Machines

by Highrise

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released June 13, 2016

All songs except "The Nearness of You" written and performed by Matt Troiano and Stephen Carlson.

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Track Name: Machines
I thought it was the moon
A sign that read coming soon
Shining in the sky

The stars replaced by streetlights
A poor attempt to make it right
This artifice is dull

Smoke and steam rise in patterns
Cognate of constant chatter
Neither seems to last

Every corner hosts bright signs
Every business reaches blind
This is the machine of humanity
Among these many cogs there's me
This is the machine of humanity
I wish there was more to see

I am burning in the cold
I tell you how I feel but you're not sold

I wonder why it is raining in winter
Drops of water strike with such timbre

Generated beings, generations lost
Work all day, what does money cost

Everything we are is an exchange
Money for time, it's life we arrange
This is the machine of humanity
Among these many cogs there's me
This is the machine of humanity
I wish there was more to see
Track Name: Rush Hour
Shame and sorrow
Complacency returns tomorrow
Fill this void today
As my heart blackens deeper
Lights out as the devil puts me into a sleeper
Holding onto past-tense laying on my back
Sin makes it hard for me to swallow

Ingrained in brain visuals of her fear
"Somebody took me for their own pleasure"

No big deal
I saw the terror in her eyes
and the anguish inside
as her captor ripped from her thighs
All identity
You believed a lie
While His children die
Crying out hopelessly
Don't you know they're human beings?
Euphoric feelings justifying slavery
Monetary gain makes my stomach cave in

You don't understand the gravity of this hell
Dying underground, a story you will never tell
Twenty years have passed, and every chance of escape
Has slipped away, out of grasp.
Someone save me, I am eternally bound.
Dreaming is no sancuary, mind isn't

Sounding, quite right. These thoughts of suicide.
But how? I'm trapped.
Even my soul can't leave.
Why, God, have you forsaken me?
Are you even there? I'm in need of rescuing.
He's coming back soon, my eyes are out of tears.

Every unknown fear, came to me at once.
The promises of work, broken like my body.

It's time for a change. Get up and save her life.
Don't listen anymore, too many have died.
Track Name: The Nearness of You
Surely You are good
But my heart ran away
Surely You are good
But I was swept away
(x2)

You brought me back to this place
You gave me water, You gave me a drink
You brought me back to this place
You gave me water, You gave me a drink

My flesh, my heart may fail
Whom have I but You
You have been my strength, my refuge
Whom have I but You
(x2)

The nearness of You is my only good
(x8)

My flesh, my heart may fail
Whom have I but You
You have been my strength, my refuge
Whom have I but You
There is no one else
Whom have I but You
There is no one else
Whom have I but You

There is no one else