Anthology XV

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[CD released 27 April 2014 / Download released 27 April 2013]

21 songs celebrating 15 years of music from The Awakening. Every song has either been remixed, reworked or re-recorded. Anthology XV includes new versions, alternate versions and 2 new songs: "Fault" and "Beneath Your Feet".

Digital version includes 3 bonus tracks: "Nothing Like The Rain (xv)", "Rain (xv)" and "Before I Leap (xv)".

CD version is packaged in gatefold digipak - www.theawakening.com/anthology-xv

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released April 27, 2014

All music & lyrics by Ashton Nyte
except "The Sound Of Silence" by Paul Simon.
Published by Intervention Arts
except "The Sound Of Silence"published by Paul Simon Music
Produced by Ashton Nyte

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The Awakening

"Music to make angels and vampires alike weep for wanting."- Fangoria. The Awakening is a Gothic Rock band fronted by vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Ashton Nyte. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa and based in the USA since 2008 with 8 full length albums and a career-spanning retrospective in their catalogue, the band are currently preparing a European tour for October 2016. ... more

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Track Name: Descent (Chrome Mix)
Is it time here for praying?
Is it time here to die?
And I wake up and it's raining
And you're leaving here tonight

Is it winter in the morning?
Is it over or a lie?
And I'm shaking but I'm breathing
I just need to close my eyes

Oh you never were to blame
The broken glass is everywhere
It's crawling through your veins
The memory won't disappear
Again - tonight
Even Fallen Angels cry
Fallen Angels cry

Is it time here for dreaming?
Is it time here to die?
And there's nothing to believe in
But the One who gave me life

Oh you never were to blame
The broken glass is everywhere
It's crawling through your veins
The memory won't disappear
Again - tonight
Even Fallen Angels cry
Fallen Angels cry

I can hear you falling, feel you breaking
See you calling me
I can taste you bleeding, feel you shaking
Know you're needing me

Fallen Angels Cry

Oh you never were to blame...
Track Name: Indian Summer Rain (XV)
Hear those voices calling
There's sorrow in the air
Falling leaves, like falling tears
Of meaningless despair

She picks up the flowers
And weaves them through her hair
Her dress is torn down to her thigh
Her world has disappeared

And she says go inside
I'm waiting for the rain
She keeps the pain alive
Waiting for the rain

Ice has closed the chamber
The candles have all died
A trail of incense to the place
She lies in deathly white

Shrouded by a halo
The pillow made of stone
She holds the lace against her chest
And welcomes in the cold

And she says go inside
I'm waiting for the rain
She keeps the pain alive
Waiting for the rain

When they find a new forever
Behind this mortal tomb
She'll take the sacrificial knife
Beneath the scarlet moon
When they find a new forever
She'll be someone new
Her skin will warm to summer light
Her eyes a deeper blue

And she says go inside
I'm waiting for the rain
She keeps the pain alive
Waiting for the rain
Track Name: Angelyn (2014)
Angelyn
Rise above the bitter end
Angelyn
Your smile won't let the winter in

I needed you
More than I thought I ever did
Won't you just
Bring your sweet touch back again

'cos I lied, I lied

Angelyn
The morning sun won't shine again
Everything
Belongs to where we started it

I'm falling down
More than I could ever stand
Angelyn
Won't you bring your healing hand

'cos I lied, I lied
Kept your world inside

Can't take back the years
Can't swallow all the tears

Sweet Angel let me in
Quench the thirst I'm drowning in
Track Name: Fault
Dress it down so it feels like fashion
The high life in a low-lit glow
Turning out for the same reaction
Light it all, light it up and go
Light it all, light it up and go
ah ah ah

Find a reason
for the last time and the thousand times before
Find a reason
to say goodbye

Find a reason
for the memories you buried in the dirt
Find a reason to say goodbye
Oh it doesn't feel like heaven anymore

Tear it up like a New Romantic
lip gloss, lip service show
The impulse so automatic
Break it down, light it up and go
Break it down, light it up and go
ah ah ah

Find a reason
for the last time and the thousand times before
Find a reason
to say goodbye

Find a reason
for the memories you buried in the dirt
Find a reason to say goodbye
Oh it doesn't feel like heaven
Oh the feelings are all broken
No it doesn't feel like heaven anymore
Track Name: Beneath Your Feet
Bleeding out the light
From the corners of your soul
Truth is on your side
But it's buried far below

Colour's in your eyes
And it's raining back at home
Needle's in the fire and it's closer to the bone

And all along you had to be
Always just beyond my reach
You wore it well
So nervously complete

