The Lost City

by The Wise Man's Fear

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released August 10, 2017

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Track Name: Cataclysm
An antique land, a cursed land sinking
Away into the crushing depths
An antique land, a cursed land falling
Away soon to be lost to the living

Who will hear the words from my dying lips?
Who will heed my stories of this ancient place?

Glance with scorn on the folly
Breathe in dust and ash
Stories of this wretched grave
Wrought of ruin from the cradle of life
Stories of this ancient kingdom
“The hand that mocked them and the heart that fled”

The island sinks in the darkness
My cursed memory slips from
Sight, we try to find it
It’s what’s left that keeps us alive

The air is sick with bloodlust
Whither
The two doors in the earth lie open for me
Trapped in days without sunlight
Lost in starless nights

I saw the pain in his eyes
He's never looked so sick of this world

The island sinks in the darkness
My cursed memory slips from
Sight, we try to find it
It’s what’s left that keeps us alive
Track Name: Pneuma
“And I will tell you again, there have been, and will be again, many destructions of mankind arising out of many causes; the greatest have been brought about by fire and water”

Step into the light
The dawning of time
Where an ancient has fallen down
An ocean’s grasp on man’s demise

So listen to me
There was and will be
Many destructions of everything you know as real

When the earth was young and knew nothing of fear and the days to come
Track Name: Grey King
Devouring the world whole
And it might leave all of this behind

I was too young to know the difference
I was too old to even care
If it was evil or freedom

With iron fists and silvern lips
Clay feet and a stomach of gold
Beneath the shadow of the mountain
Lies a monument to all mankind

Grey King
Waste away
Twisted grip on a rule that will not stay
Grey King
Withering
End your reign

A selfsame sadness
A lost lust for life
This power, now madness
Has taken his mind

A heart like fire
A face like stone
A mind of water
And an iron soul

He folds his arms, waits so patiently for the days to pass
Yet he wants them back
The sun sets on a day
That’s lasted a thousand years
But they’re gone

He paints his smile on, but it dries and cracks
He loses light waiting for days to pass
Wishing that they’d pass him by
Praying that they slow down

He paints his smile, but it’s dry and it cracks
He loses light waiting for days to pass
Wishing that they would just pass him by
praying that they slow down

Grey King
Waste away
Twisted grip on a rule that will not stay
Grey King
Withering
End your reign

Grey King
Waste away
Twisted grip on a rule that will not stay
Grey King
You're whiling away

I was too young to know the difference
I was too old to even care
Track Name: Blackroot Forest
Death has come to take you home
Barbaric things are all these trees have known
The forest aches in his wake
His stench still lingers on the breeze

Worth it, was it worth it
You know that you can't go home, oh no
You cannot go

A troubled brow, a grey head
Skies crashing in upon burning skies

If these walls could speak they’d scream
If these hills had eyes they’d bleed

If these walls could speak they’d scream
If these hills had eyes they would bleed

Take this fire
Keep my dying flame, save my name
Take this fire
Burn the dark away, see the day

Father, please forget about me
‘Cause I’ll always be lost
And that’s not worth remembering
Mother, please forgive me my crimes
And know that I’ve let you down one final time

Show me your face
I won't let you take
The phantom in Blackroot that's hiding from me
The withered limb with ears for sweet lies that has poisoned the family tree

Take this fire
Keep my dying flame, save my name
Take this fire
Burn the dark away, see the day
Take comfort, take solace
Take heart and home, they're yours to own
Take this fire
Burn the dark away, see the day

Can’t go back, you can’t go home
No no, no no

Take comfort, take solace
Take heart and home, they're yours to own
Take this fire
Burn the dark away, see the day
Track Name: What Time Brings
I don't care what you said
Have we lost ourselves, was this personal
Liar, liar, I don't know you anymore
Not sure where to turn from here
Took my heart and then you disappeared
But I only know what I know so
I'll take what's left and make it whole

Oh the distances we’ll go to do the things that hurt us the most

I didn’t want to come to this, I didn’t want to become this

Seven years have passed
This farewell will be our last
I can't go with you at all
Seven years have passed
You know we're not made to last
Slow down and see what time brings

If I cared at all then you'd know it
Desensitized from all the noise
You dragged along

But ours is a road paved in sorrow
Few can bear it
Few can bear it

Seven years have passed
This farewell will be our last
I can't go with you at all
Seven years have passed
You know we're not made to last
Slow down and see what time brings
See what it brings, see what it brings

I’ve never felt so far removed from you

Different days bring different pains to harm you in new, unimagined ways

Through the days
We’ve weathered and started to change
A new age
Seven years have passed
This farewell will be our last
I can't go with you at all
Seven years have passed
You know we're meant to last
Slow down and see what time brings
See what it brings, see what it brings
Track Name: The Forges of Ire
Your sons are dead
Killed by your own hand
Your daughters have fled
You drove them from the land

Shame to you, a plague on you
You’re nothing but bones and air
Shame to you, a plague on you
You stacked your fire with the bones of your dead

