The Devastator

by Target For Tomorrow

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1.
06:11
A businessman of sorts What welcoming new scenery Eyes closed, I’d count to three But still remained his shape Mother dear, do you know what you’ve brought home? ‘Cause it doesn’t take a prodigy, or an oddity To split the jaws and reveal the teeth Yeah, I knew, I knew And how I wish she would’ve seen If she could learn to hold her head up high Whispers of persons I never, ever knew Just old games and code names are all he’s selling you What targets remain, what tomorrow lies ahead When the children shut their eyes, When they’ve all been put to bed? From an honest man, of course What this world has done to you Hard to believe it’s true But you can tell your friends Your bitter boys deserve the right, It wasn’t them, started the fight We’re gonna take good care of you But never mind what you do Just lock and load A trigger pull will cover up what’s inside Whispers of persons I never, ever knew Just old games and code names are all I’m selling you What targets remain, what tomorrow lies ahead When our family shuts its eyes, When we’ve all been put to bed? Whispers of persons I never, ever knew Just old games and code names are all he’s selling you What targets remain, what tomorrow lies ahead When the world shuts its eyes, When our future’s left for…
2.
01:36
3.
04:00
The fools have all come out to play Testosterone is on display Ask what it means to be a man, when fathers run and mothers stay To fight the good fights, your hollow words so easily defeat Can you hear them crying in the street? Your songs are all stuck on repeat… What responsibility in rhyme But to inspire children to crime Who need their mothers, need their fathers so You say respect is an entitlement Well, that’s really not my style Nor are handguns mixed with alcohol I can do this for a while And if you really think about it, does your bravado compensate For your failed self-education, you say it’s me who’s second rate ‘Cause when we crack our books and read about crooks We know just what you are But then TV’s shapes point out our mistakes, you’re most certainly a star We need our mothers, just like we need… Tell us all the reasons why you double-crossed our trust Not fools, they all came out today They’re gonna find a better way, because Despite your methods, the truth can reach their ears And I know you’re so afraid, when reason wins, you’re never paid But we’ve finished shedding tears, To replace the fears with better years
4.
04:04
The light slides sideways Should I believe in what I see this time? What two eyes define? You’re putting pictures up on the wall, They say it all, and it sounds so good You’re singing along, such a beautiful song I forget what is wrong, just give me that sweet, sweet melody again, come on But the cloth across your eyes does hide A truth I’d love to recognize So tell me what you mean When you say you don’t know anything And is this just a dream Because it feels so real Yeah, It feels so real to me When night dies so young Should I begin to question what is right? How am I to fight? When you’re dropping notes at the end of the hall They’re singing it all, and it never sounded so good You’re playing along, such delectable song, How could this be wrong, When all you ask of me is but to taste a little harmony, oh? But behind the cloth across your eyes hides A truth I’d love to recognize They’ll wonder how I ever got by alone My solitude was sacred, And I could trust everything, If you’d but only look at me So tell me what you mean When you say you don’t know anything And is this just a dream Because it feels so real to me They’ll wonder how I ever got by alone My solitude was sacred, And I could trust everything, If you’d but only look at me
5.
01:55
6.
04:57
When you thought you learned your lesson, I was standing right beside When you thought you found the answers, There was still so much to find When the stars all leave the sky, You know they’re leaving us to die, oh Don’t you ever, oh you never Don’t you ever want to ask them why? When I tried to find the reason that my reason could not find I was praying for a glimpse at all the secrets of your mind With the day becoming night, our sun will leave us all behind Afraid it’s never coming back, I’m here to gather what is mine I know you’d just love to take me with you when you go And don’t you just love to think no one would ever know? And won’t you just let me be all that I want to be? And won’t you just set me free from this insanity? When you thought that I was listening to what you said before I was making up new meanings, your words became so much more Now I sure as hell am slipping, feet refuse to hold me up And from the look you’re wearing now, I can see you’ve had enough I know you’d just love to take me with you when you go And don’t you just love to think no one would ever know? And won’t you just let me be all that I want to be? And won’t you just set me free from this insanity? Now I spend my days taking life lessons from people I will never meet Much like asking for directions walking down a foreign street My own trust I have betrayed, I only wish I had never stayed I can hear a difference in your voice, and I can tell you are so afraid You know I’d just love to take you with me when I go And how I’d love just to think no one would ever know But why can’t I let you be all that you want to be? And why can’t I set us free from my insanity?
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8.
