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LYRICS

1. Alone In The Dark Tonight

This hallowed ground,

A shallow grave to which we stumble,

Time is the nemesis of man,

We are eternal in this afterlife,

Just moon-kissed shadows laced with sand,

 

A love spurned brought an end to my world

For a thousand years,

But ‘love-lost’ I returned,

Now I yearn for light…

 

Alone in the dark tonight,

Tonight,

Edified,

Alone in the dark tonight,

Tonight,

Deified,

Alone in the dark tonight…

 

These marbled alabaster Angels parch and crumble,

The carved inscriptions fade unread,

I walk the night shade scented paradise,

This garden of the nameless dead,

 

A love spurned brought an end to my world

For a thousand years,

But ‘love-lost’ I returned,

Now I yearn for light…

 

Alone in the dark tonight,

Tonight,

Edified,

Alone in the dark tonight,

Tonight,

Deified,

Alone in the dark tonight…

 

A love spurned brought an end to my world

For a thousand years,

But ‘love-lost’ I returned,

Now I yearn for light…

 

Alone in the dark tonight,

Tonight,

Edified,

Alone in the dark tonight,

Tonight,

Deified,

Alone in the dark tonight…

 

2. Battlefield

When the day starts to fade and return to the night,

In a flickering cadence, like pale candlelight,

It’s for you

And ‘only’ for you…

 

When the stars leave the sky in celestial flight,

Close their twinkling eyes as they fade and they die,

It’s for you

And ‘only’ for you…

 

So the night flows on,

In the darkness comes soliloquy,

But you can’t respond

‘Till the nightmares wane,

 

Somewhere out beyond this battlefield

I’ll be waiting for you,

My light won’t diminish,

Know this stone won’t yield,

I will rescue you somehow.

 

In the name of desire, as the beast that arrives

Stumbles into the fire, though it burns him alive,

It’s for you

And ‘only’ for you…

 

When the last in the line speaks the words to confide,

Weaving un-whispered rhymes of a love deep inside

It’s for you

And ‘only’ for you…

 

So the night flows on,

In the darkness comes soliloquy,

But you can’t respond

‘Till the nightmares wane,

 

 

Somewhere out beyond this battlefield

I’ll be waiting for you,

My light won’t diminish,

Know this stone won’t yield,

I will rescue you somehow…

 

Somewhere out beyond this battlefield

I’ll be waiting for you,

My light won’t diminish,

Know this stone won’t yield,

I will rescue you somehow.

 

3. It’s Alive

Wide awake, just another lonely night,

In a wired and restless state,

Try to sleep but however hard I fight,

Kick screaming or remonstrate,

There are voices in my head

That whisper words of truth,

It’s materialising

Calling me back to you…

 

My torn heart unfolds    

Without you in the darkest night,

The worn part is cold,

The passion chills in my eyes,

Just how many tears, wasted years love can survive?

In my storm-calming soul…..it’s alive…

 

Wide awake, just another lonely night,

Needing natural Novocaine,

Every sinuous fibre sensitized,

This insomnia feels insane,

If I dream, in every scene

I’m crawling back to you,

And through eyes that were blind I

Watch as the love shines through…

 

My torn heart unfolds    

Without you in the darkest night,

The worn part is cold,

The passion chills in my eyes,

Just how many tears, wasted years love can survive?

In my storm-calming soul…..it’s alive…

 

 

My torn heart unfolds    

Without you in the darkest night,

The worn part is cold,

The passion chills in my eyes,

Just how many tears, wasted years love can survive?

In my storm-calming soul…..It’s alive…

My torn heart unfolds    

Without you in the darkest night,

The worn part is cold,

But I’ve stopped questioning why,

For now it appears, through the years love can survive,

In my storm-calming soul…..it’s alive.

