Praying Mantis

Forever in Time tracks

Lyrics

1. WASTED YEARS

Deep into my soul
I search for what remains
Once a heart so pure, bad blood now in my veins
Wondering what I’ll find,
A world that’s changed in line
This man has yet to live, just still a child in time

I believed that things would turn around
But hope that faded every day
I survived with madness close behind
Which man did I really betray?

I’ve tasted death, I’d fought and I’d won
Died for this day, this day to come

I have waited for this moment in time
I could have cried a thousand tears
But this freedom now, is all I’ll ever need
Redemption of these wasted years

A life has passed me by,
My youth had been and gone
The bitterness is deep it drives me on and on
In realms of power, I was the sacrifice
The cheating of the innocent, the loaded dice

I believed that things would turn around
But hope that faded every day
I survived with madness close behind
Which man did I really betray?

I’ve tasted death, I’d fought and I’d won
Died for this day, this day to come

I have waited for this moment in time
I could have cried a thousand tears
But this freedom now, is all I’ll ever need
Redemption of these wasted years




2. THE MESSIAH

Young hearts, your blood is not so pure
You long to believe in
Been searching for all that is true
Yet pain survives in you

Call me now, it’s not too late

If you see me falling
Through the darkness, seek and you will find
Because this time, the tears will all be mine
With a new day dawning, hear me calling
Am I just one step in time?
For this crime, I cry for all mankind

A new start, my chance to put things right
I must have been dreaming
I hold the key to lighten their lives
Their tears will dry in time

Touch me now, I’m here to stay

If you see me falling
Through the darkness, seek and you will find
Because this time, the tears will all be mine
With a new day dawning, hear me calling
Am I just one step in time?
For this crime, I cry for all mankind

The fate of mankind lay in these hands of mine
The future is yours, but will you see
I’m the messiah

Call me now, it’s not too late

If you see me falling
Through the darkness, seek and you will find
Because this time, the tears will all be mine
With a new day dawning, hear me calling
Am I just one step in time?
For this crime, I cry for all mankind




3. BEST YEARS

Do you remember there were five of us,
Or maybe more
We’d be together day by day
We’d miss off school and hope that
No one else would know for sure
Living dangerously that way

Searching memories of our yesterdays
Far too strong to fade away
Every moment has its lifetime,
And each lifetime
Has its day
I’m chasing shadows all the way

I’m living on memories
Holding onto all my childhood dreams
Those were the best years of my life
I’m looking at the photographs
Checking out the way we use to laugh
Those were the best years of my life

There was a time when everything,
We did was always bad
Running wild without a care
And when those smiling faces changed,
From happiness to sad
Look around you don’t despair

Searching memories of our yesterdays
Far too strong to fade away
Every moment has its lifetime,
And each lifetime
Has its day
I’m chasing shadows all the way

I’m living on memories
Holding onto all my childhood dreams
Those were the best years of my life
I’m looking at the photographs
Checking out the way we use to laugh
Those were the best years of my life




4. BLOOD OF AN ANGEL

Requesting forgiveness
Emotions we’d always hide
Facing up to reality
For this passion versus pride

Turn back tomorrow,
Turn your back on yesterday
Run from the memories,
But the guilt is here to stay

Every moment has its darkness
Tearful thoughts that build the scene
Cast a shadow of pretension
Repeat in your every dream

Turn back tomorrow,
Turn your back on yesterday
Run from the memories,
But the guilt is here to stay

A life is gone it won’t repeat
Don’t believe it’s your soul to keep
For now, I still can taste,
The blood of an angel
So here we lie, the heart so bare
The victims of this world we share
And now, I still can taste,
The blood of an angel

The face of such loneliness
Is the one I’ll always see?
Reflections I see of me

A life is gone it won’t repeat
Don’t believe it’s your soul to keep
For now, I still can taste,
The blood of an angel
So here we lie, the heart so bare
The victims of this world we share
And now, I still can taste,
The blood of an angel




5. VALLEY OF THE KINGS

Like the open night before you
Like the darkness rides the sun
Climb upon your golden chariot
Now your journey has begun

Believe it’s true, that life is just the start
Now mind and soul must part

In the valley of tomorrow (laying down)
Inside this world of mystery (spread your wings)
No tears will fall in sorrow (laying down)
Your name will live in history,
In the Valley of the Kings

A thousand words were spoken
Though your lips they said so few
Moved mountains with your fingertips
This world was made for you

The thousands came to stay their last goodbye
A tribute to their king

In the valley of tomorrow (laying down)
Inside this world of mystery (spread your wings)
No tears will fall in sorrow (laying down)
Your name will live in history,
In the Valley of the Kings (x2) ………

Ride on – ride on warrior
Climb onto the chariot of the flame
Ride on – ride on warrior
Ride onto these kingdoms where you’ll reign




6. CHANGES

Every life must have a reason
So I thought the story goes
Just holding onto dreams now,
As reality steals the show
Wisdom such an asset,
But it’s gained too late in life
The prize of youth without control
Just the blade but not the knife

The challenge is here,
Don’t say what you fear
What’s over the hill do you know
No longer the child, once where so wild
Wait for the hold man to show

I wake up every morning,
Though I’ve slept through
All of these years
A cog that turns another,
Am I clockwork puppeteer?
The treadmill of surviving
I’m still spinning round and round
The motions I’m use to,
That I need no sight nor sound

The dawn of life, I’ve waited long to see
Now the figure of resentment,
This is not how I thought it would be…….

