THE ROBE - 1997
Release Date: September 29, 1997

Label: MTM  Records (MTM 199635)

Producer: Gary Hughes, Mike Stone

Tracklisting:

All songs written by Gary Hughes except where noted.

   

    1.The Robe – 9:04
    2.Bright On the Blade – 4:51

    3.Standing On the Edge of Time – 5:03 (Hughes/Burns)

    4.Virtual Reality – 5:49

    5.Arcadia – 7:34

    6.Battlelines – 4:18

    7.You're In My Heart – 6:38

    8.Fly Like an Eagle – 7:13

    9.Ten Fathoms Deep – 7:10

    10.Someday – 7:58 (Gary Hughes/Vinny Burns)

Personnel:

    Gary Hughes – vocals and programming
    Vinny Burns – guitars and programming
    Ged Rylands – keyboards
    Greg Morgan – drums and percussion
    John Halliwell – guitars
    Andrew Webb – bass guitar
    Jason Thanos – backing vocals
    Ray Brophy – backing vocals and programming
    Ed Collins – trumpet and flugelhorn
    Dru Baker – tenor and alto saxophone
    Dave Chadwick – Voiceovers

Production:

    Mixing – Mike Stone
    Engineer – Ray Brophy
    Additional Engineering – Audu Obaje, Tim Baxter and    

    Royston  Hollyer

LYRICS
1. The Robe

Somewhere in time,

Concealed and sacred,

There is a place where Gods embrace,

To step inside, no man has entered

 

Awaiting a destiny that’s

Not in our hands,

Still if it’s meant to be…

 

On and on we dream as one,

Knowing that the day will come,

Searching on the edge of time and space for

The Robe,

To that place we travel on,

Northern lights to midnight sun,

Drawn towards the final resting place of

The Robe…

 

So long, ago, this light was taken,

Cold eyes, no tears, still blind by fear,

It turns inside, this rock of ages,

Until we find the truth…

 

Entwined in the destiny

Of an innocent man,

There for eternity…

 

Guardians, the first and last,

Keepers of the sacred task,

Each prepared to sacrifice his faith for

The Robe

Seal the quest to die upon,

Through the night the fire burns on,

Deep in every heart, there is a place for

The Robe…

 

Mortal man could never dream

Of this love, this synergy

In our hearts will always be

Space for The Robe…

Now for all eternity,

Searching for the surety

Of this love, this purity,

Faith in The Robe…

Centuries of travesty,

Dreams become reality,

Glory of his majesty,

Grace of The Robe…

Now we come and finally

Stand as one humanity

At the gates where fantasy

Waits for The Robe…

 

For centuries we traveled far,

Now tonight a timeless star,

Brings us to the edge of night and day

For the Robe…

We see the light that shines upon

The hearts and minds of everyone,

Could this be the final resting place

Of The Robe?

 

2. Bright On The Blade

Can you hear me?

Screaming from the cold, I’m asking

Do you feel me?

Deep in the afterglow.

Can you see me?

High above my soul unmasking

The spirit…

Shown to the world below…

 

So many nights, so many days

Watching the nightmares unfold,

So many sights, so many ways,

So much beyond our control…

 

Can you hear me?

Setting off a chain reaction

Do you feel me? Flesh and bone.

Can you see me?

It’s an animal attraction,

The spirit… Calling you home.

 

So many nights, so many days

That life was taking its toll

So many sights, so many ways

To make the pieces the whole…

 

Not since a man made the conquest of Eden

Has there been more to revere or be gained,

Now is the time you must fight

For your freedom

Blinding their eyes with your light

Bright on the blade

 

Can you hear me?

Echoing from every canyon

Do you feel me? Leading you on.

Can you see me?

Mirrored as my soul companion,

The spirit… Favours the one.

 

So many nights, so many days

To be a rock, not to roll.

So many sights, so many ways

To come in out of the cold…

 

Not since a man made the conquest of Eden

Has there been more to revere or be gained,

Don’t be a slave

Learn to master your demons

Cut them to size with your light

Bright on the blade

 

Not since a man made the conquest of Eden

Has there been more to revere or be gained,

Now is the time you must fight

For your freedom

Blinding their eyes with your light

Bright on the blade

Not since a man made the conquest of Eden

Has there been more to revere or be gained,

Don’t be a slave

Learn to master your demons

Burn like a meteorite

Bright on the blade

 

3. Standing On The Edge Of Time

Where should I start…

At the beginning lost in time,

Oceans apart,

Missing your hand in mine,

Wasting my time,

Cause you’re always on my mind,

Feeling so lonely,

If I could only talk to you tonight.

 

Here in my heart,

I’m being slowly torn apart,

What can I do?

When I’m so far away from you?

I close my eyes and you’re standing

By my side,

I feel like I’m falling,

Without a warning

Calling you tonight

 

Midnight,

Standing on the edge of time,

Moonlight,

Love has been a friend of mine,

You’re my Angel from above,

You, I believe in,

This light calls me

From another world,

Insight, far beyond the cover, girl,

You’re my one and only love,

Got to believe it.