And all alone you had to go
The way that angels have to go
I'd trade this hell
For the ground beneath your feet
The ground beneath your feet

Fading like your sin
And you're down beneath the waves
The ritual begins
Your identity just fades

I could keep you warm Angel
I could keep you safe
Open up your eyes Angel
Get out of that grave

And all along you had to be
Always just beyond my reach
You wore it well
So nervously complete

And all alone you had to go
The way that angels have to go
I'd trade this hell
For the ground beneath your feet
The ground beneath your feet

What's wrong with forever
What's wrong with forever
The memory of life can leave you cold
The memory of life can leave you cold
It leaves me cold

And all along you had to be
Always just beyond my reach
You wore it well
So nervously complete

And all alone you had to go
The way that angels have to go
I'd trade this hell
For the ground beneath your feet
The ground beneath your feet
Track Name: Razors Burn (XV)
Down on your fever with a Razor Burn
Can never tell you're a bleeder when you're innocent
And it's a new resolution for a miracle
You've got a poor constitution and you're letting go
Oh that's you
You're always needing proof

You're waiting for the dark
To watch me fall apart
And nothing gets you high

Oh you
You're waiting for the dark
You're down before the start
And everything's a sign
To you

Frozen believer with a Razor Burn
Oh just a casual deceiver and you'll never learn
That the one revolution is to know your name
And that the death of confusion is to see His face
Oh that's you
You're always needing proof

You're waiting for the dark
To watch me fall apart
And nothing gets you high

Oh you
You're waiting for the dark
You're down before the start
And everything's a sign
To you

And it's over
It's overdue again
Oh your dreams are all in vain
And you need more proof
You need more proof and pain

Down on your fever with a razor burn
Can never tell you're a bleeder when you're innocent
And it's a new resolution for a miracle
You've got a poor constitution and you're letting go
Oh you

You're waiting for the dark...
Track Name: Upon The Water (XV)
I'm falling - keep on falling
As you rise above - you and I
Believing - keep on dreaming
For today

I hear you - I can feel you
Following the storm in to the night
I try to - try to keep you
Warm and safe inside

See the walls are coming down, down, down
As the nation rises ready for the fight
And the fires burning down, down, down
As we walk upon the water to the light

I'm falling - keep on falling
As the winter covers all the scars
We need to - need to stop and pray

For healing - pray for healing
Hold on to your faith and don't let go
This world is getting in the way
It's getting in the way

See the walls are coming down, down, down
As the nation rises ready for the fight
And the fires burning down, down, down
As we walk upon the water to the light

Our hope for tomorrow calls tomorrow home
Oh we stand alone

One more prayer for the broken
One more prayer for the found

See the walls are coming down, down, down
As the nation rises ready for the fight
And the fires burning down, down, down
As we walk upon the water to the light
Track Name: Nothing Like The Rain (XV)
It doesn't have to be like this
Down on the floor with your heart
It never felt so meaningless
It's over but the hurting won't stop

It doesn't have to be like this
As time leaves and time wounds the dark
You suffocate the emptiness
It's over

There's nothing like the rain here
To wash away the scars
There's nothing like the rain here
Feel it fall

It doesn't have to be like this
Broken by who you are not
Sorrow leaves you with her kiss
And echoes the words to a song

It doesn't have to be like this
Down on the floor with your past
The suffocating emptiness
Is over

There's nothing like the rain here
To wash away the scars
There's nothing like the rain here
Feel it fall

And like some other tragedy
You drift away in spite of me
And like the words I've never known
I'm shown

There's nothing like the rain here
To wash away the scars
There's nothing like the rain here
Feel it fall
Track Name: Mirror Tricks (XV)
Feeling like these photo-scenes
Your world is black and in-between
the paradox you call your life
you stop to cry

I picked up where they left off
and held you 'til you were alive
And now the room is mirror-tricks and dappled light

And if you walk away I won't understand
If you walk away I won't understand

You were like a work of art
that had its canvas torn apart
and found itself an icon
in its disarray

I was just an afterthought
who practised everything he taught
But innocence can sometimes
be an enemy

If you walk away I won't understand
Oh if you walk away I won't understand

Every phase is something new
with your eyes away from mine
Oh this isn't living proof
This is only borrowed time

Feeling like these photo-scenes
Your world is black and in-between
the paradox you call your life
you stop to cry

If you walk away I won't understand
If you walk away I won't understand

I'm here waiting for you
I am here waiting for you

I picked up where they left off
and held you 'til you were alive
But now the room is mirror-tricks and dappled light
Track Name: My World (Apocalyptic Version)
I turned my head to stop the light
You held a candle and a silver knife
The words were black the words were cold
I'd never given thought to your fool's gold

