Surviving on Borrowed Time

by [CASK]

Headlights blinding me, the sirens as they wail I tried braking but to no avail I swear I didn't see you there; I think I fell asleep But only for a split second, I've been drinking all week Into the night running Trying to get to you I saw the lights coming Flashing red and blue Into the night running And I can't get through But I owe my soul and There's nothing I can do. I saw the devil and she said I did okay [you did okay] She said "I'm sorry but it has to be this way" [it has to be this way?] I just shrugged it off, said the debts all mine "But you left a witness now go out while there's still time"
Hourglass 05:20
You've always wanted to leave your mark But I can't let you rewind When you've finally achieved something You've run out of time I was always wasted by you I'm no longer on your side And I have two hands against you You've got to keep your right As the hour glass is fading I will be right here just waiting If you ever try defeat me You will regret it; you need me I cannot be stopped And I seldom stand still In me you will get lost And in me you can fill You can never have enough Just keep on watching the clock And you are forever pressed for me And you will not be unstuck You can never defeat me Let's just face it, you need me.
Reaper 06:56
Don’t look back just keep driving forward They will lose us in time What the hell are we living for yeah? Just close your eyes I know they won’t catch up We’re gonna be alright I know it, they won’t touch us I don’t fear the reaper I don’t fear anything Content with what we’ve done We will move forward It’s alright, we’ve time It’s alright baby I am watching over you You cry “but what can we do?” There are things that they won’t reveal to us They run the world, they built the world, they own the world I don’t feel it in my soul But I feel it in my heart, It’s worth it still! They know They know we’re in their sight, I feel it in my head I’ll watch over you, I know we’ll be fine, yeah in good time. I just wanna move forward You can run away but you cannot escape
I was in love once and she betrayed me; left me beaten and bruised Drove me to drink away my misery for a life I did not choose And you don't know what it's like to see yourself die and know there's blood in utopia. And of this dark we created humanity raped, abused and castrated And out of something good comes something worse You prepare the noose and I'll get the hearse And you don't know what it's like to see yourself die and know there's blood in utopia. And you don't know what to say; sit back and watch the world decay - you know there's blood in utopia. Mothers lay your babies to sleep and sing them a lullaby Tell them you're proud of who they became and then softly close their eyes And you don't know what to say; not like it matters anyway - you know there's blood in utopia!
Safe 05:04
All we ever dreamed of having Now ashes below our eyes A nightmare now actualised And all we thought was hopeless, though we survived But at great loss, with no reason why And we are, we are safe But what now, there’s nothing more to take? And all we thought only happened to other families Now the blame lays on you and me And we thought we were safe But what now, there's nothing more to take? Let it out! Let it out, breathe in slowly Let it out, you don’t even know me. There’s nothing more.
I was always a good man; I always did what I was told An asset to the community; I never lied, cursed or stole Well I gave you my everything And I gave you my word And I prayed every night to you I guess you mustn't have heard I guess it doesn't mean a thing (no longer does it matter) Because I lay here saying farewell (I write this to you) My first redemption (This will be my last) My journey to hell (take my soul as it is) And I still believed in you (oh trust me I still do) When you didn't believe in me What more can I give? I've given everything!
Come into my room; clothes unravelled I'm sweaty and naked on the floor The darkness glooms from the ceiling It's bloody and it's wanting more My only wish was to be with you and now I am sober There were so many things that I wanted to do So many things to show her Come into my room, from the highway you'll see my house on the hill The lights are off and the doors unlocked but you'll know I'm there still The end of impossible is plagued The distance between us is safe It’s safe Turn to the house, from the highway and you’ll see me wave on the hill I’m covered in blood and I’m pretty messed up, but you’ll know it’s me still My only wish was to show you a world that you had yet to see But now I think of all the times in the moments that we ceased to be. The end of impossible is plagued The distance between us is safe It’s safe My heart is shattered But yours is raped I hope you come to get me today I’ve got no bones left for you to break Oh, won’t you come into my room I dare you Oh, won’t you come into my house I dare you I thought we were safe Lights and sirens on the highway They found my body on the hill They did not know the cause of death, but they said it was too early to tell I guess in some ways you could argue that my death was heaven-sent But you know I fought for everything in our final moments
Presentiment 06:09
I should have known better and she shouldn’t have been so surprisedThe signs were there and yet I found myself none the wiseShe was on top of it all, while I just sat there naive We'd seen things that you just wouldn't believeBodies scattered all around, and nations destroyedCities burning, armies deployedWe will hide from the warStop at nothing at allI swear this to be trueIf they come here, I will fight Give you all my supplies I will happily die for youNo one paid attention to the warnings broadcast on the televisionMost just took it as a bluff, until they evacuated the prisonsMothers still in mourning from the casualties only a week priorSupermarket shelves remain empty, looted from the ceasefire Children sent to the army and families torn apartIf only they knew that the war had yet to startThe panic grew louder, we watched from underground Gunshots and screaming, while we were safe and sound The internet disconnected, and no mobile phone receptionWe just sat there waiting in our own personal detentionBut then a came a visitor to the tiny rooftop windowHis face covered in blood and the whitest of snow “Do we trust him? What if he’s with the enemy?”“We have to be vigilant, and ignore all adversaries”“What if the coast is clear? We cannot survive much longer”As the sun begins to melt the snow, and possibilities were ponderedHis skull exploding across the surface, he was trying to warn us!As the shadows covered the viewing screen, seemingly amorphous…


released January 2, 2020

Music and lyrics
Cask J. Thomson
Mastering engineer on tracks 2-12
Alan L. Williamson
Doc James Chillblains
IvoryFlyer Studios - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Mixing engineer
Alan L. Williamson
DefinitiveAudio Studios - Queensland, Australia
IvoryFlyer Studios - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Additional Vocal Effects on Track 9
Christian Donovan


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Cask J. Thomson is an Scottish-born Australian music composer and producer best known for his progressive rock and metal releases as [CASK].
In 2018, he released his progressive rock epic "Life is a Terminal Illness" with "Surviving on Borrowed Time" following in December of 2019.
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