Panta Rhei

by Betterman

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"Tudo Flui"


released September 10, 2014

All songs by Betterman
Tracks 1-4 recorded, mixed and mastered by Dan Souza e Fernando Uehara at Toth Studio (SP) (10/2013 - 03/2014).
Bonus tracks (5-10) recorded and mixed by Bernardo Pacheco at Fábrica de Sonhos (SP) (01 - 05/2012) and remastered at Toth Studio (03/2014).
Art & design by Marcelo Delamanha.
Label: Hearts Bleed Blue



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Betterman São Paulo, Brazil

Band São Paulo/SP/Brazil since 2011

Lira - bass/vocal
Gila - guitar/vocal
Paulo Gervilla - guitar
Rafa - drums

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Track Name: Chronos is never late
The roots are tight
A distraction in the eyes
Innocently imagine what will come next
If you got away or the taste didn't stay
You can no longer appreciate

Big steps won't be worth more than scratches and broken legs
As long as the score is faithful to the moment
New signs would be great at looking for forgotten scabs
Identify and recognize what is partially absent

It's not easy to draw a circle in this line...

There's no turning back
The past is done
When did I forget
The last return?

Clocks don't control hours
When time is in your mind
Pointers are going to stop

This movie changes so fast
But you want the same cast

Thinking about yesterday
Suddenly I might be caught in delay
Future is so far away
And nothing in sight
I'll miss the today

The only button is Play

It never ends
It never came to start
Continuous movement is in charge
Track Name: Through these ears
How could I make you feel so proud of not being a lonely being?
Here comes another song about love and hate...
Get this amp and turn it on
Remember all those hard chords
Put the microphone in flame

Do you listen to these words?
You just watch or you can dance
But turn your heart away

Hold on, sing along
If you belong to this place, this stage
You're not alone
We're in the same boat

Screaming louder than we can
Repeating stories in a deep and different way
Not waiting for something to change
Sounding feelings that can save us

And let my soul free
Let your soul free

But we know
We should go on
No matter how we play these notes
There's a light across the road

Melody will guide us all
So we hesitate about giving up
It's our life after all
Track Name: Unsimulated acts
I can't pretend it's so cold
When it's summertime
I can't pretend that I feel like home
I always wander around

I can't pretend I'm not tamed
Where you see me in chains
I can't pretend I'm side by side
During a lifetime

How could I feel fine surrounded by all these lies?
Is this all about bringing a mask along?

I can't pretend I'm so fast
It suffocates my chest
I can't pretend that I'm okay
You spat in my face

I can't pretend I'm not bored
Whether I live a love story
I can't pretend that I really care
I need some more dare

How could I feel fine selling a false self-portrait?
Is this all about one more act to swear?
I guess I felt fine bleeding water from a frozen heart
But my blood is warm even if you don't like

Meanwhile I'm incomplete

We can't stand it
We wanna live a dream of perfection
It doesn't matter
It's not gonna seem like a rejection

How could I feel fine making a deal that I couldn't keep?
It's the prettiest sign that you've ever seen
Is this all about missing a kind of deadline?
So I guess that's all
Take me where I belong
Track Name: It's not cool being ironic...
You feel much better now
Listen to what they say:
Sometimes you must fade away

Talk, talk and talk
Doesn't set you free
It doesn't mean anything
Swallow and don't walk
Against the crowd

The less you read
The more you learn

Speaking in tongues it's fine
To control and domain
And who will comprehend?
A master plan representing your pride

No one would hurt
No one would fake
Those days will come
To show us how true values burn inside
Even when we still sleep tight

Nothing's gonna far
Look at your behavior
Your time is gonna end
Have you ever expanded your mind? (I could deal with, I could fight)
Do you want to blow up brains? (But there're Science and moral stains...)
This time I won't complain

You wanna hear them
You wanna follow

Dig down your past
If your horizon worth less

Main choice
Mass' voice
You make me laugh
Living my dash
And I'm upside down 'til I die
Track Name: I think, therefore I suffer
I've come here from stars to vanish all these scars
Why do they hurt and stay so deep inside?
I've done it before, they return more and more
It's time to come up against my own mind

By now these eyes can't see the light
That comes from that dead calm place
And I still try to get alright
But I know nothing's gonna change

Am I getting close?
Am I getting lost?

