"The Warning" as written by and Michael Trent/harris Robinson....
Some say it was a warning
Some say it was a sign
I was standing right there
When it came down from the sky
The way it spoke to us
You felt it from inside
Said it was up to us
Up to us to decide

You've become a virus
That has eaten up its host
We've been watching you with all of our eyes
And what you seem to value most

So much potential
Or so we used to say
Your greed, self importance, and your arrogance
You piss it all away

We heard a cry
We've come to intervene
You will change your ways, and you will make amends
Or we will wipe this place clean

Your time is tick-tick-ticking away
Your time is tick-tick-ticking away
Your time is tick-tick-ticking away
Your time is tick-tick-ticking away
Your time is tick-tick-ticking away
Your time is tick-tick-ticking away
Ticking away


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"The Warning" as written by Jacob S. Sinclair Adam C. Blake

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    General CommentThis may sound far off for some of you, but for you that believe...this is for you...

    I was standing right there
    When it came down from the sky

    It will happen on a day when we least expect it.
    It will seem like any other day.
    UFOs will come down from the sky to give us a message.

    The way it spoke to us
    You felt it from inside

    Aliens use Telepathy to speak to us, you hear it from the inside of your mind, not from your ears.

    Said it was up to us
    Up to us to decide

    Its up to us to decide if we will work with or against them.

    You've become a virus
    That has eaten up its host

    Humans destroying the Earth
    Using its resources in the wrong way

    We've been watching you with all of our eyes
    And what you seem to value most

    The Grays have been watching us for thousands of years, observing from the heavens.

    So much potential
    Or so we used to say
    Your greed, self importance, and your arrogance
    You piss it all away

    They gave us a chance, they let us choose our path in life. We wasted it, on the rate we are going now, the Earth will cease to exist.

    We heard a cry
    We've come to intervene
    You will change your ways and you will make amends
    Or we will wipe this place clean

    They hear the cry of Mother Earth. They will come to intervene before we go too far. They will make us change our ways because they will soon own this planet.
    They will wipe this place clean because they will inhabit Earth, with or without us.

    You decide.

    Your time is tick-tick-ticking away

    Its just a matter of time before this happens.
    Laugh now, but when that time comes, you will think what was written here and think...weird, that guy was right!
    McDong2007on April 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo doubt this is about "The Presence", nice track, album shall be spectacular.
    Soldier1288on April 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    MemoryIn the middle of my never-ending job search, I got a really shitty performance review. After glowing reviews for five years, everything felt like it was falling apart. This song reminded me of what they were telling me: "So much potential...We've been watching you with all of our eyes. You will change your ways, and you will make amends...Your time is tick-tick-ticking away."
    stephanie5on July 30, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe way it spoke to us*

    Lyric fixes:

    So much potential, or so we used to say*
    Your greed, self-importance, and your arrogance*

    We heard a cry*
    You will change your ways and you will make amends*

    Listen carefully.
    Lodyon April 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentobv about the presence. they even moved that bit with the spectrograph picture of it from the mvh leak to this song.
    maybellineon April 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love how raw this song is. When I first heard it at the listening party, i was blown away as everything clashed melodically. As far as the lyrics, what if it was written like this,

    Some say it was a warning
    Some say it was a sign
    I was standing right there
    When it came down from the sky
    The way it spoke to us
    You felt it from inside
    Said it was up to us
    Up to us to decide

    "You've become a virus
    That has eaten up its host
    We've been watching you with all of our eyes
    And what you seem to value most"

    "So much potential
    Or so we used to say
    Your greed, self importance, and your arrogance
    You piss it all away"

    "We heard a cry
    We've come to intervene
    You will change your ways and you will make amends
    Or we will wipe this place clean"

    "Your time is tick-tick-ticking away"

    In other words, The Presence has always been around but it has finally made an appearance. Everything in quotation marks are the words coming from what it had to say. The last part as far as "you will change your ways and you will make amends//or we will wipe this place clean// your time is tick-tick-ticking away" can be the very warning right before the world was bombed, not necessarily by armed forces but by something a little higher, like the presence. I know it's a little out there but why else would the presence be presented to us if it did not play a key role in the storyline.
    desiredroseon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentokay maybe it was a little TOO out there. but it would be pretty different if all this time everyone's so caught up in what's going on with their war and so on that they were hit from a different side.

    oh well, it's wrong, but year zero is fucking brilliant.
    desiredroseon April 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn it. i think i'm over analyzing this one song but if you listen to "In this Twilight" and hear:

    watch the sun,
    as it crawls across a final time
    >>>>and it feels like,
    like it was a friend.
    it is watching us,
    and the world we set on fire
    do you wonder,
    if it feels the same?
    desiredroseon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General Comment**sorry i accidentally deleted what came after that but..**

    the lines above can still be in regards to the presence and the fact that it was the presence that actually ended it all. so when zero-sum states:

    "They're starting to open up the sky, they're starting to reach down through.
    It feels like we're living in that split second of a car crash.
    And time is slowing down, and if we'd only had a little more time than this,"

    Everyone's finally realizing that the world's problems with each other was unnecessary because it would just bring destruction. The Beginning of the End can be used as the intro to the storyline. Survivalism, Capital G, and Meet Your Master can be "the body of the essay" that explains to us how we are adding to the end like the uprising of a Demigod and the rebellion of The Resistance. In this case, we wouldn't know that it was coming because we would feel like we Control everything and even a "Warning" like the presence wouldn't scare us because we are so engulfed with ourselves.

    Trent can just use the presence in a metaphorical way and compare it to the green house effect, the limited supplies that we will have to deal with, or the constant mini wars that are coming from all over the place.

    To wrap it all up In This Twilight and Zero-Sum are the conclusion to this album or story. We are under the impression that the end really did come but because Trent is still going on about a second album to add to Year Zero, this might be the start of something completely different. Like a world after the Presence has restored some kind of balance or honest scare leaving only the innocent behind.
    desiredroseon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe concept of the rapture that people have concocted based on the book of Revelations reminds me completely of this and Zero-Sum. The rapture theory is that everyone who believed would be taken up to Heaven and the ones who did not would be left on earth during the tribulations.

    I think the second album will be about all those that were left after "the rapture" of sorts.

    Either that, or the moments in Zero-Sum are all a parepin induced dream.
    scarecrow826on April 08, 2007   Link

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