by Captives

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so here we are to wave goodbye this marks the end of the best days of our lives what have we learned from all of this? we smiled for the picture but do we still connect? the search is on, send out the dogs we're looking for the virtue to speak for ourselves this is our chance to live our words to take our lives back and start again and nobody ever said you have to feed off the bottom to reach the top and feeding off the bottom never got you anywhere maybe we'll never reach the top but we'll enjoy the view from here some people left and came but the songs still remain and of course we all changed but the songs remain the same I'm doing the best I can but it's never quite good enough could it be I'm trying too hard or not trying hard enough sticking to your roots doesn't mean you cannot grow and we'd like to believe that our best days have yet to come but we'll never forget no we'll never ever forget the years that passed us by too fast the months that came and then soon passed the days where we explored our fears when everything it seemed so clear we lived our own realities with no responsibility we pulled every wrench out from the gears but now our strains and tribulations they won't disappear and we're desperate for…
In Due Time 01:33
carbon copy artificial we've had enough so superficial get your number wait in line it's just a matter of time your integrity traded for what? something that won't ever last you once had self respect now you're no different than the rest well I'm not a drone and I'm not a clone I guess that means that I'm in this alone to fend for myself when everyone else makes this feel like I'm so far from home and I just don't' know where we lost control that doesn't mean that I will fold I'll stick to my guns and I'll never run I won't accept what's done is done it's time to reevaluate ourselves are we happy with where we're at right now?
Roll Credits 02:48
we always said, friends 'til the end well I guess this is the end.... so plug your ears and drown this out it's not really there or choose to ignore 'cuz I'm sure you don't want to hear or maybe you really have heard it all before so please accept this apology...I'm sorry
The Escapee 00:57
...a culprit, a prisoner how did I end up here again ...a hypocrite when I tried so hard to rise above ...a failure I guess I'll never get it right ...a human being no matter how hard I try my hands are tied behind my back I'm about to kiss the floor your foot digs in into my spine and my cries you ignore the hardest thing to do is admit that you are wrong at a standstill and its been far to long but we're only human we can only be so strong and for that we're all guilty no one is perfect only the guilty run so lets run for our lives
I've let myself and everyone else down so why don't you drag me to the center of town hand out a stone to each and everyone to throw at me as hard as they can and if they miss, grant them the chance I never had, to try again and if they miss, grant them the chance I threw away, to try again when the crowd clears and I emerge no one will recognize me: no friends no family I won't recognize myself through a mask of red: red, black and blue bruises may heal but scars linger on the worst is yet to come mistakes don't come undone so sick of hiding from myself with my head held low so put me to the stand and I swear (I'll swear) under oath and find me guilty 'cuz I know you will and stone me publicly for the choices that I made they put me to the stand and I swore under oath I raised my right hand and I swore under oath that I'd cut off both hands before I reach for you again and I'll sever all our ties 'til my bitter fucking end I'll cut off my hands before I reach for you again I'll cut off my hands
Now Serving 01:17
the feeding troughs are in… this is where the games begin when it's all over who will win? who will outlast and who will quit? will I live to see the end of it? fend for yourself get pushed aside it's dog eat dog, eye for an eye get put in place, single file line in just a matter, a matter of time at the risk of sounding cliche I've come to realize that we're all the same automatons droning through the days one by one until we're out of this place
we're all living underground in a den with its mouth open to the world we've been here since we were born with our legs and necks chained held in restraint a small taste of the truth is all we need to want it more even if we don't like what we find and it scares us half to death behind the shadows of ourselves and through the shadows of all we know there's a flame that draws us into the unknown what if we make it out alive? are we ready for this life that lies ahead? or will we retreat back to the den? all that we know and come to realize... we're already dead
