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LYRICS

1. The Grail

"Quaerendum est fortitudo nostra.

Veritas praevalebit aeternum.

Protegam sanctusque Calix in aeternum et non recuso"

 

"Our Strength is the quest.

The truth will prevail forever.

I will protect the holy grail for all eternity and I refuse to fail".

 

The last crusade is over my friends,

Jerusalem has fallen, the dogs have seized it,

If nothing's Holy then this world will end,

We must journey homeward again,

Travel ever westward, keep torchlight vigils,

We have to sanctify ourselves, to mend

 

It's not enough,

Your heart is bleeding,

The answer's not

To cloak your tears with a veil,

No giving up, so start believing,

Don't banish love

Beyond your fear and the pale,

Your Quest is your strength,

Let the light of truth prevail,

For I refuse to fail 

The Grail

 

The Chalice from the last supper raised,

Caught the blood of Christ from his wounds by spear,

Was found by keepers of the timeless faith,

Centuries have passed while it lay

Hidden here by Joseph of Arimathea,

And now The Fisher King's embrace awaits

 

It's not enough,

Your heart is bleeding,

The answer's not

To cloak your tears with a veil,

No giving up, so start believing,

Don't banish love

Beyond your fear and the pale,

Your Quest is your strength,

Let the light of truth prevail,

For I refuse to fail 

The Grail

 

The last crusade is over my friends,

Jerusalem has fallen, the dogs have seized it,

If nothing's Holy then this world will end,

We must journey homeward again,

Travel ever westward, keep torchlight vigils,

We have to sanctify ourselves, to mend

 

It's not enough,

Your heart is bleeding,

The answer's not

To cloak your tears with a veil,

No giving up, so start believing,

Don't banish love

Beyond your fear and the pale,

Your Quest is your strength,

Let the light of truth prevail,

For I refuse to fail 

The Grail

2. Jekyll And Hyde

The city lies braced to face the violent chill,

A shadow in the mist with a mind to kill,

So come on little honey, 

Thy kingdom has come

 

A scream beyond the silence splits the night in two,

The first of many die amidst the twilight gloom,

So come on little honey,

You're dead, so don't run

 

The crimson images in my mind,

A structured chemical design,

For me not you,

Duality fuelled

 

The clock strikes twelve, there's no escaping,

Your heartbeat thunders, pulse is racing,

Sign beyond a doubt, time is running out,

Your cause is lost, your soul forsaken,

Defy the Holy Ghost, to unleash the beast inside,

Believe in Jekyll and Hyde

 

A city cast adrift becomes a ship of fear,

A suicidal maze, only nightmares here,

So come on little honey,

The hunter has won

 

Condemned to slit it's wrists, the streets are wet with tears,

Contorted, torn apart, sweat with blood red smears,

So come on little honey,

Your life is undone

 

For as I snap you like a stick,

Don't be afraid, I'll make it quick,

It's only pain

That drives me insane

 

The clock strikes twelve, there's no escaping,

Your heartbeat thunders, pulse is racing,

Sign beyond a doubt, time is running out,

Your cause is lost, your soul forsaken,

Defy the Holy Ghost, to unleash the beast inside,

Believe in Jekyll and Hyde

 

Fate embraced the needle over needless pills,

To speed up the effects, to sublime the thrill,

So come on little honey,

It's over and done

 

You tasted terror and over time

It owns your flesh, condones your crimes,

The king of cruel

Is nobody's fool

 

The clock strikes twelve, there's no escaping

Your heartbeat thunders, pulse is racing,

Sign beyond a doubt, time is running out,

Your cause is lost, your soul forsaken,

Defy the Holy Ghost, to unleash the beast inside,

Believe in Jekyll and Hyde

3. Travellers

I,

I wrote a letter

That you would find,

And hope you treasure

 

I

Again endeavour

To travel time,

I can't forget her

 

Every minute, waiting to begin it,

I can feel my heartbeat now,

Quicken as the clock ticks down,

Chasing every minute, racing from within it,

I can feel my heartbeat now,

Thickening my bloodstream....now

 

We're all travellers,

Mariners,

Carriers of life,

Travellers tonight,

We're all travellers,

Mariners,

Champions of light,

Travellers tonight

 

