Hungry Ghosts

by Khoral

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released March 1, 2014

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Track Name: Hungry Ghosts
Here’s for the drama queen
Whose hungry eyes and failed schemes
Whose bloated ego and vain grin
Lost on the road where dreams begin
The very moment things go wrong
You’re left fighting on your own
There’s no use to try and second-guess
Where all chances evaporate
Who’s to hear and who’s to blame

Broken wheels, dusty tracks
Hearts pounding, starless nights
When you’re on your own
Wash the leavings off your bones
No-one knows you’ve gone
The very moment things go wrong
No-one knows, no one…

I know my head is in the past
The years slide down out of sight
They say the road fades to the west
The face of ego is the face of death
It all stops in a silent blast
One mouth swallows the empty sky
Cities adrift in the desert
Static falling down radio towers
Dreaming, no way out

Hungry ghosts, false hopes
Ash lands and barren roads
When you’re on your own
Wash the leavings off your bones
No-one knows you’ve gone
The very moment things go wrong
No-one knows, no one…
Track Name: John Fisher and the 1000 Ghost Monkeys
Johnny’s got a ghost
Johnny’s got a monkey
Working for the man
Working for Johnny
He’s working in the factory where Johnny won’t work
And he’s hurting in the places where Johnny won’t hurt
And he’s mourning for the things that Johnny’s forgotten
Day after day
One thousand ghosts
Hide in my soul

Johnny’s got a ghost
Johnny’s got a monkey
He’s breathing copper, lead and antimony
Bismuth, selenide, lead and antimony
He’s working for the man
He’s working for Johnny
In Tacoma hope to begin to be
Bismuth, selenide, lead and antimony
He’s singing all the songs that Johnny can’t sing
And he’s speaking all the lies that Johnny can’t speak
And he’s breathing in the air that Johnny won’t breathe
And he’s fighting in the wars that Johnny won’t fight
And he’s dying in the places where Johnny won’t die
And he’s crying for the loss that Johnny can’t face
One thousand ghosts
Hide in my soul
Track Name: The Hollow Lands
Well boy we are the Hollow Men
Living in the Hollow Lands
We are the Hollow Men
Living in the Hollow Lands
When Death moves, all the people run and pray
We count the years, and walk the way
There’s no future, no making plans
It’s living in the Hollow Lands

I found trouble everywhere I go
It’s hard times here and there’s no coming home
If you wanna travel you’d better be strong
The road is your burden and there’s no coming home
Living in the nowhere land
Living in the cactus land
They lean together, the Hollow Men
There’s no escape from Hollow Lands

Well boy we are such empty men
Living and dying in empty lands
Yeah we are the Hollow Men
Living in the Hollow Lands
When Death moves, you got nowhere to go
Just count the years, and say no more
This road is a void and there’s no control
We count the years and say no more
Track Name: Endgame
I saw the burning taste of pride, the days that can’t be found
I saw men struck by light recoil into the dark
It’s the nothingness I saw, the fading of things from summer to fall
I’ve been swallowing my pain, the bitterness and rage
Mourning for the soul
All along the road in sadness they recline
And nurse the wounds of these trying times
Shadows cloud my eyes, my veins they turn to ice
And I’m sorry for the things they cannot hide
There’s this terrible feeling, like somebody just died

When strangers call my name, they say, don’t hurt in vain
I hear these strangers call my name, voices lost in the rain
Here’s for keeping hope, here’s for friends of old
Here’s for the dark night of the soul, here’s for epiphany and joy

Bill says how long to learn you don’t want what you want
How long to learn you cannot want what you want
Across the river of pain, across the Land of the Dead
There’s no luminous Heaven, there’s no darkened Hell
Whatever you crave, pray you never get
Track Name: Wing Bones
When you walked out all the stars went down
And you found such a long long time had passed
In the dead frozen town
While you were down all of the things you feared
They grew up and they stopped believing in you

We’re going
Going
Gone
 
When you walked out and you found the truth
It was like something beautiful was lost
And your childhood spoiled
While you were down all of the things you loved
They grew up and they stopped believing in you
Track Name: Days of Constant Sorrow
I’m a man of constant sorrow
I lost myself in the city far too long

On the concrete field mournful
Where the dead people struggle
For fame, fortune, glory

I’ve been dragging a worried mind
I’ve been burning my bridges down

This road leaves no trace
And no concern
And no more lessons to learn

Those men who hide behind names
Hollow mouths that can’t be fed

And it’s ashes to ashes, dust to dust
And nothing more
And I wave my hand smiling
Track Name: The Flood Song
Let it rain
Let it come down
Let it rain
Let it come down
Let it cut through the ground
Where we hide in our shelters
Let the waters sink in
Let the thunder burn down
If it must be rain
If all is said and done
Let it rain
Let it come down

When you’re a kid, everything is certain
When you’re a kid, it all counts for nothing
Then things start to tumble in all directions
You find yourself crippled by indecision
Such strangers we are from the cradle to the grave
Such strangers we are from the cradle to the grave
Such strangers we are from the cradle to the grave
Strangers we are to ourselves

Let it rain
Let it come down
Let it rain
Let it come down
Track Name: Life on the Outside
Get off the road
Leave the crowd
It’s life on the outside
The world is empty tonight
Life, life is outside

Don’t let the Hollow Men
Bring you down
There’s life on the outside
Dark summer play
Seek and hide
It’s life on the outside

The letters you sent
Never came
The sound of your voice
Fades away
The scented death
Of glory days

Life, life won’t ever find us
Here, on the outside

The world turns, turns away
And of all the works done in vain
The joy and the sorrow under the sun
All of your life’s obsessions
The empty streets of fortune and fame
The glittering dirt washed by the rain
The tangle of ropes that keep us together
The dark night of the soul
That last forever
The frozen smiles on every picture

All of the words ever said
The sweet flower girls that never stay
The orchid smell of decay
We are the misfits
We’re the ones
Who swallow the seconds as they come
The ghost riders and the dusty trail

We are the misfits
We’re the ones
Who swallow the seconds as they come
Who live life on the outside
Track Name: Snowfall
Winter comes
To nurse this heart
Beating too slow
I grieve for the day
Yet the wounds do not show

Rain turns to snow
Fall the starry roads
The tears shed in vain
The ghost of yesterday
Lying on the plain

The world is gray
The pale moon rests
The stars fade away
But in the distance
I think I saw your face

We hurt again
But the wounds do not show
The pain will go
Fall the starry roads
The tears shed in vain
Grieve for the heart
The ghost of yesterday
Track Name: Dark Mind
Growing up, falling down
Lost in sorrow, lost in time
Lord, I have a dark mind

Some will laugh, some will cry
I’m standing on the outside
Lord, I have a dark mind

Dark mind, dark mind
There’s no pretense, no telling lies
Lord, I have a dark mind

Travel on this battleground
Flickering lights in my eyes
Lord, I have a dark mind

Some will live, some will die
I’m standing on the outside
Lord, I have a dark mind

Dark mind, dark mind
There’s no pretense, no telling lies
Lord, I have a dark mind