Heaven + Gemini

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released April 27, 2017

Written & Performed by Robert Bock
Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room
Art Direction by Matthew Tenney

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Track Name: Body
divide and conquer
left a victim of your routine and fear
life divides before and after
close your eyes and in the night you will hear
what your body now tells you

with all these faces how are none familiar?
I worship my obsession though it gets me nowhere
without this threat there is no passion
diffusing in the air with all the world’s inaction
and nobody ever tells you

we’ll press our hands upon our eyes
you may see the patterns you recognize
ear to the wall you hear the sound
you’ve learned there’s no home to be found

the thoughts begin to burn
they start to smolder
as you listen to the devil on your shoulder
he tells you life is short
you’re getting older
you must enjoy it while it lasts
just listen and obey
to what your body now tells you

with all these steps I’ve taken how are none familiar?
I must embrace my instincts or I’ll end up nowhere
without this threat there is no passion
diffusing in the air with all the world’s inaction
and nobody ever tells you

you stare at me with primal eyes
that is a look I recognize
within your breath there is a sound
a pleasure lies in being found

the tension burning in this room
it starts to smolder
as you listen to the devil on your shoulder
he says the night is short
you’re growing bolder
you must enjoy it while it lasts
just listen and obey
to what your body now tells you

divide and conquer
obey your instincts as you crawl on the floor
at the time afraid that you would shatter
you’re not so fragile anymore
we’re both controlled
by what your body now tells you

I’ve spent so long on saving graces
suffer same defeats in different places
now embracing this long felt urge
there are pieces of myself this action will purge
do what your body now tells you
Track Name: Tsavo
I knew I’d end up here
this test of strength my dear
show my resolve and what one can endure
now neither pain nor thirst
prevents what I’ve rehearsed
the stalking darkness tries to sway the pure

a group was sent out in the night
to return by morning light
left the fires burning bright
in darkness they will find you
beleaguered gang we heard their cries
fear now met their widened eyes
a voice that carried through the skies
was whispering “I’ll find you”

I never had a chance
to go back and try something else
the shadows seem to have hands
a siren song in the desert sand
oh how the light cradled your outline
there are nights when it’s all I see
a life slips through your hands
you will starve just to know you’re free

and when those few returned
unsure what they had learned
a blank expression on a face gone pale
they saw the blood red moon
jaws clenched and open wounds
those who survived refused to share the tale

how did I end up here?
holed up and filled with fear
there’s only so much that one can endure
consumed by this betrayal
can’t place blame if I fail
those darkened thoughts they try to sway the pure

now I set out into the night
I won't return by morning light
the torch I held was burning bright
in darkness they will find you
beleaguered soul let out a cry
fear now met my widened eyes
a voice that carried through the skies
was whispering “I’ll find you”
Track Name: Cut Your Losses
a point in life
thought I was trapped
there came a night it dawned on me
locked in a room
I filled the role of my own guard
I held the key
nostalgia life
it ain’t no life
don’t drink this poison willingly

it never had a hold on me

cut your losses come around again
push off the bottom come back up again
the only other option left is never
I know it hurts when things don’t last forever
release your grip you know you better
just cut your losses come around again

these points of light
I barely see
but in night they cover me
they’ve been washed out
among the noise
this numb sensation cradles me
this mournful life
it ain’t no life
won’t relinquish power willingly

you never had a hold on me
Track Name: Heaven + Gemini
live within an argument
or blinded by entitlement
I’ve grown so thin
it hangs over my head
it wrings around my neck
oh it lets no light in
I stutter at the starting line
I’m not convinced this voice is mine
or just the wind
as it’s claiming back these wasted notes
I have to find where no one goes
no one goes
drag me towards
heaven and gemini

the dead skin oh how it hangs on us
I’m not convinced a new soul won’t supplant my own
will I prove to be an empty vessel, living nightmare,
or at best will never know?
what have I done here to deserve,
when others try and lose the nerve when forced to choose?
a struggle with time I can’t afford
a choice that all others ignored
all abhorred
drag me towards
heaven and gemini

the frozen figures in the sky you'll gaze upon
death throes eternally locked
your face was frozen in shock
this bleeding edge which now you rest your head upon
proves to exist you first must suffer

the skin around my eyes is painted black
a thin disguise, oh I let no one in
when the blood within your mind is now the only thing alive
where do you expect me to begin?
I’m reaching for your arms and legs
although my grasp is weak it begs to use your skin
if you let me learn to love again
and hold my head up high again
my love for you will never end
heaven and gemini

you will never know
I may never know
who’s meant this broken heart?
combined, more than the sum of our parts

I will never know
you may never know
was this destined from the start?
these twins eternal, no one shall part
Track Name: Turn
there were bodies that seemed heaven sent
there were things that I said and I meant it all
now this time I cannot make a dent
there was pleasure and pain and I miss it all
I remember the sounds that you made
used to just close my eyes and I’d see it all
now the light in my life it all fades
I keep telling myself that I’ve come a long way
I’ve come a long way now
but I can’t tell if I’m proud

will you turn me on
can you please turn me on
it’s been so long
since I’ve felt anything at all

there were habits that I couldn’t break
I left people behind
oh I’ve made mistakes
now I can’t take my eyes off your legs
but when I’m all alone you just fade away
oh this whole world is turning to grey
force myself now to eat or I’ll fade away
never drag myself out in the day
you keep telling yourself that I’ve come a long way
I’ve come a long way now
but I can’t tell if you’re proud

I’ll survive alone again
I can’t afford to love you
I can’t allow myself virtue

oh this time I cannot make amends
I've dismantled my body
I gave it all
if these means would only find the ends
I would know that it’s justified after all
now I know just how far I can bend
but I’d beg for the break just to feel it all
I am scared all my thoughts I have penned
now I’m scraping the barrel
but come a long way
oh I’ve come a long way
I’ve come a long way now
but I can’t tell if we’re proud