Time

Is but a measure

Of any life

We spend together

 

Time

Should be a pleasure,

It's not a crime,

I can't regret her

 

Every minute, waiting to begin it,

I can feel my heartbeat now,

Quicken as the clock ticks down,

Chasing every minute, racing from within it,

I can feel my heartbeat now,

Thickening my bloodstream....now

 

We're all travellers,

Mariners,

Carriers of life,

Travellers tonight,

We're all travellers,

Mariners,

Champions of light,

Travellers tonight

4. A Man For All Seasons

Winter was long in the King's troubled state,

He prayed The Pope would avail,

"If my wife can not an heir for me make, grant me divorce from hell"

But his answer came not in a favourable way,

Henry denied and disgraced,

So he swore then to purge every Vatican trace,

England would rise in its place

 

Dissolution tears down the Monasteries,

Reformation drives in the stake

 

Out of the madness a man for all seasons

Discovers what he covets cost, when love is lost,

Routing, no sadness, no rhyme, just one reason

"Give me a son, for I have none,

I won't let God get in my way"

 

1509 was a moment in time,

Tudor ascends to the throne,

Henry would try to establish his line,

Legitimate heirs, to Rome,

So made divorcees of Aragon and Cleves,

Beheaded Howard and Boleyn,

Lady Seymour, she died,

Only Parr would survive,

Edward VI would be King

 

Dissolution tears down the Monasteries,

Reformation drives in the stake

 

Out of the madness a man for all seasons

Discovers what he covets cost, when love is lost,

Routing, no sadness, no rhyme, just one reason

"Give me a son, for I have none,

I won't let God get in my way"

 

Dissolution tears down the Monasteries,

Reformation drives in the stake,

Church of England rises to majesty,

Catholicism lies in it's wake

 

Out of the madness a man for all seasons

Discovers what he covets cost, when love is lost,

Routing, no sadness, no rhyme, just one reason

"Give me a son, for I have none,

I won't let God get in my way"

5. In My Dreams

Some things in life can affect how you grow,

Deeply inspiring, the young and the old,

Growing up, I watched, wide-eyed,

Science fiction of any kind,

Gothic Horror,

Villainesses,

Heroines

 

I was the geek who the girls didn't know,

Too much inside me I just couldn't show,

So I'd drift to sleep at night,

Escaping to my fantasy life,

I replaced

Reality

With ecstacy

 

In my dreams, Barbarella comes Sunday,

Then Selene and Elvira on Mondays,

Lara Croft, Baroness bringing sexy back,

My God!

Sweet Persephone! A heart attack!

Fantasies making every day 'fun day' ,

Black Widow or a Harley Quinn 'stun day',

Aeon Flux, Barb Wire, Sil and Catwoman,

Maleficent, Nancy Callahan,

Shake me, don't wake me,

'Till Daisy Duke is done

 

Through every schoolyard, a cruel wind would blow,

All the approachable girls would say no,

I was awkward, way too shy,

Ten years old going on thirty-five!

So I'd race back home

And simply wait to sleep

 

In my dreams Barbarella comes Sunday,

Then Selene, then Elvira on a Monday,

Lara Croft, Baroness bringing sexy back,

My God!

Sweet Persephone! A heart attack!

Fantasies making every day 'fun day' ,

Black Widow or a Harley Quinn 'stun day',

Aeon Flux, Barb Wire, Sil and Catwoman

Maleficent, Nancy Callahan,

Shake me, don't wake me,

Seven of Nine is on

 

In my dreams Barbarella comes Sunday,

Then Selene, then Elvira on a Monday,

Lara Croft, Baroness bringing sexy back,

My God!

Sweet Persephone! A heart attack!

Fantasies making every day 'fun day' ,

Black Widow or a Harley Quinn 'stun day',

Aeon Flux, Barb Wire, Sil and Catwoman

Maleficent, Nancy Callahan,

Cruisin', I'm usin'

My 'Jessie Rabbit Gun'

 

In my dreams Barbarella comes Sunday,

Then Selene, then Elvira on a Monday,

Lara Croft, Baroness bringing sexy back,

My God!

Sweet Persephone! A heart attack!

