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Letters Home

by Defeater

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Bastards 02:36
I hope this finds you well A father lost and mother dear The family that's kept me here hard lesson learned and I learned it well How to lose everything How to push you away How to lie when I say "I'll never raised a hand to the ones I love ever again." You begged and prayed For your god and his grace To save you from me My broken spirit and back My calloused, shaking hands The ache I carry in them My grief and skeletons The weight you carried inside A weight that ain't my bloodline Black out to sunlight I count these burdens as mine And all you see is that bastard in me
No Shame 03:31
Another day when the sun ain’t shining Another night with the bottle I drown in Still hoping, still waiting Still breathing, by a thread still holding on To my demons, To every dying wish I’ve had of us leaving This old ghost town, still dragging us down, To pull you out of this hell You’ve been living in with the needle And every dying wish I’ve had that you would clean up Your ups and let downs Pulling me underground With every tired lie you tell Just to fill your arm You thin your veins with the dirt, With the hurt, with the memories and the pain I lost my faith in your god, in your word In every promise that you break, So I walk the same way home each night To find that back alley pusher and take his life I ain’t ashamed for what I’ve done I’ll take an eye for an eye Until every junkie is blind The river bed holds the blood and the knife I took his eye as a prize The man who laid with my wife Lays at the bottom of that river where the sun never shines
Dear old friend I'm feeling hopeless again I'm giving in to my vices bottle in hand I think I'm slipping again At the end of my rope with this pain in my head I could use your sage old advice, Some words to calm me down I ain't been sleeping most nights With my girl sleeping all over town I've got a short list of my enemies Since days I spent in the trench But he ain't no man, he's a cheat A coward staring down death In this letter I'll never send I confess I kill them both where they stand You only get what you give. On the front lines I watched as good men died I left a piece of me in foreign country side in my own home, I'm a stranger now I was a husband once. Lies built on losing ground
Can you hear those birds sing? Means we’re closer to shore Means we’re closer to home Further from love and war Further from what made sense What we were born to do What kept the blood in our veins, and my veins thin with booze Kept my hand on my gun And my gun by my side Kept the moon in my thoughts With the sun in my eyes Kept my head hanging low Kept my gun by my side My brother’s name in my head Had me praying for death For me and my friends So we would never wake up To our lovers again Because every lover had lied When they said we’d be fine When they said in good faith They’d sleep alone every night Hope to come home in one piece with our boys by our side Now we’re ragged and torn like the flags that we fly Like the ones we lay down on a coffin so clean And see those eyes staring back the boys we used to be I re-read the postcards you sent and wish the truth was a lie The waves on the hull throw your words off the side The ship takes the dead and dying back home I want to sink to the depths with the letters you wrote
No Relief 02:29
Waking up safe and sound The words could hardly leave my mouth “How did I make it out alive?” I lose the same sleep every night I got your letter today And when I heard my name My stomach sank to the floor, I can’t take anymore I’m digging my own grave And it read “Dear John” I knew this day would come I’m drinking every drop until the aching will stop, Until you pull that rig out from your arm A wise man once told me There will be no relief We will never be free of the horrible things And the pain that we’ve seen And that same man was told “No matter where we may roam You forget what you know of that life you once lived Because your home ain’t never home.”
No Faith 02:30
I’m a man of no faith, but I’m familiar with hell It can be heard in every man, every bullet, every shell. In every word, ink and pen, every family torn, every post marked stamp wishing them well. It can be seen on every kid scared to death The wear and the pain on their face We march on into snow, into rain Our trenches, our foxholes
Dead Set 03:06
I’ve got this hope in my chest I’ll see one more sunrise Got my brothers good luck around my neck every night I’ve got this song in my head It’s got me thinking of him My heart is heavy with guilt It’s got my blood running thin We hold fast, dead set Hold fast, dead set The only friends I count as mine Are those who would die to save your life I've got this burning in my gut I've got these words that I write If I don’t make it home They’ll know they‘re always on my mind We hold fast, dead set
No Savior 03:56
I quit believing in heaven I found no saviour in nothing I gave away my faith When I gave my brother a coffin He was the air in my lungs He was the blood in my veins The reason I joined up The man that I’ll never be A cigarette and a drink To burn away my night And keep the ache in my chest and his candle burning bright These words fall on deaf ears There is only guilt, death and grief Your god forgot about us He’s just a thief and a cheat Let me be damned
Rabbit Foot 02:44
Dear hope I lost you, Found solace in a bottle Now I'm my mother's only son Brother of mine I wake up with the sunrise With an ache in my chest Now you sleep at the bottom Of the blue pacific I find no comfort I find no solace I've got no use for these I find no closure I find no peace Just these scarred up memories I've got your letters I've got your good luck In your rabbit foot I keep Around my throat To keep me from dying You've always been protecting me I woke up with the bottle and an ache in my chest Now you sleep in the iron bottom, blue pacific.
Bled Out 06:32
I feel the distance in your letters sent I left my family for the trenches You've got me worried about leaving You've got your needle, I've got my demons You've got me homesick, I feel me slipping I feel the cold hand of death is creeping He took my brother to the ocean floor I beg but death don't come, that fucking coward I'd give my life for his, what could I have done differently? Bled out and failed him, he never would have done that to me Let me keep sinking Let me keep drowning I am no one I am nothing I feel the distance I am desperate Got me homesick I am hopeless And all I see is that bastard in me


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A band known for their captivating and comprehensive storytelling just as much as their elaborate and complex music, Defeater's third full-length, 'Letters Home', is their absolute best work yet. These 10 new tracks are heavy and haunting, while lyrically poignant and continuing the story of a working class family living in post-WWII America. 'Letters Home' revolves around the father of two brothers that listeners were introduced to in two of Defeater's prior releases (2008's 'Travels' and, most recently, 2011's 'Empty Days & Sleepless Nights'), giving a background to the character and seeing some of the events from those past albums through his eyes. 'Letters Home' is legitimately Defeater's heaviest body of music thus far, featuring powerfully intricate guitar instrumentation, colossal-sounding drums, and more ferocious vocals than ever before.


released July 16, 2013


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