Tracks

01. Never Better
02. No Ghost
03. Catch 22
04. Disappear
05. Motionless
06. Unseen
07. The Skull
08. Ocean Park
09. The City
10. Them
11. All Ends Well
12. Done
13. Attention
14. The Reflection
15. The Fallout



01. Never Better

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
Wasn't it supposed to get better?
I thought I heard you say that:
"One of these days you will get what's coming"
Baby, you don't have a clue what it means to be
Riding on the breaking point of destruction

No rest for the ones who need it the most
No peace for the weak and the poor
In a position of opposition
Endlessly grinding us down

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Some build for failure
Some build for trust

Fucked!
Anxiety washes in it wants me to fail
Putting me down
A thousand ways to die
But I ain't giving up
It's not my time
Though understanding may never come

I'm not surprised
We all buy into the circus
Don't we?
How could anyone resist?
How could anyone even exist?
I need some way to breathe
Some way to reach out and touch someone
To feel - like I am even real?

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Some build for failure
Some build for trust

Celebrate this day
So far so good
Tick… Tick… Ticking away
These strange lands
In between

Let's pretend it's all illusion
And die reaching for the dream

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Some build for failure
Some build for trust


02. No Ghost

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
You've got to move
As if you need to know why!?
Chow Mein don't make up for Xmas
But it will do
Got money in your pocket
Got places to go
Don't no-one know your name
You're on a roll

As it flows, you might not know the motion
Ain't no ghost, there's only love or nothing

Boy have I have got a bone to pick
Gratitude don't weight much on my side of town
Count your blessings
And count 'em well
Fill your cub to the brim
One day you'll drink from a cup of tin

Rain cold
Rain hard
Let It all fall apart

As it flows, you might not know the motion
Ain't no ghost, there's only love or nothing
All you want,
And if my hands can't touch it it's mine

Soon you'll be cold
The flesh on your bones will fail to hold you
All you kept secretly,
Safely away from prying eyes must go

Say, who are you fooling?
The blade comes down

As it flows, you might not know the motion
Ain't no ghost, there's only love or nothing
All you want,
And if my hands can't touch it it's mine


03. Catch 22

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
They'll get you when you're young
Teach you how to be a man
(Stand up!)
Romanticizing
(Bigger and better!)
But it's never enough, is it?

And you're damned if you do
And you're damned if you don't
Let's celebrate anyway
What you do what you do
What you do what you do
What you do what you do
What you do
And do it for me too…

Once you come to accept
The vague sense of defeat
Eating away inside
You're a pig in a pen waiting
To face the knife
Dead Dead Dead

And you're damned if you do
And you're damned if you don't
Let's celebrate anyway
What you do what you do
What you do what you do
What you do what you do
What you do
And do it for me too…

We don't need another hero
Not another fool that you can drain and tear to shreds
Oh strip him down
Sell him back to that
From which he came
Ever so embarrassing

Someone to connect the pieces
Someone who will speak his mind
Someone who will carry what we're all afraid to really say
How infuriating and obscene
Apologetic in absurdum
No-one wants to feel


04. Disappear

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
You and I can't get much closer
In spite of what you want
I'm done explaining
I'm broke at best

Non-existent.

I lay me down to sleep
And disappear

Why is it you have a question
For every single thing I do
Why is it you say you love me
Nothing's ever good enough for you
"What's the matter now?"
"Have another one of these…"
"This will take the edge off…"

And I never knew what it would be
Decisions and decisions to be made
They'll tell you what you said and what you did
To break from the futility and run

You speak through comparison
You speak in tongues
You listen suspiciously for gaps my adaptation
You have no magic touch
Please stop trying
Sucking me dry…

And I never seemed to get it right
It's like a shadow hanging over me
You were the first
You were the last
If there's a god
Release me from my past

I lay me down to sleep
And disappear


05. Motionless

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
Curse the day that you were born
Curse the god above for the sheer technicalities
That will keep us apart
(We will stay separated)

Everything you say's been said before
By someone just like you and me
It's a comfort can't you see

Acting out your desperate solution
Because no one understands
(How could they ever understand?)
Once upon a time when you were strong
And you could see it clearly
(Now everything you once believed is gone)

Why does it all seem motionless?
A parody of what we could have had
I'm sick and tired of explanations
(Still blinded)
Find yourself another brick
To act out your delusions
Your fashion statement make-believe
Won't change a god damned thing at all

Ain't you got a better place?
Somewhere where you could be who you truly are?
Do you think anybody cares?
(Anybody at all?)
And if so would it matter?
If you lost just a little bit
Of this superficial claim to fame…

Resting on a slab cast on
The shaky graves of those who came before you
(Oh! So hollow)
Your name becomes a trademark
Set solutions for the things you never knew
(What do we ever know?)

