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When the Battle's Over

from Monuments to Human Enlightenment by Erebus

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Dawn breaks
The world grows dark and cold, the end that was foretold
Now realized
The faithful fall, fall to their knees and
This dying day
As silent death flies swift to claim their souls

The human race awakes, called to eternal sleep
Sirens sing the dreaded dirge of death

You cowards
Seek shelter in your burrows, buried deep
So close now
Ignore the sounds of terror
Above the helpless victims are engulfed by the flames
A child clings to his mother
A single tear rolls down his face as he dies

Like worms their leaders lie in wake
After the storm they will emerge

Dust and ash
We once were
Now to that
We return
Where there was beauty a wasteland remains
The sun and the stars have foresaken this place

Bodies unburied
Corroded by acid rain
No tomb for the innocent
Food for the vermin that live to inherit the earth
Supplies running low
Survivors emerge
Soon they will suffer and die for their treachery

Clutching their throats they gasp for breath
Writing in pain as their insides are cooked
Those who remained hidden below seal off their tomb
A plague on this earth
Finally extinct
Buried ten thousand feet deep by the unyielding snow
For the first thousand years it fell
The purity of snow
The horror beneath

Winter fades
Melts away
A barren rock
Revealed in its wake
As spring arrives
That which survived
Will rise to claim the earth

Washed away is the memory of man
Purged, forgotten, lost
Structures crumble under natures embrace
All remnants condemned to dust

So called progress is meaningless, lost in the abyss of time
When our final battle is over
No trace of us will survive

The forgotten sun
Casts off its blackened shroud
Stars once banished now return to the sky
All the brighter in the absence of man

So called progress is meaningless, lost in the abyss of time
When our final battle is over
No trace of us will survive

When our final battles over will it help to duck and cover?


from Monuments to Human Enlightenment, released March 1, 2011


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