Ascension: The Creative Power of the Imagination

by the Legend of XERO

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My story is not so different than the story of so many others. The only is, it didn't take some self-righteous crusade to kill me, nor was I martyred. I simply lay down and died. I had become lethargic in my way of thinking, and looking back, I can't really say that I was ever really alive. In my so called life,the things that I lived for were all turned into dust...rotted before my very eyes. My rise to stardom came crashing down when the Dragon swung his tail and knocked me from the sky. And the Great Dragon's flood of lies had already begun to suck the life out of me...began to dictate everything that I had believed in...everything we thought we knew. We were deceived.
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(Verse 1) The very next cut will push me to the edge I don't really have the strength to bleed again each laceration is going to my head I think I might have given up on fighting back (Chorus 1) You cut me like a razor you cut through me like paper well, I don't wanna be the one to play this game You make this last forever rejoicing in each sever well, I don't wanna be the one you get to blame (Chorus 2) touch me, let me feel your arms around me kiss me, let me feel your kiss of death love me, tell me I'm the only one then leave me again (Verse 2) And I, I'm standing in the rain anything I can to wash away this pain and the blood runs down it's pouring from my veins That's all you'll ever need to fill this empty grave (Chorus 1) You cut me like a razor you cut through me like paper well, I don't wanna be the one to play this game You make this last forever rejoicing in each sever well, I don't wanna be the one you get to blame (Chorus 2) touch me, let me feel your arms around me kiss me, let me feel your kiss of death love me, tell me I'm the only one then leave me again You're just like a razor You're just like a razor when you cut me down
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[Verse 1] She ceases here cries and the light goes out in the window She searches here mind for a time in her life when she felt this low cuz in her dreams she's a queen without a worry to die for but when it's real there's only tears and there's a hole in here heart [Chorus] and she's waiting pleading for a hero who can fly right down "save me! Take me far away!" and praying is she crazy? is there no one who will give her a chance? she's waiting for Heaven to save the day [Verse 2] *and then we walk right by cuz we don't see the kind of pain that's living inside of her *and we walk right by cuz we don't wanna deal with all of the drama surrounding her *and we wonder why she don't understand the beauty and life she was given * we need to take more time to take this girl by the hand and be a loving whitness [Rap] if we could see inside if we could read her mind we'd probably see all of the rain and the shine but now-a-days it seems that the storms have been coming a lot more she don't have a shoulder to cry on she needs support that's when you become the one in her life to shine a light and help to lead her to Christ but until then whenever we just let her walk on by without a word we're just letting her die
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(Verse 1) I see the Storm a-comin' I see the coulds a-formin' I'll pay no attention to the weather today Cuz it's dead behind those darkened eyes (Verse 2) Ain't no emotion stirrin' ain't no ideas a-formin' I'll pay no attention to the wind and the waves Cuz it's cold inside that hardened mind But could it be that as we're livin' in a fantasy we've given over our minds to a life we never wanted to lead and so I, turn up the bottle and try to forget tomorrow like it doesn't really matter to me cuz these eyes have been blind to the dark and the light and all I see is the gray in between (chorus) when the lights go out and the darkness falls how long will you hold on? when the push comes to shove and the time finally comes how far are you willing to go? I knew I wouldn't be the only one I knew I wouldn't be the only one fighting the Zombie Virus off (Verse 3) I don't care what you're saying Can't hear the song you're playing I'll pay no attention to the kids in the way Cuz I'm numb behind this hollow smile But could it be that as we're livin' in a fantasy we've given over our minds to a life we never wanted to lead and so I, turn up the bottle and try to forget tomorrow like it doesn't really matter to me cuz these eyes have been blind to the dark and the light and all I see is the gray in between (Final Chorus) I knew I wouldn't be the only one Cuz it's dead behind those darkened eyes I knew I wouldn't be the only one Cuz I'm numb behind this hollow smile I knew I wouldn't be the only one I knew I wouldn't be the only one fighting the Zombie Virus off
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Fall into my arms don't let down your guard just forget the world it lights these Embers when I remember the Sun and when I was happy Yes I cherish these scars but I let down my guard but I won't do it again it lights please Embers when I remember the Sun and when I was happy the hunger growing my heart does make me so blind when I'm with you Don't deny me lay beside me let me feel your kiss on my lips (no I don't deserve to die) does my own heart love to hurt me I endure this test of Silence (I can't find my way)
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(Verse 1) Show me the distance that You reached with love to me Show me the depth of sin, my hopeless depravity Show me Your patience given time and time again Show me the ignorance that I was drowning in (Verse 2) Show me the devilish way I pushed You from my mind Dark ingratitude displayed time after time Heaven's only Son hung bloody on a tree The Father crushed You on the cross to set me free (chorus) I will Love You Much give my body, soul and blood I've been forgiven much, Count me worthy to drink Your cup Open my eyes to the mysteries of heaven Of infinite crimes, I've been forgiven
