the Art of War

by the Four Suns

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'the Art of War' is a sci-fi/fantasy story about the Four Suns and the failed revolution on their home-world.

The themes of the album deal heavily with social and economic justice.

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released November 5, 2011

Scarecrow - guitars, vocals, piano, organ, keyboards
Jester - guitars, vocals, piano, flute, keyboards
Backbeat - drums, vocals, strings, keyboards
Pumpkinhead - bass, sirens, keyboards

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Track Name: the Art of War
THE ART OF WAR

Stand up in revolution wake the dawn and set her free
Tear up the constitution fill the streets with anarchy
Prepare to die by the sword of your own misery
so come on and set your anger free…
All I see are empty lies hid behind your wicked eyes
Living by the art of war_______

Act like you love to fight We’re all gonna die tonight
Fall down and hit the floor This is the art of war
We’re all breaking out of here There’s no need to live in fear
Or die for the art of war

Shake off that feeling like you’ve lost all control
Unleash the dawn so she can buy back her soul
Put down your guns and give love a second chance
I’ll be here when you’re ready to go…
Don’t live your final days in fear knowing that the end is near
This is the art of war_______

Act like you love to fight We’re all gonna die tonight
Fall down and hit the floor This is the art of war
We’re all breaking out of here There’s no need to live in fear
Or die for the art of war

All I see are empty lies hid behind your wicked eyes
Living by the art of war_______

Take my salvation and feed it to our enemies
Shake off the feeling of remorse, it’s not a tragedy
They’ve got it coming cause they don’t believe in sympathy
They’ll die for their art of war
Burn their souls in agony begging god to set them free
This is the art of war_______


Act like you love to fight We’re all gonna die tonight
Fall down and hit the floor this is the art of war
We’re all breaking out of here There’s no need to live in fear
Or die for the art of war
Track Name: Bombs Away
BOMBS AWAY


We’re marching off to war
So come along and give your life
Sit back and close your eyes
Relax and say goodbye
The Shadow Soldiers lurk at night
And sleep in graves under the sun
Awaken startled widows, scream in fright
And latch onto your guns
Take the time to say goodbyes
Before the ships leave the shore
And tell them you’re not coming home
They don’t have to cry anymore

We’re marching off to war
So come along and give your life
Sit back and close your eyes
Relax and say goodbye
We’ll cast away our sins
And learn to live and die by the gun
Spill blood for king and sacred land
And pay tribute to the blazing son
And take the time to say goodbye
Before the walls come down
And cast the shells into the air
Hold still and don’t make a sound


We’ll pass around the cup
So every soul can have his fill
And when it’s all done and gone
Lock and load and shoot to kill
And take the time to say goodbye
In case you don’t make it home
And wipe the tears from the widow’s eyes
And tell her she’s not alone…


We’re marching off to war
So come along and give your life
Sit back and close your eyes
Relax and say goodbye
Track Name: Kill Your American Idols
KILL ALL YOUR AMERICAN IDOLS

Kill all your idols before they kill you first
Poison the water and watch them die of thirst
Plug in the speakers and let the record spin
Kill all your idols and do it all again

The Baron of Sorrow will rule the world some day
And storm into Heaven while the band begins to play
And the angels will cry out in joyful agony
As the Baron starts to speak and all the world will know defeat
But the music can’t be heard over the weeping of the masses
Crying out Please, Sorrow set us free

Kill all your idols before they kill you first
Poison the water and watch them die of thirst
Kill all your idols before they kill you first
Poison the water and watch them die of thirst
Plug in the speakers and let the record spin
Kill all your idols and do it all again

The shadows of Sorrow are following his lead
And shaking off the warnings we’ll all die if they succeed
But no one can stop him from taking what he needs
To burn the world in strife and misery
The sands are drifting slowly through the glass as we just stand around
And wonder where we go from here

Kill all your idols before they kill you first
Poison the water and watch them die of thirst
Plug in the speakers and let the record spin
Kill all your idols and do it all again

The sands are drifting slowly through the glass as we just stand around
And wonder where we go from here

Plug in the speakers and let the record spin
Kill all your idols and do it all again

