War of the Songs of Light Against the Songs of Darkness

by Austin Taft

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about

The sophomore full-length release from Austin Taft.

A 78-minute audio dissertation on love, hate, peace, war, certainty, confusion, forgiveness, birth, death and hope.


"If darkly complex, self aware music is something you like to spend your time with, you need to pick up arms and join the War Of The Songs Of Light Against The Songs Of Darkness."

- Steven Reid, Sea of Tranquility (from a review of "War of the Songs of Light Against the Songs of Darkness")


"Taft is one of the best musicians in the state, and 'War of the Songs...' is a dynamic, thought-provoking album, worthy of any collection."

- Chad Taylor, Des Moines Cityview Magazine (from a review of "War of the Songs of Light Against the Songs of Darkness")


"War of the Songs of Light Against the Songs of Darkness is a 13-song epic that has got to be heard."

- Reggie Edwards, The Front Row Report (from a review of "War of the Songs of Light Against the Songs of Darkness")


"A self-reflective and spiritual vein flows throughout "War," but it smartly never declares an outright agenda. Instead, Taft uses it to tool his songs for enhanced power and drive. [...] Bottom Line: Austin Taft’s new album is heavy in all the right places and is wholly impressive based on its Cedar Valley origin."

- Jared Molstead, WCF Courier (from a review of "War of the Songs of Light Against the Songs of Darkness")


"Austin Taft's self-styled 'Rock 2.0' seems to involve taking every guitar-orientated sub-genre, and moulding it into something that is both dynamic and heavy. With an abundance of talent, as well as the determination to succeed, it will be intriguing to see where Taft goes next – Rock 3.0, perhaps?"

- Chybucca Sounds (Staff List placing "War of the Songs of Light Against the Songs of Darkness" at #24 in their Top 50 Albums of 2012)

credits

released September 7, 2012

This album was written, performed, produced and recorded by Austin Taft.
Sleeve layout and design by Austin Taft and Aaron Listen.
Illustrations by Aaron Listen.

All songs recorded at IMS Studios and The Reactor.
All songs (C)2009-2012 Austin Taft.
Published by Timewave Music Publishing (ASCAP).

www.austintaft.com
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Track Name: The Illusion of Duality
THE ILLUSION OF DUALITY:
Greetings and welcome. It's good to have you here. Let me begin by asking: "Does anything seem familiar?"
I'm curious to know what you were feeling before. I'm curious to know how you are feeling now.

Although we'll harbor our time, we must give rise to a true sight.

Witness this anthesis. A flower in bloom. I am only a baby inside a womb.
I'm curious to know what you were thinking before. I'm curious to know how you are thinking now.

We'll mold our spirits combined, protecting each other's hearts and minds.

We'll know consciousness refined. Recognize the vessels from past lives.

Who is what we are? We are what we have been. We look for council outside of our decadence.
I've found you. I've found myself, rediscovering the truth that we are one. Unified beneath the sun.

Rest your bewildered mind. It's time to be resensitized. Reintegrate illumination. Our vibrations realized.
A distant familiarity. This side I've never seen before. This side I used to know until I lost sight of what was mine.

And in a heartbeat, the world transforms and the presence feels so warm.
The lights are turned on. It's been far too long. This day is new dawn.

Now I am left to extrapolate from experience. Words obliterate the construct of my thoughts.
The energy permeates from my assemblage point. A vortex within the surface of my etheric double.
We unlock the centers from root to crown. A turning containing the essence of true self.
I am healed by this balanced alignment. The illusion of duality is shattered.

In a heartbeat, the world transforms and the presence feels so warm.
The lights are turned on. It's been far too long. Please don't be long gone.

Be with me inside this moment. Come with me upon this journey. Be yourself and do not be afraid.

This is not your epitaph. This is your awakening.
We are connected to everything.
This is not your epitaph. This is no obituary.
We are reincarnate from our dreams. Our intent. Our intention. Our intentions.

