Opening Statement

by Derrick Faith

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This is me. And this is what I sound like.

Special thanks to: Aimee Kelmel, Lena Karr, Matt Seelye, John Werner, Tom Howard, Deven "Dev'lin Eggs" Hall, Scarlett Kelmel, Dallas and Aletha Faith, Tony Miller, Lisa Salvo, Chris Leavell, Jeff Forrester and Samantha Forrester, Ben "Elliot" Elliott, Colin LaMure, Taylon Wilkinson, Andrew Garrett, Owoso, Cory Pollard, James "Jimmy" Gaetano, Clacklebones,
And everyone else who's supported me in my previous and current musical adventures.

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released September 29, 2016

Derrick Faith:
Lead and backing vocals, guitar, bass, programming, keyboard, production, mixing, engineering, big hair.

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Derrick Faith New Albany, Indiana

Derrick Faith has been playing guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards for 12 years. He is lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock band Two Sly Deuce. This is the weird music he writes himself.

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Track Name: Opening Statement
Multiplied
by the division we've created
I'd like to add
That you've taken away
All I have

Just one more thing

Spoken aloud
In the remnants of self doubt
A revenant shroud
Malevolent
Flying proud
With careless words of prey
That serve to claw
their way out
Begging me now
Not to negotiate
And navigate
Your fragile
Sensibilities
Too delicate
To delegate
I'd like to state
Before it's too
LATE

I to I for an eye that just won't see
When it's so hard to agree
When the power shifts hands
Will it bring you to your knees?
Or was your translation lost

To the games
And the verbs you play
Insincere

Spitting out
Analogies that don't quite work
So unclear

I've always prided myself
On speaking eloquently
Communication is key
That's why it's such a damn shame
To have to talk down like this
Because you're so fucking dumb
So pay attention to the reason
Here it comes

Illuminating a visible distrust
With a vanity so unjust
(I can't say)
(You won't say)
(We don't say)
(I can't hear)
(You aren't clear )
(We don't care)

I to I for an eye that just won't see
Right or wrong we disagree
When the money shifts hands
Will it bring you to your knees?
Was your opinion wrong?

Respond to touch will you say
What your opening statement failed
so hard to convey
Surrender the notion at play, to relay
That we've somehow won today

Spinning a web of thoughts inside your mind
The value of words deteriorates
Over time,
So are you ready make your written legacy?

Stated opinions lost their allure
Speaking louder in hopes
To find the cure
So are you prepared to speak the truth
and let it be?

Blah Blah Blah....

(That last part was a bunch of nonsense and gibberish. This next part however is very important)

Blah Blah Blah!
Track Name: How About This?
Follow
The worst of transgressions
To call you a deadbeat would be generous
Venomous
A snake in the family
I see you shaking my hand
But you can't look me in the eye
Afraid of what lies
Behind

Woke up on the
Wrong side
Of the Wrong bed
In the wrong place
At the wrong time
In the wrong way
Let's right it now

So you tarnished my name
and I got left is revenge
Coming at you
So get steady
You can't run

And all this burning resentments too damn hot
For the sun
The payback for the sickening things
You've done

So it burns
With the fury of a thousand sons
And our daughters, the energy left of the fallen ones
(So If you wanna go and tempt with fate
Let me be your guide through hate)

The unspoken unrest
The purity of those who you hurt best
Injustice
(Hard to hate the murder itself
When you're the righteous gun)

No soul of which to speak
The way you play your cards neat
Jettisoned from a kill made so unclean
Built up on a minefield of the obscene

Confession and apology is all they asked
When you tore up a life undeserving so crass
First things first
And these seconds will be your last

Walk softly and carry a biased stick
Without the agility to move swiftly
And hold one furious breath in anger
And know they shall ask nothing else of you

Tell tale signs of a coward who shakes his fist
If I've got one more shot, it's coming straight from the hip
It's ready to go
And I never miss

So how the fuck about this?

Oh So it burns
With the fury of a thousand cries
Convalescing primeval energy
That would crack the skies
(So If you wanna go and tempt with fate
Let me be your guide through hate)

The unspoken unrest
The purity of those who hate you best
Swift justice
(Hard to hate the murder itself
When you're the righteous gun)

How about this?
Track Name: The End Of An Era
Mourning the loss of an
Intangible creation
And I go for some sleep
Too many cigarettes protecting
You and your feelings
While wishing away regret

The mercy killing of a life that can't grow
Nine years hits so hard
Will you still sing to me?
Self preservation of my heart it still wants to
Give some more
But it can't seem to find the words

Where do I go
Nowhere feels like home

I hit the sidewalk with a new phase of intent
It's my purpose
But it feels like no one else
Could give a shit
And I've been trying so hard
Just to meet you on the other side
But it does seem to get any better

Than the man that I was
How many years have I been gone
While I was chasing a dream
I used to fall in love with all the words you wrote
Now I'd give them all away for peace

Where do I go now
I've torn down my only home now

A bitter taste of what was never not now,
Not ever, it's getting better than the misery
That I'm left with
And the guilt of trying so much just to make it something worthwhile
So I can let go of it

