Paper Monsters

by TRAUMATISME

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1.
I woke up and smiled this morning I choose to be happy today I'm ready to follow my dreams I know they're gonna lead the way Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality My paper monsters and inner demons stand in a corner I turn my back and leave Your world is filled with penny dreadfuls I don't want to be part of it So if I look so crazy to you Put me the straightjacket and lock me in Peter Pan's blood in my veins It's my life so I will break my chains I close my eyes and rise again At the gates of Never-Never Land I'm under no obligation to make sense to your narrow minds I sold my soul to creation The only way I feel alive Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality Close-minded morons and other joy-killers say it's heresy Isn't that irony? Your world is filled with penny dreadfuls It absorbs my vitality I'd rather be gone than being drowned in your ocean of negativity Peter Pan's blood in my veins It's my life so I will break my chains I close my eyes and rise again At the gates of Never-Never Land When not that long ago I stood in misery I've made a promise to myself I won't let anyone dictate the way I feel They won't corrupt my innocence My chemical madness
2.
It's time, let's go to bed I close my eyes and start to drift Silence needed ahead As I'm creeping to my lair Curled up inside my chrysalis Away from shining lights Laying in the arms of Morpheus Out of everyone's sight In my self-inflicted tomb Where the light never comes through I shall celebrate my inner room My Cocoon Honeymoon I'm here with all my friends Locked up in my closet Keeping my dreams fed I'm in good company I keep my eyes shut to see We're all quite happy together Trapped in the hands of time And don't even dare to bother making my doorbell whine I might stay silent but quiet ones They have the loudest minds In my self-inflicted tomb Where the light never comes through I shall celebrate my inner room My Cocoon Honeymoon In my self-inflicted tomb While the world outside is doomed And the dead of night can't come too soon in my Cocoon Honeymoon I only want to escape I'm not hurting anyone so leave I'm gone to the point of no return I'm the master of my fate This is the way I decide to live I'm where I belong There is no cause for concern So go away
3.
It's that time of the year again I have to meet with some old friends Let's put my tired little brain to the test But as I try to convoke them A deafening silence remains I'm waiting for a flash of light to be my guest Then comes a tempest in a teapot It's like a fight against the wind My greatest passion is sometimes my greatest enemy There comes a tempest in a teapot It's like a fight against the wind And I don't wanna be in need of a lobotomy I don't know why I'm paralyzed There might be nothing left inside My gift has vanished from my mind to the pit But I try, I try, I try I try again just one more time Then I die, I die, I die a little bit Then comes a tempest in a teapot It's like a fight against the wind My greatest passion is sometimes my greatest enemy There comes a tempest in a teapot It's like a fight against the wind And I don't wanna be in need of a lobotomy And I'm standing still in front of a blank page An empty heart with no stories to tell If the well's run dry What am I supposed to do with my life? It's all right, all right, all right I roll up my sleeve and get back on track I'll let the distress be the guide to my pen This is my life, this is my pride My heroes are dancing by my side I take a sheet of paper and head to my den Mother Superior shows me the light and takes it back My Lux Interior once in a while goes on a strike Mother Superior shows me the light and takes it back But I'll take my tragedies to the stars
4.
The sun is shining bright outside And somehow I'm lost in the dark I have spiders in my head I'm on the edge I've been there a few times before When things used to be sad and sore And here I stand again today I hear that voice again that whispers in my ear And with a grin it says "just take my hand and follow me" But winding down is not an option I can't comply to this emotion Take my picture I'll smile and hide the blue melancholy Catch my laughter And let's pretend it's real enough to forget There are some days when everything feels like I'm hopelessly trying to climb an impassable mountain and I stand still Things that usually joy my heart like dedicating to my art have the most bittersweet taste I sit and contemplate the sorrow that I feel That voice comes back and says "stop wasting time and seal the deal" But winding down is not an option I can't comply to this conclusion Take my picture I'll smile and hide the blue melancholy Catch my laughter And let's pretend it's real enough to be I paint some colors on my mind To not fall on the other side Cloud nine just seems so far away I just need to get through the day And I will
5.
I have a face, two arms and two hands A beating heart and lively eyes Sometimes I feel I'm barely human A monster in disguise Some of them stare and point their fingers Some others grin and laugh with disdain This is the norm when you are different You're submitted to judgment "You're not allowed to run with the pack You might just be a psychopath" The Frankenstein kind fights alone To walk its way among the clones A daily battle no one knows about The struggle takes might I'm not this hair, I'm not this skin Nor these fingernails that are painted black I am the soul that lives within They can't see beyond sight Not lamenting and not complaining The common of mortals fear the unknown Their ignorance is far more frightening I'm better on my own "You're not allowed to run with the pack You might just be a psychopath" The Frankenstein kind fights alone To walk its way among the clones A daily battle no one knows about The struggle takes might The Frankenstein kind tries in vain But never can escape the pain Never set yourself on fire for them They would just watch you burn Ding dong, the witch ain't dead yet And I will never forget The way you treated me and filled me with insecurity It takes strength to not be a sheep To follow the flock is easy But I was born original And you won't dull my sparkle
