Cash is King

by Devil to Pay

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released March 10, 2006

Recorded at Azmyth Studios, Carmel, IN
Engineered by Ryan Adkins
Mixed by Ryan Adkins and Devil to Pay
Mastered by Chris Goosman at Solid Sound
Steve Janiak - guitar & vocals
Matt Stokes - bass
Chad Prifogle - drums
Bob Bridges - guitar

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Devil to Pay Indianapolis, Indiana

The Power of the Riff Compels Us.
Est. 2002. Indianapolis, IN.

You can find our latest album "Fate Is Your Muse" on the Ripple Music Bandcamp page, linked below.

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Track Name: Kill Everything
it comes from below
and eats you alive
the urge to destroy
is a powerful drive

tear it up, slash and burn
just like the seraph do
cut their throats and claim it all
divine will is the rule

name your price

climb man over man
skulls atop your throne
the road to the promised land
is paved with shadows and bones

take a life
or maybe take a few
everything that holds you down
will be split in two

name your price
Track Name: Little Horns
blind them with dreams and hopes and visions
the weak and the poor you'll defend
the willing will follow to the tar pits
they'll all be fossils in the end
yeah

stare into their eyes and they'll believe you
play on their fears and their guilt
when truth becomes the lie, the lies are golden
with gold your kingdom is built
yeah

don't find it odd that they adore you
the crown hides the horns on your head
are we created in his image?
or do we create the image instead?
yeah

take your time and let their passions flush out
and dry their eyes before the storm
making off with all the spoils of war
they're tired, they're beaten, and they're worn

and then you RISE
conquer the known
and then you RISE
Track Name: Shake Hands with Death
don't need no introduction
pleasantries aren't my game
well i'll knock 'em down as you set em up
from the cradle to the grave
i could use a bit 'o sugar
i could use a bit 'o spice
but there ain't no way to sweeten it up
life sure has it's price
so i say...

there's no reason to argue
it's not your time i'm sure
but no matter how hard science tries
they will never find a cure
well i wish that i could pardon
i wish that i could lie
but thanks to the great equalizer
everyone must die
so i say...

"ready to go?"
"ready to die?"

your last day little baby
say goodbye
the same that pumps your heart
the same that gives life
oh but you wanted to know
one more chance?
but when your time comes
it's your last dance

rollin'
till the hour comes
rollin'
until you succumb

stop your cryin baby
i've seen it all before
you'd say just anything
to have a few more
this was written in stone
and i'm your friend
so take some solace then
because it all ends

rollin'
till the hour comes
rollin'
until you succumb

i know it all seems pointless
and for all it's worth you're right
but keep in mind the adage
without the dark there is no light
you don't know just what you're missin'
you don't know where freedom lies
meet me at the edge of time and space
and i'll cut these earthly ties
so i say...

"ready to go?"
"ready to die?"
Track Name: So Low
buddhas
brahmans
lepers
taoists
sanctify my choice
the world has turned against itself in cacophonous noise
the ancients speak their volumes in a million different ways
but we're still blind
so blind...
let's go...

get high
when you're so low
get high

the hour is nigh
the dogs won't lie
the end is in your grasp
the tide does rise
there is no prize when bitten by the asp
take the reins and ride for glory
or piss it to the wind
it's your time
your time...
let's go...

get high
when you're so low
get high

where's your sense of wonder?
is it crackling in your ears?
the fire churns
your lungs do burn
your eyes are brought to tears

now or never
now or never

or never
or never

i cannot begin to stress
the journey's all you'll earn
so grab the torch and seize the day - the one thing i've learned
it must be how you live it cause there's nothing more to say
but i'm alive
so alive...
let's go...

get high
when you're so low
get high

where's your sense of wonder?
is it crackling in your ear?
the fire churns
your lungs do burn
your eyes are brought to tears
where's your sense of sacred?
is it laughing at your bones?
until you're dust
till you're dust
Track Name: Belial
just one last favor done for the savior
put a smile on his face
better round up the heretics and stone them in their place
because you know we are some
know we are all hypocrites and thieves
you should've known by now, we're all somehow
part of the elusive dream
yeah

cause once it holds you
then it chokes you
beliefs held still today
that one life lesson that broke your heart
till your final days
you should've known no one
very few can keep their engine clean
i should've known by now, we're all somehow
part of that makeshift scheme
yeah

shallow grave
jealous now?

third time charmed, you're the best, you're golden
i'm not bitter
i'm dead
i'm no one
make me into a martyr and flail away
cause you won't tear it apart
tear me apart
every stone is energy so whale away
whale away
whale away
yeah
whale away
whale away
whale away
whale away
whale away

shallow grave
jealous now?
Track Name: Born to Rue
so you've sworn your allegiance
tied up in partisan string
waving on your front porch
hey, what do those colors mean?

what happened to your freedom?
it's right outside your door
arm yourselves, your children
and get ready for war, war, war

RUE!

all wallow in the leader
the sad state of today
the joke is on the voters
money owns election day

so we better start preparin'
the change comes from a gun
the one thing history shows us is
violence gets things done

RUE!
all this time you're born to...

RUE!
all this time you're born to...

rue on
rue on

it's not a matter of opinion
it belongs to you and me
they've tried to break the union
they've threatened to secede

so you better start believin'
the king can't fight his pawns
take back your nation
before it's gone, gone, gone

RUE!
all this time you're born to...

