The Die Is Cast

by Panopticon

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released February 2, 2006

Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Thomas Muche

Johannes Petereit:
lead and background vocals

Thomas Muche:
all guitars, all bass guitars, all drum programmings, background vocals, lead vocals on track 7 and 11

(At the recording sessions the band wasn't unfortunately complete.)

Guest vocals on "Incompetence" by Barbara Schwab

Design by Marius und Thomas Muche
Cover Photo by Marius and Thomas Muche
Group Photos by Barbara Schwab and Panopticon

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Track Name: Panopticon
PANOPTICON

Panopticon.
House of control.

We're observed all the time.
They try to freeze our minds.
Every movement is dictated.
In our leisure time we're jaded.

Don't waste your life
not at any price.
Fight for
your own world.

Panopticon

Can you tell me where we are?
Naked walls have ears and eyes.
I hear machines from far.
Here is nobody left to his own devices.

We're observed all the time.
They try to freeze our minds.
Every movement is dictated.
In our leisure time we're jaded.

Refrain ...

Panopticon
Track Name: Heads of Glass
HEADS OF GLASS

Tell me a good story
straight into the face.
Make it quite colorful,
drown it with details.

Act convincing.
Don't be shy.
False pretense grows into sky.

Silence is golden,
secrets of the silver tongue.
You never knew 'bout anything,
go on with the show.

If heads were made of glass -
How would it be?
If we could read our minds, yeah -
How would it be?

I guess nothing would change.
People stay the same.
Wrap some clothes 'round your head.
Fuck my brain again.

If heads were made of glass -
How would you be?
If we could read our minds, yeah -
How would you be?
Track Name: Arrogant
ARROGANT

Looking through the wet window:
Rain drops knock on it.
Following the water line:
It runs fast. I sit
and look for answers.
Working hard without success…
Which way should I go?
Thinkin'of this rage I have.
Well, I still don't know
how I should deal with it.

They wanna play perfect persons
in a show full of fame.
They quite addicted to appreciation
but they'll stay the same.
Tell me what it is what they can
apart from their frozen grin.
It's only superficiality.

But they act so arrogant,
so arrogant.
They're arrogant,
so arrogant, yeah.

I really hate these hollow guys
which are thirsty for success.
They have doubtful abilities
but they pose themselves as real big stars.

Refrain ...
Track Name: Until I Go
UNTIL I GO

Hey, I have to stop this pain.
Away, away you ugly burning pain.
Baby, I know we can't go on this way.
Goin' on this way and soon I'll be starting to pray.

Baby, it's really bad
to hear the truth.
It makes me so mad,
it destroys the mood
between us.

I don't wanna play anymore.
I feel the end and see myself on the floor.
Baby, I hate your cold and breathtakin' smile.
You say he's good -
I'd like to push him up against a pile, baby…

Until I go
You'll have to feel my fears.
Until I go
You'll have to see my tears, yeah.
Until I go
I'll have been turned the page.
Until I go…

Hey, you just keep on playin' with him.
But he don't know that he must swim
but he can't swim.
Baby, the sea gets deeper and deeper with you.
You hardly breathe
'cause the next swimmer's waiting for you.

Baby, it's really bad
to hear the truth.
It makes me so mad,
it destroys the mood
between us.

Refrain ...
Track Name: Chance
CHANCE

It's six o'clock a.m.,
he has a splitting headache.
He looks for cherry jam
but the glass is empty.
Oh, he hates getting up, working hard
and facing his life.
Oh, damned everyday life.

He feels as if he's in prison…no!

Reduce your worried times,
please forget your load and daily crimes.
Keep your hopeful side
and your future will be great and bright.
See the happy birds
and the poor deserving friendly words.
Use your both strong hands
to create a world that has a chance.

Time's quickly passing by,
he must be concentrated.
His life depends on a lie:
Only THEY'RE the ruler.
He feels so bottomless, powerless
and meaningless.
He's been looking for the truth.