Fantasies making every day 'fun day' ,

Black Widow or a Harley Quinn 'stun day',

Aeon Flux, Barb Wire, Sil and Catwoman

Maleficent, Nancy Callahan,

Shake me, don't wake me,

Not while my freak is on

 

My private Comicon

6. The Wild King Of Winter

He is the night,

He is a cold apparition, bone white, a chiseled face,

At every feast he's the solitary beast at the table,

Ghost by candlelight, a world erased,

Blight upon a landscape where toothless crones smite infernal day

And though deceased, he remembers every piece of his nightmare,

Swears blood vengeance, there'll be hell to pay

 

This crown, waives penitent remorse to fight,

This crown, strikes out without recourse tonight

 

He is the wild king of winter,

Upon the last lover's throne,

Dreams of his one true love,

Awake; he's alone,

He is The Wild King Of Winter,

A future-past cornerstone,

She blows as ashes, dust from bone

 

Entombed in ice,

The permafrost bite, a prison, stone-like, a wizened wraith,

But now the darkness surrounds him in defeat, his defences down,

Fate's victim of a cursed embrace,

Life within the half-light, a vision, coiled like a wounded snake,

And in the great halls of anguish he's alone,

Wears his tortured crown, where once there was a heart to break

 

This crown, waives penitent remorse to fight,

This crown, strikes out without recourse tonight

 

He is the wild king of winter,

Upon the last lover's throne,

Dreams of his one true love,

Awake; he's alone,

He is The Wild King Of Winter,

A future-past cornerstone,

She blows as ashes, dust from bone

 

This crown, waives penitent remorse to fight,

This crown, strikes out without recourse tonight

 

He is the wild king of winter,

Upon a lost lover's throne,

Dreams of his one true love,

Awake; he's alone,

The Wild King Of Winter,

Without a heart, soldiers on,

Longing to hold her now she's gone 

7. Paragon

She is the light,

She takes the darkness from my day,

She brings to life feelings I know I can't repay,

She holds me tight,

She keeps the harder times at bay,

She is the white flag as I surrender to her ways

 

She rules the night,

Erotic beauty, so risqué,

She weaves delight into seduction on display,

I can't deny

She is ablaze in lingerie,

I close my eyes,

Each and every scene I can replay

Again

 

A creature stirred the blackness in my soul,

A thief returned the light that others stole and made me whole,

The beast she burned alive and now controls,

A fantasy, reborn in me, remains...

Paragon

 

I loved her then,

I love her now, it's no cliché,

Until the end,

'Till every epilogue is played,

I can't pretend,

Feelings and words you should have read,

I'll make amends

For the million things that 'should have' never

Said

 

A creature stirred the blackness in my soul,

A thief returned the light that others stole and made me whole,

The beast she burned alive and now controls,

A fantasy, reborn in me, remains...

Paragon

 

A creature stirred the blackness in my soul,

A thief returned the light that others stole and made me whole,

The beast she burned alive and now controls,

A fantasy, reborn in me, remains...

Paragon

 

Still the one....

Paragon

8. Welcome To The Freakshow

She is a hellcat in leather, with thigh length boots,

She has a natural born armoury of stuff that shoots,

She's got you hypnotised as she walks on by

And you're dead,

Every single thing about her is too hot to touch,

Rocks a mini skirt that don't cover up too much,

She's burnin' curves and lines of a shot glass kind

In your head

 

Kiss and tell but you won't,

For this fire is your desire,

Burn in hell if you don't

Fuel the fire you made...

 

Welcome to the freak show,

It comes to your town tonight,

That's right,

Hello and welcome to the freak show,

Setting your heart alight,

If you're the kind of girl who will,

Can't pretend you won't,

Get up, step up and welcome to the freak show

 

Such an immaculate lover, a doozy, the juice,

And there's not a man alive she could not seduce,

With stockings on her legs, that you might caress

If you beg,

It's too late to run for cover, wave a white flag of truce,

In the face of lacy panties man it's just no use,

You're working overtime with the feast that climbed into bed

 

Kiss and tell but you won't,

For this fire is your desire,

Burn in hell if you don't

Fuel the fire you made...

