Too Late to Pray


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Henrik Thøgersen Prototype heavy metal at its most exhilarating, this album makes me want to wear leather and ride a hog like there was no tomorrow. Strong songwriting, powerful vocals, and intense riffing makes for a total thrill ride akin to Judas Priest and Riot. What an absolute gem to be resurrected! \m/\m/ Favorite track: Longing for Home.
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    • Includes ‘…Like A banshee on the Loose’ EP
    • ‘Fight the Beast’ only available on CD version
    • Additional bonus tracks
    • 16-page booklet
    • Never before seen photos
    • Band history essay
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released May 5, 2017

Cerebus is:

Scott Board- Vocals
Eric Burgess- Bass
Chris Pennell- Guitars
Andy Huffine- Guitars
Joby Barker- Drums (tracks 1-9,14)
Steve Arnold - Drums (tracks 10-13)

Tracks: 1-10 from 1986 ‘Too Late to Pray’ LP
Tracks: 10-14 from 1987 ‘…Like a Banshee on the Loose’ EP
Track: 14 originally recorded 1985

Produced by CEREBUS, Thomas Rowan & John Robbins
Engineered by John Robbins & Thomas Rowan
Recorded at Sound Lab Studios, Greensboro, NC
1987 Songdancer Music Inc., ASCAP
1989 Rockduster Records
Cover art by A. Fish
2017 executive producers J. Golden & G. Shafer
2017 Thomas Rowan at Sound Lab Studios, Greensboro, NC
2017 re-mastering by Jamie King at The Basement Studio NC in Winston-Salem, NC
Photography provided by Donald Dyson & Bobby Dalto
Layout design by Chris Ferguson



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Track Name: Running Out of Time
Running Out of Time

Lyrics by E. Burgess & music by E. Burgess/ C, Pennell/ T,Merritt

You run me ragged
You worry me to death
Your games of heavy petting
Are games you play the best

Let´s push it to the limit
Let´s put it to the test
It´s time to put our love on the line
But there´s one thing you got to know
I can´t take much more
Oh! No!

Cause I´m running out of time
Out of time

Miss lonely Virgin Mary
Or is it just a fake
You robbed me blind of my love
And now it´s turned to hate
I see I lost at love
Seen the tables turn
You really don´t leave me any choice
But there´s one thing you got to know
I can´t take much more Oh! No!
Track Name: Taking Your Chances
Taking Your Chances

Lyrics & music by E. Burgess

Lately your life has not been what it seems
You´ve lost your drive for childhood dreams
But I know where you´re coming from
Cause I´ve been there before
It´s not easy looking up to your mentors
You´ve to hold on, get grip on your life
And you´ll score
We will never fade away
You´ve to believe what you say
The chances you don´t take
Could end your life one day

Taking your chances
Living day by day

You see it´s not a catastrophe yet
There´s still time to change your bet
You got to living while your still have time
You don´t want to be old and still asking why
You got to hold on, get a grip on your life tonight

Don´t listen to the crowd cause they don´t know
They pull and pressure until you go
You can´t conform to their ways
You gotta leave and just break away
Leave them behind or you´ll be the one to pay
Track Name: Distant Eyes
Distant Eyes

Lyrics & music by E. Burgess

I´ve been around for a long, long time
I´ve seen your face and I´ve seen your kind
With the way that you walk I know what you want
You use your love for a deadly taunt

No matter how hard I try
There´s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
It gets harder every day
I pray and pray, but there´s no escaping

Distant eyes
Mental anguish in my mind
Distant eyes
Always following me
There´s no escaping
Your distant eyes

I leave the city and go for ride
To try and forget your bodily bribes
But I cannot come back to you
Your distant eyes make my nightmares come true

Everywhere I turn
Around every corner, around every curve
There´s still the same feeling
I will never recover from Your

Distant eyes
Mental anguish in my mind
Distant eyes
Always following me
There´s no escaping
Your distant eyes
Track Name: Too Late to Pray
Too Late to Pray

