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As I smoke a victory cigarette and write in my journal, I know, that in the end I don't matter.

As you watch above, controlling all the proles, I just don't know if you're there at all
And all our toils go to the endless war, and we conform to you, or face a cold cell wall
You police our thoughts, and rule our hearts with fear, yet one mistake and you'll pay dear
Eyes abound, respect no privacy, crushing the notion of freedom right out of me

In this life, I have never known, simple pleasures that I could call my own
All I know is pain and strife, the gifts you gave to me my brother
Is this all our small lives could ever be?

No we shall rise and end this madness!

In my lifetime, in my lifetime, I've been taught that our freedom is slavery
In my lifetime, in my lifetime, been programmed by endless newspeak
In my lifetime, in my lifetime, I will win if I keep my humanity
But in this lifetime, in this lifetime, mind your step because they're always watching, always watching

Coffee with saccharine, a confessional note
Mesmerized with the three words that she wrote
She had a scarlet sash and short dark hair
And what she brought out in me, a true love affair
Her lust was as passionate as minutes of hate,
Current politics, and that man Goldstein's fate
We vowed to ignore party faithfulness
And in a shopkeep's room that I must confess

In this life, we have never known, simple pleasures that we could call our own
All we have is wantonness, the gift you gave to me my darling
Is this all our passion could ever be?

But I had to betray you in that clinical chamber

No we shall rise and end this madness!

In my lifetime, in my lifetime, I've been taught that our freedom is slavery
In my lifetime, in my lifetime, been programmed by endless newspeak
In my lifetime, in my lifetime, I will win if I keep my humanity
But in this lifetime, in this lifetime, mind your step because they're always watching, always watching

You are left hollow and then filled with the approved rhetoric

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from Praesagium, released October 11, 2017

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Iconoclast//Messiah Albany, New York

Many have called without report but the clarion trumpets have finally answered in the form of pounding drums, vertiginous synthesizers, thunderous bass, ominous guitars, and guttural vocals telling stories intended to entertain, pontificate, shock, and inspire.

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