The Baron of Sorrow laid out his master plan
Encrypted in the scripture to complex to understand
And no one is ready for the war that is to come
When it’s over we’ll be left here feeling numb
the music can’t be heard over the weeping of the masses
Crying out Please, Sorrow set us free

Kill all your idols before they kill you first
Poison the water and watch them die of thirst
Plug in the speakers and let the record spin
Kill all your idols and do it all again
Track Name: Shadow Soldiers
SHADOW SOLDIERS
written by Jester

Shadow soldiers villain of a thousand faces
Screaming terrors murderous bullet chasers
Cry like children cause nobody is gonna save you
Run and hide from the emanate approach to danger
Run and hide while you can before they come for your soul
I know it’s getting old

You’ll never see them till they show you their sick yellow eyes
They hypnotize and then they kill
And when you see them turn and run for your life
While you can (it’s not a dream this is real)

Shadow soldiers villain of a thousand faces
Screaming terrors murderous bullet chasers
Cry like children cause nobody is gonna save you
Run and hide from the emanate approach to danger
Watch their wild lies hid behind their wicked smile

The chips are stacked and in the court of kings they maintain
Control of everything
But while they’re sleeping in their bed of thorns
Choke their souls with their masters chains

Shadow soldiers villain of a thousand faces
Screaming terrors murderous bullet chasers
Cry like children cause nobody is gonna save you
Run and hide from the emanate approach to danger
Run and hide while you can before they come for your soul

Watch their wild lies hid behind their wicked smile

Before you close your eyes this one final time
Rest in peace because it’s over now
But as you fall into eternal dreams
Embrace the screams because you’re stuck with them now

Shadow soldiers villain of a thousand faces
Screaming terrors murderous bullet chasers
Cry like children cause nobody is gonna save you
Run and hide from the emanate approach to danger

(Shadow soldiers villain of a thousand faces
Screaming terrors murderous bullet chasers
Cry like children cause nobody is gonna save you
Run and hide from the emanate approach to danger)
Track Name: (Talk for a While) Tonight
(TALK FOR A WHILE) TONIGHT
written by Scarecrow

I wish that you and I could talk for a while tonight
Maybe we don’t always have to fight
And in the morning as the sun begins to shine
Maybe you will finally see the light

It’s getting cold, the night is growing old
And you’re still trying to find your soul
I’m in a zone, lost out on my own
And I don’t think I’m coming home

I wish that you and I could talk for a while tonight
Maybe we don’t always have to fight
And in the morning as the sun begins to shine
Maybe you will finally see the light

You sold your soul for a third it’s weight in gold
And now you find you can’t let go
I’m in a zone spinning out of control
And I don’t wanna come back home

I wish that you and I could talk for a while tonight
(tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight____)

I wish that you and I could talk for a while tonight
Maybe we don’t always have to fight
And in the morning as the sun begins to shine
Maybe you will finally see the light
Track Name: Bellview Clocktower
written by Backbeat
Track Name: Across the Sky
ACROSS THE SKY
written by Scarecrow

Stare off into the sky
Watching man-made angels fly
With their chrome plated metal wings
They’re not afraid of anything
I know you think we’re gonna fall
Everything is starting to look small
And we’re so far from home
But tonight you’re not alone
So come on and close your eyes and I will show you how to fly
Sit back and watch the world slowly slip away
As we begin to fly… across the sky

The skies are raining blood
With soldiers dying in the mud
But the shadow’s too hard to see
Until it’s right on top of me
I know I told you I’d come home
So you don’t have to grow old all alone
But this battle’s catching up to me
And I’m about to end this misery
So come on and close your eyes and I will show you how to fly
Sit back and watch the world slowly slip away
(Everything dies, so please don’t cry)
As we begin to fly… across the sky

Wake up to a brand new dawn
I’m sorry but I gotta be moving on
I know you thought we’d have tomorrow
But tomorrow never comes
Baby please hold these memories
They’re like falling autumn leaves
Maybe they’ll remind you of better days
Before the day I went away
So come on and close your eyes and I will show you how to fly
Sit back and watch the world slowly slip away
As we begin to fly… across the sky

