Apathy Cycle

by Apathy Cycle

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Intro 00:19
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Woke up this morning with a burning cough now There's something missing got to fill this void somehow I can’t fight this inflammation Head pounding, progressive infection This cancer is growing inside of me Can't someone tell me what's wrong with me? Pain and loss is never easy, this is just fuel for the fire A wake up call for those afflicted by excess desire Our health our lives! Our very survival at stake When those who train to care for us ignore their role and take I’ve made a life providing premium health(s)care The struggle now is to pretend that I still care Profits are down, now we're bleeding cash Our premium plan, just doesn't cover that This disease created and sold by us The human virus is sickly and tumorous Pain and loss is never easy, this is just fuel for the fire A wake up call for those afflicted by excess desire Our health our lives! Our very survival at stake When those who train to care for us ignore their role and take from you
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Rise 02:34
We’re all the same We are left behind a result of their greed They don't care about race or gender or creed So why should you? Take a chance we'll lose less blood We have the choice to rise We have the choice to rise above We're falling down Rise, rise, together we'll rise In the ghetto and in the suburbs In the streets and in the office Rise, we're gonna rise Deny their lies Don't compromise Oppressed as a majority We'll take back their authority The richest 1% have the power and control But we can make a change it's in our hearts and souls It's time to unite, take a shot In the ghetto and in the suburbs Rise, rise, together we'll rise In the schools and in the court house Rise, rise, together we'll rise We the people of many colors Rise, rise, together we'll rise We'll watch their house of cards fall down
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The air was filled with gunshot noise and heavy clouds of smoke As Hagop's ears began to ring his wife began to choke Brutality was now in force on a kind Armenian village More than just a raid, it was more than just a pillage Forced to walk for endless miles, the weakest would be shot The world was in a daze of war, a minor afterthought They had no way of knowing this relentless cruel surprise A systematic killing, the word was genocide Remember this day and never forget If we don't stay alert, history's tragic cycle will repeat It eats me up inside Forgotten genocide And now we hold the torch for all of those who suffered in defeat The ghosts of those who died Forgotten genocide Less than 30 years later a tyrant felt inspired To do away with sub humans he felt were not desired His influence was clear he was roughly heard to say Who after all speaks of them (The Armenians) today? It's 75 years later and again we feel safe We think that we're immune, to history's vile fate But the echoes of the storm on inauguration day Continue to remind us of memories washed away Remember this day and never forget If we don't stay alert, history's tragic cycle will repeat It eats me up inside Forgotten genocide And now we hold the torch for all of those who suffered in defeat The ghosts of those who died Forgotten genocide Stand watch Take heed, protect yourself from oppressive ideology Spread the truth Tell the story of past injustice We'll stand together and stay informed As watch dogs we will never conform To the mindset of those who Try to force an agenda of oppression For those who died We'll stay alert We hold the torch Forgotten genocide
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Muted Light 03:27
There once was a boy who noticed when Many grown up women and grown men Gave much importance to extravagance and wealth They did it to fit in he thought, "just think for yourself" As the boy grew older, he noticed so much more Fallacies and conventions that one could not ignore He benignly broke stereotypes just for fun Cursed for being different, he felt desperate to run Some will try to keep you silent You'll feel like you've done something wrong But don't lose faith in yourself When you know you'll do what's right As a man, he learned just what it meant To think for himself and what it represents He'd never harm another, but he learned to stay quiet Until his time had come, there was an internal riot Some will try to keep you silent Their judgment is biased and unforgiving Never lose faith in yourself When you know They'll tear you apart to protect themselves, a battle of egos, a cognitive hell We all rationalize and we don't know why we do it If you let their perceptions dictate your life, you'll end up with fear, resentment, and strife You'll make mistakes, won't communicate, don't take it out on them They don't understand the truth When it comes to you Subjective perception keeps them one sided And groupthink can always leave one misguided But we are all the same And they are just like you Assumptions emotions and myths make it hard to see light But the darkness can still be cleared It's up to you Some will try to keep you silent You'll feel like you've done something wrong But don't lose faith in yourself And those who try to keep you silent May only care about their own self interest Never lose faith in yourself When you know you'll do what's right
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When you're in a state of bliss Thanks to your conveniences it's hard to see the truth But the sense that, something's truly amiss That overwhelming fear has just come over you And you're not just paranoid You stop You tell yourself I'm trapped, trapped without a choice In an arbitrary system for which I have no voice I can't react in a proper way and my mind Is overwhelmed with the thought this reeks of organized crime When I'm in a state ruled abyss My private life feels like It's all just a facade This binary cage will keep me like this I feel like a zero when the ones are watching me And my mind is numbing cold And I'm Feeling snowed in I'm trapped, trapped without a choice In an arbitrary system for which I have no voice I can't react in a proper way and my mind Is overwhelmed with the thought this reeks of organized crime Click here for sex A vote cast for change When they silence the youth They begin to enslave Tap here for truth A vote for tyrants Click here for lies A vote cast for war I'm trapped, trapped without a choice In an arbitrary system for which I have no voice I can't react in a proper way and my mind Is overwhelmed with the thought this reeks of organized crime I'm trapped I can't react I'm trapped Am I FREE? I'm Snowden
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I Objectify 03:29
