When In Rome

by Nero's Opening Act

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Original alternative rock concept album telling the story of the decay of modern civilization.

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released June 6, 2010

All songs (c) 2010 Chrystl Kros Productions (ASCAP)

Graphic design by Skylar Shatz for SkyGraphx (www.skygraphx.com)

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Track Name: Jst Enuff Rope
Under penalty of pain, thou shalt not live...

The straws were drawn and the coin was tossed
And I was there to make sure that you lost
You'd better sit down and count the cost
Before you go fuckin' round with me

Under penalty of death, thou shalt not die...

You made your bed and there you laid
And I was there to make sure it was you that bled
I laughed again, and that's when someone said

"When your work on earth is done
And you're sure you've had your fun
Let me be the one
To hand you the loaded gun
And when your days on earth are through
And it's time to pay your dues
I'll be there for you
I'll be the one to give you
Just enough time for one last cigarette
'Cause self-destruction is all you know
Just enough rope to hoist yourself up
When you've sunk as low as you can go"
Track Name: DeifIant
I'm gonna make perverse the best of your intentions
I swear I'm gonna be the one to shoot your angels down
I'll slay your sacred cows and do thing that you won't mention
In your Holiest of Holies - Gonna burn your temples down

So you wanna be a God?
Well let's examine your motivations
You wanna be a god?
All you've gotta do is just to sell your soul...

And you know I'll make you do things you won't do for love nor money
Sink you in a lake of sin and rape you as you drown
I'm gonna tear your hair and leave you hot and freezin'
I'll be the one, I swear, to tear your temples to the ground

So you wanna be a God?
Well, let's examine your motivations
You wanna be a god
Sure would avoid some complications
You wanna be a God?
Well you can take this as a condemnation
If you wanna be a god
All you've gotta do is just to sell your soul
If you wanna be a God

In thy name be the power now, the blame and all the glory
It seems the more you've learned, the more you need to know each day
You've taken what you'd asked for, now I ask you, was it worth it?
Did you really want the world to obligate you when they pray?

So you wanna be a God?
Well let's examine your motivations
You wanna be a god
Sure would avoid some complications
You wanna be a God?
Well, take this as a condemnation
If you wanna be a god
All you've got to do is just to sell your soul
If you wanna be a god
All you've got to do is just to sell your soul
If you wanna be a god
All you've got to do is just to sell your soul
If you wanna be a god
The prize will be no consolation
If you wanna be a god
All you've got to do is just to sell your soul to Satan...
Track Name: October Moon
My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
My eyes have seen the Christian soldiers marching as to war
He lies and says that soon I'm gonna see the promised land
Blinded by my faith, I drive the nails into His hands

They say even demons tremble at the things I'm known to do
But my sins are all forgiven, so I'm still better than you
My god gives me the right to piss upon His holy lands
Blinded by my faith, I drive the nails into His hands

October moon is a'risin
I see the frost upon the land
I see the smoke on the horizon
And the Day of the Lord is near at hand

My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He's unleashed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword
And if I should have to kill for him, my god will understand
Blinded by my faith, I drive the nails into His hands

October moon is a'risin
I see the frost upon the land
I hear the voice that's calling back from the horizon
Says "The Day of the Lord is near at hand..."
Track Name: RounGrounBrown
If life was just a gamble and love was just a game
Then I'd have to be the luckiest man alive
You know it's tough to make a fortune, forget about the fame
Then again, it ain't enough if you just survive
And no one said it would be easy, but sometimes it's a breeze
And then again, sometimes I just wanna close my eyes
Listen to my heart as it tells me what it sees
And hope that I can harmonize

I ain't complaining but life is just a bitch
At a penny for the pound on the lost-and-found
So when I wanna get some mileage, I'll take another inch
And I'm groovin' to the sound o' RounGrounBrown
And it's a good kinda evil
Movin' to the sound o' RounGrounBrown

Though I've never been to Heaven, I've found a state of grace
And you know it ain't the journey it seems to be
But then you've got to make the pit stop if you intend to race
And you know the finish line is your destiny
And for some it's a religion, and others it's a drug
You know that everyone's entitled to just kick back
And now I wouldn't recommend all the work without the play
Won't you look at what it's done to Jack

I ain't complaining, but life is such a bitch
At a penny for the pound on the lost-and-found
So when I wanna feed my monkey, I'll take another pinch
And I'll roll me up a pound o' RounGrounBrown
And it's a good kinda evil
Rustle up a pound o' RounGrounBrown

(Now pay very close attention, boys and girls, 'cause this here's my favorite part....)

