This Season Needs Torches (LP​/​CD)

by Sweet Empire

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Released September 1st 2011 on CD and LP via Shield Recordings (sld043).
Recorded / mixed / mastered by: Nico v. Montfort (XPZ Sound)

Website: www.sweetempire.nl
Label: www.shieldrecordings.com

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released September 1, 2011

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Sweet Empire Amsterdam, Netherlands

Four friends, sharing a love of independent music, came together in the summer of 2008 to establish their own musical kingdom: Sweet Empire. They started to create songs that are melodic and playful, yet at the same time deadly serious. Bringing to mind bands like Descendents, and Dag Nasty among others. Sweet Empire has a strong on animal rights, the environment, politics, and religion. ... more

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Track Name: Western Gates
Close the gates before they crawl in
They’ll set fire to our ‘perfect’ system
Feed the angst for unknown things
Don’t let them in (2x)
He from the East is a lesser being
Don’t let them in (2x)

Another doctrine for the moving masses-
From he who ‘says what we think’
We close the lines for you!
An old solution for the needy classes
One that suits their errored knowledge
Why close frontiers for you?

His words are the truth for you;
a loyal follower of populistic views
Not knowing the acts he will start
You proudly gave your vote to him

Close the gates before they crawl in
They’ll terrorize our beloved system
Feed the angst for unknown things
Don’t let them in (2x)
Why believe such a foolish king?
Don’t let them in (2x)
How can we classify a lesser being?
Don’t let them in (2x)

Another doctrine for the moving masses-
From he who ‘says what we think’
We close the lines for you!
An old solution for the needy classes
One that suits their errored knowledge
Why close frontiers for you?
Track Name: On Fake Borders
“ I’ll never meet on your terms!”
They said in twofaced parade
“I don’t share your reliefs”
“I don’t share your beliefs”

Keep on building your walls – On fake borders and guard them with guns
Keep on throwing those silly rocks – Instead of talking, fire more bombs
You cannot stand the peace they seek – integrity is for the weak
You cannot stand their holy land – because it’s yours to keep

Bring up that conversation about history and gas chambers
But you know that that’s so out of place here

Build another wall – yet another wall (2x)
Not with bricks but with muslim skulls

Keep on building your walls – On fake borders and guard them with guns
Keep on throwing those silly rocks – Instead of talking, Fire more bombs
You’ll keep on throwing shit around and it never ends
You’ll keep on throwing dirt around and it never-never ends

You rather slit their throats than confessing you are wrong
You rather slit your throat than confessing you are wrong

Keep on building your walls – On fake borders and guard them with guns
Keep on throwing those silly rocks – Instead of talking, Fire more bombs
You’ll keep on throwing shit around and it never end.
You’ll keep on throwing dirt around will it ever-ever end
Track Name: Thank You
Our minds wrapped up in war
Set our eyes on shiny rivers
To feed the urge
Of possessing more and more

Place our herds in the same direction
Armies to seize your land.
For the sake of modern corporate lies
Truth’s sold out for good

Our minds wrapped up in war
Set our eyes on shiny rivers
To feed the urge
Of spilling blood and guts

We’ve run over many young lives
In need to seize your land
For the sake of modern religion
Truth’s been sold for goods

Just thank your god!
Follow the apparatus (2x)

Embrace our end we’ve set up so fast
Embrace the money we earned with bloodpacts
Lock and load until our world is dead
And thank your gods for that
Track Name: Pro-life vs pro-choice
Something’s growing inside you –A result of a violent night
Such a dirty deed of breaking in to you

Gotta get away
From the weight inside my head
It’s not murder
I need my life
No murder
It’s my life

The cancer keeps spreading- the doctor just said
All those months waiting in bed
The choice of no more pain – was so easily made
How much more do you think
Can a man take?

