Irony & Smiles

by First Draft

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1.
Irony and smiles Born astray Shrouded like a pebble Pierce the veil of our world And heed this call You will starve for greatness But I won't feed you fairytales All the wonders could be horrors So to tell them apart Don't lose sight of your paradise Swaying on a thin line Parting grounds of smoke and fire All around you If you drown In the skies above You'll cough your lungs out And the coals in your heart will die out Your own time is impending And you get one round Will tribulations wear you out? Will your tongue spread lullabies? Can you even out irony and smiles? For the hurricane poses as rain With a blindfold made of hopes You're dragged into the swarm With a blindfold made of hopes You’re swallowed by the storm x2 Stay in this world of grey Of winding roads and crooked ways Tread lightly, stay awake Stay in this world of grey Of vicious songs and words of praise So you’ll stand up to the waves Don't lose sight of your paradise Swaying on a thin line Parting grounds of smoke and fire All around you If you drown In the skies above You'll cough your lungs out And the coals in your heart will die out Frightening, so frightening Is the sight of a shifting empire Try to keep your head up high
2.
Heavy slumber The sun is rising Far away The road is winding I'm awake Wide-eyed My thoughts are melting Into a thick veil of mist While you're sleeping peacefully. Who really needs to take a rest? I set off and stride Straight ahead with a firm step Trying to catch shapes through this fog I'd like you to be here But you're still a frozen shadow I quicken my pace through the mountain Out of breath, eager to understand Why it's getting so dark There's still a bit of rope to climb No danger, the place is easy to find I paved the way for you Please stay away From this heavy slumber I've no strength left to stay To the cemetery of doubt Please dare to face The heavy thunder There's no shame in feeling the rain Nothing to worry about The more I walk, the more it's silent The more you talk, the less I hear your voice Your mind is shut, far on an island Eyes half open, you're stuck in the ground (chorus) Tell me I'm not alone to fight Tell me you're not afraid to try Tell me that time is on our side Tell me my patience is not running out Show me that we can reach the top Show me we'll make up for the distance Show me that you're able to stop The echo of your deafening silence
3.
Guiding Lights Hollow daydreams, pointless whims All the fantasies we’re hunting So you want to drown In imaginary skies? What a lost child. Guiding lights are not blinking all around Time to get in line and bury that hunger Wave goodbye to your fancy designs All play, no work, no finish line There's no gospel safer than mine. Hear me now, keep your choir and altar Stop preaching, I’ll deny Any place that I’m assigned Any path that won’t be mine Fear and doubts all around But my voice is loud. All I hear now from your mouth is sacrifice. I saw you crawling With your foul kind You owe us the searching of your mind So infantile I support your deviant nights But you’re still blind Your fiery eyes Won't change that time will prove me right Five easy pieces to compete in dogs fights I plan to tear down your delusions Soon you will have to step aside It's a battle that will end now Hear me now, keep your choir and altar (chorus) I'll never trade this feeling of truth For desperate sighs Underneath your lies your envy thrives For you hold your fears to be mine And I won't kneel, and I refuse to plead For air, for mercy, for love I'll silence all the wise, who wore The cloth of hopelessness and spite To save what I've found
4.
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My shell This shell is so quiet I'm floating above the sea When I close my eyes All is fine Drifting out of sight Waves are rocking me When I close my eyes All is fine But today I'm feeling sick I don't understand why I'm feeling so weird And I look so sad My shell is still opaque But I can see throught it The current is stronger than it seems My head is spinning I'm waiting for the storm To rain down on my peace of mind Today I'm feeling sick I don't understand why I'm feeling so weird And I look so sad The change of time is so quick My eyes are open wide I'm not ready for this I won't step outside I'd rather be blind Than watch this world in the eyes I'd rather be deaf Than hear it groaning I'd rather be blind Than see this world wasting away I'd rather be deaf Than hear its cry for help I'd rather be blind Than watch this world in the eyes I'd rather be deaf Than hear it groaning I'd rather be blind Than see this world wasting away I'd rather be deaf Than hear its cry for help
5.
The great divide Lined up, sorted out Raised to stand in single line Then folded in boxes There is something you can feel that’s searing A crushing will to spite, to win Let’s race to be the one You bow your head Feeding the hive mind Ambition holds the line, keeps you down Let’s kneel to be the one The more experienced one The more submissive one Keep up or lie down Where the stillness of time is creeping, When the spirit dies, the crows will feast on the pyre You’ll sleep in the fire now. Obedient child, who’d die to be the one So thin, no sleep, no kin, soul in tailspin You can’t feel anything you do now But you’re going back again And your soul finally crumbles under the weight It grows in size, eats its way inside, All these woes, for pennies and guise Always, always a lie Just a link in the chain Just a pawn in the game Keep up or lie down Where the stillness of time is creeping, When the spirit dies, the crows will laugh and feast on the pyre Leave it to others to fight it And you’ll forever be the shadow of yourself. Emptiness will fill us There’s no ceasefire Fearsome everyday We'll bend and break Emptiness upon us Spirits grow stronger Dogmas in dismay It will give way Breathe, breathe any time you want now Recuse the great divide No matter what they expect from you Feel, feel everything, you’re whole now Every little moment to live And the rhythm of your heartbeat Everytime that you’re weary Or question the path that you’ve chosen now You’ll die of envy Or be born again Everytime that you’ll fall behind Want to stand back Or crawl down Stare right in the eyes of your purpose Everytime now Everytime that we'll fight Everytime now that we'll save this light We’ll go back and try to find the whys.
