"The Spectacle of Fearsome Acts" as written by and Andrew Albert Schwab Randy Michael Torres....
Take hold your fate in your hands
Your payment, in time, will demand
With fruit that’s forbidden, we eat then we die
and we can’t survive

When evil rears its head
it’s life and death
Like david sowed his seed
and his family bled

Consequence come likes a thief
So quick that it defies belief
Beware the curse it will pass to your seed
with dirty deeds

You tried to tempt your fate
turns out it’s your mistake
you took what wasn’t yours to take now
didn’t you?
didn’t you?

You only have one chance
Don’t take it light
You only have one chance
so get it right

Don’t take it light
So get it right


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    General CommentFrom an interview with Andrew of Project 86:
    "The lyrics on that one are pretty straight forward. It's just about doing something you regret and the idea that you can take for granted the little decisions that you make. I think every time that we sin as people - we make a decision that's ultimately self-destructive - we think we can get away with it. "I can indulge, I can do this little thing and it's not going to matter. It doesn't affect who I am. I'm really a good guy, I just do 'this.' I have this little secret vice," but it's not how life works. Life is a series of small decisions that lead to a destiny. And each small decision leads to a consequence. And that's something that I've fought against, too. I want to lead my life in such a way that I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. But that's not life. That's not real. We're accountable for every small thing that we do alone or in front of people. It's just about that idea, that you can try to play with fire but there are consequences to your actions, basically. And we have a short life. We have to take every day like it's our last."

    Talking specifically about the line "like David sowed his seed":
    "Consequence. The one action [David with Bathsheba] lead to a whole generation after generation of consequences."
    blondy269on July 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentProper lyrics:

    Take hold your fate in your hands,
    Your payment, in time, will demand.
    With fruit that’s forbidden, we eat then we die,
    And we can’t survive.

    When evil rears its head,
    It’s life and death.
    Like David sowed his seed,
    And his family bled.

    You tried to tempt your fate,
    Turns out it’s your mistake.
    You took what wasn’t yours to take now,
    Didn’t you? Didn't you?

    Consequence come likes a thief,
    So quick that it defies belief.
    Beware the curse, it will pass to your seed,
    With dirty deeds.

    When evil rears its head,
    It’s life and death.
    Like David sowed his seed,
    And his family bled.

    You tried to tempt your fate,
    Turns out it’s your mistake.
    You took what wasn’t yours to take now,
    Didn’t you? Didn't you?
    [x2]

    Didn't you? Didn't you?

    You only have one chance,
    Don’t take it light.
    You only have one chance,
    So get it right. So get it right.

    Don’t take it light.
    So get it right,
    Don’t take it light.

    You tried to tempt your fate,
    Turns out it’s your mistake.
    You took what wasn’t yours to take now,
    Didn’t you? Didn't you?
    [x2]

    Didn’t you? Didn't you?
    blondy269on July 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commentdoes this song sound reminiscent to Billy Talent (especially the "when evil rears it's head . . .) part? Not saying it's a bad thing, just askin'.
    bloodredblizzardon July 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think blondy269 covered the meaning as effectively as possible. This is one of several songs from P86 that serve to create a negative association with wrongdoing, others being Chimes, Sioux Lane Spirits, or Wrought on The Holiday's Eve. It's an idea that you really can't drill into your head too much, and the fact the P86 puts these ideas into their lyrics is something that makes them great.
    "The spectacle of fearsome acts" is a phrase used by Bill Cutting (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) in the movie Gangs of New York. This song, Two Glass Eyes and The Butcher may make reference to this character, as he was a butcher with a glass eye, as well as a dastardly fiend. He may be a reference point/character image for the destroyer archetype that is The Destroyer that P86 fights against lyrically in this album. If I'm lucky enough to run into Schwab again at the next P86 show I go to, I will ask him if he is indeed making this reference.
    We see the same theme of resisting evil in other P86 albums, too. You can't destroy evil; you can only keep fighting it. P86 lyrics are a big help in the battle for mankind's soul. Keep fighting, my brothers!
    thrustaeon December 28, 2009   Link

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