AFI

Retrospective tracks

Lyrics

1. LOST SOULS

If you can't stand upon the water I will see you on the ocean floor.
When you blink do you only find the misery between the lines?
Then take my hand and walk with me.
Come to me, your sanctuary,
I'll gladly accept the gift that I've been granted.
If you feel fine, then give it just a little time.
I'm sure you'll contract my disease.

Look what you've done to me now,
You've made me perfect.
Look what you've done to me now.

If you can't stand upon the earth then I see you on the other side.
When you blink do you only find the misery weighs down your eyes?
Then take my hand and sleep with me.

Look what you've done to me now,
You've made me perfect.
Look what you've done to me now.

Take my hand, I'll be everything to you.
Take my hand, I'll take everything from you.
I will seep under your skin.
I will.
I will hold onto your heart.
I will.

Look what you've done to me now,
You've made me perfect.
Look what you've done to me now.
Look what you've done to me now,
You've made me perfect.
Look what you've done to me now.

What have you done?
What have you done?
What have you done?
What have you done?
Done




2. DAYS OF THE PHOENIX

I remember when I was told of story of crushed velvet,
candle wax, and dried up flowers
The figure on the bed all dressed up in roses, calling
Beckoning to sleep,
Offering a dream

words were as mystical as purring animals
The circle of rage
The ghosts on the stage appeared
The time was so tangible, I'll never let it go
Ghost stories handed down, reached secret tunnels below
No one could see me

I fell into yesterday
Our dreams seemed not far away
I want to, I want to, I want to stay
I fell into fantasy

The words were as mystical as purring animals
The circle of rage
The ghosts on the stage appeared
The time was so tangible, I'll never let it go
Ghost stories handed down, reached secret tunnels below
No one could see me

I fell into yesterday.
Our dreams seemed not far away
I want to, I want to, I want to stay.
I fell into fantasy

The girl on the wall always waited for me,
And she was always smiling
The teenage death boys
The teenage death girls
And everyone was dancing
Nothing could touch us then
No one could change us then
Everyone was dancing
Nothing could hurt us then
No one could see us then
Everyone was dancing
Everyone was dancing

No one could see me

I fell into yesterday
Our dreams seemed not far away
I want to, I want to, I want to stay
I fell into fantasy

Our dreams seemed not far away
Our dreams seemed not far away
Our dreams seemed not far away

I fell into fantasy




3. WINTERS TALE

A chilling silence.
A world of violets.
My breath materialized again.
Immaculate.
Inanimate.
A comfort cutting time I see... a string of white lights.
Forever walking through December.
Forever longing for a sign of life, a bringer of light.
Forever wandering together through a world of violets.
Ice everlasting.
A full moon casting a purple veil enshrouding all.
I perambulate, somnambulant.
A solace piercing time I see... a string of white lights.
If only one for night, if only for one night, if only for one night remember.
If only for one night, if only for one night, if only for one night together.




4. TOTALIMMORTAL

Hope unknown. Sometimes just waking is surreal.
I walk right through the nameless ones.
I know that hope's unknown.
Sometimes the water feels so real.
As I walk through it fills my lungs, my god, I'm drowning.
This day never seems to end.
This pain, never.
The rage I can not let go.

I hear them calling my name.
I feel them gnawing out holes through flawless souls.

So alone. Sometimes I swear that I can hear the taunting of the voiceless ones.
I fear that I alone fear those who finally ceased to feel that they're alone
inside this place.
I am the misplaced.
Now every face, it looks familiar...
then every face would melt away until...
now everyone, do you know, I know your deception?




5. FALL CHILDREN

As the cries start to penetrate still air, this day we celebrate.
The wait now ends.
From four corners smoke plums into reddened sky.
In the face of latern light, my destiny flies.
This day so hallowed, from here to forever its will I will follow.
Tonight will come to life.
Deadened branches stirred by whispers in the wind.
Fall children fill the streets at dusk, at last, it all will begin.




6. PRAYER POSITION

Now!
Peel the skin back from the flesh.
Steal the flesh back from the starving static minds.
From nature we must stray, to clarity we'll climb.

