The Great Disturbance

by Martyrs

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released May 2, 2017

These songs were recorded with Jay Maas at Getaway Recording in the month of August 2016.

Artwork by Michelle Dugan

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Track Name: The Mirror
We have a tendency to seek out our validity
From those who hold a perspective from without

Fight the urge to make others your mirror
Lay claim to your locus of control

Why do we so foolishly look for our sense of stability
To be built upon a foundation from without?

Fight the urge to make others your mirror
Lay claim to your locus of control
I’ll endure until we reach the day
On which we all can stand on our own two feet
Fight the urge to make others your mirror
Track Name: Limited
It puzzles me that as you state these limitations
You expect us to count on your ability
To play a crucial role in addressing these situations
That demand us to push beyond what we can see

Stand tall on your own
Or with the ones who share your tone
But when it comes to the real fight
We’re truly in this and you’re clearly not

This conversation’s been a long time coming
And it’s time that you know
If you plan to share another’s burden,
It’s a weight you can hold
Track Name: Calibration Anxiety
If I believe these words I share
Carry a meaning that you’ll respect
Is it enough that I am clear?
Or will you judge these words by how they appear?

It’s time to focus more on what we say
And a little less on the calibration
Substance has worth
Beyond its charm

My hope is that once I reach you
I’m not expected to falsely front
A bunch of lines for you to read through
To make this worth your precious time

If we just took the time
To harvest more meaning from our minds
Then I suspect, we’ll lose the need
To serve this obsession with how we’re perceived

It’s time to focus more on what we say
And a little less on the calibration
Substance has worth
Beyond its charm

My hope is that once I reach you
I’m not expected to falsely front
A bunch of lines for you to read through
To make this worth your precious time
Track Name: Intellectual Fascist
Has it ever occurred to you
That you’re measuring a person’s worth
By the value of their education
Yet bigotry bothers you?

Judgement is all you’ve got

Has it ever occurred to you
That you’re measuring a person’s worth
By the value of their creations
Yet bigotry bothers you?

Judgement is all you’ve got

And that’s great that you may give a fuck
Concerning issues such as gender and race
But when it comes to the average person
Your treatment of others is a total disgrace
Track Name: Self Inflicted
What’s with this whining
That your feelings are hurt
When you’re simply just a victim
Of your own foolish thoughts

With every person
That you hunt down to blame
You just strengthen your belief
That you’ll never be safe

You say they need to
Treat you just as you want
Yet they’ll continue
To give just what they’ve got

It’s not
Their fault

We all may eventually face
The harsher side of sticks and stones
But when it comes to words
Our false beliefs inflict the wounds

If you’re still wrestling
With the ghosts from the past
Please know that their destruction’s
Solely in your grasp

And if you choose
To ignore this fact
You’ll just keep pulling the trigger
Your neurosis holds in tact

You say they need to
Treat you just as you want
Yet they’ll continue
To give just what they’ve got

It’s not
Their fault

We all may eventually face
The harsher side of sticks and stones
But when it comes to words
Our false beliefs inflict the wounds
Track Name: Echo Chamber
Beneath the echoes from others’ shouts
There exists a voice
Running risk of distorting
The value of its thoughts

Can we know that what has been said
Will still hold its power in time?
Or will it fade as the shouts go away
And wither away into nothing but noise?

Then those with reason confront the crowds
To expose the flaws
As the foundation shatters
Most start to doubt its core

Can we know that what has been said
Will still hold its power in time?
Or will it fade as the shouts go away
And wither away into nothing but noise?

With every heart that has turned sour
So slows the pulse of a dying cause
And once the feast has been devoured
Their hunger turns towards their own kind
I plan to stay here by your side
In pursuit of truth
But my voice will draw power
From my thoughts alone

My voice will draw power
From my thoughts alone
Track Name: Saviors
You’re wasting time down on your knees
In search of someone to end your grief
This precious messiah you hope to find
Is more likely someone who’ll rob you blind

You’ll find these groups to hide behind
Then grant them access to your mind
They’ll drive your thoughts into the ground
And once it’s over no one’s left around

It’s hard to understand
With your head shoved in the sand
That unless you plan to open your eyes
You’re bound to go nowhere

If you fail to finally see
That you’ve been living a fantasy
Where you’ll get all that you deserve
And it’s up others to make it so

You’re bound to go nowhere

Since the very beginning we’ve sought the answers to it all
And in light of their absence we’ve still managed to push forth
So what’s stopping you from grabbing the torch and working with just what you’ve got?
Rather than running in circles until you finally accept

Our Saviors are not likely coming at all

It’s time we told ourselves another story
Because it’s not looking like our saviors are coming at all

Our Saviors are not likely coming at all
Track Name: The Tower
It all starts a familiar way
A few choose to have their say
With no one near to hear their words
They find each other and a tribe is born

Other tribes emerge in time
Each marked by their own style
A common spirit flows through their core
They find each other and a nation is born

This lingua franca poisoned their tongues
Giving birth to an ego bound structure made for them to soar above
Rekindle the flame that burns deep down within your hearts
Shake loose the foundation and watch the rest fall

The nation grows in power with time
Losing touch with its founding tribes
To taste the glory of the status quo
It seeks the masses, an empire’s born

Last step, introduce a faith
A way to keep it all in place
They package up the sacred words
And expose what we once earned

This lingua franca poisoned their tongues
Giving birth to an ego bound structure made for them to soar above
Rekindle the flame that burns deep down within your hearts
Shake loose the foundation and watch the rest fall

Watch it fall!
Track Name: Maladaptive
You’re just gonna wait around for something to be so
And when it fails to come you’ll then pack up and go
Did you ever stop to think that what you want is there?
So please put an effort forth and wrestle with despair

And if you find yourself conflicted
With life’s conditions everywhere you go
You’ve better take on the position
That to adapt is to take control
Or just wail at the unknown

And if you’re at the point where you’re inflicting pain
On yourself or others who share in your life’s domain
A simple rule of thumb is if it’s at that point
You have an affliction that’s worthy of regard

And if you find yourself conflicted
With life’s conditions everywhere you go
You’ve better take on the position
That to adapt is to take control
Or just wail at the unknown
Track Name: Unconditional
It’s better that I come to accept
Whatever’s living deep down within the shadows
And save my strength
For what I can handle

And I may do things that I’ll regret
But who I am is neither good nor bad
It’s shallow to think my whole
Is made of one value

As my thoughts start to flow right through me
I’ll save my grasp for what I hold true
So what I feel cannot control me
And how I live will be how I choose

Some deeds of others I won’t respect
But who they are is neither good nor bad
It’s shallow to think their whole
Is made of one value

And if life gives me what I don’t want
I’ll still embrace what’s emerging from the shadows
I’ll save my strength
For what I can handle

As my thoughts start to flow right through me
I’ll save my grasp for what I hold true
So what I feel cannot control me
And how I live will be how I choose