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THE NAME OF THE ROSE - 1996
Release Date: September 16, 1996

Label: Now & Then Records (NTHEN 32)

Producer: Gary Hughes, Mike Stone

Tracklisting:

All songs written by Gary Hughes except where noted.

   

    1.The Name of the Rose" – 8:31
    2.Wildest Dreams" – 5:33
    3.Don't Cry" – 5:00
    4.Turn Around" – 3:52
    5.Pharaoh's Prelude: Ascension to the Afterlife" – 3:54
    6.Wait For You" – 5:31
    7.The Rainbow" – 6:03 (G. Hughes/Zoe Hughes)
    8.Through the Fire" – 8:19
    9.Goodnight Saigon" – 7:02
    10.Wings of the Storm" – 5:02
    11.Standing In Your Light" – 7:18
    12.The Quest" – 4:52
    13.You're My Religion" – 6:48

Personnel:

    Gary Hughes – vocals
    Vinny Burns – guitars
    John Halliwell – guitars
    Ged Rylands – keyboards
    Martin "Shelley" Shelton – bass guitar
    Greg Morgan – drums
    Mark Harrison – bass guitar
    Brian Cox – keyboards
    Howard Smith – keyboards
    Andy Thompson – keyboards
    Jason Thanos – backing vocals (Track 9)
    Oliver Bowden – backing vocals (Track 11)
    Thierey Cardinet – backing vocals (Track 11)
    Damien Guasp – backing vocals (Track 11)
    Jee Jacquet – backing vocals (Track 11)

Production:

    Executive Producers – Mark Ashton and Vinny Burns
    Mixing – Mike Stone
    Engineer – Mike Stone, Audu Obaje and Ray Brophy

LYRICS
1. The Name Of The Rose

Man is born to understand

Destiny is in his hands

Life becomes the gift that

Guides the dream

All around you everywhere,

Time erodes, it rips and tears

Cloaks the thread and hides

Away the key…

 

From the dawning of creation

To the twilight of the world

When you hear it ring

It tolls for thee

Every face of every nation

Waits to watch the flag unfurl

You alone know what her

Name will be…

 

Every man must fight to know

The name of the rose

Then you’ll hold her close eternally

Each one has the right to know

The name of the rose

Deep inside you know…

The name of the rose…

 

Cross the lands of ice and snow,

Follow where the four winds blow

Search the skies and all

That lies beneath

Walk the sun burnt desert plains

Beaten by its anvil rays

One crusade to justify belief…

 

Every man must fight to know

The name of the rose

Then you’ll hold her close eternally

Each one has the right to know

The name of the rose

Then you’ll know how much

Her name can mean…

 

Only then you heart will show the key…

 

Only when you seek, you’ll find her

Like a summer breeze reminder

Slowly something stirs the soul

To breathe

Then if you believe you’ll find her

Like a memory but kinder

The lovers timeless reach returns

The key

 

Happy to disclose…

The name of the rose…

 

You call my name… Don’t wonder why

You fan the flames… That never dies

You trust my ways… You never lie

 

You call my name… It’s justified

You’re in my veins… You sacrifice

I’m not afraid… To give you life

Never say goodbye…

 

2. Wildest Dreams

In the middle of the night I dream

Of a lover I could never leave

She’s conceptual design

More woman that I’ve ever seen

On the page of any magazine

In my dream she’s alive…

 

(Take your time girl)

In my mind girl

(Tantalize girl)

Hey, hey girl cause you dance so good

Such a fine girl…

(Such a fine girl)

Yes you’re mine girl…

(Get up, get up)… Making love all night

(Get up, get up)… Baby come alive…

 

You’re a vision of my

Wildest dreams tonight

Love’s incision cuts me deep

As the ocean

My heart is lost to come across

Stronger love tonight…

Wildest dreams…

 

It’s little wonder why the vision stays

Her body’s built to stop a motorcade

I don’t want to wake up

She’s the trigger on a loaded gun

She’s got the legs that carry

On and on

I just can’t get enough…

 

(Take your time girl)

In my mind girl

(Tantalize girl)

