Battle Hymn

by The Bigger Lights

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released July 12, 2011

All Songs Written/Performed by The Bigger Lights.
Drums Performed by Ryan Seaman.
Produced/Engineered by John Kendall Royston and Daniel Mineart.
Additional Drum Engineering by Paul Barber.
Mixed/Mastered by Daniel Mineart.
Cover Art by Christopher McPeters.

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Track Name: Terrible World, Give Me More!
Welcome to the show, it’s a goddamn masquerade
A merry-go-round for the club kids on parade
Indulgent scenery with a bunch of faces I’ve never seen

That’s when I say “Oh world, you’re telling me lies
And I can see the truth through my bloodshot eyes
I know you’re the devil in disguise”
But I can’t keep from coming back for

More! More! Just a little taste
More! More! Such a pretty face
So don’t you go holding out on me
Cause you wouldn’t want to be my enemy, you know
Give it to me!

Don’t be so clean kid, take a hit of gasoline
Show a little life, start a fight, and make an awful scene
Going to get what I want, don’t doubt it
No second thoughts about it, no

So listen to me! “Oh world, you’re telling me lies
And I can see the truth through my bloodshot eyes
I know you’re the devil in disguise”
But I can’t keep from coming back for

More! More! Just a little taste
More! More! Such a pretty face
So don’t you go holding out on me
Cause you wouldn’t want to be my enemy, you know
Give it to me!

Give me more! It’s a terrible world
Full of liars and ghosts
And we don’t know what we can’t know
The pain we’re hiding is starting to show
Give me more ‘til I can’t take no more!

More! More! Just a little taste
More! More! Such a pretty face
So don’t you go holding out on me
Cause you wouldn’t want to be my enemy, you know
I need more! More! Just a little taste
More! More! One more little chase
So don’t you go holding out on me
Cause you wouldn’t want to be my enemy, you know
Give it to me!
Track Name: Never Mistake a Suit for a Friend
Is there anybody out there alive or dead?
This heaven’s looking like a ghost town baby, black and red
I’m an artist with a shotgun in a dark, dark room
With a chip on my shoulder and nothing left to lose

I square dance with the dead
The pretty little liars all attend
Are we mice? Are we men?
Until the sun comes out again

I’ve been writing my confession, I’ve been keeping score
I was always just a point shy from changing the world
I’m pushing down the fast track baby; silently, dangerously
I’m just a dreamer with a matchbook and a little kerosene

I square dance with the dead
The pretty little liars all attend
Are we mice? Are we men?
Until the sun comes out again
I square up for the bull fight
Between the beauty and black ties
God knows it’s a fight we just can’t win
So never mistake a suit for a friend

Who are we? We are more than the enemy
Red hands with a mic and a ministry
Hands up! Lights out!
Who are we? We’re the spark that you want to be
Red hands with a mic and a ministry
Hands up! Lights out now!

I square dance with the dead
The pretty little liars all attend
Are we mice? Are we men
Until the sun comes out again?
I square up for the bull fight
Between the beauty and black ties
God knows it’s a fight we just can’t win
So never mistake a suit for a friend
Track Name: Living Martyrdom
You’ve never suffered how I suffer
You’ve never worn your scars on open arms
It’s so much harder to be a martyr
When the movement in the mass don’t believe in anything at all

You wear me out in anonymous effigy
But who are you to take a swing at me?

You hate the world and you don’t know why
Wish I could help you but my hands are tied
You’re scared to live cause you’re scared to die
Wish I could help you but my hands are tied

Humble fathers and loving mothers
Would be ashamed to see the spite you bleed
It’s so much better to check your temper
Than be an automatic, idiotic critic in the factory

You wear me out with your fake popularity
But who are you to point the gun at me?

You hate the world and you don’t know why
Wish I could help you but my hands are tied
You’re scared to live cause you’re scared to die
Wish I could help you but my hands are tied
You’d rather tear me down, you’d rather watch me burn
You’d rather spit your words than stand and take yours
You’re scared to live cause you’re scared to die
Wish I could help you but my hands are tied

When it all comes down to sticks and stones
I’ll be a little more than glad to let you know
You’re so overrated in your own eyes, good god

You hate the world and you don’t know why
Wish I could help you but my hands are tied
You’re scared to live cause you’re scared to die
Wish I could help you but my hands are tied
You’d rather tear me down, you’d rather watch me burn
You’d rather spit your words than stand and take yours
You’re scared to live cause you’re scared to die
Wish I could help you but my hands are tied
Track Name: Bullet Believers (Rah Rah Rah)
We’re the kids living under the bleachers
The new wave of bullet believers
Amped up to demolish your speakers, so get low
We’re the freak job losers and zeroes
The unsung American heroes
We took a piss in the fountain of youth
And let go screaming rah rah rah!