Can’t you see?

The challenge is here,
Don’t say what you fear
What’s over the hill do you know
No longer the child, once where so wild
Wait for the hold man to show
The truth in the eyes, still wear the disguise
For the wonders you may never see
It’s high time to fear, the final frontier
The face in the crowd is now me

I painted life by numbers,
Every color mixed so true
But how could I paint a rainbow,
When all I saw, it’s was blue
The picture now is drying,
As I wipe dust from the frame
A lifetime’s picture is complete
But the canvas is still so plain




7. MAN BEHIND THE MASK

You can’t see me, I live behind these walls
Like to escape, but dream to feed my very soul
Just believing, what’s best in life for me?
Unlock the door you’ll find the key

What is more, you’ll never track me down
Too many tried, but never to be found
I’ve shed my destiny, my crown

I’m the man behind the mask
Spinning dreams that never last
I’m the man behind the mask
You can’t look behind the mask

There’s no solution, I always twist and turn
The empty promises, some people never learn
If there’s a hell on earth,
I probably would burn
Ill – gotten flames can’t hurt this sun

Fame and fortune, follow me around
A change of face, a winning smile,
Another crown
You’ll never kick me when I’m down

I can tell you……..

I’m the man behind the mask
Spinning dreams that never last
I’m the man behind the mask
You can’t look behind the mask

After all is said and done
And the lies can’t find the light of day
I’ll be somewhere in the sun
Life holds no fear for me,
I will just do as I please

I’m the man behind the mask
Spinning dreams that never last
I’m the man behind the mask
You can’t look behind the mask




8. REMEMBER MY NAME

Alone again, you swear for the last time
You won’t go through this hell of a life,
You know as mine
So start again, build a wall to hide
That brave face you know so well
No one else could ever tell, but I know
There must be something more (x2)……..

When your nights are lonely
And the tears start to fall like rain
When your love’s in the dust,
Will you remember my name?
When all the stars are fading
And you’re walking in darkness again
When there‘s no one to trust,
Then you’ll remember my name

All over now, so many could have been
But you don’t remember the ups and downs
Or in – betweens
So close your eyes, feel it slip away
You start to feel alive again,
Until you taste the bitter end
Let it go
You’re holding back the pain
Holding back the pain……..

When your nights are lonely
And the tears start to fall like rain
When your love’s in the dust,
Will you remember my name?
When all the stars are fading
And you’re walking in darkness again
When there‘s no one to trust,
Then you’ll remember my name




9. THE DAY THE SUN TURNED COLD

Look back on creation
A long road to where life begun
Right from the start, we had walked all the way
The final strait we had run
Now look at the world
An image of hell that has come
The cauldron of life, now melting away
Billions of years that’s gone

It’s the reason for destruction
The nature of the beast

The devil’s rejoicing
This night that’ll never end
Unforgiving darkness
This nightmare’s not pretend
Life is just illusion
A piece of time we hold
Captured in our madness
The day the sun turned cold

The cities on fire
The world is aflame
Our prayers they were answered before
But this time we will burn
Our tears in the clouds
Our blood in the rain
As the earth lies in darkness once more
Will it see life again?

As the sun hides forever
The world is brought to its knees
The skies they will hold the ashes of time
The seas of blood, they will freeze
Searching through the darkness
The ghostly sounds ride the wind
Seeing the souls of all history gone
Kissing goodbye to their friend

It’s the reason for destruction
The nature of the beast

The devil’s rejoicing
This night that’ll never end
Unforgiving darkness
This nightmare’s not pretend
Life is just illusion
A piece of time we hold
Captured in our madness
The day the sun turned cold

The cities on fire
The world is aflame
Our prayers they were answered before
But this time we will burn
Our tears in the clouds
Our blood in the rain
As the earth lies in darkness once more
Will it see life again?




10. FOREVER IN TIME

Taking for granted I made the mistake
That the heavens can wait
You were my creator of soul and heart
Now I live in your wake
Maybe I’ll be forgiven one day
But by whom I don’t know
Deserving this punishment now because I do
And this sentence so slow

Hallowed and be thy name
Seeking the road of redemption
Reach for the gods in vain
Guilty of love and temptation

Can I tell you know?
Can I tell you how I feel?
How my world has turned to darkness
In this winter here in my soul

The clouds that won’t hide away
The rain in my eyes
Forgive me I cannot pretend anymore
How we failed to hear your cries
Running away I have nowhere to hide
Searching for peace in my mind
These old memories how they haunt me now
I know this peace I’ll never find

Hallowed and be thy name
Seeking the road of redemption
Reach for the gods in vain
Guilty of love and temptation

Can I tell you know?
Can I tell you how I feel?
How my world has turned to darkness
In this winter here in my soul
Take away the pain
Take away the sorrow now
Now I’ll hold you in my mind and heart
Nothing more can be real

Forever in time