Illuminate

by Viva Death

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1.
Ready to Go 05:26
Old man, who's the damned that you're going after Old maid, no one to blame for your broken laughter You stack the deck and you cut up the cards Taking more than your share leave me fighting the odds Gonna be a long time till we count up the cost, you know You wouldn't quit you couldn't if you even tried Another light goes out, another engine dies I'm gonna figure out a way around your wall It won’t be easy but I know just what we're fighting for So would you give me a break and don't put up a show There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go I've had enough of your lip I can't take it no more There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go I've been locked out and dragged down, kicked to the floor There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go I’ve paid all of my dues now let's settle the score There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go Eyes like laughter glazing overdone the party damage No one can believe your smiling battered in a choke hold Mother Mary may I introduce a new opinion to ya You're a no show You wouldn't quit you couldn't if you even tried Another light goes out, another engine dies I'm gonna figure out a way around your wall It won’t be easy but I know just what we're fighting for So would you give me a break and don't put up a show There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go I've had enough of your lip I can't take it no more There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go I've been locked out and dragged down, kicked to the floor There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go I’ve paid all of my dues now let's settle the score There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go You wouldn't quit you couldn't if you even tried Another light burns out, another engine dies I'm gonna figure out a way around your wall It won’t be easy but I know just what we're fighting for So would you give me a break and don't put up a show There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go I've had enough of your lip I can't take it no more There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go I've been locked out and dragged down, kicked to the floor There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go I’ve paid all of my dues now let's settle the score There's a new world waiting and I'm ready to go
2.
Trip 05:35
If I'm something to avoid You better take care Not to lose yourself Fall into my snare Too bad, a parting theme and then it's over You've gone and faded to a wash of red and grey Destroy the one thing that could bring us closer My toys are marching to the bottom of the sea I woke up on the shore of a thousand years ago I won’t be coming home cause I don't know where to go I'll miss you when I'm gone even though I know you're here How can I move along when the world is so unclear I'm tripping on land I'm failing at sea And if you wanna go down with me I'm making for the land of the birds and bees And if you wanna go down with me I've got some money got some fuel I've got a ruse to see me through Drop a wire now pull me up inside Don't lie don't run don't scream don't hide Green light, a parlor trick a shade of hope tonight No way we're gonna stay awake to see the end Doped up, a victim of your plan you're so obscure Hope's up, so nail me to the wall and call me severed I hear it in my voice, every word I try to say My body growing cold to a world that's in decay I feel it in my bones even though I don't believe How can I move along in a world of memories I'm tripping on land I'm failing at sea And if you wanna go down with me I'm making for the land of the birds and bees And if you wanna go down with me I've got some money got some fuel I've got a ruse to see me through Drop a wire now pull me up inside Don't lie don't run don't scream don't hide An acid bath a bed of broken glass A magazine a six gun one armed sling A diplomat a liar and a rat A photograph a piece of white trash I'm tripping on land I'm failing at sea And if you wanna go down with me I'm making for the land of the birds & bees And if you wanna go down with me I've got some money got some fuel I've got a ruse to see me through Drop a wire now pull me up inside Don't lie don't run don't scream don't hide
3.
