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swirling round unstable ground beneath us fighting tears dreaming our fears have eyes that see the futures we could manifest if we just gave up chasing what’s best when the siren of prosperity alights upon your ears bringing with its voice the promise of a little slice of heaven hold on tight those who know you true don’t forget all of the years that made you into someone worth more than just a couple pearls picked up outside the gates of where you’re meant to be dream a bigger dream the real beginning at the end of all things when we’re left a choice and all the voices fade will we trust the ones who lift us up til we see that the things we need are already inside when the siren of prosperity alights upon your ears bringing with its voice the promise of a little slice of heaven hold on tight those who know you true don’t forget all of the years that made you into someone worth more than just a couple pearls picked up outside the gates of where you’re meant to be dream a bigger dream there’s a sun on the horizon gleaming gold upon our faces daring us to take our places in the halls among our heroes will we make it there? can we make it there? we can make it there! when the siren of prosperity alights upon your ears bringing with its voice the promise of a little slice of heaven hold on tight those who know you true don’t forget all of the years that made you into someone worth more than a couple pearls picked up outside the gates of where you’re meant to be ohhh, dream a bigger dream for friends no longer near throw avarice aside we’ll take a cup of kindness yet for times gone by
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[instrumental] (whispered) Kugrash, you abandoned them (whispered) Kugrash, where did you go / Did you even love your family? (whispered) You belong in the sewer / Wally needed you. (whispered) David hates you / You’re a fucking rat [disembodied whispers continue, instrumental builds] (spoken) Make sure you say goodbye [instrumental] I’ve lived a life that’s small and putrid, drowning in regret There are things I’ve done that I’d like to forget A lifetime spent in the sewers with a light at the end of the tunnel An approaching subway car; destination: the concrete jungle And you work conducting train through snow and rain I know I’ve stained your soul with abandonment and pain But Wally you don’t seem to mind You conduct your work with pride As you drive this subway to collide with the outside of my heart Now how do I depart? You’re the best son that I could have asked for, you beautiful bastard Cause I don’t deserve all this love without heed Soon the world discover your compassion for others I can’t help but wonder what things you will achieve If I was a better father, I would have worked harder And would have gone farther to see you succeed But now I have to leave So can I just say Of all the things that give me hope Things that make me feel alive Inside, what fills me with pride Is you and your brother You both make me stronger And of all the things that I’ve done wrong Of all the people I’ve betrayed I pray that I could just stay To watch you both grow But now I must go And even though this is a last goodbye You should know that as I pass beyond this life I’ll watch you grow and work and love and sacrifice Wally and David, I love you more than all things I spent so many years defiant, feeling sorry for myself But I slowly recognized the suffering I’d dealt So I developed the perspective to see others in distress And from that point on I’ve aided my fellow dispossessed But you have the natural empathy that it took me years to see Helping those fucked by scumbag businessmen like me David, my son, I’m proud of the man you’ve become You’re someone I wish I was when I was young But I ran away from my feelings, abandoned my family Wally, and you: the two who needed me most You’re a f*ckin’ ball-buster with a passionate luster To protect others without as much as a boast And I know you don’t forgive me, I would say I’m sorry But there’s no apology that would let me hold you close Just let me try my utmost And can I just say (chorus) I have to go I feel my consciousness expand I can’t have what I want Some dreams have to end But Wally, David, just know in your heart That I’ll be protecting you from somewhere (spoken) I’m so proud of you Goodbye. (whispered) You saved us Kugrash / You did it, Kug [whispering continues, instrumental builds] Wally and David: Goodbye, Dad. (spoken) You got to say goodbye [instrumental peaks] Goodbye! [instrumental continues to build] [city sounds]
4.
Walk With Me 04:36
We were young then, back in our spring But now the leaves have all fallen The sun sets early over New York And your name still lives in my throat We were in love then, but dare I say It's not something we lost along the way And, even if we made mistakes They were the best I ever made So walk with me I promise it will be easy It all feels so new Let me get to know you I don't have anything to prove When I tell you I still love you I'm sorry for the time I wasted But through the years I always felt the same And if you will grant me this wish I think it's time I be a bit selfish 'Cause I've never been scared of the cold But if it’s with you I want to grow old Walk with me Let's make some more memories It all feels so new And yet, like it used to We were young then, back in our spring... But we're older now And we're here now And I still love you now So even if just for a while Let's try again x4 Oh, walk with me Our shot at being happy It still feels so new Let's make our dreams come true Let's make our dreams come true
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Leeway 05:10
