Beautiful Monsters

by The Distorted Waltz

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released July 18, 2014



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Track Name: Image of the Sane

Blind, fighting through the haze / gets worse as the days roll on, it slowly settles in

Vague where once was so defined / the cobwebs in my mind have turned the tide and start

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Hope and cling to every thought / my efforts all for not as all the progress reels back

Left to stutter and recede / my victories were greed and now I can’t turn myself back

I can feel it in my life

I can feel it in my life

I can feel it in my life

And I’m scared from here on out thats how it goes

Time of clarity I fear / has seen its end grow near and I’m consumed within the din

No lights still flashing in my brain / the image of the sane is cracked and I begin to splinter

I can feel it in my life

I can feel it in my life

I can feel it in my life

And I’m scared from here on out thats how it goes
Track Name: Ant Farm

Joshua tries to sleep but thinks now of his project

A little box he keeps up on one of his shelves

Smiling now, he drops some food into the object

He likes to think that they can help themselves

They never try to justify the hunger pangs / but look into the sky

If Josh can’t feed them then they die

Day by day they work away building their castle

Finally Josh can show them off to his class

Afterwards, decides they aren’t worth all the hassle

They get to meet the magnifying glass

They never try to justify the pain they’re in / they wither and they die

And Josh’s friends all want to try

They never try to justify the pain they’re in / they wither and they die

And Josh’s friends all want to try

They never try to justify / they run and hide and leave a blackened stain

But still the castle will remain
Track Name: Gone

I always thought that you would be the one for me / but now I’m finding out that I was wrong
Stuck around this prison cell and thought that I was free / but now I feel I’ve stayed for way too long

Its been the coldest winter that I’ve ever seen / But I know somewhere the grass is green

Keep asking for more, your life is rich but your soul is poor / and I don’t think you’re wise enough to know
That you started this war, so count to ten and I’m out that door / and you’ll regret you ever made me go

Spent my time just kicking round and standing by the gate / waiting for someone to let me go
Got lazy, sat around, and chalked it up to fate / got caught up in the ebb and flow

But now the ocean waves don’t carry me no more / I’m standing here just laughing on the shore

So make up your mind, because so far you’ve just been wasting my time / and I won’t give you more of it to kill
My plans are all mine, and things like them just can’t stop on a dime / so if you refuse to move I guess I will

Those times I sacrificed for you / were way more often than you knew
That wall you built just came and grew / Its safe to say that we are through

So don’t go asking me to come crawling back again / one time was way more than enough
I’m sure you’ve never had a shortage of new men / and still you think you have it rough

But when you’re having problems don’t bring them my way / I’m starting a newer better day

So go cry on your own, I’ll tell you once that this bird has flown / and I believe it will do you lots of good
The seeds you have sewn you’ll have to harvest once they have grown / and if you can’t then why’s it I that should?
Track Name: Beautiful Monsters

I’m not sure I understand the purpose of a man
When the future is shades of grey some people just lose their way
What beautiful monsters they make when the world chose to pass them by
And they’re painting their dreams while awake, but something still feels quite awry

I’m not sure I see a way to show just who we are
When there’s millions out every day all trying to be a star
What beautiful monsters they make when they only get halfway there
And they run out of pills to take and those dreams disappear in thin air

Yes, its sad but true / All those people just like you
Crawl around the earth with faded eyes

I’m not sure I think its true
that we are all our own
And the more that I feel like you, the more that I feel alone
What beautiful monsters we make when we’re missing a part of our soul
And we stagger around in the wake of life while we’re fixing the hole
Track Name: Discipline Blues

I’m told that I’m bad with my money / so I’m watching on how much I spend
I’m only buying whats needed / and figured I’d save in the end
But now I’m finding it funny / as I live off the kindness of friends
I haven’t really conceded / just shrug off the bills that they send
As long as there’s still more money they’ll lend

Spent ’bout the last year just drinking / but that tapered off as of late
I gave into others’ persuasion / Decided to buy a clean slate
But then I started to thinking / with all that I have on my plate
I’d save it for special occasions / and found out its well worth the wait
I’ve never found so much to celebrate

They say I’m not really trying / I’m finding the easy way out
I’m sure I’ll find a good reason / a scapegoat to end all their doubt
And they won’t continue denying / when I find a way out of this drought
But it seems to be the dry season / and nothing I plant wants to sprout
If my seeds never grow I guess I’ll just have to go without
Track Name: Sarah (Black & White)

Sarah, who are you? / Staring black and white behind a frame
1902 / Yellowed paper bears your name

The bow you wear / though it blends in with the group, like most
Somehow you don’t / it looks like you have seen a ghost

No one ever really stands the test of time / but I swear it looks like you saw mine
Those eyes like candles keep on burning in my mind

Sarah, where are you? / A hundred years and fates you could befall
Still you remain ageless on this chapel wall

But looking at your picture doesn’t tell me much / about how many lives you touched
For all I know you could have died that very day

