The Second Hand

by Anubis

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1.
It ends this way All alone again Vacant yet alive, departed, trapped inside Left estranged Turned to stone, disengaged The memories I retain Numb but still in pain The light burns my eyes And the hum intensifies This life of cold and twisted pride Left me betrayed, trapped deep inside These machines that force me to breathe Dragging this on until I can leave The smell of the pale bleached floor A clock ticks above my door Footsteps recede down the hall As I’m left retracing my world’s downfall To feel the rain on skylight above I’d give all I had, I’d give it all up But time ticks away These memories, the darkest dreams are all I see As time ticks away My legacy of constant greed won’t set me free As time ticks away The agony is no-one sees what’s left of me Time wastes away I search for the reason, the emptiness in my soul Every hollow prize is there upon the wall All I ever strived for meant nothing at all But time ticks away These memories, the darkest dreams are all I see As time ticks away My legacy of constant greed won't set me free As time ticks away The agony is no-one sees what’s left of me Time wastes away
2.
Fool's Gold 06:33
Let me show you endless wealth and power The magnitude of my insolent desire I’ve no time for God, nowhere above Have no ties that bind. My true love Twisted truths and secrets, narcosis remains No remorse or regret, you’re helpless again Now I own you, consume until it hurts Your need to be used, this weakness is a curse Red top fear parade, scandal and lies Raising threats again, you run and hide tonight Twisted truths and secrets, narcosis remains No remorse or regret, you’re helpless again …it’s what keeps you alive I have no need for self control Your world is mine, your world I hold No need to face the dark of night I bow to none, like a bird in flight That’s me the world I built beneath my feet Control your future while you sleep It’s all distraction and sovereignty Abusing wealth for eternity Gag the voice of empathy Break the man’s diversity Raise a glass to human error To fear, to panic, to sweet despair
3.
Lights bounce off the lake, Shimmers in my eyes Wind still fascinates, The clouds hypnotise Held in this landscape, Hummed lullabies Savour the sweet taste, Of your appetite Seasons have changed Daylight remains Memories float away And fade
4.
Stepping out, emotionally unstable Journey is unknown, a family’s sacrifice Stripped back down to the bare essentials Impose a classist nature The blank page nullified They dictate elitist inclination With all sincerity formula is prescribed All alone, I faced the unknown Single voices rendered silent Surrender to disorder, old line fortified Separate the radical’s perception Fear of the extremes creates tribal divide The pain reveals the inside of us all What they find is masked from the outside Far from home, heart turns to stone They classify and ‘purify’ To occupy the young mind They terrify, then pacify To satisfy the party line Both hands tied and neutralised Crucified and forced to lie Piece by piece destroyed and broken down and ready to define The world that I see That’ll soon belong to me They classify and ‘purify’ To occupy the young mind They terrify, then pacify To satisfy the party line. The story now unfolds The beast assumes the control
5.
These pictures I paint, the images seen Burn your eyes and mark your soul The instinct to run and hide and seek As you lose self control Imposing my will, to gain further still, from you all Trapped in a world of painful beauty Shocked, offended and appalled Trust what I tell you and get out alive Swallow your reason, we don’t recognise We’ll give you the world I feel you deserve An empire of lies, the truth goes unheard Trust what I tell you, you’ll get out alive Consume all we feed you, consume to survive And live in the world I feel you deserve An empire of lies, and truth goes unheard Sights and sounds and crimson words We’ll chill you to the bone Scandals of flesh that we infer The truth remains unknown Invading your homes, I’ll make them my own, justified By the freedom of press, a game of chess, with kings that I decide Trust what I tell you and get out alive Swallow your reason, we don’t recognise We’ll give you the world I feel you deserve An empire of lies, the truth goes unheard Trust what we tell you, you’ll get out alive Consume all we feed you, consume to survive And live in the world I feel you deserve An empire of lies, and truth goes unheard You need it. This fear machine, eternal fortress Demand it. It breaks you down, the pain is endless Devour it. Those who prey, remaining faceless Accept it. Submit to fate, you’re cheap and helpless
6.
Blackout 07:44
Time speeds past, navigating through this blur Then I see your face, gotta bury down the hurt I foresee a life of regret awaits Suffer in the comfort of its embrace Blackout, as you drift away Blackout, a love that must decay Blackout, a force that cannot wait I’m blacked out and broken away It was plain to see commitment had me afraid Looking past the greed, I was disengaged Lied to myself that I could have been anything A nightmare calling A lonely echoing Blackout, as you drift away Blackout, a love that must decay Blackout, a force that cannot wait I’m blacked out and broken away
7.
These memories stare at me, I recognise They remember me and I realise That loyalty is pain, a burden to our lives A casualty of change, an endless slow demise The hurt can break up who you are The loss, it fills you full of scars Dishonesty becomes a part of who you are Re-forms the soul and redefines the spark The seasons have changed The daylight will fade Memories still float away The seasons have changed The daylight evades Memories still float away The seasons have changed The daylight will fade Memories still float away The seasons have changed The daylight evades Memories still float away and fade It ends this way All alone again Vacant yet alive, departed, trapped inside
8.
It’s off the chain; the beast is deranged Broken out, no longer contained I can’t explain—the fear is ingrained Fall from fame, pieces to be claimed This resignation My paranoid fixation Fractured and shameless The ruins I created This Invitation Frozen numb sensation Fractured and shameless Blamed on my temptation Accept this fate, endless parade Kings I made, thrones they will reclaim My worst mistake, weakness has tainted The wire, a noose, no longer evades This resignation My paranoid fixation Fractured and shameless The ruins I created This Invitation Frozen numb sensation Fractured and shameless Blamed on my temptation You want me to entertain you With fear and devastation Blinded by the anger, you still asked for more… The bribes the fraud the notion of corporate extortion The wolf is at the window The pig is at the door The world within stopped turning, this nightmare’s still recurring Take a look inside of this dark, rotten core I can still stake my claim to focus on all your pain Keeping you awake at night if you explore… Betrayed my ways No light inside Jealousy and greed Made a travesty of me Young, alone A stranger’s bed, mislead No power, no dignity, I've dragged it all back to me This empire of my creation, devours my imperfections Bonds have been broken, won’t take me alive Moments of shallow glory finally come back to haunt me Scandalised and destitute with nowhere to hide (Avoid it) This fear machine, eternal fortress (Ignore it) It breaks you down, the pain is endless (Escape it) Those who prey, remaining faceless (Destroy it) Submit to fate, I’m cheap and helpless Fold beneath the weight of it all Blood runs cold and the fear takes control It’s here in these walls as this cage becomes my home Turn, turn the pages of stone The story untold like the dusk turns to dawn Eyes beneath the blindfold as this cage becomes my home Stripped from the towers above A fallen icon, taken down from my throne The seasons change, I am left alone
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We have lost control, torn ourselves apart We cannot face the light, crawling through the night To hide the scars The script is written out, creating the divide We all had parts to play, another line to say, and so We take a side Seasons have changed As we reclaim our hearts, unchained We can always put aside All the differences inside And reach out, we cannot hide We can’t descend to greed, lose humanity The choices that we make, what to give and what to take Is all we leave behind Ruthless, flawed and weak, frightened and untamed, Turn another page, the reasons need to change So we can see again Seasons have changed As we reclaim our hearts, unchained We can always put aside All the differences inside And reach out, we cannot hide It ends this way, all alone again