Will you let me sing some more?
And tell me how much it meant to you
Track Name: For What It's Worth
Too see it for what it's worth
Tripping over the guilt
On the way to bitter
Reminiscence

Strive to do better
Than those have done before
But there's no way to know
For sure, if you're wrong
Until it's too late

Stifling
It's coming over the airwaves
Stinging with the salt of your tears
Gathering
For the coming destruction
Of everything that's left of your fears

Please don't try to
Make this less than it is
Not giving up that easy
There's still so much to be done
You can bet on me
I won't let you down
Don't say sorry

Too see it as not what it is
Stumbling over your guilt
On the way to a better
Reminiscent memory
We build

Strive to do no less
Than the best
Lest you know
For sure, if you're wrong
After it's said and done

Hey you,
What you know?
Breaking Mountains
Over the hill
Just to pass the time
And
What becomes of a fight
Without all the glory?

Please don't try
Make this less than it is
Not giving up that easy
There's still so much to be done
You can bet on me
I won't let you down
No more sorry
(It's just the rhythm of a life)

I don't want this
Honor anymore
Help me
I know you're drowning in it too

I can't just
Leave anymore
So I'll gladly
Come drown with you
It's the least I can do
For you

And I'm Trying
It's all just too real to be
Within the motion of possible outcomes
Pulling like a tide
Toward a simple infinity

One of these times will be the last time
So don't put this shit on me
How can I promise you the future
With so much uncertainty
All I know is you can
Rely on, rely on, rely on me
From the bottom of my heart
Through the depths of hell
I'll take care of it
That I can promise you

I promise you
I promise you
Track Name: Disbeliever
Another bad idea in action
Another opportunity
To meet a stranger's cheap affection
To dodge responsibility

Always up for a shallow
Misadventure
To keep you
From blame

Never one to
Make a quick indecision
Do you notice
Anything

Always watching
Disbeliever
Read my mind
And talk the walk of
Shame
It's been preordained

Balanced on
Unsturdy fences and
Take the road of
Bad decisions
Made
When your conscience
Strayed

Could you try to be a little more attentive?
To know beyond just what you see
Happy that disappointment's still attention
That the problem can't be you, it's still on me

Always up for a little
Introspection
To keep you
On page

Never once
Did you try to justify it
Tear it down and
Start again

Always watching
Disbeliever
Read my mind
And walk the talk of
Shame
It's been preordained
So you

Balance on
Unsturdy fences and
Take the road of
Wrong decisions
Made
When your conscience
Strayed

You can't speak it
Though there it lies
Behind a curtain
Of your alibis

Fixed desire
False Disguise
Secret Motive
Truth Denied

Colors changing on the open road
To walk the only path you've ever known

Non-acceptance
Denial by omission of facts
A suspicion
But denied under the virtue of lack of
Intuition
Presented by the knowledge of
An army of red flags that build the walls
That you best not scale

Non disclosure
I understand the presence of tact
Honest opinion
It's not actually you who's off track
Your response
A Declaration of attractive propositions following your bargaining and questioning on/of the attack

Deceit is not a question it's an answer of lies
Disease is but a symptom of a bigger problem
That you don't recognize

The ever watchful
Disbeliever
Shuts his mind
And stalks the mark of
Shame
It was prearranged
Saw you

Fall off from your
Highest horses
Falter from the
Cold remorse and
Pain
In the bed you made
Track Name: Shipyards
Senses
Fallout from the
Sensless
Acting out
Rebellous
The case dismissed
The world incensed
The message mixed

Pick it up
And run like hell
All is well
Don't mind your inhibitions
Back to work
Making a difference
Reassigned
A brand new mission

Washed ashore
Sailing ships of
Filthy whores
Drowned and scarred
Loosened lips
No witness
Do not admit
Send them adrift

Confirm the stakes
An entire race
And Devastate
There's no meaning in the difference
Don't hesitate
In God's good grace
A subtle taste
To burn your face

We project into the halls
Give us something to remind him
Give him something to remind them

Build shallow walls for our security
Cost accepted
Paid by our humanity

Special boy
A white light
In a deep red world
Born into a chosen land

One perfect
Purpose
In this beautiful life
To kill
All of God's
Bastard children

Oooh Please protect your mother
She's apple pie
And everything you need
Except some real stability

Oh won't you please come fuck your mother
She'll keep you warm until
You hate yourself
And everything else

Is there really any difference?
Give me something to remind me
Give me something to define me

Why fear the hatred in yourself
When you can be somebody different
When you could kill somebody different

A soldier of god, by another name
A sucker, come on
Promised the riches of a world that just
Doesn't exist
Coexist, got to nix
The ideas of an ideal situation
There's no money to be made
Not sorry about the change in the tone
I own it
But I'm sorry for the way that it goes
You know it
Postpone it,
Reverse the curse of lacking knowledge
As the situation proceeds
It's only our children who
Bleed
Track Name: Fan'b
Desensitized
We all walk on
Broken egg shells
You're just another bully with a big head
Time to take you
Down a
Peg
But I'd rather just break
Your legs
So you'd have to crawl
With the rest of the
Scum
Self inflated ego
Far too pompous to beg
So