Deadly impulse seems so natural, just look beyond it and we'll find a brand new evolution.
Here begins a brand new line.
And in the distance there's a gathering, that no longer seems so far away.
Pushed to our knees so let us pray, and all together we'll bring the real rain.

Watch all that's wasted wash away, so let it come.
Our will be done.
Stature retrieved, regain our form.
Break free from instinct that's left us all confined.

From nature we must stray to clarity we'll climb. Tradition ingrained, now impermissible.
Now comes a call for all to find a brand new evolution. Here begins a brand new line.

I can't help but fear, look to my species and tremble, to think that God is just...
And in the distance there's a gathering that no longer seems so far away.




7. GOD CALLED IN SICK TODAY

Let's admire the pattern forming.
Murderous filigree.
I'm caught in the twisting of the vine.
Go ascend with ivy, climbing.

Ignore and leave for me the headstone crumbling behind.
I can't help my laughter as she cries.
My soul brings tears to angelic eyes.
Let's amend the classic story, close it so beautifully,

I'll let animosity unwind.
Steal away the darkened pages, hidden so shamefully.
I'll still feel the violence of the lines.
I can't stand my laughter as they cry. My soul brings tears to angelic eyes.
And miles away my mother cries. Omnipotence, nurturing malevolence.




8. LOWER IT

An invitation excluding no one,
so you walk right in and destroy the fucking place.
You've lost your right to be part of my family.
The family that welcomed you, you joined, and left in disgrace.
Your flag was flaming (was flaming), your flag was flaming before it ever started flying.

Your flag was burning, was burning down everyone in true salute.
Sense of commitment.
A sense of pride.
I heard you say that we shared a destiny.
Now it is plain to see you've got no sense at all.
The name that once honored you disgraced and made a mockery.

Your flag was flaming (was flaming), your flag was flaming before it ever started flying.
Your flag was burning, was burning down everyone in true salute.
I could always see... i could always see the smoke from miles away.
I could always see the weakness in your eyes.
Far away i feel the lies while the sky is burning.

Your flag was flaming (was flaming), your flag was flaming before it ever started flying.
Your flag was burning, was burning down everyone in true salute.
You will always be unwanted... unwanted.
You will always be unwanted... unwanted... unwanted.




9. SINGLE SECOND

Oh my God! My God this can't be happening!
God tell me, tell me this isn't real!
I can't believe all that I have
foreseen is finally happening.
I cannot for a single second stand the way I feel.

I always knew. I always saw it coming.
Enveloped now, encased by my worst fear.
I've never felt the nausea of longing to feel nothing,
I never wanted to cease to
exist, just disappear.

Fear memories are all that lie ahead.
Never have I felt so lost. Memories dull my senses.
Fear tragedy is all that lies ahead.
Never have I felt so dead.

Once felt so warm, now I'm fucking freezing.
I am the once embraced abandoned one.
I raised my eyes up to the light in hopes of finding healing;
no relief was mine, I was burnt, by the sun.




10. THIRD SEASON

It's gonna take you by surprise as it rises.
Can you feel the pulse?
Can you feel the heat rising from below?
Can you feel the energy gaining strength, oh so slowly?
But i'll wait...i'll wait...till the seasons change.
I'll wait...I'll wait... till the fall comes.
And i'll give you a mirthless laugh.
Can you see the signs?
Can you see the changing of the winds?
Can you sense the stillness in the air?
Calm will remain...oh so shortly.
But i'll wait...till the seasons change.
i'll wait...till the fall comes.




11. HE WHO LAUGHS LAST

No trust can be given freely, it's a valuable commodity,
but obviously this is something you've never learned.
Faith is something that you put in friends, and had I excess morals to lend,
I'd let you borrow them, but my trust you haven't earned.
We've got a problem? First of all there is no "we", I'm detached from you completely.

I've got a problem. You tell lies to my friends and think it won't get back to me.
No bond can ever seem to make a stable fit in our relationship,
but one thing that never comes between us is honesty.
When you have something to say, you always seem to find a way to avoid the truth or instead, avoid me.
We've got a problem? First of all there is no "we", I'm detached from you completely.

