Alter Bridge

Fortress tracks

Lyrics

1. CRY OF ACHILLES

Crying out
Now you can’t escape you are buried in doubt
And it pulls you down
Now you’re in too deep you may never get out
Such an awful place

Tear it down
It’s almost too late is the end coming now
As you scream out loud?
You sever the peace til your truth has been found

Is there nothing left to follow?
Is there nothing left to steal?
Crying out for something more than I’ve been shown
Knowing none of this is real

[Chorus:]
Don’t close your eyes
Something beautiful is still alive
Don’t close your eyes
Never turn away and let it die

I cannot seem to find the answers
Every truth has slipped away
All that real is we will never cease to be
Still I search this world in vain

[Chorus]

Cry out to save tomorrow
It’s not too late
Or your heavy heart will follow
You to the grave

This is not the end. This is not the end

[Chorus]

We can’t hesitate, hope is not too late
For the time has come, what have we become?
Nothing left to do but deny the truth




2. ADDICTED TO PAIN

Tell me how it feels to live a lie
Tell me do you know that it won't ever be the same
You can't deny, the house of cards just hit the floor
Don't tell me you can save it in the end
There's nothing you can do
'cause when it's gone, you know it won't come back again
But you don't listen anymore

You're addicted to pain
Too blind to see you're lost in the shadows
So addicted to face
In time you're gonna lose it all

If only I had said this long ago
If only I had found a way to tell you all the things you should've known
But you were lost right from the start
How the hell are you the one to blame
You've done no wrong, you gave it all
So why the hell did you have to change
You broke your back, she broke your heart

You're addicted to pain
Too blind to see you're lost in the shadows
So addicted to face
In time you're gonna lose it all

Cry out!
You're nowhere now!
She sold you out!
You're gonna lose it all!

Cry out!
You're nowhere now!
Just tear it down!
You're gonna lose it all!




You're addicted to pain
Too blind to see you're lost in the shadows
So addicted to face
In time you're gonna lose it all

You're addicted to pain
Sometimes it seems like nothing else matters
You're too addicted to face
In time you're gonna lose it all

Cry out!
You're nowhere now!
In time you're gonna lose it all
Cry out!
You're nowhere now!
You don't live it anymore




3. BLEED IT DRY

Oceans rise, summits fall
Fading fast it won’t be long
Everything will be consumed, rendered lost
At the hands of fools tomorrow’s gone
So say goodbye

[Chorus:]
Bleed it dry, leave us here with nothing
Justify all that you consume
Bleed it dry, what is this becoming?
All your lies serve no one but you

Blood machines burn the skies
Turning day into night
Everything will fade to dust again, weak or strong
So don’t pretend you’ve done no wrong
Cause you know that I’m right

[Chorus]

One day you will see what you’ve done
The world you chose to bleed will be dead and gone

[Chorus] (x2)




4. LOVER

If you deny the wounds of your lover you will discover
That what you had is shattered and wasted
Did you have to take it so far?

The truth exposed to love is devoured
And the ivory tower is coming down
I felt betrayed and order is broken
The wounds are open and bleeding out

But it’s all I can do to carry on
It brings all I fear to life

[Chorus:]
If you deny the wounds of your lover you will discover
That what you had is shattered and wasted
Did you have to take it so far?

Should you have to throw it all away?
Did you have to shove it in my face?
Did you have to tear my world apart?
Did you have to take so selfishly?
No matter how you hurt the ones you need?
Did you have to fall so very far?

The trigger’s warm, the chamber is loaded
Lost in the moment. What went wrong?
There’s nothing left this house has been broken
But still I’m holding, I’m holding on

[Chorus] (x2)

You can see it in your love
The wounds are open and I’m bleeding out
It’s so real

[Chorus]




5. THE UNINVITED

What was sacred lost forevermore
What your hatred washed up to the shore
Underneath I still can feel the pain
What you took can never be replaced

Stone faced liar
Your hate vile

[Chorus:]
For the blood you waste this will fall on you
Now your fate has been decided
For the life you take this is overdue
You are now the uninvited

Sirens screaming blood against the wall
No more saving innocence at all

No shame spineless
Cold rage of violence

[Chorus]

Soon you'll feel all my agony
Soon you’ll know it
All you feel will come to life and it won’t be long
For tonight you are gonna feel my pain

[Chorus]

Stone faced liar
Stone faced liar




6. PEACE IS BROKEN

All the sorrows that you’ve known
All the wars that you wage
I’m bearing arms against your own
As you throw your life away

[Chorus:]
The peace is broken
You did it all yourself with you and no one else to blame
The peace is broken
The trouble in your heart is self imposed and hard to tame
The peace is broken

Oh can’t you see what you’ve become?
As you crawl to your own grave
When everything is said and don
You will find that it’s too late

[Chorus]

All the sorrows that you’ve known, all the wars that you wage

Lost to every worry every sorrow in your heart
Everything is blurry now you’ve torn your world apart
None of this will matter, not tomorrow just today
Don’t let this moment slip away

[Chorus]




7. CALM THE FIRE

Calm the fire do not fight anymore
They don’t know what they’re saying they don’t know anything at all
For all that matters is you know
That this is not their fault
All the places we should never go
Lost between the cracks something wicked waits below
And all I’m saying there are some
Things better left unseen at all

It’s been so long it’s tearing me apart
I cannot understand or comprehend
Where we went wrong. Now we’ve come so far
The madness in our hearts will never end

Cause I’ve seen it all
I can’t fight it anymore
If I had burned forevermore
Is there nothing left to save?

