I am the ghost,
of haunting hope,
a trailing phantom,
some withering wisp of smoke,
slipping by.
And these are my words,
flung through the sky,
trailing red like a cape,
longing to fly,
on this, their thirteenth try.
This prison of mine,
is to carry alone,
the light of one red sun,
beneath my skin,
and never, ever go home.
To watch the ravens fly,
so very far, far away.

Fortress of solitude,
I’ll stay here, I’ll make you all believe.
And if my words have forked no lightning,
never shall I sleep again.

With sickening speed,
red hearts on blue sleeves,
The bullets of your words,
could scarcely set their teeth into me.
But I am made frail,
in one single bound,
my traitorous soil,
slings me so far down,
without a sound,
to watch the ravens fly,
so very far, far away.

Fortress of solitude,
I’ll stay here, I’ll make you all believe.
And if my words have forked no lightning,
never shall I sleep again.

Never going to stop, not a break in my stride,
never let this cancer eat from inside,
raise the flag high with fists to the sky,
I’ll finish this, or this is good-bye.
Spies, to the right set their claws to kill me,
lies from the left clasp their jaws on the guilty,
I’ll break free, I’ll break free,
just you watch me.
So discouraged, so dismayed,
see the poison, dripping from their blades.
There is lightning, left in these words,
I will still fly, rising with the birds.
I have carried the sun in my skin,
I cannot stop, I can not win.
Forked tongues, forcing me to kneel,
as if I was no man made of steel.
What if these weak words, that I have tripped on,
sing that I am the last son of Krypton?
I hate you all.
I hate you all.
This will never sleep.

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    General CommentOff Jesusfreakhideout.com, straight from Reese's mouth.

    "I tried to use a lot of Superman imagery, because what this song is really about is my own unobtainable struggles with achieving perfection.The main reason this album took so long to make, is because I thought that the more of its production that I could control, the better it would be. But that didn't prove to be true. I've never had the ability to sit in the basement every night after work and make music, and in some ways this was great, not having to answer to a label, or anyone else. The problem is that I had to be the only gatekeeper of what I felt should be allowed to go on the album, and so I became obsessive about it.I felt like my whole musical history up to this point had been laden with mistakes, so I had to try to make this album perfect.It's not that I hated any of our fans, it's just that when some kid gets your number off of the internet and keeps calling you to ask if you are going to get Five Iron back together, it puts all of your failure under a microscope.What I hated, at the time, was myself, and that voice in my head that kept telling me that i wasn't good enough, or the songs weren't going to make it. So this song was me fighting that.I made a pretty song, and then destroyed it. Originally, this song had an actual voice mail from that kid calling me, but we took it off, because I wouldn't want that guy to think that I was saying I hated him. (It was Andy on the album version, pitch corrected to sound like a 12 year old). Yeah, I want him to stop calling me, but more than that, I want something that we can only achieve in death, and that is for God to say 'Well done, my good and faithful servant.' And know that I tried my hardest. To know that we don't have to be like Superman, heck... even Captain America *wink*, but maybe to settle for just being Spider-man. Just to know that even though life sucks, you get up each new day, and make tomorrow a better place for somebody else in this world." - Reese Roper
    christianpunk20on May 22, 2009   Link

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