Future Eaters

by The Pale Light

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This is an album about creeping fascism and the end of the world. Enjoy!

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released March 28, 2017

Written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Robb Barnes

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The Pale Light Ottawa, Ontario

About the Pale Light:

The Pale Light is Jeff Frank, James Woods, Ian Huntley, Scotty P. and Robb Barnes. The Pale Light was born in Ottawa, Canada in 2016. We play indie rock and we like synthesizers.

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Track Name: Artificial Worlds
I don't want to wait all night for my chance
I don't want to waste all day for my turn with circumstance
I don't want to wait all night for my time
I don't want to waste all day through this season of crime

Tired of waiting for light
Tired of seeing what's wrong not right
Tired of waiting my turn
Tired of steering through endless turns

Hold on

I don't want to wait all night for the truth
I don't want to waste all day as it all comes unglued
I don't want to wait all night for my time
I don't want to waste all day through this season of crime

Tired of waiting for light
Tired of seeing what's wrong not right
Tired of waiting my turn
Tired of steering through endless turns

Hold on
Track Name: City of the Dead
I was pulled through the years, you see
Through the stages of doubt
Past the time when the world decreed it safe to love yourself

I watched the walls fall in
I watched a trial by fire
I saw us burn through life itself until it melted and expired

I was pulled through our time, you see
Past the rise and the fall
Past the age when the world was moved by faith in higher laws

Then walls fall in
Oh, then it finally starts
Then the pressure builds and tears the layers of self-regard apart

Oh, you can run but there’s nowhere to go
A storm eats ships but an angry world eats more than you would want to know
Oh, you can run but there’s nowhere to hide
When Progress moves, it shakes the seas and swallows with its rising tide

I was pulled through the years, you see
Past the stages of grief
Past the time when the world was gripped by self-obsessed belief

Oh, then walls cave in
Oh, then it really starts
Then the pressures grind and tear the layers of self-regard apart

Oh, you can run but there’s nowhere to go
A storm eats ships but an angry world eats more than you would want to know
Oh, you can run but there’s nowhere to hide
When Progress moves, it shakes the seas, and swallows with its rising tide

Oh, you can try but there’s nothing to save
But a world on fire built to expire and drag us down into its grave
Oh, you can run but there’s nowhere to hide
When Progress moves, it shakes the seas, and swallows with its rising tide
Track Name: Among the Tombs
Down under the sea
I found you there
Cleaved through the earth and the trees to catch you
Fair and square

Put you to work for a cause
That eats its young
Built an empire shooting off sparks and progress
That never knows when it’s done

All these years
It’s still the same
We play with words
We play with names

All these years
And what’s to show
Besides the pages ripped from the heart of a story that'll never be told

Down under the earth
I drew you out
Tore through the layers of life for pleasure
And whatever else

Put you to work for a god
That eats his young
Built an empire shooting off sparks and progress
That never knows when it’s done
Track Name: Droge
When the arc of the age
Bends away from your goal
It's the world's way of telling you that
You've got nowhere to go

Oh, my love I let you down

When the arc of the truth
Crashes into your mind
It's the world's way of telling you that
That you've run out of time

Oh, my love I let you down

Put me through the years
And I'll be the last one gone,
Oh, the last one who gives up on the day

When the arc of the age
Burns its way to the edge
It's the world's way of telling you that
Every life has its end

Oh, my love I've let you down
Track Name: Elegy
Oh, my love
Do you think these tremors will pass?
Hate rules the day and the nights are on fire
I’m just not sure how I'll last

Oh, my love
Do you think there’s hope that we'll be saved?
At the best of times, it’s still an eye for an eye
I’m just not sure there’s cause to feel brave

Or proud
Oh, I don’t know where we went wrong
Oh, I don’t know how we can put things back together once they're

Gone
Oh, I don’t know how we fell prey
Oh, I don’t know how we can walk this back and call it a day

Oh, my love
Do think they tire from shouting out loud?
The know-nothings speak and light up the night
A surfeit of lies to work up every crowd

Oh, my love
Do you think we’ve failed to play our part?
We bleed through the days like magnets on tape
So absorbed with the science that we missed the art
Track Name: A Spell for Revolution
I had a vision move across my eyes; I said
I just don't get why we lie to ourselves
A painted dawn in a
A smog-choked world while the
High priests of commerce speak of markets to unfurl
I saw our mission failing
I saw our tools consume the world
I saw a system built on fire
Kill faster than it healed

I had a vision move across my heart; I know
I just don't see why I'll care when it goes
A painted dawn in a
A drowning world while the
High priests of commerce speak of markets to unfurl
I felt our instincts flailing
I saw our tools consume the world
I saw a system built on fire
Kill faster than it healed

Oh I don't know how this will end
Oh, I don't know how best to spend
The time that's left before
We crash into the shore

I had a feeling move across my eyes; I said
I just don't get why they all have to lose instead
A painted dawn in a
A post-truth world while the
High priests of commerce speak of markets to unfurl
I saw our courage failing
I saw our tools consume the world
I saw a system built on fire
Kill faster than it healed
Track Name: Night of a Thousand Suns
We move through the dark
Like spies in the night
Like wind through the trees
Like snow sparking off streetlights

Don’t tell me it fades
Don’t tell me it slows
Don’t tell me it ends
Don’t tell me how you know

When my time is over
I will bury my regrets
For the lives I could live or do over
For the beauty I forget

We move through the years
Like thieves in the night
Stealing our days
And building our empire