This is for real Reveille when the band starts playing There's no way you're coming home So get used to being gone You wore out your worn-out welcome And now you dance to a different drum So pack your bags and get on the bus Not one of them and you're sure not one of us Sound the alarm My friend is coming home Too many years since you've been gone Face the facts Whatever happens next Will be the ultimate test I remember another time When you were so innocent Same as any other guy But now you seem so different Cold eyes a thousand yards You were hard and you bled for a cause Cold eyes in a thousand years I can't imagine where you've gone Sound the alarm My friend is coming home Too many years since you've been gone Face the facts Whatever happens next Will be the ultimate test And I know you burn inside And I know the truth behind the lie And I know your world is torn apart And I know how hard you tried And I know the part of you that died And I know how far you have to come... go Back In Black was our favorite track Peeling off down a one lane highway Nothing to lose heading for the future Nowhere to go but we couldn't stay We were young we were so naïve We had a dream that we lived to follow Looking back I can see you now Till you went yours and I went my way Sound the alarm My friend is coming home Too many years since you've been gone Face the facts Whatever happens next Will be the ultimate test (You went yours and I went my way)
4.
Windows 04:28
Looking out of my window Looking out at the world Looking out of my window Looking out at the world And I don't care if it's a world of strangers And people looking for thrills And I don't care if it's a world of dangers Everybody's out going for the kill Looking into your window I can see you in there Looking into your window Can you see me out here You stole my heart and then you tried to break me Did it just for fun You broke my heart and then you tried to mend me What on earth have I done to bring this on I should've listened when you told me to run And I should've listened when you told me I'm done Just couldn't turn and walk away I kept holding on believing you would come for me someday Looking out of my window I can see that you're there Looking out of my window Not a word not a care I woke up late and realized the right road I had passed long ago I spoke of fate and of the deep and shallow What on earth have I done to burn the sun Oh fenestra, I can see through you, can you see me at all Oh fenestra, are you still broken, are you breaking my fall
5.
Hang that photograph Best to nail that sucker to the wall And down the hall Woke a sleeping cat Called me up and said it's time to go And don't you know You're the folly I'm the switchback I'll take your word then I'll give it right back It's not the coffin it's the quicksand Needles under my skin, don't box me in You're the volley I'm the feedback I'll take your word then I'll give it right back It's not the coffin it's the quicksand Needles under my skin, don't box me in Don't box me in Play that phonograph Bless your reproduction analog Forget the dog Broke the needle black Someone pulled the trigger, oh my god And just for fun You're the folly I'm the switchback I'll take your word then I'll give it right back It's not the coffin it's the quicksand Needles under my skin, don't box me in You're the volley I'm the feedback I'll take your word then I'll give it right back It's not the coffin it's the quicksand Needles under my skin, don't box me in Don’t box me in Degrading me degrading you Parading up and down this whitewash inherited blowhard Before you can accept what you've done Take another big hit That's it, I'm out, you've won Now you can take all of my cards And if a blank check cuts up your throat you can sing without blood Just remember we made a deal because you're right in the middle of pretending to the throne You're the folly I'm the switchback I'll take your word then I'll give it right back It's not the coffin it's the quicksand needles under my skin, don't box me in You're the volley I'm the feedback I'll take your word then I'll give it right back It's not the coffin it's the quicksand Needles under my skin, don't box me in Don't box me in
6.
Two Hands 05:48
Backstreets where the angels no longer weep I can see by the nails in their feet I'm so unsafe Can't speak, the screaming is tearing my skin The vision is closing me in And so I'll wait Back out and I beg to differ but I can Hear your trigger pull back I slam into the pavement and crack But I can and I will and I won't let them see They think they have won but it's my cup of tea They have sat at the table and spoken to me To me Never, it sounds surreal Prayer, if you can feel Maybe, I'm sure I'm right... maybe Two hands, the pain and doubt Relapse, no way out Oh why can't I be free No I can't see the way out Make me an offer I just can't refuse Blow the candle and light up the fuse Take cover, now take over Fucked off and I see that you're feeling relaxed Another shot another hot bath You're playing clean, I'm getting smacked Blackout and you fail to signal but I can Feel you setting your traps The bait is set, your story intact But I can't and I won't and I will let you see You think you have won but it's my victory You have sat at the table and spoken to me To me Treasure, you found it well Pressure, I've been through hell Maybe, you know I'm right... maybe Two hands, the pain and doubt Relapse, no way out Oh why can't I be free No I can't see the way out