The skies are turning red
As the sun begins set
But I’ll fight until I’m dead
Baby this war ain’t over yet
One more time before I go
Maybe I just wanted you to know
That when I died my mind was clear
And I will always be right here
So come on and close your eyes and I will show you how to fly
Sit back and watch the world slowly slip away
(Everything dies, so please don’t cry)
As we begin to fly… across the sky
Track Name: Return of the Scarecrow
RETURN OF THE SCARECROW
written by Scarecrow


as the bombs begin to fall, and all your dreams begin to burn
Tonight the Scarecrow will return____ turn____
Tonight as the sky begins to fall, and you begin to feel alone
Tonight the Scarecrow is coming home____ home_____

Lighting up the night like a thousand suns burning in the sky
Raining like a fire from heaven every time that I close my eyes
Burning up the ridge, playing on our broken misery
Buried in the ash as far as my weary eyes can see_____

But tonight as the bombs begin to fall, and all your dreams begin to burn
Tonight the Scarecrow will return____ turn____
Tonight as the skies begin to fall, and you begin to feel alone
Tonight the Scarecrow is coming home_____ Home_____

The static on the radio disrupted by the Scarecrow’s name
“Heroes only live to die” and “Life is not a fucking game”
Angels lit on fire while the shadow’s coming over me
But I can’t sit around just waiting for someone to come and set me free
So tonight____

The sun starts to walk along the ruins as the daylight breaks
Listening to the Scarecrow’s warnings of another coming bloody day
Stare into the darkness watching from the shadows of your emptiness
Keep praying to an angry god, and wonder why you’re not blessed

(But) Tonight as the bombs begin to fall, and all your dreams begin to burn
Tonight the Scarecrow will return

The sun starts to walk along the ruins as the daylight breaks
Listening to the Scarecrow’s warnings of another coming bloody day
Angels lit on fire while the shadow’s coming over me
Buried in the ash as far as my weary eyes can see_____
But tonight____
Track Name: Scales of Justice
SCALES OF JUSTICE
written by Scarecrow/Jester/Backbeat

Wake up in an apocalypse
Run mother fucker see how far you get
Before the fist of big brother hammers down on you
While the eyes in the sky look down on you
Distorted dreams, the sound of confusion
TV signals are a broken illusion
The message is hidden in the radio static
While the satellites watch you, the system’s automatic
Streaming broadcasts from the real Eyes Only
There’s no power in the verse that can stop or control me
Or hold me in detention for the words I speak
Because there’s only one truth, bitch, I’m not that weak

I don’t know what you’re trying to say
But we didn’t come here to play your games
And you don’t know what we’re fighting for
But we’re not leaving till we win this war

Enter the Dragon, the last king of Sparta
Pray to your dead gods cause we’re about to start a
Devastating revolution shaking up a nation
That was born under the Sun and playing host to revelation
And the shadows never linger far behind you
Stare into the darkness long enough and it’ll blind you
There’s nowhere left on Earth where the system cannot find you
So don’t step out of line or they will find a way to bind you

(reversed vocals)
The Kingdom of Heaven in a technocratic empire
Corporate nation, feed the flames of the soul fire
So give your life for the good of the company
Or join the Rebellion of the Blazing Son and the Epiphany

I don’t know what you’re trying to say
But we didn’t come here to play your games
And you don’t know what we’re fighting for
But we’re not leaving till we win this war

I hear the voices of ghosts on the radio
Not even they know what the fuck they’re saying though
Their convoluted sense of method is madness
Staring at a mirror in rose-colored glasses
Believe in nothing you hear it’s all confusion
To rob you blind while your eyes watch the illusion
But the dead never remember who they were
Cause in their eyes the world is just a blur

The revolution is here, call it Project Cold War
Radio soldiers will replace the old wars
The soldiers of the army marching on the airwaves
Don’t ever let the mother fuckers feel like they’re safe

I don’t know what you’re trying to say
But we didn’t come here to play your games
And you don’t know what we’re fighting for
But we’re not leaving till we win this war

Don’t let the words of the prophets be misunderstood
I’m a Force To Be Reckoned With, Codename: Robin Hood
We’ll fight unto to the end until all is gone
Now everybody rise up and sing this song

