AFI

The Art of Drowning tracks

Lyrics

1. INITIATION

(Instrumental)




2. THE 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




3. THE NEPHILIM

Swing through sadness, tears of joy
Curse the sunlight
Arsenic for the girls and boys
Drink the madness, smoke so coy
Smile injection
Serum of a will destroyed
The seasons change without me
I remain in shadows growing wings
The spirit song still surrounds me, in refrain, in shadows growing wings

Like an angel with two broken wings, reach to the sky again
Like a devil, meant for better things
I will find my place on high.




4. EVER AND A DAY

Lie in the comfort of sweet calamity with nothing left to lose
Lie in the darkness, I'm slowly drowned to sleep with nothing left to lose
Three tears I've saved for you
I'd retrace the steps that lead me here but nothing lives behind me
So I lie in this field bathed in the light that loves me, with nothing left to lose
Three Tears I've saved for you
Will you be my beloved?
Will you help me to get through?
Will you be my destruction?
Will you help me to be through?




5. SACRIFICE THEORY

Hear one thousand screams.
Hear one thousand voices.
A solitary echo.
Feel one thousand pains,
But one is receiving a bloody invitation.

Do you want to feel the warmth?
To taste the life, to taste the life
Do you want taste the life?
To taste the life, to taste the life flow?
Go, Go

Feel one thousand lost,
sinking into soft skin.
Ingest rejuvenation.
One to consume,
One to renew.
Demanded invitation.

Do you want to feel the warmth?
To taste the life, to taste the life
Do you want taste the life?
To taste the life, to taste the life flow?

I offer grace,
I offer blood.
I offer everything till my heart is crystal clear.
I offer grace,
I offer blood.
I offer everything till my heart is crystal clear.

Let me taste the life flow.

Do you want to feel the warmth?
To taste the life, to taste the life
I want to taste the life.
To taste the life, to taste the life flow.
Go, Go, Woah, Go




6. OF GREETINGS AND GOODBYES

Now ending discreetly, just like a hidden sin, as I go under please tuck me in
Make me invisible
This hidden explosion calls for a wandering cast with no direction
Enter all the monsters let us twist another fairy tale
Go kill the lights, we'll glow till the morning comes
I'll say goodnight and bow to everyone
Then we go under
The beauties are sleeping as fruit just rots away
Today go hungry
Let it begin
Make me invincible
There was a weeping I carried down today, a sigh worth keeping
Deep within divinity let's start another secret show
No need to worry it is just another monster
No need to fear here in the secret show
No need to worry I am just another monster
In you, I'll see me, in the secret show.




7. SMILE

Overwhelmed with a deep revulsion for sights seen so commonly, now I have come to be the walking enmity
Assimilate into a culture of post morality, from what I've seen, I hate humanity
Rot with repulsion, I'll write the world a brand new song
Look upon your bleak creation, but is it truly me that's to be the human blasphemy?
I'll set the world on fire and, in the burning light I'll write my first love song and I will feel warmth
Hide your eyes in heaven, in the lies
Believe
Relieve
I'll end the world tonight
Overwhelmed with a deep repulsion for sights seen so commonly, now I have come to be a walking enmity
for humanity
the human blasphemy
I'll end the world tonight.




8. A STORY AT THREE

Again and again they blend into one, my father the morning pushes through my moonlight love
So what's sleep?
Sleep
I'm tired, so tired, but it seems that there's someone here with me
We are the wakeful, wry and watchful
We're awaiting
Deathless ones
A story at three with the shrillest of cries
My mind fights with the sparkles in the corner of my eyes
I hear the morning choir sing to me their elegy
So beautiful
They sing me their elegy
Requiem.




9. THE 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




10. CATCH A HOT ONE

Let's tap your heart so we can paint the walls and see if anybody likes the tone or the pain
The hungry eyes waiting for your life flash, now they're gonna see it
Open your veins so we can make a pool and bathe and see if anyone complains of the stain
Let's strip you down so we can see your old scars
Now you're gonna feel it
Show me how to shine now
Have you ever turned to dust?
I saw an insect learn to fly, its form was scorned
Have you ever seen the kingdom of the flys?
I saw it stay a sovereignty
Have you ever lost the sense of touch?
Have you ever turned to dust?
Let's lift you up so we can see how fast you fall
We always thought that you could fly, now you'll crawl
The lack of loyalty you thought you once felt, now you're gonna feel it
Now show me how to shine.




11. WESTER

I can feel you waiting for me as the sun retreats to the hills and I
beneath the blanket of a burning sky
wrap myself within
Embraced by dead leaves as the rain leaves trails of black down my face
I creep through the twilight to that hidden place beyond the lonely
I'll meet you tonight in the whispers when no one's around
Nothing can stop us now
Tonight in the whispers where we won't be found
I can feel you dreaming of me and the time when our steps are retraced
and I creep through the twilight to that hidden place
beyond the lonely
I'll meet you
Beneath a dream, lost in a dream tonight
smile




12. 6 TO 8

Six figures enter, they've come to destroy the world
They've called together this storm almost every night
I awake in another place
A familiar voice with a stranger's face speaks more unheard words
What new friends will the day bring?
One for one thousand aquainted
What new home will the night bring?
When it all comes down, you just throw the bones
On the way I saw five hours of sleep but your fire makes it all worth while
One the way I wrote words for you to keep
On the way, I saw myself
Lost myself along the way.




13. THE DESPAIR FACTOR

Along the path where the stream is talking,
I breathe the mist and continue walking.
The wood it whispers in a language of it's own.
As a sigh escaped my lips,
I feel the light caress of fingertips that,
steal away the breath and leave me on my own.

Waiting by the stairs. (Waiting, I despair)
Waiting, I despair. (Waiting by the stairs)

My whole life is a dark room.
One, big, dark room.

Do I hear the hollow sound,
Footsteps resounding on this frozen ground,
Or the familiar disappointment of the echoes of my own?

Waiting by the stairs. (Waiting i despair)
Waiting, I despair. (Waiting by the stairs)

[whispers:]
Somehow I ended up here in between,
Where there is always the comfort,
Of knowing I'll never be seen.
When I fall
When I fall
I wait for just one touch,
And I fall

Weightless,
Endless,
Faithless, I'll adore you.
A single touch, before I fade. Painless let me pass through.
Weightless,
Endless,
Faithless, I'll adore you.
A single touch, before I fade. Painless let me pass through





14. MORNINGSTAR

I saw a star beneath the stairs glowing through the melting walls
Who will be the first to begin their fall?
Or will we become one?
Am I the star beneath the stairs?
Am I the ghost upon the stage?
Am I your anything?
I saw a star beneath the stairs glowing bright before descent
and in the morning there is nothing left but what's inside of me
And I don't want to die tonight, will you believe in me?
And I don't want to fall into the light
Will you wish upon?
Will you walk upon me?
I don't want to die tonight
Will you believe in me tonight?