The Alien

by Symbiosis

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released June 14, 2011

John Haylor: bass
Adam Labutka: vocals
Brendan Stephens: guitar & vocals
Kyle Wagoner: drums

recording/mixing by Brendan Stephens @ The Warren
mastering by Kenny Tompkins @ The Royal Army Recording Company

all music by Brendan Stephens with Symbiosis
lyrics by Adam Labutka
artwork by Jon Felton
cover photography by Bryan Martin
layout and design by Jon Felton and Adam Labutka

Walt appears as the newscaster on "Incident at the George Washington Bridge".

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emotional post-metal inspired by Peter Parker and featuring members of Dogjaw and Perfect Future

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Track Name: Midtown High
In this silence, I'm surrounded. Do they see me? Do they care?
"Wallflower." Criticize me. Ostracize me. I don't care.
In this silence, I'm surrounded. Do they see me? Do they care?
"Wallflower." Criticize me. Ostracize me. I don't care.

Yes, I'm smarter. Am I better? Future's brighter, but how could I care?
In this system, all that matters: being handsome, popular, and wealthy.
There's nothing for me but constant misery,
so just fucking leave me alone.

At home, things aren't half as bad... the loving family.
But I'm not sure I can be the boy they see in me. (...they see in me.)

Tear apart my memories of a past life's tragedy. (...they see in me.)
Powerless to save anyone in my infancy. (...they see in me.)
The weight of lives undone: I can't bear it all. (...they see in me.)
Let's pretend that it's all alright, pretend I'm not too small, (...they see in me.)
and worthless, (...they see in me.)
and powerless, (...they see in me.)
the damned teacher's pet.

Leave me alone.
Leave me alone.
I just want to be no one,
so please leave me alone.

Leave me alone.
Leave me alone.
Track Name: Ingram Street
What have I become: a menace or a freak?
Or have I discovered the potential you always saw inside of me?
In a single moment - by chance, by fate, by some divine design -
an irradiated spider's bite transformed my entire life.

Keep changing. Yeah, keep changing.
Keep changing. Yeah, keep changing.

I could have anything. I can just take what I deserve.
I'll give them all a show, a spectacle they won't soon forget.

But then in lonely hallways, applause of adoration
is replaced by hastened footfalls and shouts of,
“Stop! Thief!”

A petty criminal,
an over-sized bully that I can hardly distinguish from the
cop who's chasing after him
and trying to tell me what to do.
It's not my job to stop him.
After years of being pushed around,
I’m finally looking out for number one.
Just me, my uncle, and my aunt.
I'm in control and spin the web
that secures our future.

I’m sick of disappointment,
tired of being beaten down,
but even the best of us
circumstance can turn upside down.

Police lights and tear drops: they litter the sidewalk.
I can’t help but realize the heartbreak in her eyes.
A murder…. The suspect: police say he just fled
into the shadows where only dark things go.
Determined, I follow into the shadows
where only dark things go.

Our lives are forged in tears that measure out the years.

I couldn't love you any more even if you were my own father.
All this guilt and all this pain I brought upon myself;
I practically held the gun to your head and pulled the trigger,
watched you fall, lifeless, to the floor.
Our lives are forged in tears that measure out the years.
Our lives are forged in tears that measure out the years.
Money and fame mean nothing; power is all I have to give.
You taught me that a real man lives a life that's fit to live.
Track Name: Incident at the George Washington Bridge
One chance for happiness. One chance that I would gladly take
to put aside the grief and find hope in the
smile of an angelic face with brains and wit to match.
This could be the one in a world where secrets held no sway.
She loves the man but hates the spider;
half of what I am is a life that I keep hidden from the sun.
But she stands bathed in light, an innocent in a fallen world.
So, let the girl go.

What do you want? What are you after?
Your son lies dying, but here you are.:
a failure as a man and as a father.
Your son lies dying while you nurse a rivalry.

If this is between you and me, then let the girl go.
This time you've gone too far.

Would you pretend to be free of sin?
You ruined my name, drove me to the edge.
And when it comes to the end:
you made me like this.

I won't be corrupted,
and I won't listen to your lies.
You know exactly where I stand,
and this is where I draw the line.

But if you draw enough lines,
you'll create a prison. And In time,
you'll feel only regret, when
her corpse is in the Hudson.

I swear that if you hurt the girl,
you won't live to see the night.
I have enough blood on my head,
and this time I'll make things right.

Would you pretend to be free of sin?
You ruined my name, drove me to the edge.
And when it comes to the end...
You made me like this.

She is the world, and I'm the savior.
She is the world, and I'll protect her. (I'll make this right.)
I'll save the world. (I'll save it.)
I'll save the world. (I'll save it.)
I'll save the world. (I'll save it.)
I'll save the world. (I'll save the girl.)

An angel cast from heaven, a smile frozen on her lips.
I hold her in my arms and know she'll never frown again.

Fall into sleep.
Fall into sleep.
An angel with no wings
falling to sleep.

Before the sunset, I'll make you pay.
Before the sunset, I'll see you dead.
Inhuman monster, I'll make you pay.
Before the sunset, I'll fill your grave.
Track Name: Man is the Mirror (Benjamin, part 1)
For the past two years, I've worn a mask.

Behind this crimson cloth,
these eyes glare with disgust
at the reflection

of this man, this freak.

They say that power corrupts,

but how can we know what these ends mean?
I'm face to face with my own disease.
Track Name: Eddie's Song
Pray for release.
Pray for redemption.
Pray for the strength
to let this go.

Faith, hope, and love, and greater than these: perspective,
to wield the truth like a sword and bring justice,
to sharpen it with my words
and temper it for the minds of the masses.

I'll make you love me. I'll make you care.
I'll show you I'm not worthless.
I'll make you love me; a man should be proud of his son.

Father, my first breath was mom's last,
and they say you've never been the same.
Father, my first breath was mom's last.
Do you still blame me for everything?

I will create my own destiny,
forge my own reality and bend the truth.
I will become worthy in your sight.
I'll make my own path into the light.

Father, I am an empty vessel.
Father, use me. I can be so much more.

Faith. hope, love,
but greater than these is vengeance.

Faithful till death.
Faithful till death.
Faithful till death.
God, I'm faithful unlike the rest.

I want to be someone.
I just want.
Track Name: This Man... This Monster
This blackness surrounds me; it coats my skin.
It pours into me, and I am born again:
a change of face for this alien world.
And when I come home, I will be stronger,
stronger.

All of my life, I have been waiting for you to come.
On my own, I have been powerless to save those that I love.
But you complete me; there's no distinction between "I" and "we".

Am I the native, or am I the alien?
Am I a foreigner in the only skin that I know?
Am I the native, or am I the alien?
Am I a foreigner in the only skin that I know?

In this blackness,
I'm surrounded.
It pours into me;
I'm just a shell.
You are chaotic and toxic,
but we are Venom.

We are venom.