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LYRICS
1. Apparition

(The Infant Prayer)

When I lay me down to sleep

Bless the lord my soul to keep

Bless my family friends and all

Bless my deeds however small

Amen

 

The iridescence of light

Burns like a fire

And it calls the spirits lost beyond the gloom

The effervescence of life

Fuels their desire

Like the candle draws the moth to certain doom

 

I sense the storm begin,

This rage never dies

No psychic energies can save us this time…

 

The well of souls unchains a dark forgotten bane,

A strange apparition…

(Strange Apparition)

In dark clandestine ways it lies, it mocks and shames

This strange apparition…

(Strange Apparition)

Maims

 

You can’t resist you can’t hide,

It churns like a bile

And it roams the astral plains in solitude

But when the hatred won’t die

It burns and defiles

Every soul it traps is chained for perpitude

 

This is no ordinary demon inside

It stares into your eyes,

It plays with you mind…

 

The well of souls unchains a dark forgotten bane,

A strange apparition…

(Strange Apparition)

In dark clandestine ways it lies, it mocks and shames

This strange apparition…

(Strange Apparition)

Preys

 

The well of souls unchains a dark forgotten bane,

A strange apparition…

(Strange Apparition)

In dark clandestine ways it lies, it mocks and shames

This strange apparition…

(Strange Apparition)

Reigns

 

Every dawn that breaks

Banishes the plague

Knowing truth, faith and light still reign…

 

2. Dreamtide

Midnight comes and stays,

Insight screams in silence,

Steeped in half-light, bleeding beyond…

(It bleeds beyond)

In this cold embrace

Untold scenes of violence

Breech this stark night, leading me on…

(It leads me on)

 

Flesh from the bones of a dream,

Blood rushing cold through enamoured veins,

Fear and my plight ignite this synchronicity

Out of control, to extremes,

Pulsing like blows from a hammer,

Slain,

I feel the lightning strike, it’s electricity

 

Dreamtide far away,

Burying the magi’s godless underworld

Dreamtide tourniquet,

Severing the last cries, lost beyond the words

 

Spectral masquerade,

Bathes in steams of twilight

Echoes of the fire and the flames

Begin again

I thought love and hate;

Life and death; were finite

Now I know that after the grave

It stays the same

 

No one controls the Abyss,

Night after night with this callous fate,

I am the endless fight, the power, the entity,

I am the shape in the mist,

The tormented soul from a shallow grave,

I am the shadow cast across the centuries,

 

Dreamtide far away,

Burying the magi’s godless underworld

Dreamtide tourniquet,

Severing the last cries, lost beyond the words.

 

3. Evermore

Strong and serene, is our beautiful queen,

She’s our inspiration through the night,

Dawn is a scene from a nightmare

No dream ever came close to describe,

 

Carrion crows, the flesh from the bones

The dead and the dying in pain

Fields that are stained, with blood, severed veins

That refuse to be washed by the rain,

A reminder to all who remain

 

Fire on Dragon’s wings, earthward bound

Swords that fight a bitter war,

Timeless Battle Hymns, sacred ground,

Born to die in Evermore

 

Pray that the day, makes our enemies stray,

Long enough to take away the light,

Cold heavy rain keeps the dragons at bay,

Just keep an eye on the sky,

 

We ebb and we flow, the battle unfolds,

It’s a fight for survival again,

Each fatal blow, you parry is gold,

So you wonder how long till the end,

And does death wait for you or a friend

 

Fire on Dragon’s wings, earthward bound

Swords that fight a bitter war,

Timeless Battle Hymns, sacred ground,

Born to die in Evermore.

