Heathen

by OF THE OPERA

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released December 18, 2013

Produced by Robert Bock
Mixed by Robert Bock
Mastered by Alex DeTurk @ Masterdisk
Photography by Alexandra Lanzendorf
Art Direction by Matthew Tenney

Additional Tracking Recorded at Strange Weather Studio
Engineered by Marc Alan Goodman

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Track Name: Widow
Call to the widow
I was a liar
I held my tongue and this desire in my shaking hand
Call to the widow
Punish the liar
I hear her voice in the winds of a foreign land

But I don't believe this to be true
In this room
This view
Oh it begs my dear

You won't have remove our pride
But it'll be easier if you set it aside
I want you
You won't have to forget this my love
But it'll keep you at ease with that guilt from above
I want you

Climb out the window
Swing from the wires
We'll set the fires as the hourglass is shifting sand
Under the willow
I had a brother
Cut off his arm because no one ever shook his hand

But how can I identify with this man?
In the dark
The lament
It draws you in

You won't have to reveal where we hide
Just take slow, steady breathes; they can't hear us inside
I want you
You won't have to forget this my love
But it'll keep you safely hidden from the light up above
I want you

Don't worry baby how the deed gets done
This anxious feeling that you have is half of the fun
I want you
You won't have to forget this my love
We will keep it alive with everything we're made of
I want you

The silhouette of a figure
In the doorway
Point your gaze to the distance
The son of envy shall be reborn
Track Name: Heathen
Raised a heathen, I was left behind
They found me reaching in the darkness
And calling for a sign
They dragged me home and put me to bed
That night had opened my eyes

Don't fight the feeling of an afterlife
Don't be worried that the ceiling is the last thing you will see
We'll stir the blood and put it to boil
We shall be alright

These nights I hear it
A voice commanding me
Won't help to fear it
It will not let you free
And now my dearest
You have to let me leave
It floats on the breeze
These words they haunt me

Chase me darling or you'll be sorry
Now you're running out barefoot
Stagger through the alleyways
Now lost, you whimper and moan
Severed connections to home
You better start your search
Or this will cut you to the bone

I was a fighter
Though I carried a weight I could not bear
I tried to make it lighter
Convince myself it's the world that just ain't fair

They made an offer
I took a dive
I didn't do it for the money
I just needed a friend
And when they told me "kid, you done good."
You saw defeat in my eyes

These nights I hear it
A voice commanding me
Won't help to fear it
It will not let you free
And now my dearest
You have to let me leave
It floats on the breeze
These words they haunt me

Chase me darling or you'll be sorry
Now you're running out barefoot
Stagger through the alleyways
Now lost, you whimper and moan
Severed connections to home
You better start your search
Or this will cut you to the bone
Track Name: Eclipse
I'm so tired
Watch the ground and it lifts
The burning pyres
The smoke off in the distance
We will raise our hands to shield the light
The sun it drags us
It pulls us into the night
Please let me wake up
To claim the lost time
We will raise our voice to protest this crime

We see it comin'
Try to run away
Where are we runnin'?
There's no way to hideaway
We should be punished
So many wasted days
You bet it's comin'
My dear don't look away

These desperate people
Yearning for every touch
I've had enough of all of the excess of love
I will eclipse my eyes to block out the sights

And now I feed off
This jealously and regret
There's a side of me that you still haven't met
I will induce this fear and this incessant fight

I used to wander dirt roads
Now I'm lost underground
I can't explain how I've strayed
I can't predict how I'll ever be found

Now close your eyes and hear the sound
You've been so tortured by the loss
You were blind to the world that was found

We see it comin'
Try to run away
Where are we runnin'?
There's no way to hideaway
We should be punished
So many wasted days
You bet it's comin'
My dear don't look away
'Cause one day it all fades away