In my world
Constricted
by the hands of definition - here
I've taken
and beaten all the ways
they've complicated me
In my world I need rebirth

I turned my voice to another cause
They've sent morality to fight on distant shores
I've held the truth I've held despair
deep in my lungs dyed as black as my hair

In my world
Constricted
by the hands of definition - here
I've taken
and beaten all the ways
they've complicated me
In my world I need rebirth

I need to be
someone with some worth
I need to be
someone with some worth

I've turned this water into blood
I've spent so many years lost in this flood

In my world
Constricted
by the hands of definition - here
I've taken
and beaten all the ways
they've complicated me

In my world
Constricted
by the hands of definition - here
I've taken
and beaten
all the ways they've complicated
all the ways they've reinvented
all the ways they've devastated
all the ways they've desecrated me
Track Name: Eve (Wish Version XV)
You put your dress away
with your feelings
I know the tears will be mine again

You take moment
to stop my breathing
And I know the tears will be mine

As I believe
I believe in you

It's been some time now
and I'm still broken
My head is empty, my eyes are swollen

And just behind me
the void is growing
And inside me I feel unwoven

And I believe
I believe in you

I'm on the surface
where wind is blowing
Eyes are shut to the weight of knowing

That everything I am
is forbidden
Through the hallways of doubt I'm driven

As I believe
I believe in you

Take a moment
crawl deeper under
Take this moment
And wish it away
Track Name: The Dark Romantics (XV)
We are the Dark Romantics
The Dark Romantics in our candle's glow
We are the Dark Romantics
and our dreams are where the poets go.

Oh
Go

The photograph child
holds her head in shame
While the Crystal Wilde
fears a statue with no name

The velvet touch
of the warmest mystery
Is where our kind
welcomes serenity

We are the Dark Romantics
The Dark Romantics in our candle's glow
We are the Dark Romantics
and our dreams are where the poets go.
Oh
Oh

Your eyes are shut
to the world that we hold dear
You mock the way we paint ourselves
You mock our Theatre tears

We bow in love
I know the Angels smile
Drinking on emotion
Lighting altar fires

We are the Dark Romantics
The Dark Romantics in our candle's glow
We are the Dark Romantics
and our dreams are where the poets go.

Oh we will be
Passionate, delicate
Oh we can see
all that God has given
It's surreal
Surreal
(surreal)

The photograph child
holds her head in shame
While the Crystal Wilde
fears a statue with no name

Oh we are the Dark Romantics
The Dark Romantics in our candle's glow
We are the Dark Romantics
and our dreams are where the poets go.

Oh, we will be
Passionate, delicate
Oh, we can see
all that God has given
It's surreal
Oh, surreal
(surreal)

We are the Dark Romantics
The Dark Romantics in our candle's glow
We are the Dark Romantics
and our dreams are where the poets go.
Track Name: Rain (XV)
I need to know all the truths behind the lies
I need to show the guilt that is inside me

Try to grow, a little sun and rain to die
Try to grow, apart from this escaping

Actions for the words
Linear touche
Actions killed the first
Border on insane

So let it rain
Let it rain
Let it rain
Let it rain now

Little child with war in her eyes
Little false summation
Little war taken for a slide
Time for lost salvation

I've had to go and leave the doubtful tears behind
Because the glow, well I could see it fading

Actions for the words
Linear touche
Actions killed the first
Border on insane

So let it rain
Let it rain
Let it rain
Let it rain now

Little child with war in her eyes
Little false summation
Little war taken for a slide
Time for lost salvation

Oh clouds are overhead
Oh sentimental shade
Oh why am I scared

So let it rain
Let it rain
Let it rain
Let it rain now
Track Name: Maree (XV)
I told myself to wait
But the greyness around me
took a liking to me

I stood there against your gate
But the coldness was growing
so I began walking

I began walking away
Inside I knew
what I was leaving

But hey Maree
We belong together
Hey Maree
We belong together girl

Breathing the sour taste
Of indecision
of incompletion

Can't believe it's going to waste
The candle-lit passion
That honest sensation

But hey Maree
We belong together
Hey Maree
We belong together girl

I could not believe
the deception in me
as I left you in rags of grey

I could not believe
that I chose this bereavement
When with you is all I can be

(I said)
Hey Maree
We belong together
Hey Maree
We belong together girl
Track Name: Before I Leap (XV)
If I could only for a moment
If I could look before I leap
To test it out before diving
To test to see how deep

When I'm alone, dressed up in crayon
Pulling burdens from the weak
For just to look in her direction
To bear the cause or bear deceit

