The Joke's on You Where Witches Dwell

by COURT JESTER

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    • Both original 90/92 releases
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1.
The Execution: Dark and cold you lost control The final hour has arrived Gunpowder click as the seconds tick You finally realize that you killed And wasted so many lives For a dime bag or a whore Have you anything to say in your defense? Or are you ready to die? Black hood on you Smell the blood that’s dried from the man before He made it through his way to hell Now you must find the door It’s five of nine and you’re out of time Sweat beats down your neck Have you anything to say in your defense? Or are you ready to die? The throne is still but this word goes out to who don’t believe Fun is fun til’ you take it too far Then the penalty you can’t conceive The lesson was learned but the one who knows Hor I laugh as I strap you in I’ll make your day a living hell Have you anything to say in your defense? Or are you ready to die? The throne is still but this word goes out To all who don’t believe Fun is fun ‘til you take it too far Then the penalty you can’t conceive The lesson was learned by the one who knows For I laugh as I strap you in Have you anything to say in your defense? Or are you ready to die? (Guckert, Braswell)
2.
Island of Lost Souls: You came into my life Like a storm drawn from the sea From there I’ve realized that love was meant to be Somehow our paths got crossed But how were we to know? Things would change our lives So now we both must go Back to the island of lost souls Reach out, for one another’s goals Seeing things in life that both of us can’t change When destinies collide Then lives become rearranged Lying next to you I must ask do you know? Where our love is leading so we will not go Back to the island of lost souls Reach out, for one another’s goals I look into your eyes They reach into my soul But answers don’t come easy For this we pay the toll Looking back on love And wishing to be free My ship won’t sail this course And float across the sea Back to the island of lost souls Reach out, for one another’s goals (Guckert, Braswell)
3.
(Sell you) Back To Hell: I hear the mighty engines echo as they roar They seem to be beckoning me back for more Once you master the game you’ll never loose It’s my life and I’ll live it as I choose First you fly, you travel the sky Then your deeds will sell you back to hell I’ve seen the clouds of doom As they come rolling in No matter what I do My troubles soon begin Once on top you feel the glory rage Never ending ‘til you reach life’s final stage First you fly, you travel the sky Then your deeds will sell you back to hell I heard the mighty engines Scream as they roared And now I wait for them To even up the score No need to master a game That you will lose Satan smiles as he’s handing you the news First you fly, you travel the sky Then your deeds will sell you back to hell (Guckert, Braswell)
4.
And Then I Dream: Six days on a rage I fell into a daze Searching for the light of day No one was in the way Crossing across the floor I’ll never reach the door No help there to be found I crack without a sound And then I dream Although it seemed And then I dream Reality is lost my life Shall pay the cost For doing things to me Yes things I can’t believe You only reap what you sow And which is no way to go And then I dream Although it seemed And then I dream Landing gear is down My nerves don’t make a sound Come on do it again My soul now shall descend Feeling like I am dead Strong thoughts go through my head Knowing what I have done My eyes now kiss the burning sun And then I dream And then I dream (Guckert, Braswell)
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The Joke 07:32
The Joke Seek and find your honor In a world of hatred and war The line’s been drawn Don’t cross it For you do I’ll even the score Then you will see What joke means to me What comes into play is the thought to betray The Joker When deception befriends reception The mind plays a game of its own Rules are always protected By demented minds that are cold Now you have seen what the joke means to me What comes into play is the thought to betray The Joker The seed it has been planted The mind’s a blade of steel Rules are always expected To seek and find their own deal Now you have seen what the joke means to me What comes into play is the thought to betray (Guckert, Braswell)
6.
The Chosen One: On the eve of the holocaust a child was born A child of wisdom, strength and courage Metalacon, once a place of beauty and serenity Now ravaged and raged by Kendar in battalion 10 It was said that he who bore the scar of Metalocon Shall seek revenge for his people For he was the chosen one Charging through the wasteland with his gleaming sword held high Kendar can you hear me I still feel your death inside The wind has called upon me to be here today Kendar’s reign will fall as he’s my only prey Gather all your courage You have nowhere left to hide Armor’s no protection Blood will pour as ocean’s tide My blade is raised I’m unafraid its prophecy The time has come Your evil’s done all shall see Please God let them know They have been saved Kendar this is your judgement day Thunder claps the walls collapse Your life has reached its end The flag is raised they sing my praise As Kendar’s soul descends The wind has called upon me to be here today Kendar’s reign will fall as he’s my only prey Please God let them know they have been saved Kendar this is your judgement day The battle done I stand as one in the land my father raised The evil Kendar had produced is now being grazed My blade was raised I’m unafraid its prophecy The time has come your evil’s done all shall see Please God let them know they have been saved Kendar this was your judgement day Please God let them know they have been saved (Guckert, Braswell)
7.
