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Queensryche lyrics

Album: Operation: Mindcrime [1988]

 01  I Remember Now
 02  Anarchy-X
 03  Revolution Calling
 04  Operation: Mindcrime
 05  Speak
 06  Spreading The Disease
 07  The Mission
 08  Suite Sister Mary
 09  The Needle Lies
 10  Electric Requiem
 11  Breaking The Silence
 12  I Don't Believe In Love
 13  Waiting For 22
 14  My Empty Room
 15  Eyes Of A Stranger
all Queensryche lyrics

I Remember Now
Nurse: What are you doing up? It's after curfew! Hello? Perhaps you need
another shot...there, that should do it. Sweet bastard.

I remember now...I don't remember yesterday...I just remember doing what
they told me...told me...told me...back to top
(Chris De Garmo)
-Instrumental-back to top
Revolution Calling
(Geoff Tate/Michael Wilton)

For a price I'd do anything
Except pull the trigger
For that I need a pretty good cause
Then I heard of Dr. X
The man with the cure
Just watch the television
You'll see there's something going on

Got no love for politicians
Or that crazy scene in D.C.
It's just a power mad town
But the time is ripe for changes
There's a growing feeling
That taking a chance on a new kind of vision is due

I used to trust the media
To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
But now I've seen the payoffs
Everywhere I look
Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?

Revelution calling
Revolution calling
Revolution calling you
Revolution calling
Revolution calling
Gotta make a change
Gota push, gotta push it on through

I'm tired of all this bullshit
They keep selling me on TV
About thte communist plan
And all the shady preachers
Begging for my cash
Swiss bank accounts while giving their
Secretaries the slam
They're all in Penthouse now
Or Playboy Magazine
Million dollar stories to tell
I guess Warhol wasn't wrong
Fame fifteen minutes long
Everyon'es using everybody, making the sale

I used to think
That only America's way, way was right
But now the holy dollar rules everybody's lives
Gotta make a million doesn't matter who dies


I used to trust the media
To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
But now I've seen the payoffs
Everywhere I look
Who do you trust when everyone's a crook

CHORUSback to top
Operation: Mindcrime
(Chris De Garmo/Geoff Tate/Michael Wilton)

It just takes a minute
And you'll feel no pain
Gotta make something of your life boy
Give me one more vein
You've coome to see the doctor
Cause I'll show you the cure
I'm gonna take away the questions
Yeah I'm gonna make you sure

A hit man for the order
When you couldn't go to school
Had a skin job for a hair-do
Yeah you looked pretty cool
Had a habit doing mainline
Watch the dragon burn
No regrets, you've got no goals
Nothing more to learn

Now I know you won't refuse
Because we've got so much to do
And you've got nothing more to lose
So take this number and welcome to

Operation Mindcrime
We're an underground revolution
Working overtime
Operation Mindcrime
There's a job for you in
The system boy, with nothing to sign

Hey Nikki you know everything
That there is to do
Here's a gun take it home
Wait by the phone
We'll send someone over
To bring you what you need
You're a one-man death machine
Make this city bleed

Now I know you won't refuse
Because we've got so much to do
And you've got nothing more to lose
So take this number and welcome to


If you come to see the Doctor
Yeah I'll give you the cure
Operation: Mindcrime
Make something of your life boy
Let me into your mind
Operation: Mindcrime
There's a job for you in the system boy
With nothing to signback to top
(Geoff Tate/Michael Wilton)

They've given me a mission
I don't really know the game yet
I'm bent on submission
Religion is to blame
I'm the new messiah
Death angel with gun
Dangerous in my silence
Deadly to my cause

Speak to me the pain you feel
Speak the word
The word is all of us

I've given my life to become what I am
to preach the new beginning
To make you understand
To reach some point of order
Utopia in mind, you've got to learn
To sacrifice, to leave what's now behind


Seven years of power
the corporation claw
The rich control the government, the media the law
To make some kind of difference
Then everyone must know
Eradicate the fascists, revolution will grow

The system we learn says we're equal under law
But the streets are reality, the weak and poor will fall
Let's tip the power balance and tear down the crown
Educate the masses, we'll burn the White House down