For a thousand years may your eyes never find rest
May the rest of your days be spent running from the past
May you wander the earth as a nomad
Nameless until the day you die

Wear a smile that’s held open by an iron hook
See shadows and traces of death everywhere you look
Feel exhaustion in your core that you cannot sleep out
And let shame, shame haunt you like the grave

For a thousand years may your feet never find rest
May your heart dismay and feel no peace as you grow older
May you spend your every waking moment
Looking over your shoulders

I swear no sleep until you are dead
No rest until I hold your head
No sleep until you are dead
No rest
Track Name: The Deepest Dark
Oh God I wish that you would still my restless heart
Or stop its beat from going on

The light behind the life is gone
Even my shadow has left me for dead

Cause in the blackness of this night
It comes alive, It comes alive


Jumping at shadows and I can’t say they are my own
I’m running from shadows
They’re the only ones who haven’t left me alone

If home is where they say the heart is then I’ve never been close to home
And if misery loves company then how am I so alone

I’ve never been home, never been close to you

Screaming at the breeze words you once spoke to me
In the right place I hear whispers calling back my name

Oh death, how I have missed your warm embrace
If home is where they say the heart is then I’ve never been close to home
And if misery loves company then how am I so alone
Track Name: Bloodlust
I’d light myself on fire just to watch your kingdom burn
I’ve suffered seven years and now it’s finally your turn

I’ve been listening to sickly sweet voices
Muse of self destruction and the art of killing the heart
There’s a comfort in their torment, an addiction to their pain

Cause we all have felt this illness
But I’m not getting better
Cause we all have felt this illness
But I’m not getting better

Cast your gaze on fields bloated by mottled blood of your people
Feast your eyes on mutilated justice bred to malice-born tyranny

Grasping at the wind
Feeling life and the love that I knew slip away
Burning at both ends
There’s a world torn in two and now I cannot stay

You are the serpent that eats its own tail
Feast on your flesh

Father like Romulus
Descendants of fire
Born from it, bred for it
Brothers like sand and glass
Track Name: Codex
I am not the man I once aspired to be
But I live with that just like I live with everything
A false smile to cover half my face from those who revel in righteousness
And a shadow of myself to hide all of the rest
The splits, the breaks
The tremors and shakes
Grasp like a hand
They swallow the land

Inscription hear me as the depths
Are drawing near to me they're all that I can see
And when I held my breath and closed my eyes
For a moment it felt like home

The world is a smaller place than when I was young
But I still can’t seem to figure it out
It makes less sense now than it did then somehow
And my conscience has turned inside out
My conscience has burned out

But I love regression like I love myself:
On again and off again and at all of the worst times,
In again and out again like I’ve been left behind

I can’t be happy that it’s over, just sorry that it ever happened

Inscription hear me as the depths
Are drawing near to me they're all that I can see
And when I held my breath and closed my eyes
For a moment it felt like home

Take me home

This is farewell
This is farewell

My story may end here
The road may disappear
But all is not lost if we bear the cost
But all is not lost if we bear the cost
Track Name: Dreamscape
Are you listening
I’ll tell you one more time
To stay away

You made your way into my dreams last night
And I thought of our past, the love, and lack thereof, the lies

A ghost of me I haven’t been since you left to haunt another man
I hoped it would never happen again

And here I had just quit thinking of you
And here your name was finally nothing more than a sigh on the breeze

And having been here before you’d think I’d know something more than what I’m told and having seen this before you’d think I’m ready for something new
And here I had just quit thinking of you
And here your name was finally nothing more than a sigh on the breeze
Track Name: The Lost City
Please hear my words that they may not die with me
Please hear my prayers when I ask this to end quickly

Please save my inscription from the mouth of the deep
Please let it give hope to the weak

Leave this coast for brighter days my son
Goodbye, I hope that fate smiles on you

Farewell my son, may you find the truth
With any luck you can leave this waste behind you
May this parting be the last you see of our Lost City

An antique land, a cursed land that I cannot leave
An antique land, a cursed land, I cannot leave, let it be

I’ve been searching my mind in every corner
I know there’s no way out
They told me

I looked into the face of my enemy, the eye of the storm
Restless, always restless, looking over my shoulder at things that have never been

Drifting into the waves of the dark and burning sea
The sky meets the earth and devours all my grief

Drifting away
Drifting away

Farewell my son, may you find the truth
With any luck you can leave this waste behind you
May this parting be the last you see of our Lost City

Drifting into the waves of the dark and burning sea
The sky meets the earth and devours all my grief

Drifting away

It’s written, it’s written
In the cracks of the earth

Drifting away

Stop wishing, stop wishing
That these days pass you by

Farewell my son, may you find the truth
With any luck you can leave this waste behind you
May this parting be the last you see of our Lost City

I can see it written in the cracks of the earth
The end of my life, end of my life
So don’t lie awake wishing for better days
They won’t come your way, they won’t ease the pain
This is your life