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Arise! tracks

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1. THE MOOR

(instrumental)





2. AXEMAN

Lock up your children the Axeman is coming
Lock up your children the Axeman is coming
Lock up your children the Axeman is running
Lock up your children he's here!

He is coming Slaughter!

Is he from the army or the S.A.S.?
Rejected and shunned, left out on his own
The skills he acquired are put to the test
The tearing of flesh and the pulping of bone!

He is coming Slaughter!

It's late and it's dark but one walks the streets
An axe in his hand, no glint in his eye
This mindless machine, he butcher, you meat!
Calm and collected, but twisted inside!

He is here! Slaughter!




3. FEAR OF GOD

You say that you hear voices, I presume that is correct?
And you say that all the bad boys end their wicked ways in hell?
Well, if it wasn't for the collar that you wear around your neck
You'd be seeing life quite differently, inside a padded cell!

The fear of God

Am I to understand you, when you say I'll be forgiven?
If I give you all my money, well that's blackmail, don't you see?
And the ones who give the most are guaranteed a place in heaven
Where they can watch the burning souls below and rub their hands with glee!

The fear of God

Your priorities are wrong
Your faith is blind
Crush the weak, uphold the strong
Burn the brains of mankind

The money spent on churches could appease the starving poor
To justify injustice you must misinterpret Christ!
You lock your wealth away at night behind a bolted door
The fear of God? You hypocrite! Open up your eyes!

The fear of God

Your priorities are wrong
Your faith is blind
Crush the weak, uphold the strong
Burn the brains of mankind




4. LARGACTYL

You're standing on a hill, looking down at the city
Thinking 'bout your life and your bottle of pills
They released you from the hospital, you're cured!
So this is how freedom feels?!

Largactyl
Relax (it's only paranoia!)

Feel a little numb? Feel a little tired?
Your brain's asleep and your body's retired
You've learned to fit in. OBEY!
You're just a shadow of what you used to be

Largactyl
Relax (it's only paranoia!)

A comfortable life? A car and a wife?
It's only a dream but it's fuckin' obscene
You've learned to fit in, a vegetable!
Senility! At 21 they'll be coming for you

Largactyl
Relax (it's only paranoia!)




5. DRINK AND BE MERRY

Drink and be merry, for tomorrow we may die
It's better to laugh than it is to cry
My cup runneth over with blood and not wine
The last was the flood, it's fire this time

I took a walk on the beach, no sand dunes, just oil
Dead gulls and dead fish were trod underfoot
The sky was tinted with yellow and black
And the air smelt like Dachau today

The fields were littered with the dying and dead
Nothing grows here but decay!
The village bell tolls, a priest vomits blood
Another life's wasted away

Down in the square, the party goes on
The doomed sit down to their last feast
They gorge themselves on the recently deceased

The heat of the day, the foul smell of decay
As they wait...
For the Inferno to be
Unleashed!

So drink and be merry for tomorrow we may die
It's better to laugh than it is to cry
Live for life's sake, don't let life pass you by
There's more worth living for than meets the eye

So drink and be merry for tomorrow we may die!




6. SPOILS OF VICTORY

Look to the North, look to the East, look to the West and South
On all horizons storm clouds loom and roll across the sky
The river bursts its banks and vomits soil into the mouth
As thunder breaks the silence, a young child cries!

Between the night and the day's first light the leaders made a pact
To raise the rotting corpse of war and set the wheels in motion
The stage, a heaving battlefield would support the final act
While the authors hide in sattelites or forts beneath the ocean

And in this play we're cast as fools
To blindly play by others' rules

Now the dust has settled and the stench completely clear
Then return the victors to claim their wretched crown
But from the fleshheaps of the slain, there comes no cheer
Their game is over, the chips are down

You arrived like a breath from the Angel of Death
Famine, disease, and a life on your knees
Guaranteed when you put them in power




7. ARISE!

Well, we've all heard the sermon
Seen the preachers or worshipped the stage
Heard the new manifesto? It's all questions, no solutions at all
Well, you're out on your own now
Always have been, just look at your "friends"
Break the surface to daylight
Strength will flow through our unity

There is a traitor in our midst
And when we rise we will be betrayed
They are the wolves in sheeps clothing
Taking place at the back of the flock
All this talk about freedom, will be tainted with blood (it's your life)
Put this cross on your back, child
Tread the long weary trail to the top of the hill

Arise!
Get off your knees
Arise!
Get off your knees, get off, your knees

There's some hard times coming down
There is the smell of revolution on the wind
Well, we're grinding our axes
Telling tales around the bonfire at night
We will set out with a fire in our hearts
When this darkness gives way to the dawn
In the light we united as one
For the kingdom of heaven must be taken by storm

Arise!
Get off your knees
Arise!
Get off your knees, get up, stand up




8. SLAVE

Earth to ashes, buildings to dust
A radioactive burning crust
The meek shall inherit all that is left
Inherit the Earth, a living death

Slave
From the cradle to the grave
Slave
You made yourself the system's slave

Acid rain, rocks on fire!
Poison clouds, God's a liar
There's nothing left for the meek
The past is gone, the future is bleak

Slave
From the cradle to the grave
Slave
You made yourself the system's slave

Evil systems, government control
Are to blame for our downfall
There's no umbrella against the rain
Destroy the power, break your chain!

Slave
From the cradle to the grave
Slave
You made yourself the system's slave




9. THE DARKEST HOUR

My friend the time has come for us to say goodbye
So with these parting words I bid you fond farewell
It seems the life we led was just a shameful lie
What does the future hold? Well only time will tell

I'm not scared of dying and I don't really care
If it's peace you find in dying well then let my time be near
If it's peace you find in dying when dying time is here
Bundle up my coffin, 'cos it's cold way down there

And when I'm dead
And when I'm gone
There'll be one child born
And a world to carry on

Some say our fate is sealed and help to tie the knot
Some say that this may be the lull before the storm
But there's one piece of nature everyone's forgot
And that's, "The darkest hour is always before the dawn!"

When the candle burns low
When there's no more to say
Dig me a hole
Where my body might lay




10. RIGHT TO RIDE

I have seen the Winter sun,
Rise above the Vale of Avalon
I've ridden out upon Salisbury Plain
Seen the standing stones where we will never meet again.

I've seen our freedom in chains
You've gotta fight for your rights now
Before all that remains
Is a vague memory inside

We want the right to ride
Let the rider decide

I have seen the lochs, and eagles over Skye
Walked into the valley climbed the mountain high
I have walked across the lonely haunted moor
Seen so many things that we had never seen before

Well this land is our own, the freedom to roam?
To live as we choose to win or to lose our birthright..?




11. BEYOND THE SUN

Well you never flew the colours
And I never saw you bend a knee
To any man
But you were never short of brothers
There was always someone
Holding out a helping hand
Well, I remember the summer
We were riding to a show
And our road went on forever
So we were riding nice and slow
And then I heard the band play
And the sun broke through the sky
It was a fine day for a funeral ya
But I never wanted you to die
No one ever wanted you to die
We were watching at the crossroads
When I saw you wiping out
Some metal box just slipped down
Right into the side of you
I was screaming
I was screaming
I was screaming
But nothing was coming out
They always said you were
A dark horse
Because you rode the land alone
But you know I think the real reason
That you were always riding home
And your road goes on forever
The sun will always shine
One day we'll be together
When we cross the final line
When we cross the line
If I turn to you and call you a friend
When all is said and all is done
Will you meet me on the other side
Seven million miles beyond the sun