You patronize the heaven I'm holding in my hands. Come with me into a world you need to understand.
We'll figure out this paradox and complete our crusade. Free yourself and do not be afraid.
Track Name: Light
LIGHT:
I am conscious; I'm awake and aware
I'm encouraged by the sight of what's not there
What's been established has been shattered into dust
Now, in this dawning, in this age we have to trust

This promise I make, this promise I keep
The power of thinking, the power of sleep
The ego is gone; our souls will align
All will be revealed in due time

Light

Looking around in this country today, can you tell me just what you see?
All of the roads going nowhere fast in this American century
Day after day you would strive for the dream. Have you been where you wanted to be?
The chance is always here until it's gone

Give me a telescope so I can see the stars
A new design, a new dimension so far
So close, my rapid perception is caged and distorted
I need to break free; I am the centerpiece

This promise I make, this promise I keep
The power is hungry and feeds on the weak
Mauraders are they, barbarians real
Give me something I can feel now

Light

Looking around in this country today, can you tell me just what you see?
All of the roads going nowhere fast in this American century
Day after day you would strive for the dream. Have you been where you wanted to be?
The chance is always here, we believe in the land of atrocity

We always strive for a better day
We always strive for a better day

Fates will intertwine

Looking around in this country today, can you tell me just what you see?
All of the roads going nowhere fast in this American century
Day after day you would strive for the dream. Have you been where you wanted to be?
The chance is always here until it's going...going...going...going...gone
Track Name: The Social Construct
THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCT:
A satellite beckons me. What has become of what should be?
A golden age delusive. So well adjusted to the lie.

Form a line. Get inside. Once I'm with you, we'll find the way to freedom. We'll speak with the stars.
Redefine the social construct. Relearn who we are.

A candlelight vigil held for those to strive to live an imitation existence mistaken for the real thing.

Form a line. Get inside. Once I'm with you, we'll find the way to freedom. We'll speak with the stars.
Redefine the social construct. Relearn who we are.

We'll find the way to freedom. We'll speak with the stars.
Redefine the social construct. Relearn who we are.
Track Name: Born In Black Thorns
BORN IN BLACK THORNS:
Direct me to my leader, men, I want to see the fallacy
He calls himself the great exponent, wrapped up in some fantasy
This fight is greater than you and I; can someone send in the calvary?
Look -- here they come -- manufactured sheep from assembly lines in some factory

Hanging there in Trafalgar Square from the top of Nelson's Column
The sacrifices you made were great, but still you are no admiral
And screaming for you to get down -- this is not your crowded platform
It's easy for you to be bold, but we all are born in black thorns

Oh, the shouting -- it feels like I'm drowning again; save me, commonwealth
Pay my ransom; take me back to a place where I can feel safe

Desperate times call for desperate plans and we are not invisible
The echelon's got an intercom -- the infection is transmissible
With troops on the move, all we need is a slice through the umbilical
With war against youth by a land of indigence inexplicable

Oh, the shouting -- it feels like I'm drowning again; save me, commonwealth
Pay my ransom; take me back to a place where I can feel safe
Oh, the shouting -- I feel like announcing again, "We're dying and need help"
Pay my ransom; take me back to the place where I can feel safe

Exemplify the autocrat, and with that mask, you think you're tough
And you take and you take and you never ask and it never seems to be enough
And screaming for you to shut up -- did you think for a minute we'd all just listen?
It's easy for you to be bold, but we are in control
Track Name: Adrenaline
ADRENALINE:
I got an ego the size of Montana
And a conscience the size of a sparrow
I got a hard attitude and a hammer
And some say that I belong in the slammer
I'm crooked as hell -- not straight as an arrow

I got a fifth of Jager and a fifth of Tequila
If you got a woman, then I wanna meet her
Oh yeah