Gotta get away
There’s nothing left for me
It’s not murder
Don’t have a life
No murder
It’s my life

So You think you know what’s best for them,
Swallowing their pain- because pages decide it’s a sin
Pray on your cruel dogmas
You will face hell when ignored
A nice lesson for those boys of yours

You can’t see it clear now
‘cause the choices that you make
Are only based on ancient fucking rules
I wish you saw it clear now
That the practice that you preach
Is nothing but a lie

So You think you know what’s best for them,
Swallowing their pain- because pages decide it’s a sin
Pray on your cruel dogmas
You will face hell when ignored
A nice lesson for those boys of yours
Track Name: Torches
Fascist regime is in control
You cry but follow its rules
Maybe it’s not the time
To act so nice again

A place where your thoughts are wrong
No control over where you belong
This season need your torches
To burn the crown that kills your thoughts

You wanted love
But they cannot accept yours
‘cause you should live
Like your Caesars ordered you

Fascist regime is in control
You cried still follow its rules
Maybe it’s not the time
To act so nice again!

You wanted freedom
Let the media speak free
But they got their force on it
To keep their facts the truth
You crave for different words
Words that feed your ideas
But it’s never accepted
To step out of line

These places exist
Sadly everywhere
You can’t make me believe
That this is what we want?
Bow your head so desperately
Like a government mule
Why act so acceptive?
When it’s time to break the rules

This season needs torches
To bury any crowns
This season needs torches
To take back what is yours!
Track Name: Apathy
Our system’s going wrong
We’re choosing paths we don’t belong
And it’s slipping through our hands as the thoughts pass by

Heading towards the cliffs
I guess we stopped seeing em
With guns blazing around our sinful ears

We chose the easy way
To neglect hell
But the water’s rising
In our heaven now
To drown our mistakes
Our proudest industries
Is this the best plot we could create?
The best plot we’ve erased

As systems overload
We’re chasing different roads
Instead of fixing all the problems we create

Fire away at will
Keep steady in the drill
Because they’ll fire you if you don’t follow close

Let’s drown our mistakes
Our proudest industries
Is this the best plot we could create?
The best plot we’ve erased

We turn our backs to the mighty sea – forget about the shouting
We close our eyes for the timid tide that foretells our drowning
Why the hell are we so proud? So proud of fucking what?

20 years from now
And I hope it’s nothing
20 years from now
I hope it’s nothing
But it’s better left in doubt
Than in state of apathy
I’d rather choose doubt
Than your act of apathy
Track Name: Emma
This sight took all your dreams away
Not a free world but a masquerade
Too many presidents who said:
“Let’s kill the sons I never had”

An oppressed nest’s where you’re coming from
You refused the plan that was made for you
A little girl who kept on dreaming of
the promised free world - not free at all

(And he said)
“Let’s kill the sons I never had”
Not a metaphor
But the men he sent to death in war to loose their heads
It’s all broken promises in (an) ignorant debate!

An oppressed nest’s where you’re coming from
You refused the plan that was made for you
A little girl who kept on dreaming of
the promised free world - not free at all

You’ve come a long way (3x)
To fight the treason of the lot

This sight took all your dreams away
Expression vs. Oppression
Intelligence lost from ignorance
This sight took all your dreams away

An oppressed nest’s where you’re coming from.
You refused the plan that was made for you
A little girl who kept on dreaming of
the promised free world - not free at all

Do you think it Works? Your ‘anarchy’ plot?
I wished it would work, but our minds stay locked
But remember you did well
Dear Emma you did well
Red Emma your ideals will stay and in our hearts we will always say:
“Don’t let this sight take all your dreams away”
“Don’t let this sight take all your dreams away”.
Track Name: Dirt
Rows and rows of meat we’ll keep on buying
We’re always so passive to make any change
But I wish we would make a stand
By rejecting the dirt we eat

Mutilation
Beyond recognition
Hamburgers
To fill the filthy mouths with

We are all guilty- by messing with things we cannot mess with
But with our rules of playing god- we just end up killing a lot
‘Cause we created a system that eventually kills all of us
Release the viruses because we like our bacon so much
And if you see through it – you cannot deny
That it’s all so immoral but the reasons are covered with lies

Drink blood
Eat bone
Baked corpse
For ill souls
Just drink blood
And eat bone
Feed the blind
Into sick souls

It’s a system that kills all of us
Release the viruses because we like our bacon so fucking much
And if you see through it – you cannot deny
That it’s all so immoral but the reasons are covered with lies

