Napalm Death - Diatribes

Artist: Napalm Death
Release: Diatribes


1. Greed Killing

The wrong time, the wrong place
Our smiling face of destruct
Buried the seed deep in all our heads
Prepared ourselves for the fall

The greed killing
The greed killing

Instinct to mistrust
Instinct – the lust
Their butchery of feelings
Geared for the greed killing

The greed killing

The lust denied is need
The lust denied is need
The lust denied is need
The lust denied is need
The lust denied is need

Existence is a steady flow
The moulded image grows
No core, no faith in what you are
The pressure builds right from the start

The lust denied the need
The lust denied the need
The lust denied the need
The lust denied the need
The lust denied the need

Could it be just sour grapes?
Or have we failed to fit their shape?
It’s always give, and never take
How much can we give?
How much can we take?

The lust denied the need
The lust denied the need
The lust denied the need
The lust denied the need
The lust denied the need

2. Glimpse Into Genocide

Blindness leading
Which one of me is real?
Through corridors of uncertainity
A force without form

I’ve dug a hole so deep
Full of the shit of compromise
For once can’t I keep pain on the outside

Adapt
Take on release
Others
Thoughts infringed
Adapt
Take on release
A life
On pause
Syringed

Adapt
Take on release
Others
Thoughts infringed
Adapt
Take on release
A life
On pause
Syringed

A glimpse into genocide
My own emotions a million strong
A heart so full of emptiness

3. Ripe For The Breaking

You weren’t born with the world falling at your feet
The path is long and agonising being dragged on your knees
And the silver spoon in your mouth tastes spoilt with rust
When all that glitters isn’t gold and fortunes turn to dust

You’re prime for the raping

And when you don’t pander to meet the agenda
Scavengers start to gather
Perverse visionaries taste the lather
The just rewards in controlled rebellion
Tossed and probed like a gristly piece of meat
Lock, stock, and barrel slave
You just don’t contradict big brother
He’s got the right to punch you under

And they pledge you the earth, then pull you six feet down
And you’re branded with the stigma: unusable dropouts
And with inspiration ravaged, you take the final bow
The creative demeanor shattered into a million pieces

You’re ripe for the breaking

And when you don’t pander to meet the agenda
Scavengers start to gather
Perverse visionaries taste the lather
The just rewards in controlled rebellion
Tossed and probed like a gristly piece of meat
Lock, stock, and barrel slave
You just don’t contradict big brother
He’s got the right to punch you under

4. Cursed To Crawl

A fragile peace that exists inside
A frame so shallow, so narrow-minded
An open wound, we run inside
A raging turmoil
Helplessness confides…

Cursed to crawl
For pale and bleeding heart
Cursed to crawl
Pale and bleeding
Cursed to crawl
For pale and bleeding heart
Cursed to crawl
Pale and bleeding

Enter this sphere
Commonplace, borderline
Between my rage
Between my hate
Damn our mistakes
Fixation blinds
The pain of knowing
The truth beyond…

Cursed to crawl
For pale and bleeding heart
Cursed to crawl
Pale and bleeding
Cursed to crawl
For pale and bleeding heart
Cursed to crawl
Pale and bleeding

Cursed to crawl
For pale and bleeding heart
Cursed to crawl
Pale and bleeding
Cursed to crawl
For pale and bleeding heart
Cursed to crawl
Pale and bleeding

Unprepared
A gruesome display
Perhaps a replay
Self-inflicted
Reduced to nothing
My piece of mind seduced
Unworthiness
The scars never heal…

Cursed to crawl
For pale and bleeding heart
Cursed to crawl
Pale and bleeding
Cursed to crawl
For pale and bleeding heart
Cursed to crawl
Pale and bleeding

5. Cold Forgiveness

25 years severed
Take it and like it
Feel like there’s nothing more
And your story

Thirsty, despised
Real love destroys
Hungry for anger
Hungry for… anger

The face behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face

Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me

The face behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face

Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me

Race against time, collapse
Fall in line, nothing is sacred

Thirsty, despised
Real love destroys
Hungry for anger
Hungry for… anger

The face behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face

Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me

The face behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face
Behind the face

Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me
Cold forgiveness meant not for me

6. My Own Worst Enemy

Played out, wide off the mark
Mania develops
Akin to fiction
More than to a world of fact

My own worst enemy
My own worst enemy
Life’s foul treachery
My own worst enemy

Dams of emotions build
A dull and turbid screen
Clouding veils of black
In jungles of hopes oppressed

My own worst enemy
My own worst enemy
Life’s foul treachery
My own worst enemy

So many times
For no reason
So many promised punches
For what reason?

Ceaseless decay
Parallel obscene and flagrant
Ceaseless decay
Restrained, my mind coils

So many times
For no reason
So many promised punches
For what reason?

Ceaseless decay
Parallel obscene and flagrant
Ceaseless decay
Restrained, my mind coils

Played out, wide off the mark
Mania develops
Akin to fiction
More than to a world of fact

My own worst enemy
My own worst enemy
Life’s foul treachery

7. Just Rewards

I lived for a moment
I grabbed hold and I didn’t relent
Skin of my teeth
Holds no longer

And now I come to claim my just rewards
Face down! Ground down with no recourse

And now I come to claim my just rewards
The spoils of the toils are spent

Where is the right place?
Where is the right place, right time?

