"You want to know what happened to the fucking fish? I ate it! And washed it down with some Pedialyte!!" --Mike Wengren



Ten Thousand Fists

"Meant to signify unity and strength, the kind of elation and power that can be felt at a momentous rock show. It's speaking to the nonbelievers: You will remember the night you were struck by the sight of ten thousand fists in the air."

Survivor
One more goddamn day
When I know what I want
And my want will be considered tonight
Consider tonight
Just another day
When all that I want
Will mark me as a sinner tonight
I'm a sinner tonight, yeah

People can no longer cover their eyes
If this disturbs you then walk away
You will remember the night you were struck by the sight of
Ten thousand fists in the air

Power unrestrained
Dead on the mark
Is what we will deliver tonight
Deliver tonight
Pleasure fused with pain
This triumph of the soul
Will make you shiver tonight
We'll make you shiver tonight, yeah

We are the ones that will open your mind
Leave the weak and the haunted behind

Just Stop

"About a situation where your other half is always trying to come up with reasons to argue with you and you are constantly apologizing, and constantly asking for forgiveness, over and over again, and the frustration that comes with it. The song is asking "that person" to just stop."

Just stop
Enough of the limitless critical comments
On my life
Just drop
The judgment and all of your pseudo-involvement
In my life

Step back
A moment, and look at the miracle started
In our life
Don't stop
The moment, and let the incredible happen
Knowing that

All that you want is to criticize
Something for nothing
And all that I want, is forgiveness one more time
To be the best in the world

Just stop
With all your little deliberate problems
With my life
Enough
Of all of the crippling terrible pain
We feel inside
Step back
A moment, remember how the miracle started
In our life
Take back
The torment, I won't be enjoying this moment
Knowing that

All that you want is to criticize
Something for nothing
And all that I want, is forgiveness one more time
I know that all that we want is to feel inside
Some kind of comfort
And all that we've done we can't hide
We'll be the best in the world

All I ever wanted was to be a real source of
Compassion for the moment, that we find ourselves drowning in

Guarded

"About how choosing this way of life, this path that we are on, some more than others. You force yourself to be guarded. The lyrics are me speaking to myself. I made this decision to lead this sort of life and therefore I'm unfortunately deprived of certain things, like love in a true sense."

Guarding yourself from the love of another
Left you with nothing tonight
Why does it sound like the devil is laughing?
Leaving me haunted tonight
You did decide

Now I want you, when you're gone, and now it's like
You're holding something just in front of me
Well then, I can't allow this to become another
One of those times that I'm left in the cold, dead
There's no compromise
Just another tie
I know I need to sever

Ever haunted by the trappings of this life
Sweet redemption just in front of me
Well now it seems once again that I've lost another
One of the ones that have broke through the wall
Damned
Fate won't compromise
I have sold my soul
And now the devil's laughing
You did decide

You were bold and strong, and ready to begin your life
All for nothing, you were sacrificed
You began alone, and so it will be when you die
All for nothing, will you be remembered?
You did decide

Guarding yourself from the love of another
Left you with nothing tonight
So now you know why the devil is laughing
He left you with nothing tonight
You did decide

Deify

"The song's not specifically about George Bush, it's about people like him. It's meant to be cryptic and ambiguous. It's about attributing God-like qualities to politicians and public figures. That's why in the beginning you hear that sample from Bush's 9/11 speech. It's the perfect example of someone who was attributed God-like power, and deified. Whether it's Bush, the Pope, Ted Turner, or anybody else like that, it just warns of the danger of that sort of behavior, treating a human being like a God."

All my devotion betrayed
I am no longer afraid
I was too blinded to see
How much you've stolen from me

You want to know why
I feel so horrified
I've let my innocence die
You want to know why
I can't be pacified
You made me bury something
I won't be sleeping tonight

I only wanted a blessing made
Now I've been labeled a renegade
It seems so clear now what I must do
You're no immortal, I won't let them

Deify you
They view you as the new messiah
Deify you
Renew belief in some demented man

You want to know why
It seems the passion's died
We've all been living this lie
You want to know why
My will's been fortified
You made me hunger again
Good luck sleeping tonight

Stricken

"About those moments when someone comes into your life and it's almost as if you've been afflicted with a disease you can't get rid of; devastating and debilitating."

