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Iconoclast

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released September 9, 2010

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Temple 8 Cleveland, Ohio

Inspired by rock greats like Rush, Triumph, Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Marillion and Pink Floyd, Temple 8 is philosophically inquisitive and politically irreverent, hitting a home run by using poetic and politically charged lyrics to illustrate the stark state of world affairs, driving toward spiritual awakening, all laid out and wrapped around a superb, epic musical platform. ... more

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Track Name: Iconoclast (pre-release exclusive)
Ancient words in ancient books
Couched in metaphor
Which claim to be the Only Truth
Inciting men to War
Focusing on differences
Instead of what's the same
Dividing all with fear and lies
In some dead person's name

Religion by design
The blind leading the blind
I see through their disguise

Brazen politicians
With promises for all
Spare me all your platitudes
The ends are far too small
Preying on emotion
Desire, Hope and Change
Perceived as a Messiah
With claims that we'll be saved

Elections just the way
They keep us all in chains
You'll never have your say

I know why
You evade and deny
You can't hide
From the reason and rhyme
Of Truth

...Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Tao
...I won't heed their beck and call
...It doesn't work for me
...It's not the way
...I forsake them all

...Europe, Asia, USA ...
...All nations rise and fall
...In self-righteous indignation
...Their backs against the wall

Bought and sold a long time ago
Before the country had a name
Just because you can't see your chains
Doesn't mean you're not a slave
To unseen power brokers
Who don't have any shame
And if you vote you can't complain
Because you've bought into their game

The only road to take
To seal a better fate
Ignore the fucking state!

I know why
You evade and deny
You can't hide
From the reason and rhyme
Of Truth
Track Name: Behind the Scenes (The Big Picture pt. ii)
(Fool you are)
(Fool you are)
(Fool you are)
(Fool you are)
(Ooooh...Aaaah)
(Ooooh...Aaaah)
(Oooh...Aah)
(Fool you are)

We don't want to tell you
What's been happening
Behind the scenes
It's easier to Sell you
While you're chasing
The American Dream

Just distract you
With stories of Skull and Bones
Feed you Truth enough for you
To bitch and moan about
That Other guy
Your Nine to Five
And all of that jive

(Fool you are)
(Fool you are)
(Ooooh...Aaaah)
(Fool you are)

Now, don't misunderstand me
Cuz I'm only tryin' to save you
Even though it's underhanded
Don't ask questions
It's what I must do

So you'll sit there
And dream of a higher life
And take faith in an after life
You can scream
And shake your fists at me
But you're wasting your time

You
Say you want money
You
Only see milk and honey
As you search for what you won't find
Freedom ...
(Freedom!)
... and Salvation;
You'll die

It's been such a long time
That we've been running your life

(Fool you are)
(Fool you are)
(Fool you are)
(Fool you are)
(Ooooh...Aaaah)
(Ooooh...Aaaah)
(Ooh...Aah)
(Fool you are)
Track Name: The Choice (pre-release exclusive)
I remember last year like it was yesterday
We were so happy then, we had so much to say
Now we talk only when you need something
You just don't know what good love might bring

You've been messing with my mind
You've been wasting all my time
You've been cruel to me so long
What did I do? Where did I go wrong?

I thought that I had someone
Who would help to ease my pain
Who turned out to be someone
With whom I'd make the same mistake

And though it hurts to say goodbye
Don't be afraid to question why
There's no one here who'll never say they didn't try
But we must learn to mend our ways
And build our dreams for better days
To live a lie is not The Choice we're reachin' for

Love is such a strange thing
You know it's somethin' you can't buy
But that don't mean that it's free
You pay with pain and someday
They say you'll be repaid with joy
A joy that some may never see

You've been messing with my mind
You've been wasting all my time
You've been cruel to me so long
What did I do? Where did I go wrong?

I thought that I had someone
Who would help to ease my pain
Who turned out to be someone
With whom I'd make the same mistake

I know it hurts to say goodbye
For you can't dry these tear filled eyes
There's no one here who'll never say they didn't try
But we must learn to mend our ways
And build our dreams for better days
To live a lie is not The Choice we're reachin' for
Track Name: Death By Procedure (missing solos)
Tagged and tracked from day of birth
Taxed of all your inner worth
Exacted most hospitably
I still say it's robbery

Get with the program
Slave to the man
Your hat in your hand
Confiscation and seizure
Lead to Death by Procedure

Lock us down in a classroom cell
Salute the flag, obey the bell
Chalk in hand, the android sees
How she breeds society

Get with the program
Swallow down that lesson plan
Rows of underachievers
Bored to Death by Procedure

Surrounded by jackbooted thugs
Pounding sounds, let's count the slugs
Rounded up so we won't be
A threat to their monopoly

Get with the program
Behind iron bars, live our emotional scars
By contemptible creatures
Beat to Death by Procedure

They carved our foreheads with a knife
Nine digits to define your life
A dreaded fate, it's looking grim
Your duly processed life and limb

Get with the program
Get on that box car
We don't care who you are
You didn't follow the leader
Put to Death by Procedure

Led into a darkened place
Shredded files, memories erased
The parasite that grew and grew
But it didn't matter to you
And now you wish you knew
Track Name: For My Security
It’s more than mortal man can bear.
Those terrorists are everywhere:
on land and sea and in the air.
Network TV bill of fare
daily warns us to prepare
for bugs and bombs and poison air
and weaponry enough to scare
the bravest man to deep despair

And so I very happily
let them take my liberty.
All that they do to me
it’s all for my security
I very happily
let them take my liberty
Can't you see?
It's all for me

They hate our freedom so we’re told,
our way of life so uncontrolled,
our rich, our poor, our young, our old.
I guess their hatred just takes hold
and burrows in and makes them bold
enough to kill and spend their gold
and set in motion plans untold
to get us ALL, … or so we’re told.

And so I very happily
let them take my liberty.
All that they do to me
it’s all for my security
I very happily
let them take my liberty
Can't you see?
It's all for me

Seems strange to me they don’t resent
the other guys who represent
a way of life with free consent
for those who are benevolent.
The only ones they seem intent
to devastate to great extent
are those who’s aero-planes were sent
to bomb them in malevolence

And so I very happily
let them take my liberty.
All that they do to me
it’s all for my security
I very happily
let them take my liberty
Can't you see?
It's all for me

My phone is tapped. My mail is read.
They know the thoughts inside my head.
And the money I deposited
is all reported to the Fed.
They chip my hand, dispense my bread.
I think they watch me go to bed.
I don’t object. I’m glad instead
to be controlled until I’m dead.