Iconoclast

by Temple 8

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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
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(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)
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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
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Goodbye 42 (free) 04:49
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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
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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.

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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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