified
So make a scar here while you can
It's all we leave behind.

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