Lyrics

Prologue (Black):
Paladin
Important

Paladin

The heroes rally here,
eyes alight with zeal.
Weapons of a cause,
with spines of steel.
And as a moon among these suns, I’m unsuspected.
But it’ll be revealed, it’ll be revealed,
I’m just a plastic shield.

A plastic shield shines like steel
and blinds foes with light,
but a challenge will reveal
a plastic knight.
And though I smile as I accept each holy task,
they will find me out. I will show my doubt,
and they will find me out.
Yeah…

They’re staring.
So why can’t they see?
I can’t keep this up,
this thing they need from me.

Their hopes and their fears, I’ll bear them out.
I don’t need their trust, but I’ll take their doubt.
I’ll take it all upon myself until I break.
To crack beneath the weight, my brittle plastic fate.
To crack beneath the weight…
Wait, wait, please wait!

They’re staring.
But what do they see?
I can’t keep this up!
And one day they’ll notice
the daggers of doubting,
the demons of don’t-belong-here.
Dragons are shouting,
“Your first fight will be your last!”
They know that I’m no paladin.
I’ll never be.

Revealed…
it’ll be revealed

revealed

revealed

revealed

I’m just a plastic shield.

Important

Well most girls, they dream of unicorns
just as guys, they dream of holoporn,
and both know not to get too forlorn
that those don’t exist.

But you never were one to compromise
for lesser dreams that crowds devise;
the passing desires of passersby
wishing substance out of mist.

I am on firmament, you are on fire.
You are a human and I am a liar.
In your diamond eyes I am nothing important,
to be tossed by the riverside.
I am a fighter and you are a cause.
I am a writer and you’re a mirage.
But someday I swear I’ll do something important,
or have less unconvincing lies.

Well you’ve thought it through, and you know your place:
your role in saving the human race,
the parts of life you will embrace
to live importantly.
You’ve got the best of convictions,
no need for museborne afflictions,
no place for the happy fictions
of charlatans like me.

I am on firmament, you are on fire.
You are a human and I am a liar.
In your diamond eyes I am nothing important,
to be tossed by the riverside.
I am a fighter and you are a cause.
I am a writer and you’re a mirage.
But someday I swear I’ll do something important,
or have less unconvincing lies.

Someday I’ll die for my misguided morĂ©s,
foolish pretensions and ill-conceived forays,
my life remembered as that most Pyrrhic
of moral victories.

Someday you’ll see I’m a half-decent guy
(chivalrous self-deprecation aside).
I want nothing more than to give you something
to shine in your memories.

I AM INDOMITABLE.
I AM A TIGER.
I AM NOT AN ANIMAL.
I AM NOT A LIAR.
I am nothing short
of a paragon of human folly.