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Artwork by Sebastian Robles using "Deep Forest" by Elizabeth DuPlessis

Mastered by Ralph Maier

I. Enemy

Love me, my enemy, my foe.

I show myself to you

Even though your gaze betrays and corrodes

You see me clearly; me you know

So much so I fear you when we’re alone.

We alone, we alone

I fear you when we’re alone

We alone, we alone

I fear you when we’re alone.


 

II. Mentor

Lit roads are a dream to me now

Since you hold me in your mocking, devil’s,

cocky, knowing eyes.

You fogged up the wood

With your flattering promise of a throne.

I wish that my heart would beat faster than yours

But it won’t and it shows

Oh in lack of love, oh, it shows.

 

I would pierce your heart right through

Hear you gasp and watch you lose

Sit you down and know you’re glued

To this old world and its solitude

I would laugh at your blanket competence

Against real love you’d be left with no defence

But my coward’s heart 

Cowers in its home.

 

A fiend holds all the love

When heroes fail to look women in their lovely, judging,

holy, cutting eyes.

You tell me the bed

Would take away my shame and heal my soul.

Who do I believe?

When virtue leads to a trembling spine and a thorn...

Leads to weakness and to a thorn.

 

I would pierce your heart right through

Hear you gasp and watch you lose

Sit you down and know you’re glued

To this old world and its solitude

I would laugh at your blanket competence

Against real love you’d be left with no defence

But my coward’s heart 

Cowers in its home.

 

You guide my steps toward victory

Like a father.

I follow you without fee

Like a son - but carefully -

For our souls notice naught

‘Til they’re sold.

 

Now I flee on burning legs

But I’m not free; cause you’re in my bags

I cleaned my clothes, and prayed you’d gone;

But I’m your abode as I carry on.


 

III. Friend

What now, this a lady?

Asks me, would I maybe

Come alive just for a moment -

Give love a try as an atonement?

 

I oblige.

 

What if I could please you?

Would you smile if I do?

Could one night brighten one morning

Till I must fly and break what’s forming?

 

I can try.

I’ll try.


 

IV. God

Warm my blood up, my God.

Make me love;

Make me want a lofty thing.

I’ve forgotten you -

How do you look again?

You smell so far away.

 

I look to my own enemy

For all the things that come from you:

All your levity, tranquility, always steadily, calm-headedly,

In your steadiness, readiness, decisiveness, and heaviness

Fix my cowardice, I’m passionless

Give me love, give me love, give me love, give me love, make me love!

 

...while I still search for you,

Lest I stay stuck in my bed

And dream of ending things.

My foe waits for me

And if I’m to flee away,

You are the only place.

 

I belong to my enemy.

Tell me I’m wrong or judge me doomed.

Show me levity, tranquility, always steadily, calm-headedly,

In your steadiness, readiness, decisiveness, and heaviness

Fix my cowardice, I’m passionless

Give me love, give me love, give me love, give me love, make ME LOVE!

 

Love,

come - down - here.

 

I once loved you and called you protector

You made my heart earth and spirit iron

I didn’t want to be son to a spectre

So I stopped deepening now do I yearn

For at least confidence in what I believe

Truth seems lost along with the bliss of certainty

I’m only with you cause everywhere else is

More wrong more dead more broken more vile than this

Nothing here satisfies my ravenousness

I try to make my friends into you no less

So my eyes can see what should be inside of me

Why don’t I see what should be inside of me?

 

Live or let me leave,

Live.


 

V. Brother

Love me my brother, my friend.

I show myself to you

Even though who I’ve become is a toad

You say you don’t care about these things

You’re happy to see me

And you’ll love me

No matter what, no matter

You’ll love me no matter what

No matter what, no matter

You’ll love me no matter what.