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Official As the World Bleeds Lyrics

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  1. FleshAndBloodTheocracy

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    I AM
    (Lyrics and Music: Smith)

    I am the light upon your path when you have lost your way
    I am the footprints in the sand the ocean’s tide can’t wash away
    I am the shelter from the storm that rages on and on
    The incorruptible foundation that the wise man builds upon
    I am the bread that feeds a starving man upon the street
    I am the bounty on the table in the palace at the feast
    I am the rain upon the earth after a scorching drought
    I am the quenching of the thirst you never thought you’d be without

    I am the melody that weaves its way inside your soul
    I am the symphony, the masterpiece, the actor’s greatest role
    I am the poetry that speaks to you with every rhyme
    I am the songwriter who seems to write your life in every line
    I am the simple truths that shaped your world from your birth
    I am the vast volumes of knowledge spanning all across the earth
    I am the whisper of the wind you feel, but cannot see
    I am the alpha and omega, first and last, eternally

    I AM
    You cannot see me
    I AM
    The resurrection and the life, the doorway and the vine, I AM
    I AM
    You cannot touch me
    I AM
    The bread of life, light of the world, long before Abraham, I AM

    Lead Break: Val

    I am the trusting child whose simple faith is ever sure
    I am the parent’s love, unchanging, unconditional and pure
    I am the loyal friend whose heart will never let you down
    I am the hand that pulls you back into the boat before you drown
    I am the thunder and the glory and the blinding light
    I am the still small voice that tells you what is wrong and what is right
    I am the sacrificial lamb a guilty world reviled
    I am the father ever waiting for his lost and wayward child

    I AM
    You cannot see me
    I AM
    The resurrection and the life, the doorway and the vine, I AM
    I AM
    You cannot touch me
    I AM
    The bread of life, light of the world, long before Abraham, I AM

    I am the heart of the righteous desire and the fourth man you see in the midst of the fire
    I am the giver of life and the promise of Israel
    I am the hope of the lonely and lost in the blood running down to the foot of the cross
    I am the breaking of chains and the tolling of freedom’s bell
    I am the notes that eternally ring in the music too holy for angels to sing
    I am the fire on the altar consuming the sacrifice
    I am the three and yet I am the one in the grace of the Father and death of the Son
    I am the one who redeemed you by paying the highest price

    I am grace and mercy, I am sacrifice
    I am endless glory, I am light and life
    I am long-awaited hope of Israel
    I am longing sated, prophecy fulfilled

    I am from the beginning of time, and I am sustaining the system of life
    I am symmetry, reason and rhyme, and I am conviction that cuts like a knife

    I am the author of order and flow
    I am the Father of Lights: watch me put on a show!
    I am the seeker of all gone astray
    I am the keeper of souls ‘til the end of all days

    I am power, I am glory, I am love’s unending story
    I am justice, I am honor, I am hope and living water
    I am righteous, I am holy, I am three and one and only
    I am sovereign, I am faithful, everlasting, I AM that I AM

    Solo: Val
    Harmonies: Val and Jon

    I am humility, the one who laid it all aside
    Traded a crown of kings for a crown of thorns, betrayed by human pride
    I am humanity, took on your curse and all your pain
    I am divinity, eternity, forever I remain

    I am your guilty scars, as Roman soldiers tear my back
    I am the crimson stain that washes all the souls faded to black
    I am the one who bled in silence and endured it all
    I am the Word who spoke no word, with a thousand angels waiting for my call

    I am your covenant
    Your hero in these bloodstained pages
    I am your guilt, your sin
    Your debt fulfilled for all the ages
    I step into your shoes, your substitute
    Your sacrifice
    Your raison d’etre
    Your second chance
    Your breath of life
    I AM

    I am the joy of angels dancing in the streets of heaven
    I am the sinner’s prayer for mercy and a past forgiven
    I am the lamb upon the altar dying willingly
    All hope that was
    All hope that is
    All hope to be
    I AM
     
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    The Master Storyteller
    (Lyrics: Smith; Music: Smith and Hinds)

    What do you see when you look around?
    In the shadows where you would think no light could be found
    It’s there
    Pictures and signs in these modern times?
    It’s there to be seen if you read between the lines
    Everywhere
    Tell me, do you see what I see?
    Tools of the Creator to tell His story
    All that ever was and will be
    Is it really hard to believe?

