Until the End

by Escape the Clouds

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1.
One Bullet 03:06
Verse 1 Wind snapping through the wires A roaring engine that never tires A song in the ears Of a man with no fear This cavalier pilot for hire. His latest job's a ripened peach Shoot down the airship Anabel Lee Over the coast He'll approach like a ghost And earn his exorbitant fee Chorus 1 One... bullet! ...for each engine. One... bullet! ...for each airman. One... bullet! ...for the Captain All... delivered with such precision. Verse 2 A contract killer for twenty-five years In high regard by his mafia peers. From Bangkok to Praque He'll take any job As long as he's pulling the trigger. He spots the airship off of his bow A luxury ship with a passenger haul. He lines up the sights Of his twenty mike-mike Ready to tear up her hull Chorus 1 Verse 3 As he careens down through the sky He has no idea he's been trapped in a lie This passenger ship Is an elaborate trick A frigate in disguise. As she lets loose with every cannon The pilot learns a fiery lesson Never get caught Stripped down to your socks With the wife of a mafia don Chorus 2 One bullet! ...in his engine One bullet! ...for indiscretion One bullet! ...courtesy of the Captain Shot down!... by his own passion.
2.
Verse 1 A sight to behold, so sleek and so strong. So beautiful dancing to the wind's song. Tall as the sky with a spirit that couldn't be bowed, She guided me forth to places unknown Verse 2 For thirty years we traded and fought I had many wives but she bore my heart. Until one day the horizon grew dark. A jealous sea growled and the sky came apart She and I fought the relentless squall I gave all I could but the sea wanted it all A flash split the sky high above her mast Night turned day as she shuddered from the blast Chorus Until the end she'll be at my side. Into the darkness she'll be my light. Verse 3 I tread upon the swells, all my hope torn from me. Lit by the flames of my stricken lady. As the night lingered she slipped down to her end. Leaving me with only my waning strength. Just then I felt something rise from the deep - Her figurehead floating within arm's reach I held on to her tight until dawn broke And unveiled a ship drawn by her smoke Chorus
3.
Chorus 1 A Louisiana sunrise threatens To burn me where I stand. Time runs short on this long river. A reckoning's at hand. The waters churn Beneath the paddle's turn And before the breaking dawn To New Orleans And my sweet cherie I promise I won't be long Verse 1 Two days ago I tracked my mark To an old riverside shack I thought I had the drop on him But his coven had his back They drained me down so fast I thought I'd surely met my end. Instead they dished out irony And turned me into one of them. I woke up as the sun died off on my final day. No more a man than the creatures I'd hunted only yesterday. The only thought I had in mind Was to see you one last time. So I jumped a southbound steamer And prayed to outlast the night. Chorus 1 Verse 2 The closer I get, the more I hunger For the strangest things. Not beignets and cigarettes On the side of Decatur street. No gumbos or Étouffées Can quench this evil need. There's only one taste I crave With the right seasoning Chorus 1 Verse 3 As the sky turns red I'm off the docks And stumbling into town. Drowning in the people Rushing all around. To your door I make my way And pound til you come outside. On my knees, I take your hand, And ask you to be my bride. You smile and say the words I've been missing all my life. But no small kiss can seal our fate Only a tender bite. Without a word I sink my teeth Deep inside your throat. Now you're mine forever And we'll never be alone. Chorus 2 A Louisiana sunset Can't touch us where we stand. Time runs short on this long evening. Our new life's at hand. Our senses churn And our hunger burns Before twilight's gone. To New Orleans My sweet cherie and I promise we won't be long.
4.
Verse 1 Turn down the gas lamps in your somber tower. Where their eyes cannot see they have no power. Undo the laces... slip off the braces of your corset. Your skin glistens as I listen to your heartbeat. Verse 2 Pressed hard against the wall, soft flesh against stone. Our fingers seek places it feels we've already known. Let go your shame... you're not to blame for the scars you bear. I will be your light... throughout the night I'll keep you near Chorus A thing so precious yet unfit for a noble queen Wrapped in a veil, so beautiful yet so obscene An abomination to those who'd imprison our waking hearts. If this is a sin then let God himself tear us apart. Verse 3 The door lies open so let's make our escape Their judgment means nothing outside of this place. Listen to me... your every need will never be denied. I am your lady in waiting... always wanting... to be at your side Chorus