about

'The Second Hand' is Anubis' fourth studio record, and marks a return to the narrative driven concept album format. It charts the downfall of an aging media mogul, James Osbourne-Fox, who, after a severe brain injury is left paralysed and imprisoned in his own body and left to contemplate the futility of his life of corporate success.

The album seeks to address the notion of balance, the media's influence on those who consume it, and how the bias and hysteria benefits no-one but those who sign the cheques, dividing people and leading to political turbulence and unrest. The lyrics - written very early in 2016 - had, by the end of the year and recording process, become seemingly even more prescient with the media and moneyed interest's roles in influencing the results of referendums, elections and even conflicts worldwide.

credits

released May 23, 2017

Written, arranged and performed by Anubis

Robert James Moulding
Vocals, Guitars, Percussion

David Eaton
Organs, Mellotron, Piano, Synthesisers, Guitar, and Vocals

Douglas Skene
Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Electric Sitar, and Vocals

Dean Bennison
Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Slide Guitar, and Vocals

Anthony Stewart
Electric & Acoustic Bass, Moog Bass Pedals, and Vocals

Steven Eaton
Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel, and Vocals

Lyrics and Storyline
Robert James Moulding and David Eaton

Based on a concept by Anubis

Recorded at Somerset Music between October 2015 and November 2016

Mellotron M400 recorded at Found Sound, Carlton, Victoria www.foundsound.com.au

Many thanks to André for the loan of his Wurlitzer 200A

Produced by Dean Bennison
Co-Produced by Anubis

Mixed by Dean Bennison

Mastered by Rick O'Neill at Turtlerock Mastering, NSW

Additional Vocals on ‘These Changing Seasons III’
Tom Winters, Lochie Winters, and Reece Denton

Additional speaking voices
Brian Dade, Marcus Mulu, Cliff Pearson, Patricia Eaton, Andrew Eaton, Jessica Skene, Andrew Craig, Sasha Ioshpe, and Chris Tracey

Art direction, design, and photography by Timothy Neill

Artistic consultation, offspring related sleep deprivation and narcolepsy by Matthew Buttsworth

Special thanks to Timothy Neill, Clemens at Just for Kicks Music in Germany, the Bird’s Robe Collective, Horizon Music, our friends Brian Dade and Manu Schäfer at Delicious Irony and Cliff and Wendy Pearson at Progzilla for their long term friendship and valued support, Lewis and the guys at Found Sound in Carlton, Mark Ashby, Jekabs Jursins, Iman Mohseni, Robin Stein, Henri Strik, Jon Patrick, Iris Hidding, Rick Turnock and Somerset Music, Reece Denton, Tom and Lochie Winters, Oscar Tebbutt, André Jenkins, Ian Hall, Mark Darley, Paul Collett, Sasha Ioshpe, Andrew Craig, Chris Tracey, Sam Radojcin, and to all our friends and families worldwide for supporting our work and giving us the opportunity to make the music we need to make. We’re very lucky.

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Anubis Sydney, Australia

Anubis is a cinematic Progressive Rock band from Sydney, Australia. Formed in 2004.

The band has released to date 6 studio records to date, 2 live albums and toured Europe twice. The latest album, ‘Homeless’ reached number 4 in the Australian Indie chart in March 2020. ... more

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