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by The Black Ships

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Black Ships 03:51
Solomons to the China sea jungles burn dead men in trees you one gun punks wont work with me you're royalty until the end oh lucky Jim how can you be breathing we watched from the hill as they walked you away clouds in the skies above armies retreating you 're shot in the the back from both sides I look out to sea the black ships are sailing I wonder if this is worth keeping at all I cannot explain why cant we determine just watching the waves as they wash up on shore
Bangalor 04:15
never was lonely I lamented my summer was closing my eyes at the first sign of snow how I long for surrender these boots of abandon there must be a way of letting them go the setting sun is pooling blood no flowing forever until morning comes lost tonight I watch the guns light up the sky when its gone will all your colours start to run just bury me please get me away from here just bury me please yeah far away from here I was waving not drowning its all over all over not waving I was drowning all over all over not waving I was drowning all over all over
flashback got the feedback don't take me back I want to go there I want to be there can you believe me for just once this time I'm wrapped in silver I'm hauling the chains setting the sails again and again mark the horizon map out the lines past to the present I'm all out of time why would you take my time away from me someday someday why would you take that time away from me baby filled the sky with a tropical storm moving the trees all over oil floods water all drown in the wake the black ships are sailing the crew cant find the brake klaxons are blaring the admiral roars command while submarines dive in oceans and armies fight with the sun yo yo yo at 9 years old dad said touch grandpoppies fingers and they was cold three days before everybody cryin' in the bedroom Ramiraz hit the floor Natasha walked to him like her feet were sore daddy took his glasses off he said everybody loved him we gonna miss him Bobby was away me and Kima didin't cry mommy looked at daddy, and kissed em they prayed I loved Jesus but now I was scared of him It wasn't fair to me how we get compared to him why you take grandpa Grimes from our lives he never got to see me grow up my family disconnected I fall in love with devil bitches I get drunk and then I throw up I write my life, you don't know how this hell feels in my dreams I'm alive when I wake up, I be dead still OD off the red pill
Joan of Arc 03:32
we are the black ships we are the dead men skeleton crews riding the breeze a hopeless romantic raises her banner can anybody say what she sees mystics and mirrors a warning to call for bleeding, not bashing the best of them in sun it is setting, who can be calling a message a message is all that I bring for honor and glory the walls have been falling for honor and glory there is something to be one humble servant one act to call for oh lord how could you do this to me stately kings darkened thrones long lush grasses the winds do blow where blood is spilled now the flowers will grow never thought I would be hearing words that you found most endearing can you speak your bitter language can you tell me where you are buried summer through winter winter through fall somehow you managed to last through them all stately kings darkened thrones long lush grasses the winds do blow where blood is spilled now the flowers will grow
731 02:16
love hate kneel death emperor we follow your every command bomb blast kills fast moonlit Fujiyama dreams of dying in a foreign land Chosin banzai blood flows in the gutter bayonets on my command east shore west shore dreams of blue November rotting skulls slivers of sand 731 there's no love 731 there's no way 731 there's no life 731 there's just hate 731 were on fire 731 we all are 731 avoided 731 forgotten black ships sail my emperor we followed every command haunted I dream of moonlit Fujiyama rotting jungles slivers of sand 731 731 731 731
Partisan 04:19
cast away in salt spray no I don't wanna be I don't want to see it yet between the lines an absence of style between the earth and the sky it goes for miles said you'd wait said you'd stay called it fate you said a lot that day name them bury them to each his own come here partisan I'll show you the road show you the road I sail with the black ships soulless armada stalking the life and the light up on shore respect was demanded forgiveness longed for set sail in April forgotten by fall where will it end where will it end where will it end where will it end where will it end
Legion 02:44
down down on the sunken road I saw four bloody horsemen four of the ones awaiting my call out of the blue waving your flag around out of the blue never a sound never a sound cold my bones tumble into the breach weed worn and salt cut never so peaceful never at ease marching your legion deep into forests full of pain never in season never the time to wait out the rain stand by my Odessa deep in the black sea high on the mount forward I have been crawling seeking out something I cant be without
Athena 03:14
Athena gone are your noble days cement and sad structure solemnly the autumn leaves are swept away dropped me down to my knees the pale sea crashes on the land crashed upon the iron clad bones of red that sickly pink of cherry blossom falls on my head falls over now it never should have been down the lane through broken trees to harbor streets that still call my name i'll never answer anyway Athena I lost you in your noble ways we're in this sad structure forsaken locked away solemnly the autumn leaves are swept away I'm swept away dropped me down to my knees I crash in the pale sea


released January 2, 2011

all songs written and preformed by the Black Ships

John Gill – guitars, vocals, bass
Shane Sanchez – beats, keyboards, sampling

additional bass by David Ochal
additional vocals on track 8 by Shannon Larue
Simon Grimes appears on track 3 courtesy of Sub-Bombin records

recorded summer 2010 at the citadel
arranging by Shane Sanchez
mixed and mastered by Kevin Kenkel and SP studios L.A.
album art work by John Gill




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