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BYZANTINE LYRICS

...And They Shall Take Up Serpents

"...And They Shall Take Up Serpents" (2005)

1. Justicia
2. Taking Up Serpents
3. Jeremiad
4. Ancestry of the Antichrist
5. Temporary Temples
6. Five Faces of Madness
7. Redneck War
8. Pity None
9. The Rat Eaters
10. Salem, Ark







1. Justicia

I fire my malice into the crowd
Dispersing empty shells onto the ground
Screaming as I sling my rosary
Into the noose it has became to be

I cannot monitor I cannot mute the screams
I cannot recall the day
That I broke free from my arrows and slings

Solo: Tony

This power hungry nation of fools
Applies fabric of war to line the pockets of greed
We lean on the broken bones of their simplicity
And taunt the Jihad as we spit in the face of God

Blasphemy I cannot mute the screams
I cannot recall the day
That I broke free from my arrows and slings

We fight for the right to inhale
We fight for the right to abort
We fight for the right just to pray
And these rights they will never extort

I cannot monitor I cannot mute the screams
I cannot recall the day
That I broke free from my arrows and slings




2. Taking Up Serpents

No religion persuades me but the religion inside of me
Iím alive
Tower of Babel fell for a reason the tongues that you speak is laid of flies
Your not anointed to take up the serpent youíve
backslid on all of your faith
This line to heaven shall not fit you in no room for such a disgrace

You deserve fire

Fire set alight
Burns the mark in my soul brilliantly
Rise following signs
I am catatonic the spirit is inside
Glory beÖ

I burn all the bridges I see
We pull in sunder instantly
Embody the laws of all hate
A latticework of pseudo-faith

Why wait? Subjugate forcing the gospel outside itís own gate
This is an intimate portrait of faith of believers who fear the same fate
Lead me from hell with salvation cocktails I deny any treatment you praise
Fiction looks best when itís dipped in deceit of your
brush arbor meetings a virulent sweep in disguise

Solo: Tony

Fire set alight
Burns the mark in my soul brilliantly
Rise following signs
I am catatonic the spirit is inside

Glory beÖ

I burn all the bridges I see
We pull in sunder instantly
Embody the laws of all hate




3. Jeremiad

I rise above the human follies in my life
Youíll see the shadow of the goat is my guide
Disguise the limit for my pain
I canít let anyone inside you
Crawl inside limousine of twelve feet
Itís lamentation day for me

All access to my love denied
I am the king of sorrow
My darkened world has burned your eyes
You stared too long into my skies

Solo: OJ

Put these thoughts inside to rest
Decorate with Sundayís best
Tears of pain they splash my hide
No resting place inside
Coronation of my soul
My friends I have so betrayed you
Now it is done final epicedium
Itís lamentation day for me

Your all invited to my wake
Hope you enjoy the sorrow
Just let the tears pool in your eyes
So you can stare into my sky
My hell is not my own

Solo: Tony

My flames burn higher and higher
In tune with the choir
Eulogy of fire
I am a pyre reborn

Thank you for coming to my show
Hope you enjoyed the sorrow
And if your world does not seem bright
Just stare into my darkened sky




4. Ancestry of the Antichrist

A fabrication woven from a burning Bush
Sent thousands to expire in a desert for oil
Our trust floats away in a pool of itís own blood
Snuffed out by our leaders to annex the soil

Fire at will

Let me reiterate we have bought into the scam
Halliburtonís running Uncle Sam
Abusing our military might
We have to stand up and fight
We cannot cave in now
We have to sacrifice all these sacred cows
Paving our solidarity
To upend a civilization that we do not decree

Fire at will

Solo: Tony

We lived so arrogantly
Until the trumpets screamed and burned the tips of the angels wings
So Iíll die in shameful agony
Knowing the Antichrist has a southern drawl just like me

This war ignites the flames of anarchy
Feeding on the sands of time
Letís pass the bill to kill our supremacy
Iíll be the first in line

Fire at will
Fire at will
Fire at our free will




5. Temporary Temples

You are removed from the future database
No genetic code shall exist from this race

