System

by Hillward

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released July 31, 2018

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Hillward Quebec City, Québec

Since the release of their debut album "Flies in Amber Stones" in 2015, Hillward, the heavy progressive rock quintet from Quebec, has been fine-tuning its craft playing local shows including the well known Festival d'Été de Québec in 2016, as well as various opening sets for major bands such as Symphony X and Uriah Heep. ... more

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Track Name: Foster the River
Travelled from miles away
The current grows day by day
Fuelled by the falling rain
Wild as I am

As I stand
Waiting for the world to change

Like a mountain stream
Hurrying to the sea
The waters are brought to life
Bounded to be free

Running in your veins
The stream is in you
A flood at the other end
The river is you
Track Name: Long Way Down
It's a long way down
To find a cure for our wounded world
Lying deep inside
The reason for our strange behaviour

It's a puzzling lane
Like a medicated feast for all
There's a fix behind
Every action we should take in time

We're on our way down below

I see dreams are fading
Letting the dark clouds gather closer
Sparrows hiding behind
Earth is dying

Dreams are fading
Dark clouds gather
Sparrows hiding behind
Earth is dying
Track Name: Haven
Night falls on me
Darkness comforts me

Here
We never close our eyes
We hold the cold inside
And never criticize
There
The summer never dies
They get to sleep tight
No need to compromise

But you make feel alive

Since I'm losing track of time
By drowning into wine
I slowly gasp for air
Just tell me when we should go
I never really cared
About the hours that flow

And you make feel alive
Track Name: Hollow
Fading
Beyond the pale
Losing
All hope in Men

As we're lying to ourselves
As we feed anger with pain
As we wait for the world to change
Suddenly life doesn't taste the same

As we walk to the sea
Stand in line
Dive with me

Buried
In shallow graves
Leaders
And modern slaves

Dreams as they fade in the clouds
Demons absolving the crowds
The ones who should be the last to die
And those with all that money cannot buy
Track Name: Life in Serigraph
Late at night, he feels alone
Awkward mood, no lights on
Bitterness surrounds the room
He gently asked me to move

Neither sad
Nor undisposed
He made his way up to the phone
He's crying on the radio

Entry door barely locks
Ceiling's low, lighting's dark
Shitty bed, no sheets on
Tablecloth upon the windows

Neither warm and comfortable
Nor safe enough to call it home
He's crying on the radio

First it came rasping at my door
It lasts for a moment then nothing more
After a while the shutters went wild
It seems to last for evermore

As much as I can remember
There it lied inanimate
Then darkness came veiling the skies
And wash away blood off my eyes
Track Name: Flat Light
Flat light in grey skies
Dead as the life she cried

As I sit here and gaze
At the early morning sunrise
Still I do not know where to go

Life undenied
I see things so bright
Shades of light divide
Day from night

Flat light on hill side
Can't tell earth from skies
Track Name: Fragile
One last time before it disappears
One last walk into the setting sun
With no one here to tell me right or wrong
Is life itself a reason to be strong?

My desires I relieve
All my life is but a dream within a dream

Promises, broken as they're made
Hollow tears falling down like rain
Hope must be a figment of my imagination
Since our world is nothing but illusion

I know I need to follow my heart
Fragile, I am a prisoner of time
My life is a persuasive illusion
I'm torn between dreams and reason

It only takes one glance to make me feel fragile
How many smiles before I realize I'm torn
Track Name: Behind the Silence
I ran the numbers over and over
Still the odds were against me, whatsoever
My dreams are slowly dying
My songs are lost in oblivion
As the world keeps on spinning and turning, sadly

All day, behind the silence
All night, behind the words spinning round and round
Over my head like vultures in the moonlight, dancing
Okay, again I know I'll be alright
I'm like a ghost left here, motionless
Forever lost in the system
Like a spirit waiting

How long yet how many times I tried to take shelter in the arms of isolation?

I won't make it through another day
I won't fight like a wounded prey
I won't deal with tomorrow's mistake
Neither be here when the world breaks

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