it’s a really bitter lesson when you realize how much hope hurts you when you learn that you are strong but then something will come along to show you everything you just can’t do life is full of so much light, it’s easy to remind yourself what’s good still pain creeps in around the edges, breaks down your defenses shows you everything you just can’t do and sure there might be roads that would be easier to walk but the ones that we are on are all the better for the loss that leads us to when are our paths cross it’s worth for those fleeting seconds at those little intersections and i in the meantime while i wade through the wait yeah in the interim as i journey through the ache i’ll stare down heaven knowin that it’s pure perfection couldn’t hope to hold a candle to your flame yeah the hope is worth the pain when i look into your eyes i can see a future i wanna live in one where we’re not worried bout the past we’re living and we’re running fast there’s nothing that we just can’t do yeah there’s magic all around us still you remind me how to wonder how to dream what isn’t here yet, not to just accept our limits cause there’s nothing that we just can’t do and sure there might be roads that would be easier to walk but the ones that we are on are all the better for the loss that leads us to when are our paths cross it’s worth for those fleeting seconds at those little intersections and i in the meantime while i wade through the wait yeah in the interim as i journey through the ache i’ll stare down heaven knowin that it’s pure perfection couldn’t hope to hold a candle to your flame yeah the hope is worth the pain i’m not convinced that anyone could outshine you i’d stare down god himself if it meant i got to spend just one second by your side cause it’s the one place that i feel truly alive but oh, yeah i’m learning there’s some lines that can’t be crossed but you tell me that no matter what the cost yeah we’ll make it through whatever cause there’s nothing that can’t keep us two together and sure there might be roads that would be easier to walk but the ones that we are on are all the better for the loss that leads us to when are our paths cross it’s worth for those fleeting seconds at those little intersections and i in the meantime while i wade through the wait yeah in the interim as i journey through the ache i’ll stare down heaven knowin that it’s pure perfection couldn’t hope to hold a candle to your flame yeah the hope is worth the pain
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Sword Guy 03:08
The government sucks The establishment sucks Society fuckin sucks But the devil? Fuckin sick, dude The government sucks Big capital sucks Society fuckin sucks But the devil’s fuckin sick, dude The mall that i pay my dues in, The sanctum i buy my shoes and The dopest shit you had ever seen before, my guy you know it This hot topic’s a time capsule, Vintage polaroid of like ’04 And i stood at the black countertops as if they were an alter Cause the government sucks Big capital fuckin sucks Society fuckin sucks my guy But the devil? The devil’s fuckin sick, dude He’s got like a marmot’s head… Do you know what a marmot is? I mean, neither do i, but, fuck. This shit looks fuckin sick dude My heart is as cold as the ice, like the ice in the parking lot but also hard Like the concrete that mixes with the ice, in the mall, in the parking lot. The pigs and the pit lions set to fight now and the gladiator he is set to go down Cause bro i’m like an even bigger lion, like a liger and instead of claws i’ve got like twelve fucking swords Cause the government sucks Big capitol fuckin sucks Society fuckin sucks, my guy But the devil’s fuckin cool I’m losing my grip, again On confiscated contraband Oh, i’m gonna be sick I swear, i’m gonna be so fuckin sick, dude, sick as hell Like an angel in the night, but not that boring kind of angel Bro, my wings are made of swords and i’ve got horns instead of halos Lucifer beseech me, help me defeat my enemies Don’t be my orochimaru, be my jiriya, maybe? I mean. he doesn’t have like, snakes for arms or anything so i think i’m good, right? I’m fine. This is fine. This is the devil. This is definitely the devil. I mean- he straight up said “yes, i am the guy that you just said” and i said the devil… so? Oh, seed guy or war guy? Fuck you, i’m a sword guy The streak is au natural, you know i don’t do dyes Big boss never helped me. Fuck that, who needs billions? Oh, who fucking cares when we’re all just civilians? Well, wouldn’t you know! Well, wouldn’t you know! A little knight come to find lord bazathrax of beer before liquor Those tender thoughts i do refine, i am the one that you seek, so come hither
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Ricky: [screaming] Sofia: [also screaming]
8.
Nothing 01:38
[In glitchy audio] What, if anything, stays ? Have you heard tale of the child Who looks over every night ? Little orphan in their bed Holds the sky over your head Go visit them in your rest You will be safe as their guest But be sure not to leave their eyes If you want to see the sun rise Beyond the borough lives the one Who tries to make the world undone One by one, it kills the stars Erases everything we are Its shadow makes the city bleed And the empty windows scream Do not step out into the deep You will not wake up from that sleep [In glitchy audio] Nothing. Nothing stays.
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Lonely 06:08