CHORUSback to top
Spreading The Disease
(Geoff Tate/Michael Wilton)

She always brings me what I need
Without I beg and sweat and bleed
When we're alone at night
Waiting for the call
she feeds my skin

Sixteen and on the run from home
Found a job in Times Square
Working live S&M shows
Twenty-five bucks a fuck
And John's a happy man
She wipes the filth away
And it's back on the streets again

Spreading the disease
Everybody needs
But no one wants to see

Father William saved her from the streets
She drank the lifeblood from the Saviour's feet
She's Sister Mary now, eyes as cold as ice
He takes her once a week
On the altar like a sacrifice


Religion and sex are power plays
Manipulate the people for the money they pay
Selling skin, selling God
The numbers look the same on their credit cards
Politicians say no to drugs
While we pay for wars in South America
Fighting fire with empty words
While the banks get fat
And the poor stay poor
And the rich get rich
And the cops get paid
To look away
As the one percent rules America

CHORUSback to top
The Mission
(Chris De Garmo)

In the wooden chair
Beside my window
I wear a face born in the falling rain
I talk to shadows from a lonely candle
I recite the phrases from the wall
I can't explain this holy pain

Six days ago my life had taken a tumble
The orders came fromigh above they say
A need to use me once again they've got my number
Further the cause boy yest you know the game

I'll wait her for days longer
Till the sister comes to wash my sins away
She is the lady that can ease my sorrow
she brings the only friend
That helps me find my way

I search the past back to a time
When I was younger
A target for the new society
Picked to displace the leaders
Countering objectives
Of this new underground reality

Waiting for days longer
Till sister comes to wash my sins away
She is the lady that can ease my sorrow
My love for her
Will help me find my way

They'll say my mission saved the world
And I stood proud
My mission changed the world
It turned my life around

I look around my room is filled with candles
Each one a story but they end the same
I'll hide away here the law will never find me
The walls will tell the story of my pain

Waiting for days longer
Till Sister comes to wash my sins away
She is the lady that can ease my sorrow
She sets the pace for my delivery of pain


The underground will rise
And save this world we'll all stand proud
Our mission changed the world, we'll change the world
We'll all stand proudback to top
Suite Sister Mary
(Chris De Garmo/Geoff Tate)

10 p.m., I feel the rain coming down
My face feels the wet, my mind the storm
Flashing lights as people race to find shelter from the pour
Moving silent, through the streets, they're mine, they're mine

Midnite, she sings praises in the hall
To saintly faces hallowed be their names she can't recall
Sister Mary, Virgin Mary, silent with her sin
She feels me, I can taste her breath when she speaks

Mary, Mary just a whore for the underground
They made you pay in guilt for your salvation
Thought you had them fooled? Now they've sent me for you
You know too much for your own good
don't offer me faith, I've got all I need here
My faith is growing, growing tight against the seam
What we need is trust, to keep us both alive
Help us make it through the night

I've no more want of faith
Bind my arm and feed my mind
The only peace I've ever known, I'll close my eyes and you shoot
No Mary, listen, you've got to pull your strength from my lips
I pray I feed you well
Your precious cross is gone, it made me wait so long
For what you gave to everyone

The priest is cold and dead on his knees he fed
>From my barrel of death, he turned the holy water red
As he died he said thank you
I just watched him bleed

I feel the flow, the blessed stain
Sweating hands like fire, and flames
Burn my thighs, spread in sacrificial rite
The hallowed altar burns my flesh once more tonight

Mary, sweet lady of pain
Always alone
Blind you search for the truth
I see myself in you, parallel lives
Winding at light-speed through time

No time to rest yet
We've got to stop this game
Before madness has the final laugh
Too much bloodshed
We're being used and fed
Like rats in experiments
No final outcome here
nly pain and fear
It's followed us both all our lives
There's one thing left to see
Will it be him or me?
there's one more candle left to light

Don't turn your back on my disgrace
The blood of Christ can't heal my deep
The sins of man are all I taste, can't spit the memory from my mind
I can't cry anymore


