Covenant: United States Of Mind (2000)

Like Tears In Rain

Go to the empire state and watch the city lights,
Hear the noise of millions struggle in the sprawl,
Stare into the sky, we're few and far between:
Black eyes full of stars, wide with memories.

Every street I ever walked,
Every home I ever had,
Is lost.

Every flower I ever held,
Every spring I ever had,
Has dried.

Every man I ever knew,
Every woman I ever had,
Is gone.

Everything I ever touched,
Every thing I ever had,
Has died.

Lie down in the park and watch the satellites,
Hear the children sing just a breath away,
Dance in the heavy air along the interstate,
Black lung full of fumes, choke on memories.

Every street I ever walked,
Every home I ever had,
Is lost.

Every flower I ever held,
Every spring I ever had,
Has dried.

Every man I ever knew,
Every woman I ever had,
Is gone.

Everything I ever touched,
Every thing I ever had,
Has died.


No Man's Land

I don't wanna let you go before i understand.
I don't wanna let you go to the no man's land.
I don't wanna let you go, I want to hold your hand.
I don't wanna let you go to the no man's land.


Afterhours

I have devils on my mind
And the hour's getting late.
There's nothing more to have,
I'm waiting for the day.
The weeks are passing by,
Thinking of the days.
I want to burn myself again,
I want to violate you.
I want you to hurt me again.

I'm never gonna waste your time again,
Burn your love tonight.
I'm never gonna waste your time again,
We can touch the stars tonight.

I have devils in my mind,
They refuse to set me free.
My followers in crime,
But you're the one I fear.
Hiding from your eyes,
Thinking of your skin,
I want to burn myself again,
I want to violate you.
I want you to hurt me again.

I'm never gonna waste your time again,
Burn your love tonight.
I'm never gonna waste your time again,
We can touch the stars tonight.


Helicopter

Twenty years ago I rode
By helicopter to the sky.
I laughed at gravitation,
For a moment I was free.

They say I never landed.
You know they may be right.
It looks better from above,
With some distance in between.

To leave is never easy,
Perhaps it shouldn't be.
But return is even harder.
Yes, to return is harder still.

I often dream of flying
Far above the city streets.
I beat my wings and leave
For Cairo or New York.

I can go to many places,
But there's no one there to meet.
And the sky is a lonely place -
Just me and the silent clouds...

To leave is never easy,
Perhaps it shouldn't be.
But return is even harder.
Yes, to return is harder still.


Tour De Force

You burn the ground to hold your position.
You ran away if I came too close.
You kept track of balance and pressure,
All the dreams and desires.
I want some more.

Red...
Black...
Green for the jackpot.

Take you down,
I wanna take you down,
I wanna take you down with me.

We had the motion, we had the grace,
We had a sense of time and place.
We wrote the rules, we played the game,
And it would never be the same.
It was the beauty while we played.
We played to win but no one did.
We grew old, we moved ahead
From dance hall days for higher stakes.

You spun the wheel to keep my attention.
You danced away if I missed a beat.
You were queen of present and future,
I was king and cavalier
On our tour de force.

Red...
Black...
Green for the jackpot.

Take you down,
I wanna take you down,
I wanna take you down with me.

We had the motion, we had the grace,
We had a sense of time and place.
We wrote the rules, we played the game,
And it would never be the same.
It was the beauty while we played.
We played to win but no one did.
We grew old, we moved ahead
From dance hall days for higher stakes.


Unforgiven

I think,
You are
Not my friend.

I think,
You're not
On my side.

I think,
I was
Far and blind.

I think,
I made
A mistake.

You try to sneak behind my back,
But trust can not be stolen.
Friendship must be earned and affection's not for sale.
I know you want respect,
But contempt is all you get from me.
We are
Forever unforgiven.

You call me a traitor,
But you are a snake.
An eye for an eye,
And a tooth for a tooth.

I think,
You are
In too deep.

I think,
You're not
What you seem.

I think,
I have
Been a fool.

I think,
I should
Take more care.

You try to sneak behind my back,
But trust can not be stolen.
Friendship must be earned and affection's not for sale.
I know you want respect,
But contempt is all you get from me.
We are
Forever unforgiven.


Humility

Behold the beauty that surrounds us.
See the wonders we take for granted.
Roam the world in all her glory.
Sail the seas and climb the mountains.
Discover things you never knew.
Be happy that you're alive.

So many reasons to remain.
So many people to embrace.
So many stories to be told.
So many errors to correct.

Turn your gaze towards the moon,
Even further if you dare.
Turn your face towards the sun,
And be grateful that it's there.

Behold the beauty we have made us,
All the wonders that we created.
See the cities of the ancients
In the deserts and the jungles.
See the truth you always knew,
Be happy that you're alive.

So many reasons to remain.
So many people to embrace.
So many questions to be asked.
So many answers to be found.

Turn your gaze towards the moon,
Even further if you dare.
Turn your face towards the sun,
And be grateful that it's there.


Dead Stars

Eins, zwei, drei, vier...

We find our songs
In fashion magazines.
We read the story
In the morning papers.

I touch their hearts,
And they touch my skin.
I'm on your screen,
And you are just so wide.

Put us on display
For everyone to see.
We write the words
For all to understand.

Though I get my kicks,
It's slowly wasting me.
Don't try to be an artist,
I try to be a man.

Dead stars still burn.
Dead stars still burn.
Dead stars still burn.
Dead still... stars burn...

We find ourselves
In pictures on the net,
Blinded by science,
Addicted to devotion.

I'm in your hold,
Eager to abuse.
My favourite game,
I suffer from misuse.

I just want to know
The man in front of them,
To read their minds
For me to understand.

Though I get my kicks,
It's slowly wasting me.
Don't try to be an artist,
I try to be a man.

Dead stars still burn.
Dead stars still burn.
Dead stars still burn.
Dead still... stars burn...


One World One Sky

One world...
One sky...
We live...
We die...


Still Life

The muffled beat of distant music someone celebrates,
It's hunting season urbanised, I wish I could be there.
Warmth and laughter, the right amount of danger, -
Johnnie Walker wisdom as Cohen used to say.

But it's pouring down with rain...
Do you remember?
Are you alive?
Do you still speak of deeds undone?

I used to be immortal, I was innocent as a child.
My vision was unlimited, I saw rivers on the Moon.
I had important things to say, can't remember what they were.
Of all the things I did, none had been done before.

But achievements never last...
Do you recall?
Do you dream?
Do you still need company?

I had a friend who knew the language, the language of the future.
I'm told he lost his mind, they say he went away -
Navigating empty streets, astray among the lost,
A shadow in the corner of a stranger's eye.

But there's nothing left to learn...
Do you count the years?
Do you breathe?
Do you still watch the sunrise?

My ambition took me further than I ever dreamt.
I don't even need a mirror anymore.
The penthouse pool is full of ice.
It should be flowers, winter came too soon.

But you never liked to swim...
Do you feel safe?
Are you happy?
Do you still know my name?