Tiamat: The Scarred People [2012]

Released November 2, 2012 (EU)
November 6, 2012 (US)
Recorded Woodhouse Studios
HagenGermany
Genre Gothic metalGothic rock
Length 1:07:56
Label Napalm Records
Producer Siggi Bemm

The Scarred People is the tenth studio album by Swedish gothic metal band Tiamat. The album was released on November 2, 2012 through Napalm Records in digital download, c.d. and limited edition vinyl formats.

Track listing

All tracks written and composed by Tiamat

  1. The Scarred People – 6:38
  2. Winter Dawn – 4:13
  3. 384 – Kteis – 4:25
  4. Radiant Star – 3:45
  5. The Sun Also Rises – 5:06
  6. Before Another Wilbury Dies – 1:39
  7. Love Terrorists – 5:42
  8. Messinian Letter – 4:19
  9. Thunder & Lightning – 4:32
  10. Tiznit – 3:03
  11. Born To Die (Lana del Rey cover) – 4:42 (bonus Track)
  12. The Red Of The Morning Sun – 4:21
  13. Paradise – 5:28 (bonus track)
  14. Divided (live) – 4:45 (bonus track)
  15. Cain (live) – 5:17 (bonus track)

Lyrics

1. The Scarred People

[M&L: Edlund]

Emily took to flight
On see-through wings of white
Over the seven seas careened
In beauty yet unseen
A withered rose in bloom
A blooming rose of doom
Scattered all around
For the heavens to abound
And like the sweetest cream
With lovliness extreme
Emily went to play
On that sacred day

One love in red who loves darkness
One love in white who loves darkness
One love in black who loves darkness
One love supreme who loves darkness
One little butterfly who loves darkness
One tear to cry who loves darkness
One billion angles loves darkness
‘Cause even God loves darkness

Emily went to play
When gold turned into clay
The morning drain the night
Of all beauty left in sight
And soaked in reality
Of not much more to see
She disappeared into the haze
In her own peculiar ways
And like the sweetest cream
With lovliness extremee
Emily went to play
On that sacred day

2. Winter Dawn

[Instrumental]

[M: Ojersson, Edlund, Bemm]

3. 384

[M: Ojersson. L: Edlund]

You passed out but now you’re back
But all the windows are painted black
A few more minutes of your shame
‘Cause this is my game

I would do anything for you
Shiva’s soul is coming through
Anything you ask me to do
To you
I would do

Don’t you dare to dim the lights
I’ve already done what you dreamt last night
A few more minutes of your blame
To enter my game
Let the seven deadly sins
Resurrect what lies within
A few more minutes in the flames
That is my game

4. Radiant Star

[M: Edlund, Bemm. L: Edlund, Lampropoulou]

You’re an illusion in a world of disillusion
Gold made from a distant, ancient fusion
You’re the crown of creation as we know it
But given just a bit more rope and you’ll blow it
I might exaggerate to say this city’s burning
But when you’re sleeping safe and sound the world’s still turning
The trivialities are there to entertain you
To cozily stop thinking ’bout what they do
Throw your diamonds down the drain
You packed the craked porcelain
Chain, unchain, the dirt is your domain
Don’t fuck with my brain
All wars start in rooms where big men meet
But are always fought and lost or won on the street
No one’s never gonna start a revolution from bed
Put your theories to practise and you’ll wind up dead
You’ve got the freedom to choose what you wanna see
But the bottom in you is the bottom in me
The rock might be thrown from many different heights
But always falls to the same floor through dim red lights
Throw your diamonds down the drain
You packed the cracked porcelain
Chain, unchain, the dirt is your domain
Don’t fuck with my brain
Throw your demons down the well
Where once the brightest angel fell
Make your wishes, put your spell
But don’t fuck with my hell

5. The Sun Also Rises

[M&L: Edlund]

In Hamburg suburbia
With a girl from Serbia
With all God’s crystal methedrine
And a train to take me back to Berlin
All was spoken, all was done
And a little swedish lady came along
I punched a few more holes in my card living
But I forgot about forgiving
I might have been to Buda or Pest
But not upon your chest
The bible was right
All rivers turned red
And I’m still not in bed
The crystal fumes, the soothing song
Until another big wave came along
The sign on the river bed, that says
That everything is dead, everything is dead
I tried so hard to make it right
With plenty of drink and streetfight
The morning always shone anew
And somewhere in there were you
Now we’re somewhere out on the North Sea
On our way back to Germany
From Genesis to Exodus
From Kamara up to Olympiados
From Prenzlauer Berg to Aristotelous square
From a Hilton in Paris to anywhere
I had to leave it all behind
To find some peace of mind
The diamond tooth will cut you loose
At any time you choose
And the demon king
Is giving in
As soon as his souls stop selling
When everything was said and done
A little greek beauty came along