 

Up in the sky…

The silent echoes of the night,

Into the light,

Out on our timeless flight,

Hot to the touch,

Girl I’ve wanted you so much,

Reaching to hold you,

All that I told you

Is coming true tonight.

 

Midnight,

Standing on the edge of time,

Moonlight,

Love has been a friend of mine,

You’re my Angel from above,

You, I believe in,

This light calls me from another world,

Insight, far beyond the cover, girl,

You’re my one and only love,

Got to believe it.

4. Virtual Reality

I look at you,

You’re unaware of all that

My eyes can see,

My love for you,

Beyond compare,

For nothing means more to me,

 

I just can’t define what I feel for you

Always help me make it through.

 

Sometimes I wake,

And in my mind,

I still can’t believe it’s true,

That I’m the one

You lie beside,

That I am enough for you,

 

Baby you’re the one

That I’ve waited for,

Everything I am is yours,

 

You are,

Lady you’re the one

Helping keep my sanity tonight,

You have in a moment become

Virtual reality…

Tonight…

 

I think of you,

It’s so intense

That life merges fantasy.

I know no fear of consequence,

I taste immortality

 

I just couldn’t live here

Without you now.

Nothing would exist somehow.

 

You are,

Lady you’re the one

Helping keep my sanity tonight,

You have in a moment become

Virtual reality…

Tonight…

 

You are,

Lady you’re the one

Helping keep my sanity tonight,

You have in a moment become

Virtual reality…

Tonight…

 

5. Arcadia

See the sunlight

On these golden gates,

Step inside another world awaits,

Which now remains,

Now we see that our society

Has come of age.

 

We descended from the gods themselves,

Made this mountainside our citadel.

Lost to the world.

Shaped the rock into these

Awe inspiring palisades,

Spring of life brings light eternal

Time and time again.

 

Arcadia.

Pages of history, magical mystery.

Shine your light for all to see,

This reality.

Arcadia.

Arcadia,

Ageless simplicity,

Pure synchronicity,

Now for all eternity,

It can only be

Arcadia…

 

Eastern lowlands

To the mountain peaks,

Empire further than the eye can see,

We took on the world.

Centuries of civil war

From which we have emerged

Leave us undisputed

Masters of the universe.

 

Arcadia,

Sweet land of liberty,

Timeless antiquity,

Shine your light for all to see,

This reality,

Arcadia,

Arcadia,

Feel the tranquility,

Grace and humility.

Now for all eternity,

It can only be

Arcadia…

 

City shine your light on me

Bright enough for all to see,

Now for all eternity, it can only be

Arcadia.

 

Arcadia…

 

6. Battlelines

Warning signs give your game away,

Inside I know where you are.

All this time a thousand miles away.

You wait to tear me apart.

 

So let this cold battlefield run with blood,

To hell below us, the heavens above,

Through every season, unchanging with time,

Just the elemental truth,

The blazing fire in your eyes.

 

For you and I draw

The Battlelines

And we never see the futility,

A day will come when the war is won,

Set the woman free…

And the man in me.

 

To the chase, a woman changing face,

Yet, in your eyes there’s a trace

Of a child, the heart’s a shallow place,

A lover fallen from grace.

 

Won’t you forgive me and save us this day,

I never meant to destroy what we made,

I had to leave you, my love, to return,

This is not about revenge;

You were my lover and my friend.

 

When you and I draw

The Battlelines

And we never see the futility,

You hate the truth;

You can’t erase the proof,

You’re in love with me…

Lady can’t you see.

 

So let this cold battlefield run with love,

To hell below us, the heavens above,

Through every season, unchanging with time,

Just the elemental truth,

The blazing fire in your eyes.

 

For you and I draw

The Battlelines

And we never see the futility,

A day will come when the war is won,

Set the woman free…

And the man in me.

You and I draw

The Battlelines

And we never see the futility,

You hate the truth,

You can’t erase the proof,

You’re in love with me…

Lady can’t you see.

Set woman free…

And the man in me.

 

7. You’re In My Heart

I’ve come to know the magic in your eyes,

I’ve come to know the way it feels

When a love is real.

You taught me not to hide behind disguise,

To let my heart reveal in time,

The belief inside.

 

That as long as we’re together,

I’ll be on your side forever,

Beside you all the way.

To love you come what may.

Now until the twelfth of never.

You will guide my life’s endeavours,

You’re everything I need.

You put the strength in me.

You’re in my heart; you’re in my soul,

When we’re apart,

It’s strong enough to hold.

I never doubt or question why

You are my life,

The truth it never lies.

This love will never die.

 

To paint with all the colours of your smile,

To sail the ocean in your eyes - is a paradise.

Along the road we chose to walk in time

We’ve created other lives,

From yours and mine.

Hidden in the way I held you.