7.
Seasons 06:05
Shadows trace across my arms and on the floor Sun is moving behind the trees and to my door Going out, and coming in Life like a season I color my fears and start again Getting better but not before I've hurt someone Feel my ego collect and grip the smoking gun Blackened out, the pouring rain Life like a season all covering up to hide the stain Sorry I can tell the difference when you hide inside your ego Acting like a kid denying that you need someone to cry to Reputation's enough to keep you in the hand Of a blind sided razor cut of vicious plans Breaking out, the black command Life like a treason the season has turned and bit the hand Who is stronger, who is weaker Out of winter, into summer Sorry I can tell the difference when you hide inside your ego Acting like a kid denying that you need someone to cry to On your in and out of doubt
8.
Bowing out in tones of anger Cupped hands hold light gracefully Swim in argumentative brag Swollen cuts hold no deep sea And you keep talking but I will not listen Stalking down the same old hall Keep looking in the wrong direction Waiting for the axe to fall Calm ties reap colorful nuisance Thoughts meander through functioning lines Blown glass shatters impermanent weaving Want seeps out in broken time And you keep talking but I will not listen Stalking down the same old hall Keep looking in the wrong direction Waiting for the axe to fall And you keep talking but I will not listen Striking like a cannonball Deceive me with your good intention Waiting for the axe to fall
9.
New Terrors 06:43
Cheap thugs and superstars collide Your children will one day rule the earth And as we bow down to weekend warriors and their kind Remember nothing's real... for what it's worth Hey, I think there's something you should know No matter how it hurts We've all been hurt before and Hey, cross my heart and hope to die Won’t ever tell a lie You crawled out of the dirt and Hey, you keep talking to your hands You think you're making plans But no one hears a word now Hey, you're on your own here Hand on my shoulder, I can feel you pushing down Mud in my pocket, now your smile has turned to frown I'm starting to realize that you're never coming round So much for the beauty of the world Hey, you know there's nothing that you've done That no one’s ever done It's all been done before and Hey, you keep moving back and forth But the game is still the same There's nothing left to prove and Hey, I say where you gonna go When there's nowhere left to run You gave up all you've earned now Hey, don't shoot the messenger Hand on my shoulder, I can feel you pushing down Mud in my pocket, now your smile has turned to frown I'm starting to realize that you're never coming round Hang on for the reaping of the world The knife you use for carving cuts a ten inch magazine cover Your bag is in the dresser but you've never done a thing before You cancer and you cleaver willing partner to the ritual The truth is out but still you play the killer Hand on my shoulder, I can feel you pushing down Mud in my pocket, now your smile has turned to frown I'm starting to realize that you're never coming round So much for the beauty of the world
10.
Unclear 03:10
Wishing on a superstar To make a mind machine to read the clues It's bad news Incorporated infiltrating Calculated and degrading me With you Foolish and romantic over-tragic go ballistic and amuse Myself Seed the soaking seer no to blame is not to trust your inner child Has gone wild First arrive frustrated dated Threw a maddened hand to black your eye For everyone to pay attention Wonder is there really gonna be a way to cover up The damage in a massive heart attack And not destroy the inspiration Fix a flat and find a snowflake or an underrated pop machine It's unclear Mister motivator missed her singing swinging gently from a tree With me It's you and me Just you and me Just you And me
11.
Storm 06:47
Let me introduce you to a special friend And if you blink into the lens Or turn into an angry head You will be deceiving everything you are Fill me up with double talk Let me stumble into walls And I get thrown so easily Won't you put your trust in me, easily If we look into the center of the storm Everybody and no one Drowning in a sea of calm You and I would have to see the difference Over shallow and the deep Ten and gone I'm getting it And I get thrown so easily Won't you put your trust in me, easily And I get thrown so easily Won't you put your trust in me, easily Don't waste your time inventing ways to come undone Synthesizing crises only gets your blood to run You're just an animal, a cautionary tale Collected frequencies and market schemes buried in your cells There's gotta be a time to push the reset button down Take back a way of life denied for generations now Living isn't easy when you don't know why Everybody getting high Everybody telling lies But it never mattered till your sun went down Naked and before the crowd Faking out and getting thrown And I get thrown so easily Won't you put your trust in me, easily And I get thrown so easily Won't you put your trust in me, easily
