Lyrics Holy Bones

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Bitter as Bile

  • Something is not finished
  • Something is left to be done
  • The air is weighing down on us
  • It makes us want to run
  • There is a message written on the wall
  • A call the king should heed
  • Blinded by his anger
  • His eyes refuse to read
  • The messenger on the balcony
  • Breaks his nails on the window pane
  • The king he does not see or hear
  • He swears and swings his cane
  • The tears that should be cried
  • Are locked inside a cage
  • He has thrown away the key
  • No mercy in his rage
  • The queen got up and headed for the door
  • The king he moves on his checkered floor
  • His face is stern
  • He believes that kings don't cry
  • (Keeping his cold logic by his side)
  • And his smile, bitter as bile
  • Is eating us up inside

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Red Rose & White Knight

  • Caught in a beautiful lie
  • A Red Rose waiting for her White Knight
  • A flower that changes her ways
  • With the passing of time
  • There were sides of her she didn't show
  • There were sides of her I didn't know
  • Feeling perfectly safe in my bubble
  • I rolled with the flow
  • Now at night my mind goes numb
  • As the questions outnumber the answers
  • In the dark my heart rolls the drum
  • And the rumors start dancing
  • I tried and I tried and I tried
  • To believe what she told me each time
  • I thought I saw the deceit in her eyes
  • God knows I tried
  • Now I'm rolling down a dead end street
  • And grief sits in the passenger seat
  • And I know I'll have to make a turn
  • But I can't
  • Just yet
  • Caught in a beautiful lie
  • A Red Rose waiting for her White Knight
  • A flower that withers away
  • As the time goes by

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The Emperor of Detroit

  • Olds and Ford they made it real
  • Ore was melted into steel
  • For Model T and Oldsmobile
  • Sturdy engines spinning wheels
  • Hardship at assembly lines
  • Kept it going for a time
  • Till depression hit the straits
  • And all the workers moved away
  • First to go were the well-to-do
  • They took the money and the bank
  • The middle classes followed soon
  • And left the poorest in their ranks
  • Windows break in broad daylight
  • It spreads like a creeping blight
  • Trouble, sorrow, come what may
  • He tries his best to keep the faith
  • The emperor struggles to swallow his pride
  • When he has to face the fact
  • That empires rise and empires fall
  • And end up as history text

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The Great Mystery

  • I am building a contraption
  • To catch my broken dreams
  • I really need to mend some, you see
  • And when I catch one
  • I'll wipe of the tears
  • And look for the Great Mystery
  • A band of hungry warriors
  • Was crossing the Great Plains
  • Looking for sanctuary
  • On the run since the day
  • The long railroad came
  • They were lost in the Great Mystery
  • On the Rosebud River
  • A man by the name of Crook
  • A general in the US Cavalry
  • Planned an attack
  • On the Cheyennes and Sioux
  • Unaware of the Great Mystery
  • Right on the frontier
  • Mr. Drinker Cope
  • Was doting on his discoveries
  • He was digging deep
  • For them Holy Bones
  • On his quest for the Great Mystery
  • Try to catch a fraction
  • Of all your broken dreams
  • I'm sure that you can mend some, you see
  • So, if you catch one
  • Just wipe off the tears
  • And look for the Great Mystery

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Fisherman's Blues

  • A restless soul on a fishing trip
  • His colors nailed to the mast
  • The strong wind made him lose his grip
  • His directions didn't last
  • His trawler scaling the big black sea
  • All maps untouched in the berth
  • Fishing for creatures that one might agree
  • Would be better left undisturbed
  • His ropes and nets all tangled
  • He was lost in his own triangle
  • Crude oil was flattening the waves
  • The storm had left his city stunned
  • The Big Easy regaining its ways
  • As he was sailing into the sun
  • He fled port after blowing a fuse
  • For some off-shore contemplation
  • And the fisherman's blues

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Two Sides of a Heart

  • I found the trunk of the old beech
  • It was lying on the ground
  • I found our names, carved in the bark
  • On two sides of a heart
  • Did you hear the chainsaw whine
  • Did it appeal to your dark side
  • After all that we've been through
  • Did it mean anything to you
  • I've heard it said that you have gone
  • Completely around the bend
  • You were seen with bloodshot eyes
  • And with sawdust on your hands
  • Two sides of a heart
  • Carved in the bark
  • One side was bright
  • The other side was dark

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Europa

  • In a classic testosterone confusion
  • When all negotiations fail
  • You can hear this call for a revolution
  • In the black mood of the heyday male
  • It's the power of a grand illusion
  • The old-time heroic tale
  • This call for a revolution
  • In the black mood of the heyday male
  • Again and again we reach for the gun
  • When the icing on the cake is thin
  • When the mental scurvy is kicking in
  • We need to take some vitamins
  • We need some kind of healing power
  • Why not let it be feminine
  • When the mental scurvy is kicking in
  • We'd better take some vitamins
  • Let bygones be bygones
  • We need a resolution
  • 55 Founding Mothers
  • To draw up a constitution
  • Pick up the slate and wipe it clean
  • Leave matters to 55 queens
  • Wipe the slate
  • Unite the states
  • Wipe it clean and make way for 55 queens
  • In an ancient abduction case
  • It's a well documented fact
  • Europa was carried off by Zeus
  • Now is the time to bring her back
  • With one of them male chauvinist Gods
  • It's just what you can expect
  • Europa carried off by Zeus
  • Now's the time to bring her back

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All Dressed Up

  • Yeah the man with the cholesterol head
  • Fills the screen completely and says
  • A man like him can't have no flaws
  • He operates within the law
  • And the surfer is out on the net
  • Lots of cheap thrills to be had
  • XXX-sites with teenage love
  • A recipe for a home-made bomb
  • All the sinners, all the saints
  • Citizen Abe and citizen Cain
  • They dip their faces in the cream
  • On the boulevard of low priced dreams
  • All roads lead to Rome, they say
  • If you like to call it home, you may
  • All dressed up and nowhere to go

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The King of Kings

  • Smell the fear on the breath
  • Of the impostor on the throne
  • He has just dialed 666
  • Nobody answers the phone
  • And the crowd in the square
  • Has come to watch his palace burn
  • They've come to call for
  • The real King to return
  • It's an excellent time to panic
  • It's an excellent time to run
  • Nobody knows how bad it's gonna be
  • But it sure won't be any fun
  • Have you seen the look on his face
  • At the prospect of his subjects
  • Dancing on his grave
  • They only care about one thing
  • The return of the King
  • Camera crews embedded on-site
  • Defy the heat in the endless line
  • They'll give just about anything
  • To catch a glimpse of the new King
  • Somebody has the nerve to ask
  • Who is this King exactly?
  • Well, the King of Kings of course
  • They answer matter-of-factly
  • The King of Kings

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Wintersong

  • The end of summer marked a change
  • The neighbors they are acting strange
  • Behind closed curtains they watch the street
  • Possessed by suspicion as decreed
  • There's a paper tiger on the loose
  • Slam the door is what he boosts
  • He views the world in black and white
  • Nothing between wrong and right
  • Winter came with a moon
  • That soaked the world in a cruel light
  • It drained the color from its face
  • Austerity in white
  • Met a hapless man in the fall
  • Selling homeless papers in the cold
  • And I haven't seen him for two months
  • I can only hope he's safe and warm
  • Winter came with a moon
  • That soaked the world in a cruel light
  • It drained the color from its face
  • Austerity in white
  • There's a cruel moon in orbit
  • For wayward immigrants
  • There's a cruel moon in orbit
  • For hobos, vagrants, bums

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