Hands up if you want to believe

It’s not a battle, it’s a goddamn war
So get your boots off the goddamn floor
And pick fights, take aim, take sides, and get low
No place for the passion pretender
No way we will ever surrender
With our hands held high, come heaven or hell
We’ll meet it screaming rah rah rah!

Hands up if you want to believe!
It’s a rah rah revolution
Track Name: Dear in the Headlights
Raindrops fall on the window sill, they echo down the hall
I cling to the rhythm they sing and lean against the wall
I would lie for you no matter what you said
And I would die for you, take a bullet to the chest

So don’t run away, my dear in the headlights
We can escape this permanent low life
All I can say is I’m better when you’re here
So don’t run away, my dear

Lightning cracks the twilit sky and shakes me to the core
As the scent of you comes rushing in, I crumble to the floor
I would lie for you no matter what you said
And I would die for you, I’d take a bullet to the chest

So don’t run away, my dear in the headlights
We can escape this permanent low life
All I can say is I’m better when you’re here
So don’t run away, my dear

We can hide in bed and get so high on sex and cigarettes
That all our troubles seem to float away
We can fall asleep and wake up at the center of our dreams
As real as you’ll let them be

Don’t run away, my dear in the headlights
We can escape this permanent low life
All I can say is I’m better when you’re here
So don’t run away, my dear
Track Name: Salt
Got my heart ripped out, but I didn’t leave the scene
Kept my eyes shut tight, I didn’t want to see the pain and make it real
Went to hell and back on a chemical escape
Felt the room pulse white to the blinking of my life
Tick tock, tick tock, don’t let me slip again

Give me drugs to help me stand everything that hurts me
Cause I don’t know who I am when I do it my way
I don’t need your therapy
Just give me the drugs or leave me on the floor to bleed

Took a beautiful things and made it a disease
Hit the gas too hard until I couldn’t breathe and felt my heart shut down
I made home in an empty room
I screamed out ‘til my lungs were black and blue
Tick tock, one shot to save my life again

Give me drugs to help me stand everything that hurts me
Cause I don’t know who I am when I do it my way
I don’t need your therapy
Just give me the drugs or leave me on the floor to bleed

Medicate, elevate, give me chemistry
Cause I’m a lush, I’m afraid I’m a tragedy
Meditate, educate, give me clarity
Cause I don’t who I am, who I want to be
So give me salt, give sleep, give me something to put a little faith in me
Medicate, medicate, medicate me

Give me drugs to help me stand everything that hurts me
Cause I don’t know who I am when I do it my way
I don’t need your therapy
Just give me the drugs
Give me the drugs to help me stand everything that I feel
Cause I don’t know who I am when I do it my way
I don’t need your sympathy
Just give me the drugs or leave me on the floor to bleed
Track Name: Send Me a Miracle
Grew up as a government son with a backseat in my past
I run with my eyes to the sun, never going to look back
Wide-eyed with my baby blues and a pocket full of dreams
I set out on road that’s paved in gold to find the music in me
But the further that I get, the further I must go, singing

Oh Lord, send me a miracle
Cause you know I don’t know what’s good for me
Oh Lord, send me a miracle
Cause you know what I need

Fed up with the weight of the world cause it’s holding me down
Got to make a difference, got to make a change, got to be bold to be proud
I’ve got one life to live and so much to say
I won’t create a revolution just to throw it all away

Oh Lord, send me a miracle
Cause you know I don’t know what’s good for me
Oh Lord, send me a miracle

Oh Lord, send me a miracle
Cause you know I don’t know what’s good for me
Oh Lord, send me a miracle
I know you’ve got what I need, so send it to me
Oh Lord, send me a miracle
Cause you know I need a little help to find my way
Lord, send me a miracle
Cause you’ve got what I need, so send it to me
Track Name: Halo, I'm Not Coming Home
Don’t you know it’s always the good who come to pass young?
The shelter I found beneath your shadow is losing its sanctity
Where were you for me?
While I was breaking mirrors just to break the man inside
You almost let me die

Halo, halo, you never believed in me so I don’t believe in you
Halo, halo, don’t you wait up for me
I’m not coming home to you tonight

Don’t you know I used to defend you like a hero?
But halfway from this world to the next
Standing between my life and death
You left me paralyzed in the back of a light-speed ambulance
Before I found the will to open up my eyes

Halo, halo, you never believed in me so I don’t believe in you
Halo, halo, don’t you wait up for me
I’m not coming home to you tonight

Halo, halo, you never believed in me so I don’t believe in you
Halo, halo, don’t you wait up for me
I’m not coming home to you
Halo, halo, you never believed in me the way I believed in you

The way that I believed in you
I wish I could believe in you, my halo
I need to believe in you so I can believe in me