Identity Crisis (2001)

Group Selection: 5/6/2018 – 5/12/2018

Theme: Summer 2018: Thrice

Artist: Thrice

Release Date: 3/6/2001

Runtime: 35:42

Label: Hopeless Records

Track Listing:

1). Identity Crisis – 2:58
2). Phoenix Ignition – 3:31
3). In Your Hands – 2:47
4). To What End – 3:04
5). Ultra Blue – 3:02
6). As the Ruin Falls – 2:04
7). The Next Day – 0:57
8). A Torch to End All Torches – 4:10
9). Unquestioned Answers – 4:23
10). Under Par – 4:46
11). T & C – 4:00

Lyrics:

1). Identity Crisis

[Verse 1]
Image marred by self-infliction
Private wars on my soul waged
Heart is scarred by dual volitions
Juxtaposed and both engaged
Kindle flame, a test of faith
Pray help me see it through
I put all my trust in you

[Chorus]
Refine hate and love
Fall afresh on me
End this crisis of
Identity

[Verse 2]
Draw this darkness out like poison
Stab, retrieve, again decline
Help me drive the dagger deeper
Trace with me explicit line
Take this blade, a test of faith
And strike me deep and true
I put all my trust in you

[Chorus]
Refine hate and love
Fall afresh on me
End this crisis of
Identity

[Outro]
This is my voice, all shadows stayed this is my heart, upon the altar laid
Please take all else away, hear my cry, I beg, I plead, I pray
I’ll walk into the flame, a calculated risk to further bless your name
So strike me deep and true, and in your strength I will live and die both unto you

2). Phoenix Ignition

[Verse 1]
Like a phoenix ignition
Like a crematorium
Like a swelling volition
From the barrel of a gun
From the ashes and the embers
Like a rocket I’ll ascend
Like a cry gone up for a fallen friend
Like a cry gone up for a fallen…

[Verse 2]
Like a phoenix ignition
Like a crematorium
Like a swelling volition
From the barrel of a gun
From the ashes and the embers
Like a rocket I’ll ascend
Like a cry gone up for a fallen friend
I’LL ASCEND!

[Bridge]
Everyday tear down these walls
‘Til cornerstones remain
Coming one step closer all the time
And although we’ll never reach perfection
Always persist to try
No regrets

No regrets
Just rebirth
Move forward
And ignite
Incandescent
Reinvention
A new renaissance
A new fire each day
A new fire each day
Day
Day
Day
Day

3). In Your Hands

Bound to this couch, I lie in waiting
Watching windblown memories slip by my windowsill
I can’t fall asleep, voice in my head disturbs me
Waking nightmares keep, have my cries fallen on deaf ears?
Can you hear me or am I….

Talking to myself again? Is there anybody listening?
Are you taking this in, am I wasting my breath?
Tell me, is the wind in your sails worth everything you give?
Are you looking for something? Forgiveness?

I leave it up to you
I guess I’m better off removed
Because the situation’s growing too thick
In your hands

Could it have been something I said?
Or was it something that I did?
Did I ruin my chance? Have you written me off?
Tell me, where did I cross the line?
And can I work my way back this time?
Will I always regret this decision?

I leave it up to you
I hope you find a good excuse because
I’ve given about all that I can give
In your hands

Did I ruin my chance? Have you written me off?
Are you taking this in, am I wasting my breath?
Did I ruin my chance? Have you written me off?

[Background/Collision]
I could try to count the times that I’ve been through this in my mind
But I’m running out of fingers and I don’t have that much time

4). To What End

To what end?

To what end do we
Proceed so boldly
If all we are is
Chemical reactions?
And what world have you
So deftly sold me
If you reduce me
If I have no soul to touch?

No heart to love, no evil to rise up above
No angels and no ghosts, no real victories to toast
If you believe that this is true, then I must ask:
To what end do you proceed?

No fire in our eyes
No zeal in our hearts
No magic in our songs
Are we just empty vessels?

No fire in our eyes
No zeal in our hearts
No magic in our songs
No fire in our eyes
No zeal in our hearts
No magic in our songs

I have no soul to touch
No heart to love, no evil to rise up above
No angels and no ghosts, no real victories to toast
If you believe that this is true, then I must ask:
To what end do you proceed?

Did I not feel your love? Did I not feel your hate?
And did my heart not beat, and did my heart not break?
And are these tears for naught? And are these words in vain?
If this is all we are then what have we to gain?
What of all the art and books, music and poetry?
What of all our memories? What of our hopes and dreams?
They hold no value then, we hold no faith but greed
So I must ask you: To what end do we proceed?