He's really not the chained up victim!
The change begins in your mind!
Track Name: Understand
UNDERSTAND

Walking down the street
and I know it's not all right.
I feel my heavy feet
when I think of the coming fight.

Surely, I don't understand
complicated political things.
But on the other hand
my heart will never be convinced.

You tell me
that I am wrong.
But I really cannot
understand this.
No!

What does a human life
mean in their killing eyes?
Their hands just take the knive
and they answer with many lies.

War is like a fire
burning down each and every hope.
But even though ALL know the liar
they have to bow the might of this dope.

Refrain ...
Track Name: Comforting Melody
COMFORTING MELODY

There are beautiful things
of you that I own.
But they can't fade away
the feeling of being alone.

And when the pain gets unbearable,
I play this comforting melody
which gives me the feeling
you were here.

I think of these happy days
we were spending together.
You smiled all the time
in spite of the bad weather.

Refrain ...

It is like a beautiful sight.
It is like painting you in the air.
It is like warms running through my body.
It is like I'm free of cares…

Refrain ...
Track Name: The Die Is Cast
THE DIE IS CAST

The die is cast.
There's no way out.
You cannot run away,
destiny plans your way.
You cannot rule the play.
Destiny plans your way out.
Track Name: Incompetence
INCOMPETENCE

Who knows how to call
the feeling I have
when thinking of you.
Don't wanna say it, too,
even one would know a name.

If it is what I assume
I recognized it the last time.

Expressed, it will be the end
of all that may come.
But shared as a secret
it would asphyxiate me.

And then should be left
more than gratitude,
more than the words in a poem, no,
more than some scars…

Is it necessary to let you know?
Perhaps you don't want it at all.
I feel so sorry
and now it is too late…

If it is what I assume
I recognized it the last time.

Sometimes I try
to close my eyes
and keep the feeling
I'm telling about, oh.

And then should be left
more than gratitude,
more than the words in a poem, no,
more than some scars…
More than the words in a poem, no,
more than some scars…

I try to preserve the feeling
that comes from deep inside of me
for the future.
When the world around us
begins to change
like we won't the same anymore.
That will happen.
Track Name: Deadly Speed
DEADLY SPEED

Afraid of running not fast enough.
Afraid of being not strong enough.
Afraid of losing the right line.
Afraid of being not on time.

The speed of life kicks me out there.
No one may ask: Is this really fair?

And the river's silver tongue speaks:
Let my water clear your fears
that rule your most weeks.
Don't give up yourself
it's never too late,
hope is deep within your heart,
but hard to create.

I try to do it just my way.
I try to fight every single day.
I try to find out how I can win.
This deadly speed is life's worst sin.

Deadly speed, deadly speed…

Refrain ...

Deadly speed, deadly speed,
deadly speed…

I try to do it just my way.
I try to fight every single day.
I try to find out how I can win.
This deadly speed is life's worst sin.
Track Name: Don't Believe
DON'T BELIEVE

Today's reporting
infects your brain, today's reporting.
In newspaper or in TV
it's all the same.

Modest people lie to you
with a serious expression.
Individual cases get generalized,
it's today's fashion.

Don't believe in
what they say to you.
It covers up reality.
You have to search
for what is true.
Stand out against
of inanity.

They force an opinion upon you,
'cause you shouldn't think.
The way is laid down.
They only have to gain you.

You become a not disturbing marionette.
That make's it easy.
Soon they exploit you
and fill there accounts.
Where is the freedom?

Refrain ...
Track Name: Forest Symphony
FOREST SYMPHONY

She walks through the forest
then an old man takes her hand.
She wants to ignore it
but he tells her he's her friend.

He pushes her to the darkest place
with bloodstains on the ground.
Her struggeling is all in vain
'cause no one's there around.

Deep within the forest,
far from any light,
grass has turned into red-
uncovering the crime.

Drowned within a sea of red
a baby moveless lies.
She has killed her helpless child.
Now he unveiled the crime.

Desperation turns the knive
on her frightened heart.
No one now will ever learn
how this story started…

Refrain ...