Arena (UK) : Immortal?

Progressive Metal / United-Kingdom
(2000 - SPV / Verglas Music / Pinnacle Entertainment)
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1. Chosen

Take a leap of faith if you want to find out!
We live amongst you
In the guise of the mortal men
You'll never see us in the crowd
We only look towards
What purpose we've been sent
And wait until the time is now

Take a leap of faith if you want to find out
Better hold on tight if you want to know how
Take a leap of faith if you want to find out
You have been chosen!

Imagine you can tell us all apart
From prophecy or old wives tales
Or from the warnings of a singular birthmark
But these are merely all false trails

Wisdom spat from the whirling chair
Shaking the bars when they stop and stare at me

Take a leap of faith if you want to find out
Better hold on tight if you want to know how
Take a leap of faith if you want to find out
You have been chosen....Now!

The faceless followers knelt in prayer
Near Whited sepulchres and lightly coded software

Freedom of speech - But we have no voice
Freedom of spirit - But we have no choice
Given no help - To meet these demands
Given no help - It's out of our hands

Never turn around never look behind
Got to turn the water into wine

Take a leap of faith if you want to find out
Better hold on tight if you want to know how
Take a leap of faith if you want to find out
You have been chosen....Now!


2. Waiting For The Flood

Many times this world has been my playground
An endless field of images, not too profound
I let you read between the lines, if you think you can
Part of someone's grand design of
Sainthood, childhood....Slipping through our fingers....
There it is in black and white for you to shout out loud
But all those empty promises just sow more seeds of doubt
Let my vision smother you in heartache
It freezes like the venom from a rattlesnake

It really doesn't matter now, the end will be the same
It really doesn't matter how the world will rise again
There's nothing you can do to stop the river flowing blood
The betting man has played his hand
He's waiting.....waiting

Look for me in everything material
live and breathe philosophy and spiritual escape
You'll find me in the films and in the theatres
Through the minds of novelists and orators

It really doesn't matter now, the end will be the same
It really doesn't matter how the world will rise again
There's nothing you can do to stop the river flowing blood
The betting man has played his hand
He's waiting for the flood

You walked with me before, you know
We crossed this land before, you know
You talked with me before, you know
You held my hand before, you know

It really doesn't matter now, the end will be the same
It really doesn't matter how the world will rise again
There's nothing you can do to stop the river flowing blood
The betting man has played and we're just
Waiting for the flood
You followed me too far and it's too late to turn around
You followed me too far to stop the world from being drowned
There's nothing you can do to stop the river flowing blood
The betting man has played and we're just
Waiting for the flood


3. The Butterfly Man

He waits in the dark for lives, misguided and wrecked
The catcher of innocent souls
He's proud of his human collection
Of losers who give up the chase
Of winners who fail to look round
He creeps up behind the fallen and blind
They're gone! With hardly a sound
'Save me - somebody reach out a hand
Save me from eternity caught in the grip of
The Butterfly Man'

He waits in the dark for the scent of anger or hate
He hides behind ignorance
And it's never for long that he has to wait
A gentle caress
Is enough before fear takes a hold
The warning signs come far too late
By then he'll have captured your soul

'Save me - somebody reach out a hand
Save me from the agony caught in the grip of
The Butterfly Man'

'Save me - somebody reach out a hand
Save me from eternity caught in the grip of
The Butterfly Man'

'I've been here for so long
Don't even know what my purpose ever was
I don't even know where I belong
Through the years I've been waiting
Even time has lost it's meaning
Don't even know where I belong'

'Can't ever turn from this path
Don't even know what alternatives there are
Perhaps I wandered too far
I've been here for so long
Don't even hope for an end to all of this
I have no choice, but to carry on'

There you are fighting to escape from the womb
Dying in the snares of your chosen beliefs
Were you not set free far too soon?
There you are bathing in the warmth of creation
Drowning in the blood of your chosen beliefs
Prisoners of fate
Living in a state of sedation

'Save me - somebody reach out a hand
'Save me - somebody reach out a hand
Save me from eternity caught in the grip of
The Butterfly Man'

He waits in the dark
The catcher of elegant souls
Extravagant souls
Belligerent souls

He waits in the dark
His arms open wide
Never too short
Never too tall
He'll take them all


4. Ghost In The Firewall

Look for me here
It's blacker than the night
Look for me here
But don't throw me in the light
Keep me on the inside
A part of the team
Keep me on the inside
I don't care what that means
Oh - Like the ghost in the Firewall
Oh - Like a virus in the system
Oh - Like the ghost in the Firewall
Let me in
Let me fade away

Look for me here
My name is Legion
Look for me here
We are many - we are one
Keep me on the inside
Lost in the crowd
Keep me on the inside
Don't try to force me out

Oh - Like the ghost in the Firewall
Oh - Like a virus in the system
Oh - Like the ghost in the Firewall
Let me in
Let me fade away
Let me in
Let me fade away
Let me fade away


