Despair

by Hope Defeated

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released December 13, 2014

Hope Defeated are:
Ross Andersen - Guitars
Shayne Baker - Drums, Backup Vocals
Munro McKenzie - Bass
Doug Wurzer - Vocals

Recorded and engineered by Casey Rogers in the fall of 2014.
Gang vocals by Doug, Shayne, Ross and Casey. Additional vocals by Amanda. Ross played bass for this recording.

All music and lyrics written by Ross, Shayne and Doug. Music for Waves Wash Away by Al Eisenbart and Ross.

Thanks to all our families for their support and patience. This doesn't happen without them. Special thanks to Amanda Marie for putting up with the racket and Christine and the Andersen family for also putting up with the noise and allowing a practice space as part of a home renovation. Above and beyond.

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Track Name: On the Ground
Put it down Put it down
On the ground you fucker
Put it down Put it down
Drop the gun I said
Turn around Turn around
Lock your hands together
Turn around Turn around
Hands above your head

All the lies they promised to me, they never came true
Opportunity comes with a price but for only the few

Face the front Face the front
Eyes front and center
Face the front Face the front
Don’t move or blink
To the left To the left
Can’t smile in profile
To the left To the left
Suspect for life
Track Name: Skyscrapers
Fortunes made on the backs of the weak
Bottom line fuels your insatiable greed
Entitlement it’s what you think you deserve
Elitist. You’re better than all who serve
Serve you for all your material gains
For what? To hoard it all away

You will build them up
We will smash them down
Built so high. Touch the sky
Watch them crumble to the ground
We will smash them down
We will smash them down
Built on the backs of the weak
Will be your demise

Fragments of all the lives you’ve destroyed
Broken all the lives and dreams
Nothing. Left to start again
Old boys who only serve themselves
Cold blood running through your veins
Now what? Nothing stands in your way


Fragments of all the lives you’ve destroyed
Broken all the lives and dreams
Nothing. Left to start again
Fortunes made on the backs of the weak
Bottom line fuels your insatiable greed
Entitlement it’s what you think you deserve
What you deserve
Track Name: Waves Wash Away
Progress is progress
That’s what they say
Progress to what?
We’re fading away
Have we forgotten
The lessons we learned?
History’s an option
Let the truth be burned
Continue on the path
Blind leads the blind
Pay no attention
Warnings left behind
Continue on the path
Blind leads the blind
Pay no attention
Warnings left behind

Collective memory all but erased
Slowly eroding waves wash away
History forgotten
What have we lost?

Stopping the future
By living the past
Ignore the signals
Nothing will last
We can’t be certain
OF dying in time
Hurry along now
Before it’s a crime
Continue on the path
Blind leads the blind
Pay no attention
Warnings left behind
Continue on the path
Blind leads the blind
Pay no attention
Warnings left behind

What have we done?
How can we repay?
Doomed to repeat
Track Name: Waterboard
Taken in the dark of night
Laughing as I plead my rights
What have I done? Why me?
Hooded gagged am I going to die
Asking questions Can’t ask why
They have all abandoned me

Held down
Drowning
My lungs
Filling
Blindfold
Screaming
I’ll say anything

Where is my democracy?
Screaming for my liberty
Being held without a trial
Will I ever see the day?
Will I see my family?
God help me there is no end

Held down
Drowning
My lungs
Filling
Blindfold
Screaming
I’ll say anything
Track Name: Stoic
Why am I supposed to care?
Whose interest do you serve?
Only your own only yourself
It all means nothing
Emptiness fills my heart
Can’t find the right words
Can’t escape all the thoughts
It all means nothing

All I see
All I feel
Violence and sorrow
Eyes blaze
Blank stare
It means nothing to me
All I see
All I feel
Malice and misery
Idle hands
Stone hearts
It means nothing to me

How am I supposed to act?
Where am I supposed to go?
Scripted for me to follow along
Out of my way

Stone faced I am alone
Solitary on my own
I will find a different path
Out of my way
Track Name: Breaking the Code
Breaking the code
Innocence lost
Putting them up against the wall
Breaking the code
Betrayal of trust
You will get yours
It’s what you deserve

No more destruction
Hopes and dreams of youth
Never to be forgotten
Now you know he’s…

Breaking the code
Innocence lost
Putting them up against the wall
Breaking the code
Betrayal of trust
You will get yours
It’s what you deserve
Track Name: Forsaken
Nothing grows around us
It just curls and dies
We can’t seem to stop it
Payment for their lives
Nothing in the future
Can’t see what is real
Fallout from the heavens
Wounds that never heal

We have been forsaken
We have been left to die
We have been abandoned

High readings in the water
No one else to blame
Dump to ease the pressure
Acting without shame
Nothing in the future
Can’t see what is real
Fallout from the heavens
Wounds that never heal

Why did you say those things to me?
TEPCO foreign diplomacy
We have been forsaken…
Track Name: Failsafe
Never felt
So alone
With myself
Anger burns
All the time
In my mind

We’re searching for the truth
With nothing left to find
Looking for a clue
The fear inside of you

Shortest fuse
Can’t relax
Can’t go back
Why am I forever mad
Heart attack

We’re searching for the truth
With nothing left to find
Looking for a clue
The fear inside of you