 

4. Sail Away

Life was an endless fight,

Just a losing battle on the wings of time

And life was a turning tide

‘Till you whispered softly that your heart was mine

 

I light a candle every winter’s night,

Through the cold,

Let it burn for all to see

Knowing deep in my dark despair

You were there for me,

Lady…

 

Sail away across the sea of our misfortune,

Seize the day and cast the darkest hours behind us now,

Sail away across the sea of our misfortune,

Sail away my love

Sail away…

 

You are my guiding light

Like the seasons change, you bring my world to life

And you give me peace inside

In return I’ll give you all my love tonight

 

I will stand beside you, wrong or right,

I’ll be strong,

All you need a man to be

For this torn, tattered heart is yours

For eternity,

Baby…

 

Sail away across the sea of our misfortune,

Seize the day and cast the darkest hours behind us now,

Sail away across the sea of our misfortune,

Sail away my love

Sail away…

5. Temple Of Love

You can feed my fire in your temple of love

As the moon shines down in crescendos from above

Keep me up all night I can never get enough

Give me all you got, baby don’t stop

Temple of love

Temple of love

 

Shooting stars, late at night,

Fall to earth, discharge the light

Slowly die, then “gone forever”

You and I, burn so bright

Star-crossed lovers, satellites,

Endless time is ours, together…

 

It’s such a strong desire

Deep in my heart, I’m wired

As from the embers of love we climb

To ignite

 

You can feed my fire in your temple of love

As the moon shines down in crescendos from above

Keep me up all night I can never get enough

Give me all you got, baby don’t stop

Temple of love

Temple of love

 

Every hour, every day

You are just a breath away

I can’t bear to be without you

You are all that I need,

You fulfill my fantasies

When I sleep I dream about you

 

It’s such a strong desire

Deep in my heart, I’m wired

As from the embers of love we climb

To ignite

 

You can feed my fire in your temple of love

As the moon shines down in crescendos from above

Keep me up all night I can never get enough

Give me all you got, baby don’t stop

Temple of love

Temple of love…

 

6. Even The Ghosts Cry

Love is something you cannot see,

This illusion that no one can believe,

It feels so good it makes you cry,

True love is a mystery,

How can something as real as love can be

Just disappear before your eyes,

 

You know

And I know,

Love is just a word that we misuse…

 

Battered truths, blatant lies,

As we built ourselves this personal Frankenstein,

Nothing but hurt inside,

Caught in the riptide,

Bruised, crucified,

In this broken house where shadows cloak the light,

Now that the love has died,

Even the ghosts cry…

 

If love was a raging sea,

We’d be wrecked on the rocks of tragedy,

It picks you up to bring you down.

I’m sick of the memories,

Recollections and hopeless parodies

It’s better left behind me now

 

You know

And I know,

Passion only cloaks the naked truth…

 

Battered truths, blatant lies,

As we built ourselves this personal Frankenstein,

Nothing but hurt inside,

Caught in the riptide,

Bruised, crucified,

In this broken house where shadows cloak the light,

Now that the love has died,

Even the ghosts cry…

 

You know

And I know,

Love is just a word that we misuse…

You know

And I know,

Passion only cloaks the naked truth…

 

7. Strangers In The Night

The most regrettable part of shaping history,

Is when it ends, it’s done,

Oh it kills the mystery,

So take good care of your heart, and it’s polyphony,

For if you practice hard,

Oh, love is a symphony,

 

It can’t let go; I’ve seen the light,

I feel my passion grow,

So let this fire burn tonight,

Release my undiscovered soul,

 

Taking my hand beyond twilight,

Feeling my pulse as it grows,

Feeding the flames of this fire like

Strangers in the night

Pushing the realms beyond finite,

Steeped in the love as it flows,

Finally tasting desire like

Strangers in the night…

 

The truly terrible part, is all the misery,

For every wound and bruise,

Oh , is done maliciously,

The unforgettable part, is contradictory

For when you win you lose

Oh, it’s not a victory

 

It took so long for me to fight,

To feel this night unfold,

We’ll bring the sad old world to life,

You are my love; with you I’m whole,

 

Taking my hand beyond twilight,

Feeling my pulse as it grows,

Feeding the flames of this fire like

Strangers in the night

Pushing the realms beyond finite,

Steeped in the love as it flows,

Finally tasting desire like

Strangers in the night…

 