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[Verse 1] You left me there to find you you knew i was out there I'm just in time to rescue you I knew you were out there waiting for me to spin you a web of enchantment You know that I could somehow do it I'm swinging in your direction I'm coming to get you [Chorus] Till the moonlight turns to sunlight I'm your guardian angel the whole night Till you tell me that you need me I'll be crawling the walls in my own mind I'll be your superhero I'll be your superhero [Verse 2] when you're just too scared to leave your home There's somebody out there well let me be your sword and stone I'm already out there Thinking of ways to stand in the way of deception You know that I can somehow sense it I'm swinging in your direction I'm coming to get you [Chorus] Till the moonlight turns to sunlight I'm your guardian angel the whole night Till you tell me that you need me I'll be crawling the walls in my own mind I'll be your superhero I'll be your superhero [Chorus 2] when those lights go out don't you worry 'bout a thing I'm here to protect you when those lights go out don't you worry 'bout a thing I'm coming to get you
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Honesty, Chastity, virtues held on high Purity, Reliability, are the places in which I strive But the heart has a motive, it's beating from within But the heart doesn't know it's unable to comprehend Integrity, fidelity, were recently cast aside And my sanity and security we're the ones to be sacrificed Now we're starting it over The heart is still broken I know that I need more time To discover the things that I need to regain my life And nobody knows the truth If anybody knew what was really on my mind (don't kiss the girl x2) Mixed and Mastered by J-Mez No one needs to know how I really feel inside (don't kiss the girl x2) I know that I'm broken, I'm trying to cope But my emotions Never Lie Does anybody know if there's a way to do this right? Don't kiss the girl Oh, the truth. It feels so good not to fight it. And I'm telling you, there's no way I could ever deny it But my heart isn't Frozen I need you to know because I want you by my side But I need to believe there's a way I can do this right So now that you know the truth If anybody knew what was really on my mind (don't kiss the girl x2) No one needs to know how I really feel inside (don't kiss the girl x2) I can never be sure, and I've fallen so short. I'm broken deep inside. Does anybody know if there's a way to do this right? Don't kiss the girl If anybody knew what was really on my mind (don't kiss the girl x2) No one needs to know how I really feel inside (don't kiss the girl x2) I know that I'm broken, I'm trying to cope But my emotions Never Lie No, my heart isn't Frozen I need you to know because I want you by my side Yes, I'm trying to wait to avoid this mistake But still, I have you here tonight Does anybody know if there's a way to do this right? (Don't kiss the girl x3)
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He lied to us about who we were, and who we were to become. He lied to us about where we had come from, and where we were going. He even lied to us about Himself, making us think that he was the next-best-thing to God, and we believed him. In one mighty stroke, most of us had fallen from our rightful place. Unaware that we were new captives in our own land. I was one of them. Disconnected from the True Vine, I was now forfeiting my rights with the rest of them. The Gates were spreading, and we were hallow. Its a curious thing how One becomes aware of his own death. I think it nothing short of a miracle because, once you've had your fill of Death, well, then you begin to develop an appetite for something else. And, while most things simply lead right back to dying, some things have an alternate effect.
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[Verse 1] Will we believe anything that we see on the TV We turn the other way and take it in stride Will we listen to anything that comes in streaming Will we allow the enemy to take us alive [Chorus] And we've come so far from this Are we too far to fall away? And we've come so close to the end Are we too close to fade away? And we can't be replaced again Is it really the case in the end? Is it just too hard? Are we stretched too far? Is the the Truth so hard to defend? Where do we Stand? (don't wait until we fall away) [Verse 2} Will we submit to tyranny if it drowns out the screaming Weaken our integrity with the strength of a lie When the Empire ceases to be, and we turn from the heart of The King, and we run to the arms of The Beast, It will eat us alive

about

In many ways, themes and ideas in Ascension are not holistic, but dualistic, dealing with opposites and irony. the album is very dark, but there message of many of The songs talk about a perseverance through darkness, or regardless of darkness, towards light.
XERO defies the common idea of "the happy Christian", by taking on the embodiment of the underbelly of the body of the Christ.
Rather than the front man that everybody wants to see, he is honest and transparent about his pain and struggles.
Rather than claiming to be a celebrity, he takes on the mantle of the unseen hero working in the shadows. Rather than posing a cookie-cutter answer for life struggles, he provides even more questions that are worth considering.
He speaks of standing alone when discovering new theological truths. he speaks of his tragic romance with the music industry, likening it unto a woman who cannot be won over.
Similar to most of the other works by XERO, he never gives mention of wavering in faith, but takes on the fullness of life (and the troubles that life has to offer) as one who believes and yet still fails and falls.
This is an album for anyone seeking philosophical asylum from the traditional views that today's culture has to offer, and encourages and inner strength that can only be experienced by the true believer.

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released June 6, 2017

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