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The Forfeit King II

by Geoff Barone

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All dressed up with nowhere to go The clock starts tickin’ and you hope they don’t show Did you really invite them anyway? All worked up with nowhere to go. The lights turn red, is this yes or a no? Feels like you were uninvited anyway Maybe just maybe, we were just crazy That we let it get that far Oh my lady, our love is fading Like it was doomed from the start Now that’s it’s over what do you have to say for yourself? Play away! I’m still waiting for something. In a way you’ll never know All dressed up with nowhere to go Turn the lights off; are you ready for the show? Still it feels like you weren’t wanted here anyway All worked up with nowhere to go. The pieces were in place to a puzzle you don’t own You weren’t really needed here anyway Maybe just maybe, we were just crazy That we let it get that far Oh my lady, our love is fading Like it was doomed from the start Now that’s it’s over what do you have to say for yourself? Play away! I’m still waiting for something. In a way you’ll never know Look at me, who do you see? A little boy playing with his little toy What a sad excuse for a man
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What I came for: it’s an epithet Vision reset. My mind’s a lesion Those who couldn’t be and those that wanna see Natal brainchild, same as teacher From above I can still watch them be I never wanted but I thought it through And when I look back I never regret what’s new I never wanted but I thought it through And when I look back I never regret what’s new Lost on the ceiling it’s come unglued Fall to pieces. Same old feeling Those that couldn’t be and those that wanna see Heavy machines. Sunken teeth From above I can still watch them From above I can still watch them...be! I never wanted but I thought it through And when I look back I never regret what’s new I never wanted but I thought it through And when I look back I never regret what’s new Can’t wait tomorrow or there’s things we’ll never do Can’t wait tomorrow... I never wanted but I thought it through And when I look back I never regret what’s new I never wanted but I thought it through And when I look back I never regret what’s new
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For forty days and forty nights Tempted a truth that was all mine As you should know I go by many names After tonight you might not see me again Did you see me in the wild? Turning stones into bread You’ll never be hungry again! He brought his message to us with the twelve in tow How’s the story gonna end? I think you know Then again, these aren’t the kind of words we care to throw lightly The power and the glory...Down the to Road to Galilee Here I am, I’m back again Have you guessed who it is? Do you know my friend? Make no mistake I’m watching your every move Better watch your back, they’re coming for you Did you see me in the temple? Clearing out this den of thieves A house of prayer is what it’s supposed to be He brought his message to us with the twelve in tow How’s the story gonna end? I think you know Then again, these aren’t the kind of words we care to throw lightly The power and the glory...Down the to Road to Galilee “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth...ye are the salt the earth. But if the salt have lost his savior, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Did you see me at the party? Turned that water into wine. Some would say it was divine He brought his message to us with the twelve in tow How’s the story gonna end? I think you know Then again, these aren’t the kind of words we care to throw lightly The power and the glory...Down the to Road to Galilee
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Look what I’ve lost and look what I’ve found Now I’d rather sit and watch it burn to the ground Memories are best left where I’ll forget ‘em Let’s just pretend like none of this ever happened You say I’m over thinking it Overanalyzing every inch. The angels are takin’ a bit The devil in the details You say I’m over thinking it Going over and over the same ol’ shit Start being a man, stop being a bitch The devil in the details and he’s the devil that I know Pushing away from the ghost of the past Second-guessing everyone. I needed to ask Memories are best left where I can’t find them Living in the past. The future was then. You say I’m over thinking it Every thought. Every inch. The angels aren’t getting the hint The devil in the details Looking in between the lines Rolled over, backstabbed and undermined The angels got a bit on the side with the... The devil in the details and he’s the devil that I know Peace will come again. Surely you’ve seen the signs Looking far too deep between the lines... There’s nothing there. Only the void of who you’ll become...HIM. Look what I’ve lost and look what I’ve found Now I’d rather sit and watch it burn to the ground Memories are best left where I’ll forget ‘em Let’s just pretend like none of this ever happened
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Fools Parade 04:07
Speechless and breathless, you can’t say a word With promise and passion, you’ve taken all your turns Hopeless and fate less, you lock yourself away Lifeless and heartless, waiting for the rain It’s not one of my better days Lost in the fools parade for you It’s not one of your better days I never should’ve came, but I will wait just the same Dreamless and thoughtless, you lie wide-awake Twisting and turning with so much to say Hopeless and fate less, you lock yourself inside Lifeless and heartless, not your heart but mine It’s not one of my better days Lost in the fools parade for you It’s not one of your better days I never should’ve came, but I will wait the same Losing my world to roads that led to nowhere Losing the words “get back in line and wait your turn” Speechless and breathless, you can’t say a word With promise and passion, you’ve taken all your turns Hopeless and fateless, you lock yourself away Lifeless and heartless, waiting for the rain It’s not one of my better days Lost in the fools parade for you It’s not one of your better days I never should’ve came, but I will wait just the same I will wait just the same
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Waters 03:36
Look out this window. Cold and empty. Broken misguided wounded souls Look out this window. Ordinary. In the end you’ll know you’re wrong Away, I’ll stay. Away, I’ll fade. Look at this mirror, old and weary Failed misused, forgotten son Hiding the sunshine from those who love you Closing the door on everyone. Away, I’ll stay. Away, I’ll fade. For here is where the waters have placed you Replaced you Misplaced you Gone This is how your fear will contain you Betray you Portray you, oh!
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Abandonship 04:48
It’s time act, it’s time to relax It’s time to play a part, carry it on your back You a martyr, an imposter, a ghost, a disruptor Put your money where your mouth is...your mouth is. Best left at the bottom of the water Drown, drown, drown, it’s no worse than this monster Best left at the bottom of the water Drown, drown, drown...put your money where you mouth is...your mouth is. It’s a day in the shade. It’s a day to complain. It’s a day to overcome. Just smile and nod. Best behave! You’re a pest, a freak, the silent unseen Put your money where your mouth is...your mouth is. I said it before and I’ll say it again: “Sometimes life comes up with a better idea my friend” So abandon your ship and get lost at sea Put your money where your mouth is...your mouth is Best left at the bottom of the water Drown, drown, drown, it’s no worse than this monster Best left at the bottom of the water Drown, drown, drown...put your money where you mouth is...your mouth is. So here, here you are put out to pasture. You have chosen poorly. Time for sleep, time for sleep again On this lonely day the world will be watching. The world will be watching! It’s the end of the road; it’s the end we all know Buried with a thousand apologies Just let the good times...go! It’s time act, it’s time to relax It’s time to play a part carry it on your back You a martyr, an imposter, a ghost, a disruptor Put your money where your mouth is...your mouth is. Best left at the bottom of the water Drown, drown, drown, it’s no worse than this monster Best left at the bottom of the water Drown, drown, drown...put your money where you mouth is...your mouth is.
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I’m the victim. I am the sin Time to put on another face. Another mask. Another space I’m the martyr. I am your Christ. Say not a word to anyone... But if these walls could talk; they would be screaming I’m the master! I’m the king of the castle I’m your savior; I’m your god and creator! I’m the king of the castle! I’m the monster. I’m the bad guy. Father, why have you left me here? Screaming at the skies I’m the torment. I am The Grim. As you acquiesce this dark summer Did I mention I was still dreaming? I’m the master! I’m the king of the castle I’m your savior; I’m your god and creator! I’m the king of the castle! I’d give up everything Just rid me of all these shortcomings Steal away all of these haunted dreams...and hide I’m the master! I’m the king of the castle I’m your savior; I’m your god and creator! I’m the king of the castle. I’m the king of the castle! I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king of the castle! “Tomorrow night is going to be a great day”
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Part IV of "L'esprit de L'escalier"