6. Before Another Wilbury Dies

[Instrumental]

[M: Edlund]

7. Love Terrorists

[M: Ojersson, Bemm. L: Edlund]

The times they’re a changing
All heavens shall fall
At the end of the day
They mean nothing at all
I hear the call for a revolution
And you’re not part of our solution
I won’t shut my mouth no more
My heart won’t never be ignored — like before
I never demonstrated
Always loved, never hated
It doesn’t need to be debated
‘Cause my hate was just belated — but awaited
Can you hear me now?
On a 42-inch plasma screen I watch the tears of Jesus
Crying out all gods are dead and hacked into little pieces
Your empty words
Sway through the cirrus
At the end of the day
You’ve got nothing on us
We’re approved by the weather Gods
And all the others share our blood
Though I don’t even speak the languauge
I can surely feel the hellish – anguish
Go ahead and throw the first stone
And suck your kingdom to the bone
Keep on and criticize us
And awake the Gods on Olympus — for us
Have no fear
Never care
Always dare
Never fail
We shall prevail
This is who we are
A conscious for war!
A conscious for war!

8. Messinian Letter

[M: Edlund. L: Edlund, Lampropoulou]

Look outside the window
Baby everything will be just fine
In just a little moment
The dark is gone and the sun will start to shine
And all the clouds of grey, they are not yours
So please let me see you smile again
You are my only friend
And I want you to be happy again
I know what you’ve been through
And I know what has to come
But please don’t try to face it all alone
‘Cause you are my only friend
You are my only friend
I am here beside you now
To help you and to guide you to the light
Today my darling little birds are singing
and the sun is shining bright
And all the clouds of grey, they are not yours
So please let me see you smile again
You are my only friend
And I want you to be happy again
I know what you’ve been through
And I know what has to come
But please don’t try to face it all alone
‘Cause you are my only friend
You are my only friend
Look beyond these corridors and the darkness in your soul
I am here to drag you up from that empty hole
Try to look beyond all the sad things in this world
There will be more wars and deaths before all flags are furled
But you are my only friend
You are my only friend

9. Thunder & Lightning

[M&L: Edlund]

Your blood is cold as ice in the summer
And you’re steaming hot in the winter
You lived your life on Baphomet’s throne
And you are so much like me
You hide away from the light
And that’s how it begins
Forget the sunshine for awhile
And dance with me into night
Celebrate
The thunder and lightning
Raise your glasses high
To the thunder and lightning
Thank God
For the thunder and lightning
Celebrate tonight
Now smoke is going down
And snow is falling outside
Through lasers, stroboscopes
I see your face in there
Through rain and stormy weather
With black boots of leather
You’re the flame, you’re the fire
Fully equipped with dark desires
The rain, the dusk, the dirt, the dark
And the thunder and lightning
To the south and the north and the east and the west
For the thunder and lightning
Thank God for the flood and the darkness in our blood
And for the thunder and lightning
Celebrate tonight

10. Tiznit

[Instrumental]

[M: Ojersson]

11. Born To Die

[Bonus Track]

12. The Red Of The Morning Sun

[Bonus Track]

[M&L: Edlund]

I woke up early this morning when the columns of night went pale white
The shades of faith disappeared and the sky above you were no longer blue

When did our moon cease to bleed
When shall the colours be freed
To bring back our gold and to bring back the red of the sun
To bring back our gold and to bring back the red of the sun
The red of the morning sun

One part of crystal oxygen
Two parts of glycerine
Three parts of cold spring water
To bring back the four river daughters
Five steps out of the black room
With six six six of gloom, leaving
Seven sea shells on the shore
Whisper eight nine ten and I wanna hear more

I looked through the prism when colour went away and faded into grey
And the sun was still shining in the morning but pale white, so white
Is this all we get?
Is this all there is?

13. Paradise

[Bonus Track]

When the river runs to black,
I take this clue book from your pack.
Plastics wire and your keys,
Breathe of eternity on your lips.
In the crowded market place
I drift from face to face.

I hold my breath and close my eyes,
I hold my breath and close my eyes,
And I wait for paradise,
I wait for paradise.

Virginia hills are gone to black,
Another day and another sun are going down.
I visit you in another dream,
I visit you in another dream.
I reach and feel your hair,
Your smell lingers in the air.
I brush your cheek with my finger tips,
I taste the void upon your lips,
And I wait for paradise,
I wait for paradise.

I search for the you on the other side,
Where the rivers are clean and white.
Up to my heart that water’s rise
Up to my heart that water’s rise
Seeming that water’s blue and clear,
Drifting down I disappear.
I see you’re on the other side,
I search for peace in your eyes.
But there’s emptiest paradise
There’s emptiest paradise.

I wait above the place,
I feel the sun upon my face.

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