Hey, hey girl you dance so good

Such a fine girl…

(Such a fine girl)

Yes you’re mine girl…

(Get up, get up)… Making love all night

(Get up, get up)… Baby come alive…

 

You’re a vision from my

Wildest dreams tonight

Love’s incision cuts me deep

As the ocean

My heart is lost to come across

Stronger love tonight…

Wildest dreams…

 

I can see you in my

Wildest dreams tonight

Feel my body and my soul

Breaking open

Now there can be no other girl

In the world tonight…

Wildest dreams…

 

3. Don’t Cry

Picture this, baby, see what I see

Yeah it’s taken some time but I believe

That right now child… I want you bad

Can’t you feel it’s the way it should be

Now you’re nowhere to hide

Away from me

And right now child…

You drive me mad

 

Midnight, taken a tumble

Inside with the walls breaking down

This time I feel the thunder

Lying in the middle of the love

We’ve found

 

You could be the air that I breathe

I believe if we don’t try don’t cry

You can give me all that I need

Can’t you see if you won’t try

Don’t cry…

 

Turn me round baby,

Take me down deep

Got that look in your eyes

And I can see

That right now child… No love is blind

 

Hold me close babe, your love

Is so real

I could never disguise the way I feel

And right now child…

You blow my mind

 

Midnight, taking me under

Inside there’ll be no losing ground

This time, passion and wonder

Fighting just a little as you

Hold me down

 

You could be the air that I breathe

I believe if we don’t try don’t cry

You can give me all that I need

Can’t you see if you won’t try

Don’t cry…

 

We can swim desire-like seas

Diving in if we don’t try don’t cry

Nothing dims the amber light scene

Take it in if we won’t try

Don’t cry.

 

4. Turn Around

Turn around baby, look into my eyes

And see the embers of the fire

That never dies

Give it time lady,

Don’t you question why

I’d give the earth to be beside you

And it’s no surprise

With a million reasons why

I love you so

Now listen close to me,

There’s something you should know

 

Turn around,

Whenever you want me girl

And I swear tonight

You will find

You’re only a heartbeat girl

To these arms of mine…

Come on home…

 

Turn around baby, don’t you even try

This never ending love

Is one you can’t describe

You will find lady,

When my life is done

That your reflection in my soul

Remains the only one

Through the candlelight caress

 

To where you lie

In my heart you’ll always be

My love to last for eternity

I’d die before I’d ever let you down…

Turn around…

Turn around…

5. The Pharaoh’s Prelude: Ascension To The Afterlife

I fly up from you o men

I am not for the earth

I am for the sky

I have soared to the sky as a heron

I have kissed the sky as a falcon

I am the essence of a God

The son of a God

The messenger of a God

Behold…

The faithful and loving Osiris

Has come

As the stars of Orion,

The beautiful one

I have come that I may glorify Orion

My soul is a star of gold,

And with him

I will traverse the sky… Forever…

 

6. Wait For You

I ascend to you through

Time and space

I transcend beyond this silent place

I will meet you on the astral plane

Where you love will bring me

Life again

 

I Osiris, God and star

I, the seed of Ahtum Rah

Call to me I can’t resist

My beloved Isis

Prophecy, assign in the view

Destiny aligns the truth

Helical and rising through

I will wait for you

I built the stars on earth

Soon the realms of Death reverse

Until then my aim is true

I will wait for you

 

Some would desecrate

This sacred place

Dare to look upon my golden face

Those whose eyes profane

This holy text

Never hear the silent wings of Death

 

Sill my legacy exists

This colossal edifice

Thirty million tons of stone

To project my soul

 

Deep within this sacred tomb

Centuries inside the womb

Wrapped in my palatial room

I will wait for

You and I the golden few

Labyrinth between the two

‘Till my faith can lead me through

I will wait for…

 

You and I will reconcile

Cross the wide celestial Nile

Constellation counterparts

Correlation of the hearts

 

All accord to this design

For the night the stars align

From the opening of my mouth

To the seed inside you…

 

Ahtum moves a setting sun

When the day God Rah is done

Watching from the dead I rule

I will wait for you among the stars

Behold, secrets deep within the scrolls

‘Till the ritual is through

I will wait for…

 