You walk on like a woman in suffering
Won't even bother now, to tell me why
You come alone, letting all of us savor the moment
Leaving me broken another time
You come on like a blood stained hurricane
Leave me alone, let me be this time
You carry on like a holy man pushing redemption
I don't want to mention

The reason I know
That I am stricken and can't let you go
When the heart is cold there's no hope, and we know
That I am crippled by all that you've done
Into the abyss will I run

You don't know what your power has done to me
I want to know if I'll heal inside
I can't go on, with a holocaust about to happen
Seeing you laughing another time
You'll never know how your face has haunted me
My very soul has to bleed this time
Another hole in the wall of my inner defenses
Leaving me breathless

I can't let you go
Yes I am stricken and can't let you go

I'm Alive

"About people who try to change you. About those people who try to force you into doing something you don't want to do. In relation to our music, our art, our creativity."

Never again, will I be dishonored
And never again, will I be reminded
Of living within the world of the jaded

They kill inspiration, it's my obligation
To never again, allow this to happen
Where do I begin, the choices are endless
Denying the sin
My art, my redemption
I carry the torch of my fathers before me

The thing I treasure most in life
Cannot be taken away
There will never be a reason why
I will surrender to your advice
To change myself, I'd rather die
Thought they will not understand
I won't make the greatest sacrifice
You can't predict where the outcome lies
You'll never take me alive
I'm alive

Change again, cannot be considered
I rage again, dispelling my anger
Where do I began, the choices are endless
My art, my redemption
My only salvation
I carry the gift, that I have been blessed with
My soul is adrift, in oceans of madness
Repairing the rift, that you have created
I am not alone, brothers give me your arms now

I'm no slave, are you feeling brave
Or have you gone out of your mind?
No more games, it won't feel the same
If I hold my anger inside
There's no meaning, my soul is bleeding
I've had enough of your kind
One suggestion, use your discretion
Before you label me blind

Sons of Plunder

"About the whole trend of these bands that all sound exactly like one another that all the labels seem to keep snapping up. No one is identifiable anymore. Not by their look, not by their sound, not by anything. It's just another band wearing suits, another band wearing ties."
plun·der • steal goods from (a place or person), typically using force and in a time of war or civil disorder

Tell me you like it

You say you've found yourself a new sound
The shit's loaded and ready to go
A bit too much just like the old sound
Already heard it for the hundredth time
One hundred more all have the same sound
Running around with all the sheep that you know
"It's so sublime, they're breaking new ground"
"They're sure to have another hit this time"

Come on, can't you just leave it alone?
It doesn't have any soul
Just find a thing of your own
And stop pretending to know

As the countless numbers hunger
For worldwide renown
All the pimping sons of plunder
Will roll up their sleeves
All searching for the answers
They don't even care to know

Give it to me, give it to me
You like it?

I'm still surrounded by the "new sound"
I've had enough and I'm ready to go
A stranglehold throughout the world now
The new obsession will fade in time
A thin reminder of the past now
All convoluted, hardly ready to go
Their whines and moans will never last now
I think you've given us our fill this time

As it's blown apart
Hundreds thrown away
Makes me question just what I believe
Brothers torn apart
Mindless drones enslaved
Makes me search for an answer
I don't want to know

It's like the plague from below
Killing all that I know
One hundred voices, the same
Drench their sorrow in flame

Tell me you like it

Overburdened

"About a soldier standing in line waiting to pass through the gates of hell, and he's in line with all these other soldiers that died in the course of battle and they're all wondering why they got there. All of you who are hypersensitive to any mention of the word "soldier" being associated with a place called "hell" let me offer my explanation. The song is an idea, a concept, an ironic image in my mind, the notion in this case that someone fought for what he/she thought was right, only to have been mislead and be forced to deal with the consequences. I have deep love, respect, and admiration for our soldiers who defend our way of life."

Fate is so unkind
Now I should have known
Blind leading the blind
Reaping what I've sown
If it all amounts to nothing
Why am I standing in this line?
Hell is still overburdened
I must stand and wait in line
I may never know for certain
When will be my time
How was I considered evil?
Pleasures taken in this life
Someone granted me reprieval
Decades spent in strife

Led to nothing
Repeated in my mind
Led to nothing
If only I was born another time

Hell is still overburdened
I must stand and wait in line
Hell is still overburdened
How have I been so determined malign?

It's the closing of the curtain
In the play that was my life
Countless chapters left unopened
Tragedies inside
I was fighting for a reason
Holy blessed homocide
Seems I have committed treason
All I've sacrificed

Decadence

"About how difficult it is to live a decadent lifestyle, the effect it has on you and what it does to your soul."

Say, yes they know that you've hurt yourself another time
Don't they know that you're full of pain already?
Yes they know, that you've hurt yourself another time
Decadence isn't easy, is it?

