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Strength

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1.
Heroin 03:41
dear god, i’m sorry but i can’t seem to stop keep on getting high, higher, take me to the top give it to me straight doc, i don’t care i don’t wanna feel put it in the mainline and lock the doors i’m outta here, yeah i’m in control give it to me straight i’m in control living in misery no life at all no one to catch me if i fall i don’t wanna die please help me i don’t know how to stop think im gonna hurt myself i swear to god “son don’t you cry” mother said, father said no son of mine sleeping in the cold, can’t remember them, i don’t mind give it to me straight doc i don’t care i don’t wanna feel hit me with an overdose fine death, divine show em’ what up seabass
2.
Downtown 03:14
can’t you see i don’t wanna be me the worlds closing in on me and i can’t breathe at all there used to be a fire deep inside of me i could take the world over but now it seems that everything that i do i know, (i know echo) it doesn’t matter walking around when i’m down when i’m down when i’m downtown stranger please don’t walk with me go away c’mon baby what can i say? walking away cause the dream becomes a nightmare and i fear you dream it too all in all i don’t wanna call you it’s not about the things you think it’s what you do, you used to be a person i admired you could take the world over now it seems that everything that you do you know, it doesn’t matter looking around when i’m down when i’m down when i’m downtown other people look at me look away c’mon baby what can i say? running away when the dream becomes a nightmare cause i know you dream it too walking around when i’m down when i’m down when i’m downtown stranger please don’t talk to me you talk too much c’mon baby what can i say, running away cause the dream becomes a nightmare and i know you dream it too but you don’t care so maybe i don’t
3.
working all night in the burning dark dogs awake and the city’s alive sick em’ on the weak minds turn out the lights and the angel wings fly on time but i wonder, when will my work be done? yeah i wonder take em’ out if the children burn in their rooms alive fuck em’ you say oowah, hoowah, when will gods work be done? my god, we put a price on the setting sun you say oowah, hoowah, when will gods work be done? when a man dies, i feel alive death, such sweet release, you die for my beliefs christ on time the mind’s on fire come alive and the bodies run brutal assault got the heavy guns for the secular seventh son but i wonder, when will my work be done? yeah i wonder get up make sure the first bite, is the last bite “single file, when i give you an order, you will execute that order. you will deliver to me a victory. …and if we can’t find a way. we will make a way, do you understand me? we will make a way”
4.
i don’t care about anyone cause no one cares about me and i don’t cry for anyone cause no one cried for me …and i don’t feel anymore emotions as i walk the halls a familiar sound hide and seek how i almost missed you such a shame that you’re crying now i can make you happy i’ll be the one to put you down with the other dogs they’ll be dying to see you i can change the world there are no children laughing now on the ground, not a sound i don’t care about anyone cause no one cares about me and i don’t cry for anyone so don’t you cry again, again …and when i see your face i see you clearly cause i watch the way that you look at me and i don’t think that i’m better than you but it’s clear to me that you think i do running out of time now i will count to three and do unto others as they have done to me if you could only hate me as much as i hate you don’t you dare try coming near nothing left to do
5.
Destiny 03:41
careful now, don’t stray too far you take one step forward, two steps back …and it’s a long way, all by yourself they’ll try to pay for you to stay to be someone else but i won’t beg for mercy, i won’t take another dime and i’ll tell you why destiny calling me, i was born to be what i’m meant to be destiny destiny calling me, i will forever be what i’m meant to be you’re laughing now, but i don’t mind you’ll get what you deserve in due time …and your best years will get away from you and when you die you’ll wonder man, why so soon? i won’t beg for mercy i’ll be laughing dead and gone and i’ll tell you why destiny calling me, i was born to be what i’m meant to be destiny destiny calling me, i’m flying free, i will forever be, it’s my destiny
6.
Little Bird 03:52
bird in the sky i’ll clip you in no time have a laugh as you’re falling from grace down in the dirt i’ll clean you in a coal mine take your diamonds when you’re dead and gift you dust ‘til then and you can be the only one who doesn’t know who doesn’t know? you’re gonna fly away from here, little bird down on the earth sometimes it’s harder but you can’t let that stop you my son you must be strong you’ve got to be smarter cause ill hit you when you’re down i don’t want you around fly away from here gonna stop you from saving your soul you’ve gotta go you gotta fly away from here little bird no you can’t be the only one who doesn’t know who doesn’t know? you’re gonna fly away from here little bird
7.
Why 02:45
once again the same old story i’ve gotta make the rent i gotta eat the same old shit ...and see what the day has in store for me i wish that i could sleep but i’ve got to keep on moving i always wonder why i always wonder why i suffer to survive and why i gotta stay alive yeah why should i love my fellow man? why? all in all the world keeps turning you and i are free to be who we want to be ...but still this pain washes over me i don’t know what to do i don’t know what i’m doing