I'm a late night rebel; I'm a man and machine
I do donuts in the parking lot a quarter after three
Whether I'm at the track or in a plastered haze
I don't care -- it's the American way
You've got a one-way ticket to get out of my face 'cause I said so

I never, ever, ever have enough to drink
Because I'm moving so fast, I don't have time to think
Oh yeah

I got a full fuel tank like an eighteen wheeler
I know how to hit the gas, but I don't know how to steer
Oh yeah

Give me a Guns & Ammo and a pint of gin
I got a lack of reason, but I'm full of spin
I'm driven by lust and greed and sin
And I am in to win

Adrenaline

I'm a hard rock roller who don't think twice
I'm a legend in my lifetime rolling the dice
There's flattery in friendship, except with me
I'm a wolf in sheep's clothing to the third degree
There's a sucker born a minute, I'm fucking hand over fist

I got a bearded chin with an evil grin
In fact, some might say I'm an evil twin
I'm driven by lust and greed and sin
And I am in to win

Adrenaline
Track Name: Monster
MONSTER:
I've been wanting to see you again, and it's raining outside
I've been trying to see what you're like, and I've nothing to hide
I've been wanting to look in your eyes -- see that look of surprise
I've tried and tried, and I think that tonight I just might take my prize

'Cause I'm a monster
I'm a monster
I'm a monster
I am
Are you scared yet
Are you scared yet
Are you scared yet
You should be

I've been sleeping alone, and I think I want to sleep by your side
My house feels empty, so I think that I am going to make you my bride
There's lots to do in my home, so I think I'm going to keep you inside
You may or may not be right if you think I'm going to keep you alive

'Cause I'm a monster
I'm a monster
I'm a monster
I am
Are you scared yet
Are you scared yet
Are you scared yet
You should be

I'm coming to find you

I'm a monster
I'm a monster
I'm a monster
I am
Are you scared yet
Are you scared yet
Are you scared?
Track Name: So Far Down
SO FAR DOWN:
I'm sensing a change, a convergence shining bright as the daytime sky
I'm sensing a shift in my own evolution -- I can't put my finger on why
I once was connected, existing in oneness, and I am no different now
A cleansing of fear makes the woes disappear, and the signal is clearer somehow

So far down
Nothing will be my catastrophe
I won't fall so far down
So far down

Everyone here is trying to find a way to better their lives
Everyone here is searching for something -- don't be afraid to try
Answers and questions, and questions and answers, spinning around like a top
Don't turn around and don't look down; it doesn't matter how far the drop

So far down
Nothing will be your catastrophe
You won't fall so far down
So far down, so far down, so far down

I'm surging through space with the waves of total change
My isolation is broken
We're travelling fast and we're wired in mass
Together the truth will be spoken

Everyone here is trying to find a way to better their lives
Everyone here is searching for something -- don't be afraid to try
Everyone here is trying to find a way to better their lives
Everyone here is searching for something -- don't be afraid to try

So far down
Nothing will be my catastrophe
I won't fall so far down

So far down
Nothing will be your catastrophe
You won't fall so far down
So far down, so far down, so far down
Track Name: War
WAR:
I have not known this moment
The air is filled with uncertainty
Surrounded by fear and concern
A question resides in the spine of my mind

I battle within the walls of my consciousness
I try to decide what is right
I think I can find the reasoning to make this justified

Patriotism is grounded in vigilance
But I don't know if that's me
I know what's important to me
The health and the safety of my family
So I offer my services to help my country shine
I'm offering to help with something bigger than myself

Sent into battle on the frontlines of the fight for freedom
I believe him, for the man is my Commander-in-Chief
And we will shine the light of peace on darkness
But all the while I miss my daughter's smile

I'm calling in a favor. Can you do this for me?
My need to know is insatiable, 'cause I'm not feeling free
The quest for life and liberty is lost within my wounds
And the lust for greed that leaves me here is sealing my tomb

