Interior City

by The Gabriel Construct

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1.
Pulled aside and asked to wait If I leave, they take me right back “You’re staying here for many years And you will not leave.” And I can’t get out. “Welcome home This is your home now.”
2.
Once you’re here, you’ll fall apart Build a life – a work of art There’s too much here to comprehend Very soon, we all begin to Pretend that we’re somewhere else You can never stop this Fighting it is worthless All of your objections Are powerless before it You cannot outrun this Can never escape this Just know it will get you Everything will get you Surrounded by the wounded Soon you will become one Trying to find solace In any place you can so Turning to the trashed life Cue intoxication Turning to religion Now its time to worship. You have bowed enough now Get up off your knees Praying will not save you From what lies around you Disappear in movies Various addictions Every single dogma None of it has substance You are terrified but You think there’s a way out There is not a way out You are in denial You cannot escape this Can’t run away from this You cannot prevent this You can never stop this (Keep trying?) You are doomed to fight this battle alone (Give up!) (Accept this) You are not allowed to give up and go home (enough) (To live out) Reconcile or escalate, let go (your life) (In peace not) Sheath your sword and maybe you’ll make it through (in fright) Once you’re gone, you fall apart The arguments become an art The voices start and won’t relent We’ve become addicted to Pretending we’re somewhere else
3.
I’m afraid of humans I wonder if they’re afraid of me They grow here like tumors I wonder if that’s how they see me Short breaths Cold stares Drifting fever in the air Feet move Fluorescence bright They reappear tonight I’m afraid of tumors They’re trying to make them grow in me Distorting all my humors The chemical ooze surrounding me Harsh coughs Cruel laughs Sickness spills out from your mouth A wordless noise Please let me be alone Lost in an endless city where smog obstructs the sky The earth breathes in the fumes that will cause us all to die The entities surround me Their smiles filled with despair Their eyes empty reflections of thick and clouded air Amid the hulks of houses You won’t find any mirth Just lusty old skyscrapers which penetrate the Earth And from between the cracks in the only world you know A host of beings seeps through from where you want to go I am forever trapped here This urban hell remains With all spectres sustained by a deadly white cocaine And I cannot return to the place where I come from When all the walls that trap me secrete a sickly scum We must break through
4.
Noah’s ark Alien submarine They left us But return to visit Abductions happen at night Will they return us alive? They made us Just to mine their gold Now they hide Shapeshifters control us The truth is out there for us to find Keep looking, we might run out of time They’re out there They watch us Where are you? I’ve been waiting and waiting Please greet me What have they placed inside my brain? I am called to their homing beacon Will you enslave my body and mind? Or will you cure me, bring me to life?
5.
RUN – It’s time to leave this place behind RUN – It isn’t safe on ground or sky RUN – There’s nothing left for me out here RUN – I need a safe place, free from fear HEY, YOU – STOP! They will not let me run away STOP! They give me no choice but to stay STOP! I’ll go where I cannot be found STOP! It’s time to retreat underground Walk beside me, Asteroth Lead me away from the lost Digging holes to use for transit We will live beneath the dirt Walk beside me, Metatron Can you shelter me for long? I’ll crawl back into the womb now (So warm inside) I descend into the Earth (I’ll lie within)
6.
Old subway station lies empty yet restless Train lines wind endless below crooked streets Here we hide I hope they don’t find us here But I feel they’re always near Something’s wrong Bodies without faces bustle into subway cars The metal doors close on them and they’re trapped behind bars Rust colors prevail, mostly shrouded in shadows And the walls are lit by a faint orange glow Our warmth A man comes from behind He says he’s gonna die Please get lost How many of us hide here in that scant and feeble light? The tunnel dwellers shun us and we travel in fright We can’t think up original sins when we’re safe This safety isn’t shelter It’s so cold The tracks bend under spinning wheels and the lights melt the walls Foundation pillars crumble, but the ceiling stays up The station folds in on itself so you cannot ever leave You’re trapped as your small world falls apart The traincar leaves the station crashing into endless dark It returns exactly at the time it starts to embark Time goes around in circles and the days are all the same Our senses have all vanished and we’ve never felt the rain (And we can’t get out) Why should we be trapped by our own making? Why should we step back and let this happen? Whose idea was all of this? Someone tell me please… Could you talk a little louder cause I can’t hear what you really mean… Could you talk a little louder cause I can’t hear you at all
7.
I wander through memories (My only friends) A maze of places I’ve been (I’m lost in here) Tunnels leading to rooms within (The senses disconnected) But I can’t find you, no matter how hard I look Because I can’t find my way back to the present I am trapped so deep inside myself that My eyes cannot see what is before me Time and space have both lost all their meaning One door opens while others are closing I walk through but don’t know where it’s leading Moving through my past to find connections That I’d given up long ago Bury myself deep inside Living only half alive Disoriented, looming threats increasing fright Automatic, the defenses trigger smiles Retreat! Alarm! (Turn back now) I can hear them! I can see them! I have to hide! Get me out of here! I cannot hide if I do not know where I am! And if they find me, will I be trapped by what surrounds?! Waiting to find something I can hold on to! But there is nothing around me that is consistent I need what I fear and fear what I need Human connection I remember alluring warnings I opened my chest for you And I was alive You’re just a story now But I’m still here, alone Night falls and night falls again For you, my dear, I’m waiting here Leaves turn and time stalls within For you, my dear, I’m waiting here We cannot bring a life into a world of violence But I can’t let go… Walking and waiting Moving and searching Trying to find a way out Red sky is calling Dark clouds are hovering No false suns blink above Have I found a way out? My surroundings deceive all my senses I can’t find my way back to the present Is this real or all just recollection? Help me find a way out You were standing there in dreams Your eyes hid smiles This room is empty now, but I’m still here Wondering when I will return to the world of the living again Do I even want to leave?
8.
A half-visible man sits on a chair and talks to me My smirking friend with dead eyes And he beckons me to come with him and leave this realm forever He takes me to a hidden place deep inside me As deep as I can go before I’m lost forever Should I trust him? His hands reach out for my hands Offering comfort from within I hear them lurking at my back door Their tentacles reach out for me I board the windows, but what if they break through? There’s only safety in your hidden place Please take me there They’ll be here before the dawn I should hide before they come Chamber opens “Please step in You are safe in here Safe from the lies of the world outside And I’ll provide all you need Just step inside and you’ll drift away… Just let go… For in here paradise awaits you forever You will fall deep into an everlasting sleep Goodbye…”
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10.
I open my eyes to see this city collapse around me I shut them again seeking return to the safety of sleep. Falling rubble kills all vacancy. Clinging to these crumbling constructs leads to nowhere. I can hide no longer, and I can run no further. I am surrounded by myriad beings all spewing virulent words about me. They’re relentless. They seek to suppress me and delete my power. I could not sleep – restless stagnation forced me out of every dead end. Hell follows me – all of these demons have worn down every last defense. These beings come from me. They are my thoughts, hidden in disguises. I’ve only been running from myself I am here to keep myself safe from all of the people out there who will hurt me. I am here to keep everyone safe from what is inside me. I built this city to hide. What if all of the words that trap me here are written on this city’s foundation? I wander through the rubble, searching for some sort of entrance Below the tallest building, the deepest basement is hiding I open the door, terrified to see things I’ve locked away and have forgotten. What makes me a threat to myself and to all those around me? In trying to create something, I destroy what’s beautiful. I try to save and I kill instead. In trying to prevent sickness, I would make it manifest. I have poisoned my own children over and over again. I strive for love but I’m in hate’s grasp Fear is my one form of wealth Repeating thoughts I have magnified Why do I torture myself? Erosion of confusion I forgive you for all that you have done. Corrosion of illusion I forgive myself for choosing hell. This city can’t control all that I see. This city has no power over me. It’s taken on a life of its own. And I can let it go. I AM ALIVE! Welcome home! This is your home now. Step outside – You’re not alone.

