Penance

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Song Concept: The story of a man who admits to being guilty of a crime he didnt commit. Taking place during an earlier era, this man is takes the stand and in the midst of describing the details of the heinous act, the judge abruptly cuts him off and decrees the death sentence. All the while, his thoughts are on the woman hes protecting, who is now elsewhere, praying for forgiveness.

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Verse 1:
Pound pound was the loud sound
Down with the gavel’s end
Silencing the crowd’s loud chattering
Within the court galley
And gathered in to hear the judge hading him a given sentence
For sins with no forgiving penance
Tick tock went the clock from the juror’s box
As they sit and watch and listen
For a form of hidden admittance
On facts forcing acquittance
I forward the bench
Sit in the stand
The bailiff gets there and stands
I swear and lift up my hand
The victim’s fam is sittin’ position up front
What they wish me wicked I want
No fear can fit me or flaunt
These feelings fixed in my heart
They’re here to hear out my part
As I get near to the start of my confession

Chorus:
God forgive me for I have sinned
It’s been six months since my last confession
There is nowhere that I can run to
My soul I place in your hands

Verse 2:
With great anticipation they’re waiting
Tensions electrifying
Caught the court recorder perspiring
Ready to start typing
It happened fast like lightning
Describing the gun firing
Not realizing I’m live and vibrant
As my vibe changed tears from the eyes of the wife drained
But my veins were pumping
Adrenaline was rushing or something
I rambled off from the subject of how my love for his blood gushing
Was quickly interrupted by the judge with his judgement
That would halt my talk with abruptness
He said he need no jury to discuss it
He called it justice
He was disgusted by the murder and just handed down a verdict
He would have me speak no further
In his presence he gave me the death sentence
The sentence it fed their vengeance
But my mind was set in on the chair that wasn’t set in by the one I had expected
As a tear hits my cheek
But not because I’m facing death
I guess it’s because of the reason that I accept it

Chorus

Verse 3:
I can’t seem to forgive myself
How can I forgive myself
God I ask you for forgiveness
For what I have done

Chorus

credits

from Peace In Death, released August 19, 2008
(H. Stang, D. Andrade)

Rhyming: Stang
Vocals: Heather Bolan
Production: Zack Hemsey

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