Rows and rows of meat we’ll keep on buying
We always so passive to make any change
But I wish we would make a stand
By rejecting the dirt we eat (3x)
By rejecting…
Track Name: Poisoned Heritage
The cracks are crumbling in your history now
New facts – new faces
Messing up what you so desperately
and gravely created

But with the ages we found more and more
Evidence about earlier man and his steps
And with the ages we tracked down more and more
To defy what was always said

The cross has been carried far too long
With failed crusades for unknown sins
Can we dig up what was lost?
In those blackened centuries
Let the separation become complete
No more gods to kill for and to please
Can we escape- this blackened century?

Let’s erase the traces
Of their shallow and repulsive deeds
That build their nation

But with the ages we found more and more
Evidence about earlier man and his steps
And with the ages we tracked down more and more
To defy what was always said

This cross has been carried far too long
With failed crusades for unknown sins
Can we dig up what was lost?
In those blackened centuries
Let the separation become complete
No more gods to kill for and to please
Can we escape
Can we escape- this blackened century?

New words on paper
Against old words on stones
Preacher against debater
Another throne against another throne.

Aren’t we many years too late
to discuss what to eliminate?
Wouldn’t we become just as bad
If we stole the voices from them?
Track Name: Medicines
Blocking out different transmitters
And popping pills at their command
Thanks to the patent pending
Greed and medicine walk hand in hand

But they say they make you better…
They said they’d make me better…

Blocking out all competition
Keep popping pills at their command
Thanks to the patent pending
Our choice is forced down to one brand

Their aid(s) comes with a price
An ironic genocide.
‘Cause with the prices they set
Another man is compelled to death.
Pushed on from the critics’ side:
It’s time for a grand confession
That the healing‘s not important
And your firm withholds progression

They keep on chasing
What is on our minds
They keep on chasing
Use everything they can find
Until we think we cannot function
Without their products we would fall behind
Commercial manipulation
was never so refined
Commercial manipulation
was never so refined

Their aid(s) comes with a price
An ironic genocide.
‘Cause with the prices they set
Another man is compelled to death.
Pushed on from the critics’ side:
It’s time for a grand confession
That the healing’s not important
And your firm withholds progression
Track Name: Ties, Lies & Suitcases
Your great ‘smile’ seems weird to me
When our puny lives are based on fear
Yet your actions speak so clear
Plant your pride and get outta here

But hey, you are not to blame
Obeying the rules of this playfield – seems only sane.

Enfolded in a suit so nice
You promise companies their low-tax paradise
Forget the people carrying the stones
The temple you call on ‘s the holy Dow Jones

But hey, you are not to blame
When working in this playfield – it seems only sane
(woo) Not to share the stolen coins
(woo) Not to look at the bottom source
(woo) Let them bleed for a simple Band-Aid
(woo) so your study mates receive their upgrades

I guess I could see this differently
But your neo-liberal politics are such a sham(e) to me
‘Cause there’s one important thing I learned as a kid
“Always share even if it’s all you got”
All you got
Track Name: No Road Untraveled
Looking back on the miles we traveled
And all the protest songs we sang
Am I fooling myself we changed something?
Or is this just the way we cope with things?
I don’t care much about ambition
Except for the chords that need to be played
Some will say it’s a dead end road
But I’m not afraid to sail away

(Leave - no road – untraveled )

Take my hand
Escape the depression you’re in

There’s time for raising fists
And time to drink
There’s time to think about
Which paths need to be changed

(Leave- no road – untraveled )

Take my hand
Escape the depression you’re in
I got trouble seeing the world as it is
On the other hand I’ve got no trouble to live (2x)

Leave no road untraveled (2x)

Take a rest when you’re stuck in too deep
Don’t let your problems drown you asleep
Sometimes we need time reinventing the wind
That sets our sails away.
Just take my hand
Escape the depression you’re in
We got trouble seeing the world as it is
On the other hand we got no trouble to live

Take my hand
Escape the depression you’re in
We got trouble seeing the world as it is
On the other hand We’ve got no trouble to live (2x)

Leave no road untraveled