Why does it all seem motionless?
A parody of what we could have had
I'm sick and tired of explanations
(Still blinded)
Find yourself another brick
To act out your delusions
Ten years from now you'll wonder why
No-one was there to stop you…

You've got his eye
Are you ready for the next one?
It is appropriate exercise
And the correct way to ruin
What trust we may have had
As if you're remote controlled
As if you run automatic

I… clay
Mould me into something new
(So) that I can finally be of use

Why does it all seem motionless?
A parody of what we could have had
I'm sick and tired of explanations
(Still blinded)
Find yourself another brick
To act out your delusions
Ten years from now you'll wonder why
No-one was there to stop you…


06. Unseen

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
Familiar as I may seem
I wish I had never been here before
The re-occurring pattern of dysfunctional
The power and control
It's not as if I'm new to any of this
But I wish there was a way
To reach your inside
And set you free

And so it stays unseen
Under the surface
Right out of touch
Right out of reach
And so it stays unseen
Until we shine the light of truthful loving trust
It's never going to change

You were the one
I was supposed to turn to
When I need someone
And I realize that I'm powerless
But at least I'm not alone
So turn your screws on any which way
Cause I'm not playing along
You carry this like a trophy
When you could have been so strong
But I am not the one to judge you anymore
I promise you

And so it stays unseen
Under the surface
Right out of touch
Right out of reach
And so it stays unseen
Until we shine the light of truthful loving trust
It's never going to change


07. The Skull

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
Easy now
Don't give yourself away
Don't let them know you're breaking
These are wolves and they carry no sympathies

Don't look down
These are but minor details
Hopefully they'll keep you alive

Don't let them see you're breaking
Achieve to justify
Pearls before swine
No more hesitation
No more slipping away
No more waiting for a loving grace

You will crawl
Let's not get personal
You will serve an example to others
A skull at the gates to mark who's the king

We learn from falling down
A willingness grows from defeat
To mock the ordinary punk
And see if you still got it in you
Did you cry? I wept like a child
In final acceptance to my own mortality
Fuck your pride, it will be your downfall

Easy now
Go lightly these are tricky times
We don't need much fuel to feed the fire

No more hesitation
No more slipping away
No more waiting for a loving grace

Easy now
Go lightly these are tricky times
We don't need much fuel to feed the fire


08. Ocean Park

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
These brief moments aren't quite what I had in mind
Why does everything have to disintegrate?

I'm on fire most of the time
So I'm grateful there's peace to be found

Truthfully, I could never quite get why you always seemed so prone to losing


09. The City

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
It's infected
This city's a wasteland
Slow drone reality
Figure head and scapegoats
Holding back the punch line
To exaggerate just right

We're collecting IOU's and absent apologies
The unspoken sense of betrayal lingers
Can we get it right?
When everything we know is so wrong

Everything is expandable here
Mannequins and advert placements
We leave no mark
No tasting impressions
(For a next of kin)

We decay
We cower
We remain silent victims
We argue
We justify our own demise

Inner test market
We suck up the fumes
Meat, ones and bright ideas
It's all insane


10. Them

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
I won't be your alibi for disaster
No more pathetic rehashes
I've heard enough
Predictable and self-pitying thing
Escalate your prolonged suicide
Poor thing
You're almost there!

Come on!
Come on
Give this man a hand!

Could we have,
Could we have a standing ovation?