Then you slowly recall all your mind
Why your soul's gone cold, and all hope has run dry
Dead inside, never enough to forget that you're one of the lonely
Slowly recall all your mind

If I scare you now, don't run from me
I've been hiding my pain, you see?

Forgiven

"About the victim of a soldier who's already forgiven the soldier for killing him because he knows his killer is next in line to die."

Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
You're just another dead man living to me
Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
How can you let a dead man live?

Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
You're just another nightmare walking to me
You were driven to me
Now you're given to me
How can I let the nightmare live?

To be purified in fire
Anesthetic for the pain
As the final words erupt from your mouth
Who will remember your name?

Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
You're just another dead man living to me
Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
How can you let a dead man live?

Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
You're just another nightmare walking to me
You were driven to me
Now you're given to me
No longer will the nightmare live

Walking the line that the world has drawn
Fighting for balance alone in the dark
Will you carry the burden the world has grown?
Will you destroy everything in your sight?
You alone can give this one more try
You alone will bury me tonight

To be purified in fire
Anesthetic for the pain
As the final words erupt from your mouth
Who will remember you now?
Who will remember your name?

Land of Confusion

"Echoes the political undertone of the 1987 original."
Cover of Genesis' "Land of Confusion


I must've dreamed a thousand dreams
Been haunted by a million screams
But I can hear the marching feet
They're moving into the street
Now did you read the news today
They say the danger's gone away
But I can see the fire's still alight
There burning into the night

There's too many men
Too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go 'round
Can't you see
This is a land of confusion

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in

Ooh Superman where are you now
When everything's gone wrong somehow
The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour

This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future
But there's not much love to go 'round
Tell me why, this is a land of confusion

I remember long ago
Ooh when the sun was shining
Yes and the stars were bright
All through the night
In the wake of this madness
As I held you tight
So long ago

I won't be coming home tonight
My generation will put it right
We're not just making promises
That we know, we'll never keep

Now this is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for

This is the world we live in
And these are the names we're given
Stand up and let's start showing
Just where our lives are going to

Sacred Lie

"Deals with the horrors of the mutilation and damnation of war, the terrible cost paid in flesh, blood, and souls."

My conviction is stronger today
As I fight to uncover your sacred lie
And the fear isn't going away
As the soldiers still die
Let your followers know
That their lives have been sold
For the food of your sacred lie
For the truth to be told
And the plan to unfold
We must start asking why

Don't you know the war is far from over now
What a stumbling block we've fallen over now
As our brothers die defending no one
The war is far from over now

Liberation, a moral charade
For the cause is a part of your sacred lie
Damnation a moment away in all the world's eyes
It's the doom of us all
We give in to control
For the sake of your sacred lie
Complications abound
You'll get used to the sound
Of alarms in your life

Give us a moment of peace in our lifetime
A moment of peace in our lifetime
A moment of peace right now

Pain Redefined

"About how sometimes when your sensory abilities become overwhelmed, you start losing sense (of taste, smell, sight) and you can't trust your senses anymore to judge the world around you."
elochai • hebrew transliteration meaning 'my god'

Fading falling, lost in forever
Will I find a way to keep it together
Am I strong enough to last through the weather
In the hurricane of my life

Can it be a conscious decision
That I look for ways to alter my vision
Am I speeding towards another collision
In the alleyways of my life

Memories don't lie
You know better than
Those who have fallen in

Please believe me
That my eyes deceive me
Don't stand me up, just leave me
I have fallen again, this is the end
Pain redefined

Shaking, burning up with the fever
In the realm of pain I am the deceiver
Now I lie to myself, so I can believe her
As she disassembles my life
I cannot dispel the illusion
All my hopes and dreams are drowned by confusion
Can I find a way to make a solution
That will reconfigure my life

Please believe me
That my ears deceive me
Don't stand me up, just leave me
I have fallen again, this is the end
Pain redefined

And I know that stillness shatters
We have all been frightened by the sound
Of footsteps on the pavement of our lives
I stand and fight
I'm not afraid to die

אלוהיי (elochai)

Bury me tonight

Please believe me
That the world deceives me
Don't stand me up, just leave me
I have fallen again, this is the end
Pain redefined

Avarice

av·a·rice • Immoderate desire for wealth; cupidity.

Politics and evil
All one and the same
Satan hides behind a different name

Take these chains away
Free my hands from bondage
Can't explain away
Avarice will kill you in time

Violent upheavel
Cities drenched in flame
Wickedness we know we can contain

Who will we murder now
See what we are becoming
An onyx veil that filters out the light
I'll savor, this anger
My hate makes me stronger

Free my hands from bondage
Take these chains away
Running from destruction
Avarice will kill you in time