5.
Scimitar 03:37
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6.
Verse 1 My lady's a beauty but she's a bit daft If not for her bosom she'd confuse fore for aft. When she called my ship a boat I felt some dismay But when she called my gears cogs I couldn't let it slip away. Chorus A gear may have cogs but a cog is not a gear. Like a queen may have a crown but a crown makes not a queen. All gears may have cogs but no cog is a gear. Some things go together but they are not the same thing. Verse 2 My lady's so lovely but she's a bit dim. If I don't open the door she'd never find her way in. We've courted for months but she can't recall my name Calling me "that fellow" rather throws me off my game. Chorus A gear may have cogs but a cog is not a gear. Like a king may have a crown but a crown makes not a king. All gears may have cogs but no cog is a gear. Some things go together but they are not the same thing. Verse 3 My lady's not brilliant but she's got some sass When she caught me with her sister she booted me in the ass. I know a bastard when I see one, she angrily said. For once in her life she hit the nail on the head. Chorus 3 A gear may have cogs but a cog is not a gear. Like a king without a queen is not much of a king. All gears may have cogs but no cog is a gear. Some things without each other don't mean a damn thing.
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Verse 1 The traveler stepped down from his airship To survey his handiwork Another city laid to waste A continent gone berserk. The streets were slapdash with crimson Corpses spilling from the doors Distant gunfire and screams echoed It was all he'd hoped for and more. Chorus Murder through piety In the name of a deity By the cross / By the crescent So holy and unrepentant Murder through piety In the name of a deity By the sword and the words Of sinners in blessed robes Verse 2 A tarnished wind tore off his hat No bother - it was just one of many. Illusionist. Creationist. Scientist. The Architect of insanity. He'd watched them light the fires of industry Learn to bend metal in their mills Forging symbols to wear upon their necks And cannons to break wills Chorus Verse 3 His enemy appeared before him Looking so tired in his demeanor You made my name into a weapon He said, stabbing the air with a finger You made it too easy, the traveler said You gave them the freedom to choose I merely whispered to each a different name for you And told them only it was true Chorus
8.
Verse 1 We dropped through the overcast silent as death Our twenty pounders trained on the airship ahead Grapplers sailed across. We stormed over her trim. The war between brothers ablaze at the Pacific rim. Verse 2 Her captain shouted at the sight of my raiders, "You're lower than the worst goddamned traitors. You've got my ship, but you've still lost your war." With my sabre to his neck, I demanded more He tossed me a cable he'd long ago received I saw with my eyes but could scarcely believe Four months ago, as we set fire to the skies Our countrymen fell broken at the Mason-Dixon line Chorus Still we press on... (Go!) Towards the waning sun... (Go!) Our bow cutting hard through the air Never looking back... (No!) We'll never go back... (No!) Only misfortune lives there. Verse 2 We hove to on the Australian coast Took on stores as I confirmed the worst. Amnesty had fallen all but my crew Accidental pirates now hunted by the Blue The ship was weighed off. The ballast vented. A ship of pariahs no longer protected. By the flag we still gallantly fly By the cause for which we'll bravely die. Chorus Bridge Soldiers without a nation. Warriors without a war. Chorus
9.
Verse 1 She reeks of the gutter in spite of the rain Face lined with ash and memories of pain In an alley she waits as her time fades away Her eyes alive in the hunt for prey A blade lies cold underneath her skirt, Rusted but sharp - like its owner, alert. Its steel weight is all that survives Of a husband who left her nothing when he died. By the gaslamps she spots a drunken face. In the shadows she moves and gives steady chase. The heavy knife tight in her strong hand Her lust for redemption far more than she can stand. She grabs the whore and kicks her aside. Gripping her throat to stifle her cries. Did he love you? She asks as her rage takes hold. The answer flows out as she drives the blade home. Chorus 