12.
It's the benefit alone That when it's time to go And you need a little help out Just might need a little love You're always slipping away And I'm losing again, in all directions You're always slipping away And I'm losing it all, a trip and a fall You're always slipping away When your relatives are gone And your body starts to numb You're gonna wish that you could tell them How you loved them all along You're always slipping away And I'm losing again, in all directions You're always slipping away And I'm losing it all, a trip and a fall I was so caught up and blinded by the life I wanted Always looking for the next exciting thing to do I never thought I'd lose so many who were so important I never realized the speed that we were traveling through You're always slipping away And I'm losing again, in all directions You're always slipping away And I'm losing it all, a trip and a fall And I'm losing it all A trip and a fall
13.
Hey man you're going over underground Mister the blue is talking stay around for now Don't you remember The words were clear he don't come out and can't be beat Born in a policeman's uniform A hypocrite inside the law Nobody's doing anything Nobody wants to notice The man in the street The man in the street Here we are A night full of fever a head full of poisoning dawn There we were One moment so blissful we had nowhere left but to fall Born into pieces out of rhyme A different life another time Nobody knows just where you are Nobody wants to notice The man in the street The man in the street C'mon get over under out of touch and feel the pressure C'mon you're soaking wet and clinging to your television set And you realize you're wrong But you won't back down at all Daylight, real life One too many problems know your number love to call you Old friends, dead ends Wanna be your savior latest flavor wont remember The man in the street The man in the street
14.
Don't expect a memory, keep waiting but it will not come Won’t go down in history, you're clearly not the chosen one And all the world won’t love you if they never know your name If you never play the game, if you never make the grade And all the world won’t hate you if you never drop the ball But that isn't how the story goes at all At all Maybe you were in the race, and went as far as you could go Or maybe you were second rate, and couldn't make another show Now all the king’s horses and all the king’s men They couldn't put you back, they couldn't pull you in Shattered into pieces now your luck is at an end Yeah this is how the story goes, my friend My friend (You just can't win) So you point the finger, pass the blame You're either going for broke or just going insane You hide from the world, you're living in shame, so come on You wanna get in, you gotta get out, come down You wanna look in, you gotta look out, look around Can you see it Or are you blinded by the show Can you hear it The screaming highs, the demon lows Can you feel it, disappearing No one finds eternity, the greatest kingdoms ever fall And if you're going gracefully, be thankful you were here at all Cause nothing lasts forever, not the sea the earth or sky There is no reason why, you're here until you die And everything is fleeting so no matter what you try Can't fight against the natural flow, you know You know So raise a toast up To everyone who ever cared Who put up a fight until the bitter end It's not whether you fall, but whether you dared And you dared just a little longer You came so far, you got so close It didn't work out but that's nobody's fault Our names will fade from history It'll happen to you and it'll happen to me When everything and everyone And all the things we've ever done Go up in flames, into remains and burn Now don't despair Cause mountains crumble into dust Riches fade and turn to rust Time will have its way with us When all the lights go down together

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released October 26, 2018

Produced by Viva Death
Scott Shiflett – instruments, voices
Chad Blinman – drums, noises

All songs written by Scott Shiflett
and published by Scott Shiflett Music (BMI)
Recorded and mixed at The Eye Socket by Chad Blinman
Mastered by Joe Gastwirt
Cover art by Stewy (stewy.eu)
Graphic design by Chad Blinman

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Viva Death Los Angeles, California

Viva Death is an alternative rock recording project led by Scott Shiflett (Face to Face, Gimme Gimmes et al) and producer Chad Blinman (Real Space Noise). Past collaborators have included Trever Keith, Chris Shiflett and Josh Freese.

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