Welcoming the Flood

And the band plays on
As the ship that’s all around us starts to sink
Let us sing along
As if choruses could pull us from the brink

Ever blind to harm standing arm in arm
Let our voices cry as we wait to die
As the restless sea begins to swell
Sing it loud enough, can anyone tell

And the band plays on
As the ship that’s all around us starts to sink
Let us sing along
As if choruses could pull us from the brink

If we scream and shout we’ll erase all doubt
That the course we’d drawn is the one we’re on
As the swirling sea pulls us down
Who will notice when we all start to drown

And the band plays on
As the ship that’s all around us starts to sink
Let us sing along
As if choruses could pull us from the brink
Yes the band plays on
Close your eyes so you won’t see you’re in the drink
Let us all sing while the band plays on

Can I be the invisible man
An almost was, an also-ran
Everyone does what they can
Not to see me
Oh, no

Here we win transparent skin
By slowly wearing away
There you lose alternate views
Fading every day

Well it’s sure been tragically tough
When you find your best’s not good enough
And everyone is harsh and rough
And broke me
Yes, they did

Here we win transparent skin
By slowly wearing away
There you lose alternate views
Fading every day

This is me, the invisible man
Forged by fate
And not by plan
Do you help do what you can
To make me
Disappear
Oh

So long
Going under
So long
They swim
So long
Going under
The rest of us
The rest of us
And him

What do you say, Johnny Gray
We were wondering tonight
What the hell is left
To make it all go right
Johnny don’t go
No don’t go
Johnny Gray

Farewell
Shallow places
Farewell
Hollow friends
Farewell
Shallow places
He’s sinking now
He’s sinking now
The bends

What do you say, Johnny Gray
We were wondering tonight
What the hell is left
To make it all go right
Johnny don’t go
No don’t go
Johnny Gray

Waves across the shore
They say much more
Than time of day
Where did they all go
And do they know
He’s gone away

What do you say, Johnny Gray
We were wondering tonight
What the hell is left
To make it all go right
Johnny don’t go
No don’t go
Johnny Gray

That was life and a day
And we wanted it that way
There’s not a soul around to bring us down

It was what we were taught
It seems everyone forgot
And now we’re left escaping this old town

The human race will be gone, no need to grieve
You and I can be our own Adam and Eve
We’ll be starting at the ending of the world

There is peace to be found
When there’s no one else around
And time enough for us to start again

Though things might be quite rough
Having you will be enough
Remember what we’ve lost every now and then

The human race will be gone, no need to grieve
You and I can be our own Adam and Eve
We’ll be starting at the ending of the world

Well it may not work out
But there’s no more room for doubt
We can’t repeat the actions of the past

So remember everyone
And the terrible things done
So maybe this time we can make it last

The human race will be gone, no need to grieve
You and I can be our own Adam and Eve
We’ll be starting at the ending of the world

Not a soul around me
Half a world away
Stars abound yet dying
Night so strong still gives in to the day

Me on other planets
Streaking through the sky
Me on other planets
As you alone go orbiting by

We are merely matter
Atoms joined then split
Continents left drifting
Edges show where once they might have fit

Me on other planets
Streaking through the sky
Me on other planets
As you alone go orbiting by

It makes me wonder
Why so far from home
It drags me under
It’s a single path I roam

Me on other planets
Streaking through the sky
Me on other planets
As you alone go orbiting by
Me on other planets
Watch me as I fly
Me on other planets
Missing you as you go orbiting by

Winter is coming
Winter is long
That cold breeze may be numbing
But frozen hearts are strong

You’ve got to run like a river
Dance like the wind
Act like a woman who had never sinned
Shout to the heavens, baby
Don’t say when
Tell the lord above that you ain’t never going back again
Never going back again

Steel that can remember
Welcoming the flood
One night in late December
A masterpiece in blood

You’ve got to run like a river
Dance like the wind
Act like a woman who had never sinned
Shout to the heavens, baby
Don’t say when
Tell the lord above that you ain’t never going back again
Never going back again

Every whispered cursing
Every broken plan
All that dark rehearsing
To kill that evil man

You’ve got to run like a river
Dance like the wind
Act like a woman who had never sinned
Shout to the heavens, baby
Don’t say when
Tell the lord above that you ain’t never going back again
Never going back again

There were times when I thought
Even I could be someone too
Now I know that it’s just
Something everybody goes through

And now my head’s started to spin
Looking at this place that I’m in
It’s a wonder where I have been
On Avalon

Now young boys tend to fight
On that score, I’ve had me a few
You don’t have to look hard
After a while they tend to find you