Life and death are brittle tools

Just a veil we’re passing through

Nothing fades this love so true

I will wait

For you know I’m prepared to do

All the gods command me to

Any fate they put me through

I will wait for you…

 

7. The Rainbow

(Gary Hughes/Zoe Hughes)

The headlines read

“A well known socialite fell to her death from thirteen floors”

For one so young for one so beautiful

The signs were easy to ignore

 

This was no ordinary suicide

She breathed success from every pore

But when the pain became unbearable

She hit the brakes to stop it all

 

Those eyes diffract the rainbow

White light is all she sees

Veiled by her life’s illusion

With pieces of a broken dream

 

Sometimes the pressure gets

Too much to bear

And though it seemed she had it all

The colours of the life she

Used to share

Were just the shadows of before

 

Those eyes diffract the rainbow

White light is all she sees

Veiled by her life’s illusion

With pieces of a broken dream

Truth lies beyond the rainbow

Blue skies are fantasy

Inside the sad delusion

She balanced in reality,

Closer to insanity…

 

The truth behind the headline

Should have read

The crowd below could hear her call

But had no patience for the

Words she said

They only came to watch her fall

 

Those eyes diffract the rainbow

White light is all she sees

Veiled by her life’s illusion

With pieces of a broken dream

Truth lies beyond the rainbow

Blue skies are fantasy

Inside the sad delusion

She balanced in reality,

Closer to insanity…

 

8. Through The Fire

Whispering I hold you

Sleep while I explain

Some things I never told you

That I’ve found the words to say…

 

For the wasted years I lived a lie

With an emptiness inside

Through a frozen hearted time,

I was searching for a sign

I thought I’d never find

 

When I laid eyes upon you

You scattered all my dreams

A cage that I belonged to

Shattered at the seams

 

Now I know that there is only you

And together we’ll remain

Through our endless nights and days

We’ll set our lives ablaze

To rise beyond the flames

 

Through the fire…

Now I understand

We are complete

Through the fire…

Destiny had planned

That we shall meet

Through the fire…

Now I know it’s forever… Truly

 

To show you that I loved you

I had to let you go

But the dream that I held on to

Was someday you would know

 

Now I feel what lies inside of you

And I know that day has come

For when all is said and done

You’re shining like the sun

In my universe of one

 

Through the fire…

Now that I have seen how it can feel

Through the fire…

Deeper than a dream, stronger than steel

Through the fire…

I will love you forever… Truly…

 

Through the fire…

I will love you forever… Truly…

 

You’re all that I can see

Spend your life with me

 

9. Goodnight Saigon

I rest and pray, motors break the

Silence of another day

My heart and soul lie broken,

Separated by the pain

Out in the fields, scenes of rage and

And anger guide these fists of steel

It seems reality has died

Behind this genocide.

 

One by one, even now they come like

They’ve always done

Counting the rotors, when every

Dream wakes with a scream

For now it’s…

 

Showtime, armed and ready

Goodnight Saigon

Stagefright, heart beating heavy

Goodnight Saigon…

 

The bullets fly, one inside a chamber

Somewhere bears my name

The needle lies to keep the things

I can’t explain away

The senseless kill, now the main

Attraction on a shameless bill

The only sanctuary is death,

It’s all that’s left for me now

 

So I stare into deep despair and

It’s always there

This is a time bomb, this is so obscene,

I can’t believe that now it’s…

 

Showtime, armed and ready

Goodnight Saigon

Stagefright, heart beating heavy

Goodnight Saigon…

 

This is a time bomb, this is so obscene,

I can’t believe that now it’s…

 

Showtime, armed and ready

Goodnight Saigon

Stagefright, heart beating heavy

Goodnight Saigon…

10. Wings Of The Storm

Light in the sky cuts a

Deep laceration

Into the night like the blade of a knife

Look to the black clouds

In anticipation

Wait for the thunder to roar into life

 

A sacred liaison, a sky of abrasion

The brooding clouds roll

And echo their pain

Lightning’s impatience

A claw like invasion

Stabs at the sky as it beckons the rain

 

