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SPELLBOUND - 1999
Release Date: April 27, 1999

Label: Frontiers Records (FR CD 014),

Mercury Records (PHCR-1678)

Producer: Gary Hughes

Tracklisting:

All songs written by Gary Hughes except where noted.

   

    1.March of the Argonauts (Instrumental) – 2:14
    2.Fear the Force – 5:36
    3.Inside the Pyramid of Light – 4:17 (Hughes/Vinny Burns)
    4.Spellbound – 5:15
    5.We Rule the Night – 5:29
    6.Remembrance for the Brave (Instrumental) – 1:18
    7.Red – 4:15
    8.The Alchemist – 5:09
    9.Wonderland – 5:01
    10.Eclipse – 4:14
    11.The Phantom – 6:15
    12.Till the End of Time – 4:58

NEMS version (NEMS 104) adds

    13.Gimme a Piece of Your Heart – 5:39 (Hughes/Burns)
    14.When Only Love Can Ease the Pain – 5:58
    15.Can't Slow Down (Live version) – 6:26

Personnel:

    Gary Hughes – vocals
    Vinny Burns – guitars
    Ged Rylands – keyboards
    John Halliwell – guitars
    Steve McKenna – bass guitar
    Greg Morgan – drums and percussion
    Jason Thanos – backing vocals
    Bob Catley – backing vocals (Track 5)
    Sue Willets – backing vocals (Track 5)
    Rafe McKenna – backing vocals (Track 5)
    Francis Cummings – violin
    Susan Williamson – violin
    Claire McFarlane – viola
    Rebecca Whettan – cello
    Mike McGoldric – uilleann pipes, low whistle and bamboo flute

Production:

    Mixing – Rafe McKenna
    Assistant Mixing – Audu Obaje and Dan Sprigg
    Engineers – Audu Obaje
    Assistant Engineer – Neil Amison

LYRICS
1. March Of The Argonauts
(Instrumental)

 

2. Fear The Force

The land was stark and bare

A veil of blackest night disguised our deep despair

We lived in danger here under a shadow of fear

But then the stranger came

He spoke in ancient tongue, his task was pre-ordained

He broke the sacred seal upon a box he revealed

 

And in the still of night his incantations lit up the sky

They mesmerized us

And from the shapes they formed emerged the great unicorn

His bare back rider on the storm

 

As day and night were born

The yin and yang were torn

They sail a chartered course

Each as the purest source

Of darkness and of light

In their eternal fight

The dragon knows his claws

Can’t touch the unicorn

Fear the force

 

A single ray of light

Disturbed the dragon’s sleep

The time has come to fight

He knew his Nemesis as it appeared from the mist

 

White lightning from the sky

Struck at the beast as it turned to fly

The titan cried out

Then as the Sage foretold

From black and white came the whole

As natural balance was restored

 

As day and night were born

The yin and yang were torn

They sail a chartered course

Each as the purest source

Of darkness and of light

In their eternal fight

The dragon knows his claws

Can’t touch the unicorn

Fear the force.

 

3. Inside The Pyramid Of Light

(Gary Hughes/Vinny Burns)

The warm desert winds caress and touch her skin tonight

The starts light her face, celestial embrace tonight

The Queen she bathed in incense, her daddy’s little princess

Like the Nile, she’s a sacred river

I’m like a beast to the slaughter

Gods could not have taught her what she knows

When she’s in control

 

Down, down, down, I dared to look into her eyes

Deeper than my soul

She read the great book of lovers, cover page to cover

Spins me like a top tonight

 

Inside the pyramid of light

She’ll put the desert in your soul

She is the isthmus

Standing in her light away into the night as we go

Inside the pyramid of light

Within the myriad of hold

My Cleopatra, timeless as the Nile

Mysterious and wild tonight

Inside the pyramid of light

 

I came from the North with legions and a cause to fight

But tall city walls could not resist the force tonight

The moment that I kissed her, “My Anthony” she whispered

When she spoke it was sweet and low

“Just treat your heart as a weakness

Hide it with the things you never show

Never let them know”

 

Down, down, down, I dared to look into her eyes

Deeper than my soul

She read the great book of lovers, cover page to cover

Spins me like a top tonight

 

Inside the pyramid of light

She’ll put the desert in your soul

She is the isthmus

Standing in her light away into the night as we go

Inside the pyramid of light

Within the myriad of hold

My Cleopatra, timeless as the Nile

Mysterious and wild tonight

Inside the pyramid of light.