4. Albion Born

Dark ages, shrouded days,

Steeped in our Ancient ways,

Cerridwen’s prophets say,

“The Morrighan is calling“,

 

This fortress of the brave,

Spear trenched and battle stained,

This sacred, pagan place,

Albion is dawning,

 

Cliff forged and cauldron made,

This sceptred island raised

Up from a sea of flames,

Tempered on the storm’s rim,

 

Camp fires and anvil brays,

Wood smoke in spiral haze,

The Mists of Time embrace,

Sacred night is falling,

 

Dream on you valiant brave,

Brothers in arms enclave,

Camalus wealds his blade,

With the light of morning,

 

We will fight, do or die,

With a fire in our eyes,

We the few righteous souls stand before you,

To a man, every blade,

Every battle-ravaged face,

Here to fight for we’re Albion Born,

Through the fire, burning bright,

From the embers of the night,

Like a tide we will crash down upon you,

We are fearless and brave,

We will never be enslaved,

We the true sons of Albion drawn

To the fight for we’re Albion Born…

 

Those who would escalade

These mountain barricades,

Return as corpses flayed,

Boadicea’s warning,

 

On through their flesh we’ll clave,

Rivers of blood and vein,

Trample their dead remains,

Banish to the Four Winds,

 

We will fight, do or die,

With a fire in our eyes,

We the few righteous souls stand before you,

To a man, every blade,

Every battle-ravaged face,

Here to fight for we’re Albion Born,

Through the fire, burning bright,

From the embers of the night,

Like a tide we will crash down upon you,

We are fearless and brave,

We will never be enslaved,

We the true sons of Albion roar….

 

We will fight, do or die,

With a fire in our eyes,

We the few righteous souls stand before you,

To a man, every blade,

Every battle-ravaged face,

Here to fight for we’re Albion Born,

Through the fire, burning bright,

From the embers of the night,

Like a tide we will crash down upon you,

We are fearless and brave,

We will never be enslaved,

We the true sons of Albion drawn

To the fight for we’re Albion Born…

5. Sometimes Love Takes The Long Way Home

The breath of a notion on a temperate breeze,

Stirs my emotion, it begins unseen,

Till the hunger grows and love starts to take hold,

In vivid reflections, see it all too clear,

Taint our affections, through our crystal tears,

‘Till a cold and frozen love has to let go,

 

Desperate dreams sail the ocean tides on long summer nights,

In too deep, pure emotion guides the way,

Our esteem for the laughter dies with tears in our eyes,

Sometimes love takes the long way home.

 

My faint recollections of a young boys dream,

Searching for something of sublime extremes,

“Why does everything I touch crumble to dust? “,

Love on its journey, crossing wild Frontiers,

We chase our adventures, as we face our fears,

In the fray we lose our way, stumble and rust,

 

Desperate dreams sail the ocean tides on long summer nights,

In too deep, pure emotion guides the way,

Our esteem for the laughter dies with tears in our eyes,

Sometimes love takes the long way home...

 

Desperate dreams sail the ocean tides on long summer nights,

In too deep, pure emotion guides the way,

Our esteem for the laughter dies with tears in our eyes,

Sometimes love takes the long way home.

 

6. A Smuggler’s Tale

Dusk fades as the moonlight greys,

Every man at arms like a beckoning shroud,

Cold eyes watch a crimson tide evolve,

She rakes through the rocks then breaks

As the thunder clouds take a merciless bow,

She climbs in the eye but then dissolves,

 

This Ship is riving on the reef,

Soon her cargo will release,

It pours like blood from every breach,

Through the water to the beach,

 

I race to the last embrace,

For the few who rise to the shallows are drowned,

Most souls who remain, the depths devour,

Laid waste in a resting place

Where the tide departs to the burial ground,

No rest till the dead man’s chest is ours,

 

Inside a cage I forged from tears,

Is a man who should be feared,

I prime the blade I call ‘Austere’

Like a deadly cavalier.

 

Stormbound, down we go,

Keep those cliff top pyres aglow,

Ghost-like figures in the shoreline mist,

Stormbound, down we go,

Shipwrecked silks and Calico,

Bludgeon drowned by the Smuggler‘s kiss,

 

Mistaking the fires we make for the ‘Harbour Mark’

Runs the money aground,

We pray on the lost, we take it all,

Gold braid for The Magistrate closes eyes and ears

To the deafening sound,

We slay any soul that drifts ashore,

 

These ragged marks show, wrist and shin,

Where the manacle had been,

This map of scars upon my skin

Is a chronicle of sins,

 

Stormbound, down we go,

Keep those cliff top pyres aglow,

Ghost-like figures in the shoreline mist,

Stormbound, down we go,

Shipwrecked silks and Calico,

Bludgeon drowned by the Smuggler‘s kiss.

 

7. It Ends This Day

I am your slave and your master,

I am of steel, straight and true,

I was the key to disaster,

I never stopped loving you,

 

Breathe, in my cave of wonders,

Crumble to dust as your colours unwind,

Cleave, tear yourself asunder,

Torn in the lust of this endless riptide, “Love”,

 

Talk, talk, talking in your sleep,

Caught in dreams that surface from the deep,

Haunting scenes still roll and then repeat,

So it ends this way,

It ends this day.

