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Author's Chapter Notes:
Monotonous Phenomenon
Abandon all hope, ye who can't cope
We're all trapped in a prison of our own design
Locked in a game we don't want to play
faced with a problem so hard to define
Real life's not what it seems, just bad dreams
I hear the screams inside of their minds
The Sleepers are shaken but can't awaken
the key's been taken, the one thing we can't find
We just play along, but we know something's wrong
we're trapped in a prison without walls
We just walk around, no answers to be found
just lines of locked doors in the halls
In a trance the world sleeps, dreaming empty dreams
a broken record, a repeat-looping tape
From the nightmare no one wakes, no matter what it takes
I've gotta wake up & make my escape


The mirrors that surround us & confound us
There's no escape— they're all around us
and I want out
Invisible walls that keep us boxed in
Trapped in this reality, we're locked in
There's no way out

Nowhere to run to (No way out!)
No shelter to turn to (No way out!)
Looking for the back door
but it's not there anymore
There's no way out
No way out!
No way out!


Breathing dead air, there's nothing out there
Never anything new, we've seen it all before
Living nowhere, existential nightmare
There are no mysteries left to explore anymore
Mindless repetition disease, but no one else sees
like they're all under some kind of spell
Whole world on your shoulders, it's like pushing a boulder
up a long hill for all eternity in Hell
Just stare at the screen, graveyard of creativity
living death of variety, of every category
Each time things must happen in the same order
There are no new ages, just the same old story
over & over & over & over & over


Lost in this place, paths criss-crossed in this place
Don't know how I even got into this place
but I want out
It's everywhere, no matter where I gaze
the whole world folds up into the maze
There's no way out

Nowhere to run to (No way out!)
No shelter to turn to (No way out!)
Looking for the back door
but it's not there anymore
There's no way out
No way out!
No way out!


I want to wake up from my life
this just can't be all there is
What's already been, all over again
all the possibilities I miss
Just dead silence, even violence
would be better than this


This is for everything everyone's afraid to say
I just can't let things be the same old way
Could we handle the truth of our history?
That we are surrounded by great mysteries
is known to all but the most ignorant
It has to be said, it's just too important
Miserable people, pretending euphoria
in a hollow, bankrupt theme-park plutopia
It's all gone to hell, man, get out while you can
If you stay, you will suffer like I am
Unnatural selection, warped evolution
It's the Empty Set— there's no solution
Can't get used to just dragging on & on
This life is a monotonous phenomenon
Where I ask myself every now & then:
"Are we in this episode again?"
Infinite possibilities die everyday
endless forks blocked for the same old way
It's always March, it's always Thursday
and you have no choice but to stay
Run around in Reality Squared
but you'll never go anywhere...


There's no way out!
No way out!
No way out!
No way out!
Chapter End Notes:
-circa 2000 - 03/21/03

This whole piece is a very personal expression of my own experience with Monotony.
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