Ascension: The Creative Power of the Imagination

by The Legend of XERO

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In many ways, themes and ideas in Ascension are not holistic, but dualistic, dealing with opposites and irony. the album is very dark, but there message of many of The songs talk about a perseverance through darkness, or regardless of darkness, towards light.
XERO defies the common idea of "the happy Christian", by taking on the embodiment of the underbelly of the body of the Christ.
Rather than the front man that everybody wants to see, he is honest and transparent about his pain and struggles.
Rather than claiming to be a celebrity, he takes on the mantle of the unseen hero working in the shadows. Rather than posing a cookie-cutter answer for life struggles, he provides even more questions that are worth considering.
He speaks of standing alone when discovering new theological truths. he speaks of his tragic romance with the music industry, likening it unto a woman who cannot be won over.
Similar to most of the other works by XERO, he never gives mention of wavering in faith, but takes on the fullness of life (and the troubles that life has to offer) as one who believes and yet still fails and falls.
This is an album for anyone seeking philosophical asylum from the traditional views that today's culture has to offer, and encourages and inner strength that can only be experienced by the true believer.

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released June 6, 2017

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The Legend of XERO Saginaw, Michigan

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The Legend of XERO is a traveling, evangelistic, music ministry that employs pop, rap, dance music, and costume to deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a creative, intelligent, and challenging way.
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Track Name: The Dragon (Part 1)
My story is not so different than the story of so many others. The only is, it didn't take some self-righteous crusade to kill me, nor was I martyred. I simply lay down and died. I had become lethargic in my way of thinking, and looking back, I can't really say that I was ever really alive.
In my so called life,the things that I lived for were all turned into dust...rotted before my very eyes. My rise to stardom came crashing down when the Dragon swung his tail and knocked me from the sky.
And the Great Dragon's flood of lies had already begun to suck the life out of me...began to dictate everything that I had believed in...everything we thought we knew. We were deceived.
Track Name: Cutter [Just Like a Razor]
(Verse 1)
The very next cut will push me to the edge
I don't really have the strength to bleed again
each laceration is going to my head
I think I might have given up on fighting back

(Chorus 1)
You cut me like a razor
you cut through me like paper
well, I don't wanna be the one to play this game

You make this last forever
rejoicing in each sever
well, I don't wanna be the one you get to blame

(Chorus 2)
touch me, let me feel your arms around me
kiss me, let me feel your kiss of death
love me, tell me I'm the only one
then leave me again

(Verse 2)
And I, I'm standing in the rain
anything I can to wash away this pain
and the blood runs down
it's pouring from my veins
That's all you'll ever need to fill this empty grave

(Chorus 1)
You cut me like a razor
you cut through me like paper
well, I don't wanna be the one to play this game

You make this last forever
rejoicing in each sever
well, I don't wanna be the one you get to blame

(Chorus 2)
touch me, let me feel your arms around me
kiss me, let me feel your kiss of death
love me, tell me I'm the only one
then leave me again

You're just like a razor
You're just like a razor
when you cut me down
Track Name: Damsel
[Verse 1]
She ceases here cries and the light goes out in the window
She searches here mind for a time in her life when she felt this low
cuz in her dreams she's a queen without a worry to die for
but when it's real there's only tears and there's a hole in here heart

[Chorus]
and she's waiting
pleading
for a hero who can fly right down
"save me! Take me far away!"
and praying
is she crazy?
is there no one who will give her a chance?
she's waiting for Heaven to save the day

[Verse 2]
*and then we walk right by
cuz we don't see the kind of pain that's living inside of her
*and we walk right by
cuz we don't wanna deal with all of the drama surrounding her
*and we wonder why
she don't understand the beauty and life she was given
* we need to take more time
to take this girl by the hand and be a loving whitness

[Rap]
if we could see inside
if we could read her mind
we'd probably see all of the rain and the shine
but now-a-days it seems that the storms have been coming a lot more
she don't have a shoulder to cry on
she needs support
that's when you become the one in her life
to shine a light and help to lead her to Christ
but until then
whenever we just let her walk on by without a word
we're just letting her die
Track Name: Zombies
(Verse 1)
I see the Storm a-comin'
I see the coulds a-formin'
I'll pay no attention to the weather today
Cuz it's dead behind those darkened eyes

(Verse 2)
Ain't no emotion stirrin'
ain't no ideas a-formin'
I'll pay no attention to the wind and the waves
Cuz it's cold inside that hardened mind

But could it be
that as we're livin' in a fantasy
we've given over our minds to a life we never wanted to lead
and so I, turn up the bottle and try to forget tomorrow
like it doesn't really matter to me
cuz these eyes have been blind to the dark and the light
and all I see is the gray in between

(chorus)
when the lights go out and the darkness falls
how long will you hold on?
when the push comes to shove and the time finally comes
how far are you willing to go?
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
fighting the Zombie Virus off

(Verse 3)
I don't care what you're saying
Can't hear the song you're playing
I'll pay no attention to the kids in the way
Cuz I'm numb behind this hollow smile

But could it be
that as we're livin' in a fantasy
we've given over our minds to a life we never wanted to lead
and so I, turn up the bottle and try to forget tomorrow
like it doesn't really matter to me
cuz these eyes have been blind to the dark and the light
and all I see is the gray in between