Walk, walk, walking through the streets,

Taunting, you don’t practice what you preach,

Flaunting all those secrets that you keep,

Oh it ends this way,

It ends this day.

 

I hear your heart beating faster,

I fear the stark, shameless truth,

I tear apart this Canasta,

I played my cards trusting you,

 

Breathe, in my cave of wonders,

Crumble to dust as your colours unwind,

Cleave, tear yourself asunder,

Torn in the lust of this endless riptide, “Love”,

 

Talk, talk, talking in your sleep,

Caught in dreams that surface from the deep,

Haunting scenes still roll and then repeat,

So it ends this way,

It ends this day.

Walk, walk, walking through the streets,

Taunting, you don’t practice what you preach,

Flaunting all those secrets that you keep,

Oh it ends this way,

It ends this day.

 

Talk, talk, talking in your sleep,

Caught in dreams that surface from the deep,

Haunting scenes still roll and then repeat,

So it ends this way,

It ends this day.

Walk, walk, walking through the streets,

Taunting, you don’t practice what you preach,

Flaunting all those secrets that you keep,

Oh it ends this way,

It ends this day.

8. Die For Me

Godless, damned,

I’m a spectre,

Crossing this stark, baron land,

Lawless man and protector,

Facing the dark ‘best I can’,

On the black horizon

Shadows of death make a stand,

So I exorcise them,

Ashes to dust on the sand,

 

Lightning, rain and thunder,

Cut me to the bone,

Life condemned to wander,

This battle zone,

This life alone,

 

I’ll make you die for me,

In this world you’re not so tough,

I have come to lead you

Don’t you lie to me,

Demon girl you’re not so tough,

I will not deceive you,

If you try for me babe, you can fly for me baby,

We could go to hell tonight,

But if you die for me babe, sacrifice for me baby,

You can taste this heaven of mine.

 

‘Dead man down’

When she left me,

She crushed my world in her hands,

Darkness came to collect me,

And I made a deal with ‘The Man’

Looking back I wondered,

Prayed for a gun in her hands,

That this pain I’m under,

Might dissipate on command,

 

 

Lightning, rain and thunder,

Cut me to the bone,

Life condemned to wander,

This battle zone,

This life alone,

 

I’ll make you die for me,

In this world you’re not so tough,

I have come to lead you

Don’t you lie to me,

Demon girl you’re not so tough,

I will not deceive you,

If you try for me babe, you can fly for me baby,

We could go to hell tonight,

But if you die for me babe, sacrifice for me baby,

You can taste this heaven of mine.

9. Gioco D’Amore

“The Game of love

Is everything we live for,

We are brave but we are fragile,

If we fall, we conquer all,

We taste love,

Embrace life…..”

 

Gioco d’amore,

Halcyon days, sublime emotions paved the way,

Lost in the maze of blind devotion,

Our transcendency,

Chasing fantasy,

Though we rise we become the enslaved and fall,

 

Gioco d’amore,

Pleasure and pain, the lovers’ potion,

Seize the day,

Even the faithless mind is open,

Love reveals its face

In this breathless state,

Steals your heart like a phantom with lace light claws,

 

Gioco d’amore,

E tutto viviamo,

Siamo coraggiosi

Ma siamo fragili,

Se cadiamo

Noi vinciamo tutti,

Gustiamo l’amore,

Abbracciare la vita,

 

Gioco d’amore,

Merciless waves on timeless ocean,

Sail away,

Drifting in strange and ritual motions

Until daylight fades,

Hopeful castaways,

Fear the dark lest he cometh to slay amore,

 

Gioco d’amore,

E tutto viviamo,

Siamo coraggiosi

Ma siamo fragili,

Se cadiamo

Noi vinciamo tutti,

Gustiamo l’amore,

Abbraccio amore…

 

Se cadiamo

Noi vinciamo tutti,

Gustiamo l’amore,

Abbraccio amore.

 

10. Wild Horses

Light brings the fabric of her tightest dress to life,

Cuts through diaphanous contortive cire like a knife,

It’s so easy now, it’s so easy now,

It’s a web she unwinds,

 

Light lends the fibres a transparency tonight,

Tight, like her second skin, taut and sheer to the eye,

It’s so easy now, it’s so easy now

To let your passion flow blind,

 

For you can strike, lunge or parry at the scene of the crime

But when her love’s not what it seems

It’s the other kind….

