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Track 6 from 1991 demo


Once life meant experience and opportunity. But even in the scheme of things, no one's exactly free. New horizons still maintain some hope, if you let it exist. My dreams died with my hopes- a niche in life I missed. True straight and narrow path offered no rewards. On the path I carved out for myself, all warnings I ignored. All-consuming greed I felt, gnawing deep inside. Impulsive, acting on my id. Morals slowly died. And now I think about the life- the life I could have lead. I sit and muse about the past- cold, bitter regret. All I wanted was prosperity- not a future fated to Maximum Security. Solitude, I sit and watch the world through windows barred. Far past the guards and barbed wire. Here for life, my soul is scarred. Solemn tomb I sit. Watching the world through windows barred. Here for my life- my soul is scarred. Now the hour's drawing near, to leave this prison for the night. Tears fill my tired eyes, as I decide to kill the light. Nothing to look forward to- something I know, all too well. Forever mired in exile. Paroled by hanging in my cell. Now in this hour of my departure- once again, I emerge- truly free. Solution to a problem with no answer. In my life, death's become my only guarantee. Farewell- shackles gone, cast away the chains of strife. REQUIEM- to my lifeless corpse, hurled into a second life?


from 1991 Demo (25 Year Anniversary edition), released March 27, 2017
Remixed by Paul Roessler (2017)


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Discourse St. Louis, Missouri

Discourse was formed in 1990 by vocalist, Mike Pauli; bassist, Jason Revelle; drummer Tom Sink, and guitarist (later vocalist) Ben Reagan. Following Pauli's departure, guitarist / vocalist Dan Cadalora joined- thus completing the final lineup.
Discourse combined elements of hardcore & speed metal, i.e. "crossover", building a large suburban following in the oft-times rivaling Metal & Punk scenes.
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