I dream of home from lands unknown
I feel as though I'm so alone
But I cannot go back -- no, I cannot go back
This quest cannot be fulfilled until more blood is spilled
I've felt my confidence fade to grey
They need to find a better way
I am one of many waging internal and external wars
I am here; this is no dream, and it feels more like a regime than a team
I'm starting to see what lies in between the lines given from the machine

Henceforth, a war will be waged
Caged within this mindless crusade
The implications of violent conquest are weights upon my chest
I've tried to rationalize and want to sever my American ties
If nothing is being accomplished, I will not be an accomplice

Sent into battle on the frontlines stemmed from lies
I think I need a word with my Commander-in-Chief
I'm slipping farther from the light to darkness
And all the while I miss my daughter's smile

I'm calling in a favor. Can you do this for me?
My need to know is insatiable, 'cause I'm not feeling free
The quest for life and liberty is lost within my wounds
And the lust for greed that leaves me here is sealing my tomb

Maybe I'll die with eyes wide open
Maybe it won't even be here. Maybe when all is said and done
Maybe I'll be fine. Will I be fine?
Can I be when I know it's not just the blood
It's about the war that's going on

Maybe I'll die with eyes wide open
Maybe I'll die with eyes wide open
On the field, or in my bed. In the desert. In my head. War.
Track Name: Sabertooth
SABERTOOTH:
There is more than meets the eye. A lost history swept beneath the sea.
These numbers are not coincidence, and they deserve your interest.
There is more than meets the eye. A lost history swept beneath the sea.
These numbers are not coincidence, and they deserve your interest.

See the golden number appear time after time. There is pi inside and outside these walls.
The clues are many, and they span east to west. Knowledge explained as not obtained reveals itself as having been.
The skeptics will rot, as enlightened embrace the mystery,
And respect the evidence and efforts put forth by those who preceeded us to teach about our past.
Show me how to maneuver toward our very future.

Our state remains fragile in this system of balance. Sanity and survival shaped by magnetics.
The clock ticks. I retain hope but remain vulnerable.
The planet wields the power to shift my mind, alter my emotions, impair my judgment and destroy my capability.
With an eye on the pyramid and a gaze to the sky, the code will crumble beneath the weight of perception.
As we start the translation and unravel the answer, in peace we will live or at peace we will die.

There is more than meets the eye. A lost history swept beneath the sea.
These numbers are not coincidence, and they deserve your interest.
There is more than meets the eye. A lost history swept beneath the sea.
These numbers are not coincidence, and they deserve your interest.

All that is can be gone in an instant. Tomorrow we may be sabertooth.
In this moment, we practice forgiveness. Seeing the one regardless of attributes.

There is more than meets the eye. A lost history swept beneath the sea.
These numbers are not coincidence, and they deserve your interest.
There is more than meets the eye. A lost history swept beneath the sea.
These numbers are not coincidence, and it is in your interest to pay attention.
Track Name: Vexation
VEXATION (DIRECTED TOWARD BOTH THE ARISTOCRACY AND THE KINDRED):
Cut the cable loose. Sever ties.
I haven't felt this fucked since the last time I died
Day in and day out, just useless propaganda
Consider these words as the last memoranda

This world of tobacco, bureaucracy and sin
It's staining my mind and the state that I'm in
And I'm finished, I'm finished -- you're worth nothing to me
I need to feel something worth something to me

I hear you trying to talk sensibly
I'm not listening; believe me when I say:

Baby, whatever happens, don't ever tell me "we will be ok"
Baby, don't ever tell me "whatever happens, we will be ok"

Smiling upon the stump, reeking of negligence
The substance is lost beneath piles of statements
And push comes to shove, forcing my hand
These rat bastards think they've got bulletproof plans

Well, I've got a plan for myself
And I'm ready to go anytime, anywhere
I really don't care for your branches: judicial, executive
Legislate this -- I'll see you in hell