    Turn the pages, all down through the ages
    See the Master Storyteller bring His masterpiece alive
    All the shadowed glimpses, scattered fingerprints align
    And tie the threads together to the Architect of Life
    Turn the page, the story is alive

    Everything good comes from above
    Every picture of grace and sacrifice and love
    It’s Him
    Music that makes your spirit fly
    It’s His signature painted right across the sky again
    I can see His hand everywhere
    Even in the dark it’s so obvious He’s there
    It’s really not a surprise
    If you only open your eyes

    Solo: Jon

    Turn the page, the story is a masterpiece of faith and reason
    Turn the page, the story is alive
     
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    Nailed
    (Lyrics: Smith; Music: Smith and Wood)

    I’ve been working for my whole life to get to the other side
    And try to achieve true righteousness
    All the scourges and whips I cracked
    The flesh I ripped off my back
    It only led me to emptiness

    Here I am, a broken man who’s done all that a man could do
    And found that it’s only filthy rags
    Monasteries, religious schools, indulgences, laws and rules
    It all added up to nothing and darkness and death
    Vanity, Heartache, and emptiness
    Efforts all fading away
    The flesh and defeat that it brings
    ‘Till You guide me and show me things
    That my eyes have never seen before
    As I burst forth from the belly of the beast
    Never fight it anymore
    For the burden on my life has been released
    Nail it to the door

    Solo: Val

    Nailed these ninety-five things I’ve learned
    They’ll say that I must be burned
    For God has no place for heretics
    All the things that they try to sell
    It’s trickery straight from Hell
    To turn it into a den of thieves

    See these madmen peddling the wares of dead men’s souls
    Collecting on a debt already paid so long ago
    There’s fire in my spirit, and fire in their eyes
    For now they’ll want to burn me alive
    Yet freedom rings
    Unworthiness is all I bring
    The blood of Christ is all I claim
    This grace revealed everything
    That my eyes have never seen before
    As I burst forth from the belly of the beast
    Never fight it anymore
    For the burden on my life has been released
    Nail it to the door

    Solo: Val
     
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    Hide in the Fairytale
    (Lyrics and Music: Smith)

    A child in sweet duplicity
    For innocence? Or slavery to nature
    And the bents that haunt him straight out of the womb?
    He doesn’t have to learn the things unseemly that his instinct brings
    To carry like a burden from the cradle to the tomb
    You’ll never have to teach him how to lie
    If we are born in innocence, well, don’t you wonder why?
    For selfishness already dwells inside
    The birthright of Adam, the curse of the old man

    Day and night
    Jekyll and Hyde in the fairytale
    This is much more frightening
    Darkness and light
    Feed the new man and tear the veil
    See the old man dying

    Behold the loving family man
    Who tries to do the best he can
    And loves his wife and children even more than his own life
    But just like that, a wandering eye leads to a suffocating lie
    And selfishness and deep betrayal cuts them like a knife
    If mankind doesn’t have a sinful drive
    Then tell me why he’d wreck his life to get some on the side?
    The warring of two natures deep inside
    Starving the new keeps the old man alive

    Soulsickness nailed to a cross

    Solo: Jon
    Solo: Val
    Harmonies: Val and Jon

    Humankind in innocence, a lie so thinly veiled
    Man born without Soulsickness: this is the fairytale
    Hide in the fairytale
     
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    The Gift of Music
    (Lyrics: Smith; Music: Smith and Wood)

    Close your eyes, you little dreamers
    Numbered as the grains of sand
    Do you believe there is a treasure you can’t hold in your hand?
    Stewards of My great Creation
    I will give this gift to you
    A language that can speak your heart when words could never do

    The melodies will give you wings to fly above creation
    Whenever you can’t find the words to say
    So My child, I give this gift to you and all the nations
    So you can give it back to Me one day