 

Welcome to the freak show,

It comes to your town tonight,

That's right,

Hello and welcome to the freak show,

Setting your heart alight,

If you're the kind who likes to thrill,

Likes to dress to kill,

Get up, step up and welcome to the freak show

 

Kiss and tell but you won't,

For this fire is your desire,

Burn in hell if you don't

Fuel the fire you made...

 

Welcome to the freak show,

It comes to your town tonight,

That's right,

Hello and welcome to the freak show,

Setting your heart alight,

If you're the kind of girl who will,

Can't pretend you won't,

Get up, step up and welcome to the freak show

 

Welcome to the freak show,

It comes to your town tonight,

That's right,

Hello and welcome to the freakshow,

Setting your heart alight,

If you're the kind who likes to thrill,

Likes to dress to kill,

Get up, step up and welcome to the freak show

9. La Luna Dra-Cu-La

The mist rolling down from the blackest of dreams,

It spills to the ground, from the castle it bleeds,

The shadows are long, growing jagged and pale,

It's battlements claw ever skyward from hell

 

Ride out, ride out,

Run while you can or be one with the damned,

Ride out, ride out,

Now you must make your escape

 

The dark, foreboding clouds cloak La Luna on the wane,

They veil her like a shroud, chase the fading light away,

The monster and his brides will awake beyond the grave,

La Luna Dra-cu-la,

For cursed to walk the night, each incisor penetrates,

Stains his thirst for blood, his desire regenerates,

The Prince Of Darkness feeds while his concubines await,

La Luna Dra-cu-la,

Dra-cu-la

 

His carriage is near, not a coachman is seen,

A ghost that appears, one of four phantom steeds,

That deafening sound is your heart as it beats,

He senses your blood and he knows that it's sweet

 

Ride out, ride out,

Run while you can or be one with the damned,

Ride out, ride out,

Only a fool hesitates

 

The dark, foreboding clouds cloak La Luna on the wane,

They veil her like a shroud, chase the fading light away,

The monster and his brides will awake beyond the grave,

La Luna Dra-cu-la,

For cursed to walk the night, each incisor penetrates,

Stains his thirst for blood, his desire regenerates,

The Prince Of Darkness feeds while his concubines await,

La Luna Dra-cu-la,

Dra-cu-la

10. Into Darkness

A cinematic masterpiece,

In ashes on the mantelpiece,

A luminescence time could never fade,

A critically acclaimed release,

An Oscar Nominated piece

In which I had a cameo to play

 

From the cradle, as we grow, love is born,

Where the memories we find on the lost and lonely side, hide,

Like the angels cast on snow covered lawns,

So the treasuries of life guide the way every day....oh baby

 

Into darkness, movie starlets ,

Spin as the celluloid finds a frame,

Click of the reels as they spool and wind,

Into darkness, screen lit starkness,

Check if the rushes look fine today,

Scene after scene ticking time away,

History's made as we cut to the fade and then die

High

 

So turn the house lights down again,

The scenes we screen are feature length,

The life and times, now scripted and complete,

I know that each PG to rated 18

Is worth more now than it's ever been,

For trailers never look the same to me

 

From the cradle, as we grow, love is born,

Where the memories we find on the lost and lonely side, hide,

Like the angels cast on snow covered lawns,

So the treasuries of life guide the way every day....oh baby

 

Into darkness, movie starlets ,

Spin as the celluloid finds a frame,

Click of the reels as they spool and wind,

Into darkness, screen lit starkness,

Check if the rushes look fine today,

Scene after scene ticking time away,

History's made as we cut to the fade and then die

High

 
GOTHICA - 2017
Release Date: July 7, 2017

Label:  Frontiers Records (FR CD 802) - 

King Records (MICP - 11358)

Producer: Gary Hughes

Tracklisting:

All songs written by Gary Hughes.

  

  1. The Grail – 8:06

  2. Jekyll and Hyde – 4:41

  3. Travellers – 5:11

  4. A Man for All Seasons – 7:00

  5. In My Dreams – 5:08

  6. Wild King of Winter – 6:13

  7. Paragon – 4:50

  8. Welcome to the Freak Show – 5:35

  9. La Luna Dra-Cu-La – 5:31

  10. Into Darkness – 5:42

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

 
 
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