I hear you trying to talk sense to me
I'm not listening; believe me when I say:

Baby, whatever happens, don't ever tell me "we will be ok"
Baby, don't ever tell me "whatever happens, we will be ok"
Track Name: Trust
TRUST:
I see your suffering
A bulletproof bombshell with lipstick on
Too scared to come around
But if you need someone, it's someone that you've found

We'll find a way to win this together
We'll find a place to go run and hide
We'll find a way to be in this moment
A way to survive, I'll keep you alive

Death to the rising sun
I know it's all of us painted on the window
You won't cry until the flowers die
And your inner self is fighting like an earthquake in the sky

And I see your perception distorted
But I can't believe that you'd be beyond saving
I am committed to seeing this through
And I need to know that you're here with me too

We'll find a way to win this together
We'll find a place to go run and hide
We'll find a way to be in this moment
A way to survive, I'll keep you alive

If you will try to see me with clarity
If you will try to run toward the light
If you will try to speak with me honestly
If you will try, then we'll be alright

May I? Do I have your trust, dearest one?

We'll find a way to win this together
We'll find a place to go run and hide
We'll find a way, 'cause I'm fighting for you
And we will survive, I'll keep you alive

May I? Do I have your trust, dearest one?
Track Name: Goodbye Samantha Blue
GOODBYE SAMANTHA BLUE:
Hey, baby Blue. It's time for me to move on and start anew.
You're so full of hate, and I'm so ashamed to know you.

Me and you, baby, it's like snowfall in the middle of summer.
I want so to love you, but the halo above you is broken in two.
I need you to know that I was always there
And it's only fair that I make that correction
But right now I'm needing to change my direction.

So goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye to you.
Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye forever. Goodbye to you.

There comes a time in each person's life to prioritize what matters, what helps.
Is it so selfish to want to feel good about myself?
I wanted to be your warm sanctuary.
An asylum for serenity and free of anxiety
And I thought that you were the same for me.
You told me you were, girl.

At one time I thought I saw something inside you.
I know that I liked you, but I can't remember why.
At one time I thought when I looked in your eyes, I saw understanding. I saw you were shy.
But now I have found every word from your mouth is destructive anger and rust
And right now I'm needing a feeling of comfort.

So goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye to you.
Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye forever. Goodbye to you.

Once I believed I couldn't be whole without you here
But, in truth, it seems that you have taken a piece of me.
Well, I hope you find something inside the piece that you've received
To transform your life and blossom it into something wonderful.

Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye to you.
Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye forever. Goodbye, Samantha Blue.
Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye to you.
Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye forever. Goodbye, Samantha Blue.

Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye to you.
Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye forever. Goodbye, Samantha Blue.
Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye to you.
Goodbye, Samantha. Goodbye forever. Goodbye to you.

Goodbye.
Track Name: Freedom Wind
FREEDOM WIND:
In these troubled times, it seems there's no way to escape
Until the trumpet sounds to recall that hope still reigns
The rain falls, crashing to the ground
And everything you know is nothing
Everything is gone

We can see within our reach the ending of an age
But this is not the same as if you say “the end of days”
We shape this universe and choose to be here now
We choose to live this defining moment
We're choosing to live on

Freedom wind blows like a hurricane
The storm is coming and no one is safe
Freedom wind blows like a hurricane
You can't escape this change
It's coming for you

Those who don't work will not eat
And those who don't fight won't survive
The price is high, but nothing's free
And the media is mediocrity
The television feeds on fear
And everything you know is nothing
But the winds of change are near

Freedom wind blows like a hurricane
The storm is coming and no one is safe
Freedom wind blows like a hurricane
You can't escape this change
It's coming for you

Freedom wind blows like a hurricane
The storm is coming and no one is safe
Freedom wind blows like a hurricane
You can't escape this change
It's coming for you

I've crossed the oceans just to find you
I taste perfection and I'll never let you go

It's coming for you.