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Crux

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1.
Trust 04:35
This can’t go on If you saw the ghosts I see When I sleep you’d leave too Yeah you’d claw your way out You’d grow fangs You’d bite, you’d rip You’d tear your way gone Been too long There’s no warmth Feel no pulse There’s nothing left for me here So let me go Let me go If you saw What I’ve seen You’d know what I mean If you believe in more Then baby believe me More is real, you aint crazy Don’t sleep on that dream This can’t go on I felt it well up The wrath in my blood Been a ghost of a friend, brother, son Watched her go The only girl that I’ve ever loved Heard the call, gave it all Now you’re telling me I gotta wait here Yeah there’s nothing left for me here So let me go This can’t go on
2.
Omega Days 03:00
Goddamned Be the name’s praise When the game’s set Invalid alphas, they cant Hold our gaze For the word For the song For the long road home Behold your true King Know Us by Our scars Know Us by the false god’s Tattered flesh That’s in Our jaws Come all ye wolves Of risk and thrill And stand We come to set ablaze The omega days For the word For the song For the long road home Behold your true King Know Us by Our scars Know Us by the false god’s Tattered flesh That’s in Our jaws As the earth quakes As the lion wakes So We come Bend the knee Beg for amnesty Vermin, you’ll get none We come by mirth of soul We come by a joyous ocean Yeah Woe to the knave Who halts us Woe to that sad, sorry soul
3.
Through Ash 05:07
(The Man speaks) The burning luber spit embers As if to say Let’s get out of this fucking pit Pining for the surprise Of pale giants miles off The quiet churn of flame A sound somewhere between A whisper and a distant roar I’ve always wanted that warmth But if that’s the cost Love, forgive me for saying this But I’ll pay it Please don’t ask me to Because I will (The Fire speaks) Feed me your wounds Feed me your past And I shall burn this cage That ye may stand Leave it all behind (The Man speaks) I obliged In the blaze I found my tears But The Fire dried Them up and warmed my heart In that moment I was my name The Fire spoke: I need you my witness Showed me a joyous ocean And how I am to lift it Said “Chin up. Don’t quit, kid” Then we laughed in rhythm The going gets tough Lay my fear in a bed of broken chains Sing Victory by day Then night falls To a bed of knives I crawl And I let the demons hurt me But I tell them Feed me your wounds Feed me your past And I shall burn this cage That we may stand In the purr and crackling I heard The Blaze Speak my name And It spoke my words As It said “Leave it all behind”
4.
Musketeers 03:30
Sheep and cattle Tamed and saddled But I’m saving All my white-picket plans For the road Got soul, got bite Baptized in neon light Yeah, learned about freedom From stomping and screaming Gave my blood and gave my salt I learned about truth On the electric altar First he came for our sisters Then he came for our brothers Then we told him Not today, motherfucker We got your number Now I’m raising this soapbox Against a stiff right hand Never gonna fall in line With the “great” white man Small hands, small crowds Bring him down Kick out the clown Never hide behind the way I was born One for all and all for one
5.
Thorns 03:52
Wrath and thorns Flaming tongues Paint my song volatile Speak in storms I don’t fight it I let it in I’ve bled Just not enough Not yet This may just kill me But I can’t live another way So if you’d offer guidance You’d better spell it out plain ‘Cause I see no landscapes I see only ruins I’ve made Burn my name Throw me in a shallow grave I’m dragged and torn Through shelters scorned Dynamism calcified Hold for home No spoils owed Sharpen hope Into knives Recover Parry ‘Cause I see no landscape I see only seas of face Hold for home If you want it Then grit your teeth And earn it
6.
Gimmie that torch I’m gonna burn this fucker down Kids drank kool-aid And the king is a clown Only thing that saves Is that Rock Roll sound So get loud Get loud Get right Raise cups To the good fight Rumble, young man Spit blood and laugh Again Don’t give me that lip You know I’ve heard it all before Show me a good time Yeah right, let me show you the door Waste no time Serve only the rhythm and the roar Roar Raise cups to the good fight
7.
First sworn miles Met with oaths to more yet Forever named, each step Introduces the next And how nothing is That is not both Kiss and maim Reap and sow This began long before I’d known I killed what I called home To make damn clear That I was worth my words And that they are something living Not just scratches on page Not just promises made They are the beast that I ride Number of times I tried to tell them Number of times I saw the fear in their eyes Number of times I swore before great sights The heights I’d climb Number of times I washed my hands Of that evil Number of times I’ve said this all before Old blood in new veins Its sick if it stays Where it no longer lives Oh, how it fights to not die But it did and so it needs to Motionless in sky Emotionless, it hides And I ain't gonna die like that
8.
Thumb Spike 03:34
Painful mornings on the floor No remorse, no reward Just you, just me Can’t hear no other voices Can’t feel no other pain But your love Don’t wanna feel no other pain But your love Your love cuts Your love draws my blood Oh, you took all my money Head spins and sweat sheets Ain't seen my folks In forty-seven weeks But your love’s so sweet I’ll let you kill me Fate to cross the concrete sea Back and forth, endlessly You left me in the pouring rain Yeah, you left me in the snow You left me burning in the desert sun Now I got no place to go Yeah you know I left my happy home for you But when you hold me Every little thing is alright
9.
I am not adornments Joined on new walls I am torn muscle I am budding bruise The good pain While the deeper hurt Are these truths I am not a bridge No I am not two ends Not two ends that meet to make one I am white water I am awe at all angles oh, I am not held hands I’m not making plans No, I’m not your man I’m a goddamn conduit Girl, I’m piss and vinegar I am white water I am awe at all angles Awe at all angles Courting over dinner And a bottle of wine I said “You look real pretty And your haircut’s nice” For christ’s sake This is not living It's killing time My body’s in the cage But I’m in the sky
10.
Crux 04:53
Dare I name Electric Blue Stopped in my tracks The lost sum of dark math Dead chemicals shake Nerves fading late Taking too long to pass I can’t find the echo There’s no name for the chaos That crucified my heart and mind When she touched my face I wanted to die right there Not the death you come back from The death where you finally get rest My thousand voices screamed out for mercy Is this enough pain for your test? Say something I can feel the ghost Of castrated volts I can feel the throes Of a tortured wraith But I can’t find the echo Cause this can’t go on No, this can’t go on Past gone Moon gone Sun laughs Takes flesh Bones bleached Teeth bare Grinning eternal Peering eyelessly Into gaped mouth Of worm Blank slate Clean break Consciousness Goodbye
11.
Of sound mind In the storm’s eye It's a good time To raise a light And call it out: Through all these Black tears and ashes One day I’ll raise my house One day I’ll lay me down In a well-earned bed And sleep a worthy man’s rest While these arrows Will find many marks There’s only one that’s meant Yes only one, that’s what I said And darlin’ let me tell ya I’ll scream my beating heart out Just to say one more thing: I’ll rage my way home But I’m not going there alone Rage my way home But I’m not going there alone

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released October 14, 2019

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"...bursts with enthusiasm and rabid energy, as if Mastodon's apocalyptic visions were replaced with cosmic wonder." - PITCHFORK on 'Crux'

Moon Tooth released ‘CRUX’ on 3/29/19 on Modern Static Records; their second full-length album and follow up to 2016's critically acclaimed 'Chromaparagon'
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