Of Two Minds, Stages 1​-​2: The Ape And The Cage

by In The Presence of Wolves

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The voices in your head are calling And this you swear to me is true Is there something you wanted from me that I can’t see? These creatures on your skin are crawling And yes you swear your fear is true Endlessly referencing cold machines that I can’t see The bitter sweet thing is That as we speak I'm leaving To bear your burdens here on your own It's better you than me And as we're speaking The bitter sweet thing is You lie in bed hearing these voices That no one ever hears These meds will help you through When I was younger, I'd sympathize with him And tell him secrets of my loaded mind And on the day he walked away, left me behind I cried My brother stayed locked in his room Tell me is he a good man Is this all just a clever stunt? Can you help me to understand? The day we’re waiting for may never come. This patient lives in isolation It's just a figment of his mind
Silly sleeping siren cuddled safe under your covers These are my last words so don't even bother to write To call while you're wandering on the road Writing your words for something unknown To anyone anywhere, you pray that they hear you These are my last steps so I'm sorry if I wake you Stuck inside your mind though I'm saying my goodbyes These words will be my epitaph as my face shatters on the ground Humor me with your humanity since you claim to be 100% human Think of something tragic let it slow your pulse Then ask yourself why in your mind the thought arose And I feel the love (Chorus) Me and my sick mind, they with their sick thoughts Ever intertwined never asking why Keep your eyes wide never let them close
White Noise 06:43
What if I told you that all of the stars in the sky couldn’t replace your eyes While you're looking down on me? Yeah And what would you do if I said that your mind left you blind? Practically took your eyes and I Realize these are the last words I'll say to you So, please excuse me if I smile, we haven't seen you in a while And frankly the last time we spoke, you could reply Take me down from the inside You're already in my head Cut my throat and leave me for dead inside You're already in my head of things are better left unsaid on the inside So please excuse me if I ramble We haven't spoken in a while And though your lips stay still I can here you reply Tell me what’s on your mind and I'll believe you if it takes the pain And if I ever dream again Take me back to where I used to be Because I'm hearing these little words They've been coming in the same soft white noise it's getting worse It's getting worse and harder to know Now this might take some time to see if it really works This might take some time so show me where it hurts This might take some time to see if it really works This might take some time so show me (And maybe it's fine to believe in the metaphysical and tales of the afterlife, but aren't these just tales presenting us with assurances that we can’t give ourselves? I can't prove or disprove any of this All I know is that I haven’t closed my eyes since he lept and all I hear is static) Chorus
And yet here I sit in the hall Drawing his face as he fell to the earth So I'm boarded up And tell me did the glass on his skin Pierce him the same way his voice still rings in my ears? I keep that to myself Someone might hear me Keep your eyes open now for there might be something to see And yet here I sit in a world Accepting this lie but I’m wanting another Everyone talks enough My back feels cold on this wall Your breath keeps me warm as you breathe down the nape of my neck And I've felt enough Boy, take this from me If you were really me, you'd be dead already Nurse tie him to the chair Let no one interfere Now keep this hallway clear I'm the doctor here His pupils dilate Like no ones I have seen His heart will regulate As soon as he can dream This man's a mess I swear And prone to misbehave There is no question here That this one I can save This is my last breath But I never could forgive myself Waking up in bed so I may never speak a word How could you do this to yourself? Keep your eyes closed tight There's nothing here to see I feared them when I was young Now they've become much stronger than me Bound to hold these secrets close Don't let them see what I have done Don't call me crazy I'm an Ape inside a cage They sit in excess as my mind disintegrates These creatures on my arms Are peeling back the skin I’m trapped inside this hell The pain inside me lives I could never see this failure that was set for me. There nothing here to see (Chorus) Your voice gets louder as I wake Can I find you here as my body fades? Nothing stays the same Can I lay my head down next to you? (Chorus) I'm on my own.
Wait until the drugs kick in But you're the only one here And I feel so scared You’re the only one here So I can't wait for Please rewind to where I find my Peace of mind for right now I’m lost and Confined and left behind in here. Strip these thoughts of normalcy from your mind I feel bad thoughts creeping in My life begins again though This is just the first attempt His face flashes before both my eyes Something crawls on my skin The voices leave my head but This is just the first attempt Take me back to when he was still alive This is how it ought to feel but This is just his first attempt Force the image out behind both my eyes And who was really there? Tell me all their lies Cause I can save you With all these things that I've said I'll make them exist in your head But all these things that I do I could do to you How would you feel if I took out both your eyes? Tell me the things that he's said I'll let the sickness spread See all the things that I do I can do to you How will you feel when his voice finally dies? Tell me things that I can’t hear and Only you can hear and others fear but Help them live their lives (Chorus) But you're the only one here And I feel so scared You’re the only one here And I can't wait for Wait until the drugs kick in Can you feel them? No


released June 30, 2017

In The Presence Of Wolves is:
Chris Capitanio – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jim Ellis – Rhythm Guitar
Mason Ingling – Drums
Vini Stamato – Lead Vocals, Bass, Piano on “As We Speak”

Produced, engineered, & mixed by Kevin Antreassian
Additional vocal engineering & production by Gabriel Francis
Additional mixing by Jonathan Maisto
Recorded at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, NJ
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music
Cover art by Christopher McKenney
Album layout and design by Jeffrey V Daniels

All songs written, arranged, & performed by In The Presence Of Wolves


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