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Absolution 08:08


Track only appears on the Catharsis discography album Light from a Dead Star


released January 1, 2013


It’s coming down—the hard rain, the consequences
You hoped you wouldn’t live to face
The walls fall, scatter the ashes of the worlds
You barely got to taste
Once again the bitter blows of defeat
As history, evaded, returns and repeats
Now wade through the wreckage and breathe in debris
Attended by the ghosts of all we’ll never be

We wretched refugees

Digest the hunger in our guts
Burning in effigy everything we loved
With nothing left but to count the cost
And our regrets
Our ever present

For the beaten and the defeated and the weary and the weak
For the hopeless and the worthless
And the addicted and the sick
Everyone in private pain, tormented and ashamed
And guilty as sin
For the monstrous
And the vicious
I know exactly why you did

I never took anything I didn’t need
And I know you’re just like me
I never took anything I didn’t need
And I know what it’s like to bleed
I never took anything I didn’t need
And I know you’re just like me
I never took anything I didn’t need
And I know it’s not right
But brought low before the crowd
Before the virtuous and proud
Who can help but hate the ones who come to see the guilty bound
They drink our poisoned blood
May they die of it
Just like us
We all need

Trust me
Did they hurt you?
What did they take from you?
Could you trust me

Did you forsake your chastity
For crimes of desire
Until made more devout by your sins
You returned to confession again…

And everything is in its place
The priest in his pulpit, the faithful in rows
The righteous above and the wicked below
The laws in the books written centuries ago
And the walls that run alongside every road
The feathered in cages, the rebels in cells
The rich in their mansions, the homeless in hell
The soldiers and officers all out on patrol
And you’re in a prison of pain, in a prison of shame
For your crimes and the crimes of your captors
And every time you failed to topple your masters
For the sins of your fathers that you visit on your sons
And your daughters’ vices, your songs still unsung
With your heart buried deep like a thorn in your chest
Thank the heavens you’re finally sick to death
And won’t live to see your day of rest
Of grace

Release me

Disgrace—release me

We all need
For the faithless and the disgraced, mounting the scaffold to your doom
For the hunted and the unwanted, not worth the salt in your wounds
I’d like to keep you alive on those nights when it feels like everything has died
Shelter for the homeless and the dreamless
Sleep safe here in my arms

All the guilt, all the shame, all the suffering you’ve been through
Shake it off, spit it out—we’ve got to wash it all off of you
You are nothing—you are filth—you are vermin—you are nothing in their eyes
Cut—out—cut out their eyes
Wash away

Come the flood
Raining down
They will drown
And we will sing
Wash away
Wash away
Wash away all

Recorded June 3-10, 2001, at Mars studio, by Bill Korecky, in the same session as “Arsonist’s Prayer.” The vocals, as well as additional guitar playing by Jimmy Chang, were finally recorded in 2012 by Kris Hilbert of Solo Sound, who also did the final mix. Mastered in the Kitchen in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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