Rise on the wings of the storm

Glide on the wings to the clarion call

Climb on the wings of the storm

Electric blue… Thunderstruck…

 

Crash into battle

The warhorses calling

Deafening roars in electric blue light

There watching over,

Descending and falling

The retinal core of the eye in the sky

Nothing in nature defies its creator

Nor can the thunder-hears

Rumble be tamed

Vital, untarnished

The energy harnessed

Cannot be measured

Be captured or chained

 

Rise on the wings of the storm

Glide on the wings to the clarion call

Climb on the wings of the storm

Electric blue… State of shock…

 

11. Standing In Your Light

You came in through a window

In the corner of my mind

Now I can’t bear the thought

Of leaving you behind

You’re more than just a woman,

I was made to be your man

 

We were destined to touch,

We were meant to be

I’ll never hurt you,

This you’ve got to believe

I’m standing by

Should you wanna cry

I’m needing you so

Because your love for me takes me

Where I wanna go

 

Look into my eyes

Take all my love forever

I can’t disguise this heart of mine

Look in my eyes, shining in the night

To be the one who’s

Standing in your light

 

I could wait a lifetime

For a solitary kiss

I just can’t lose you now

I know that you exist

Every time you touch me

My body melts

And words can never tell you

What I’m trying to say

 

For the bond is so strong

It can never break

Inside I know I’ll do whatever it takes

Every night I’ll be by your side

I’ll never let go

The sun will never rise the day

I’m more than just a breath away

 

Look into my eyes

Take all my love forever

I can’t disguise this heart of mine

Look in my eyes, shining in the night

To be the one who’s

Standing in your light

 

I’m never gonna hurt you

You know I’ll never hurt you girl

I’ll never walk away

I just wanna be now, standing

 

You know you mean the world to me

I love you more than anything

This is what you mean now…

Standing in your light…

 

12. The Quest

A legendary knight

A solitary quest

Guides him through the endless mist

Of time that has no end

For she’s shining like a beacon

In his mind as time again

He’s haunted by the one

Whose name is life

 

For her eyes the bluest sapphires

Can turn a man to stone

Her lips can shame the reddest rose,

Her hair the purest gold

It falls cascading flawlessly

On skin as white as snow

For her he’ll search

The barren wastes of time

 

He turns a page in history

Playing from the score

Of a lover’s staveless symphony

To the one he adores

He sails the seas of mystery

And her flag is on the mast

In his dreams she is first and last

She’s his future, she’s his past

 

Beyond the icy wastelands

The seas of fire and flame

He came upon a castle wall,

Great towers and palisades

As he knew his quest was over

As she held him in her gaze

For this love would set

The battlements ablaze

 

Across the plains of mystery

Scripted as he goes

Love sustains the infamy,

Time only knows

Takes the task within his grasp

When the die is cast

Only now she is first and last

She’s his future, she’s his past

 

She led him to her chamber

She pulled him to her skin

She wrapped herself around him

And her cries were deafening

She realized that there could be

No other only him

For at last someone had touched

What lies within

 

In a castle on a mountain

He looks upon her face

And every day is everything

Inside her soft embrace

Through their hourglass infinity

As time slips through his hands

He will love her

‘Till the final grain of sand

 

13. You’re My Religion

It shone from behind

Through your dress like a sign

From heaven

Now I see the light

In your beautiful silhouette

 

When a dress lends to stretch

Light can make it paper thin

It’s so tight that it might

Just be painted on your skin

 

Gospel fiction turning factual

Revelation that my visions were true

That I’m born again was natural

There will never be another like you

 

Lady, don’t you know that

You’re my religion

I believe in you,

You know that you’re my religion

Baby, don’t you know that

You’re my religion

All I need is you, you know that

You’re my religion

 

You pull the hem to your waist

Show the blue lingerie beneath it

Too brief to describe

But finest in lace paneled taste

You fill the silk to the seams

Not too much is left unseen

Every bit made to fit

Where it touches… In between…

 

I was living in a faithless state

But the sight of you in stockings

Is proof

Now it’s heaven and I’m at the gates

You’re the temple of messianic truth

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