Hidden in the way we kissed

A spark became an ember

 

That waited to exist.

I could never live to tell you

All that I have left to say.

For every moment I’m beside you

Takes my breath away.

 

You’re in my heart; you’re in my soul,

You give me hope and shelter from the cold,

For when we laugh and when we cry,

It’s in those eyes,

This love will never die…

 

You’re the stars that shine upon me,

You’re the sun and grace my day

As you shine and light my way.

When the clouds were all around us

In a thousand shades of grey.

You just blew them all away.

 

You’re in my heart; you’re in my soul,

When we’re apart,

It’s strong enough to hold.

I never doubt or question why

You are my life,

You watch my nights and days unfold,

My guiding light, my shelter from the cold.

For when we laugh and when we cry.

It’s in those eyes,

This love will never die…

Love will never die…

8. Fly Like An Eagle

Take my hand,

I’ll lift you on my shoulders

You know I’d never let you fall.

Shifting sands,

Sea and skies are colder.

We have to leave as winter calls.

 

Turning against the tide,

Maybe it all comes true this time,

Lady our love

Will light the way.

 

Sometimes in dreams I can

Fly like an Eagle.

Over the mountains

And on to the stars,

Just spread my wings and I

Fly like an Eagle

Crossing the bridge

To your heart.

 

We will find our

Deserted island.

We know it’s not so far away.

Not a sound to disturb the silence,

Just you and I in love remain.

 

Destiny on our side,

Lady we’ll leave this world behind.

Letting our love’s light

Guide the way.

 

If you believe, you can

Fly like an Eagle,

Glide on the wind

To the Heavens above,

Just spread your wings, you can

Fly like an Eagle,

Nothing’s as strong

As our love.

 

9. Ten Fathoms Deep

There where the sea meets

A dark brooding sky.

Blown by the winds on the mystical ocean.

Cross the abyss of a dream locked in time.

Lost in the mist with the secrets

The ocean keeps

The fathoms deep

 

She hails as the storm rips,

Cutting her way through spray and mist,

She sails where the ghost ships

Perish on such a night as this,

Prow dive as the west wave

Shatters its edge across the keel.

Up high as the crest spray

Buries the seal in tides of steel.

The storm rages on…

 

As the waves command, this ship is damned.

This pious sea, the sky decrees

What has to be…

 

There where the sea meets

A dark brooding sky.

Blow by the winds on the mystical ocean,

Cross the abyss of a dream locked in time.

Lost in the mist with the secrets

The ocean keeps

Ten fathoms deep.

 

Fork lightning, the whips tail

Lashing the decks enraged and cruel.

Hot knife through the mainsail

Snapping the brittle mast in two.

Now fatally wounded,

Broken and drenched in silent tears.

She climbs for a last breath

Surfacing once to disappear

And rest down below…

 

‘Till she sails again, this ship condemned

To tragically relive the scene,

For eternity…

 

There underneath where the lost sleeping lie

Draped in the wreath where

The grave never opens,

Rest in the peace where the brave never die,

Bury the beast with secrets

The ocean keeps

Ten fathoms deep.

 

There where the sea meets

The wide open sky.

Blown by the winds on a mystical ocean.

Cross the abyss of a dream locked in time,

Washed on the beach, but the secret

The ocean keeps

Ten fathoms deep.

 

10. Someday

She waits, she won’t leave

‘Till this night is through

Day breaks across her heart

As it shatters in two.

She aches, it’s no secret what love can do.

She prays but finds the answer

She already knew.

 

Feeling so alone in the night,

But lights on the Nile

Keep her dreams alive,

Flown in the night,

Like a soft veil of sleep to her weary eyes.

 

She lights another candle by one so dim,

She lays it on the ground

Where the others have been.

Each night, she kept the vigil,

Inside she knew

That fate would come between them.

But what could she do?

 

Sleeping all alone in the night,

But the lights in the Nile

Kept her dreams alive,

Blown in the night,

With the warm summer breeze

On her tears she cried

 

Someday, when the hands of the clock

Are sleeping,

My love, I believe.

Someday, from my arms

There’ll be no escaping

Our reign will begin…

 

She sees the city walls

Where her love is caged.

But now just like a prison there is no escape.

She knows that for a moment

They loved as one,

It’s hard to carry on

Now her reason is gone.

 

So she sleeps alone in the night,

With the lights on the Nile,

She prepares to die,

Shown in the night,

Is the light that will burn

‘Till the end of time.

Someday, when the hands of the clock

Are sleeping,

My love, I believe.

Someday, from my arms

There’ll be no escaping

Our reign will begin…

 

The children of Egypt, counting the cost,

Their other was fading

And still they could see

She was desperately lost,

Leaving her lambs to the chill,

To sleep until…

 

Someday, when the hands of the clock

Are sleeping,

My love, I believe.

Someday, from my arms

There’ll be no escaping

Our reign will begin…

 

Someday…

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