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Behind the Mask

from Volume I: Until Tomorrow by Adam Angel

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Japanese translation: https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Adam-Angel-2/Behind-the-Mask/translation/japanese

'Nother iteration
The girl I love is gone
But this world continues
Like it never needed her

While the glass around us
Remains far too opaque
For us to see our escape

That's when a question
Escapes Maria's thoughts:
"Who is the provider
Who gave the girl her box?

Have we been performing
For that wish-granting being
Who are the actors that keep us in this play?"

The curtains close in every
Iteration, iteration
Another act that ends with
No conclusion, no conclusion

The stage is set for our
Next performance, next performance
But this time we won't let
The lights blind us

A wicked hand's been guiding me
Blindfolded through the scenes
Through every form of tragedy
That's brought me to my knees

I spent all night connecting strings
To construct a common theme
Just to find an iteration-causing
Wish-creating being

Behind the girl who I had loved
Were thirty thousand days
Born from a wish, inches from death
Creating our play

But clues about the truth are there
Behind our absentee
Behind the mask of our friend,
The one pulling the strings

We hold the curtains in this
Iteration, iteration
They will not close, not in this
Iteration, iteration

We set the stage to make our
Final exit, final exit
To force the hand
Of the director here

Confrontation with a person
After years of isolation

Pull the mask off of our impostor
Greeted by a faceless figure
With a name of just one letter
Someone I've met before

But I wonder who's been cornered
Is our leverage just a bluff or
Will it free us from this prison
And set her free?

You were careless with your words.

There was nothing careless about them. You noticed the truth because you're abnormal.
What's this bluff supposed to achieve?

I've made preparations to erase you. One wish from him and you'll vanish.

You realize that you would disappear as well?

I'm well aware of that.

Can you still not live for yourself, Maria? Nothing is more boring than an existence like yours.
Alright, let's make a deal.

Let me give you one piece of advice:
Every box is fueled by a desire to change something.
But you oppose that drive... the very antithesis of someone who would use a box.
That's why, no matter how much you care for the girl, or for Maria--
--you will become enemies.


from Volume I: Until Tomorrow, released August 28, 2021


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A progressive rock musician with a symphonic, piano-heavy lean.

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