Byzantine

...And They Shall Take Up Serpents tracks

Lyrics

1. JUSTICIA

I fire my malice into the crowd
Dispersing empty shells onto the ground
Screaming as I sling my rosary
Into the noose it has became to be




I cannot monitor I cannot mute the screams
I cannot recall the day
That I broke free from my arrows and slings




This power hungry nation of fools
Applies fabric of war to line the pockets of greed
We lean on the broken bones of their simplicity
And taunt the Jihad as we spit in the face of God

Blasphemy I cannot mute the screams
I cannot recall the day
That I broke free from my arrows and slings

We fight for the right to inhale
We fight for the right to abort
We fight for the right just to pray
And these rights they will never extort

I cannot monitor I cannot mute the screams
I cannot recall the day
That I broke free from my arrows and slings




2. TAKING UP SERPENTS

No religion persuades me but the religion inside of me
I'm alive
Tower of Babel fell for a reason the tongues
That you speak is laid of flies
Your not anointed to take up the serpent you've
Backslid on all of your faith
This line to heaven shall not fit
You in no room for such a disgrace

You deserve fire

Fire set alight
Burns the mark in my soul brilliantly
Rise following signs
I am catatonic the spirit is inside
Glory be…

I burn all the bridges I see
We pull in sunder instantly
Embody the laws of all hate
A latticework of pseudo-faith

Why wait? Subjugate forcing the gospel outside it's own gate
This is an intimate portrait of faith
Of believers who fear the same fate
Lead me from hell with salvation cocktails
I deny any treatment you praise
Fiction looks best when it's dipped in deceit of your
brush arbor meetings a virulent sweep in disguise

Fire set alight
Burns the mark in my soul brilliantly
Rise following signs
I am catatonic the spirit is inside

Glory be…

I burn all the bridges I see
We pull in sunder instantly
Embody the laws of all hate




3. JEREMIAD

Rise above the human follies in my life
You'll see the shadow of the goat is my guide
Disguise the limit for my pain
I can't let anyone inside you
Crawl inside limousine of twelve feet
It's lamentation day for me

All access to my love denied
I am the king of sorrow
My darkened world has burned your eyes
You stared too long into my skies

Put these thoughts inside to rest
Decorate with Sunday's best
Tears of pain they splash my hide
No resting place inside
Coronation of my soul
My friends I have so betrayed you
Now it is done final epicedium
It's lamentation day for me

Your all invited to my wake
Hope you enjoy the sorrow
Just let the tears pool in your eyes
So you can stare into my sky
My hell is not my own




My flames burn higher and higher
In tune with the choir
Eulogy of fire
I am a pyre reborn

Thank you for coming to my show
Hope you enjoyed the sorrow
And if your world does not seem bright
Just stare into my darkened sky




4. ANCESTRY OF THE ANTICHRIST

A fabrication woven from a burning Bush
Sent thousands to expire in a desert for oil
Our trust floats away in a pool of it's own blood
Snuffed out by our leaders to annex the soil

Fire at will

Let me reiterate we have bought into the scam
Halliburton's running Uncle Sam
Abusing our military might
We have to stand up and fight
We cannot cave in now
We have to sacrifice all these sacred cows
Paving our solidarity
To upend a civilization that we do not decree

Fire at will

We lived so arrogantly
Until the trumpets screamed and burned the tips of the angels wings
So I'll die in shameful agony
Knowing the Antichrist has a southern drawl just like me

This war ignites the flames of anarchy
Feeding on the sands of time
Let's pass the bill to kill our supremacy
I'll be the first in line

Fire at will
Fire at will
Fire at our free will




5. TEMPORARY TEMPLES

You are removed from the future database
No genetic code shall exist from this race

Hallelujah these scars are not permanent fixtures
They all shall fade away with time

The stars twinkle in the void
As two legged creatures scheme and dream in vain
In your minds you are temples
But in reality you are a disgrace

We give you temples of warning
Temporary signs of distress
The fissures you saunter are cracking
And your death, an imbalance it won't make




6. FIVE FACES OF MADNESS

I dreamt of heaven once
It was a calm cool and miserable place
All my friends were under the fire
I could not make out a face
I was trapped with the holiest men
The ultimate punch line to an ironic end
I screamed in my torment and writhed in my pain
As the angels did bathe me with heaven again

There is no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing

I draw inspiration from the micro dreams
That twitch the body before the entering
We pull ourselves into a callous induced sleep
Swallowed by the years of undigested beatings

In this place you reek of fear
Deserved malaise
Light is gone with shedding grace
And God has backed away

Free yourself from your own mind
Break yourself from your own mind

Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing
In this place you reek of fear
Deserved the horrors of life




7. REDNECK WAR

Many a man bear the scars of laboring to pay a toll
They lie just to exploit our miners
And hell bent to export our coal
Come step into our territory and our
Laws you shall not adhere
They're gaining control through the voting
And bribery built on your fear

Lay down the bible and take up the rifle
Our blood runs thick down the banks of the crooked creek

These grass roots have all been tilled
For generations next in line
Our heaven will never be filled while death
Overfloweth the mines
The backs that break under the strain
Of burdens brought on by their lives
Are put out to fend off the rain oppression
That cuts like a knife

Lay down the bible and take up the rifle
Our blood runs thick down the banks of the crooked creek

Let's war

Take up arms for your mother there is nothing to lose
Around the necks the union symbol hangs like a noose

It is autumn on the mountain and a Chafin is to fall
Charged with murderous treason Harding declares martial law

Lay down the bible and take up the rifle
Our blood runs thick down the banks of the crooked creek