 

4. Spellbound

Midnight chimes and the full moon climbs

But the clock is not alone

Something stirs in the west wing tower

Passion undiscovered isn’t flesh and bone

Until you turn it on

 

I wake up when my sweat turns cold

And she’s calling out my name

For there in the room like a strange apparition

Stands the kind of woman who can ease my pain

I just can’t fight it alone

 

Spellbound, in the breathless heat of night I’m falling

Spellbound, by the supernatural love I’ve found

Spellbound, for with every beat my heart is calling

Can you feel my desire

This restless soul

 

Her every touch turns me on so much

Every kiss time and time again

And when she moves every curve is a vision

Now I know I never want tonight to end

My fantasy, my reality

 

Spellbound, in the breathless heat of night I’m falling

Spellbound, by the supernatural love I’ve found

Spellbound, for with every beat my heart is calling

Can you feel my desire

This restless soul…

Spellbound, in the breathless heat of night I’m falling

Spellbound, when the power of love comes crashing down

Spellbound, when she brings me to my knees I’m crawling

Putting furl on the fire

She takes control

 

She’s by my side when the cruel sunrise

Makes me watch her melt away

But we can be together if it takes until forever

Lady, I’ll be waiting when the daylight fades

 

When the daylight fades

And night falls, I’m not alone

 

Spellbound, in the breathless heat of night I’m falling

Spellbound, by the supernatural love I’ve found

Spellbound, for with every beat my heart is calling

Can you feel my desire.

5. We Rule The Night

We rule the night, we rule by day

For we believe in time-honoured ways

We fight for truth, that peace may reign

We hold the scales of justice, keepers of the faith

 

We rule the night… ten thousand voices

We rule the night… like tameless horses

 

We rule the night, with fire and flame

Those who resist us lie in our wake

So sound asleep our children dream

Safe in the arms of something far beyond belief

 

This flag is battletorn, we rule the night

We conquered by the sword, we rule the night

From the dark to the light we roar

Like a thunderstorm

We rule the night

Our sacred race was born, we rule the night

Immortal dogs of war, we rule the night

And we stand by the oath we swore

‘Till the last one falls, we rule the night

 

We rule the night, protect our homes

Pure were the righteous against our foes

Our blades are stained, their blood remains

As a remembrance of the lives we had to take

 

To rule the night… This rock of ages

We rule the night… As battle rages

We rule the night

 

This flag is battletorn, we rule the night

We conquered by the sword, we rule the night

From the dark to the light we roar

Like a thunderstorm

We rule the night

Our sacred race was born, we rule the night

Immortal dogs of war, we rule the night

And we stand by the oath we swore

‘Till the last one falls, we rule the night

 

To the brave that have gone before

To the yet unborn

We rule the night…

 

6. Remembrance For The Brave (Instrumental)
 
7. Red

The mist rolling in from the lochs to the Spey

Will rise from the valleys as the dawn comes again

We stand here together and prepare for the fray

When today could leave our history in flames

 

I look on the faces that oppression has grayed

The scars deep within that mark a lifetime in chains

The stark legacies of a nation have changed

As the history book begins another page

 

The strong urge to fight that was never overcome

The spirit burning bright that we shielded from the Huns

The lost mother tongue never spoken in the light

Will echo in their ears tonight

 

For now the last cry of battle has returned to the glens

The clan fires are burning in the highlands again

We’ll fight ‘till the flag of freedom flies overhead

‘Till the evil-hearted tyranny is dead

And the colour of the battlefield is red

 

From east where the mountains meet the sea to the west

We are legion united by the cause from the rest

They won’t find us wanting when our steel’s to the test

I know every man and boy will give his best

 

We stare with defiance and our eyes are ablaze

We will kill any man who tries to stand in our way

We’ll cut out their hearts and send them back where they came

For our claymores will send them to the grave

 

They can’t turn the tide, now the battle has begun

The devil take the man, when his soul is on the run

The land will return to her long forgotten sons

To cherish in our hearts tonight

 

For now the last cry of battle has returned to the glens

The clan fires are burning in the highlands again

It’s time for the million cast aside to be free

For we’ll drive oppression back into the sea

 

We’ll die for the children and wives we defend

The lives and the memories of the proud-hearted men

We’ll fight ‘till the flag of freedom files overhead

‘Till the evil-hearted tyranny is dead

And the colour of the battlefield is red.

 

8. The Alchemist

Like a satellite breaking orbit to the sun

So another day is over and the night has just begun

For in his timeless eyes, there is so much to be done

When the past is just a memory and the future’s yet to come

 

His castle on the mountain shades the land below

And no-one dares to doubt him

For not so long ago

 

The Alchemist looked down from towers above this town

He summoned forth the lightning, brought it crashing to the ground

The power in his hands cast a shadow on this land

Earth, water, fire and air succumb and bow to his command

Old Malachi stands the last in line

The secrets with him die

He lives his life protecting what he can

An honest man

 

He shines brighter light than you’ve ever known before

He protected us for centuries

Delivered us from war

Because of Malachi, there’s a haven from the storm

There’s a place we can discover what the future has in store

 

But such fear surrounds the fortress

That no-one ever goes

For there you’ll find the sorcerer the centuries have known

 

The Alchemist looked down from towers above this town

He summoned forth the lightning, brought it crashing to the ground

The power in his hands cast a shadow on this land

Earth, water, fire and air succumb and bow to his command

Old Malachi stands the last in line

The secrets with him die

He lives his life protecting what he can

An honest man.