Oh but the night time is where it breeds
Feed on the night time, feelings bereaved
Oh but the night time is what I need

Thought I'd improve my concentration
A little more breathing space
But I'm suffocated by the ventilation
That circles 'round this hollow place

Oh but the night time is where it breeds
Feed on the night time, feelings bereaved
Oh but the night time is what I need

It doesn't matter where the hurt is
It's only worse when it's dark
I see her face and then the burning
Tomorrows breathe into a spark

If I could learn from past disaster
That left my mind a riddled fuse
When eyes were turned to the hereafter
And life had seemed so far removed

Oh but the night time...
Track Name: The March (Single Mix XV)
Well raise your hands, it's all ours for the taking
With disbelief they see the march go by
Go by

A history of wrongs and blistered implications
Less of what we need and more, more frustration
Taken to the altar and left to deteriorate
Taken just for granted, they laugh and devastate

You won't be the first or last to take a stand
Idols will remain, in glass, your highered hand

Well raise your hands, it's all ours for the taking
With disbelief they see the march go by

Haunted by the echo of the loading
Bodies in the throat of the beast
Hounded by the forces rejecting, rejecting peace

Try as you might
I don't believe
You have the strength
You are nothing more than the empty men
Nothing more, we'll see your end

Raise your hands, it's all ours for the taking
With disbelief they see the march go by

(Taken to the altar, taken for granted)

Haunted by the whimper of the children
Bodies in the throat of the beast
Try as you might, I don't believe

I don't believe
You have the strength
You are spoken for
The empty men
Nothing more
We'll see your end
Track Name: Vampyre Girl (2014)
Well here comes my Vampyre Girl
She's a Halloween Dish dressed in fur
She's a pale skin androgynous delight

Black hair, black nails, black humour,
All the boys stare like she's going to eat 'em
But she wants 'til the audience is right
Tonight

She'll cover you like milk
Scarlet lace and bloody silk
My favourite melodrama in the world
Vampyre Girl

After the Witching Hour
She's a sure-fire Lestat devotee
Bloody lips and sinfully blue eyes

She's got the whole Anne Rice collection
But she don't mind the mirror's reflection
She won't leave the house 'til her look is right
Tonight

She'll cover you like milk
Scarlet lace and bloody silk
My favourite melodrama in the world
Vampyre Girl
Vampyre Girl

Oh she's the one
Who's always planned the night
With such a perfect bite
Oh she's such a perfect perfect Vampyre Girl
Oh girl

She'll cover you like milk
Scarlet lace and bloody silk
My favourite melodrama in the world
Vampyre Girl
Vampyre Girl
Track Name: Standing (Axial Version)
Sitting by myself again
Battered and alone
Wondering to myself again
whether I have grown

Stand and be counted
Stand to be seen
Stand and be counted

I look into your eyes again
and memories unfold
I wonder about the time we spend
The place we call a home

Stand and be counted
Stand to be seen
Stand and be counted

You force my mind to turn away
to your dreams of black and gold
A pain so sharp it bleeds the night
I give you my hand to hold

Stand and be counted
Stand to be seen
Stand and be counted

It's not long to go
to find your way home
It's not long to go
to find your way home
Track Name: Martyr (2014)
nd where martyrs stand the idols fall

but in my solitude I surrender

Where Judas lies the curtain is torn

I am the weaker here, the pretender



And the Blood will make angels of us all

Oh beyond comprehension

that He would choose one who seldom takes the call

straight to heart, defy convention



And our heroes are tangible and able

to keep our focus from the One

who bled and died in a halo of pain

labeled a fake, a heretic, while He is the true Son



And the Blood will make angels of us all

Oh beyond comprehension

that He would choose one who seldom takes the call

straight to heart, defy convention



Perfect Martyr for me

Perfect Martyr for you
Track Name: Amethyst (Live Piano Version XV)
Look away
Oh my precious one
The weight of hurt was fed
to those you feared

Turn away
Oh my only one
Trapped inside my head
you seem to be

Is life worth living
without your body against mine
Is my air worth breathing
without your tiny hand in mine
Is my life worth fighting for
without your arms around mine
Oh is the Amethyst
or is this the weight of bliss

And the taste
of your tender skin
leaves my senses scattered
on the tiles

And the fear
of compassion's interim
Hold me as the dark
claws at my side

Is life worth living
without your body against mine
Is my air worth breathing
without your tiny hand in mine
Is my life worth fighting for
without your arms around mine
Oh is the Amethyst
or is this the weight of bliss

like your kiss
your kiss