    See the child, ashamed and broken
    Words can never come out right
    Dreams of failure dance in his head every single night
    But twelve words in a simple language suddenly make sense somehow
    That little boy, once shy and awkward, stands before you now

    Music is Your masterpiece, Your signature and smile
    The glorious crown jewel of all Creation
    Gave a voice and sense of wonder to this lonely child
    Whose melodies ring forth Your coronation now

    Instrumental Section
    Solo: Val

    And the strings crescendo like the sunrise in the sky
    The percussion section thunders like the stormclouds
    In their wonder up on high
    The brass is roaring like the mighty ocean’s tide
    Creation is music, and music is creation
    All the earth, a symphony of balanced majesty
    All of life, a melody with four-part harmony
    The rhythms march in great complexity
    Creation is music, and music is creation, let it sing
     
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    30 Pieces of Silver
    (Lyrics: Smith; Music: Smith and Benson)

    What’s the bottom line?
    Or what’s the price I’d take to leave it all behind?
    To trade a cross of shame for glory of mankind
    To sell a crown of life for pennies on the dime
    And trade eternity for one moment in time

    For if the key to life is right here in my hand
    Why would I trade it for an hourglass of sand?
    Or choose the riches of this mortal coil
    Forego the incorruptible for praises of man

    All the treasure in the world so blinding
    30 pieces of silver shining
    Tell me what’s the price you seek
    To place the kiss of death upon His cheek?
    Blood money and the serpent winding
    30 pieces of silver shining
    Treasure fades away
    What a price to pay anyway

    What’s the price you’ve named?
    Well is it money, power, acceptance, or fame?
    And will you sell out for a temporary gain
    Or dare to stand up undeterred and unashamed
    And let the glory fall to whomever it may?

    When all the world is asking you to sell your soul
    And to deny the cross for silver and for gold
    The kiss of Judas or the bended knee?
    Vainglory or humility?
    The ultimate goal

    All the treasure in the world so blinding
    30 pieces of silver shining
    Tell me what’s the price you seek
    To place the kiss of death upon His cheek?
    Blood money and the serpent winding
    30 pieces of silver shining
    Treasure fades away
    Sold out for the price of slave

    Solo: Val

    Treasure blinding
    Silver shining
    Redefining
     
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    Drown
    (Lyrics and Music: Smith)

    I see a ghost, a spirit
    Walking on the water
    He bids me come to Him
    Without a boat
    To walk upon the sea

    So I jump over the edge
    And take a step upon the water
    I’m getting closer
    As I feel the sea move
    Underneath my feet

    I feel the wind and hear
    The roar of waves
    That crash around me
    And when they get their hold on me
    I feel I’m going down
    Please don’t let me drown

    Like Peter all those years ago
    Who looked away and sank below
    When I sink in seas of doubt
    Will You take my hand and pull me out?
    The devil and the deep blue sea
    With open arms awaiting me
    But I won’t go down tonight
    If I keep my eyes on You, I’ll be alright

    God, the storms are heavy
    And the waves have beaten me down
    And the winds have turned me
    Every which way
    Round and round and round

    It’s so hard to focus
    But I don’t want to look away
    Even when the waves grow higher
    Every day
    Higher every day

    Waves and whirlwinds turn my eyes
    Raging under threatening skies
    The miracles of yesterday
    Can sometimes seem so far away
    Oh we of little faith, how quickly we forget

    Solo: Val

    Tired and battered by the waves
    Won’t let the waters be my grave
    Devotion deeper than the sea
    The ocean’s tide won’t swallow me
    A hand is reaching
    I grab it and rise
     
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    Altar to the Unknown God
    (Lyrics by Smith; Music by Smith and Wood)

    Build a fire and fan the flame
    Sacrifice without a name
    Offerings on the altar to the unknown god

    Multitudes of gods cover our landscapes and our lives
    Images of deities and halls of sacrifice
    Philosophers and scholars and sophisticates we are
    Our gods are our religion and religion is our god

    A stranger came to town one day
    And fearlessly proclaimed
    “The unknown god you worship
    On this altar has a name”
    He said, “This god is not an image
    Or a statue of the dead
    In Him we live and have our being
    As your own poets have said”