And now my head’s started to spin
Looking at this place that I’m in
It’s a wonder where I have been
On Avalon

Sometimes you’re too busy looking ahead to see where you are
By the time that you start to notice you see you’ve gone too far
And the shore is on the horizon
But the wound is looking deep
And the waves out on the ocean
Rocking motion makes you sleep
And you’re too far away

This is where I was born
And where I am coming to die
Some say I’ll fight again
But this is where all my bones will lie

And now my head’s started to spin
Looking at this place that I’m in
It’s a wonder where I have been
On Avalon

Sara lived in a hole in the ground
Never making a sound
When folks walked by
All the years living upright she found
Everybody was bound
To make her cry

Oh, Sara did you wonder
What to do with this bag of bones
When did you choose to go under
Sheltering mud and stones

Sara heard all the elegant moans
Of the zombies and clones
That own the night
When she talked in her whispering tones
They responded with groans
She hid from sight

Oh, Sara did you wonder
What to do with this bag of bones
When did you choose to go under
Sheltering mud and stones

Sara thought of how everyone dies
In a clever disguise
That’s all their own
So she thought she was terribly wise
And as tears filled her eyes
She laughed alone

Oh, Sara did you wonder
What to do with this bag of bones
When did you choose to go under
Sheltering mud and stones
Oh, Sara

She’s an unloved daughter
Across the water
And looking out I feel as if I can see her
She lives life very loud
Underneath a dark cloud
When I close my eyes I think I can almost remember

She tells me a story
A time of lost glory
And I might have been there too
She said that she loved me
Or was that just fantasy
Cause nothing happened if it all were true

She’s an unloved sister
Only I ever missed her
Well, she might go away, but she never was here
And I think you would find
That she was one of a kind
If you ever took the time, now but no one comes near

She tells me a story
A time of lost glory
And I might have been there too
She said that she loved me
Or was that just fantasy
Cause nothing happened if it all were true

She’s an unloved daughter
Like a lamb to the slaughter
They’re going to raise her up and suck her bone dry
And it must confuse her
The fact that I don’t use her
When she is happy I am, if she’s sad I die

She tells me a story
A time of lost glory
And I might have been there too
She said that she loved me
Or was that just fantasy
Cause nothing happened if it all were true

Poor Juliet, she saunters by
Every falling leaf in flight will catch her eye
There was never any question why
We can’t go home again, oh no
We can’t go home again

This cemetery’s dark and still
There’s a gravestone evicted by a hill
There was never any hoping will
We ever go home again, oh no
We can’t go home again

There’s a quiet when you’re buried six feet down
Look with eyes that do not see
Only knowing that you can not turn around
Makes you free
Don’t wait for me

Poor Juliet, forever brave
Every day she puts one more stone on my grave
She knows not everyone can be saved
Some don’t come home again, oh no
We can’t go home again

There’s a quiet when you’re buried six feet down
Look with eyes that do not see
Only knowing that you can not turn around
Makes you free
Don’t wait for me

Poor Juliet, nowhere to go
There’s a grave marker for everyone you know
Somehow, you always knew it’s so
You’ll never be home again, oh no
We can’t go home again, oh no
We can’t go home again

Tall tall ships
And taller whips
Chains dividing one by one

Drinking brine
As if it were wine
And flesh that’s burning in the sun

We will all die together
Drowned as one we shall fall
We will all die together
As we sink down to the bottom of it all

One ill wind
Broken spine and skinned
Holding on to what we find

What we know
Ain’t worse than what’s below
But forward
Is worse than what’s behind

We will all die together
Drowned as one we shall fall
We will all die together
As we sink down to the bottom of it all

Take us please
Vengeful seas
In a storm that’s all our own
Out of breath
Still fighting to the death
We may be broken but we are not alone

We will all die together
Drowned as one we shall fall
We will all die together
As we sink down to the bottom of it all
As we sink down to the bottom of it all
As we sink down to the bottom of it all

Every day I’d seem to find
That these pills fog up my mind
And I’m losing who I used to be
And I know it sends me reeling
Every feeling
Wears me out

But not you
Not you
I breathe when I’m with you

Well I find in every way
Every second, every day
Even the good times seem to let me down
But you know it’s not at all strange
Any small change
Wears me out

But not you
Not you
I breathe when I’m with you

And I’m not going nowhere
And I’m not going back

When it fills me up with fright
All my muscles getting tight
Everyone else seems to wonder why
And we know my violent waking
Comes from not taking
What’s in store

But not you
Not you
I breathe when I’m with you