Tantalized by the cockroach and its promise
I fantasized about soaring with golden wings
"Flying with gold wings"
Hypnotized by the cockroach and its promise
I was compromised by a treasure that was fit for fools
"Lured by a fool's gold"
(Blinded by a fickle fortune
Diamonds in my eyes
Blinded by the grand illusion
Golden wings to fly)

The hunter draws closer to its prey

Vacantly I was gazing at the mirage
I yearned to be an apostle of the self-made man
Hopelessly I bathed in my ignorance
Desperately choking on the roach of irony

My fickle fortune beckoned
A treasure fit for fools

The hunter draws closer to its prey

I blindly wandered down the golden path
In pursuit of a misbegotten dream
The Great Gatsby whispered in my ears
The road from rags to riches leads nowhere

The grand illusion beckoned
with promises of deceit

The Cockroach King sits on his throne
With the Midas touch and a heart of stone
An empire built on guile and greed
A bleeding ground for those who heed

The grand illusion faded
The hunter snares its prey
I fear and loathe the cockroach
The mirage melts away

The Cockroach King sits on his throne
With the Midas touch and a heart of stone
An empire built on guile and greed
A bleeding ground for those who heed

Lured by a treasure that was fit for fools
"Searching for the truth"
Lost in this labyrinth in search of the truth
"With your promises of deceit"
Trapped in your kingdom built on greed and guile
"Built on greed and guile"
Only to find the insects have multiplied

The Cockroach King of guile and greed
With a broken crown he's left to bleed
An empire falling to its knees
A bleeding ground for those who heed

I longed to be a disciple of the cockroach
I was hopelessly choking on the roach of fallacy
"The roach of irony"
Thankfully when the mirage finally melted,
the impurity of the cockroach was revealed to me
"The roach of irony"
(Blinded by the grand illusion
Blackened wings to fly
Burning ashes of the hunter
Scattered in the sky)


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    General CommentWhat an amazing song. The lyrics are quirky and the music suits the lyrical content beautifully. I can't get enough of this song.

    Remember reading on Youtube that someone thought they sounded like Gentle Giant. Have some similarilites, but too few and far between really.

    Not sure what the cockroach king is meant to be in reference to ... any takers?
    sokornyon April 08, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningTo me, it seems obvious the theme of the song is materialism.

    It says the whole appeal of the cockroach king is the promise of "golden wings", allowing someone to be happy per say. He has the Midas touch and a heart of stone, meaning that he is the arbiter of things "worth' a lot, but he is incapable of love and compassion in a loose sense.

    It also states that it's all fools gold because it has no real value. The Great Gatsby, an incredibly rich American who won the "game" but was still depressed told him that there is nothing rewarding by living your life to just make money.

    So this song, to me, is about a society that tells you happiness will be found in wealth.
    RoodyPooon September 20, 2017   Link

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