Will You Change It

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Song Concept: A social commentary on terrorism, this song attempts to root out various misconceptions. In the first act, doubts are raised as to the purported mindset behind accused terrorists and the overbearing nature of official opinion is found to be unpersuasive, as the posturing of governments, people, and various organizations is exposed.

Act 2 takes the perspective of an individual that has come to a point where he feels violent action is an appropriate course of action. Ambiguous in nature, this verse can be interpreted from the perspective of any culture, both Western and non-Western, and its intention is to reveal how ultimately there is much in common between soldiers of opposing sides.

In the final act, a hope is expressed that humanity as a whole can move beyond its lust for destruction. Taken in its entirety, the song is in no way an endorsement of violence, but rather seeks to make evident the simple truth that we all share this planet together, and that we need to strive to reach a place where we can respect each others existence

lyrics

Verse 1:
New beginnings of a set stage
Now enter new dominion
And accept the gift of misery that joins unique opinion
And never mind about the beauty during dawn
Or the pretty little house that sits upon your pretty lawn
Cuz I’m hearing gods speak
And though they don’t seem that divine
They divine a war of terror and that terrorists will die
Yet for a change let us not forget that
Movements have a purpose for insurgents who’ve discerned an act as urgent
And I’m not afraid of churches or excepted civil servants
I’ll call a spade a spade and let the reaper live in earnest
So let the preacher preach his sermon
And the servants serve the serpent
But it’s worthless when you’re living on the surface
And when it ends watch the fingers start to point
At anything and everything except their self-righteous causes
When this cloud moves in it’s sure to cover the forest
Sure to block the sun and any hope of moving forward

Verse 2:
About as close as an end of days
Cuz terrorists have vowed to put us into graves
Now murder has a hold of our precious ways
And if killing is the key to prevent this phase
Well allow me then to say
Let us bring peace with a rock and stone
And shots that’ll fall with a vengeance all their own
And let no other father find his children on the floor
Let us bring war before it creeps upon our door
Soldiers on the draw
Let ‘em feel us raw
And let ‘em hear us roar before we break apart their jaws
And let this reach the walls of any nation with the gall
Who thinks that they can fuck with us without us breaking laws
We’ve been wronged and it’s wrong
But we’re strong enough to spite
And in spite of any deed that makes you question if we’re right
This a fight, so let’s fight
Move beyond our victim’s sight
Rest assured I’m a never stop until they take my life

Verse 3:
Television eyes on a terror ridden sky
And it seems no one survived
And now it leaves ‘em terrified
And believe me when I tell you that the seeds have not demised
The deeds and all the lies and all the greed are still alive
There’s several different means to build a bomb with human life
From which there’s several different ways for holy wars to then ignite
If you’ve seen a pound of flesh effaced in fireballs of light
Then you’ll understand the depth to which this children race will strike
And no amount of devastation will suffice
No degree of human loss will make ‘em then rethink their price
So if there’s seven deadly sins among our many severed kin
Maybe now’s the time to write just how our ending will begin
As the sky caves in maybe we can set a trend
And treat the plague that kills within in hopes it never wakes again
And heaven is the place I’m heading should this end in my beheading
Join the ranks of noble men who speak beyond their day of dead
Reach upon a truth that moves a people to their best
This day will then attest
Hope will spread into their chest
Tell me are you brazen now?
Do you pray for the day when you’re standing proud?
Be your savior now

credits

from Peace In Death, released August 19, 2008
(Z. Hemsey)

Rhyming: Zack Hemsey
Production: Zack Hemsey

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