Dealing with Demons

by The Black Veils

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released January 28, 2017

Words by Gregor Samsa
Music by The Black Veils

Produced by The Black Veils & Gianluca Lo Presti (Nevica su 4.0) Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Lotostudio, Ravenna

Gregor Samsa: Vocals
Mario d’Anelli: Guitars, Synth, Drum Machine, Drums
Filippo Scalzo: Bass

Alessandro Antolini: Drums (Tracks 2, 8, 9, 10)

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Track Name: The Persistence of Memory
Let the demons watch
Let the demons spy
Don't let the demons speak
Don't let the demons ride

Oh silly girl, can't you see?
All our demons are behind the wheel

Let the demons knock
Let the demons whine
Don't let the demons sneak in
Don't let the demons ride

Oh silly girl, can't you see?
All our demons are behind the wheel

You won't break this chain
I won't break this chain

Now it's time to shut your mouth
Now it's time to shut your mouth
Now it's time to shut your mouth
Now it's time to shut your mouth
Track Name: Nothing Is Pure
In the winter of our discontent
All your pretty flowers are dead
Don't be sad because it's true
Nothing in this life is pure

Nothing is pure

(Maybe we were wrong from the start)

Sneaking in your dreams like a thief
Wishing and hoping are the same shit
Don't be sad because it's true
Nothing in this life is pure

Nothing is pure

(Maybe we were wrong from the start)

Maybe we were right from the start
Right from the start

Nothing is pure
Track Name: The Ghost Inside
You're gonna hold another hand
You're gonna stare into other eyes
You're gonna kiss other lips
You're gonna whisper other lies

There's nothing I can do
To make things right
There's nothing I can say
To change your mind

'Cause a ghost haunts my nights
A ghost that laughs and cries
This ghost lives inside
This ghost lives inside
You're the ghost that haunts my nights
A ghost that laughs and cries
This ghost lives inside
The ghost lives inside!

But you're never gonna show your soul
Again, tonight
You've changed, right

We're haunting each other!

I'm gonna grasp another hand
I'm gonna glare at other eyes
I'm gonna bite other lips
I'm gonna live another lie

There's nothing you can do
To make things right
There's nothing you can say
To convince my mind

'Cause a ghost haunts your nights
A ghost that laughs and cries
That ghost lives inside
That ghost lives inside
I'm the ghost that haunts your nights
A ghost that laughs and cries
That ghost lives inside
The ghost lives inside!

But you're never gonna show your soul
Again, tonight
You've changed, right
You're never gonna show your soul
To the one who holds you tight

We're haunting each other!
Track Name: Reptile (Chant for Cold-Blooded Creatures)
I think I'm sliding through the passions
Like I was sliding through your hair
I can see the lover crying
This devotion they share
I'm smelling their sweat
I'm smelling their lies
But like the lovers do
I pretend that I'm alive

Oh, what I've become
Tell me what I've become

Well, I'm a rep —
I'm a reptile
I'm a reptile now

I think I'm sliding through the passions
Like I was sliding through your hair
I can see the lovers smiling
All the illusions they share
I'm smelling their sweat
I'm smelling their lies
And like chameleons do
I pretend that I can hide

Oh, what I've become
Tell me what I've become

Well, I'm a rep —
I'm a reptile
I'm a reptile now

I'm sneaking and I'm sliding
I'm sneaking and I'm sliding
I'm sneaking and sliding
I'm sneaking and sliding

Tell me what I've become

Well, I'm a rep —
I'm a reptile
I'm a rep —
I'm a reptile
Well, I'm a snake
I'm a reptile

I'm a reptile now
Track Name: True Beauty Attacks!
Let me put a dagger
Into your heart
And drink
All your tears
Let me face the sun
With a new kind of fear
'Cause I don't know
What sweetness is

True beauty attacks!
True beauty destroys!

Let me put a dagger
Into your heart
Then drink
All my tears
Let me face the sky
With a new kind of fear
'Cause I don't know
What love is

True beauty attacks!
True beauty destroys!