[Chorus:]
Cause now more than ever what we need
Is love to replace all the obscene
Something good and something beautiful if only we could see
That now more than ever what we need
Is a little love

Is there no more have we gone too far?
There’s nothing I can do to make you sway
To see the blood running through our hearts
No different from the blood we’ve come to hate

When I close my eyes
I dream that we are colorblind
And now you know you can’t deny
Only ignorance to blame

[Chorus]

Now let it calm the fire that burns within your heart tonight
For some are too blind to see the world as it’s meant to be

When I close my eyes
I dream that we are colorblind
And now you know you can’t deny
Only ignorance to blame

[Chorus]




8. WATERS RISING

Now it the end of time a fool and his legacy are gone
His pride found another way to make sure it all went wrong
Awake in a new day our fears have come to pass
And this time they’re gonna last.
This time they’re gonna last.

Don’t let me drown! Don’t let me drown!

Now all of the fields are burning it blocks out the sun
I see all the water rising to drown everyone

This is the season we tear our rivals down
This circle of tyrants will end us all right now
The earth has provided the means to burn it down
Well don’t you see it now? Well don’t you see it now?

Don’t let me drown! Don’t let me drown!

[Chorus:]
Now all of the fields are burning it blocks out the sun
I see all the water rising to drown everyone
This is tomorrow's way to end our days
Watch as the clouds they gather now to wash us away

Water is rising coming to wash it all way
There’s no denying we were so wrong
Water is rising coming to wash the filth away
There’s no denying we are so lost

Staring down the end of time every fear is realized
Crying out it’s much too late there’s nothing we can do to save
For the time has come

[Chorus]

Watch as the clouds, they gather now
To wash us away
At the end of days
The end of days




9. FARTHER THAN THE SUN

Drifting like a comet in the cold
I cannot feel at all
I fade to black and set out on my own
This is my resolve

[Chorus:]
I have to find a place where I belong
I do not like what I have become
No more compromise I will be gone
Free to fly farther than the sun
Farther than the sun

Something in the silence beckons me
And tells me every time
All of your defiance sets you free
And brings you back to life

[Chorus]




10. CRY A RIVER

Turn off the lights and close your eyes
And tell me what you see
I’ll bet it doesn’t have a goddamn thing to do with me
There’s nothing left to say
I finally know the truth about you

You come alive you played it well I was the last to know
My premonition was the only thing that let it show
I gave you everything
But I could never pacify you

[Chorus:]
So go on and cry me a river
Don’t say this will haunt you forever
It never did it never will

Tear it away I wanna see just what you really are
And rip the veil that hides that wretched soul you call a heart
This is my agony
But I return to stay beside you

[Chorus]

Vows are not meant to be broken
You never cared for a moment
You never did you never will

Now I know the truth about you
All you need I will deny you
I’ll be damned to stay beside you

[Chorus]

All that you see you devour
The money the greed and the power
You always did you always will

Now I know the truth about you
All you need I will deny you




11. ALL ENDS WELL

If I could ease your mind, calm the storm inside
Pull your drifting heart back from a cruel and bitter tide
Show you that tomorrow everything will be just fine
Oh in due time

Somewhere down the road your stars will show
Somewhere down the road you're almost home
You're almost home

[Chorus:]
If you believe in nothing else
Just keep believing in yourself
There will be times of trouble,
it's gonna hurt like hell
This much I know, all ends well
It all ends well.

If I could heal the scars
Show you what you are
Bind the wounds of disbelief
That brought you down so hard
I would be the tourniquet around your doubting heart
Oh in due time.

Somewhere down the road your stars will show
Somewhere down the road you're almost home
You're almost home

[Chorus]

So hard to see so hard to find
All that you need will calm the tide
These words of wisdom you'll know to find
You have so much to give, won't you live a little more

[Chorus]




12. FORTRESS

Am I lost to wander forever
Perhaps for the rest of my days?
If all that has been surrounded will just go to waste

You left me out in the distance
To wander this world on my own
Sometimes it’s so hard to admit it but I can’t let you go
I can’t let you go

[Chorus:]
Go on and take it all, go on and take it all
Fortress coming down
I know we can’t save it all I know we can’t save it all
Everything is gone
Oh I have seen it all Oh I have seen it all
Fortress coming down
Go on and take it all, go on and take it all

One thing I know is for certain
We cannot have all we want
Still this will not stop the hurting, It is never gone

Now I hold on to the one thing
Too fragile to stand on its own
The fortress we built it is crumbling still I can’t let go
I can’t let you go

[Chorus]

Fortress coming down

There’ll come a time, yes I know
There’ll come a time you’ll look back and regret when it’s gone
You’ll look back and regret when I’s gone
There’ll come a time yes I know
There’ll come a time you look back and regret when it’s gone
You’ll look back and regret when I’s gone

In the end, too far gone, this I can’t deny
Still I keep holding on and on
There’s still time
On the outside looking in everything seems fine
But the fortress caving in comes down
On me tonight

[Chorus]

Just take it all
Just take it all
Just take it all