There's something wrong
Where does it come from?
Blocking thoughts that never stop
I always deal with something really real
So I don't care if it's so unfair
They just complain, don't feel the pain
I miss myself or maybe something else
Track Name: What breaks a heart
One day I realised that nothing lasts for eternity
And now this knowledge always lets me down
Although you tell me my will is weak and I won't resist
Days show me that will is an old law

I'm sure I cannot be responsible
For every single moment in my whole world

I know I can choose some things to run my own life
I don't prefer to let it burn but I could freeze it sometimes

One day I realised that people come and people go away
And all that remains are my memories
If I had the strenght to follow this free and lonely way
Maybe I'd feel better in the next stories

I hope to get rid of this bitter taste
A freedom inside a structure I shouldn't waste

I wish I faked all my faces to show you I don't mind
In fact I'm supposed to be brave not a coward blind

Believe, I cried in a boreal spring
This suffering is mine, breaking my naive heart
It's about time to get brand new wings
I will find, it's only one more restart

Is there a place where human race isn't falling down?
Am I free? Am I stuck? Or am I just a clown?
I've been trying to keep away those things which break my heart
Track Name: Sisyphus' boulder
I roll it up to the mountain
In the winter
After a knives rain
It gets heavier
No matter if I work hard
In the summer
The way is so far
Sun gets hotter

Maybe I should give up
There's no sugar in this cup
What's the purpose of this stone?
Your work is undone
Always falls

Give me a reason to explain
The absurdity of existence
Who tells me how to maintain
A lot of tasks which never end?

I know I left devotion
It's so rebel
Finding emotion
Coming from hell
Sometimes it's useless
If I were stronger
But it's meaningless
It's forever

I can't make any noise
'Cause the whisper is my voice
Hear me now
Gods don't forgive when
You have consciousness
Grief I saw

When I miss the fastest train
In turtle I have to trust
Even if my attempt is in vain
I feel I need to try
Track Name: Every day smells like rain
She dreams alone after a party and had some fun
She screams: "Don't go!"
In front of the mirror there's no hope
No regrets, It's too late
I confess, nothing makes much sense
We forget ourselves

He's felt at home kissing smiles that have gone
He hasn't heard what the wisdom says

You were my friend
You were my love
You were my happiness
You're this simple song

It could be me
It could be him
It could be anyone else
Maybe it's your revenge

You know you wasted what's pure and true
I wish you never taste what's to feel blue

Thank you, sunshine:
“The guilt is mine
Because by your side
I was afraid of dying...”
Worried all the time
The saddest guy
No desires to collide
Now I learn to misguide

The Black Roses poem
Became my favourite touchstone
A self-manipulation
Monday morning's motivation

No roof, no floor
Face the storm to fill this emptiness
It's so ambiguous...
Track Name: Diagnosis: misanthropy
Please, don't ask me to be someone
I'll probably ignore
You say I'm kind of stubborn
And I won't stop
Once I changed my life like Harry Haller just postponed his crime

How many times did I find another hole or defect to hide
while things are happening outside?
How many lines did I write to become the one and be the prime, not one more point in the sky?

I'm stuck, I can't climb
And everywhere I go the gale starts to blow
Every time I see this pine
All the things fall apart

It burns down the biggest town
No such power is coming around
You're gonna be safe underground
Or sit down and watch me crawl
No social skills until the last round
Guess who is bluffing right here right now

As the music, I could dance
I'd be the winner of your game
My self defense
'Cause I don't wanna be the same
Putting on others all the blame
Fuck your shame

I isolate myself from society
Or society isolates me

Calm down and hold these songs
While I can't feel your souls
I don't wanna share your goals
Sometimes I'm a dried bone
I can't fit in with anyone
So I just want to be alone
Track Name: Wolf or sheep?
After all those broken promises
I convinced myself
My tears are smaller than this ocean

Life is short
Life is hard
Some give up
Others get high
You must make your choice
Or stay among the noises

Have you been waiting for your turn?
There's no concern in waiting line
In my mind I water the trees
And by my hands I plant the seeds

Before taking that red pill
Be prepared for what's new
Use claws in mazes
At any time the master will betray you
No refuge, you are free
Flock, should I leave you?

Who am I now?