Your Opinion Is Forfeit

by Standard Issue Citizen

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The debut album from Standard Issue Citizen, Your Opinion Is Forfeit, is a collection of material from the group’s first 3-4 years. It is representative of the band’s formative years and sound.

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released December 19, 2010

Music: Standard Issue Citizen
Lyrics: Tim Mizerak
Mixed: Isaac Glendening
Mastered: Ted Phelps

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Standard Issue Citizen Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Standard Issue Citizen has shared their brand of industrial music across the Northeast and Midwest US since 2007. They have shared the stage with many acts including Assemblage 23, Grendel, Aesthetic Perfection, Nachtmahr, Hanzel und Gretyl, Psyclon 9, iVardensphere, The Ludovico Technique, Slick Idiot, and Surgyn. SIC has remixed artists such as Interface, The Spider Lilies, MyParasites and more! ... more

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Track Name: A World You Despise
I’m one of the lucky ones
My turmoil is internal where it can be controlled
I’m one of the lucky ones
Don’t you want to be just like me?

The message seems lost here
There’s no admission of the critical fault
Do what you want, there’s no one to stop you
But oh, how I’ve always admired that way you fall

SYSTEM FAILURE
We will rise
FATAL ERROR
We will defy
Hear this message, you are alive
No longer a slave to a world you despise

You want a piece of this moment
As you watch the towers fall on your TV screen
Here’s your invitation; let us know who you want to be
“As the crowds gathered in protest…”
The haze that blurs your morning vision
Surrounds ideals you can’t achieve
Once you let go of all control
The faded truth will be perceived

SYSTEM FAILURE
We will rise
FATAL ERROR
We will defy
Hear this message, you are alive
No longer a slave to a world you despise

Crime is a lie
Everybody gets on the wrong side
Have you ever sold a piece of yourself?
Top dollar – there is no one else

Even as I watched my second-class existence
Fade from the eyes of passers-by
I have found value inside
As the ghost that sees you beyond

Blindness is a disease, mirrors reflect the tragedy

SYSTEM FAILURE
We will rise
FATAL ERROR
We will defy
Hear this message, you are alive
No longer a slave to a world you despise

Crime is a lie
Everybody gets on the wrong side
Have you ever sold a piece of yourself?
Top dollar – there is no one else

Give a piece of your soul
Let’s lose control
And never forget where the end comes from
And never forget where the end comes from
Track Name: Inclosure
My heart is like a black box, beating to the last drop
Capturing her image inside of me
It gets harder;
Each and every angle distorts us
Like missing someone you never want to see again

As darkness spreads its wings to fly on by
Like angels, like lightning ‘cross a fiery sky
I will be free, hope is in me
I’ve never felt more courage than I do right now

Juvenile,
I was just a child
I want you to be the end of my innocence
The cause of my experience

I’m in love with a victim
The angel with the dark, inviting eyes
I have a hollow record bought; details
‘bout the night my burning scars wore holes within
It was only for love’s sake (only through heartache)

I follow all the signs that tell me not to say a word
Because my hope and desire is engendered in her
It’s a weakness
Eating me alive
Every compromise scathes like a bloodied razor

Your warm embrace is a wish that’s part of me
A falling out of grace that no one cares to see
I’ve waited all my life just to meet someone like you
And now you tear it all away

I didn’t want you to love me
I was happy
I was happy
Just to know you
Track Name: It Lies In Dust
Empty grounds, mortars and ashes, the waste of seven hollow years
Shattered domes of the faithful, gather the faithless, instill fear
Hear the sound of eradication fill the air

I felt the waves pass through me
Like the dance we shared before
It is the memory that keeps me pulling through

I saw these moonlit fighters
Cast their glare upon the city
Where only man and demons dwell

Soft embraces carry me
Through winter sunlight-summer breeze
There is no danger in my mind
Only the will to see you

It feels like I possess you

Even as darkness unfolds
In battlefields, I’m not alone
The cross that they carry me on
Lies in dust

I know that you are waiting still
Beneath carbon skies, iron-willed
The ending where we both belong
Lies in dust

It lies in dust

It feels like I possess you
Track Name: Heroes
They wait for you to stumble, one misstep
To seize upon the pain you try to forget
The dwelling demons keeping you awake
For every little mistake that you make

You’ve wandered here all alone
Seeking solace through our ghosts
Holding fast to the dreams we’ve sewn
But even heroes don’t come close

We’ve only just begun
A hundred years, come and gone
Another dire consequence
Another fear that won’t relent
Another path you’ve yet to find
To leave the nightmare far behind
With every step you seem to decline
Progress constantly in rewind
(With every step you seem to decline
Progress constantly in rewind)

You’ve wandered here all alone
Seeking solace through our ghosts
Holding fast to the dreams we’ve sewn
But even heroes don’t come close
You will learn and find the strength
To carry on without restraint
There’s no life that you can’t lead
And no vision that can’t be seen