I find it strange / walking through the halls where you belong
You’ll never know that I ever wrote this song

And Sarah, did you think that picture meant a lot / or was it something you forgot
Our lives so separate that I’ll never know for sure
Track Name: Rolling the Dice

Well there’s a place that people haunt right out of town / but no one likes to go, they keep their hoods pulled way down low and can’t be seen

But they still plug away, and they chase a better day / and here I find I walk that line, between death and fabled dream

Hey you, pity my bad luck / more the voices bade, and every cent that I had made I doubled down

Now I can’t find a way to stop the debts I must repay / to ease this carousel I’m in, I think its time to sink or swim and probably drown

Can I rest my head upon your shoulder /
Can I rest my head upon your shoulder
Never have I seen my luck go colder / Can I rest my head upon your shoulder
Can I rest my head upon your shoulder / Never have I seen my luck go colder
Can I rest my head upon you

Well the chains that rarely loose are kept at home / we use them every day and when you see you look away and close your eyes

But can you blame a man for the dice he has in hand / when you know you have your own, we’re all rattling the bones in some disguise
Track Name: Bridge Made of Walls

Well it seems that grace while in defeat / finds every way to greet the vultures at your door
And they come in a convincing disguise / but you can tell by the eyes what they really came there for

How’d you think Icouldn’t tell that when you wish me well / you try to make me feel small
Well I assure you I know that when you reach out to me / The only reasons to see how far I can fall

I’ll build a bridge made of walls

You’re the worst kind of man / who never understands their motives are known
Smile through all your gritted teeth / because underneath all your intentions are shown

Go and build a shrine to me, to insecurity / and build the idol tall, I know you’ll fit in there
SO don’t go begging me / because I can clearly see the world behind your shawl

I’ll build a bridge made of walls

Come and slither to my life / pretend there is no knife concealed within your claws
I don’t need a friend in you / Cain was a brother too, just had to give him cause

I just hope that you can see that what you do to me / you’ll be getting it all thrown back in your face
Because we all know your game / I guarantee your name will not survive the fall

I’ll build a bridge made of…
Track Name: Child

I dare you to stand alone / and watch all your chances blown
When you insist to live but never grow
And every time you say you’re missing me / I have to question your sanity
When you refuse to change the status quo

You shrug it off while i’m left grasping at the straws / My life a shield you use to insulate you from your flaws
There are times I feel that you’re a child in my arms / The more you use that crutch the more it harms

You make the choice to live in misery / far too blind to see its killing me
You feel the heat and retreat into that hole
Just close your eyes and again descend / repeat your lies and play pretend
Because when I pick you up it takes its toll

There are times I feel like I should just accept my fate / my legacy resigned to always shouldering your weight
And when I feel that I should just admit I’m through / I realize that’s exactly what you’d do

You live your life like a solemn stone / far too content to be alone
And live inside your custom-built despair
Its up to me to save the day / but when the armor falls away
The knight inside is far worse for the wear

Run from broken plans instead of picking up the shards / deciding just to fold instead of laying down your cards
There are times I feel that you’re a child in my arms / The more you use that crutch the more it harms
Track Name: Another Place

Imagine living other lives while you’re asleep / Conquering the world while you are really counting sheep
And waking up in bed one day to find that its all wrong / The same old walls around you when you thought you moved along

Another minute, another hour just slips away / This morning feels an awful lot like yesterday
And yesterday’s the house I’m in, I’ve lived there all my life / I swear I had a house out west, I swear you were my wife

Another place, I’ve seen your face / A vision in my mind
What meets my eyes when I wake and rise / A world I left behind

I have a thousand friends that really aren’t afraid / I stand a witness
to the progress they have made
And I watch in shame and want to kiss the barrel of a gun / They say home is where the heart is or the only place to run

Another place, I’ve seen your face / A vision in my mind
What meets my eyes when I wake and rise / A world I left behind

I have that dream I once lived every single night / and I don’t understand how I can make it right
Because I wake up every day to find that world is just a lie / and a thousand miles of road still lay between both you and I
Track Name: Saw My Shadow

I saw my shadow fall across the background of the park / I guess its made its mark
I’m looking out, its looking in / was it there to begin
Or from a seed began to grow / I guess I’ll never know

All the troubles overwhelm me and drag me to and fro / and where the wind might take me, I’ll never really know
I’ll never really know
I’ll never really know
But it seems that fate will drag me down

And in its arms I’m gonna drown / Its deaf against our pleas
So many souls have fought its will / and fallen to their knees
And like those millions gone before / I’m stepping through its door

It dances on the pavement and in between the lines / When my mind begins to wander it starts to show its signs
It starts to show its signs
It starts to show its signs
And I see a single wilted rose

And now and then it blooms and grows / and no one ever knows
I’m left to fight it on my own / In a world where I’m alone
I saw my shadow moving in / And swirling in the din