The Messenger

by Fabricated Freedom

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released February 3, 2017

Joey Drees - Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Synth, Bass, Drums
Will Huber - Bass (Track 3)
Natalie Brady, Scott Brown, Conrad Kreiger, Erik Goerler - Gang Vocals (Track 3)
John Frisch - Backing Vocals (Track 6, 7, 13)
Mike Kepko - Drums (Track 9)

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Track Name: The Messenger
Don’t shoot the messenger
I’ve just come to bring the news
The world is crashing down
Our lives have lost their use

The voices echo clear
"Please stay calm and please stay here
Emergency is in effect"
The end is coming near

And the sirens blare their tunes
As we gather in the room
Counting down the hours
Until our doom

Don’t shoot the messenger
I am standing by your side
They’ve come to kill us all
There’s nowhere we can hide

Grab anything you can
And prepare for one last fight
We’re going down as one
The battle starts tonight

And we’ll face them all together
As we try to stand our ground
But there’s more than we can handle
We’re going down

Don’t shoot the messenger
I will suffer with you all
They’ve locked me up for good
I’m trapped inside these walls

Inject your poison in my skin
Make me you but you won’t win
I am just the messenger
There’s no fight from me within

And I see the others suffer
As I watch it from my cell
This is not what I signed up for
I’m trapped in hell
Track Name: VHS
This is the end of times
The final flash of light
The tires squealing on the street
Spinning out of control

The faces of your past
The times that couldn’t last
Visions of a better time
As you drift out of control

And the memories fly by
Are you happy with your life?

They say that when you almost die
Your life flashes before your eyes
I made sure to record it all on this old VHS
And I would watch it all the time
Spend every day clicking rewind
But I can’t find the footage on this tape

A static covered screen
The silence filled with screams
Empty lies of what you thought
Meant everything before

The time’s all been a waste
The happiness you chased
In places you were looking
You were never meant to find

And the memories fly by
Are you happy with your life?

They say that when you almost die
Your life flashes before your eyes
I made sure to record it all on this old VHS
And I would watch it all the time
Spend every day clicking rewind
But I can’t find the footage on this tape

Click eject on this blank tape
Fill the empty space with all the memories that you make
Don’t click rewind on this life

They say that when you almost die
Your life flashes before your eyes
I made sure to record it all on this old VHS
And I would watch it all the time
Spend every day clicking rewind
But I can’t find the footage on this tape
Track Name: Only Can Dance
My mind is playing tricks on my mind
Questioning the motives, but I know I can’t say no or try to hide
They say I’m not the mastermind behind all of my crimes
But tell me that you’re certain that I’d never tell a lie

The feeling’s seeping from my skin and out my toes
I’m feeling like I’m gonna end up losing all control

Now I can’t shake the thought that everything might not be right
I need to know

But now I only can dance
And now I only can dance
And now I’m only a puppet
Pull my strings and run my plans
And now I only can dance

The strings, all twisted up, have led me to my daily mental suicide
I'm purging out the pain receptors that my brain prescribed
And running from the train of thought that’s thrown me from the trail
I’ve gotta find the station fast before the beast derails

Now I can’t shake the thought that everything might not be right
I need to know

But now I only can dance
And now I only can dance
And now I’m only a puppet
Pull my strings and run my plans
And now I only can dance

And now I only can dance
And now I only can dance
And now I only can dance
Track Name: Lines
Scribble on the canvas
There’s no reason to the way
They say to make it perfect
My shaky hands are gonna stay
Tracing off the page

Their outlines paint a picture
What you see is all you’ll find
Dig a little deeper
Find a spark you can ignite
In the dark part of your mind

Let’s make something beautiful and throw it all away
Crumpled paper galaxies in space

My hands are shaking way too much to color in these lines
My body’s twisting backwards just to figure out what’s right
There’s nothing that I can do to make these colors right
I can’t restrain myself to stick within these lines

Adventure alone on the outside
You can stick within the lines
That everyone else will draw you
But I’m gonna make these boundaries mine
I won’t fall behind

A shooting star in the night sky
Pouring rain on a summer day
Reflections of words from a notebook
Depictions of thoughts I must portray
Disguised in what I say

Let’s make something beautiful and throw it all away
Crumpled paper galaxies in space

My hands are shaking way too much to color in these lines
My body’s twisting backwards just to figure out what’s right
There’s nothing that I can do to make these colors right
I can’t restrain myself to stick within these lines
Track Name: Looking for Yourself
Playing catch up with the person who you thought you were
Falling back behind a vision of a foreign world
Chase your shadow as your past has left you in the dust
Making friends with all the ghosts of those that you have lost

Maybe all along, what you were looking for was yourself
Searching high and low, begging for some help
Maybe all along, it was all inside
Deep within your soul, covered by your pride

Playing catch up with the person who you want to be
Contradicting thoughts of what is going to set you free
Leave your shadow as you bury your past in the dust
Making friends with all the others who are just as lost

Maybe all along, what you were looking for was yourself
Searching high and low, begging for some help
Maybe all along, it was all inside
Deep within your soul, covered by your pride

Hoping for a promise of a life far away
Why live for tomorrow when we’ve got today?