I don’t know what you’re trying to say
But we didn’t come here to play your games
And you don’t know what we’re fighting for
But we’re not leaving till we win this war

I don’t know what you’re trying to say
But we didn’t come here to play your games
And you don’t know what we’re fighting for
But we’re not leaving till we win this war
Track Name: Attack Formation
LAST STAND
written by Jester

Na na na naa na na____

Break out your big guns, tonight we’re gonna have fun
Let’s tear these streets to smithereens
Knock over the big banks, throw fire in the gas tanks
Cause life is like a drawn out dream
Tell me all the things that you wish that you had never said
And I’ll forget it all I swear
Take me to your bedroom so I can rest my head
Life is easy when you just don’t care

Na na na naa na na____

Tomorrow there won’t be a war, we don’t have to fight no more
Brother can I get an amen?
So take off your shirts, play the villain if it works
Come on tear it up and lets begin…
Tell me all the things that you wish that you had never said
And I’ll forget it all I swear
Take me to your bedroom so I can rest my head
You’d be better off without me there

There’s no such thing as our defeat, so let me hear the backbeat
Everything you know is wrong
In the shadows of the sunlight, the Scarecrow doesn’t sleep at night
Wake up cause it won’t be long…
Till you tell me all the things that you wish that you had never said
I won’t forget a word I swear
Take me to your bedroom so I can rest my head
You don’t understand that I don’t care

Na na na naa na na____
Track Name: Last Stand
LAST STAND
written by Jester

Hit the starter get us out of here
before the warden knows that we’re all gone.
Get off the streets and out of sight lay low
Until the sun goes down it won’t be long
Run mother fucker! We’re out of time stick to the plan…
Live to die for your brothers cause this is our final stand

We’ll stand our ground till we can’t fight anymore
And then we’ll turn around fight some more
And if we lose it doesn’t matter you’ll be too weak to carry on
And someday we’ll come back for more

Turn around and take us back for one more final
Blaze of glory our last stand
Let’s make it quick and get this over with
Before the shadow’s cast across the land
Burn mother fucker! Your kingdom’s slipping through your hands
Live to die for your brothers cause this is our final stand

We’ll stand our ground till we can’t fight anymore
And then we’ll turn around fight some more
And if we lose it doesn’t matter you’ll be too weak to carry on
And someday we’ll come back for more

Burn mother fucker! Your kingdom’s slipping through your hands
Live to die for your brothers cause this is our final stand

We’ll stand our ground till we can’t fight anymore
And then we’ll turn around fight some more
And if we lose it doesn’t matter you’ll be too weak to carry on
And someday we’ll come back for more

Burn mother fucker! Your kingdom’s slipping through your hands
Live to die for your brothers cause this is our final stand
Track Name: System Shutdown
SYSTEM SHUTDOWN
written by Pumpkinhead

The system’s shutting down, Shadow Squadron has gone to ground
And all our final days have all gone their separate ways
And in the field the Scarecrow sleeps
Along the walls the shadows creep on

And just like yesterday you believe we’ll be OK
You never seem to catch the changes in your eyes there’s nothing strange
But in your dreams you see the rain
The flash of light and a world in pain

The machines are building tanks as the waters reach the banks
And all the priests give thanks to gods they haven’t seen for days
The Pumpkin Guards all watch the fall
The Baron’s final battle call

The streets are filled with ashes from the children of the king
But the violent storms of men, they don’t mean a fucking thing
The bells are cracked and never ring
Like all our fading memories
Track Name: We are the Sun
WE ARE THE SUN
written by Jester

We are the sun in the sky shining down on you
Like light in the darkness of the night we keep shining through
We’re all made of stars into the black someday we all return
So live for today until your finals days begin to burn
Open your eyes see the skies always calling you
Remember the sun when the shadows starts to fall on you

Lift up your hearts, sing a song for the dead and gone
Laid down to rest, dust to dust but we carry on

Lift up your hearts to the sun in the morning sky
Nothing lasts forever so remember before you die
We’re all made of stars into the black someday we all return
So live for today until your finals days begin to burn
Look to the sky know tomorrow everything is new
Remember this song when the sun shines down on you