Illusion of Freedom

by STRANG

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released March 21, 2014

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Track Name: Our Show
Our Show

Join with our community while you have a choice
We're going to march into the street and make a lot of noise
About the way we're treated by the one percent's not fair
We're rising up with this demand: that everyone must share

We're educating all the children, planting our own seeds
"From each of our abilities to each of us our needs"
If we can work together we can make the people strong
And build a new society where everyone belongs

WE'VE GOT THE UNIONS AND THE ACTIVISTS ALL WITH US
WE RUN THE MEDIA THERE'S NO WAY YOU CAN MISS US
YOU NEED ASSISTANCE? THEN FOR US YOU SHOULD BE VOTING
WITH EACH NEW LAW WE PASS OUR INFLUENCE IS GROWING

We don't believe in violence, we don't believe in hate
But every child depends on us, their future cannot wait
Our opposition's too entrenched, they say they'll never change
At some point we will have to act or lose all we have gained

We're coming...

WE'LL SEIZE UP ALL THE WEALTH AND DOLE IT TO THE PEOPLE
ROUND UP THE RESISTANCE, WE'VE MADE IT ALL ILLEGAL
WE'LL STACK THEM UP IN PITS, FROM SMOKE THE SKIES WILL DARKEN
WE'LL BUILD A NEW WORLD ON THE ASHES OF THE FALLEN

we're killing you softly
killing you softly
you won't even know that you're dead
Track Name: Limbo
Limbo

We've finally solved our problem with a pill
And it will lead us to Utopia
It's every where now and we call it Limbo
You'll see your problems disappear
Not habit-forming but then you won't care
It makes your life feel sort of upbeat
The world will come to know a care-free existence
Our evolution will be complete

No disagreements for us anymore
No matter what happens we're all just fine
No strong emotions and it's thanks to Limbo
We never seem to want again
The system takes care of our every need
We've put the concept out of our mind
There's nothing better than this care-free existence
To finally leave it all behind

We put our saviour in the food supply
At last we're equal, everyone's the same
There's no desire to escape from Limbo
When it has freed us from our pains
Not habit-forming but we can't live without it
We can't abide the bitter or sweet
We don't feel sorrow when our children die
How can we when life's sort of upbeat?

And it's thanks to Limbo
Yes it's thanks to Limbo
Track Name: Speech Control
Speech Control

There's a cancer growing in society, growing every day
It takes the form of something we use constantly, the very words we say
It's been said the pen is mightier, mightier than the sword
It can build up nations and educate, or it can start a war

JUST A SIMPLE IDEA
MIGHT COME TO BE A:
START OF A DIALOG TO ESTABLISH A GOAL
AND SOMETIMES OBJECTIVES
BECOME TOO SUBJECTIVE
THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO IMPLEMENT REAL SPEECH CONTROL

People spewing out whatever's on their minds doesn't make much sense
So many people and all of them are different makes our troubles immense
Extreme disparity of conscious thought only ends up in strife
A regulated mindset of the common man leads to a better life

We tend to dwell on things that threaten us instead of what is good
Pouring out our feelings on the internet, often misunderstood
But it's a tool that's easily handled wrong, like when it's used to destroy
The capability to reach out to a multitude, it can't be seen as a toy

WHEN SOME THINGS AREN'T SILENCED
IT LEADS TO VIOLENCE
AND YOUR RAW, EMOTIONAL WORDS LEAD TO BLOOD IN THE STREET
EVEN CALCULATED
AND CIRCULATED
CALLS FOR A REVOLUTION CAN TURN UP THE HEAT
Track Name: The Things About You
The Things About You

The things about you are hard to forget
Makes me wonder what we haven't seen yet
You always say the things that we want to hear
You're honeyed words are well received by our ears

The language that you speak may sound similar
But the true message is unfamiliar
And if we take the time to think and translate
We'd see when you say "love" you really mean "hate"
And when you're up on our screens,
Your polished image just beams
Our connection just seems so real,
Just like we're supposed to feel

When you preach freedom and prosperity
The subtext screams a neutered liberty
But all your actions only prove the lie
That we're all equal even though you are so high
And the cards you used for your house,
Talking out both sides of your mouth
All it takes to blow them away:
Just ignore the things you say

