ARKAN [EP, 2017]

LYRICS

 

1 - arkan

 

Deep in the woods, lost in the gloom

I start to hear a wondrous tune

The earth rumbles with the thundering drums

The night is banished as the logs burn

Spinning and spiraling up to the sky

Fierce and wild

With smiling faces and glittering eyes

I see them singing and circling the fire

 

Dance, sweet child, and don’t be afraid

Remain and be one with the land

Dance, sweet child, and don’t be afraid

This is a place of the gods

 

As I sift through the ashes

I fail to see what lies beyond the door

We're lost in the mist of knowledge

Forgotten and deserted

Round the gleaming flames I'll wait

Round the gleaming flames I'll face you

 

Dance, sweet child, and don’t be afraid

Remain and be one with the land

Dance, sweet child, and don’t be afraid

This is a place of the gods

 

2 - SAME FACE

 

The rays of early light

Show the way to Aurora

Again she opens wide

The golden gates of dawn

 

I woke up by your side

Struck by fresh beauty

Crowned by the morning breeze

You hide distant eyes

 

When a new love awakes

With different smells and tastes

Behind the mask I’m afraid

To see the same face

 

The new day arrives

Another day, not so bright

I say you’re unique

You pretend to believe

 

I’ll tell you lame jokes

New stories, tired lies

Buy you fancy roses

Take you to the same old bar

 

When a new love awakes

With different smells and tastes

Behind the mask I'm afraid

To see the same face

 

Deep down I search for you

Not one of them seems true

One by one they leave without a trace

You keep leading me astray

 

A field of golden flowers

Bending to the placid mirroring lake

Drawn by their own beauty

Lost in themselves

Lonely and sad

 

When a new love awakes

With different smells and tastes

Behind the mask I'm afraid

To see my own face

 

So the Goddess of Dawn

Carries out her work and brings light to earth

A new day arrives

Nothing but a dream of another day

 

When a new love awakes

With different smells and tastes

Behind the mask I'm afraid

To see my own

 

3 - RIGHTEOUS VIOLENCE

 

The king is dead!

We have nothing more to fear

His head’s claimed by Fortune’s wheel

On the mob’s death square

 

Now is the time for renewal

Don’t mourn for the ill-fated despot

His very existence was a crime

Against the freedom of mankind

 

Mercy for the innocent

Mercy for the weak

The tyrant died

So the nation could live

 

Fine virtues bloom

On the poisonous branches of truth

Again and yet again

Righteous violence reigns absolute

 

Blessings to the new ruler

He takes the blood of the gentry

That slowly erodes

The rooted tree of liberty

 

I bring you a realm o virtue and terror

I bring you justice prompt and severe

It’s foolish to trust virtue without fear

 

Mercy for the innocent

Mercy for the weak

The tyrant died

So the nation could live

 

Fine virtues bloom

On the poisonous branches of truth

Again and yet again

Righteous violence reigns absolute

 

Down with the tyrant

Enemy of the people

He didn’t stem the flow of blood

Now the stream is filled by his own

 

Who dares accuse me?

I, who served the cause of equality,

Betrayed by false patriots

I spurn this senseless riot

 

Mercy for the innocent

Mercy for the weak

The tyrant died

So the nation could live

 

Fine virtues bloom

On the poisonous branches of truth

Again and yet again

Righteous violence reigns absolute

 

The people gather round

I can hear the rabid crowd

I can feel their anxious eyes

Waiting for me on the other side

Time will judge us all

 

4- Milestones

(INSTRUMENTAL)

 

5 - ADRIFT

 

Among sheets and broken glass

Stale drinks and old ash

I lie awake trapped in frozen dreams

Longing for the day that I will find peace

 

The old portrait stares at me

Cheerful eyes bring emptiness

Round the decay it stands pristine

A time when everything was green

I was strong and whole and bright

Then silently came the night

 

I can’t breathe

You reach your hands to me

A glimmer of hope

A mocking smile

You keep dragging me down

 

There comes a time

You lived for so long you feel safe

But dreams shatter

By a simple twist of fate

There you stand

A ghost refusing to fade away

Green turned into gray

I'll follow you to the grave

 

Can we be saved from days long gone?

Can we be saved from innocence lost?

 

I can’t breathe

You reach your hands to me

A glimmer of hope

A mocking smile

You keep dragging me down

 

6 - CAGED SUN

 

The oath must not be broken

The luminous city will stand forever

Built by sacred demand

Granting the wish of the One

River, mountain and sand

Under the watching sun

 

These are just words

Remnants of shattered dreams

Buried in the dust

 

One King, one God

He casts His light upon the land

To guide the frail hearts of men

When the disc rests in the distant west

Darkness is a shroud

Everything is still

 

I can see you

Blessed with the power to lead mankind

They will understand the divine

 

One folk, one realm

The gift of life in all its forms

Humans, beasts and plants are born

 

Daybreak fills the earth with life and grace

And we are reborn

Reveling in his warmth

 

I can see you

Blessed with the power to lead mankind

They will understand the divine

 

O precious light

Shine bright

The purest gold is sand

Next to your splendor

 

I was betrayed

The city can’t stop its decay

Is it too late?

Will the divine land be destroyed

By the hate of men

Victims of envy and revenge

Witchcraft, credulity

Ignorance and misery

 

Fear my wrath and despair

I’ll erase all your names

 

Sailing down the Nile

I see a land so pure and serene

Virtuous lore revealed to me

There will be no hunger, war, disease.

 

Shadows fall to earth

The path to light is lost

Men were left alone in dreamless sleep

Truth stays concealed within our souls

 

All lyrics written by Ed Marsen
© 2017 Acid Tree