you're not living; you barely exist how many times will I fall flat on my face before I can't even get up and my whole life is a waste? one can only take so many hits to the gut before they run out of breath and are forced to give up I've said this before and I'm sure I'll say it again you sit there, don't listen and you nod your head I know you do not hear me and you just pretend you take me for granted, but I'm still your friend and it'll never be good enough for you was I your crutch through all those times? or did you walk all over me? I'm begging you to prove me wrong I've been weighed down for so long was I your crutch through all those times? or did you stomp all over me? I'm begging you to prove me wrong please lets make this the last song please
Let Us Prey 03:38
I don't trust anybody I hardly even trust myself and I'm through giving people the benefit of the doubt but I have my doubts that I will reap the benefits heart to heart: a man needs a heart to exist man to man: you have no heart so you're no man heart to heart: you still have to read between the lines man to man: even in books left wide open (even in these books left wide open) 'cuz everyone has something to hide and everyone has something to say behind your back when you're not around and when it comes time to speak your mind they try to use your own words as weapons against you with misuse and misinterpretation I don't know anybody when I thought I knew myself I've become a stranger just like everyone else I never believed in karma, but maybe I do... deserve the worst. is there any good left in mankind or did it die with chivalry? there is no good left in mankind it all died (its all dead) with chivalry
Struggle 02:11
Something tells me I should test these waters before I dive right in but it's too late now; I'm sinking now I am drowning I used to think that I could swim but now my head's underwater I reach out my hand; I'm gasping for air and all light dims my friends are all around me but they don't seem to see so I grab the one closest to me together we struggle struggle for breath together we struggle to stay alive together we struggle struggle for time together we struggle struggle for life we drift away and time runs out we use our last breath lose our embrace; begin to fall in separate ways we both sink towards the ocean floor we just couldn't hang on no more we took for granted all we had now we have nothing this is my new home. along side my dead friend on the sandy floor of the salty sea my bones will become homes for fish to reside I'll fit in just fine
we try so hard until the day we die to find some meaning in our lives
Left Unknown 05:22
nobody's gonna save me now head under water reaching out for a hand that is not there I drift further and further as I sink you fade away losing all faith, I pray to a god I don't even believe everyone and everything else let me down I'm on my fucking knees I'm begging you please can you help me to find a purpose; some meaning in this life? there's gotta be something more something I'm leaving out; something I don't know much about we only get one chance some people claim they've found the answers to questions not asked our time's too short to worry about life after death it's hard enough to find my place on this earth it's hard enough when I question my worth every single day no one hears our cries so no one replies look to the sky for hope but can't find answers wasting our time; wasting our lives we get caught in the shuffle so we don't get left behind wasting our time; wasting our lives struggling for truth in this world that is so blind wasting our time; wasting our lives in a place with no problem leaving us to die wasting our time; wasting our lives living day to day as we try to find ourselves I'm in this on my own... I never claimed to know it all some things better left unknown can't look to you to find myself can't look to you or anyone else no one hears my cries, so no one replies as I look to the sky for hope we try, we try, we try so hard to find I can't find answers I'm on my own but so are those surrounding me we try, we try, we try so hard to find and in that sense I'm not alone the truth is that no one knows we strive, we strive, to find meaning in our lives try to make the best of our time here it's so hard when nothing's clear we try, we strive, until the day we die we're running out of time to find some meaning in our lives we try so hard until we die and we're running out of time


Steve- Drums/Vocals
Anthony- Guitar/Vocals
Jeff- Guitar/Vocals
Paul- Vocals/Bass


released May 31, 2008

All songs written by Captives and Kevin Carafa.
Art by Michael DeCicco.

Tracked @ Klarity Studios with Matt Whritenour.
Mixed by Kevin Carafa and Captives @ Backroom Studios.
Mastered by Kevin Carafa.
Gang Vocals: Paul, Kevin, John, Tyler, Tito, and Tohm.
Jon Tumillo appears on track 10 courtesy of himself.

This all came out for free via digital download in 2008 via DC based label, Eternal Hope Records, before bandcamp.


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