Your Opinion Is Forfeit

by Standard Issue Citizen

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1.
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
2.
Inclosure 05:14
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
3.
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
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Heroes 04:48
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
5.
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
6.
Lolicon 05:39
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
7.
Still-Life 04:30
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
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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
10.
Painkiller 04:20
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

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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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