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Why so hard against compromise?
Loosen your view and get real about your life.
You'll never be perfect; why even try?
Taste my kiss, and you'll wonder why.

Sell me your morals; I'll pay high.

Why so hard against wicked thoughts?
No one will hear them—until I scream them out on the mountaintops.
Do not breathe. I track your heart.
If you show a sign of leaving, I'll tear you apart.

Sell me your soul; I'll pay high.

Spread my wings for a net, it seems.
All my schemes, all my hopes and dreams
are smashed on the rocks of men.

Leave your schemes that just bring strife!
Instead, embrace a servant's life.
Take a step and see the joy of true living.

I can't do this. Do I choose dull pain forever,
Or sharp pain in my ribs for a moment? We all have our names to think of.

There is a place where demons tread, I see the lions prowl outside.
I'd rather not be cut and bled, I have to choose to stay alive.
Don't tell me about future gain, there is no treasure but today.
I think I'll sit and sleep…and then I think I'll watch me waste away.

Here's some candy for your mind: I'll hold you until you die.
Foolish child! I fed you pride to keep you ever trapped inside.

Do you want this? The pain won't end 'till your conscience gives...
Till it dies, or gives itself to live.

Don't make this too complex; it's death to death with no hope left
versus never-ending life with no regrets! (I don't know why there's even a choice left!)
Don't make this too complex. it's death to death with no hope left
versus life abounding with no regrets! (I guess that's the choice that I'll accept.)

Did you forget the deal we made? I guess your name will have to fade.
Did you want your secrets to be played? Or did you want to be bulldozed by my motorcade?
I own the media, and to succeed, you'll need to take your orders from me.
Go ahead! Throw your life away! Be dependent on someone for the songs to play!

All these claims will turn out to be lies!
And all my power shows them up. Oh, why
do men proclaim they can make their lives,
when all the worth comes when I decide?

Do not wait, do not stop, do not let go now!
I don't care what the cost! Please, free me now!
I'll do all that I can to help you, I give you all that I am! Show me how
Do you free all the slaves who have made this debt?
They're in love with their vices! The best thing yet:
That you seek to win them like a man his wife!
Free the whores from their needs, free me from my life!

Free me from my disease, free me from my life!

<instrumental break>

In all my dreams, I was the hero, not the broken twisted mess that is me.
In all my schemes, I was the savior, not the fool in need of saving.
But now it seems that life just is not the stuff of dreams.
And now, I need you to come and take a hold of me.

<instrumental break>

Glorious! Oh! So beautiful!
Change the chaos into love so full!
Broken fools, they become whole.
Love and justice seals our souls.
All the things that the demons claimed
kept me like friendship or fame
merely made me far too vain.
God, make mine a lesser name!


from The Places I Go, released April 3, 2011
Written by Jacke Karashae.
All parts performed or programmed by Jacke Karashae.
Clapping (around 6:45) by Jacke Karashae, Jordan Yee, Ariel McClymont, and Tyler Jackson.


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