Hashtags, binary code Information overload SMS or S.O.S. We've got no time to take a breath There are so many ways we can communicate Somehow we can't help but feel a failure to relate I objectify you You objectify me And they objectify us all There’s just one remedy Change starts with empathy A modern epidemic, it's unprecedented We're disconnected from each other It's unprecedented, a modern epidemic We're disconnected Our culture's based on fear and apathy Touchscreen, smartphones Culture left on silent mode Maximize your data plan Shorten your attention span Evolved to read movement, tone, and pupil dilation Text limits can't replace a face to face communication I objectify you You objectify me We lose respect for each other We've lost our empathy You've objectified me I've objectified you And they've objectified us all There's still one remedy Change starts with empathy A modern epidemic, it's unprecedented We're disconnected from each other It's unprecedented, a modern epidemic We're disconnected Our culture's based on fear and apathy Living in disconnect fighting amongst ourselves Our conveniences have become our worst enemy We are not objects, we are human beings It's unprecedented, a modern epidemic We're disconnected from each other A modern epidemic it's unprecedented We're disconnected Our culture's based on fear and apathy
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Wanderlust 03:12
The time has come to explore new ground and adventure is our only aim We've got to get out of this boring fucking town where everything seems the same Out on the road through hypnotic states dotted lines lead us far away From the philosophy of monotony towards A self sustaining culture Of independent tribes Connected through ideals And we're a part of it A welcome relief, the endless road ahead Somehow routine, strangers become our friends Out on the road, we've found our home again Forgotten wastes and broken cityscapes Caught up in fights through starless nights, the winds are deadly but we'll live (They do exist) We'll keep pushing on and remind ourselves that we forgot to think positive Flipped on our side in the freezing cold, will this be how our story ends? Solidarity through camaraderie cause This is what we live for It's why we're still alive A life of total freedom We’ll get back up again A welcome relief, the endless road ahead Somehow routine, strangers become our friends (Now they're our friends) Out on the road, we've found our home again Cause in our hearts the journey never ends
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Once upon a time You cared about the suffering You cared for the helpless You cared about the truth And you started to You started to get noticed You got a bit complacent Now you don't see you in the mirror Conscious of image, you've lost your integrity Now's your chance if you want it back (do you want it back?) Unconscious decisions led you to this clarity Now's your chance, if you want it back (keep your mind on track) So it's a new day You can make time for the suffering You can watch out for the helpless You can think about the truth And now that you're in a place of power You have the chance to change things The choice is yours, will you change? Do you want it back? Keep your mind on track Think about the truth Conscious immorality Conscience and you start to see Conscious of who you wanna be Your conscience And now you will see Who you will be
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While I've stuck to my convictions I've often felt the surge of Overwhelming strong emotions and I know I must ignore the urge to Stick to my thoughts and stick to my methods Keep my mind closed off from the threat of correction Prepare yourself for intimidation Prepare yourself for assimilation When we question what we believe the truth becomes so clear But it's not easy to perceive when our minds are filled with fear It's easy to jump to emotional decisions rational thoughts often kept in remission Prepare yourself for intimidation Prepare yourself for assimilation Critical thinking is all we can hold on to Critical thinking is all that we have Objective interpretation Unbiased assertions Sensible determination Evidence through observation And we don't want to be wrong And you have known all along That you have got to be strong We all just want to belong
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Surrounded by an atmosphere of fear The devastation is now much more severe The innocent are being killed And if your profile fits the bill You'll see those flashing lights more than your peers And now those lights are drawing near Serve and protect who? Serve and protect not you We hire them to protect and serve us all But many feel it's safer not to call When danger rears its ugly head You think of those who wound up dead Because of prejudice it's their downfall The time has come to make the call Serve and protect who? Serve and protect not you Cops who care about saving human lives Will take the time to hear those troubled cries But far too often in reality Hatred will corrupt authority They don't protect you They don't protect me They protect themselves They would cut our throats And watch us bleed And now those lights are drawing near Serve and protect who? Serve and protect not you The time has come to break the wall of silence
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"Do you have a drink?," he asked in his own native Spanish My son and I are drained from walking all day At first she and Victor felt they needed to vanish The look of desperation would compel them to stay "We'll get some water for you, and here's some food" And when San Diego's finest show up it's easy to conclude...that Much of the country's xenophobic you're a traitor if you care at all "Let's show compassion," they thought as they fed the two strangers The border patrol had a different plan Our heroes never saw the inevitable danger Little did they know that compassion could land them In federal prison, for 60 days And when you're guilty of giving a fuck it can't be very hard to say that Much of the country's xenophobic you're a traitor if you care at all Antonia's against the wall Antonia's against the wall Antonia's against the wall It feels like nothing at all They want to build a wall
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Competition motivates me even though I don't know it Trapped in savage undertones of extreme forms of capitalism Dollar signs floating over heads These people are so useless they might as well, they might as well be dead Schadenfreude Schadenfreude Pleasure comes from pain Schadenfreude Schadenfreude Our culture is to blame Schadenfreude Schadenfreude Pleasure from their pain Schadenfreude Schadenfreude Now we know our culture has to change Always fought to get ahead because it's sink or swim in this world Never gave a second thought to anyone who gets pulled under Actually I feel pretty swell Watching other peoples’ petty lives become a living hell

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released April 24, 2020

Recorded by Andrew Berlin & Bill Stevenson. Mixed and Mastered by Jason Livermore.

Recorded, mixed, & mastered at Blasting Room Studios, Fort Collins, CO.

All songs by Apathy Cycle. Cover art by SBAM

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Apathy Cycle Santa Ana, California

Formed in 2009. Ex members of touring bands such as Intro5pect, Broken Society, LoC, and more.

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