This Treason

by New Jacobin Club

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A morality play set to music - the tragic tale of Sir Hugh le Despenser the Younger, infamous 14th century pirate, warlord, heretic, blasphemer and traitor to the throne of England

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released October 19, 2010

The Horde - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, 10 string guitar, jaw harp
The Swarm - lead vocals (6,8), bass
The Fury - lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
The Luminous - cello, backing vocals
Vitruvius - synth, organ
Rat King - drums
Poison Candy - theremin
Rima the Birdgirl - stage theatrics/backing vocals
Firecrotch Jones - stage theatrics/backing vocals
Raunchy RayBees - stage theatrics
Poon Puncher - stage theatrics

engineered and mixed by Devin Martyniuk
programming for "The Fall" and "All Mourning Long" by Devin Martyniuk
all other programming & sequencing by Dislexik
mastered by Kelly Rudosky
produced by The New Jacobin Club
artwork by Cate Francis

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New Jacobin Club Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Western Canada’s notorious and enduring shock rock ensemble! The New Jacobin Club is a colorful group of musicians and performance artists who bring an eye-popping array of disturbing visuals to their infamous stage show . Their riffy and anthematic gothic punk/metal with electric cello and theremin continues to make them Canadian college radio favourites and has won over fans worldwide. ... more

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Track Name: This Treason
Hail to the King!
We live forever free
A house united by force divinity
Hail to the Queen!
She sleeps alone tonight
And counts the days until the time is right

I leave this life for you
This soulless gaze burns through
My treason whore is fate
I leave this life for you

I’ve always known that it would end this way
Drink in my lover’s eyes until they turn away
I gag on my last breath
Life spills onto the floor
This stolid gaze remains
And sins nevermore

I leave this life for you
This soulless gaze burns through
My treason whore is fate
I leave this life for you

I leave this life for you
I leave this life for you
I leave this life for you
I leave this life for you
Track Name: Private Hell
Into the weeping night
They flee from a judgment
By God’s anointed one
But tears born of hate,
A hatred left to die
By the red rising sun
We fight!

I saw a kingdom fall today
A statue crumbling down
A body diseased
And who is this god
That smiles down in pleasure
At your evil deeds?
To be free...

This life with you has been my own private hell
I’m going to die and be free
And I’ll return in your hour of pain
The fates have shown to me

I saw your kingdom fall today
Like a statue crumbling down
Like a body diseased
And who is this god
That smiles down in pleasure
At all your wicked deeds

This life with you has been my own private hell
I’m going to die and be free
And I’ll return in your hour of pain
The fates have shown to me
Track Name: Countess Scorned
You common fool
Now your treason hangs above you
Hell hath no fury like she
Your fatal error,
Alas, was to deny her…
A rightful place in your bed
Abomination!
Schooled in the secrets of men!
Poetess sings
Of love unrequited
This man will fall from grace

Write! - The Countess scorned sits down to write
Ride! - The Countess scorned sets out to ride
Die! - The Countess scorned lays down to die

All that I am
All that remains,
This female shadow to you
I take no lover
I stake no claims
Know from where the hammer fell
Abomination!
Schooled in the secrets of war!
Poetess sings
Of love’s defeat
This man is soon to lose his life

Write! - The Countess scorned sits down to write
Ride! - The Countess scorned sets out to ride
Die! - The Countess scorned lays down to die
Track Name: Breath Like Wine
Raise your drink up to the sky
Then look away and wonder why
There is knowledge locked in you
That you know what my soul would do

Flaxen hair and dead gray eyes
Go and live or stay and die
Fight alongside men who pray
That victory won’t mean parting ways

Your lips are dry
Breath like wine
Your lips are dry
So close to mine

In another place
A different time
Another age it passes by

Drink to me, I’ll drink to you
We’ll drink until the day is new
Flaxen hair and dead gray eyes
Go and live or stay and die

Your lips are dry
Breath like wine
Your lips are dry
So close to mine

In another age
A different time
The ancient gods for us deny
This kiss of steel becomes my bride
In a different place
Another time
Track Name: Like Dogs
We never thought we would live like this
But hunger stupefies
Feed me darling, it’s a thrill
Fill me up deep inside

Because even though as I pray,
I could not help myself
From tearing you apart
Until I was satisfied

Down in the pit where I was born
I learned a lesson from my dad
To survive you must first learn this
Hunger drives a clean soul mad

Hear my brothers
Hear my sisters
Cry out against what I’ve done
I may have been the runt of the litter
But now baby I am the one

Like Dogs...
I mangy bitch without a home
Like Dogs...
Fighting for the meat on the bone
Starved and thrown in the ring
Like Dogs...
Fight or die!

