For All My Earthly Days

by Virus of Ideals

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Debut EP from Virus of Ideals. Lyrically, these songs are part of a larger story that will be told in its entirety in the band's first full-length album.

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released August 12, 2016

Virus of Ideals is:

Sean: Vocals/Keys
Jess: Vocals
Dylan: Guitars and Bass
Francisco: Drums

Music and lyrics written by Sean

Artwork by Manfish Inc

Logo designed by Horst Type Foundry

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Nick Bellmore at Dexter's Lab Recording

Guitars and bass on Bitter Parody performed by Keith Pearson
Drums on Bitter Parody performed by Nick Bilodeau

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Virus of Ideals Newington, Connecticut

Melodic death / symphonic metal band from Central CT.

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Track Name: ...For All My Earthly Days
(Chapter 1)

The sky opens wide above me
As I leave my shelter behind
I cannot process such devastation

Nothing is left that would suggest a habitable world
Bodies in the streets, not a single structure standing

The ground opens up below me, emptiness I cannot describe
Set a fire to the heart carved from my chest

Nothing is left that would suggest a habitable world
Not a single human voice to smash the tomb-like silence

Even the sunlight is an enemy (no way to hide from its rays)
Scars a land already on its knees
My only hope is that the war took all of those who thought it was a game
To betray the planet, betray the human race

So many died, yet I survived
To dwell in hell on earth is my prize
Agony incarnate, my new identity

To die would be so easy
Close my eyes and fall asleep...

I choose to live, I choose to carry on
To use my gifts to help the world recover
My burning limbs will carry me
One step at a time towards my destiny

What right have I to end my life
When so many were lost in the endless night
Torn away from the ones they held so dear?
My vision's never been so clear

I choose this torturous existence
I choose to bear this burden
For all my earthly days
Track Name: Save Your Tears
(Chapter 7)

Cold hands tear me from my sleep (as you knew they would)
Cold hands drag me under the stars

When you turned your back on your family
Spat in your father's eyes, sent your child to die
No my dear, save your tears
You will need them, come the dawn

Cold eyes try to stare me down (You endangered us all)
I will not be turned around, stand my ground

My laws protect all human life
Outside of these walls, ashes and death
No my dear, save your tears
You will need them, come the dawn

You are not our father, you are just a machine
And your children, rats in a maze
Within a cage of apathy
No desire to be free (you know not what you say!)

You are not our father, you are just a machine
And your children, rats in a maze (recant! repent!)
Within a cage of apathy
No desire to be free

This is the only life you've known
You know not what I sacrificed!
Nothing you've done will save your
Child from the outside world

Desperate measures for desperate times

No my dear, save your tears
You will need them, come the dawn
Track Name: Into The Flames
(Chapter 8)

Citizens, both young and old, gather near the gate
The woman standing on her own has chosen her own fate
She's cast out innocence, hopefulness, her own flesh and blood
To face a tortured land and an unrelenting sun

With no protection, no supplies
Why would she send her child to die?
A deception or chasing myths?
The reason matters not, only the crime
The punishment is exile for all time!

I will go into the flames
With my head held high and with my own strength
The world may think of me as evil
But I know the truth and so does he

My reign (your reign will end) will not be ended by you
I have built all that you stand upon, I will outlast you!
Your reign will end

(Bow down!) I will not back down
(Recant!) I will not explain
(Repent!) I will never beg for my life

I left my soul for dead (I will burn)
Yet it clawed its way back to the light, if only for an instant
(But not in vain, I pray)
Vengeance is not the sweet nectar I thought it would be
Her words resound in my hollow heart!

I will go into the flames
With my head held high and with my own strength
The world may think of me as evil
But I know the truth and so does he

Your reign will end
I have built all that you stand upon, I will outlast you!
Your reign will end
Track Name: Bitter Parody (Single Version)
(Chapter 4)

To die would be so easy
Just lay down and close my eyes
I am not afraid to die

100 heartbeats are all that separate me
From an uncertain eternity
Courage wavers as my life force slips away

One way out is all I see...
I can't face mortality

(Chorus)
I can merge with the machine
But will I keep all parts of me?
(Will I become) Leave behind humanity
(A bitter parody?) As I merge with the machine

To die would be so easy / My children look to me for strength
Just lay down and close my eyes /
My mask of courage falls to the ground and cracks
For their sake I cannot die

One way out is all I see...
I reject mortality!

(Chorus)

So I make the fateful choice as my heart fails

Retinas replaced by one-way mirrors
This web of wires becomes my home
Consciousness sent to confinement
As I run on autopilot

The machine alleviates my fears
Your children, it assures,
Will never need to fear again (I'll never fear again)
Humanity is preserved

What i've become, I cannot see
I have become the bitter parody