    Build a fire and fan the flame
    Sacrifice without a name
    Offerings on the altar to the unknown god
    Dance around the altar blaze
    Brings the works your hands have made
    Place them on the altar to the unknown god

    He dwells not in temples
    Built by human hands
    He needs no assistance
    Or service of man
    The nameless you worship
    Is greater than all
    Your idols of death
    Never answer your call
    All nations He formed
    From the flesh of one man
    He marked out their times
    And the boundaries of lands
    Your life and your breath
    He bestows with the day
    So seek Him and find Him
    For He is not far away

    Fire upon the altar
    Burns the sacrifice
    Sacrificial lamb was slain to pay the final price
    Come, ye heavy laden
    Sinner’s mercy cry
    The unknown God your call upon is nigh

    Gather ‘round the altar
    Stoke the holy fire
    Purifying flames of righteousness
    Are rising higher
    Come ye hungry, eat the bread of life
    And drink the wine
    Altar to the living God divine

    Solo: Val

    No image of stone or of silver and gold
    No effigy mankind has raised to behold
    The day and the hour of judgment is set
    He’s proven Him by the resurrection of the dead

    Build a fire and fan the flame
    Sacrifice without a name
    Offerings on the altar to the unknown god
    Stand before the altar blaze
    Bring the lives His hands have made
    Place them on the altar to the one true god
    Your unknown god
    Is the one living God
     
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    Light of the World
    (Lyrics and Music: Smith)

    So the candle’s gone out, it’s been soaked by the rain
    And the cold winds of doubt have extinguished the flame
    The lighthouse sits idly in darkness again
    As the ship sails ocean alone
    The sun’s frozen over and all has gone cold
    And the fires of the past have been bought and then sold
    And the light on the porch is abandoned and old
    So the child cannot find his way home

    Arisen
    Forbidden
    We keep our candles hidden
    Born leaders
    That follow, floating with the tide

    “You are the light of the world,” He said
    But we’ve blown out our candles
    And left men for dead
    Singing “we are the light of the world, He said”
    As the darkness descends on us all
    If we were the light of the world today
    Would we hide in the shadows
    And scare them away?
    Are we the light of the world
    Or are we failing to answer the call?

    Lead Break: Val

    Men love the darkness
    Much more than the light
    For their deeds can be kept out of mind
    Out of sight
    And the line has eroded
    Between wrong and right
    Like it’s all relative after all
    To stand like a wall and resist the temptation
    To sell ourselves out
    For hollow acclimation
    And cheapen the message
    A weakened foundation
    Revealing the cracks in the wall

    No power
    No glory
    No one to tell their story
    No wonder
    It’s all unraveling

    “You are the light of the world,” He said
    But we’ve blown out our candles
    And left men for dead
    Singing “we are the light of the world, He said”
    As the darkness descends on us all
    If we were the light of the world today
    Would we hide in the shadows and just look away?
    Are we the light of the world
    Or are we failing to answer the call?

    Solo: Val

    To lift up the fallen
    To stand for the downtrodden
    The poor and the hurting
    Are our ministry

    “You are the light of the world,” He said
    But we’ve blown out our candles
    And left men for dead
    Singing “we are the light of the world, He said”
    As the darkness descends on us all
    If we were the light of the world today
    Would we hide in the shadows and darken the way?
    Are we the light of the world
    Or are we failing to answer the call?
     
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    As the World Bleeds
    (Lyrics: Smith; Music: Smith and Wood)

    Why do we only call Your name when there’s no one else to call?
    And we only really seek You when our mighty towers fall
    Why do we say You’ve failed us and You’ve turned Your eyes away
    When we’re only sleeping in the bed we made?

    Why do we call for free will, but reject all consequence?
    Why’s the path we’ve made to Heaven stained with the blood of innocence?
    Why’d we ignore the warnings that we’ve read and always known
    And get angry when we reap the things we’ve sown?

