THIS IS THE TIME (BALLAST)

When did we become these sinking stones?
When did we build this broken home?
Holding each other like ransom notes
Dropping our hearts to grip our brother's throat

You can't see because you don't know
You're caught below, beneath your own shadow
Stuck inside, half alive
Do you ever stop to ask yourself why?

Close your mind, identify
Do you feel, do you feel?
Do you call this a life?

All you waited for
Drowning just to keep score

We always start with good intentions
But lose ourselves along the way

This is the time that we let it go
These are the words that will take us home
Singing the song that's inside us all
If we don't open our eyes we're walking blind

Anchored in anger, we exile ourselves
Bitter blood builds our prison cell
Darker water now fills our lungs
The depths of our heart have blacked the sun

Naked we come, naked we leave
Fools we are, to hold tightly
We are the jail, we are the key
We are free, we are free

This is the time that we let it go
This is the pain we are forced to know
Singing the song that's inside us all
If we just open our eyes

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"If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?"

-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

"The 'greater good' that many of us claim to be fighting for becomes perverted the instant it becomes about changing others. It is about changing ourselves, and as a result others will inevitably be changed."

-Nothing More

 

 

Love it

Can't get enough!!!

9/6/2014 0:18:25 AM


EPIC!!!! SHEER BRILLIANCE!!!

You are an amazing lyricist and a vastly talented group of individuals.  

Jen
8/16/2014 3:26:28 AM


This is the Time

The lead in is actually a song called Ocean Floor, its the track before This is the time on the album.

7/25/2014 10:50:48 AM


Lyric Videos

I am a huge fan of your band and have become obsessed with your lyrics. As a way to spread the knowledge that your band has intelligent lyrics, I've made lyric videos on YouTube. However, Rico Management has taken them down, saying it is copyright infringement. This has occurred with "Ocean Waves," "This Is The Time (Ballast)," "Christ Copyright," and "Mr. MTV." I can submit a form and try to get them back online but I do need to know if you are OK with these lyric videos. If you're not, I will take the rest down. Thanks for your time.

zoe nike
7/10/2014 9:28:38 PM


This is the time

Listened to you guys for the first time today on Octane=Amazing !!!! I enjoyed hearing you guys back story interviews , an then there was the Music!!! After listening to only a few of your tracks I'm completely sold! few new artists these days can bring such amazing Musical Arangements Paired with the lyrical content that you are bringing to the table!!! This Is The Time is a powerful statement that gave me chills! I can't wait to Hear the entire album an I'm even more excited to see you guys live!!

MIllingworth
6/28/2014 7:39:18 PM


This is the Time

Is the long version available?  XM plays it but the version on iTunes does not have the cool lead in I like.

jameskseattle
6/28/2014 6:39:58 PM


You're great!

I listen to your band for a 6 months now and I would do anything to just be able to buy your CDs in Poland, but before that comes (and it WILL come, you got too good music to stay American band only) I'm afraid I'll have to wait...

Anna
6/18/2014 8:19:57 AM


WOW

Your song was sent to me in a dream before I even knew it existed....the message was unbelievably therapeutic for me and your lyrics hit home. I can't get enough of you guys! Listened for the last three days straight and I am not done. 

Jenn
6/17/2014 2:49:58 PM


beyond amazing!

this is the first song to give me chills since I first heard No One's There by Korn when they released their album, Untouchables. Can't wait to hear more!

AidenCross
6/16/2014 10:19:10 PM


A-freaking-mazing!

It has been years since I have loved a song as much I love Ballast. The first time I listened to it was a video that just showed the band logo, the intensity of the music just kicks you in the face. Second listen, you realize the intensity of the lyrics and the statement about how messed up the political landscape with all of the fighting to be right has become, that we are forgetting that we are in this together. Then I found the video which just ramps up the intensity to a whole new level. Mind = blown. This right here is just what music has been missing for a very long time! I think I have listened to the song at least 12 times so far this morning. Can't get enough!

sarahw79
5/30/2014 10:55:35 AM


Great songs

Heard this on the radio 105.9 and love it.

Courtney
5/21/2014 8:29:09 PM


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