All my senses rebel
Under the scrutiny of their persistent gaze.
It took a lifetime to get here,
A journey I'll never make again.

For those who have accepted the burden of shame.
For the innocent only guilt will remain
And our lives will be forced to accommodate
The perpetrators of our own bastard race.

All my senses rebel
Under the scrutiny of their persistent gaze.
It took a lifetime to get here,
A journey I'll never make again.

I stand accused of a thousand and one crimes.
A witness to events that led up to this present time.
These traditions, which bind our hands and keep us tied,
Will never survive the greater test of time.

Deliver me from these feverish eyes
That threaten to unbalance my state of mind.
For I must confess only to the smallest of crimes.
A sense of guilt.



Lyrics submitted by Iberian85

"The Trial" as written by Lisa Germaine Gerrard, Brendan Michael Perry, Scott Rodger, Peter Lawrence Ulrich, Gus Ferguson, James E. Pinker

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing

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    General Comment:Christ? Socrates? Everyman?
    meudwenon May 07, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:the title "The Trial" must be a reference to Kafka's novel. the protagonist Josef K lives in a dystopian state in which tyranny is maintained by all-pervasive surveillance, leading to increasingly absurd complications. merely getting to trial can indeed seem to take "a lifetime," and expecting a fair trial would be regarded as naivete.

    in Brendan Perry's treatment of these themes, I suspect he intended to comment on more-recent political developments, not merely to recapitulate Kafka. in this he would seen to be prescient.

    (BTW, a band--which also happened to be based in the UK--was called Josef K, and my username is partially a tribute to a Josef K song...but that's another story)
    foreverdroneon August 26, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:To me, he could also be talking about the fact that new generations have to carry the burden of guilt and pay for the mistakes the older generations have done.
    InBetweenTheLineson April 18, 2012   Link

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