If the face fits, wear it
Faces fit while heart and soul slopes on

Scraping through – just rewards!
Dig the dirt – just rewards!
Hold your ground – just rewards!
Being sucked down -just rewards!

Where is the right place?
Where is the right place, right time?

When you lay down on your own law
You swim against the sanctimonious tides

When you lay down on your own law
You swim against the sanctimonious tides

Down not out – just rewards!
Looping tracks – just rewards!
Stuned growth – just rewards!
Dwindling hope – just rewards!

I lived for a moment
I grabbed hold and I didn’t relent
Skin of my teeth
Holds no longer

And now I come to claim my just rewards

8. Dogma

Innocence
A painful reminiscence
Of what was not
And will never be
Meant not for me
An unjust war
On the futile

Bludgeoning my affection wide open
Cries of overkill
Bludgeoning my affection wide open
Cries of overkill

Scraps of memories
Flung from our master’s table
A plan I’m sure to disable
Allegiance to none other
Allegiance to none other

Bludgeoning my affection wide open
Cries of overkill
Bludgeoning my affection wide open
Cries of overkill

Renegate a healing catharsis
That bursts, meaningless
Renegate a healing catharsis
That bursts, meaningless

Graceful – selfish will
The chilling thrill
A play on the nerves to end all serves

As penance
To a man’s drying tear
My leer but deny ourselves

Graceful – a selfish will
The chilling thrill
A play on the nerves to end all serves

As penance
To a man’s drying tear
My leer but deny ourselves

Renegate a healing catharsis
That bursts, meaningless
Renegate a healing catharsis
That bursts, meaningless

Bludgeoning my affection wide open
Cries of overkill
Bludgeoning my affection wide open
Cries of overkill

9. Take The Strain

Take the strain!
Can you take it?
Take the strain!
Or even fake it?
Take the strain!
Aren’t we lucky
Take the strain!
To be breathing?

Take the strain!

Are you the man in the next bed
Without the tubes, without the life support?
Maybe the man whose pockets weigh you down?

Take the strain!
Do you wear strife
Take the strain!
Like a clown?
Take the strain!
Forgiveness
Take the strain!
With a frown!

Take the strain!

Are you the animal
That escapes the snares and traps?
Bearing no quarry scars, and the hunter’s crown

We were taught to follow leaders – follow leaders!
Never to challenge the singular pack
The goals they set slip the grasp – slip our grasp!
Chasing tails without the basic facts

Choose full pain, violate, make the grade
Taut wires fray, electro-brain, take the strain!

We were taught to follow leaders – follow leaders!
Never to challenge the singular pack
The goals they set slip the grasp – slip our grasp!
Chasing tails without the basic facts

10. Diatribes

Bite the bit, scream ’til you’re blue the face
Bite the bit, scream ’til you’re blue the face
Bite the bit, scream ’til you’re blue the face
Bite the bit, scream ’til you’re blue the face

Nice pipe dreams or passive revolution?
Nice pipe dreams or passive revolution?
Nice pipe dreams or passive revolution?
Nice pipe dreams or passive revolution?

Foot soldiers
With weapons of placards and banners
How will they stop the rot?

No standing to reason
‘Cause reason is treason
It doesn’t seem feasible

No standing to reason
‘Cause reason is treason
It doesn’t seem feasible

Lie down
And cry all you can
The machine rolls over you

No standing to reason
‘Cause reason is treason
It doesn’t seem feasible

No standing to reason
‘Cause reason is treason
It doesn’t seem feasible

It just don’t seem feasible – no!

Black to the Nazi – try pleading affinity
Hands up, boot in, shattering the passive dream
But is it right to tolerate this fucked democratic process?
No!

Shattering the passive dream

Is it ’cause we like to hear the sound of our voice?
Big-hearted diatribes, just like my dilemma
Time to return compliments, shattering the passive dream?

11. Placate Sedate Eradicate

Load the burden across my shoulders
Pour the effluent on thick

Placate, sedate, eradicate
Wage a war on my prone feelings
Anaesthetised and numb

Placate, sedate, eradicate
Strangely calm when I should be enraged

Placate, sedate
Placate, sedate
Eradicate

Don’t befriend the silver screen
As long as others face firing lines
Recline, relax, take it in your stride
Be the voyeur
Be the voyeur

Tamed by rabid entertainers
Engrossed in real life hell

Placate, sedate, eradicate
Only observing – I’m exempt

12. Corrosive Elements

Staying on an even keel
Keeping a gauge
Sanity hangs in the balance
I could go either way

Cerebral half life
The darkest summer days
My pressure defences melting away

‘Cause I can’t level this brimming, seething dread
My pressure defences melting away

With anxiety I’m burning!
With anxiety I’m burning!
With anxiety I’m burning!
With anxiety I’m burning!

Stripping down to the core
Stripping down to the core
Stripping down to the core
Stripping down to the core

Corrosive elements, corrosive elements inducing
Corrosive elements, corrosive elements that sap being
Corrosive elements, corrosive elements inducing
Corrosive elements, corrosive elements that sap being

Corrosive elements – joy toxin
Corrosive elements – please cleanse me!
Corrosive elements – joy toxin
Corrosive elements – please cleanse me!
Corrosive elements – please cleanse me!
Corrosive elements – please cleanse me!
Corrosive elements – please cleanse me!
Corrosive elements – please cleanse me!