You bore my afflictions, grave addictions So I’d make a name for myself Would it rise occasions or persuasions? As developed authors gleaned few honors From the revered of elite, From the bitter stillness came a new mistress… When we dared to dream into the brimming world that founded fame We found a path to where people come to forget their own names What calculating businessmen we are, to sustain such an industry But honey, if we forget how to live happily, hush, pretend that it doesn’t matter Don’t tell your brothers, nor another Your character, it’s just a game Successful sister, not a whisper The road, it weaves us sweet soliloquies (omit our commitments again) Yeah, but shadowed secrets soon no longer… When we dared to dream into the brimming world that founded fame We found a path to where people come to forget their own names What calculating businessmen we are, to sustain such an industry But honey, if we forget how to live happily, hush, pretend that it doesn’t matter Honey, if we forget how to live happily, Hush, pretend that it doesn’t matter ‘Cause I hid so long from the light No, this isn’t right I Fear I’ll answer for this tonight On my knees, I swear to repair To negate all despair But right now, dear, I need you to come with me Honey, if we forget how to live happily, Hush, pretend that it doesn’t matter I don’t believe it I won’t believe it I don’t believe it I don’t believe it I should have seen it I can’t believe it I should have seen it I should have seen it
9.
05:31
Your voice a soothing sip of medicine For sight and sound are all that I have left And though my lips stay fixed, I’m almost sure You hear what rises from my chest Now that everything is backwards Stuck behind a pane of glass Wiser now than ever Trekking on without a map Time and time again I mislead A heart which now I’d die to heal again How long can love unspoken weather This storm of silence in my bed? Now that everything is backwards Stuck behind a pane of glass Wiser now than ever Trekking on without a map Hands are tied, the puzzle’s picked apart I watch the picture ‘fore my eyes dissolve I wonder now what happens at the end Will grace offer its hand to us all? As birds without wings dream of sky Tonight finds none regretful as I The better man I’ll be should I…
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01:52
11.
A beast awoken from within me Tearing through the binds, it’s showing Just how buried my poor soul had been Brilliantly the light shines in It’s filling me with warmth, and with A voice more precious, now I beg Another chance and for absolution Mind and body through with sin, But the solemn fact is this, I’ve been Responsible for many wicked deeds Clear to me now the path ahead A journey back into the dread To face the problems of my past, And stamp out all the guilt in my chest I’m learning now the self I want to meet Here I stand, broken loose and free of all my chains, I’m casting off, unafraid to face the waters before me I’m patching all the holes and setting sail Listen close, I’ve lead you wrong, I know the past can’t be undone, But believe me now, this place you’re in It swallows whole the heart and soul I know that you’ve got what it takes So run with it and run away And with these words come my final farewell And to all of you who’ve seen this through Time and time again you ruin Honesty and aspiration Thoughtfulness, imagination Manipulating lives you play your Money games and hide the truth The fame you give makes monsters Never again will I be one of you As for myself, it’s time to face All the demons that I put away Let me prove that I’m a different man Ashamed of all the lies I said And choices that I made instead I’m sorry honey, please forgive A man whose only longing’s to live Learning now the self I want to meet, Here I stand, broken loose and free of all my chains, I’m casting off, unafraid to face the waters before me I’m patching all the holes and setting sail Friends and the like, this is my penance Starting anew, I am cleansed of their sins My hands and my heart I offer to you for Creation of what it is we live for
12.
07:27
Step up to the camera and give us a smile You are welcome to stay, well, at least for a while Just button up, dress down, you’re one of the elite But by winter, your anthem rings so bittersweet To make you so sickeningly famous Bore fine print you prayed you could ignore From debts you never dreamt of owing There was nowhere to run, collections was knocking at your door Seems what I’ve spoken to writers whose words did adore, was just Ink unto what pages have signed me up for I’m passing the lake, strange shapes laugh Their crooked jeers scratch the sour roof of the mouth in my ears It’s starved, and uprooted like the grass in the yard Dog neighbor screams as if to say I’m better off that way Petulant son, we always loved you But we don’t know you anymore To make me so sickeningly famous Bore fine print I prayed I could ignore From debts I never dreamt of owing There was nowhere to run, collections was knocking at the door Head for the hills, holes I’ve dug, they’re so riddled with pain, and when I try to bury what clouds already witnessed, I just sit in the rain And oh, don’t you love how it pours, the way it washes over everything Their design was to put me away down below with my beautiful surrender Like a fog from a mirror, they’ve gone I admit each and every single wrong Please forgive everything I have done Every bitter note and sour song I’ve sung Well, I never, again, ever Will commit such abuse on another I’ll be damned if I let myself tear us apart Let’s reach up, and reach out to each other I can’t belong to a system of lies Here to steal us away, well I dare them to try As we make our escape, I can still hear their cries While our need to exploit leads us oft to deceive We remain unrepentant as long as we believe That when melodies ring, it is we who are singing The sound that can clean any conscience

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Target for Tomorrow's first full-length album.

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released June 4, 2011

Produced by Aaron Broussard & Chris Finster
Recorded in the spring of 2011 at Falcon Recording Studios in Portland, OR (www.falconrecordingstudios.com)
Engineered by Dennis Carter & Chris Finster
Mixed by Chris Finster
Mastered by Jason Carter at Wavelength Studios in Salem, OR (www.wavelengthmm.com)

Cover & Interior artwork by Tony Morgan (www.gunbabygraphics.com)

All music written by Target for Tomorrow and the Horns of Destruction
Lyrics/Story by Aaron Broussard & Michael Bode
Upright bass on ‘Silence’ featuring guest Ryan Graham

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