5). Ultra Blue

[Verse 1]
Unabashedly pursue the truth that we cannot deny
A revelation shining through, orchestration Adonai
A revolution ultra blue, a melodic battle cry
And though some say there’ll be no coup, we’ll never know unless we…

[Chorus]
Try to see it through
And find a different point of view
One where faith is not taboo
And we’ll all learn to see the world as new

[Verse 2]
Sometimes things we’ve held as true proved to be an outright lie
But it seems we always knew in some unspoken lullaby
I’ll see you at the rendezvous, we’ll raise our voices to the sky
And though some say there’ll be no coup, we’ll never know unless we…

[Chorus]
Try to see it through
(Oh yeah, we’ll try to see it through)
And find a different point of view
(We’ll find a different point of view)
One where faith is not taboo
And we’ll all learn to see the world as new

Revolution ultra blue
Revolution ultra blue
Revolution ultra blue
Revolution ultra blue

6). As the Ruin Falls

Only now that you have taught me
(but how late) – my lack
I see the chasm
And everything you are was making
My heart into a bridge
By which I might get back
From exile and grow man
And now the bridge is breaking

For this I bless you as the ruin falls, falls, falls
As the ruin falls, falls, falls
As the ruin falls

As the ruin falls
I bless you as the ruin falls
The pain you bring
Far greater than all other gain

7). The Next Day

Instrumental

8). A Torch to End All Torches

Misguided satellite, I circle by habit
Can’t find my orbit to save my life
I want to fall, I want to burn like an ignorant craterless meteorite
Long ago I was derailed
Long ago the mission failed (my mission failed!)
But in the distance there appears a light

Disgruntled architect building a palace
Can’t make it perfect to save my life
Victimless crime ride the wrecking ball in
Evacuate now while I breathe dynamite
Efforts all to no avail
I’m perfection’s countervail (it’s countervail!)
Torn in pieces, I am made contrite

And in my darkest hour
The brightest light draws near to me
A torch to end all torches
This is the light that sets me free
All shadows burn away now
But by his grace I am sustained
Though all was lost
Now all is found and more is gained

Life me up
Make me whole

Instill in me a new hope
Breathe new life into my soul

9). Unquestioned Answers

[Verse 1]
Your traps are all baited, your scales are all weighted
But not resisting you would surely drive me insane
So I’m caught and convicted, my rights are restricted
The imbecile dynasty continues to reign

[Chorus]
Your apathy of thought has led you to believe
That things are what they’re not, my friend you’ve been deceived
The easiest route rarely leads to the truth
I see the self approval glaze your eyes
You know you’re right, no need to worry why
A thousand stones remain unturned
In the wake of your unquestioned answers
And truth covered lies

[Verse 2]
Traditions some bear, idly without a care
But determined that they stand unchanged
And those who choose to rebel just to raise up some hell
Tell me, What were you hoping to gain?

[Chorus]
Your apathy of thought has led you to believe
That things are what they’re not, my friend you’ve been deceived
The easiest route rarely leads to the truth
I see the self approval glaze your eyes
You know you’re right, no need to worry why
A thousand stones remain unturned
In the wake of your unquestioned answers
And truth covered lies

I can’t reason with you, I speak words you can’t hear
Social conditioning left you with deafened ears
So I take your face in hand, see that look in your eyes
That rigor mortis stare, that look that I despise
And so I turn from you, I walk these streets alone
Alone I search for truth, ideal that you’ve disowned
And wait with fingers crossed and hope you’ll someday find
A way to see things though your own eyes

10). Under Par

[Verse 1]

Our course is coarsely plotted
On a map of shoddy dreams
But hindsight will reveal
Time’s moving faster than it seems
Maybe I’m just selfish
‘Cause I’ve got nothing left to give
I’m still a foolish boy
I’ve got a lifetime left to live

[pre-Chorus]
I was swinging like a madman
Not quite sure what I’d felled
And I might never understand
Exactly what it was I’d held
Now I watch the sun descending
From the weathered gravel roof
And I recall the sky [this guy?] once told me
That all lies lead to the truth

[Chorus]
So I’ll look the other way
And I’ll turn a deafened ear
And I’ll talk of distant lands
Pretend I was never here

Reality beads on my skin
Like a slicker in the rain
But now I feel it’s soaking in
And I begin to feel the pain
I fight the urge to run to you
This is how it has to be
We’ve got to step away
Right now we’re just too close to see

[pre-Chorus]
I was swinging like a madman
Not quite sure what I’d felled
And I might never understand
Exactly what it was I’d held
Now I watch the sun descending
From the weathered gravel roof
And I recall the sky [this guy?] once told me
That all lies lead to the truth

[Chorus]
So I’ll look the other way
And I’ll turn a deafened ear
And I’ll talk of distant lands
Pretend I was never here

And I’ll turn a deafened ear
And I’ll talk of distant lands
Pretend I was never here

11). T & C

[Verse 1]
In my head everything was perfect
And every note resounds in harmony
All I seem to offer up are discords
And every note I sing sounds out of key

[Chorus]
(And every time) I play with passion
I start breaking strings
(And my voice cracks)
When I sing from my heart
(Guess that’s the price)
I’ve got to pay to know that I’m alive
(This melody)
Is tearing me apart

[Verse 2]
In my head everything was perfect
And every note resounds in harmony
All I seem to offer up are discords
And every note I sing sounds out of key

[Chorus]
(And every time) I play with passion
I start breaking strings
(And my voice cracks)
When I sing from my heart
(Guess that’s the price)
I’ve got to pay to know that I’m alive
(This melody)
Is tearing me apart

So now what do I have to show?
And what price do I have to pay?
But like a Saiyan I won’t grow
Unless I’m battered in the fray
Cause we’re all in the same machine
Each one with his own broken dreams
Passion gives way to failure
So let’s all try and understand
You take my hand and I’ll take yours
You take my hand and I’ll take yours
Take my hand and I’ll take yours
Let our passion bleed

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