A Substance Never Seen Before

by Old City

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2016

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releases January 1, 2020

Recorded by Stan Wright at Buzz or Howl. Mastered by Brad Boatright

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Old City Portland, Oregon

OLD CITY is a three-piece punk band from Portland, OR that started in 2011. We’re not trying to do any particular kind of genre or sound like anybody else. We have a demo from 2011 and the Sunny Days EP from 2013. An LP is in the works for 2014. Contact - oldcitypunx@gmail.com ... more

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Track Name: All Through the Night
A flash of light,
this time we got it right
and the pain is infinite.

In the patriotic waste
this is the greatest day
in human history.

We'll never learn,
we love to watch the cities burn
all through the night.

They say they can see
the glowing factories that rust
in a no man's land,

Poisoning belief
in a cherished fantasy
of sacred circumstance.

But we'll never learn
we love to watch the cities burn all through the night
where there is no life
for us to lose
Track Name: Last Resort
They’re paving over the last resort
with a substance never seen before
and there’s no more joy, no more pain
just cold, sterile happiness for every human brain.

There’s no more pain to medicate
and no victories to celebrate,
no wars to fight and no loss of life
just silent, lonely dying away in this paradise of light.

The neighborhoods where we used to roam
are buried in these glowing stones
on endless days where it never rains
and the money smiles at the blood washed down the drain,
at the life washed down the drain,
the life that slips away, always so suddenly,
too early or too late,
the last one slips away.
Track Name: Peaceful Atom
Duck and cover
lie and cover the children's eyes.
Run for shelter when you know
there's no place to hide.

In the age of the peaceful atom
so full of grace,
in the age of the peaceful atom
we feel so safe.

Worship science
and the saints of human greed.
Keep believing,
dry your eyes when they bleed.

In the age of the peaceful atom
so full of grace,
in the age of the peaceful atom
his kingdom came.

Duck and cover,
lie and cover the children's eyes.
Run for safety when you know
there's nowhere left to hide.

In the age of the peaceful atom
so full of grace,
in the age of the peaceful atom
his kingdom came.
In the age of the peaceful atom
so full of grace,
in the age of the peaceful atom
there's no escape
Track Name: Leap of Faith
The innocent believe
in a blood drenched fantasy
in all holy wars
and a cause worth fighting for.

In a leap of faith
I've seen them throw their minds away
and feel no more pain,
they never question anything.

In a leap of faith
all it takes is a leap of faith
it's just a leap away.

Is this happiness?
Is this all that exists for me?
I'm on my knees
in a lofty butchery
without a leap of faith.

You learn to love the lie,
god's creatures multiply
and when they're under fire
they perish with a smile

and a leap of faith
all it takes is a leap of faith
to throw a life away.
Track Name: Too Late
Last night I dreamed that I was
adrift in a poison sea
beneath the towers where the future flows in streams.

I had no memory of how I arrived
in this fateful place
where the walls were swept away in the waves, in the waves.

There were bodies on the shoreline
in the rays of the brightest sun
and there was a dose for everyone.

As the water rose around me
I could see there was no escape
and the only thing to do was wait.

And we wait.

Is it now too late? Too late.

I awoke in a world of nightmare
with the venom in my veins
among the hideous flowers of the human brain.

These are the urgent hours,
these are the only days
and the safest thing to do is wait.

And we wait, we always wait.

Is it now too late to change the course? Too late
Track Name: Dreams
The cries of agony cannot disturb our sleep,
and the rain that shatters streets
will never penetrate our dreams,
our sacred dreams.

21 long centuries have produced a reality
in which we cannot move or speak
and the air's too hot for us to breathe,
and still we dream
our sacred dreams.

The newborn baby in your hands -
how will it ever understand?
Each night its tortured cries and screams
come round to vex your sleep
and haunt your dreams.

They haunt your dreams.
Track Name: Sacrifice
Sacrifice
sacrifice of human life and centuries,
centuries of agony
in a promised land
fled with praying hands.
In this promised land
full of praying hands.

They always lie
when they tell you why
you had to die
in sacrifice.
Track Name: Razor's Edge
In the labyrinths of winter
there's no easy way ahead
and the rain consumes the city
when you're lost on the razor's edge.

When there's nothing left to live for
and they're counting up the dead,
you balance on the hours,
walking on the razor's edge.

But the idiots are laughing
and bleeding from the head.
Then they feed it to the infant
crawling on the razor's edge.

All the dreams we tried to shelter
and all the words we ever said
now seem so cold and hollow
out here on the razor's edge.

In the labyrinths of winter
there's no easy way ahead
and the rain consumes the city,
falling on the razor's edge.
Track Name: Running
You awake in a panic,
it's still so long before the dawn
but any hope of sleep is gone.

The vision lingers -
a cloud of smoke that fills the air
and the people running from the square,
confusion everywhere.

You're always running from your mind,
consumed by fire every time.

You look in the mirror,
see the ashes darkening the sky
and the people running from the light.

The cries of terror,
the bodies scattered all around
the black rain upon the lifeless ground -
now the only sound.

You're always running from your mind,
consumed by fire every time.

Running...
Track Name: Before the Storm
There's so much energy
in these ultramodern cities of despair
where it's more than just the night ahead
that's darkening the air.

An image flickers on the surface
concealing its destructive purpose before the storm.

The drunken laughter fills the frozen streets
where others sleep in the night -
a just and circumstantial culture.

Where joy and misery collide
the friction renders paradise
and the air is suddenly so warm
before the storm.

The air was suddenly so warm
before the storm.