8.
innocence dies in a single night and i cry in the pouring rain drag myself up all those stairs i gotta be a man again such lonely night there’s a man in the sky looking down on me it’s a bittersweet discomforting emotion you are heard i hear your last words son of mine it’s just a matter of time the wheel turns around again and the cold air’s kind yeah men are first to see the signs but it’s just a matter of time for men are small and dying embers the smoke is small the smoke is fine working on air, aint ashamed to bear its weight that works on me we can wait here and weekend there but can we wait another week? would you go to bed where’s it going to be when the winters end? it’s a bittersweet discomforting emotion i don’t know which way the wind blows you are heard i hear you speak and don’t you mind, air turns to wind to water the cold air’s kind yeah no don’t you mind win or lose the wind’s forever
9.
they cry in the dark so you can't see their tears they hide in the light so you can't see their fears forgive and forget all the while love and pain become one and the same in the eyes of a wounded child because hell, hell is for children and you know that their little lives can become such a mess hell, hell is for children and you shouldn't have to pay for your love with your bones and your flesh it's all so confusing this brutal abusing they blacken your eyes and then apologize be daddy's good girl, and don't tell mommy a thing be a good little boy, and you'll get a new toy tell grandma you fell from the swing hell is for children
10.
demon next to me could you ever tell me why? every time i try to move just like you i fall behind demon next to me tell me can i touch the sky? if i have to fly to keep up with you i will try if i touch the sun, on a summer day will a chain of lightning strike me down? what will be found, on the hard ground if i fail again? if i touch the sun on a summer day will a chain of lightning strike me down before i hear the sound? demon next to me can i make it through another year? sometimes it seems to me it’s hopeless this cross i have to bear demon next to me tell me brother can you hear? whispers in the wind again tender eyes and tears i touch the sun on a summer day but a chain of lightning strikes me down and what i found on the cold ground is i fail again.. i touch the sun on a summer day but a chain of lightning strikes me down before i hear the sound open your eyes and take a look around you won’t find what you’re looking for only what needs to be found when the summer lightning’s over will you be here when it’s over? when the summer lightning’s over yeah, i’ll be here when it’s over and dream again… i’ll touch the sun on a summer day if a chain of lightning strikes me down i won’t be found on the cold ground i won’t fail again i’ll touch the sun on a summer day as a chain of lightning strikes you down before you hear the sound yeah and i’ll take it while you give it away and i’ll make it while you throw it down
11.
Instinct 03:43
i never sleep i get around i’d rather die than touch the ground i push it hard i keep it straight i’ll never stop, won’t fall behind i never wait i pierce through the iron clouds of a world so cold i hammer the thunder down from the skies above i need you to know i cut the wire with a steady hand and get to fly far, far away i touch down on a new ground thank god, gods far away one million years don’t shed a tear but sweating hard pressing on persevere …and many fall many die i pass them all pick it up double time i suffer the falling rain as a man i come to puncture the pulsing vein ‘til the man is gone i’m where i belong i cut the wire with a steady hand and get to fly far, far away i’m stone faced when the chips are down thank god, gods far away you can’t deny me, i ever last i’m burning hot shooting stars flying past i kill the pain, i cut the chain good god, god’s gone away
12.
Strength 03:59
broken brother, what have we become? beating on the workers drum unaware of the hours unaware that we are here the circle closes again no beginning or end the years have closed our dreaming eyes and it’s hard to find a friend an hour’s over an hour gets away dying counting on another dime worthless figures counting time honor for those who stay honor when they call my name the circle closes again no beginning or end man in the desperate eyes of a dying boy and the dust within his hands, an hour’s over an hour gets away who will fall behind? who will go a little further? who will climb? who? i, i decide who will earn the right? who will take their time? who will live or die? strength oh, how the story goes we can make some money we can all make some but we won’t make a living it cannot be done, no a sand of gold or silver we can all make some but we don’t deserve the pain when the work is done strength!

credits

released September 24, 2021

gabriel franco: vocals, guitars
sebastian silva: guitars
brandon hill: bass
colin vranizan: drums

all songs written by gabriel franco*
all words by franco*
compositions by franco, vranizan, silva, hill*

produced by arthur rizk
mixed by rizk
mastered by rizk
engineered by rizk and nujon powers

vocal production and engineering on “hell is for children” by gabe johnston
session guitars by cory boyd
musical typing by rizk, franco
synths, piano, samples by franco, rizk

* track 09 “hell is for children” written by neil giraldo, pat benetar and roger capps

artwork by adam burke of nightjar illustration

this album was recorded between june 2020 and april 2021 at redwood studio in philadelphia, pennsylvania and falcon studios in portland, oregon.

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