Get wrecked
Give up
Feel hate
So self righteous you could masturbate to it
Selfish
Dog bait
Relate
Everyday with you a
Pity Party
There Is no
Escape
So JUST
get wrecked

You wash away
The good intentions
and emotion deflection
That keeps us all displaced

Then comes the reign of
Your bad attention
I'd really like to wipe
That smile from your

Face the jury
Judge
And executioner
Undeserved ego
I'd hoped you'd
prove
me
wrong
But the pressure to keep up this mask
Was just
Too strong
Poetic justice
In the form of this
Trial

Forward messanger
Deliver
Death
So unrefined

You wash away
The good intentions
and emotion deflection
That keeps us all displaced

You subjugate
With the infinite ruin
Of conceited decisions
That redefine your reign

You keep it so cold
In the room you sleep
And nowhere can ever feel safe

There is no restitution at all
There is only you and the fall


Tell me all your darkest secrets
So that I may use them against you

And when your time does come
There will be no one left that cares
Remembered not as who you were
Only as a filthy cancer

Desensitized
We all walk on
Broken egg shells
You're just another bully with a big head
Time to take you
Down a
Peg
But I'd rather just break
Your legs
So you'd have to crawl
With the rest of the
Scum
Self inflated ego
Far too pompous to beg

Unwarranted self importance
Your only worth
Is as a joke
Just a talentless
Punchline
Laughable
That your disguise
Is a decent human being
SO HOW ABOUT THAT?
(How about this?)

Get wrecked
Give up
Feel hate
There is
No Excaping

So Laughable


Get wrecked
Give up
Feel hate
There is
No Excaping

So Laughable
Was your stunning conclusion
No adequate closure
Nor a final solution

There is only retribution
There is only you at fault
Track Name: Jawbone
I.What they want

Glamorous life
Walk softly
Don't misspeak

Be like Mr. and Mrs. Jones
I before thee
Accept, they won't see

Remembering that night
Falling for the words
Holding on so tight
Feeling so secure
I never felt so warm
Lieing in your arms
Held with all our might
To an illusion that's obscured

Keeping it real just like that song goes
Talking like we're lovers
While living our life like foes,

If you give me a day to sleep
I promise to let you keep
Talking about those boring dreams
The one's I don't wanna hear

Too far from heaven to ascend
Better than the hell we live in
I'd rather live in sin
Than listen to your gospel

(Can you be honest for just a second)
(Ok , that's too much honesty)
(Such a damn disgrace)
(Taking it at face value like a punch to the jaw)

II. What we are

Never been easy
It's not supposed to be
So talk to me

Bottled inside
Take your pride
For a walk outside


Think back to the night
Small talk full of nerves
Sentiments kept nice
But that's not how people work
I never felt so cold
Lying in your arms
I'd rather talk about the difficult things
Because that's how people learn

I don't know what kind of songs they'll sing
To fight for what is real
And not such trivial things

If you give me a day to rest
I promise I will do my best
So we can talk about the painful dreams
The one's that are too hard to hear

Far enough from "heaven" to transcend
And who the hell knows we're we've been
I'd much rather know that you're my friend
Than care what they perceive

(Can you be honest for just a second)
(Ok , that's too much honesty)
(Such a damn disgrace)
(Taking it at face value like a punch to the jaw)
Track Name: Cloud Cover
I.In the heart of the beast
Here we are now
At the center
Of the never
Would ever happen

And I've been wrapped up
In my own mythology
You can't stand it
But you won't tell me

Clouds move in
Signalling the water
Flooding memories like rain
Cover me inside this castle
Cower helplessly in vain

Clouds move in
Signalling the water
Flooding memories like rain
Cover me inside this castle
Cower helplessly in vain
Finding comfort in the pain and fear
And wishing I was better

II. Pills
(Instrumental)

III. Transit
You're playing dominoes
With the circumstance
Fighting the invisible
In the aftermath
Of the destruction
Self fulfilling prophecy
Worried about you
Worried about me

Clouds roll in
Poisoning the water
Come crashing down I've gone insane
Shelter me with all your instincts
Trading misery for pain
Why do we have to fall apart
To regain our condition
And lose it all again

IV. Cloud Cover
You and me, can never seem to be
I'm caught in a line
Doctor told me to take these pills
And now I can see things clearly
Suppressed my instincts and
My inability to see things logically
But I know
Yes I know, yes I know, and I always know
Just what I'm about to say
Against my better judgement
I love you
And I always love you
But it can never seem to be what I know to be true
Could there be something else?
And I tell you, yes I tell you
There's nothing at all
There's nothing at all
But could there be something
Somewhere further along
Nobody better, Nobody better than us
But maybe not together
Two hearts mutually exclusive to one another
But not each other
And I wrote you a letter
And I kiss you on the ear
And I tell you it's okay
But it's not okay is it?
With everything just falling apart
These clouds moving in
They cover my heart
And I fight for the strength to get back up
But it hurts me so, and it hurts to know
But you gotta know
That this is not forever
Nobody better than us