What we have is love reborn,

We can spread out wings and sore,

I will be there to catch you if you fall,

Now we know what love is for,

We can have it all and more,

I will be there to answer when you call…

 

Taking my hand beyond twilight,

Feeling my pulse as it grows,

Feeding the flames of this fire like

Strangers in the night

Pushing the realms beyond finite,

Steeped in the love as it flows,

Finally tasting desire like

Strangers in the night…

 

Strangers in the night…

 

8. Evil’s On Top Of The World

She’s the victim, she’s a giver not a taker,

She was sheltered from the world outside,

She grew up thinking love conquers all in the end,

 

Back in the city there’s a man on the loose,

He holds a gun,

And their time lines are synchronized,

Lying in the dark,

He’s the fire, she’s the spark tonight…

 

Hold on, there’s some bad blood coming,

It’s from the dark side, blackened with pain

Hold on, now there’s no point running,

It’s got your hands tied,

Evil’s on top of the world…

 

She’s a vixen, she’s a crime against the nation,

She’s a devil in an angel’s guise,

She’s number one and to hell with the feelings of friends,

 

Back to the city and the man couldn’t choose,

A coin is tossed

As their lives slide and coincide,

Fires to the heart,

Tears another world apart,

Tonight…

 

Hold on, there’s some bad blood coming,

It’s from the dark side, blackened with pain

Hold on, now there’s no point running,

It’s got your hands tied,

Evil’s on top of the world…

9. The One

Pyres in the night,

Burning slowly,

Candlelight crawls across her lips to beg a kiss,

Sighs,

She’s alive,

She flows, she’s elemental

She’s a gift,

She’s a granted wish,

 

Tied by the eyes,

Silken ribbons brace the lines

Of shadow tracing shapes that lie within,

Bound,

Tantalized,

She knows, she’s monumental,

In a spin,

Unafraid of sin,

 

If the dream seemed impossible,

Then she found a way somehow,

Once I looked through the eyes of love,

I embraced the “one true now”…

 

Take, take me, get on, she cries,

Break, break me, your fears can’t hold you,

Make, make me, the one tonight,

Shake, shake me, your tears controlled you,

 

Writhe in the night,

Climbing slowly to the heights,

Sacred in the ecstasy of this,

Cries,

Hypnotized,

She glows, she’s warm and gentle,

So I drift,

In the endless bliss,

 

Wired to the mind

By the manacles of time,

Perfect her embrace,

I’m like a king,

Crowned, canonized,

She shows, it’s fundamental

Never pin down an angel’s wings,

 

If the dream seemed impossible,

Then she found a way somehow,

Once I looked through the eyes of love,

I embraced the “one true now”…

 

Take, take me, get on, she cries,

Break, break me, your fears can’t hold you,

Make, make me, the one tonight,

Shake, shake me, your tears controlled you.

  

10. Lost Soul

Catch me when I’m falling,

Shield me from the rain,

Help me when I’m crawling,

Pick me up again,

I have days on which I’m stalling from the start,

Never finishing the race,

Though the wind says maybe,

Another time and place,

 

Flying minus visionary controls,

Balancing emotions on a fine line,

Lying like a missionary, stone cold,

Blind to the danger signs,

Bound like a prisoner, in a freak show,

Want to say I love you but I’m tongue-tied,

Crowned by derision, I’m a lost soul,

Dying ‘til the end of time.

 

Answer when I’m calling,

Hold me once again,

Keep me safe ‘till morning,

Teach me how to pray,

If the truest words are spoken from the heart,

Then my darling I should say,

That I truly love you,

Let me count the ways,

 

Flying minus visionary controls,

Balancing emotions on a fine line,

Lying like a missionary, stone cold,

Blind to the danger signs,

Bound like a prisoner, in a freak show,

Want to say I love you but I’m tongue-tied,

Crowned by derision, I’m a lost soul,

Dying ‘til the end of time.