The things about you are hard to forget
Makes me fear the things we haven't seen yet
Maybe one day people will think things through
And they would realize they don't need you
Track Name: The Real Deal
The Real Deal


I'm getting sick of it, the same old rhetoric
As if we haven't heard it all before
What they don't realize is I don't sympathize
With people who only want more and more
And I can tell you if I had my own way
I'd see their heads all mounted on a wall

So much has been undone, this thing that we've become
Manipulated by monstrosity
But now that I'm awake, I see through all the fake
The perpetration of idolitry
They've shaped the world according to their lies
Securing power over all our lives

We're living under an illusion of freedom
That we have branded The American Dream
Liberty... Privacy... Equality... Prosperity...

They have enslaved us
Into their system
With id numbers as we were are livestock
The food they feed us
A soft-kill option
Another method to help manage the flock
The entertainment
They pump into us
The same effect as those happy pills
While all around us
Decency crumbles
Lost to obsession with degenerate thrills
Track Name: Possession
Possession

I'll force you into possession
I'll be the only thing you hold dear
Emotions become my weapons
There's no escape when you're a slave to fear
You could try so many ways to break free
But you are caught in a trap of dependency

Your every move is only by my will
Your every word is merely regurgitated
Your every thought a longing to fulfill
My every wish to which you're subjugated
I see through you as if you're not there
Your shallow, vain self-interest laid bare - to me

Sometimes I see defiance in your eye
A glimpse of hope without a logical basis
There's no relief on which you can rely
Lost in a desert at a dry oasis
You have nobody to blame but yourself
Thought you knew better than everyone else - but no
Track Name: Gone
Gone

We stand in an endless line
Awaiting food for another day
The guards stand motionless with weapons at ready
So if there's trouble you had better run
When we were little we would listen to stories
The old folks told about the world before
A land of plenty, they'd even throw food away
But this is too impossible to be true

There's no emotion to see on our faces
We've all been trained to be exactly the same
Indoctrinated to refrain from expression
The nail that’s raised up gets hammered down
Imagination is only for service
And even then only when it's been approved
So if you're thinking, you're already guilty
A life of pitfalls and catch-22s

There is no record of what came before us
And all the old folks have long since disappeared
But we're too busy to worry about it
Or we fear to question authority
We do our part to build a prosperous future
The leadership promised to one day reveal
But as the years pass I find myself doubting
And if they find out I know I'll disappear

It's hopeless
It's pointless
To be thinking
For yourself...
or at all
Track Name: Our Destiny
Our Destiny

First they put it in the water
Then they put it in the bread
They put it in the things I see
They put it in my head
All this time we've been living
In someone else's dream
And when they wake up "poof" we're gone
Like we've never been

I thought that I knew freedom
But I'm trapped inside this lie
They served to me as truth at school
A pie in the sky
They plugged me into the grid
With everyone else
And when I'm unplugged
I don't know myself

Now the cracks keep reappearing
Like they've always done before
The little things keep adding up
Like we're always at war
With some instinct of nature
We keep trying to kill
Driven by a fate we can't help but fulfill...
Our Destiny

Goodbye
We all must die
It's time... to say...
Goodbye
Track Name: Intimidating Me
Intimidating Me

I am an intimidating man
You'll think I'm hiding some sinister plan
With every smile you see, your fear will grow of me
I am an intimidating man
I am an intimidating man
You'll be subdued by the shake of my hand
Like an imposing fact and always dressed in black
I am an intimidating man

I am an infuriating man
I throw my weight around where ever I can
No matter what you've done, my race is better-run
I am an infuriating man
I am an infuriating man
I make no effort to understand
The other point of view, the only thing that's true
Is I'm an infuriating man

And though I'm really not that man at all
People keep putting up their walls
My voice will penetrate them all

I am an egomaniacal man
I have a perfectly organized plan
And if you'll follow me we'll cleanse society
I am an egomaniacal man
I am an egomaniacal man
I've seen a vision of the world at hand
Where man has gone insane and always full of pain
I'm an eerily prophetic man

And so I'm sure by now that you can see
There's no one I would rather be
Than Intimidating Me