6.
Gold won't last Can you see the world outside Away from the bowing crowd Tied by the hands and feet Can you see the world outside Away from the hollow crown Far from greed We emerge, gradually We come into shape and try to breathe The mould is tight but we seem to fit Roaming through the gallery Crammed in a circle to follow The man on the screen Is it a sign, is it our mind? We’re waiting for waking up from this dream Is it a sign, is it for us? Gold won’t last and marble is warm Mirrors to strike Lies to deflect Gold won’t last and marble is warm There are cracks on us A nice defect Gold won’t last and marble is warm Human clones, standing still We mime each other to feel complete The same mistakes, the same victories A gilded cage, a bolted gate We were told to respect the silence And the voice in our ears Is it a sign, is it our mind? We’re waiting for waking up from this dream Is it a sign, is it for us? (chorus)
7.
Stalling in clarity Driving in reverse but moving onwards You draw straight lines onto curvy roads Stuck in the dead end Of your past lives Bending the signs so there’s no dead end Holes in the road above which you levitate Do you know that this road leads to nowhere? Do you think bliss appears out of thin air? Why would you ride in a different car if you’re going in the same direction? Would you jump out of the window just to get some action? x2 You’re stalling, you're stalling You’re the champion of grandstanding You’re stalling, you're stalling You're a rookie in deceiving. Now heed my words and do not fret Now hear these words and you won't break You could feel as you've never felt If only you'd face ahead You're out of breath, driving under the surface Praying that someone will clean your mess You think you'll escape the storm in your head With eyes made of glass and a crown made of lead Why would you ride in a different car if you’re going in the same direction? Would you jump out of the window just to get some action? You’re stalling, you're stalling You’re the champion of grandstanding You’re stalling, you're stalling You're a rookie in deceiving. But when the water rushes in When your lungs are filled with sin When the surface is nowhere to be seen You need the water to break in And overcome your being You need the surface out of sight A clean slate to gather your might For you were blind in broad daylight You will wonder if you can change Or forever stay the same Will you be drowned again?
8.
Woe betide the coalman Preying on empty skies Will I emerge anew ? Can you slip through the cracks of this brickless wall ? As swift as air but as cold as hands As coarse as truth and as sharp as blades The coalman only comes once A lost mind Wandering and resigned A one way journey looking behind A bent spine From lurching on a land so dry No light in sight, no birds to catch in flight You might see a faint light There's no coming back, no compromise now He broke the hope of new heights A new spark, a new start so play your part Desperate, looking backwards At the cracks of this brickless wall Woe betide the coalman, who doesn't turn back Has he ever seen one face twice ? Will I fool him again and cross his path ? X3 Stitch your hide, don't reply Staring straight in his eyes Which part have you fantasized ? A sound mind and a straight spine You'll face what the road will provide You'll erase the cracks of this brickless wall Woe betide the coalman, who doesn't turn back Has he ever seen one face twice ? Will I fool him again and cross his path ? X4 Hush this verse from the past Every era has its tides Old lies, fantasized, made up ties Expectations for your life's cast Now hush this verse from your past Let its silence resonate But now, now your voice must prevail Thrive from the lovers of days past The ghosts on this heartless wall Their torment faded away with no regrets Now you've turned the page
9.
Balloon pilot She’s trying to climb to higher ground But she’s stuck, shy and paralysed She's standing still Drowned in the past Under cover in her box She tries to learn how to fly She mimes people who take flight Rising in the sky, safe and sound Going out of her hiding place Is too much for now Hanging around , bound to the ground She's afraid of what she's trying to find Climb over doubts In her dreams she dares Untie the ropes She looks like a balloon pilot Holding ballast bags To throw them all away She’s tied to the fear of falling down A millstone hanging around her neck One step forward, two steps back She's a stranger to upper skies She knows one day she could be At ease with the world Far from the ground, and free from bounds She'd like to taste lightness just for once (chorus) She's dancing with satellites, riding on satellites Now that she's on the rise, far from the ground She's dancing with satellites, satellites And now, now she's on her way

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released October 4, 2018

First Draft is:

Marine Arnoult: drums, vocals.
Clément Douam: bass

All compositions by First Draft.
Recorded by Julien Bouvier at Le Temps Machine.
Mixed by Vincenzo De Marinis.
Mastered by Stefan Brüggemann at Mastering room, Berlin.
Artwork by Gouttenoire - instagram.com/goutte_noire

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