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!
This is your home now.
Step outside –
You’re not alone.
from Interior City,
released April 5, 2013
Gabriel Lucas Riccio - Vocals, Piano, Noise, Programming
Travis Orbin - Drums, Additional Screams
Thomas Murphy - Bass
David Stivelman - Guitar
Sophia Uddin - Violin
Soren Larson - Saxophone
Engineered by Garrett Davis at West Main Recording, 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
Mixed and mastered by Taylor Larson and Gabriel Riccio at Oceanic Recording, Bethesda, MD, with assistance from Will Donnelly, September-October 2012 & January 2013