Don’t tell me we’re lost
Don’t tell me we’re old
Don’t tell me we’re fading
Don’t tell me how you know

When my time is over
I will bury my regrets
For the lives I could live or do over
For the beauty I forget

When my time is over
I will see right through the years
And recall how the time made us bolder
How the worries disappeared

When my time is over

We move through our lives
Like sparks on a wire
Shooting off light
Shooting off fire

When my time is over
I will bury my regrets
For the lives I could live or do over
For the beauty I forget

When my time is over
I will see right through the years
And recall how the days made us bolder
How the worries disappeared
Track Name: Catalan
I want to lay down in the womb of the world as it dies
I want to sleep through all the hurt and the rage and the lies
Don't want to let you know just what side I'm on
I want to let it go; don't want to fight no more

Here we go

I want to give up just to prove I don't know how to win
I want to sleep through all the bombs blasting in from the din
Don't want to let you know just what side I'm on
I want to let it go; don't want to fight no more

Here we go

I want to lay down in the cool of the earth as it dries
I want to sleep through all the fire and the rage and the lies
Don't want to let you know just what side I'm on
I want to let it go; don't want to fight no more
Track Name: Cyclicalia
I stood there, dumbstruck and awed
Eons filled up in the time I gave pause
When I heard you call my name

I was saved from the ravenous maw
A future designed by a capricious god
When I heard you call my name

Oh, I'm yours until the end consumes us
And the future eaters win

I was there, in the prime of my life
Scared by the prospect of falling behind
When I heard you call my name

I was saved from the terrible odds
Of a future designed by a near-sighted god
When I heard you call my name

Every second more
Is a restless gift for this restless heart of mine
Every minute more
Is a lesson on the viciousness of time

How many times have we met before
And died in each other's arms?
Track Name: Mother of Exiles
I heard the fascists sing
Under cover of night they stormed the gates
And now they fill the days with rage

A song of us and them
A song of fear for the modern age
A tale of freedom as a vengeful god

Just wait, it’s coming soon
Just wait, it’s coming around the bend
Our future dressed in gold and ruin from the lives they pulled apart

I heard the fascists sing
I heard their song on the radio
And now they fill the skies with rage

A song of suffering
A song of fear for a tired age
A tale of freedom as a angry god

Just wait, it’s coming soon
Just wait, it’s coming around the bend
Our future dressed in gold and ruin from the lives they pull apart

Just wait, it’s coming soon
Just wait, it’s coming around the bend
Our future dressed in gold and ruin from the lies they dress as art

Oh you know
These cycles come and go from time to time
Oh you know
It’s hard to pin a movement to a crime
But you know
It’s a nuclear age and a tired one at that
Oh, you know

I heard the fascists sing
Under cover of truth they stormed the gates
And now they fill the void with rage

A song of us and them
A song of fear for a leaden age
A tale of freedom as an empty god

Just wait, it’s coming soon
Just wait, it’s coming around the bend
Our future dressed in gold and ruin from the lives they pull apart

Just wait, it’s coming soon
Just wait, it’s coming around the bend
Our future dressed in gold and ruin from the lies they dress as art
Track Name: An Ocean of Stars
Speak now
Or forever hold your heart in the hands of their gods
See how
The distance unfolds when we think we can manage the loss
My heart
Is beating in time to a dream of a world that makes sense
But my head
Is failing me now, and failing is how this could end
Oh, my love

Speak loud
Or forever allow your voice to be slave to their gods
See how
The meaning spills out when we think we can counter the loss
My heart
Is skipping its time as the dark of the night moves in
And my head
Is failing me now; failing is how this could end

I see you wait for your turn
But there's no time to be told what to learn
There's no time to be told what to see
There's just time to erase this

Speak out
Or forever search for the time to strike back at their gods
See how
The feelings surge when we're drowned by a culture of loss
My heart
Is pumping through time; a full-blooded urge to begin
But my head
Is failing me now, and failing is how this could end

I see you wait for your turn
But there's no time to be told what to learn
There's no time to be told what to see
There's just time to erase this
Track Name: Future Eaters
Come back, they swear
They’ll give you the life you’re craving
And no, it’s not fair
They give it a name so you’ll say it’s worth saving
We’ll dive through the piles of old
Miles of dreams dreamt, discarded and left to waste
Just like the words they sold
Miles of impact, unravelled and left to stay

Why, I don’t know

Come back, they’re scared
That you’re not convinced it’s a game worth playing
And no, it’s not clear
How we still want when we’re tired from the taking
We’ll dive through the piles of old
Miles of dreams dreamt, discarded and left to waste
Just like the words they sold
Miles of impact, unravelled and left to stay

Why, I don’t know
Stay with me through the twilight of our lives
Like hungry ghosts, we're defined by what we crave
And it’s gone, it’s gone away, it’s gone away

Why, I don’t know
Track Name: The Disimagination Machine
All of our wiles
Have failed to preserve us
Let's forget about life for awhile

All of this time
The feelings desert us
Let's set ourselves up for a smile

All of our wiles
Still miles from our purpose
Let's forget about life for awhile

All of this time
The feelings desert us
Let's set ourselves up for a smile

All of our days
Burn by in an instant
Let's forget about life for awhile

All that we say
Is dead set against us
Let's set ourselves up for a smile

All of our days
Spent working past instinct
Let's forget about life for awhile

All that we say
Is dead set against us
Let's set ourselves up for a smile

Oh, you said our love was stronger than our fear
Oh, you said we'd move past the grinding of the years
But our time is lost; cast out to the sea
Oh, you said our love was stronger than our greed