Lamb Of God

Ashes of the Wake tracks

Lyrics

1. LAID TO REST

If there was a single day I could live
A single breath I could take, I'd trade all the others away

The blood's on the wall, so you'd might as well just admit it
And bleach out the stains, commit to forgetting it
You're better off empty and blank
Than left with a single pathetic trace of this
Smother another failure, lay this to rest

Console yourself, you're better alone
Destroy yourself, see who gives a fuck
Absorb yourself, you're better alone, destroy yourself

I'll chain you to the truth, for the truth shall set you free
I'll turn the screws of vengeance and bury you with honesty
I'll make all your dreams come to life
Then slay them as quickly as they came
Smother another failure, lay this to rest

Console yourself, you're better alone
Destroy yourself, see who gives a fuck
Absorb yourself, you're better alone, destroy yourself

See who gives a fuck (x3)

Failure

If there was a day I could live
If there was a single breath, I could take
I'd trade all the others away, I'd trade all the others away.




2. HOURGLASS

Privileged, a chosen few, blessed with our time in Hell
Witness a divine vision, the day we all fell still
Rapture of the dying age, a shattered hourglass
Wrath of the warring God's and soon this too shall pass

It's only getting, worse, not worth a moment's regret
Each dawn another curse, every breath a twisting blade
What will be left behind in the ashes of the wake?
An ill, wind, blows this way, the edge of the envelope burns
Forbearance and my vengeance, payment for your intent

Fear, death in the wings, in thrall of those fallen from grace
Petty is as petty does, witness the mass disgrace

Fear and death in the wings, in thrall of those fallen from grace
Petty is as petty does, witness the mass disgrace

God forbid you read the signs
Watch for meanings between the lines
Gehenna has now arrived, no hindsight for the blind
Your trust has been misplaced
Believed the lies told to your face
Became another casualty and now it's too late

You finally made it home
(Home), draped in the flag that you fell for
And so it goes, the ashes of the, wake

(It's only getting, worse) (x2)
(It's only getting), worse
It's only getting, worse, it's only getting, worse.




3. NOW YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING TO DIE FOR

Now, you've, got, something, to die for (x2)
Infidel, Imperial, lust for blood, a blind crusade
Apocalyptic, we count the days

Bombs to set the people free, blood to feed the dollar tree
Flags for coffins on the screen, oil for the machine
Army of the liberation, gunpoint indoctrination
The fires of sedition, fulfill the prophecy

Now, you've, got, something, to die for (x2)

Send the children to the fire, sons and daughters stack the pyre
Stoke the flame of the empire, live to lie another day
Face of hypocrisy, raping democracy
Apocalyptic, we count the days

We'll never get out of this hole, until we've dug our own grave
And drug the rest down with us
The burning home of the brave, burn

Now, you've, got, something, to die for
Now, you've, got, something, to die, for.




4. THE FADED LINE

Witness, shame's parade, the pain of blame repaid
It's fucking hopeless, accusations, and denial

Hopeless, demon of another day
Colorless, stoned, solid Grey
Emptiness, of promises I made
So faithless, the tenants long betrayed
Walk the faded line, cursed crawl of time
Silence, the only promise ever kept

Familiar touch, a ritual to numb the cut, salvation in vice
Anguish is realizing what could have been, but never was
It's emptiness that fills the cup
Devotion in the method of my fall

Pointless, futility continuing
Endless, flowing corrupted vein
Walk the faded, cursed crawl of time
Walk the faded, cursed crawl of time
Silence, the only promise ever kept

It's fucking hopeless

Hopeless, hopeless, it's fucking hopeless, hopeless.




5. OMERTA

Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man
Is either a fool or a coward
Whoever cannot take care of themselves
Without that law is both
For a wounded man shall say to his assailant
If I live, I will kill you, if I die, you are forgiven
Such is the rule of, honor

Broken the paradigm an example must be set
Invoke the Siren's song and sign the death warrant
This is what has been wrought, for 30 pieces if silver
The tongues of men and angels bought, by a beloved betrayer

I am, the result what's better left unspoken
Violence begins to mend, what was broken

You've been talking, I've been all ears
Words meant to dwell in darkness
Shall never see the light of day, words can be broken
So can bones, execute the mandate, mouth full of dirt
Your name is removed from the registry
St. Peter greets, with empty eyes then turns and locks the gate

I am, the result what's better left unspoken
Violence begins to mend, what was broken
You've been talking, I've been all ears, omerta

Cheaply venal, stupidly verbose
A slip of the tongue, a slit of the throat
Six feet under with no marker
Keep my name from your mouth, forever

Free speech for the living, dead men, tell no tales
Your laughing finger, will never point again
Omerta

Omerta, sing for me now.




6. BLOOD OF THE SCRIBE

All of this comes crashing down, cornerstone's gone
Sleepless, hopeless, no end in sight
Ink, well, has, run, dry, fill, it, with, blood of the scribe

Rest comes easy
(Easy), to the guiltless
(Guiltless), the vampire laments
(Laments), as he prays
(As he prays), for, the, sun

Doom, despair, tragedy, are the tools, of, the, trade

Cut to the bone, rob the grave, unearth the stone, lay, to, waste
Defile the tome, rip the page, strip mine the vein, lay, to, waste

Frayed at the edge, flat, lined, the anvil, cracks the hammer
Relentlessly, comes, down, a new pariah, is, born

Cut to the bone, rob the grave, unearth the stone, lay, to, waste
Defile the tome, rip the page, strip mine the vein, lay, to, waste

Chastisement lays you down to sleep
Tucks you in with bloody kisses
Gifts of nightmares
(Gifts of nightmares), bitter, sweet
Type, A, negative shuts, me, down
Catch, phrase, will be, death, of me
This, is, not what you came, to, see?
What, are, you not, entertained?

