Greater Than This

by Etienne Carstens

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released February 10, 2016

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Etienne Carstens Cape Town, South Africa

I started creating songs at age 14. With limited knowlegde and insufficient equipment, I inched myself nearer to creating a certain style, a vastly convoluted sense of sound, nevertheless a sound that I came to adore as the way I can express myself and my emotion.

Completely self-taught; I do believe that most of the shortcomings that envelope my music, is what makes it quasi-unique.
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Track Name: Greater Than This
hold on like you said you will
keep feeding the vision
take on an extra dimension

bury yourself in beautiful faith
until it all becomes real
when the walls start to peel

here we are
chasing the mist
the promise of
something greater than this

tear your heart out for me
tear your heart out for me

read through the bloody burns
you're not done yet son
not until the darkness is gone

one of these days you'll be king
you're destiny's last dream
and fate will rest serene

here we are
claiming the crest
a simple urge
living greater than this

tear your heart out for me
tear your heart out for me
tear your heart out for me
tear your heart out for me
Track Name: Nothing Misplaced
low to the ground
a small vibration starts
and ears and eyes cannot behold

earth ripped into bits
black and red pulses through
atop his throne a devil sits

your lives are obsolete and sad
perfect mutation of me
and now here we are at last
to start the next journey

screams cut to silence
no breath could be heard
for one moment nothing was misplaced

water rose with intent
boiling and glowing red
as the last words ever were said

to have witnessed your existence
was difficult to bear through
yet I shall truthfully confess
even I am not as evil as you
Track Name: Walking
close to home
a shadow sprung
reminded me of what went wrong

his reach ignited
set alight the eyes
visions of me hardly fighting

there was one
at shadow's end
who crept with hands swollen

where's that man
I once knew
who's decree use to began

this is the life that I'm walking into
I will not rest because I'm still holding out for much more
this is the light that I'm walking into
it shows me how I am going to get to you

close to home
a shadow sprung
reminded me of what went wrong

his reach ignited
set alight the eyes
visions of me hardly fighting

there was one
at shadow's end
who krept with hands swollen

where's that man
I once knew
who's decree use to began

this is the life that I'm walking into
I will not rest because I'm still holding out for much more
this is the light that I'm walking into
it shows me how I am going to get to you
Track Name: The Basics
just back away
give me a little room
these emotions betray

keep clear of me
I need to be enveloped
find my dignity

this is is isn’t me
this is a travesty
this is isn’t me

this is is isn’t me
no sensibilty

in this wake I have become
a man who never sees a thing
it should be me facing none
learning again the basics

in this rust I built my home
a place to hold my tricks
it should be me all alone
getting to know the basics

close the gap fast
cut to the core
filter through the trash

dig on through
fingers go cold
when a face starts to show

this is is isn’t me
this is a malady
this is isn’t me

this is is isn’t me
no humanity

in this wake I have become
a man who never sees a thing
it should be me facing none
learning again the basics

in this rust I built my home
a place to hold my tricks
it should be me all alone
getting to know the basics

in this wake I have become
a man who never sees a thing
it should be me facing none
learning again the basics

in this rust I built my home
a place to hold my tricks
it should be me all alone
getting to know the basics
Track Name: Destroy
a soft stare of sympathy
silk tears so delicate
a touch with rich melody
to paint me less intricate

with blood you study me
pecking at me until I am raw
got me bare and I can't flee
that's when you sink in the claws

it burns
to think that this was all a ploy
that I was nothing more
a man you could destroy

but here I am standing still
looking back at you now
how did you become so cruel
that it's hurt you wish to sow

and nothing makes more sense
when searching for the truth
that once you were prey to worse
that made you into this wraith

it hurts
to think in pain's the only way
that broken is where we fit
a life for someone to destroy

it burns
it hurts
Track Name: Reality
tastes of dust in here
are you alright
you seem to slowly wither

just lift your face
I need you
don't lose any more faith

hush hush hush hush
don't tell me to
hush hush hush hush

this reality is lost to me
everything seems so heavenly
this reality is wonderful
downward in bliss I spiral

where did you went
distant and far
who was your assailent

think it is best
if we help
and play emotional chess

rush rush rush rush
don't you tell me to
rush rush rush rush

this reality is lost to me
everything seems so heavenly
this reality is wonderful
downward in bliss I spiral
Track Name: Fall
one more step again
I try to take
but this body shakes

it’s hard pressing on
when you can’t look up
knowing you will drop

silence these wounds
they chip away flesh
can’t walk to this march

silence these thoughts
I can’t think anymore
this body is raw

I know my next fall will be my last
and this body will erode in sand
I know I will stumble once more
that then I will be done with my war

I've got no hold
I'm starting to slip
even with spit and whip

all pass me by
and I keep fading
back breaking

silence this heart
let it lose its love
turn me cold and tough

silence this voice
which aches and trembles
calling for fumble

I dream of a day I lay down
to concede and not even crawl
when the weights turn me into stone
so that there's nothing to do but fall
Track Name: Purge
here the tomorrow child lies
buried from defiance
eyes rot in floods

here we fell together once
no truth or penance
shades of shame

some end I hope comes
to poison air to the lungs
some day I hope I live
to see words a god would give

I am the one to judge your lives
I am the one who’s sent to choose
I will be the father who decides
I will purge your woes

crawled out of comfort
men of tethered
men in legion

curled in mutilation
ripe with infection
constant hell

would we know it’s here
would it rip sands to sheer
would it breathe in the suffer
to speak what so matters

I am the doom you so very need
I am the voice of your silenced heart
I will free those off which you feed
I will purge this Earth
Track Name: Tore
I tore at the seam
I'm left undone
failing deception

lived in your mind
had it all to me
a strange entity

let me in
I'll follow you home
play to your metronome

abuse me
bend me
torture me

caress me
love me
worship me

all of me for you
you are everything to me

I tore at the ribs
can’t cage the will
mutation critical

inside the fight
there's no resisting
nothing to bring

you own me
never to be the same
nothing close to vain

deny me
lure me
insult me

adore me
hold me
cherish me

all of me for you
you are everything to me
Track Name: Will I...
can you see me clear
do you share this face
or the body that I wear

not to steal a moment
merely hoping for a sign
to cure me of this wonderment

lately the days linger
some never come to pass
can't seem to get better

did this man not find
a tale to tell or live
why did he get left behind

I'm so tired and so weak
so lonely I can scream
so destined to be sick
thinking what I could’ve been

will I ever be enough
will I survive this journey
or should I lose this life
just to set it free

for reasons I don’t get
it finally takes me in
long after the game was played

why did this mind not rest
left rotting on the verge
not one to call closest

the plains grow hollow
gust and dunes stare red
giving me a one-man show

it never gives up at all
to paint me a drowned man
that wallows in turmoil

I'm so small and naive
some footprint in the sand
on each day I weave
further into the damned

will I ever shed this filth
will I face my enemy
or should I lose this life
just to set it free
Track Name: Protector
I've been looking down on you
you're so fragile
so beautiful

you never seemed to learn
what lay inside
beneath the fight

rest now you're here with me
rest now you're here with me
I will share myself with you
of earth you are no more

come close hold on tight
we'll sail away and just forget
no more done with wait
you're the only one I want to protect

of all the places I could be
I would choose here
with moment rare

so many dreams I had of you
it ends right now
oh what a show

wake now you're here with me
wake now you're here with me
we will rise from sun and space
to each other's warm embrace

look up we are one
our new lives have just begun
here in stars you're kept
you're the only one I want to protect

come close hold on tight
we'll sail away and just forget
no more done with wait
you're the only one I want to protect