5. Climbing The Net

I can see the other side
Keeping my head bowed down
I can see them all around
Dead staring eyes
Donning their Ascension robes
Waiting for the time
Shouting down below
'I told you once before - I told you so!'
Got to build a tower
Need a better line of sight
We're climbing up the net
We're reaching for the sky
Got to keep on rising
Take a ray of burning light
We're climbing up the net - through the sky

I can see the other side
Try to keep a hold
Take the rollercoaster ride
On some binary code
Speaking in a single tongue
Think a single thought
Touching everyone
Reaching out - we've been here before

Do I join in the race, keep my enemies near?
Am I forced to embrace this modern veneer?
Will I ever break free from this house of cards?
The truth is the victim - it was dead from the start!

Got to keep on rising
Take a ray of burning light
Got to keep on rising
We're climbing - We're climbing up the net
We're climbing - We're reaching for the sky
We're climbing - We're climbing up the net
We're climbing - We're reaching for the sky
We're climbing up the net
A ray of burning light
A better line of sight
We're reaching for the sky
We're climbing up the net
A ray of burning light
A better line of sight
We're reaching for the sky


6. Moviedrome

Stay down! Like a shadow in a hallway
Watching all the blues and greens
As I hide from the glare of the monitor screen
Run fast! Like a shadow in a subway
Try to remain unseen
As I hide from the glare of the T.V. screen
We're all sucked in
Part of the core collective
We're all dragged in
Blind to the cause we've been selected for....Elected for

Stand still! Like a ghost in the Firewall
Watching all the blues and greens
As I listen to the rhythm of the fax machine

What will I be when winter comes again?
And we're wrapped in furs, and life has begun again

And it hurts to be away from you
From the world you made so well

What will I be when the summer comes once more?
And we're naked and weak in the eye of the sun once more

We're all sucked in

'Leave it on the net' demands the optimist
'No room for slaves to high tech reform'
Maybe there's a way to save the pessimist
He could make it to the hills and ride out the storm

'Formulas are set' declares the analyst
'This is the road for everyone'
Maybe we can hide, continue to exist
With a crate of bottled water and a sawn off shot gun

Try to survive - Don't look into his eyes
Try to stay alive - Don't look into his dead dead eyes

You can send me codes
From the safety of a chat room
In your grey ether clothes
I have looked into your soul
Looked into your soul!

I'm sitting with my head in the radiogram
Waiting for some sign of a ghost or a little green man
Glued to the glowing of a sun behind the plastic hood
And the bass heavy tones
That ooze from the pores in the wood
Oh no.... I can't go there again
Oh no..... Was this ever meant to be?

I'm sitting on the floor with the book in my hand
Dreaming of the world in a way that only children can
And I listen for the emanating sounds from the hidden choirs
The message in the radiant valves and red hot wires
Oh no.... I can't go there again
Oh no..... Was this ever meant to be?

To think it has come to this
Ruled by indifference
Underlying waves of doubt
Such arrogant self reliance
Too far we have travelled out
Nervous in our sentience
Ordinary people
Objects and events
Now is a time of foolish fears
Emotions run high and needless tears are shed

He has the face of a friend
And shall reach across the world into every home
We invite him in and offer no defence
And with every given soul he reaches for his throne
He has the face of an Angel
As he leads us in the dance
Until we find ourselves......alone!

So we're standing in the Moviedrome
Staring at the shadows and the falling lights
Prisoners forever in the Moviedrome
Letting all the pictures be the
Guide to our fragile lives
Did we ever really learn?
Did we never really learn?
The human race has found it's own true home
The dwelling places of these high tech lies
The few that see the world beyond the Moviedrome
Must march on through the wilderness
Of fantasy, False images, And pride


7. Friday's Dream

What I dream tonight may rest with me
Till morning comes again
From the truth comes light
We're vulnerable, as we shelter from the rain
This is a place where all I touch
May not be as it seems
When I close my eyes I pray that you
May shield me from this pain
Hidden from my sight
So dangerous, as we shelter from the rain
This is a place where all I touch
May not be as it seems
And still we go on waiting for Friday's Dream

It's a world that's far away
From the sound of people calling
'free me from these chains'
It's a moment of escape
As the blood of fallen angels scars the earth
Tearing at the innocent once more

What I dream tonight may rest with me
Till morning comes again
Weakened by our doubts
We cling to this as we shelter from the rain

It's a world that's far away
From the sound of people calling
'free me from these chains'
It's a moment of escape
As the blood of fallen angels scars the earth
Tearing at the innocent once more
It's a world that's far away
From the sound of people calling
'free me from these chains'
It's a moment of escape
As the blood of fallen angels scars the earth
Burns the earth
Tearing at the innocent once more

When I close my eyes I pray we'll find
A shelter from the rain
What I dream tonight may rest with me
Till morning comes
Till morning comes and I wake up


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