You're mineback to top
The Needle Lies
(Geoff Tate/Michael Wilton)

I looked back once
And aall I saw was his face
Smiling, the needle crying
Walking out of his room
With mirrors, afraid I heard him scream
You'll never get away

Cold and shaking
I crawled down alleys to try
To scrape away the tracks that marked me
Slammed my face into waalls of concrete
I stared, amazed at the words written on the wall

Don't ever trust
Don't ever trust the needle, it lies
Don't ever turst
Don't ever trust the needle when it cries, cries your name

Wet and raving
The needle keeps calling me back
To bloody my hands forever
Carved my cure wit hthe blade
That left me in scars
Now every time I'm weak
Words scream from my arm

CHORUSback to top
Electric Requiem
(Scott Rockenfield/Geoff Tate)

Even in death
You still look sad
Don't leave me
Don't leave
I want what you feel, believe me
Turn the current onback to top
Breaking The Silence
(Chris De Garmo/Geoff Tate)

They told me to run
But just how far
Can I go wearing the black mask of fear?
The hate in my eyes always gives me away
The tension building slowly
Now I've lost everything I had in you

Nothing we shared means a thing
Without you close to me
I can't live without you

Breaking the silence of the night
Can't you hear me screaming?
I look for your face in the neon light
You never answer me

There's no direction to my stare
No more flame burning in my heart anymore
Quiet, I keep to myself
Until the sun sets slowly
I hear your voice in the evening rain calling

Nothing will keep us apart
No more lies and fear
There's no end to our story


I could make all the wrong seem right
If you were by my side
I'd gather all the tears you cried
And hide them deep underground

Can't look back, it's just a waste of time
Can't erase this hate from my eyes


Breaking the silence with my cries
Can7t you hear me screaming?
WE could make all this wrong seem ight
But you never answer meback to top
I Don't Believe In Love
(Chris De Garmo/Geoff Tate)

I awoke on impact
Under surveillence of the camera eye
Searching high and low
The criminal mind found at the scene of the crime
Handcuffed and blind, I didn't do it
she said she loved me
I guess I never knew
But do we ever, ever really know?
She said she'd meet me on the other side
But I knew right then, I'd never find her

I don't believe in love
I never have, I never will
I don't believe in love
It's never worth the pain that you feel

No more nightmares, I've seen them all
Frome daay I was born, they've haunted my every move
Every open hand's there to push and shove
No tie for love, it doesn't matter
She made a difference
I guess she had a way
Of making every night seem bright as day
Now I walk in sahdows, never see th light
She must have lied 'cause she never said goodbye


I don't believe in love
I'll just pretend she never was real
I don't believe in love
I need to forget her face, I see it still

No chance for contact
There's no raison d'etre
My only hope is one day I'll forget
The pain of knowing what can never be
With or without love it's all the same to me

CHORUSback to top
Waiting For 22
(Chris De Garmo)
-Instrumental-back to top
My Empty Room
(Geoff Tate/Michael Wilton)

Empty room today
And here I sit
Chalk outline upon the wall
I remember tracing it
A thousand times, the night she died, why?
There's no sleep today, I can't pretend
When all my dreaams are crimes
I can't stand facing them
Now who will come
To wash away my sins
Clean my room, fix my meals
Be my friend?back to top
Eyes Of A Stranger
(Chris De Garmo/Geoff Tate)

All alone now
Except for the memories
Of what we had and what we knew
Everytime I try to leave it behind me
I see something that reminds me of you
Every night the dreams return to haunt me
Your rosary wrapped around your throat
I lie awake and sweat, afraid to fall asleep
I see your face looking back at me

And I raise my head and stare
Into the eyes of a stranger
I've always known that the mirror never lies
People always turn away
Frome eyes of a stranger
Afraid to know what
Lies behind the stare

Is this all that's left
Of my life before me
Straight-jacket memories, sedative highs
No happy ending like they've always promised
There's got to be something left for me


How many times must I live this tragedy
How many more lies will they tell me
All I want is the same as everyone
Why am I here, and for how long


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