Hallelujah these scars are not permanent fixtures
They all shall fade away with time

Solo: Tony

The stars twinkle in the void
As two legged creatures scheme and dream in vain
In your minds you are temples
But in reality you are a disgrace

We give you temples of warning
Temporary signs of distress
The fissures you saunter are cracking
And your death, an imbalance it wonít make




6. Five Faces of Madness

I dreamt of heaven once
It was a calm cool and miserable place
All my friends were under the fire
I could not make out a face
I was trapped with the holiest men
The ultimate punch line to an ironic end
I screamed in my torment and writhed in my pain
As the angels did bathe me with heaven again

There is no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing

I draw inspiration from the micro dreams
That twitch the body before the entering
We pull ourselves into a callous induced sleep
Swallowed by the years of undigested beatings

In this place you reek of fear
Deserved malaise
Light is gone with shedding grace
And God has backed away

Solo: Tony

Free yourself from your own mind
Break yourself from your own mind

Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing
In this place you reek of fear
Deserved the horrors of life




7. Redneck War

Many a man bear the scars of laboring to pay a toll
They lie just to exploit our miners and hell bent to export our coal
Come step into our territory and our laws you shall not adhere
They're gaining control through the voting and bribery built on your fear

Lay down the bible and take up the rifle
Our blood runs thick down the banks of the crooked creek

These grass roots have all been tilled for generations next in line
Our heaven will never be filled while death overfloweth the mines
The backs that break under the strain of burdens brought on by their lives
Are put out to fend off the rain oppression that cuts like a knife

Lay down the bible and take up the rifle
Our blood runs thick down the banks of the crooked creek

Solo: Tony

Let's war

Take up arms for your mother there is nothing to lose
Around the necks the union symbol hangs like a noose

It is autumn on the mountain and a Chafin is to fall
Charged with murderous treason Harding declares martial law

Solo: OJ

Lay down the bible and take up the rifle
Our blood runs thick down the banks of the crooked creek




8. Pity None

Bruising minds burning thoughts over matter
Your knees hit soil you touch me not
Curdled opinions form mindless babble
From evolved me the pity is not

Elevated threshold of pain
Masterpiece of the unsane
Miles away from the next to be
Successors of pure violent misery

Solo: Tony

Grind down to human
Resist against pleasure insist on pain
I disregard the soul in me
Along with it I replace pity

I Ö I pity none
I Ö I pity you
I Ö I pity none
I Ö I pity you




9. The Rat Eaters

Oh God I feel I have lost my flock
We are scattered and without reason
There is no strength in our stock
The wolves pick up on our weak scent

Trapped by a system that heralds discrimination
Underneath an unclean sun your caste will be revealed
Wallow in servility your branded the Musahar
Toiling while the hours pass so slowly like drifting dust

Held by laws obscene by all is our unfortunate gift to the world
Victims of a religion that blackens me as my neighborsí slave
Bodies filled with poverty burns slow above the fire
Violence from the provocation of shadows touching higher castes

Oh God I feel I have lost my flock
We are scattered and without reason
There is no strength in our stock
The wolves pick up on our scent

Inside on hallowed sins I pray
To save me from this world that wants to commit suicide

Solo: Tony

Inside on hallowed sins I pray
To save me from this world that wants to commit suicide

Oh God I feel I have lost my flock
We are scattered and without reason
There is no strength in our stock
The wolves pick up on our weak scent




10. Salem, Ark

Witch hunt is over
Six lives are over

Look to the father for the truth
The killer smiles without a tooth
Mothers weep as angels die
Witches burn for Salemís lies

These poor children gave their lives
Castrations upon the knife
Frozen still upon the ground
A life once lost without a sound

The truth will never set you free
A muting of the callow
Execute this paradise
Upon thy graves so shallow

Witch hunt is over

What we face is the price to pay
It is all debased and defiled
By the ignorant we nominate
To eradicate evidence of DNA
That would set the doves free once and for all

Solo: Tony

 


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