It's the smell of the bullet
It's the taste of the bullet
It's the sweet taste of the bullet
Well, it's the smell of the bullet

True beauty attacks!
True beauty destroys!
Track Name: Prinsengracht
You may think that I've forgotten
All the pain
All the fights
All the nonsense
Honey, if you could only know
How it feels to lay down
With these ghosts on my side

I'll bleed and I'll smile
Smile

'Cause I am truly sorry, love
Spring won't ever let you go
I am truly sorry, love
Spring won't ever let you go
Away

You may think that I've ignored
All the bites
All the screams
All the scratches
Honey, if you could only know
How it feels to lay down
With these demons inside

I'll bleed and I'll smile
Smile

'Cause I am truly sorry, love
Spring won't ever let you go
I am truly sorry, love
Spring won't ever let you go
Away

I could swear that I was true
But I don't really need to
Track Name: The Comforting Taste of Another Springtime Torture
I think we're all caged
In the shadow of time
Surrounded by people
With big forced smiles
It's a rat race
In which the rats all die
The inescapable end
That laughs and then cries

Nobody cares
About how it feels like
To be trapped inside your head!

I think we're all stuck
In the gears of time
Still shaking our hands
And pretending to shine
It's a rat race
In which the rats all die
The ineluctable end
That's wearing a smile

Nobody cares
About how it feels like
To be trapped inside your head!

I don't know you anymore
I don't know you anymore

Can you tell me what we're fighting for
Can you tell me what we're fighting for
What the hell are we fighting for?
Please, remind me what we're fighting for

Nobody cares
About how it feels like
To be trapped inside your head!
Track Name: Freyja
I know I've never known
Who protects whom?
Who watches over whom?
Who protects whom?
I know I've never known
I know I'll never know

The rays of the sun
Are the pillows she needs
The dust on the floor
Dances as she breathes
And I
I like to watch her so
I like to think she knows

Freyja can you lick my wounds?
Freyja can you heal my wounds?

Scared as the first time
She wanders through my room
Big eyes catching spirits
All the humans ignore
And I
I love to watch her so
I like to think she knows

Freyja can you lick my wounds?
Freyja can you heal my wounds?

Who protects whom?
Who watches over whom?
Who protects whom?
I guess I've always known
I think I've always known
I think I've always known

Freyja can you lick my wounds?
Freyja can you heal my wounds?

Can you talk to her?
Track Name: Dealing with Demons
These dancing flames are gathering
I can't go on like this anymore
And Mr. Cohen keeps singing
To all my demons, taming them all
"Ain't no cure, ain't no cure
There ain't no cure for love" after all
It's all blood and sweat - ha!
I can't go on like this anymore

And in your mind
Everything seems so nice
In black and white
Nobody's wrong or right
Face everything and rise
We'll rise!

These killing thoughts are whirling
I can't go on like this anymore
And Steven Patrick's singing
To all my demons, facing them all
"Why don't you, why don't you
Why don't you find out for yourself" after all?
Still hiding and seeking
I can't go on like this anymore

And in my mind
Everything seemed so nice
In black and white
No more 'run-and-hide'
Face everything and rise
We'll rise!
Track Name: The Wicker Man
(For Christopher Lee)

Demons twisting
Spirits swinging
On the shores of Summerisle
Haunting dreams
Chasing fears
It's a ritual I can't abide

I'm burning like the Wicker Man
I'm burning like the Wicker Man

Demons twisting
Spirits swinging
They keep on torturing my mind
Devouring dreams
Collecting tears
It's a ritual I can't abide

I'm burning like the Wicker Man
I'm burning like the Wicker Man

(Sing, cuckoo, sing)

All these demons dancing inside
All these demons keep me alive
All these demons screaming inside
I think that all these demons keep me alive

I'm burning like the Wicker Man
I'm burning like the Wicker Man

All these demons dancing inside
All these demons keep me alive
All these demons screaming inside
I think that all these demons keep me alive
Track Name: The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory
Do you remember when your eyes
Used to catch my lies?
Can you still remember when your eyes
Used to catch my lies?
(OK...)

Now my hands are tied
And I don't want to bow my head again
Now my hands are tied
No, I don't want to bow my head again!

The clock is laughing at my face
The clock is ticking in my veins
Here I am, with nothing to lose
(Again...)