Down in the hole where I grew up
I learned a lesson from my mom
To survive you must remember this
Your rage son, it’s a bomb

Hear my brothers
Hear my sisters
Cry out against what I’ve done
I may have been the runt of the litter
But now baby I am the one

Like Dogs...
I mangy bitch without a home
Like Dogs...
Fighting for the meat on the bone
Starved and thrown in the ring
Like Dogs...
Fight or die!
Track Name: The Fall
Hail!
Praise that tastes so sour on cracked lips
Our flag cloaks the deeds of cowardice
The heights of excess come at such a sickening expense
I may serve an unfit king but still I rise

March!
I know their righteous spears cannot be far
By nightfall I may slumber between the stars
I may have sworn my sword to protect a gold that doesn't shine
I must serve my Prince of Shit, and so I rise

Dear God, collect me
Kill me if you can
Rain arrows, like angels
To thieve the sword out of my hand

Fire!
Reduce my own country to ash and ruin
Water turns to rust and smoke swallows up the moon
Justice would see the death of me but my reign will not subside
With evil heat and brimstone, now I rise

Dear God, collect me
Kill me if you can
Rain arrows, like angels
To thieve the sword out of my hand

God willing, we will lose this day....
Track Name: Kronos Devours His Children
(instrumental)
Track Name: All Mourning Long
Smoke clears – the din dies own
Your blood dries up
Your lifeblood – stains these streets
Stains my streets
A fleeting wish – that it would pour anew
And drown us all
But the angels came - and they stripped your bones
To liberate your soul - from this cruel world

Sunken eyes submit to sleep
The ruins of my heart weigh down my body
After days of ghosts I admit defeat
and I feel you
Within slumber – no relief
Behind my eyes I relive your body
Hollowed out like an animal
I see you

Without you I am lost
I cannot reconcile with justice
I could watch each disciple fall
Choking on your your blessed ashes

Angel mine, in pieces
Skin adorned with the holy word
of a calloused god who couldn't understand
What we had
I come to within seconds
Gasping for air – grasping for you
I fall to my knees – I stifle screams
I need you
Without you I am lost
I cannot reconcile with justice
I could watch each disciple fall
Choking on your your blessed ashes

I feel your poison inside
If I flee this world there will be no hope for me
As I consider death I realize, that though I may die a coward
That it's your name that will live on in infamy

When my time comes – when I cave in – when I submit
I will surrender only my body
They'll never lay their hands on my spirit

This is a prayer to a victim
To embrace his own oppressor
To hold the hand that bruised his hide
To weather hell right by his side

Whispers - of clumsy assassins - plot outside my door
This is the light – the merciful end – I've been waiting for
I rush to bed – beneath my sheets – and feign a peaceful sleep
Soon these rats – angels of ill repute – will deliver me....

From this cruel world
Track Name: The Bishop & the Executioner
In the still of nocturne
In a dark tranquility
Servant of the faithful
I repose so blissfully
A violent sound alarms
A rapping insistently
A violent sound that violates
The sanctity
Of this cathedral
Structure built by men at odds
Two towers vainly reach the sky
To touch the gods
One stands guard against
A war we cannot win
The other is a prison
For men who murder kin

A violent sound again
A rapping insistently
A violent sound that violates
The sanctity
I awake to a sound at the door
A shape beside my bed
I am bound and led away
A sack placed on my head
My captors beg forgiveness
“Please understand, your grace,
We take you to where you are needed
You must not see this place”
We ride for hours
But this journey feels like days
We ride for hours
Winding through this devil’s maze

My journey is at it’s end
We enter warmth and light
I am relieved
Of the obstruction to my site
A palace hall
A place where princes receive their guests
My host stand noble before me
In decor devoid of crests
“Your holiness,” he begs,
“Do this thing for me -
My only daughter
Stands corrupted by that fiend”
The child she kneels before me
I perform the final rite
The out from behind the curtain
Steps death dealing wraith black as night

Her head hits the floor
Blinking but once more
Staring up at me
My lord is this to be?
Her head hits the floor
Blinking but once more
Staring back at me
To my Lord I deliver thee

I return to the unmarked carriage
I refuse the offer of wine
Then the servant of death falls limp
Poison, the drink I did decline
We rode for hours
A sack placed over my head
We rode for hours
Perhaps I am already dead
In this cathedral
Structure built by men at odds
Two towers vainly reach the sky
To touch the gods
One stands guard against
A war we cannot win
The other remains a prison
For men who murder kin
Track Name: Penance at the End of Days
Have Mercy on my soul
For I repent
Have mercy on my soul
Before its spent
Have mercy on my soul
For I have sinned
Have mercy on my soul
Those I did in

I have returned
You are not whole
I have returned
Your crippled soul
This hour of pain
This hour of pain
This hour of pain
This hour of pain

I leave this life for your
This soulless gaze burns through
My treason whore is fate
I leave this life for you

Hail to the king