 

Yeah, the Wild Horses,

Advocating love, she’ll take you for a ride,

Yeah, the Wild Horses,

Calculated, systematic androcide,

Saddle up, hammer down,

Slightly cruel, tightly wound,

Deadly sin,

She’ll break you in and then she’ll take your ass to town,

Yeah, the Wild Horses,

Graduate in ‘Love’, get ‘Nasty’ on the side.

 

Man traps of underwear, seal you fate all night,

Black in stilettos then top to toe in white,

It’s so easy now, it’s so easy now

That you walk the fine line,

 

Though you can ride through the valley at the speed of light

You don’t know how the Devil deals on the other side,

 

 

Yeah, the Wild Horses,

Advocating love, she’ll take you for a ride,

Yeah, the Wild Horses,

Calculated, systematic androcide,

Saddle up, hammer down,

Slightly cruel, tightly wound,

Deadly sin,

She’ll break you in and then she’ll take your ass to town,

Yeah, the Wild Horses,

Graduate in ‘Love’, get ‘Nasty’ on the side…

 

Yeah, the Wild Horses,

Advocating love, she’ll take you for a ride,

Yeah, the Wild Horses,

Calculated, systematic androcide,

Saddle up, hammer down,

Slightly cruel, tightly wound,

Deadly sin,

She’ll break you in and then she’ll take your ass to town,

Yeah, the Wild Horses,

Graduate in ‘Love’, get ‘Nasty’ on the side.

  

11. Good God In Heaven What Hell Is This?  

(Japanese Version Bonus Track)

You should come clean but won’t confess,

You’re bloody minded, don’t care how much I protest,

You ridicule the way I dress,

I shaved my head because you said it was a mess,

 

When all is said and done, if two hearts

Can’t beat as one we’re on the Death Star,

Why hang around to just reminisce?

This love is dead; we took it too far,

Down hill, no brakes, we’re in a go-cart,

Good god in heaven what hell is this?

 

You have no common decency,

Your lies in hyper drive, have passed infinity,

No privacy, no secrecy,

That’s why your friends question my masculinity,

 

When all is said and done, if two hearts

Can’t beat as one we’re on the Death Star,

Why hang around to just reminisce?

This love is dead; we took it too far,

Down hill, no brakes, we’re in a go-cart,

Good god in heaven what hell is this?

 

If it’s real you’d feel the same,

But you’re poison in my veins,

I’m invisible these days,

You don’t see my pain?….

 

When all is said and done, if two hearts

Can’t beat as one we’re on the Death Star,

Why hang around to just reminisce?

This love is dead; we took it too far,

Down hill, no brakes, we’re in a go-cart,

Good god in heaven what hell is this?

 

When all is said and done, if two hearts

Can’t beat as one we’re on the Death Star,

Why hang around to just reminisce?

This love is dead; we took it too far,

Down hill, no brakes, we’re in a go-cart,

Good god in heaven what hell is this?..

My good, good god in heaven what hell is this?

FEATURED VIDEOS
REVIEWS
 
 
 
ALBION - 2014
Release Date: November 21, 2014

Label: Rocktopia Records (001 RTP)

Producer: Gary Hughes

Tracklisting:

All songs written by Gary Hughes.

  

   1.Alone In The Dark Tonight - 4:25

   2.Battlefield - 5:00

   3.It's Alive - 5:02

   4.Albion Born - 5:24

   5.Sometimes Love Takes The Long Way Home - 5:14

   6.A Smuggler's Tale - 5:57

   7.It Ends This Day - 5:37

   8.Die For Me - 7:28

   9.Gioco D'Amore - 4:59

   10.Wild Horses - 5:55

Asian version (Avalon Records MICP-11194) adds

    11.Good God In Heaven What Hell Is This - 4:00

Personnel:

    Gary Hughes – vocals, guitars, backing vocals
    Dann Rosingana – guitars, Lead guitars
    Steve Grocott – guitars, Lead guitars

    John Halliwell – guitars
    Darrel Treece-Birch – keyboards, Programming
    Steve Mckenna – bass guitar
    Max Yates – drums and percussion

Production:

    Produced by Gary Hughes and Dennis Ward
    Mixing – Dennis Ward