Lyrics & music by E. Burgess

You´re feeling weaker and begin to sweat
You´ve forgotten the horror
But it´s not over yet
You´ve forgotten the sins of your former past life
And now your are done in by the slice of a knife

You cry out, like a helpless child
Rest your eyes but just for awhile
Prepare yourself for you are unknown
To the many ones who hear your groan

´Cause it´s too late to pray
It´s your turn to pay
Now you’re the prey
In this infinite matinee

It´s all coming back so fast so clear
Ending your life with death by fear
It seems as though you can´t recall
Your final plea or your beckoning call
Track Name: Rock the House Down
Rock the House Down

Lyrics & music by E. Burgess

You work all week for your pay
With a boss that treats you like a slave
Now it´s your time to scream and shout
You´re ready to rock without any doubt

Pull out all of the stops
You are away from the eyes of moms and pops
Stand your ground,, you have a right to roar
Let all your frustrations out

And now - You rock the house down
You rock it down
You rock the house down
You rock it down

The teacher says you must learn that and this
And if you don´t you´ll feel the crack of a whip
Hey you with the long hair you´re stereotyped
You´re a hippie, a junkie, you´re just not right
Track Name: Catch Me if You Can
Catch Me If You Can

Catch me if you think you can
I know I´m fading fast
This blissful life I´m living now
I know will never last
I´m laying on my death bed
Here waiting to go home
So catch me if you think you can
My soul is starting to roam

My spirit floats away
My body´s here to stay
This feeling can´t be right
Never ending light
Some people mourn my death
Others laugh instead
I will not be condemned

Someone´s got to: Catch me if you can
Catch me if you can

They lower me to my grave
Still dark in my eyes
I say my final prayer
Devil´s all in disguise
Tomorrow, they will never think about me again
Until they come into the night and take me to my end

They´re on their knees
Begging please, don´t take me away
It´s ending in another day
They´re full of sorrow
Faces aghast with horror
Their bodies feel the pain
They scream!

Please, catch me if you can
Catch me if you can
Track Name: Longing for Home
Longing for Home

Lyrics by S. Board & music by E. Burgess

Longing for home in the darkness
Longing for home in the light
I´m so far away from the feeling
The feeling that touches you right
Let the people all come together
Let the feeling pass into their hearts
And I can´t stand the pain of your love
Far away and now I´m beginning to start!

I´m longing for home
Longing for home

Want to feel a crime of passion
I need to feel a crime of pain
Put the light in my eyes
Away from the night
Out of the cold and the rain
Give me something that I can dream on
Something that won´t fade away
Let me play the charade the wiser men made
The feeling it just remains
Track Name: She Burns
She Burns

Mystic and mysterious
She comes to you in the night
Forged with an image of a candle burning bright
With a long satin gown and eyes of fire
Get you in her sight she'll take you higher and higher
The instant that you hear her laugh you’ll have no choice
You can’t escape her spell
You’ve gotta get out you can’t go
She Burns…she burns

Now’s she's got you in her power
Your final hour is here
No time to waste
Your mind is full of fear
This will be your final end
To a never ending curse
You know it's just beginning
Prepare yourself for the worst
You are her victim but only for tonight
Your soul begins to glow into the darkness of the night
She Burns…she burns
Track Name: Easy Money
Easy Money

She walks slowly down the avenue
Looking for her next customer
She don’t care she’s got it made
Layin’ on her back to get the bills paid
And she knows that in a couple of years
She’ll be able to kiss this goodbye
Until then she keeps on walking
And the tears they fill her eyes
In her mind she’s not doin’ wrong
It’s the same old story
The same old song
Only way to get what she wants
She’s the best qualified
With a body that flaunts

Easy Money
A trick of the hand
A one night stand
Easy Money
It’s only easy money to you

She gives you a price written down in ink
It’s kept very secret and very discreet
And then she says your place or mine?
To a sleazy motel or to dinner with wine
And she knows how to treat the men right
She be a hooker, your sister or your wife
It’s all no difference to her
It’s nothing personal and she calls you sir

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Stay in the Game
Stay in the Fight

Scared of their evil ways
Careless their path
Don’t fall for anything
They want you to fall
Victim to their trap

Were ruining our world they say
But they don’t know
They’re fueling the fire
That makes us grow and grow

Can’t leave us alone
Why can’t they see our point of view?
It is time we stood up til’ the day
Lifting our cause, we’ve got to!

