Dead Empires

by The Black Ships

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released December 4, 2015

All songs written, recorded, and produced by The Black Ships

John Gill - Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Synth
David Ochal - Bass
Ben Patten - Drums
Greg Tebbano - Guitar, Synth, Vocals

Synth on Sea Of Cortez - Shane Sanchez
Guitar on Sarin - Mike Capritta

Engineered by John Gill at Studio 402
Mixed and mastered by Robert L. Smith at Defy Recordings

Recorded fall and winter 2013

Photographs by Crystal Capritta and John Gill
Art direction and album design by John Gill

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Track Name: Dead Empires
walking away
what did she say to me
calling
over the hill where your colors fade
fall on my feet
far out to sea watching the white waves
falling
far out from me, a change of heart so you believe
now you're here, say goodbye, simply disappear

point man for the empire
I cant see the light
you were stolen away at the edge of great cities
cuts like a knife
where the wind blows cold, you're oh so cold
have I fallen behind, a dead empire
all of my life

over my shoulder, a scene so dear to me
great cities of marble
ships upon the untamed sea
you will find me, reading the book of revelations
or the celestine prophecy
is it all in my imagination, is it fantasy
autumn cliffs, down I go
over rocks to the red kissed stone

Im out of time

point man to nowhere
are you still alive
forbidden colors wait for me in my dreams tonight
where the wind blows cold, you're oh so cold
have I fallen behind, a dead empire
all of my life

point man to the empire
I cant see the light
you were stolen away at the edge of great cities
cuts like a knife
where the wind blows cold, you're oh so cold
have I fallen behind, a dead empire
all of my life
Track Name: Aurelian Walls
the burden ends
with the whiteness of bone
my blood runs cold, early morning
standing by the throne, always in rapture
always looking for the piece to make you whole again

tears to the wind
now I'm diving deeper, than I ever have been
I've got to stop dreaming, I have to be strong now
my heart beats so hollow
Aurelian walls

did your dreams end
beneath rubble and stone
my head hangs low, early morning
frozen in the snow, just west of Moscow
stopped, before we had a chance to bleed again

tears to the wind
now I'm falling deeper, than I ever have been
I've got to stop dreaming, I have to be strong now
my heart beats so hollow
Aurelian walls

black dogs, at the walls
screaming for the old regime
catacombs beneath old Rome
look at what they've done to me

and here we stand, is this all that I've known
my heart grows cold, early morning
the silence in your bones, invites disaster
weeping walls and long dead souls keep calling me

tears to the wind
here I fall to pieces, tell me
when will it end
I've got to stop dreaming, I have to be strong now
my heart has been buried
Aurelian walls
Track Name: Sea Of Cortez
outspoken
will you wait for me, come autumn
when leaves wrap around my feet
eyes open
to the east they see, come autumn
we will gaze upon a shattered sea

for the war, oh the tidal wave
and the way things are for me
I'm not here anymore
nevermore, oh what is it to be

flowers scatter
to the wind so free
held under
the waves crashing over me
fires burning
burial at sea
I realize there is really nothing left of me at all

for the war, oh the tidal wave
and the way things are for me
I'm not here anymore
do you see me, do you feel me, cant you be with me
lord I was gone
so gone
static defenses, rain it did fall on me
gone
so gone away
Track Name: When The Rain Falls
stand and watch the falling rain
flashing lights and loud arcades
always slipping from my mind
here were the better times

break like bone china
wind on the water
gazing at ruins, covered in snow
falling like flowers
break like cheap mirrors
colder than crystal
leave me alone

autumn leaves, Trafalgar square
beneath the stars
I'll meet you there
dark twisted alleyways
the wind here, steals your heart away

break like bone china
wind on the water
gazing at ruins, covered in snow
falling like flowers
break like cheap mirrors
colder than crystal
leave me alone

riding European trains
dressed in camouflage and grey
riding out to echo beach
out of touch and out of reach
recorded orders, without reasons
the pages turning with the change of every season
fade and run
or fall apart
as we slept, I dreamt of Damascus

this is all you've ever done
fade away
when the rain comes
I'd follow you anywhere
but you lead me nowhere

this is all you've ever done
fade away
when the rain comes
I'll follow you anywhere
but you lead me nowhere
Track Name: Nuovo
such a cold winter
moving slowly, like forever
down my spine
such are the better times
gaze upon the setting sun
spare me all the lies and agony
this time, better than the rest of my life
I watch that ship go sailing by without me
without me, again

thin, as the autumn winds
crossing Roman corridors
I'll never feel this good again
oh please, forget all that's left
don't let me slip away again without you
watch the sun as it sets
nuovo

hedge your bets
take a chance, you might not get again
or hold the line until god knows when
make believe, or just pretend

how can I still believe
you take my time, you take whats mine
why are you so close to me
I said please, forget all that's left
don't let me slip away again without you
watch the sun as it sets
nuovo
Track Name: Sarin
silent and still
jagged and brave
the fate of our age left unspoken
our symbols shattered and broken

fall apart
in this crusade, you lay my body down
cherry blossoms drifting to the ground

the autumn shores
now distort
where bodies lie, and the soldiers fight
skeletal trees, sway in the breeze
what can we see
with stolen eyes

worlds apart
maybe here you lay my body down
cherry blossoms drifting to the ground
fallen, beautiful, you are the ones
howling echos fill the night
soldiers of the sun

sun falls in the west
dragging my heart with it
you're so low
alone
at home I smoke and shake
until I need no bit of faith
I need no human race

shattered bone
cannot condone
my heart grows cold, on a misty morning
in martyrs pose
they will atone
my blood runs cold, on a misty morning

for the last time
maybe here you lay my body down
cherry blossoms drifting to the ground
fallen, beautiful, you are the ones
howling echos fill the night
soldiers of the sun
Track Name: Twice Born
lightning
when will you strike me
not once, but maybe twice
I've been searching
its not polite to say, I'll say it anyway
and in the morning I'll be gone

let go
all these changes
leave me alone
see the dawn rise
this time, this time
my colours fade and twist away
a rushing red that fades to grey so slowly
I know
I know we had a promise made

the stars above begin to fade away
lost amongst the sea and sand
upon the waves that wash all time away
upon the sand we whisper and decay

Ostia
upon a bloodstained coast
I meet a Roman ghost
we're drinking wine
what a fine time
to leave this life of mine
to leave it all behind
and in the morning to be gone

let go
all these changes
leave me alone
see the dawn rise
this time, this time
my colours fade and twist away
a rushing red that fades to grey so slowly
I know
I know we had a promise made
Track Name: Kapitulation
black smoke
masks the sunset today
the orchids fade and fall away
please
please leave me sleeping
leave me to dream
of these forbidden colors
ripped apart
ripped apart at the seams

surrendering soldiers
hands they are raising
remembering bodies
that we burned and then buried

under the autumn skies
the bones of forgotten crimes
are we leading the way, or have we lost the light

day after day
am I wasting my time
wasting whats mine
wasted away
why are the leaves always falling
change and decay
shattered and cold
silent as stone
we met our fate

cracks run through the axis
cracks run through the axis
from ancient days, we have wandered the stars
cracks run through the axis
cracks run through the axis
why should I begin again
when from the start I see our ends

holy so holy
holy so holy
I follow the ones you bury
for I follow you home
I follow the ones you buried
this is all that I carry
now decadence is my son

I follow the ones you buried
I follow the ones you bury
now I don't have a comrade
who will carry
who will carry my ashes home