The Last Vestige Of Hope

by Dreaded Silence

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released February 29, 2016

Music: Dreaded Silence / Lyrics: Ken Gillis

Ken Gillis - Lead Vocals
Mike Orifice - Guitar / Vocals
Scott Green - Guitar / Vocals
Dana Chisholm - Bass
Chris Helme - Drums

Production / Engineering / Mixing / Mastering - Dreaded Silence
Drum Engineering - Eric Braunschweiger
String & Synth Arrangements - Mike Orifice & Dana Chisholm
Artwork - Ken Gillis

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Track Name: In Girum Imus Nocte
Instrumental
Track Name: Fledgling
I will never let you see light
I will never let you breathe life
I will always keep you inside
I will never let you fly too high

You are my only hope in this world
You are the one thing that I must keep safe

My hope to fly lies in you
If you fall from the sky I will fall too

When you leave
I will be the space between your feathers
And when I'm gone, I'll be the wind that lifts you to great heights

You are my fledgling
You are mine to protect
I'll never let anyone take you away
I can't keep you under my wing forever
I must let you fly
I will let you fly away
Far from here
As long as you
Always keep me near

I will always let you see light
I will always let you breathe life
I will always be by your side
I know it's time to release you to the sky
Track Name: The Devil's Verse
In girum imus nocte
Et consumimur igni

We go in circles at night
And are consumed by fire
Track Name: Where Stars Dare Not Climb
I want to go where no one can see me
Deep in the ground where no roots strain their grasp

To a point in the sky where stars dare not climb
Inside the mountains embedded in stone
A place where I can die alone

Into the void of black emptiness
The deserted heart where nothing grows
A cavern in the earth where I can escape the sound of creatures breathing

Bowed and ready to accept my fate
No sights no smells no words no thoughts
No wind no light

But most of all no more pain
No more suffering
No more choking anguish
No more incessant worrying
No more voices clamoring
No more clocks ticking

Nothing
Nothing left to fear
Nothing left to feel
Nothing
No more waking
No desire
No love
Only black emptiness
Only freedom
Track Name: Vessel
This voice is a vessel for the hopeless
For the voiceless and the fragile
A vessel for those who look skyward
Longing to leave this cold earth behind

This voice is a vessel for the breathless
For the motionless and the dying
A vessel for those who stare blindly
Waiting for change beyond their control
For the motherless droves who've given up
And pinned their hopes on falling stars

This voice is a vessel for the faithless
For the nameless and the broken
A vessel for those who look downward
Those unable to lift their heads high
A vessel for those who stare bleakly
Burdened by the pain in their eyes

Those who've heard my cold voice calling
"who has stolen the stars from the sky?"
I will carry you far from here
Further than you could know
I will help you reach the end
Never to descend

A vessel to carry you to a place in the sky
I will be your sacrifice, your vessel
A place where we can shine our lanterns high
Connecting in the plains of darkness
I will carry you, I'll birth you to the sky
I will be your sacrifice, your vessel
A place where we can shine our lanterns high
Connecting in the plains of isolation

Deliverance into unending light
Scattered like ephemeral embers in the night
Sent above to cast a glow so bright
Together I know we can make it right
Track Name: Negative Space
I was sleeping and you were awake
You left creeping away my hope you did take
I was in a dream state
When you went away

That part of me you stole
You could never give it back
It would never fit quite right again

I was sleeping, alone I lay
Lost forever in the negative space
Track Name: A Letter I'll Never Send
Instrumental
Track Name: Portrait Of A Past Life
I left everything the same
I no longer say your name
I've hung on for way too long
In fear of moving on

The clock stops ticking
The hands aren't moving
I am staring at a portrait of a past life

A divide is growing
My fear is building
I am hanging on the wall in a past life

No more ties to bind us
An agonizing distance apparent in your eyes

Nothing left of what we were
I am only dust on your memory

I left everything the same
And pretended it could not decay
From the day you were gone
I ignored the world in fear of moving on

I burn the portrait
Erase it forever

I end my past life
Doomed to relive it
Track Name: I Await The Waves
I await the waves
To wash me out to sea
And carry me far from you
Until there's nothing left of me

The weight of the water
Is the burden in our hearts
We suffer the loss

You buried me along the shore
As you waved goodbye
The moon strains at our tears
And I wait here to die
Track Name: So Far To Fall
Hang him from the highest mountain
High enough for all to see
Leave him rotting on the mountain
Until the end of eternity
Throw him from the tallest tower
Tall enough to watch him fall
Leave him rotting at the bottom
To serve as warning to them all

Hang him from the constellations
High enough for all to see
Let him drip into the ocean
Beyond the bottom of the sea

Hang him high
So that all may watch him die
So far to fall
Through the darkness in us all
Track Name: Constellations Collapse
Constellations collapse
And rain down from the sky
I gaze at them with envy
And watch as the stars die
Constellations collapse
Under the weight of my cry

Constellations collapse
And rain down from the sky
I look on in wonder
As earth and star collide
Constellations collapse
Signaling the end of all life

Searching blindly
A lightless lantern
Cannot guide my eyes
Cloaked in darkness
Alone I wander
Scavenging the skies
Secret creatures
Roam black ether
Unseen I hear their cries

My dreams descend
In the yawning
Expanse of sightless night
Last light from a falling star
The dead know not how lucky they are

Birds drop in midflight
Moths go astray with no light
The night's creatures have no guide
When all the stars have died

I stare into the sky
It's as empty as I
Track Name: The Last Vestige Of Hope
I write this for you
To tell you that I'm through
I write this to say
I can't live this way
I write to say I've reached the end
A letter I'll never send

I draw the curtains closed
Shutting down my window
Let no light expose
I drape the rope around
My neck I make no sound
Silent and resolute

I tie one end of the rope
To the last shred of hope
And I cast the other end
Toward the stars above
I seek solace in the shroud of sky
Climbing to the constellations
To throw myself from the highest star

The last vestige of hope
Hangs at the end of this rope
And there's no going back on this now

A silent vision outside my window
She beckons me
I climb to her open arms she dwells above the stars

The last vestige of hope
Choked at the end of this rope
And I'm leaving this all behind

Is she my mother?
My daughter?
The love I leave behind?
Is she my guardian angel?

She disrobes, shedding stars
Owls, bats and moths flow past me
And disappear in the ink of night

Fluttering garments like feathered wings
A single moth remains
Drawn to the glowing angel

Standing on a chair
Nothing makes sense
No more second chances
I reach out to her light
She wraps her cold arms around my neck
And pulls me to the abyss below
Track Name: Et Consumimur Igni
Instrumental