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Covenant – United States of Mind

United States of Mind

01. Like Tears In Rain
02. No Man’s Land
03. Afterhours
04. Helicopter
05. Tour De Force
06. Unforgiven
07. Humility
08. Dead Stars
09. One World One Sky
10. Still Life
11. You Can Make Your Own Music

Like Tears In Rain

go to the empire state and watch the city lights
hear the noise of millions struggle in the sprawl
stare into the sky we’re few and far between
black eyes full of stars wide with memories

every street I ever walked
every home I ever had

is lost

every flower I ever held
every spring I ever had
has died

every man I ever knew
every woman I ever had
is gone

everything I ever touched
every thing I ever had
has died

lie down in the park and watch the satellites
hear the children sing just a breath away
dance in the heavy air along the interstate
black lung full of fumes choke on memories

every street I ever walked

every home I ever had
is lost

every flower I ever held
every spring I ever had
has died

every man I ever knew
every woman I ever had
is gone

everything I ever touched
every thing I ever had
has died

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No Man’s Land

i don’t want to let you go before i understand
i don’t want to let you go to the no man’s land

i don’t want to let you go I want to hold your hand
i don’t want to let you go to the no man’s land

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Afterhours

i have devils on my mind
and the hour’s getting late
there’s nothing more to have

i’m waiting for the day
the weeks are passing by
thinking of the days
i want to burn myself again
i want to violate you
i want you to hurt me again

oh i’m never going to waste your time again
burn your love tonight

oh i’m never going to waste your time again
we can touch the stars tonight

i have devils on my mind
they refuse to set me free
my followers in crime
but you’re the one I fear
hiding from your eyes
thinking of your skin

i want to burn myself again
i want to violate you
i want you to hurt me again

oh i’m never going to waste your time again
burn your love tonight
oh i’m never going to waste your time again
we can touch the stars tonight

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Helicopter

twenty years ago I rode
by helicopter to the sky
I laughed at gravitation
for a moment I was free

they say I never landed
you know they may be right

it looks better from above
with some distance in between

to leave is never easy
perhaps it shouldn’t be
but return is even harder
yes return is harder still

I often dream of flying
far above the city streets

I beat my wings and leave
for Cairo or New York

I can go to many places
but there’s no one there to meet
and the sky is a lonely place
just me and the silent clouds

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Tour De Force

you burn the ground to hold your position
you ran away if I came too close
you kept track of balance and pressure
all the dreams and desires
I want some more

red
black

green for the jackpot

take you down
I want to take you down
I want to take you down with me

we had the motion we had the grace
we had a sense of time and place
we wrote the rules we played the game
and it would never be the same

it was the beauty while we played
we played to win but no one did
we grew old we moved ahead
from dance hall days for higher stakes

you spun the wheel to keep my attention
you danced away if I missed a beat
you were queen of present and future
I was king and cavalier

on our tour de force

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Unforgiven

i think you are not my friend
i think you’re not on my side
i think i made a mistake

you try to sneak behind my back

but trust can not be stolen
friendship must be earned and affection’s not for sale
i know you want respect
but contempt is all you get from me
we are forever unforgiven

you call me a traitor
but you are a snake
an eye for an eye

and a tooth for a tooth

i think you are in too deep
i think you’re not what you seem
i think i have been a fool
i think i should take more care

you try to sneak behind my back
but trust can not be stolen
friendship must be earned and affection’s not for sale

i know you want respect
but contempt is all you get from me
we are forever unforgiven

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Humility

behold the beauty that surrounds us
see the wonders we take for granted

roam the world in all her glory
sail the seas and climb the mountains
discover things you never knew
be happy that you’re alive

so many reasons to remain
so many people to embrace
so many stories to be told
so many errors to correct

turn your gaze towards the moon
even further if you dare
turn your face towards the sun
and be grateful that it’s there

behold the beauty we have made us
all the wonders that we created
see the cities of the ancients
in the deserts and the jungles

see the truth you always knew
be happy that you’re alive

so many reasons to remain
so many people to embrace
so many questions to be asked
so many answers to be found

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Dead Stars

we find our songs
in fashion magazines
we read the story
in the morning paper

I touch their hearts
and they touch my skin
I’m on your screen

and you are just so wide

though I get my kicks
it’s slowly wasting me
don’t try to be an artist
I try to be a man

dead stars still burn
dead still stars burn

we find ourselves
in pictures on the net
blinded by science
addicted to devotion

I’m in your hold
eager to abuse
my favourite game
I suffer from misuse

I just want to know
the man in front of them
to read their minds
for me to understand

though I get my kicks
it’s slowly wasting me
don’t try to be an artist
I try to be a man

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One World One Sky

one world one sky
we live we die

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Still Life

the muffled beat of distant music someone celebrates
it’s hunting season urbanised I wish I could be there
warmth and laughter the right amount of danger
Johnnie Walker wisdom as Cohen used to say

but it’s pouring down with rain
do you remember?
are you alive?
do you still speak of deeds undone?

I used to be immortal I was innocent as a child
my vision was unlimited I saw rivers on the Moon
had important things to say can’t remember what they were
of all the things I did none had been done before

but achievements never last
do you recall?
do you dream?
do you still need company?

I had a friend who knew the language of the future
I’m told he lost his mind they say he went away
navigating empty streets astray among the lost
a shadow in the corner of a stranger’s eye

but there’s nothing left to learn
do you count the years?
do you breathe?
do you still watch the sunrise?

my ambition took me further than I ever dreamt
I don’t even need a mirror anymore
the penthouse pool is full of ice
it should be flowers winter came too soon

but you never liked to swim
do you feel safe?
are you happy?
do you still know my name?

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