Your heroes
(Were once just like you)
Just like you…just like you, now…just like you

You’ve wandered here all alone
Seeking solace through our ghosts
Holding fast to the dreams we’ve sewn
But even heroes don’t come close
You will learn and find the strength
To carry on without restraint
There’s no life that you can’t lead
And no vision that can’t be seen
…Learn and find the strength
…Carry on without restraint
There’s no life that you can’t lead
All you have to do is believe
Track Name: The Last Remnant
They show us our future on TV
Broadcasting the things that they want us to believe
Well sayonara satellites
No one device can exorcise
Our capacity is just like rolling the dice

I see a vision of psychomachy
I feel a battle within
Is this morality a part of me?
Am I a product of sin?
The argument; virtue versus vice
Our capacity is just like rolling the dice

I felt the reason, felt alone
Felt the things I’ve never known
Just a mess, I confess,
There’s nothing left but my own will
I struggle to survive
Holding emptiness inside
And now I’m letting go

What use are guiding lights cast over a barren wasteland?
No use impersonating life when you are the last remnant
We must cleanse the values that remain
We must not let this all end in vain

They show us our future on TV
Broadcasting the things that they want us to believe
Well sayonara satellites
No one device can exorcise
Our capacity is just like rolling the dice
Track Name: Lolicon
Crossing paths in an evening parking lot
Only one shopper, only one package bought
She asks me if I’m new in town
I’m passing through, but I say I’ve been around
She says, “My monster has a face unlike any other
Toothy grin – expectant hunger.”
Favor the taste unripe; lives intertwined
Savor: no haste once one commits the crime

I tie her down and take a long look into her eyes
They are willing but afraid at the same time
Disenchanted with the world she used to love
She gives away to the man who stands above
Now she’s sitting with her knees pulled up to her chest
Breathing hard; choking back tears of regret
No going back, no forgetting what she now knows
She’ll never be the girl she was just a few hours ago

I promised you the world
Even as sirens call for surrender, I won’t give in
You hold something I can’t let go
‘til the day I am falling out of love again

I cry to forget her love
It’s like the last time
Her pain, it makes me feel alive
She lets me get away with everything
Let go let go let go now

I cross these fields, feeling the weight in my arms
Cold shelter, away from their howls
Giving chase, through the woods at night
I don’t know who to call
These voices keep telling me
There’s only one truth in which to believe
A deathly silence spews from her mouth
I think I’ve found a way out

I promised you the world
Even as sirens call for surrender, I won’t give in
You hold something I can’t let go
‘til the day I am falling out of love again
Track Name: Still-Life
Trees fading down the parkway
Both windows wide open
Watching fireworks in the sky

Open road, pulls me closer
Like I’m the only special one
Soft vibrato takes me home

Like a small addiction
Soothing my tender nerves
There comes a time when I cannot be alone anymore

My catalyst for agony
Comes in shapes on a wall
Cast by passing headlights
I watch the shadows fall

Tearing at my skin again I wanna
Give strength to all who come to me
With what word may I try to appease
Resolution nigh, where comes her reply?

Consecration’s afforded me no deceit
Burning images into my skin, I believe
There’s a whisper hanging in the air
And just maybe, just maybe it’s meant for me

You hold me to the light
Just like a child
You are the only one
Above the scorn

There is no trust
No loyalty
My love is dying
I watch it pass

There is no trust
No more loyalty
My love is dying
I watched it pass

She’s much too beautiful for me
(Perfect girls are traps-in-waiting)
She’s much too beautiful for me
(I will not fight for her)
She’s much too beautiful for me
(This is the end of all sorrow)
She’s much too beautiful for me
Track Name: The Truant God
This is too much for mankind to survive

This is too much for mankind to survive
Lily petals wilting slowly in the hand that is not awake
I cry, in crass mutterings,
“I miss the ever present sense of dignity in your
self-noting, berating lack of emotional responsibility.”

This time there’s no reason to be afraid
This time there’s no atonement to be made
This time I’ll pass the sacrament to you

The dark inhibited one has no message to share
No fear, no second-guessing in the pulpit of despair
There’s enough strength inside of us to combat the ills of our world
Can you hear the voice that delineates between right and wrong?
There is no reason for a God at all

The truant god, not a matter of time
Man is not a machine, our sins can never be cleansed

The truant god, just a matter of time
Man is not a machine, our sins can never be reprogrammed
Track Name: Painkiller
One wish—lit like candles
shines into night
Always a dream, always a silent fantasy

See your fear subside
Subtle tears that wash away
A simple blessing, a promise told
The weight of words on fate unfolds
Whispering the way to salvation
The path you traverse is worn by the travel of those gone before
And now the night calls your name

We’ll watch the lights illuminate
And we’ll see golden reflections upon the water along the way

Seeking higher ground
Running far away
It’s just you and me now
Don’t let go