The Imperative

by Adam McLean

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released September 24, 2012

All instruments and sound by Adam McLean.

All voices by Gregory Francis.

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Track Name: Litany of Fear (Part II)
Litany of Fear:

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

-Frank Herbert – (Dune 1965)
“Where I am going there is perhaps a better tongue. Will you care to have a message in it?”
- Ambrose Bierce - Beyond the Wall

In a dream I went to Heaven
And I thought I saw you cowering there
But I could not find my way back
And you were simply unaware

Dark angels spawned around us
Pleading for our time
As Elemental Constructs gathered
Whispering of you unto their own Devine

We are so far above you
To all thy ends, be done
You are as we once were
We are as ye may become

But here and now, to each their own

I never really felt the way you do
And you will never really understand me
You never really felt the way I do
And I will never really understand you
We never really felt the way they do
And they will never really understand us
They never really felt the way we do
And we will never really understand them

We catalogued the fact of things above - the cosmic susurration
And found no formal evidence of grand manipulation
We are falling on the broken sword of love with no imagination
Believing every scripture

Two-thousand years of consternation devouring the heart of Man
The demigods are racing on. “Catch us if you can.”
Blind, we follow faithfully and condemn the disbelievers
Nah nah nah nah nah nah

But I say, “To each their own”.

By your pardon, if I can dispense with this ere of arrogance
And tell you what I know
My intention was never irreverence
But this is something you should know
I can see right through these subtle fictions
Vexing you in nightmares of things to come
And dreams undone as lovers left behind
And when I looked again, I realized perfection in your eyes
If we were not meant to live for each other
Then we may as well die alone

Forgive me, for I blamed you

Never felt the need to justify things I don’t believe
Never was compelled to testify on things I cannot see
Never had the need to deify nature’s symmetry
Everything I know is mine alone, my sole reality

Never really felt compelled by forced interpretations
Standing on the very edge of life with no resignation
Life and love, by my interpretation,
Are gifts to be shared

Music and Sound: Adam McLean
Lyrics and Voice: Gregory