    So we blame You
    ‘Cause our world’s not come out right
    While the devil’s masquerading
    As an angel of the light
    Just imagine
    All the pride and all the nerve
    To ask where You’ve been, when we’re the ones we serve

    It’s not a mystery, it’s been foretold
    But we ignored the warning bell so long ago
    There’s a way that seems right unto men, but we’ll die with the wages of sin

    As the world lies bleeding
    The giant is no longer sleeping
    Poisoned harvest reaping
    Blindly we just carry on, but the glory is gone
    Gone

    We live our lives like we could care less what You have to say
    Then curse the skies when You don’t come clean up the ugly mess we’ve made
    But You gave us a choice and we made it and dug ourselves into a hole
    We always thought we knew the way despite the things You said
    We just ignored the pile of bodies and the bloodstains on the bed
    Painting ourselves right into a corner as life spiraled out of control

    As the world lies bleeding
    The giant is no longer sleeping
    All we’ve sown now reaping
    Blindly we just carry on, but the glory is gone

    See us – Our promised land of milk and honey
    Became a land of filth and money
    Like Babylon and Rome before
    A land of greed and sin and guilt, a stained and scarlet whore
    See us – Living in our ivory towers
    Self-appointed kings with no power
    Built a monument to man
    We’re passing down empty decrees like a disease across the land

    Solo: Val

    This is the system we’ve created
    This is the world so devastated
    This is what it looks like when mankind asks You to just leave us alone
    This is the monster now awakened
    This is our legacy creation
    This is the place we end up when we say that we can do this on our own

    This is our masterpiece: corruption
    This is our monument: destruction
    Game point of life and death, the nadir of existence painted black
    This is the road the Hell we’ve wandered
    This is inheritance we’ve squandered
    So raise a glass to all we’ve lost and wonder if we’ll ever get it back

    Nations calling “Our will be done, mankind answers to no one”
    But now it has begun – In death, our sin hath borne a son

    Please forgive us for we’ve only made it worse
    Even after You had warned us
    Sin would only bring a curse
    Guess we knew better so we went a different way
    Now we’re only sleeping in the bed we made

    All the glory and the power left this place
    When we turned our backs upon You
    And chose to live in our disgrace
    But You warned us
    And You let us have our way
    Now we’re only drowning in the mess we made

    Blood on our hands
     
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    I love ALL of these lyrics but I particularly love the lyrics of I AM because its very original and I like these kind of song, and something else that I like in this song, is that their is two words in french and I love that! =====> Your raison d’etre

    For the person that don't know it, ''Raison = Reason'' and etre is the verb ''to be''

    Thank you a for post them. Thank to Matt for these wonderfull lyrics.
     
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    Hey man, thanks for finally typing up the lyrics! :D [/lifeiscomplete]

    Though I might suggest that SeaStorm lock and sticky this thread. ^.^
     
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    Thanks for posting these! It's also cool that you included the lyrics and music credits. I'd been wondering how the other members had contributed to the writing process, and now I know. :)

    EDIT: Just saw that the solo credits are there too. Awesome.
     
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    I typed what the booklet said verbatum (except the credits, the last page said "all lyrics by Matt Smith" so I assumed the credits on the individual songs were who wrote the music), and the booklet included solo, lead, and harmonization credits. Odd, since just last week someone wondered who did what. The booklet was obviously printed before they asked, so it's really cool that it answers that question.
     
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    Not to be rude or point anyone out here, but how does a drummer help write a song and the bassist doesn't?
     
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    Shawn's been with the band for 7 years and Jared's the new guy, and still getting a feel for the specific nuances that make a Theocracy song. Shawn's been playing all of them for years, so he knows the ins and outs. Plus, he got pregnant on the song it gives him credit for, so that actually may be why.
     
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    I remember that...
     
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    Queensryche used the same French words on the album Operation Mindcrime. I believe the song "I don't believe in love"
     
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    Um...because that was the first new song Shawn and I ever jammed on together, looooong before MoS. Probably 2004.
    But I don't understand your criticism. Hetfield/Ulrich, anyone? Don't say "not to be rude or point anyone out" and then rudely attempt to point someone out.
     
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    Yes! I was sure that's what I heard. Genius pun.
     

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