I've got a problem. You tell lies to my friends and think it won't get back to me.
Straight up is how you'll see me stand, but it is never in your plans to be straight forward,
so instead, you use deceit.
Now I would like to take apart what you've been breaking from the start.
I'll remain intact, I won't be broken in defeat.

We've got a problem? First of all there is no "we", I'm detached from you completely.
I've got a problem. You tell lies to my friends and think it won't get back to me.
No trust!




12. I WANNA GET A MOHAWK (BUT MY MUM WON'T LET ME GET ONE)

I may be ten years old but I still know what's up.
I wear my Cramps shirt almost
every single day. I want to sag my pants.
I want to pogo dance, but Mom won't let me so I might just run away.
I wanna ride my skate. I wanna stay out late.
I wanna mohawk but mom won't let me get one.
I wanna go to shows.
Don't wanna pierce my nose.

I wanna get a mohawk but mom won't let me get one.
I may be in fourth grade, but I know what's going on.
I listen to the Misfits almost every single day.
Don't want to take a nap, I want a TV tat,
but Mom won't let me so I might just disobey.




13. PERFECT FIT

What was it I was thinking, or was I even thinking at all?
When I think of what I thought back then, then I'm ashamed,
and I'm appalled that I gave up all I was so easily.
Living your life is not for me.

I won't be sedated, I won't be sedated!
Give me a little taste and I know I won't want more.
I won't be sedated, stability is overrated.
Give me the disorder I adore.

What was it you were thinking, or were you even thinking at all?
When I think of what you thought of me, I take offense,
and I'm appalled that you could discount all I love so easily.
Living your life is not for me.

I won't be sedated, I won't be sedated!
Give me a little taste and I know I won't want more.
I won't be sedated, stability is overrated.
Give me the disorder I adore.

I can't be a part, be a part, I can't be a part.
I can't be a part, be a part of your modern world.
I've gotta be apart, be apart, I've gotta be apart.
I've gotta be apart. I don't grasp the values that you hold.

I can't be a part, be a part, I can't be a part.
I can't be a part, be a part of your modern world.
I've gotta be apart, be apart, I've gotta be apart.
I've gotta be apart. I don't grasp the values that you hold.

I can't be a part, be a part, I can't be a part.
I can't be a part, be a part of your modern world.
I've gotta be apart, be apart, I've gotta be apart.
I've gotta be apart. I don't grasp your values!




14. ROLLING BALLS

Bowling is my life and it has always been my dream
to be a member of the local bowling team, but I'm not very good.
The guys won't accept me, I guess I try the girls team
and lose a part of my anatomy then balls will roll.
I think I want to be...
Balls will roll, I think it's time,
it's time for me to be a girl.

It's a very big decision, it's going to change my life.
I'll have to make all new friends, I'm gonna lose my wife.
But that's okay with me. There's something in my soul.
It doesn't matter who's the better man, it the man who gets to bowl.
Balls will roll. I think I want to be...
Balls will roll, I think it's time, it's time for me to be a girl.

Go! I've made my decision, I'm gonna make the change.
There will be rolling balls, I'm gonna play my game.
It's gonna be so great. It's gonna be the best,
besides, I've always told myself I look good in a dress.
I'm gonna cut 'em off, I'm gonna cut 'em off, I'm gonna cut 'em off.
I'll never have to cough.
Now I've made my change and I've fulfilled my dream.
I'm now a member of the women's bowling team.
I hope I throw a strike, cause I'll never score again.
My first game is tomorrow, I will go to play and then...
Balls will roll. I think I want to be...
Balls will roll, I think it's time, it's time for me to be.




15. WHO SAID YOU COULD TOUCH ME

You don't know I am so,
you can not get close to me
and I don't know who you are,
so just leave me alone.
I know you can't believe
the anxiety you're causing me
and I know you can't believe
your fake compassion I don't need.

Get away from me, You're standing too close.
Keep your hands off of me.
Keep away from me, Just leave me alone,
who said you could touch me anyway?
Don't try to rub my shoulders
and don't try to hold my hand.
Don't try to give me a fucking hug.
You crawl on me as if I were your very best of friends.
I don't even know your name.

Get away from me, You're standing too close.
Keep your hands off of me.
Keep away from me, Just leave me alone,
who said you could touch me anyway?
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. ah!