6.
Ghost Writer 04:34
"You... Haven't you seen the light at the end of the tunnel? You have been to hell and back You're overstaying your welcome You knock at every door and steal pieces of what you'll never be Your game ain't fooling anyone Ghost writer You're an imposter You've gone too far You don't know who you are Ghost writer You're such a faker You've crossed the line Just get off and resign You thought you were relevant You've never been and never will be You are non-existent You've always been a nobody You knock at every door and steal pieces of what you'll never be Your game ain't fooling anyone Ghost writer You're an imposter You've gone too far You don't know who you are Ghost writer You're such a faker You've crossed the line Just get off and resign It's not a secret They all know you're a lie It's time to surrender and die Nobody's listening, you see Stop trying so hard You're making a fool of yourself You're past your prime You used to exorcise your demons By writing tales of alienation Through scary notes and haunted melodies Now things finally seem to go well Should you have anything left to tell? Don't be a shadow of what you used to be"
7.
Hello hello, the sun is rising Another brand new day begins A whole new chance to do so many things Never mind the clock that's always ticking A day dreamer and a night thinker I'm always lost in worlds of wonders Keeping my mind filled with fantasies Turning my back on those unspoken fears I must rise before I fall apart I already have wasted so much time in the dark I cannot repeat every useless beat of my pendulum heart Time is a thief you can't command Once it is gone you can't have it again I see the hours passing by and then Remember at every second it may end But how could I have peace of mind So many minutes and hours left behind I cannot get them back or just rewind I have no choice left but to be resigned Time is running slow and yet so fast Every second's an eternity that doesn't last Will I have the chance to feel no regrets when the die is cast? I must rise before I fall apart I already have wasted so much time in the dark I cannot repeat every useless beat of my pendulum heart The wheels of time turn for everyone, even for me It is not too late to remind, until it is Turn the page before closing the book So I should begin to finally live before my time is over
8.
Here I am sitting in my voodoo playground Wondering which mask I could put on today There are so many of them in the background I just have to pick one and start to play I can be anyone, it's entertainment But I lost sight of what's down to my core Now I'm left wondering why this amusement ain't amusing anymore I believe I have been disconnected from myself I believe all my toys have fallen high from the shelf And now I don't know where they are But when they're gone they left a few scars The game is over and I'm left with me, myself and I I cannot find myself in this gigantic mess The real me seems to be nowhere to be found Drowned in an endless sea of possibilities So many faces in my voodoo playground Every human being's covered-up nowadays Pretending to be someone they are not So I thought I could just be doing the same But I've been having trouble joining the dots The more I'm changing the less I stay the same The masquerade has started to decay I'm tired of playing this dangerous game But there's a price to pay I believe that there is no such thing as sanity I believe that this word should be banned from every dictionary Maybe I have some bats in my belfry They took my identity, they hid it away and I'm left with me, myself and I I cannot find myself in this gigantic mess The real me seems to be nowhere to be found Drowned in an endless sea of personalities So many faces in my voodoo playground Art is cheaper than therapy anyway Should I just lay down my arms and enjoy the little things? Smell the roses, clean the house and polish the dishes? Find a boyfriend of virtue, copulate once a month? Have a baby, maybe two, or maybe three at once? I could never play this part and be fulfilled in pain This option sure is the one that would drive me insane I'd rather stay home alone with no one else around I'm happy with myselves in my voodoo playground
9.
Another day another song Pouring my heart where it belongs The fire crackling inside me transforms into melody It's the greatest feeling Then the time of duty comes along I gotta hold on and be strong And put the real living on hold Everyone seeks a normal life Making their way from nine to five Their heart is beating with no drive Wearing masks and faking smiles Among people who gave up And I am trapped in this routine Holding on to all my dreams Fighting for an illusion Just another wasted day staring back at the ceiling I'm dreaming my life away feeling a thing is missing I'm walking with doubts on my sleeve The field of uncertainty Deep down I know there is a beast Awaiting to be unleashed A gift as much as a burden I might be sentenced eternally To an empty crowd in front of me And never rise from rock bottom Just another wasted day staring back at the ceiling I'm dreaming my life away knowing a thing is missing In the quest for happiness It's safer to choose a path Made of common sense and compromise But my time is running fast I won't make this sacrifice I will embrace life in my own way

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Produced, Composed, Recorded & Performed by
Nicolas "Traumatisme" Tifagne

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released May 31, 2017

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