Parting Words

by Bad Habits

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released June 25, 2013

Drums: Robert Goodspeed
Vocals: Chris Lee
Guitar/Vocals: Ryan Henderson
Bass: Chris Lewis

Guest Vocals on “Exile”: Devon McButtz
Recorded/Mixed by: Rucker Sasser
Mastered by: Lee Dyess
Front Cover Artwork by: Chris Smith

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Track Name: Exile
My hands are calloused, I can't hold on to hope.
The more that I lose, the more I want to let go.
I hear the demons. They whisper secrets to me.
I feel a figure in black. He holds my soul while I sleep.
I'll burn every bridge until I am all by myself.
Build a new one from rubble, a one way road back to hell.
I've disregarded these thoughts for so long that my head hurts.
I could be a better person, but it's not what you deserve.

I'm a time bomb and each second I tick.
With selfish acts of self-gain, I hide feelings with tricks.
I feel no guilt. I know I'm not in the wrong.
I'm like a stray dog bruised and beaten. Let me die in this pound.
My mind and body are not one in the same.
I hide behind cold gazes. I feel nothing but pain.
Told I'm still living, all I see is hell.
I'm a burden on this earth. I was set up to fail.

I'll burn every bridge until I am all by myself.
Build a new one from rubble, a one way road back to hell.
I've disregarded these thoughts for so long that my head hurts.
I could be a better person, but it's not what you deserve.

I'll keep to myself behind these bars in my mind.
With my head in my hands, I plead guilty to crimes.
Disconnected from peers, I find faults in the faultless.
I'll speak my mind under my breath so they can't pass judgment.

This weight on my chest is now as heavy as my thoughts,.
I look up at society and wonder where everything went wrong.
I raise my head to the skies and yell out questions,
But I'll lower it back down because that's where I find the answers.
Track Name: Two Faces
I turned my cheek, ignored the ways you fucking lived.
I faked a smile just to avoid the fights.
You crossed the line and now you'll pay for what you did.
I'll give a head start, now run and hide.

I turned my back. I cut my ties.
I only gain rage with all this added up time.
Watch your back and all the things you do.
You'll soon find out I'm two faced just like you.

I'll never forgive for all the stress and the suffering.
No apology big enough for the pain I've been through.
When you hear my name I hope your shallow heart fucking sinks.
Too little, too late, bit off more than could chew.

On your deathbed, I hope you realize
That all the pain you caused just wasn't worth it.
Your final seconds, afterthought to apologize.
After all you've done, it's not enough.

You ruined relationships that took decades to build,
With little regard for loved ones around you.
You didn't give up until everyone quit.
It was your blood and kin you did all of this to.
What's it like to know that you tore up your own family
For a few thousand bucks in a dead man’s will?
An example that shows my lack of faith in humanity.
We're all slaves to our trade, live and die by the bill.
Track Name: Steel Cage
You fooled us one. You fooled us twice.
We took the toll. You rolled the dice.
You took your sides. You lost those rights.
Stay out of sight, out of my mind.
You had your chance. We took your hits.
This time it's ours. Try and take it.
Time won't heal this or take back slurs.
My mind is right. My hate is pure.

We all look the same when we’re in a dark room.
You seem to think different, always blind to the truth.
You wore us down and made it easy to leave,
Corrupting portions when you planted bad seeds.
More concerned with your rep, you cut off this whole town.
You can't come back my way and not stick out in a crowd.
I still see those days when I see an old face.
Along with bitter, my mind is still a steel cage.

Showed up closed minded and still hold the same views.
We all won't have that shit. We all still know the truth.
Making wrong moves, the target's now on your chest.
You will walk a fine line, and you'll watch every step.
We've come too far to see you ruin things here again.
Just because we shake your hands doesn't mean that we're friends.
You grew up with "hard lives" and thought our grass was more green.
We've been where you've been, we've seen what you've seen.

Hard stares, cold shoulders.
It's ours now. We're bolder.
Track Name: Beaten Path
Told how to act and what paths we should choose.
I got off their track. I won't be barked at with rules.
Intolerant to change, big words don't make you bright.
Just because you yell louder doesn't mean that you're right.

They mold young minds. My mind is far from a youth’s.
They can't tell me how to live when their perception is skewed.
Because I see this world for how it really is,
You can live your sheltered life while I still see it as shit.

I can see in their eyes that they still have a closed mind,
Why should I choose to listen while they still choose to act blind?
Spewing off opinions, I've grown hostile and tired.
Just quit while you're ahead, you're adding fuel to this fire.

Read between the lines.
Nothing spoke to me.
Still saw no signs.
There's nothing there that I need.
I still feel nothing.

I'll weed out the weak. Only the strong survive.
If you reap what you sow, you're at the front of the line.
You tell me my future and then you number my days.
Well, we'll see who gets the last laugh when I spit on your graves.

They mold young minds. My mind is far from a youth’s.
They can't tell me how to live when their perception is skewed.
Because I see this world for how it really is,
You can live your sheltered life while I still see it as shit.

This burden is mine. I bear the weight of all man.
I'll waste my hopeless soul on these eternal sins.
This life is pain. It brought me to my knees.
My past made my future. The devil walks with me.
Track Name: Discard
You were granted a second chance,
But you squandered the gift that was given.
You tore apart your own family.
Thrown away and replaced.

Severed the ties with a life you left behind.
Ignore the guilt that should lie within your mind.
I don’t know what you expect to find.

Pulled the knife from my skin and sharpened the blade.
Carve these words in my chest so I remember the day.
You struck the match and ignited this flame.
You scattered the ashes and fucking walked away.

I was given a burdened mind.
To judge actions to not be forgiven.
You ripped apart my foundation.
Cast aside and erased.

Severed the ties with a life you left behind.
Ignore the guilt that should lie within your mind.
I don’t know what you expect to find.

If we weren’t bonded by blood,
We wouldn’t speak another fucking word.