Stay in the Fight
Keep the fire burning tonight
Stay in the Fight
Only we know
If we are wrong or right

Every time we turn around
We’re being blamed again
Trouble is brewing
We’ve got our freedom to defend
They want it to stop, silence forever
Staying dead and buried in the past

They can’t take it away
It’s ours forever
Why can’t they see?
Just leave us alone
Let us sing our songs
It will never be

(Repeat Chorus)

After we're dead and gone
What will they have accomplished?
Sometimes you have belief
Know the wheels they are still turning
It’s up to us to pave the way
There’s no alternatives
We got to fight today, today!

Stand believe
We can’t turn our heads and walk away
We’ve got to stand together
No matter the nasty weather
We’ve got to, we’ve got to

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: All Nigth Long
All Night Long

Goin’ out on the town tonight
Get myself feelin’ right
Lookin’ for a virgin queen
And I’ve got her in my sight.
I look her up, she looks me down
She looks good with her hair so brown
She gives me a wink and a nod
And away we leave from the crowd

She gets me alone in her room
And away we start to go
Right before I made my move
She said to me
There’s one thing you’ve got to know

You’ve got to take me
Roll me, rock me all-night
Take me, roll me, rock me
Roll me, rock me all-night
Roll me, rock me all-night long

I said fine I’ll play your game
But tomorrow I won’t remember your name
Let’s get it straight right now
Do you feel the same?

She said you’re a one night stand
I’m lookin’ for a lifetime romance
Want someone to have and to hold
To have our marriage planned

Then I headed for the door
The she said let’s talk some more
And before I knew what hit me
She had me down on the floor

(Repeat Chorus)

Then I headed for the door
The she said let’s talk some more
And before I knew what hit me
She had me down on the floor
We were on the floor

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: ...Like a Banshee on the Loose
Like A Banshee on the Loose

In the dark of the night
On a cold dark street
You and him you shall meet
It will be unexpected
You’ll be unprotected
From the power that he will release

You don’t know why he’s come after you
It don’t matter 'cause you’re bound to lose
You’ve forgotten your filthy past
Your existing life will never last

Like a banshee on the loose
Choosing any life he'll choose
Like a banshee on the loose
And tonight it was you!
He walks among the dead
Their eternal life he'll dread
Now it’s time for you to go
The hand of fate is never slow

He is the reaper
The hand of fate of death
You’re lost souls keeper
Mistaking you’re the best
You are not fit for hell
And you deserve the worst
You’ll find the pages
Are a thousand times overturned

He laughs as you die
A gleam in his eye
Soldier at his best he’s never satisfied
He laughs for days, as your fading into black
He takes your soul away it your turn to pay

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Fight the Beast
Fight the Beast

We were warned of its coming
But realized too late
Was this a strange prophecy?
Or just a bad twist of fate?

Now it’s too late
To stop and turn back now
Nothings at stake
Nothing left to do

Fight the beast fight the beast
Make him bleed to say the least
Fight the beast fight the beast
Make him wish he’s dead!
Fight the beast fight the beast
Burn his soul for our feast
Fight the beast fight the beast
Make him wish he’s dead.

That day will come
When his life is finally paid
For all the innocent people
For all those we saved
Sending an image now
One never to forget
Seven years of bad luck
From a promise you’ll pay the debt

(Repeat Bridge & Chorus)