(Final Chorus)
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
Cuz it's dead behind those darkened eyes
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
Cuz I'm numb behind this hollow smile
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
fighting the Zombie Virus off
Track Name: The Sun
Fall into my arms
don't let down your guard
just forget the world

it lights these Embers
when I remember the Sun
and when I was happy

Yes I cherish these scars
but I let down my guard
but I won't do it again

it lights please Embers
when I remember the Sun
and when I was happy
the hunger growing
my heart does make me so blind
when I'm with you

Don't deny me
lay beside me
let me feel your kiss on my lips
(no I don't deserve to die)

does my own heart love to hurt me
I endure this test of Silence
(I can't find my way)
Track Name: Love You Much (Ironseed Dubsmix)
(Verse 1)
Show me the distance
that You reached with love to me
Show me the depth of sin,
my hopeless depravity
Show me Your patience
given time and time again
Show me the ignorance
that I was drowning in

(Verse 2)
Show me the devilish way
I pushed You from my mind
Dark ingratitude
displayed time after time
Heaven's only Son
hung bloody on a tree
The Father crushed You
on the cross to set me free

(chorus)
I will Love You Much
give my body, soul and blood
I've been forgiven much,
Count me worthy to drink Your cup

Open my eyes to the mysteries of heaven
Of infinite crimes, I've been forgiven
Track Name: Superhero
[Verse 1]
You left me there to find you
you knew i was out there
I'm just in time to rescue you
I knew you were out there

waiting for me to spin you a web of enchantment
You know that I could somehow do it
I'm swinging in your direction
I'm coming to get you

[Chorus]
Till the moonlight turns to sunlight
I'm your guardian angel the whole night
Till you tell me that you need me
I'll be crawling the walls in my own mind

I'll be your superhero
I'll be your superhero

[Verse 2]
when you're just too scared to leave your home
There's somebody out there
well let me be your sword and stone
I'm already out there

Thinking of ways to stand in the way of deception
You know that I can somehow sense it
I'm swinging in your direction
I'm coming to get you

[Chorus]
Till the moonlight turns to sunlight
I'm your guardian angel the whole night
Till you tell me that you need me
I'll be crawling the walls in my own mind

I'll be your superhero
I'll be your superhero

[Chorus 2]
when those lights go out
don't you worry 'bout a thing
I'm here to protect you

when those lights go out
don't you worry 'bout a thing
I'm coming to get you
Track Name: Don't Kiss the Girl
Honesty, Chastity, virtues held on high
Purity, Reliability, are the places in which I strive
But the heart has a motive, it's beating from within
But the heart doesn't know it's unable to comprehend

Integrity, fidelity, were recently cast aside
And my sanity and security we're the ones to be sacrificed
Now we're starting it over
The heart is still broken
I know that I need more time
To discover the things that I need to regain my life
And nobody knows the truth

If anybody knew what was really on my mind
(don't kiss the girl x2)
Mixed and Mastered by J-Mez

No one needs to know how I really feel inside
(don't kiss the girl x2)
I know that I'm broken, I'm trying to cope
But my emotions Never Lie
Does anybody know if there's a way to do this right?
Don't kiss the girl

Oh, the truth.
It feels so good not to fight it.
And I'm telling you, there's no way I could ever deny it
But my heart isn't Frozen
I need you to know because I want you by my side
But I need to believe there's a way I can do this right
So now that you know the truth

If anybody knew what was really on my mind
(don't kiss the girl x2)
No one needs to know how I really feel inside
(don't kiss the girl x2)
I can never be sure, and I've fallen so short.
I'm broken deep inside.
Does anybody know if there's a way to do this right?
Don't kiss the girl

If anybody knew what was really on my mind
(don't kiss the girl x2)
No one needs to know how I really feel inside
(don't kiss the girl x2)
I know that I'm broken, I'm trying to cope
But my emotions Never Lie
No, my heart isn't Frozen
I need you to know because I want you by my side
Yes, I'm trying to wait to avoid this mistake
But still, I have you here tonight
Does anybody know if there's a way to do this right?
(Don't kiss the girl x3)
Track Name: The Dragon (Part 2)
He lied to us about who we were, and who we were to become. He lied to us about where we had come from, and where we were going. He even lied to us about Himself, making us think that he was the next-best-thing to God, and we believed him.
In one mighty stroke, most of us had fallen from our rightful place. Unaware that we were new captives in our own land. I was one of them. Disconnected from the True Vine, I was now forfeiting my rights with the rest of them. The Gates were spreading, and we were hallow.
Its a curious thing how One becomes aware of his own death. I think it nothing short of a miracle because, once you've had your fill of Death, well, then you begin to develop an appetite for something else. And, while most things simply lead right back to dying, some things have an alternate effect.
Track Name: Where Do We Stand
[Verse 1]
Will we believe anything that we see on the TV
We turn the other way and take it in stride
Will we listen to anything that comes in streaming
Will we allow the enemy to take us alive

[Chorus]
And we've come so far from this
Are we too far to fall away?
And we've come so close to the end
Are we too close to fade away?
And we can't be replaced again
Is it really the case in the end?
Is it just too hard?
Are we stretched too far?
Is the the Truth so hard to defend?
Where do we Stand?

(don't wait until we fall away)

[Verse 2}
Will we submit to tyranny if it drowns out the screaming
Weaken our integrity with the strength of a lie
When the Empire ceases to be,
and we turn from the heart of The King,
and we run to the arms of The Beast,
It will eat us alive