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Includes PDF of the full score for the album.

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released April 5, 2013

Performed by:
Gabriel Lucas Riccio - Vocals, Keyboards, Programming, Rain Stick, Wood Block
Travis Orbin (travisorbin.com) - Drums, Additional Screams on 10
Thomas Murphy - Bass
David Stivelman - Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Sophia Uddin - Violin
Soren Larson - Saxophone
Garrett Davis - Additional Laughs on 7

Produced by Gabriel Riccio
All music and lyrics by Gabriel Riccio except:
Additional drum arrangements on 2-8 & 10 by Travis Orbin
Additional bass arrangements on 2-4 & 6 by Tom Murphy
Violin Solos on 2 & 8 and Violin Noise on 6 by Sophia Uddin
Guitar Solos on 2, 8, 10 by David Stivelman
Saxophone Solos on 2, 8, 10 by Soren Larson

1-8, 10 engineered by Garrett Davis at West Main Recording (westmainrec.com), Salisbury, MD, with assistance from Joseph Hill, January-August 2012 except piano tracked by Garrett Davis at Gull Works Studios, Salisbury, MD, January 9-13, 2012
9 recorded and mixed by Gabriel Riccio in Eden, MD

Mixed and mastered by Taylor Larson and Gabriel Riccio at Oceanic Recording, Bethesda, MD, with assistance from Will Donnelly, September-October 2012 & January 2013

Cover art by Joseph Borzotta (josephborzotta.com)

Travis Orbin is endorsed by Pearl Drums and TRX Cymbals.

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The Gabriel Construct Salisbury, Maryland

The Gabriel Construct is the rock solo project of Gabriel Lucas Riccio, a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist from Salisbury, MD (currently residing in Chicago, IL).

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