Maybe all along, what you were looking for was yourself
Track Name: Barmecidal
I think I’m going insane
I’ve never felt this way before
My walls are caving in
And I collapse as I head straight for the door

Don’t wanna let you in
Got too much locked up inside for you to see
I know you might disagree
But right now I need to save you from me

In this moment, you’re all I see, I feel so free
I’ve never been more happy, I know this is how it should be
I don’t care what happens, as long as you’re by my side
Everything that hurts me, fades away when I look in your eyes

Try not to let you get close
I’ve got my own issues, I don’t wanna make you hurt
But you keep drawing me in
The words you speak make me think this might work

Speak freely what’s on your mind
Your thoughts leak out like a perfect poem
Hold me and never let go
I’m falling fast as my heart beats like a drum

In this moment, you’re all I see, I feel so free
I’ve never been more happy, I know this is how it should be
I don’t care what happens, as long as you’re by my side
Everything that hurts me, fades away when I look in your eyes

In this moment, you’re all I see, I feel so free
I’ve never been more happy, I know this is how it should be
I don’t care what happens, as long as you’re by my side
Everything that hurts me, fades away when I look in your eyes

Please save yourself from me
I don’t wanna hurt you, right now I need you to leave
Please save me from you
I finally realized that your words are all untrue

Why did I ever think I meant anything to you?
Track Name: Cure-All
I swallowed down your pill and I waited for relief
Nothing ever changed though, the sickness wouldn’t leave
You offered me a cure-all, you said you’d set me free
I thought you were my remedy but you were the disease

Diagnosis of a lonely beating heart
Slowly ripped apart and scattered up inside
Medicated, dazed and faded, numbed by you
Fix the pieces, mask the symptoms, make me new

I don’t think that I can stand to make it through another day without you
So pick me off the floor and come and save me from this doom and bandage all my wounds

I swallowed down your pill and I waited for relief
Nothing ever changed though, the sickness wouldn’t leave
You offered me a cure-all, you said you’d set me free
I thought you were my remedy but you were the disease

Isolated, left alone here since you went
Trapped inside with just my mind, my only friend
Thought that I could give you more, I gave you all that I had left
Drained the life out from my soul

Panic in the ambulance, you don’t have too much time to bring me back to life
Blood is draining, colors fading; pound my chest and give me air
This all ends here

I swallowed down your pill and I waited for relief
Nothing ever changed though, the sickness wouldn’t leave
You offered me a cure-all, you said you’d set me free
I thought you were my remedy but you were the disease

I don’t think that I can make it through today
So pull the plug, take me away

I swallowed down your pill and I waited for relief
Nothing ever changed though, the sickness wouldn’t leave
You offered me a cure-all, you said you’d set me free
I thought you were my remedy but you were the disease
Track Name: The Storm
It’s been nine months now since we’ve spoken
There’s been so much that you’ve missed
I’ve been craving nothing else besides your lips
Since we last kissed

Tell me everything that’s happened
Since the storm destroyed the house
Are you still stuck in that town
Or did you find your way back out?

Were you happy without me?

Did you find a way to forget everything that we once had?
Cause ever since I left there’s been no way to keep you out of my head
You’ve been rebuilding the foundation of the walls the winds tore down
But I don’t know if we can fix all of the damage from the storm

Now fill me in on all the promises
You promised we would keep
Fingers crossed, we couldn’t stop
We let our words build up too deep

We had everything we wanted
Till we flooded out the house
Drowning in our own desires
Just to find our own way out

Were you better without me?

Did you find a way to forget everything that we once had?
Cause ever since I left there’s been no way to keep you out of my head
You’ve been rebuilding the foundation of the walls the winds tore down
But I don’t know if we can fix all of the damage from the storm

Here we are, two broken parts
Surrounded by our fading art
Parting clouds and sinking doubts
Let’s take it right back to the start
Track Name: The Beginning of the End
It’s the letters you won’t find
The darkness in my mind
You will never know

The voices in my head
They all want me dead
How can I go on?

