The Awakening

by Guardsman

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released September 7, 2016

Produced by Steve Harwood

Guardsman is:
Leo Garcia - Guitars
Rob Harwood - Drums
Steve Harwood - Guitars and Vocals
Carlos Valencia - Bass

Engineered by Steve Harwood and Rob Harwood.
Recorded May-August, 2015, Grand Rapids, MI.
Mixed and Mastered September, 2015 by Steve Harwood, Grand Rapids, MI.
Cover artwork by Rob Harwood

All songs (c) 2015 Steven Harwood and Robert Harwood, except "Test of Time" (c) 2012 Morton Harwood IV, Steven Harwood, and Robert Harwood.

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Track Name: The Guardsman
On the edge of night, a single star shining on its own
A lonely ray of light beating back the darkness of his soul
He stands with watchful eyes, a thin disguise
For what he's always known
The sacrificial rite, the selfless lie
Alone behind these

Walls of shining light
He'll make the sacrifice
The hero come to fight

A life of dark and gray
The edge just kept at bay
The sacrifices made
That peace may reign
But everything you see
Is what he tries to be
To cast aside the evil way

Living out another day just trapped in this haze
Self-deceit running out, but what will it take?
Every thought betray a need, push memory away
Going on one more day without blowing away
What's a dream and what is real? I can't take any more
In the dark lie awake and fear what's in store
Serving all to serve the good, a hero adored
Hidden deep a burning light
The cracks appear, the laughter through the door

He holds with all his might the life outside
Pushing back the truth
To save his soul from fire, to feed them lies
Pretending he's their

Walls of shining light
He'll make the sacrifice
The hero come to fight

A life of dark and gray
The edge just kept at bay
The sacrifices made
That peace may reign
But everything you see
Is what he tries to be
To cast aside the evil way
Track Name: The Awakening
Never hunger, never satisfied
Never prosper, never be denied
Never shaking, never close your eyes
Never screaming, never laugh or cry

Wake me from this,
This life of death
Throw me down, washed in tears,
That I'll never drown I fear

Something missing, lost inside the fear
Endless hours, endless empty years
Every day, every word the same
Every lie, only God to blame

Wake me from this,
This life of death
Throw me down, washed in tears,
That I'll never drown I fear

Life is empty. nothing truly real
Fog unending, nothing do I feel
Looking outward, acting out the part
Looking inward, screaming in the dark

Wake me from this,
This life of death
Throw me down, washed in tears,
That I'll never drown I fear

So I'll leave this life behind and its empty days,
And step into that night, forget everything
For what's worth staying for when there's nothing there,
When God left out the core and only left me there,
Surrounded by the light,
But only left to lie in the night?
Track Name: Test of Time
Been down this road before
Through the shadows
Still you wander searching for an end
An image of a life
Reflected in your eyes
A somber reminiscence lives again

Running faster, running blind
Never know why
This illusion that you see
Is this what you choose to be?
But can this shadow of a life,
It's twisted reasoning, alibis,
Stand the test of time,
This counterfeit cloud nine on which you ride,
Can it stand the test of time?

Lay before me now!
Is this what you desire?
Won't you read between the lines?
This raging war inside,
Caught in your own crossfire,
Go ahead and walk the line!
Can you live with what you'll find?

Running faster, running blind
Never know why
This illusion that you see
Is this what you choose to be?
But can this shadow of a life,
It's twisted reasoning, alibis,
Stand the test of time,
This counterfeit cloud nine on which you ride?

Yeah an adaptable disguise,
From your dreams, your life, your lies,
From the mirrors of your mind,
Reflecting images in time
From my voice you try to hide,
All my signs are pushed aside,
But can this counterfeit cloud nine,
Can it stand the test of time?
Track Name: Ashes of Lies
Welcome to my game
Of fortune and fame
Try to hide your confidence, yeah
Pass the blame
To everyone who sees you for your ways
A Snake in the grass
You sit and laugh
While all around you
Are thrashing and burning
In agony stained
Feeding from misery
Each death an award that you gain

Take my life for your fame
You do what you need
Chasing ruin’s a game
Planting the seeds of hate

Into the annals of fortune and fame
Chasing destruction and feeding upon your pain
Nothing’s too far, you’ll do what it takes
To justify all of your crimes
Making your fortune it’s all just a game
Seeking misfortune to give you your accolades
Darkened and narrow your vision is blind
‘Till the fire burns out and you’re left with the
Ashes of Lies

Always a failure
Lose every game
On the attack
Looking for someone that you can blame
Taking no chances
Protecting your name
Winning or losing
For you it’s the same
Out on the front lines
Height of the brave
Tell all the world
That you’ll do what it takes
Fight for freedom
But don’t fight a day
Lies and denial
Won’t stand in your way

Fairness abandoned for fame
Making the truth serve your need
Ignoring terror and pain
The vultures come to feed

Into the annals of fortune and fame
Chasing destruction and feeding upon your pain
Nothing’s too far, you’ll do what it takes
To justify all of your crimes
Making your fortune it’s all just a game
Seeking misfortune to give you your accolades
Darkened and narrow your vision is blind
‘Till the fire burns out and you’re left with the
Ashes of Lies
Track Name: Fires at Midnight
Figures circling all around but you cannot see their shape
Voices whisper in your ear but you can't hear what they say
An ever-weaving web of lies filling up your dreams
In the dark and lonely night the echoes of your screams

They'll tear the walls, they'll tear the pillars down
You build your fortress and hold your hallowed ground

They come, laughing through the night
You run, don't know where to fight
You see by paranoia's light
You march in evil's sight

Paranoid and all alone, you're crawling on your knees
Bite your fingers to the bone, you pray for God's release
Demagogues and prophets preach, feeding on your fears
Shut away you hide in darkness, the Devil's drawing near

They'll tear the walls, they'll tear the pillars down
You build your fortress and hold your hallowed ground

They come, laughing through the night
You run, don't know where to fight
You see by paranoia's light
You march in evil's sight

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