Katatonia “Viva Emptiness” (2003)

1. Ghost Of The Sunvivaempty.jpg
2. Sleeper
3. Criminals
4. A Premonition
5. Will I Arrive
6. Burn The Remembrance
7. Wealth
8. One Year From Now
9. Walking By A Wire
10. Complicity
11. Evidence
12. Omerta
13. Inside The City Of Glass(Instrumental)

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1. Ghost Of The Sun

The thin darkness here
Not strong enough to make you appear
I once changed my style
When they said hello I said goodbye
I once played a role
I was out there marketing my soul

The city of glass that I live in
The coldness from my brothers skin

I trusted you you lied
It’s all I hear a fucking lie
I don’t give a shit it’s over now
It’s all I know you broke the vow

Truth is I have seen it come
Seen the ghost of the sun
Can’t have it undone
In time we all call out for relief
See two lovers meet
Pass you on the street

2. Sleeper

O my your fever’s high
I lay my hands upon you
O my haven’t you heard
The truth is untrue

 

Now I’m breathing
I could not breathe until you did
I’m one second after you
Just a second after you

 

Someone inside your room
Who is it there behind you?
What does he want from you?

 

Sleeper what did you see?
I close the window to the street
Parents died and left their child
Unattended for a while

 

Sleeper’s song will you listen to me sing
The bird is here I can see the edge of his wing
If you die now how can I then live on
Don’t give up you must live on

 

You die now

3. Criminals

The way the light hits the road
The way I am unable to protect you
O I’m running away
I will never forgive myself
For running away from you

He came back to your house
I didn’t take it as a promise
Always thought it was a lie
He went too far the fucker
It’s not like I owe him money
This is different

So gather your strength and break free
Or you will surely die
Gather your strength don’t follow me
‘Cause I will surely die

The way my eyes cannot move
The way I hope to be protected
And for one moment I thought
That I was lost among the lights of houses

My dreams of violence
See them coming true

4. A Premonition

Stand aside now no one will survice can’t tell you how I know
In some time I will change my name and lay low
In the light you can see me walk down by the way
The one who did this to us well he got away

Keep it quiet here I will not tolerate your noise
This is where I listen for the forgiving voice

 

It haunts my dreams

5. Will I Arrive

Bypassed the day I can hear them coming
They walk round my door and speak of their coming
My trial awaits got nowhere to run
My only words how soon you have come

And I think about what you told me
When I was about to join in

Defy only if you have a way to resist the lies
Decline only if you have the intention of taking this advice
Apply only if you’re not afraid to see your spirit die
Retreat only if you dare not hear yourself say goodbye

Who brought me here this place is familiar
Where houses are black under the sun
Strangers pass on streets with strange names
All I can think is how soon they have come

Look at me now they have cut my hair
It’s a long way back
They kicked me down and I could not rise
I will never arrive

6. Burn The Remembrance

Old light and new colours your picture hangs in the night
Is this the right time to set one free and go away
In the emptiness behind you I will walk about
Surely you’ll miss me but long live the doubt

 

What will replace us
What will be our memory of this time
Second hand impressions
Hand them over so we can let it die

 

I remember one time when we were abroad
I was laughing at a book I had bought
But you were standing against the hotel wall
Frozen in an unknown thought

7. Wealth

Cool night gave my truth for a lie
Will you be here when I try
I’m not set cannot do it yet
Will you be here when I try
Our wealth breeds emptiness
Another day to compress

My lips are dry you gave me drugs to try
Hold me when I die
The sky has frozen to a wall
We die we all

8. One Year From Now

One year from now will I be strong
Will I stand up for what I’ve become

Everything I have I will give you
And everything I own I owe you

 

One year from now dare I call you mine
A year ahead from now it’s a different time

9. Walking By A Wire

I could not breath against the wall
The clash of light against the floor
They held me up against the wall
Too young to be ignored

Standing by a building
Leaks out information
Passive death of freedom gets me
Where’s my security
Behind my back it goes
Early morning’s coming
The risk that I am taking
Recall a song that I heard as a child
No more false immunity
Inside the blistering cold

My youth unknown to me
I’m walking by a wire
What’s left from me to breathe
Cold smell of fire
One day I will be free
I was born to be no one
My youth unknown to me
I walked behind the sun

Emptiness within me
Exit signs within me
The one you’re looking for is not here
Had no security
He will not come back

10. Complicity

I have no name my face a blur
I speak only to answer them
White noise becomes a voice
I hear it constantly

 

I dare not break the circuit
I rest only for a short time
This time I promise I won’t give up

 

I have no right to let it go
I have no right to do so

 

My vision now is incomplete
I am affected by the warmth
A change of tone unusual sound
Is this the time to decline

 

They control the circuit
The embodiment of what I’ve done
If I waver from this circle
A second pass and then I’m found
But he who walks behind me
He once saw the morning sun

11. Evidence

I hold my breath and check the time
One minute no collapse
If you only knew what I would do for you
One thirty breathing lapse
We’re going in my voice is thin
When I tell you to remember
That no one will find you
My promise from the heart
If we part my pulse will guide you through

Be still for a moment
Everything depends upon you
If you die I will die too
Once we were heroes
But everything has changed since then
Now they recognize you too

I stay too long something’s wrong
You walk out of the picture
I hold my breath and check the time
One thirty I collapse
We went in my voice was thin
When I told you to remember

I’m the evidence
You passed the test and that’s so good for you
O love will you read the letters I will send to you
Will I come along
Will they let me out to take the test
O love is the score enough for me to pass the test

12. Omerta

Come by you have come far
All I had I lost in the flood
Come sit with me at the bar
Tell me of progress strengthen my blood
No one here knows my name
I have traded my memories for things
But I remember you clearly
Do you remember that I used to sing

 

Why have you waited so long

 

Come by you have come far
Long since I saw you so how have you been
Come sit with me at the bar
How long since they told you that they had found him
No one here knows my name
I gave up my worries for one good thing
But I remember you clearly
Do you remember that I used to sing

 

Was it because I never told you
I was going away
That you waited so long
Was it because your fucking dreams
Meant nothing to me
That you waited so long

 

It runs from the top of my fingers
Into my hands
What is it I have been drinking
I do not understand
I thought I’d lost you my brother
I’m so glad you came
My regards to the ones that I love I miss them
Tell them I love them I miss them

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~ by xartori on October 6, 2007.

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