9. Wonderland

It’s not always what we planned

Sometimes our broken dreams are far away lands

Never knowing where we stand

We’re holding on to something

Burning our hands

 

Didn’t we run before we walked

Nothing designed to break our fall

So don’t you understand, time is an ocean

And every life a grain of sand

 

Daybreak crossed a morning sky

Too late for the tears you cried

It’s not always in your hands

For time along can understand it all

In Wonderland

 

It burns like fire, shines like gold

It pays to listen to your heart and your soul

For we are stronger than we know

So if you find true love then never let go

 

We’re not at liberty to force

The evolutionary course

So don’t you understand love is the potion

But there are those who taste it all

 

Daybreak crossed a morning sky

Too late for the tears you cried

It’s not always in your hands

For time alone can understand it all

In Wonderland

 

Someday this will all subside

You wake, then you’ll realize

It’s not always in your hands

For time alone can understand it all

In Wonderland

 

Don’t you understand I’ll be your shoulder

And I will answer when you call

 

Daybreak crossed a morning sky

Too late for the tears you cried

It’s not always in your hands

For time alone can understand it all

In Wonderland

Someday this will all subside

You wake, then you’ll realize

It’s not always in your hands

For time alone can understand it all

In Wonderland

 

10. Eclipse

We chart the lands of make-believe

We proved the earth was flat

Masters of the briny deep

Clear skies to rough and stormy seas

I’ve seen most everything

But tonight’s a mystery

 

Suddenly the moon began to disappear

Just a ring of fire remained

Swallowed in the sky, this black unsleeping eye

Watching a world away

 

What in the world has happened here?

Midsummer’s moon has disappeared

What in the world has happened here?

This evil source is drawing near

What in the world has happened here?

These things I can’t explain

What in the world?

 

Our listless sails have lost the wind

We’re prey to anything

Every sound is deafening

Whatever stirred the restless deep

Began by surfacing

Miles away and closing in

 

As they went away the waves begin again

Growing with intensity

There on the horizon loomed our fatal destiny

 

What in the world has happened here?

This crystal ball sees only tears

What in the world has happened here?

So unprepared to face our fears

What in the world has happened here?

Braced for the tidal wave

What in the world… This fatal miracle?

 

I surrender, I surrender

We’re not prepared to face our fears…

 

11. The Phantom

This is my legacy of pain

Condemned to darkness for a thousand years

I thought I’ve learned I can disguise my tears

Inside the memory lingers on

 

Out on the cliffs I watch the waves

Incessant pounding like my funeral drum.

Now every semblance of my heart is gone

They show how empty I’ve become

 

I wasn’t ready, my lifetime on God’s earth had only begun

I was the victim of Death’s catastrophic mistake

 

No man sees the hands of the clock

When his moment has come, it’s not death that he fears

No man ever knows what he’s got

Till he can’t see the light for the tears

 

She was the one I lost in vain

She was the love I left behind that day

There were so many things I didn’t say

I’ll never have the chance again

 

I feel the rain upon my face

It just can’t wash away a thousand years

And though I try so hard to hide my tears

Inside your memory lingers on

 

I wasn’t ready, I thought that my life here had only begun

There was too much in my life just to take it away

 

No man sees the hands of the clock

When his moment has come, it’s not death that he fears

No man ever knows what he’s got

Till he can’t see the light for the tears

 

I feel the rain upon my face

I just can’t wash away a thousand years

And though I try so hard to hide my tears

Inside your memory lingers on.

 

12. Till The End Of Time

Girl I love you more than words can say

If I lost you then my heart would break

You are part of every breath I take

‘Till the end of time

 

Girl I never want this night to end

You’re my everything, my only friend

I will never love this way again

‘Till the end of time

 

End of time, end of time

I love you so, I can’t let go

No I wouldn’t even try

So tonight, don’t you cry

This heart and soul you have and hold

‘Till the end of time

 

There are moments in our nights and days

When the world can seem so far away

Here beside you where I want to stay

‘Till the end of time

 

It’s your love I’ve got that sees me through

Girl I want to caress and possess you

If you asked me then I’d have to choose

‘Till the end of time

 

End of time, end of time

I love you so, I can’t let go

No I wouldn’t even try

So tonight don’t you cry

This heart and soul you have and hold

‘Till the end of time

 

I love you so

No matter where you go

‘Till the end of time…