Pay attention to these words
Cause they’re all that I have
There’s nothing left inside this skin
That’s gonna make me last

The ink flows through my veins
My blood is on the page
It’s the beginning of the end
It’s the beginning of the end

Spiral towards the dark
The pen has left its mark
Leak onto the page

Try to stop the pain
As the ink begins to drain
Save me from myself

Pay attention to these words
Cause they’re all that I have
There’s nothing left inside this skin
That’s gonna make me last

The ink flows through my veins
My blood is on the page
It’s the beginning of the end
It’s the beginning of the end
Track Name: The Glory Daze
Mirror image, look at you
We both share this point of view
In your eyes, I see it’s true
There’s no difference between two

You have problems, just like me
And I wish that we could see
This is not the final chapter
This is not all we must be

This is not the final chapter
This is not all we must be

Standing on the mountain and you take a look around
Searching for the answers that you thought you would’ve found
Take a minute, rest your head, live inside the now
We’ve made it to the top but sometimes we must go back down

Nothing’s ever perfect and it may not ever be
But right now we’re on a mountain and we’ve got both you and me
So let’s think about the present, leave the future in the past
All the pain that we feel now will surely never last

All the pain that we feel will not last

What’s alive in us?
Well, I don’t even know if there’s a living, breathing person in my skin right now
We are all just damaged people; motivations wearing thin
We are all just moving forward, shattered, broken souls within, singing

Should we just pretend that everything’s okay?
Lost in a maze, yeah, we’re in the middle of our "glory days"
I am missing, someone take me to the lost and found
You and I are damaged people, and we’re buried in the crowd now

This is not the final chapter
This is not all we must be

Standing on the mountain and you take a look around
Searching for the answers that you thought you would’ve found
Take a minute, rest your head, live inside the now
We’ve made it to the top but sometimes we must go back down

Nothing’s ever perfect and it may not ever be
But right now we’re on a mountain and we’ve got both you and me
So let’s think about the present, leave the future in the past
All the pain that we feel now will surely never last

Now we’ve made it to today
And we do not need to stay
On the path to our demise
There’s no need to say goodbye

Standing on the mountain and you take a look around
Searching for the answers that you thought you would’ve found
Take a minute, rest your head, live inside the now
We’ve made it to the top but sometimes we must go back down

Nothing’s ever perfect and it may not ever be
But right now we’re on a mountain and we’ve got both you and me
So let’s think about the present, leave the future in the past
All the pain that we feel now will surely never last

All the pain that we feel will not last
Track Name: Brainwash
You say to quiet down
To listen to you now
This is not the time to talk about what we think is right

We’ll listen to your words
You’ll tell us what we’re worth
But we are just the numbers that will make your system work

“Purify my brain”
You’re turning me insane

They told me, “Stop, don’t think on your own
This is what you need to believe
All the voices in your ears
But you need to listen to me”

Fill up every corner of my brain
As you try to drill a hole into my head so you can drain
All the juices in my brain I use to create to keep me sane
All that matters in my mind so you can make us all the same
Like we’re puppets in your game

But you won’t win this time
You can’t have my mind
I will not give in to what you call a perfect life

“Purify my brain”
You’re turning me insane

They told me, “Stop, don’t think on your own
This is what you need to believe
All the voices in your ears
But you need to listen to me”
Track Name: You're Not Alone
Look up at the stars and wonder what I’ve done
Hoping one day I’ll wake up and see the sun

I know I don’t belong here in this place
Fueled by imagination, my brain’s made me its slave
But I’m not gonna let my mind consume my soul
I’m gonna take back my control

When you’re feeling lost and you’ve got nowhere to go
Look inside your soul and you’ll find your way back home

The pain you feel will soon be left behind
Spend all of our days trying to fix our twisted minds
Moving forward blindly towards the great unknown
I promise that you’re not alone
Track Name: Break Free
Drowning in the sea of self-doubt
It seems there’s no way out
And you feel the waves crashing on your skull
In this big, bad world, you feel so small

Constantly pulled down into the water
And you think this is the end
Suffocating as you fight for one more breath
Caught in the battle between life and death

In this life, you will find
Everything’s not always right
It’s not perfect all the time
The words I say don’t always rhyme

Break free from the pain that’s come and pulled you down
Break free from the stress that’s twisting you around
Break free from the self-hate that you have inside
Let go of your ghosts and move on with your life

As you fight the current, going back and forth
Remember what you’ve got on the shore
Drift away and you could leave it all behind
But it won’t let you defeat what’s in your mind

Grab my hand and we can swim forever
And we’re never gonna surrender
Wade the waters as we make our way towards sand
Find the path back to the promised land

In this life, you will find
Everything’s not always right
It’s not perfect all the time
The words I say don’t always rhyme

Break free from the pain that’s come and pulled you down
Break free from the stress that’s twisting you around
Break free from the self-hate that you have inside
Let go of your ghosts and move on with your life

And even if you run, there’s nowhere you can hide
Try to flee from all your demons, but they live inside your mind
This war you think you’ve lost, well it’s only just begun
So let’s face this fight together and know that better times will come

Break free

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