And you can't break it off
It seems a fate worse than death
You're repeating the same mistakes again
"I've been here before but I'll try it again"
Over and over and over and over again

You're just like everyone
You're just like them

So in love with a monster
And a precious lie
But someone's got to pay
For each and every single fuck up

Your fingernails don't count
For much it claws are what you're looking for
But you won't need them where you're going
The only thing that keeps all this together
Is a lucid dream

You're just like everyone
You're just like them

Your fingernails don't count
For much it claws are what you're looking for
But you won't need them where you're going
The only thing that keeps all this together
Is a lucid dream

You're just like them


11. All Ends Well

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
Come here…
And knock on my door
Step inside
Rake off your folds
And let it go

No-one…
Needs to know
If you say so

Five minutes more
Oh, go slow
Curiosity don't do
Much for me

You won't hear from me by morning
All is well that ends well
I don't want more than a moment
That's all that I can take
I don't care who talks about us
I don't care what people say

Give me…
Something new
Something to do
Something true
Something I can hold on to

[Repeat chorus]

If you want it
You can have it
I got more than I need
Come and get it

Keep it if you can
No-one knows better what to do
Simple arithmetic it's true

Now I feel fine, won't nothing bring me down
The truth is we all die


12. Done

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
Love is stronger than all
We can cry and pretend
But we know there's something real

Some men say we're from the first breath to the last
You should carry your head high

Cause I'm done
Digging myself deeper
Done looking for escape
Done playing games
Your validation's not worth my time

Everything must die
You can't shake it
For all the pretty shameful games we played…
The sweetness of debauchery
Somehow left me cold & broken
Somehow left me thinking of you
Properly sedated, medicated, pliant and controlled
Finger-likin' hooker-tricks
Won't get you very far

Out here things are becoming real
Out here I found a way
To break the fear

I'm done digging myself deeper
Done looking for escape
Done playing games
Your validation's not worth my time


13. Attention

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
It comes crashing in
As if there's never been anything like it
I keep finding myself repeating the same mistakes
I never did see the irony

I'm drowning in sound
It's wearing me out
I tumble and turn with no direction
I fall and I fold
It's wearing me down
To what this all amount

Hey! You got my attention
What more do you want?
You're not special
No matter how hard you try!
I'm just like you

Here we go
Might as well just make the best of it
And you know
They'll never understand what you see
This is more than I can hold

It comes crashing in
As if there's never been anything like it
I keep finding myself repeating the same mistakes
I never did see the irony

What am I supposed to do?
Ask life for a break
Am I to medicate it?
Adapt and subjugate it?
If you would only just
Shut you're…

What people never understand is how I ever get it right the first time
The stumble and stumble
What's wrong with you!

And do you really wanna know
What it's like to live a lifetime answering to fools
You ain't got a fucking clue

But I won't let 'em break me
I won't let 'em take me
I won't let 'em do it
I won't let 'em break me down


14. The Reflection

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
Oh she was a little girl and I was only just learning to cry
I would call her name to see her beautiful eyes glow
Oh look at me
Oh look at me

They tell you to hold on and say that one day you'll understand
Well I'm still waiting
Yeah, I'm still here
I want something more
Something gained
Something pure

Oh she was a little jealous of him I should know
And he was little backwards now with nothing much to show

Well everything she said
Will leave me cold
And everything you give
Leads to nowhere
It all amounts to this (It all amounts to this)

All this time
I never knew
Of your very word

We pass it down
It keeps repeating
We break and run
We keep decieving

I am becoming (I have become)
I am becoming (of your word)
I am reflection (I am the sun)
I am the shadow (I am the gun)
I want something more
Something gained
Something pure


15. The Fallout

Music & lyrics by The Haunted
Seaweeds like emerald veins she sleeps beneath the breaking weight
A silent dying ocean's slow defeat
The floods will rise and take us all
An end to all this quarrel
A final grace to rid her grief
Oh, Mother show no mercy for me
Wash the stains away
Come unto me again
Open yourself beneath us all (swallow)
Purge the soil
Burn the surface
Erase
Erase
Erase the past again
Oh, she will sleep like a breathing fire's kiss upon you
Oh, my darling dear walk carefully
Perhaps she'll still be there? (Wake up!)
The rivers to rise again
Wash the stains away
Come unto me again
Open yourself beneath us all (swallow)
Purge the soil
Burn the surface
Erase
Erase
Erase the past again