Gift Horse

from Fabula & Syuzhet by Protest the Hero

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FABULA & SYUZHET: PALIMPSEST B-SIDES

NEW ALBUM 'PALIMPSEST' OUT NOW

PURCHASE/STREAM: LINKTR.EE/PROTESTTHEHERO

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ALL MUSIC BY PROTEST THE HERO

Rody Walker - Vocals
Luke Hoskin - Guitars
Tim MacMillar - Guitars
Mike Ieradi - Drums
Special Guest: Cameron McLellan - Bass
Orchestral Arrangement / Production - Milen Petzelt-Sorace

PRODUCED BY: Derya Nagle
VOCAL PRODUCTION AND ENGINEERING: Anthony Kalabretta
DRUM PRODUCTION, ENGINEERING AND EDITING: Dean Hadjichristou
ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING AND EDITING: Darren “Jeter” Magierowski & Jill Zimmermann
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION AND MIXING: Simon Grove
MASTERING: Ermin Hamidovic

ARTWORK: Martin Wittfooth

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Is it the truth or a lie?
As determined by
Heavy breathing or a sudden spike

Is it the truth or a lie?
As determined by
Heavy breathing or a sudden spike

Just a few simple questions to start us out
Your name and your occupation
As I monitor the needle for the slightest variation
Just a few simple questions to start us out
You wouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth
And if you did, you’d know it wasn’t right
So tell me, what you doing there last night?

So lie to me
Provided we will still know the truth
The horse we provided was long in the tooth
But you ride it to death
Because you needed an answer
And the answer was always a—
Lie to me, just lie to me
I don’t care at all
The truth is what I make it
The gavel will fall
On the heads of guilty
Whether they’re guilty at all

What exactly is the difference
Between a liar and a coward?
Futile insistence—there’s a world between them
What explains their identical outcome?

“Beyond my expectation, [for] uncontrollable factors,
this scientific investigation became for practical purposes...”

So lie to me
Provided we will still know the truth
The horse we provided was long in the tooth
But you ride it to death
Because you needed an answer
And the answer was always a—
Lie to me, lie to me
I don’t care at all
The truth is what I make it
The gavel will fall
On the heads of guilty
Whether they’re guilty at all

And I hate this
I hate what this has become
My finest moment is done
And as I fade into obscurity
Take these gifts now as your own
Lord, let their faith atone
Just remember you’re a liar just like me
Just like me
Just like me
Just like me
Just like...

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from Fabula & Syuzhet, released August 21, 2020

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