Climb the walls 'til nails bleed
Rip the hair, tear the seams, break the glass
Head in hands, bell tolls endlessly, no end in sight.




7. ONE GUN

The sins of deliverance

The eyes of the patriot, fixed through the scope
The unknowing tyrant, walks to the rope

It's when murder is justice that martyrs are made
A one-gun salute for the new independence day
They'll hallow your name
They'll hallow your name for your sacrifice

The sins of deliverance
So let the wicked perish in the presence of God
For your sacrifice, the sins of the father, atoned by the son
Confessions of commitments broken
A nail driven for every one

It's when murder is justice that martyrs are made
A one-gun salute for the new independence day
They'll hallow your name
They'll hallow your name for your sacrifice

You are the cause, I am the effect
Created in hatred, a noose for your neck

The eyes of the patriot, fixed through the scope
The unknowing tyrant, walks through the rope
They'll hallow your name, for your sacrifice
(Sacrifice), they'll hallow your name
(Sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice), they'll hallow your name.




8. BREAK YOU

Endless mornings, cut by the dawn razor
Whipping the nightmares to a froth
Endless questions with no answers
No replacement for what's been lost, lost

Everything suffocates
In the dust of the past fortunes squandered
The empire of lies, to whom you pandered
Suffer a self-imposed exile, for bitter fruits of denial
In the presence of greatness, the humble can only bow

Frost on the breath of life, empty of warmth or light
Full, of, nothing, but, depravation
Frost on the breath of life, empty of warmth or light
Caught in eternal winter

Tell me a lie with the best of intentions
Mute in the age of mass communication
Dark days lead to darker nights, frozen, out of time
It dies for blessed ego, the once mighty laid low

Frost on the breath of life, empty of warmth or light
Full, of, nothing, but, depravation

Full of nothing, but depravation, eternal winter (x2)

You taught hate, I'll teach you fear
(Fear, fear), open the eyes, kill despair
You tried to squeeze the life from me
(From me, from me, from me)
Son of a bitch, I'm going to break you
Son of a bitch, I'm going to break you
Break you, I'm going to break you, break you.




9. WHAT I'VE BECOME

Blank stares from broken men
So withered, from the poisons, they can't remember when
There were once honest reasons
It's all a lie, it died 100,000 miles ago, pretending I'm still here

Justify, what I've become (x2)

Amazing disgrace
How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me
Better lost if this is found, best blinded never to see
The race to save face, nothing now is what we meant it to be
Pretending I'm still here

It's a system now, intertwined
Take your place in the line to be ground
By the gears of the masterpiece, betrayal

Justify, what I've become (x2)

Suffered consequence, it's been so long since
Any piece of this, made any kind of sense
You anoint the king, I'll burn everything, down to ashes
You giveth, I taketh away
You giveth, I taketh away

It's a system now, intertwined
Take your place in the line to be ground
By the gears of the masterpiece, betrayal.




10. ASHES OF THE WAKE

We killed a lot of innocent civilians
To us every civilian in Baghdad was a terrorist
These Fedayeen are now in civilian clothes
That makes everybody free game
But if they came in our perimeter, we lit 'em up
And when we would pull the body out
And when we would search the car, we would find nothing
This took place time and time again
No harm, no foul, that's OK, don't worry about it
Because this is a new type of war, this is an eradication.

I honestly feel we're committing genocide over here
I don't believe in killing civilians
And I'm not going to kill civilians
For the United States Marine Corp.




11. REMORSE IS FOR THE DEAD

The dirty Lord of the manor, surveys his filthy domain
Too many nights raising Hell, worked a little all too well
Constructed a monument to denial and excess, sunk so low
Crawled so far back, there's nowhere left to regress
If these walls could talk, they would tell a horror story
Never-ending winter, violence and infidelity
Shadows fall through broken panes
Careless words that are filled with hate
Just enough to keep it together, never enough to make it work
All the tongues, here are forked
We are a hailstorm of broken glass
Follow the path of least expectance
A, huge, stinking, pile, of, sick

Pile it, higher and higher, light the match, start the fire
Level this place, until nothing is left and take us with it

Surroundings are irate, crack of dawn brings naught but pain
Resentment steadily grows, laughing in the gallows
Full throttle determined to fail
Pedal to the metal asleep at the wheel
We are the lucky ones, welcome home

Pile it, higher and higher, light the match, start the fire
Level this place, until nothing is left and take us with it

Poisoned nerves and a bloody antidote
Violence is not an aberration, it's a rule, dying beyond the pale
Your beatings will continue
Until my morale improves, I don't hate you
I'm just removing an enemy, remorse, is for, the dead

I'm just removing an enemy
(An enemy, enemy), remorse is for the dead, my enemy
(Enemy, enemy), remorse is for the dead

(The dead) (x5).




12. AN EXTRA NAIL FOR YOUR COFFIN

At a loss for something different to say
I've said, everything we've said it all before

An, extra nail for your, coffin

I'm going to ride that horse we've beaten to death
And deliver its stinking carcass to your doorstep
A gift from all the dead children

That are the progeny of, your ballistic union

Borrowing from Peter to rape Paul
No news is good news, but I've got some news for you
Fetch me a rope, lynch mob of one

An, extra nail for, your coffin

Certain blood has been shed, for uncertain reasons
You will never quiet this storm, a cold wind to chill your bones
I bring the hammer down

Borrowing from Peter to rape Paul
No news is good news, but I've got some news for you
Fetch me a rope, lynch mob of one.