JJ: Man I’m so lonely No one to hold me No one to tell me It’s gonna be alright Man, I’m so lonely Lost in this brand new haze No one to tell me To go to bed at night Dunno how all this happened Where I found all this sadness Seems it’s been a month since I saw My reflection and smiled Yeah it’s been quite a while This city takes its toll I’m losing all control Of my heart, of my head, of my mind Tell me I’m gonna be fine Please, somebody tell me It goes 'round and around and around again Begin to drown, feeling down, on the ground again I need an end, need a friend, can't pretend again Wait for a hand, ain't it grand? I’m alone again And I get down, feel the frown, force a smile again I'm such a clown, naïve and dumb, don’t check my texts again And I'm facedown in the covers of my bed again I play some game, faceless crowd, so alone again Nothing bad is ever gonna happen (x2) JJ / Ricky: Man I’m so lonely / You don’t have to be alone No one to hold me, told me / I can be there in a moment (both) I’ll be there for you if you want me to It’s hard to hold on / hold on Hope for the good folk to see you out / bonds Ricky: We look out for each other Is there someone bothering you right now? You can talk to me, let your guard down Does this have something to do with the things you saw? Did it scare you? I know that people are harder to read sometimes And it’s confusing, figuring truth from lies But know, I’m here for you And our friends are, too It goes round and around and around again I see this town, faces down, always shutting in We never stop, miss the lost ones we all forget But meet my eyes, you’re alive, you’re not alone again Ricky and JJ: Don’t have to talk, take a pause, start by breathing in Pull up a seat, prop your feet, eat your fill and then We’ll just exist, quiet bliss, fight the storms within And if tomorrow things get worse we’ll do it all again Nothing bad is ever gonna happen (x4)
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Mantra 04:31
these meetings of the minds always lead to contests of might well you hope to see fists fly cause if it’s words, it’s ruined lives sometimes looking forward means you can’t watch your back though it pains me to stop dreaming seems for now i need the past a man can always smile to make it seem like he’s polite but i know too many times it’s just a place where malice hides but he holds the power to jump to first place from last though i know i’m just as worth it seems for now that i’m trapped status quo cant be our ideology things never got better by leaving them be i won’t become the one that keeps the future bleak i promise you the fuckin buck will stop with me don’t think that things are done just cause you gave me little crumbs i’m chasing down the sun makin sure tomorrow comes
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City Lights 04:35
wait, what did he just say? people work harder, most every day there’s those of us in gutters those on sorts of stages, baby this city’s streets shouldn’t be lined with folks these are the hearts, the hope! unlike ‘upstanding’ dopes like you, sir running some kind of hoax c’mon man, don’t fuck with my people! cause this is my block, these are my streets this is my town and this is my city we won’t let no sycophantic, greedy, two-faced guy like you come here and corrupt the culture no man, we won’t let you take over the fuck you thinking, we are new yorkers and we’ll rise above your corporate torture city lights ignite they lead us home tonight we protect our own we protect our home you’ll be safe with us ‘cause new york city and i will provide and i’ll be here serving and protecting until the day i die wait, what did he just say? (no, what the fuck did you just say?) to the stars and to the faded dreams, my domain has encountered many a strange thing but with my, my spirit swift and my small token lift off! of these city streets and trust in my man pete, and know that, him? he is my people yes he is my people ‘cause this is his block, these are his streets this is his power and this is his deity and nod won’t let no sycophants go fuck with their people cause we’ll channel our power from voxes past and for extra measure kick your ass into the pavement think of it as the city’s payment city lights ignite these are the lights that welcome strangers home they lead us home tonight this neighborhood of dreamers taking in those who roam we protect our own yes we do we protect our home you know it’s true you’ll be safe with us maybe this city isn’t better off with me looking the other way i’ve loved and then i sure have lost would you take me, make me feel the same? liz, love, life looks to be leading back to you today, and tomorrow, next week, next month if i asked you, for the night, would you stay? would you stay? ‘cause new york city, pete, and i will provide and we’ll be here serving and protecting until the day we die welcome all the dreamers to this beautiful skyline and i’m here flying high in this city that is shared by liz and i what did he just say? oh my love… oh my city… ain’t this swell? aren’t you pretty?
12.
Wake Up 03:20
(we gotchu, we gotchu, we gotchu) It’s harder, it’s harder to think sometimes my mind gets foggy It’s harder, and I start to sink sometimes Into apathy Try harder, come back from the brink sometime please, come talk to me I’m part of, I’m part of something that only few may comprehend try not to slip back in again It’s fantastic, amazing how the world can open up to someone It’s pleasant, the feeling I get when I can bring some sense of fun Dramatic, but it really feels like I’m becoming someone fantastic, phantasmal oh, here I am I am the one (WATCH OUT!!) watch out for the man who will speak for nod So run, if you’re hiding Don’t fear, don’t fear change Transformations, incoming Regrets for harder days So run, run if you’re hiding Don’t, don’t fear, don’t fear change Transformations incoming Regret for harder days