Into The Hands Of The Night: To have spoken and never known Is a token that’s just a lie Have you taken what you came for? In this your chosen time And with this kiss of Judas Another angel falls Back into the hands of the night The Night The hounds of hell awaken stand blinded by the light Rise flesh and steel they’ve taken From those who’ve lost the fight Lie down this rustic evil Take hold and dare let go Before him all come kneeling To bare their lifeless soul Off in the distant calling I heard a stranger’s voice Who spoke of retribution As if we had no choice I hear the cry of anger From souls in misery sent Back into the hands of the night Back into the hands of the night The Night The hounds of hell awaken stand blinded by the light Rise flesh and steel they’ve taken From those who’ve lost the fight Lie down this rustic evil Take hold and dare let go Before him all come kneeling To bare their lifeless soul Back The Night Back into the hands of the night (Davis, Braswell, Jakubik, Johnston)
8.
Where Witches Dwell Hear them praise the Queen of this forgotten world The witches gather round the boiling cauldron of spells Laughing as the misty scent of incense is growing strong Beware for tonight for the supernatural unfolds Warlocks dressed in black robes form a circle in this den of sin Just staying in the perfect place for this nightmare to begin The moon gazes anxiously awaiting for a sign A ball of fire sends a message to the world that it is time And the world must heed my warning For its written and its plan to see For tonight the wicked walk among us The Queen of power, deception and greed Torches blazing in the distant fog As an angry mob is growing near Hear them crying in the distant night Little do they know that they should fear And the world must heed my warning For its written and its plan to see For tonight the wicked walk among us The Queen of power, deception and greed She’s the one, the only one who laughs In the eyes of death as she cast her spell Her mind is strange no guilt or pain As she fades into the blackened mist To where the witches dwell Coming closer Torches blazing in the distant fog Hear them scream Die witch, die witch You know your gonna fry bitch Little do they know That the world must heed my warning For its written and its plan to see For tonight the wicked walk among us The Queen of power, deception and greed (Guckert, Braswell, Simmons)
9.
This Clown Won’t Go Down You seen me around Always looking down on me You never stopped to wonder That in the end you’d set me free Taunted and teased Like a puppet on a string Always lurking over Like a wasp that’s ready to sting But this clown, won’t go down Keep up the constant fight Because I know that I’ll get it right But this clown, won’t go down Doing things my way Because I’m going the other way The clown that stands before you Is just a shadow in your own mind Relentless determination Just to stand the test of time Calling all you sinners Beware of the warning sign Answers are delivered To devour all mankind But this clown, won’t go down Keep up the constant fight Because I know that I’ll get it right But this clown, won’t go down Doing things my way Because I’m going the other way (Guckert, Braswell)
10.
Shadow Of A Star Now you’ve chosen your destiny But things aren’t the way that you thought they would be Searching for the answers in the bottle that you like But the answers are sharp Like steel they cut you like a knife In the back of your mind You have wasted all your time How to escape from this cold and lonely place Another drink I’m sure you’ll find some piece of mind Life like a puzzle, losing the pieces As temptation has its way with you No loose change to fill your veins with what’s killing you In the shadow of a star You had the world wrapped up in your arms But you chose the easy way, so they say So now look where you are? Nowhere Slowly dying knowing what you could have been But the poison turned against you Now it’s taking your soul for a spin The hand of death now has its claws in you Life like a puzzle, losing the pieces As temptation has its way with you No loose change to fill your veins with what’s killing you In the shadow of a star You had the world wrapped up in your arms But you chose the easy way, so they say So now look where you are You’re dead (Guckert, Braswell)
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12.
And Then I Dream: Six days on a rage I fell into a daze Searching for the light of day No one was in the way Crossing across the floor I’ll never reach the door No help there to be found I crack without a sound And then I dream Although it seemed And then I dream Reality is lost my life Shall pay the cost For doing things to me Yes things I can’t believe You only reap what you sow And which is no way to go And then I dream Although it seemed And then I dream Landing gear is down My nerves don’t make a sound Come on do it again My soul now shall descend Feeling like I am dead Strong thoughts go through my head Knowing what I have done My eyes now kiss the burning sun And then I dream And then I dream (Guckert, Braswell)
13.
Judge And Jury We all make mistakes In this mixed up big world And we’ve seen that crime doesn’t pay One man’s justice is another man’s crime That’s life in our system today Eating like dogs at society’s bones Our justice it lies in your hands By pushing the buttons on November the 4th Can they possibly meet our demands? Searching for answers will do us no good Just look around and you’ll know The ones with the power, the gavel, the law It’s they are the ones who should go You stand there in shackles Your back to the wall No tears for you will they cry Judge and jury will decide Who will live and who will die The gavel goes down The gavel goes….. Judge and Jury will decide Who will live and who will die (Guckert, Braswell)

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released September 26, 2020

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