RUE!
Track Name: Swallow the Fish
it's an illusion as vast as the sea
the great beast lurks in the bowels of the deep
you try and you struggle to stay in control
the system comes and swallows you whole

nine tenths of the law
the biggest fish feed from a pool of the small
slow on the draw
the tallest giants are the most prone to fall

no sense in fighting, lie still and wait
the sharks will come and ready their plates
licking their lips and sharpening their knives
the bottom rung helps the leeches survive

nine tenths of the law
the biggest fish feed from a pool of the small
slow on the draw
the tallest giants are the most prone to fall

drown in debt
smothering
belly up
taste regret

demons play
circle the prey
withering
yeah

nine tenths of the law
the biggest fish feed from a pool of the small
slow on the draw
the tallest giants are the most prone to fall
Track Name: the Mountain Comes to Me
right before my lifetime flashed in just one blink
every synapse fired off causing me to think
i could bring that mountain right into this room
will it all be washed away before we are consumed?

they'll dance around my carcass and feast upon my sword
burn off every trace of us and gather the rewards
life will go on listless, that i guarantee
the mountain and your hopes and dreams washed into the sea

years weep
months forlorn
the days knives
the hours thorns
the moments long
so long
Track Name: the Bottom Line
it's been so long since we've been on these tracks
the knives are turning slowing in our backs
the only thing i see is the writing on the wall
one way to finish, it's attack or crawl, yeah

that's just the bottom line

the every day into the every night
the key is never to give up the fight
it takes a will of iron, skin thick as steel
the loss imagined but the ache is real, yeah

that's just the bottom line

some say
life is short
regret is long

towering
when you realize
all your chances are
forgone

that's just the bottom line

dig in deep and press on down that trail
you have to want it like the holy grail
they'll never quench your fire with the water they throw
pour on the gas and then watch it grow yeah

some say
life is short
regret is long

towering
when you realize
all your chances are
forgone

just coast
just float
just fly
the least just to get by
you never... thought

what's worse than idle hands?
when the sloth kills your plans
you never... thought

truth is, reap what you sow
but it's yourself you'll owe
you never... thought

empty coffers, all you'll find
when life leaves you behind
you never... thought

some say
life is short
regret is long

towering
when you realize
all your chances are
forgone

that's just the bottom line...
Track Name: a King's Bounty
over horizons of the new world tonight
the dawn of ascension
inaugural flight
i know that surface and virgin skies
hold untold riches
mankind's prize

you'll see expansion in a whole new light
don't mess with progress, don't even try
the answer there in neon signs
it's evolution
the strong will survive

through the facade you see that things have changed
no stone unturned and pockmarked with chains
our friend the atom has shown the way
taken for granted but who will pay?

you'll see expansion in a whole new light
don't mess with progress, don't even try
the answer there in neon signs
it's evolution
the strong will survive
Track Name: Over the Coals
grow like a callus and form your early tomb
craving disgrace that pours salt in your wounds
caught in a self-fulfilling prophecy
the first is the last and the last is all you'll be

all is well and dead and good
cut 'em down like you're chopping wood
kill a man for the look in his eyes
over the coals and drawing flies

two on the bow and one foot on the line
take your best shot shoot your mouth off wide
bring down the house with a kick right to the teeth
the crux is the locking horns and you'll agree

all is well and dead and good
cut 'em down like you're chopping wood
kill a man for the look in his eyes
over the coals and drawing flies

judge for the deeds not the words that spit and shine
pulled like a weed when the wolves curl 'round the swine
don't feed the flames or you'll meet with your demise
where there's smoke, there's sometimes sacrifice

all is well and dead and good
cut 'em down like you're chopping wood
kill a man for the look in his eyes
over the coals and drawing flies
Track Name: Ripped from your Womb
well the judgment came
and i can't complain
got a prime seat down in hell
the keys to heaven
are lost forever
in the wishing well

were the candles lit
when the scandals hit?
oh how were they ignored?
and the one big question
truth or oppression
who's the dinosaur?
yeah

ripped from your womb
i said hey
ripped from your womb

well let me guess
we've all been blessed
and the lord hears all your prayers
between creation
and revelation
there's plenty of time to care

oh and yes i trust
we turn to dust
it's such a tragic fate
is that why you smile
cause life's some trial
and death is eden's gate?
yeah

ripped from your womb
i said hey
ripped from your womb

i'll tell you something
most don't want to hear
believe in nothing
and save all the tears

lining up all your suspects
salvation for a dime
the hour of our discontent
finally has arrived
yeah

ripped from your womb
i said hey
ripped from your womb
Track Name: Yggdrasil
it's a lonely, lonely road your walk of life
when you finally get your keys and start the drive
well the only road i take
is the road that i make
see me when the road it ends

see me when the road it ends...

time again you'll be withdrawn
but when the time is right, you find your wings, your gone!
and the only thing i'll say
it's your turn to stray
see me when the road it ends

see me when the road it ends...

it's your road
better drop and roll
it's your road
better

time may wear on your heart
but if you find your roots, you find a place to start
when it all fades away
it was your path your way
see me when the road it ends

see me when the road it ends...
Track Name: Niflheim
tea leaves and burned hair
take prudence and take care
one day it all ends
the mortals shall transcend

but it keeps those spirits out...

days long
death in threes
the nightjar calls for me
candles of blue flame
the horror of our shame

ghosts walk among men
heed lessons that they send
under the moon's spell
your sparrow
my passing bell

the armies out to the field
the war is signed and sealed
the prophet returned on a stake
their will is forged awake

the forest burned for the trees
the bodies up to their knees
the wicked soon to be maimed
the righteous forever famed

the wind it carries away
the air of madness
the bellows fanning the blaze
burn the vanquished
the mire ends today
the strong left standing
they are all fighting in vain
and they fight for the honor...
to reign!