1 No one loves me, But at least someone wanted me No one loved me, At least someone wanted me. Verse 2 Eight days later she’s out once again. Hair chopped short and dressed like a man. She calls a woman by her given name. Lures her aside with the promise of gain. In just a few strokes the woman lies prone The ground soaked where her blood flowed Recalling the skill of her husband's hands The widow guts the corpse like a slaughtered lamb. A fortnight passes before she returns, Invisible even where suspicion burns Two times she strikes in under an hour. Running out of time, not drunk with power. Sick with a disease that left her man dead A souvenir of the life he led. The more ill she feels the more she sees red And the louder the voices inside her head. Chorus Verse 3 She lingers now outside the Ten Bells Weak with a fever, she feels like hell She gathers her strength for one more kill The final name on her husband's will. He left nothing to his next of kin Only to those who shared in his sin. The attorney said there was nothing she could do Right before she stabbed him through. She follows the girl back to her room, Unleashing a fury to make a devil swoon, Years of silence and abuse come apart And leave the girl's body like her own heart. Her energy spent she staggers and spins Towards the bank of the River Thames When the morning comes she'll be found adrift As she falls the voices persist. Chorus
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11.
Verse 1 11:35 in the morning and you're walking to the train. The paper says it's just another day but the air doesn't smell the same. A benevolent voice echoes across the square, echoing benevolent lies... As uniformed men wash down the streets where the voice of freedom died. Chorus You stand for what you believe in. You stand for what you love. You stand for those who've had enough. Verse 2 The Earth shakes beneath the thunder of approaching wheels. You wonder how a people can stand when they've been only taught to kneel. You hold your ground and face their armor and their smoking guns. No one will ever know your name, but you're the voice of everyone. Chorus Bridge One single light in the shadow of aggression. One voice of reason. One little revolution. Chorus
12.
Verse 1 First, only black and the crash of these waves, Arms in darkness with no names. Salt and mist sting the eyes. A new light, an old reprise. Chorus 1 And now the moment breaks into the light... Into the light. Verse 2 Far off, distant, rising slow, You seem to see me and I know you know The clouds are shadows on the sand. In your good grace I am glad. Chorus 1 Chorus 2 Into the light. Far off still your warmth is waiting Constant, never hesitating I'm remade The dawn is breaking
13.
Verse 1 A sight to behold, so sleek and so strong. So beautiful dancing to the wind's song. Tall as the sky with a spirit that couldn't be bowed, She guided me forth to places unknown Verse 2 For thirty years we traded and fought I had many wives but she bore my heart. Until one day the horizon grew dark. A jealous sea growled and the sky came apart She and I fought the relentless squall I gave all I could but the sea wanted it all A flash split the sky high above her mast Night turned day as she shuddered from the blast Chorus Until the end she'll be at my side. Into the darkness she'll be my light. Verse 3 I tread upon the swells, all my hope torn from me. Lit by the flames of my stricken lady. As the night lingered she slipped down to her end. Leaving me with only my waning strength. Just then I felt something rise from the deep - Her figurehead floating within arm's reach I held on to her tight until dawn broke And unveiled a ship drawn by her smoke Chorus

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Painting vivid characters, stories, and emotions through music and words, Until the End strikes a balance between aggressive and poignant. From the cautionary dieselpunk tale of a crack aerial hitman… to the Victorian lady succumbing to her illicit wants… to a Louisiana vampire hunter’s last gig… to a fresh telling of the Jack the Ripper story, every track is distilled from ideas either historical or fictional – and many times both.

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released August 24, 2011

Mark Rossmore: All music, lyrics, production, artwork, and vocals, except as noted.

Unwoman: Lead vocals on "Lady in Waiting"
Eli August: Lyrics and vocals on "Into the Light"
Marinerys: Vocal effects on "Lady in Waiting"
Ben Steed and Rob Gilbank at PegasiaMusic: Mastering

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