Cities Of Gold

by OF THE OPERA

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released June 19, 2012

Produced, Recorded, Mixed by: Robert Bock
Mastered by: Max Steger
Photography by: Kathleen Fanto
Artwork by: B. Thom Stevenson
Art Direction by: Matthew Tenney

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Track Name: Cities Of Gold
They had us hiding in the cellars as they marched
The rhythm of their steps, we're crouching in the dark
Around a single flame, a fading candle light
Is calling to the vain, is crying to the night

I had a vision once, of what's behind the clouds
An open, empty space; the feeling of falling down
Down to a warm embrace; a stable, sturdy plane
A certain comfort in that there's nothing worse than pain

Down where a garden grows, a lonely child cries
No one to till the earth, with sympathetic eyes
No one to bear the fruit, to pick it from the branch
The hunger picks up steam; the ache, the avalanche

You know the lonely road will lead to cities of gold
You know the lonely road will leave you cursing the horizon line

We live inside a flame, we lived inside a flood
They used our names in vain, no mercy shown for us
And in the breaking dawn, a broken life resides
Don't pull the curtains back, don't open up your eyes

There was a story of a capsized ship
By currents, dragged far out to sea
Eleven men clinging to the hull with nothing left to eat
Listing the names of whom they're soon to meet

You know the lonely road will lead to cities of gold
You know the lonely road will leave you cursing the horizon line

The scorching sun, now it's scraping across a blistered sky
Appears indifferent, we avert our eyes
Whisper "salvation", in your bed you lie
Hoping someone takes your hand
The scorching road, shows no pity on our blistered feet
Appears indifferent, but we still appease
Whisper "salvation", put yourself at ease
Still hoping someone takes your hand
A fools embrace, is not knowing when you stand alone
Please reconsider all the things you're shown
Whisper "salvation" to a pile of bones
See if someone takes your hand

You know the lonely road will lead to cities of gold
You know the lonely road will leave you cursing the horizon line
Track Name: The Demon Haunted World
I broke down my front door just to see where I live
This is a demon haunted world
They're only tryin' to stay hid
I sent away my love to find out what it's worth

And now the fields are getting dark, back home they're ringin' the bell
This is a demon haunted world
But don't go callin' it hell
I left my hometown behind to find out what I'm worth

I've traveled here, across gaping valleys
To live among phantoms in the alleys
The sirens sing a mother's lullaby
My two clenched fists, as cold as the weather
The lovers' hands, fingers woven together
Noise spills to the streets, youth in manifest
I've traveled here, across gaping valleys
To live among phantoms in the alleys
With criminals who preach their weary path

Police are bangin' on the door
And now, for all you know, they've come to take you
Now you're climbing out the bathroom window
Let yourself fill with fear, you'll find out what it's worth

And now they're standin' in the doorway of an empty house
An open window to the left, the drapes still blowin' out
Fear is the mother of survival
Tonight she's givin' birth

I've traveled here, across gaping valleys
To live among phantoms in the alleys
With criminals who preach their weary path
My two clenched fists, as cold as the weather
The lovers' hands, fingers woven together
The sirens sing a mother's lullaby

Procession in the night
The torches burning bright
Can't understand the words
But you can hear the voices calling

(This is a demon haunted world, but don't go callin' it hell)
(Just 'cause you ain't dead yet, that don't mean you're well)

And now you're gasping for each breath, trying to keep your head
There's something leaning in the garbage, it's a filthy bed
You found a place to sleep
You found out what that's worth

And now the fields are getting dark, back home they're ringin' the bell
This is the only world I know, please don't go callin' it hell
You left your hometown behind
You found out what you're worth

I've traveled here, across gaping valleys
To live among phantoms in the alleys
The sirens sing a mother's lullaby
My two clenched fists, as cold as the weather
The lovers' hands, fingers woven together
With criminals, youth in manifest
Preach your weary path