I'm gonna keep anticipating the ending of the day
You know it's always something I'm looking forward to
'Cause when all my work is done, then it's time for me to play
Do you have a better reason to pay your dues?
And if you feel you must say something, you'll pardon my offense
'Cause if you don't mind me saying, I just don't care
It's just that if I had a nickel for every two cents
Said I'd be a fuckin' millionaire

And now you won't hear me complaining, but life's a sonofabitch
At a penny for the pound on the lost-and-found
So when I wanna get perverted, I'll grab myself a wench
And I'll get it up to pound the RounGrounBrown
And it's a good kinda evil
Pulverize a mound o' RounGrounBrown
Track Name: Twisted Fate
There's no desert like the ocean
The salty gulf that stands between us
Offers not a drop to whet my tongue

There's no symphony like silence
Your vacant glance leaves not a chance
Nor hope that I shall ever see the sun
Track Name: Leap Of Faith
There's no happiness like sorrow
The games we play, the words you say
To hurt me let me know that you still care

I wish there were no tomorrow
The plans we make, the roads we take
Just never seem to lead us anywhere

Don't leave me lonely
Just leave me alone
I'm fading slowly and tomorrow I'll be gone
My legs are weary, but I've got so far to go before I fall

There's no method to this madness
Any purpose that I might've had
Has long ago been drowned beneath your tears

And now the King of Sadness stands
And takes a bow for the world to see
The emperor's been naked all these years

(Just leave me alone...)

And for one brief, shining moment there
It seemed that I might see the light
But for my life I could not read the signs

And now there's not a taste more bitter
Than the taste of sweet hope, snatched away
And so I'll sign my name one final time

Don't leave me lonely
Just leave me alone
I'm fading slowly and tomorrow I'll be gone
I could surrender now, but Heaven knows I'll never be that strong....
Track Name: Burn
I've never been an arsonist, but if I had the chance
I'd set you all on fire just to watch you dance

I've never been a fighting man, but if you'll let me try
I'll lead you all to battle just to watch you die

Gonna watch it burn burn burn burn burn burn burn burn burn
Gonna watch you burn burn burn burn burn burn burn burn burn
Track Name: Give It A Rest
Excuse me, you obviously have a more pressing destination than mine
In fact, it would appear as though you are just dying to arrive on time
Well don't let someone like me keep you from your very own personal finish line
But when was the last time that somebody told you that the early worm gets the bird?

I mean seriously, the way you while away your days
Hanging on to every little word that E. F. Hotshitz says
As though there were honest to god nothing more important than the same old rats in the same old maze

Yeah, give me the finger -- You'd like it too, wouldn't ya?
Just you, me, a little thing called love, and your favorite weapon
That personal instrument of choice with which you wound the one you claim to love
And by the way, has (s)he seen a vet lately?
I'd recommed a checkup real soon
But I don't guess that's gonna happen 'cause apparently you've got more important things to do

(Hustlin' and bustlin' rush rush rush)
Sell!
Buy!
Trade!
Kill!
Die!
Slave

Excuse me, pardon please -- Over here! YEAH YOU!
Your feet are on fire and your ass is catching
And I definitely smell a backyard barbecue
And it may be none of my business, but while "If it doesn't work, do it harder" may seem like a pretty smooth lovemaking technique to you
It seems a real silly way for a man to run his life

(Hustlin' and bustlin' rush rush rush)
Kill!
Die saved!
Steal!
Lie!
Slave

Give it a rest

(Hey, why don'cha pull over till the cocaine wears off -- motherfucker!)

(Aaah, your mother's in charge of blowjobs at a whorehouse in Asshole, Indiana!)
Track Name: Blast It All
I look around myself and I see
Dirt concrete and grime
Here in the city
Streets a'raging all the time
People beaten in the streets
And suits in silicone bars
Cops harrassing on the beat
"On the next edition of Monty, teen tramps and biker dykes from Mars!"

How much should we take?
How blind can we be?
Is there no chance for us to be free?
Blast it all!

In whom do you trust
In this our darkest hour
When freedom is the roadkill on the road to higher power?
Track Name: When In Rome
I want you to die!

Lay your bread upon the waters
And you water down your bread
Someone said, "We must do something!"
But choose wrong, and BANG you're dead

Every ban creates a market, every law creates a crime
And if not everyone's a criminal, should we all be doing time?
Well, that's the price you pay for penalties and we all must pay the price
Or all the shit they sell on TV is just another sack of lies
Why wage war on hate and poverty and freaks on methadone
When war for peace kills just as dead as war for war alone?
And all the fools and prophets who say it'll never happen here
Will feel the towers tremble, and their hearts will fail for fear

And I'll be at the arena
When they start the bloody show
And I'll be the first one cheering
At the spectacle below

As the freaks, the fags, the whores, the artists, the longhairs and the johns
Rise to meet the beasts of power and fall bleeding one by one
When they take them to the arena, line them up against the wall
And feed them to the Pharisees to entertain us all
So will you stand tall with the wise man and admit you've much to learn
Or will you just stand idly fiddling as this mother crashes to the ground and burns?