Combat

by CIVIL ELEGIES

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Third full-length from Glasgow noise rock band Civil Elegies. More dark, churning and expansive than ever before, this is the band's heaviest album yet.

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released August 13, 2016

Hamish Black - voice, guitar, synth
Kyalo Searle-Mbullu - guitar, electronics
Grant Donaldson - drums, electronics

Recorded live in a day at Audio by Michael Butler. Mixed/mastered by Hamish Black.

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Track Name: Life Of A Stupid Man
Bleed for your sins
Keep the blood in
Spare us your pain
Bleed out again

SILENCE
YOUR WORDS ARE POINTLESS

I’m left no choice
Silence yourself
Art flows through you
Like sandpaper

YOUR CRAFT DEAD
YOUR LABOUR ROTTING

SPARE US YOUR PAIN
KEEP THE BLOOD IN
Track Name: Borders
Vibrissal
Your actions aren’t on my conscience

I’ll wipe the milk away
And carry on
And you’ll hate me
And you’ll always hate me

Your actions aren’t on my conscience
Your promises are not my concern

The downfall of a nation
The borders remain
But not tonight

The nosecaps of the warheads
Threaten my freedom
Decrease my value
And the strings sound
As the stasis sets in

I AM THE TRUEST SELF
CUT OFF OUR HANDS
Track Name: Semantics
Decadent bourgeois obfuscation
Neo-fascist warmongers
I hailed the coming day
When the revolution would be complete

And the state withered away
Stale phrases rang like music
Tell me of your impotence

I am one of them
Intentional contrast
Immense strength
Intelligence

And the state withered away
Stale phrases rang like music
Spilled alcohol and sexual current

And the state remained the same
Stale phrases rang like music
And the state remained the same
Track Name: Who Wants To Live Forever (Queen Cover)
There is no time for us
There is no place for us
What is this thing that builds our dreams
Yet slips away from us

Who wants to live forever
Who wants to love forever
There is no chance for us
It’s all decided for us

Who wants to live forever
Who wants to love forever
Who wants to live
When love must die

Touch my tears with your lips
Touch my world with your fingertips
And we can have forever
And we can love forever
Forever is our today
Who wants to live anyway
Track Name: Modern Combat
Sate the discourse
The modern man
A bastard child
Of promise

Enveloped in comfort
Consumed by blinding flash
Twice the meat
Condensed space
Stomach the pain

Distraction
Sat with cattle
We are the cold hard trash

We are the cold hard trash
Bastard child of promise
Sat with cattle
THE MODERN MAN
Track Name: The Ambition Of Death
The cold morning light
Evasive and sterile
Burned on our skin
Our bodies perpetually futile
The seed of the day
Clubbed into our heads
Bloodied and in retort
We find our faces split in two
Our organs on show
Tongues flapping
Muscles contracting with
Precisely nothing to say
So we mourn the remains of our experience
A fade to white
Passionate exit

We rid ourselves of pretence
Rip out our spinal cords
And pray for dignity
But it never comes
And we never meet again
And it works
Track Name: I Am The Same
Please refer to previous works and interpret accordingly.
Track Name: The Way Out
I hide behind my leaves
Each a cascade
Each a regret
Your visage appals me

I sicken myself
I see everything and
I refuse my deepest tragedy

A BLADE RIPS THROUGH MY FACE
A WEAPON CUTS MY EYES
THE TENDONS TEAR AWAY
THE PROP WILL NOW SUFFICE

I am the truest self and
I refuse my deepest tragedy

Hide behind my leaves
Each a cascade
Each a regret
Track Name: The Chorus
Outstretch your hands
Receive redemption
Your name does not change
The music that plays
Silenced in haste
And a lone voice sounds:
‘I am the truest self I am the truest self I am the truest self I am the truest self I am the truest self I am the truest self I am the truest self I am the truest self’

You can’t get rid of me
Bowed head in slapping waves
Green glimmers through salt sting
Knowing nothing but the need not to breathe
And what have you achieved?
What does your death mean?
Is your art improved?
Will your sex be missed?
Can you answer these
Before you’re knocked back by the waves
And the pain recedes
And the ledge you cling onto narrows

We accept our loss
Cut off our hands

immortal invisible god only wise in light accessible hid from our eyes most blessed most glorious the ancient of days almighty victorious you knew what you were about when you created me

NO SHOCK

IN UNISON
WE ACCEPT OUR LOSS
CUT OFF OUR HANDS