 

11. Stay A While

Love burned a hole in the night

Don’t be afraid to take,

This love from the embers now,

Love drew your soul to the light

Then turned away to break,

So fragile, so tender…

 

The morning star

Can bind the broken lance,

The sunlight echoes

But remembers,

 

Won’t you stay till the end?

Won’t you stay a while?

Play ‘till the end, I can make you smile,

Won’t you stay, don’t pretend,

Won’t you stay a while?

I used to be so unsure,

But now I need so much more…

 

Love brought a stone heart to life

Don’t be afraid to ache,

When love hurts, it mends in time,

Love needs to romanticize,

It leads a tender chase,

Returns to the sender…

 

Within my heart

You’ll always find a place,

So when the night falls now,

Surrender…

 

Won’t you stay till the end?

Won’t you stay a while?

Play ‘till the end, I can make you smile,

Won’t you stay, don’t pretend,

Won’t you stay a while?

I used to be so unsure,

But now I need so much more…

 

12. Tearing My Heart Out

Well my soul is empty now,

You slipped away from me somehow,

I guess I knew

It had to be,

We tore the flesh from fantasy…

 

I can feel

This setting sun

Chill my veins,

The blood has gone,

I can feel the spirit

Tearing my heart out,

This is real,

The damage done

Never heals

This skeleton,

Still I feel her ripping,

Tearing my heart out…

 

So much for love’s intensity,

It runs so hot,

But cuts so deep,

It makes us blind,

Afraid to speak,

You’ve seen me sweat,

Now watch me bleed…

 

I can feel

This setting sun

Chill my veins,

The blood has gone,

I can feel the spirit

Tearing my heart out,

This is real,

The damage done

Never heals

This skeleton,

Still I feel her ripping,

Tearing my heart out…

 

Tearing my heart out…

 

Clawing me undone…

 

13. It's You I Adore
(Bonus Track)

Light

Disturbs the endless summer night

Inside my restless spirit twists and turns

Spins and burns

Longs for the day that love will return

Someday

Beyond a dream, she lies in wait

And through the sleepless hours

I think of her

Lost for words

Aching to touch

The one I love so very much

 

Won’t you return to me

My love is pure

Just like the seasons it will last for evermore

Won’t you return to me

I know for sure

I love you endlessly

It’s you I adore

 

Time

Has never been a friend or guide

I was a fool and now sit and wait

Locked in space

She has the key

The answers I seek

So frail

I seek redemption for betrayal

I’d risk it all if I could hold her tight

One more night

Here in my arms

Safe and embraced by the dark

 

Won’t you return to me

My love is pure

Just like the seasons it will last for evermore

Won’t you return to me

I know for sure

I love endlessly

It’s you I adore

 

Won’t you return to me

It’s you I adore

I love endlessly

It’s you I adore…

 
 
RETURN TO EVERMORE - 2004
Release Date: June 23, 2004

Label: Frontiers Records (FR CD 298)

Producer: Gary Hughes

Tracklisting:

All songs written by Gary Hughes.

   

    1.Apparition – 8:34
    2.Dreamtide – 6:29
    3.Evermore – 4:37
    4.Sail Away – 5:12
    5.Temple of Love – 4:46
    6.Even the Ghosts Cry – 5:52
    7.Strangers in the Night – 5:19
    8.Evil's on Top in the World – 4:31
    9.The One – 5:33
    10.Lost Soul – 5:29
    11.Stay a While – 4:42
    12.Tearing My Heart Out – 5:42

 

Asian version (Avalon Records MICP-10444) adds

    13.It's You I Adore – 3:37

Personnel:

    Gary Hughes – vocals
    Chris Francis – guitar
    John Halliwell – guitar
    Steve McKenna – bass guitar
    Paul Hodson – keyboards
    Greg Morgan – drums and percussion
    Pete Coleman – English pipes (track 3)
    Jason Thanos – backing vocals

Production:

    Mixing – Pete Coleman
    Engineers – Gary Hughes, Roger Smith and Jason Thanos
    Additional Engineering – Pete Coleman, Billy Churchill and

    Mark Sumner