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A fan album for Dimension20's The Unsleeping City: Chapter II.

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released March 5, 2021

Overture: Rise
Song: Sam (@kindlestuck)
Visual: Dee (@crayfishcoffee)

Times Gone By
Song: Zack (zackry.bandcamp.com)
Visuals: Nat (@paging_possum)

Of All Things
Song: Jackson (jacksonmachesky.bandcamp.com)
Visuals: Nour (@0CEANKNIVES)

Walk With Me
Song: Nour (@0CEANKNIVES)
Visuals: Eames (@msmegalodon)

Leeway
Song: Zack (zackry.bandcamp.com)
Visuals: Sam (@kindlestuck)

Sword Guy
Song: Max (youtube.com/channel/UCPpvwSXBl5tNArBreGjnAQQ)
Visuals: Em (@saphstars)

Screaming In Silence
Song: Max (youtube.com/channel/UCPpvwSXBl5tNArBreGjnAQQ)
Visuals: Sevan (@fungi_punk)

Nothing
Song: Nour (@0CEANKNIVES)
Visuals: Chrome (@transandbored)

Lonely
Song: Jackson (jacksonmachesky.bandcamp.com), Max (youtube.com/channel/UCPpvwSXBl5tNArBreGjnAQQ), Zack (zackry.bandcamp.com)
Visuals: Kev (@eldritchsmite)

Mantra
Song: Zack (zackry.bandcamp.com)
Visuals: Miles (@rabdoidal)

City Lights
Song: Jackson (jacksonmachesky.bandcamp.com), Max (youtube.com/channel/UCPpvwSXBl5tNArBreGjnAQQ), Noe (@kestrel_pg), Sam (@kindlestuck)
Visuals: Nour (@0CEANKNIVES)

Wake Up
Song: Max (youtube.com/channel/UCPpvwSXBl5tNArBreGjnAQQ)
Visuals: Nic (@doodlesfromthe2)

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Visuals: Nic (@doodlesfromthe2)

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