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released December 10, 2021

PERSONNEL
Mathew Pike (Vocals on 8)
Jordan Holt (Hammond B3 organ on 1, 3 & 8)
Madden Klass (Drums on 1, 3 & 8)
Ryan Gaines (Drums on 4)
Rex Anderson (Narration on 3)
Steven Paone (Voice on 2)
Devin Barone (Voice on 8)
Lilyanna Barone (Vocals on 6)
Geoff Barone (Everything Else)

PRODUCTION
Produced by Geoff Barone at 603 Studios

Mastering, additional drum and bass mixing by Michael Zucker at Differential Studios
differential-productions.com

Cover photography & design by Geoff Barone

Additional design & creative assistance by Michael Naus

All songs written by Geoff Barone except
"Thought It Thru" written by Steven Paone & Geoff Barone

Mathew Pike:
instagram.com/pikematthews

Jordan Holt & Madden Klass (Space Junk Is Forever):
www.spacejunkisforever.com

Rex Anderson:
www.rexanderson.com

PERSONAL THANK
Katie, Devin, Lily, Biscuits, Mathew Pike, Jordan Holt, Madden Klass, Space Junk Is Forever, Dave Barone, Steven Paone, Ryan Gaines, Rex Anderson, Michael Naus, Joey Stamp, Aaron Pasisz, Kim Rose, Jesse Martin, Tour Supply, The Grand Saloon, Moonstruck Diner, Long Island, NYC, UPS, Slomatron

MUSICAL THANK
Crash Kings, Our Lady Peace, Clutch, Von Hertzen Brothers, The Toadies, Silverchair, The Dissociatives, Stone Temple Pilots, Zero 7, Dream Theater, The Beatles, Karnivool, Devin Townsend, Faith No More, Mike Patton, Led Zeppelin, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Steven Wilson, Muse, Alexander Alexandrov, Brian May, Queen

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Geoff Barone Buffalo, New York

Geoff Barone is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. He writes and records out of his home studio releasing self-produced instrumental and concept albums. He also writes and composes for TV,Film & Video games as well is a well versed performer and singer-songwriter. ... more

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