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THE TWILIGHT CHRONICLES - 2006
Release Date: August 25, 2006

Label: Frontiers Records (FR CD 299)

Producer: Gary Hughes

Tracklisting:

All songs written by Gary Hughes.

   

    1.The Prologue (The Elysian Fields)/Rome – 12:19
    2.The Chronicles – 6:43
    3.The Elysian Fields – 6:49
    4.Hallowed Ground – 7:39
    5.This Heart Goes On – 4:24
    6.Oblivion – 7:03
    7.The Twilight Masquerade – 6:38
    8.Tourniquet – 6:49
    9.Born to the Grave – 5:00
    10/When This Night Is Done/The Epilogue – 7:36

Asian version (Avalon Records MICP-10582) adds

    11.Fahrenheit – 5:54

Personnel:

    Gary Hughes – lead, backing vocals and programming
    Chris Francis – guitars and bass guitar
    John Halliwell – guitars
    Paul Hodson – keyboards and programming
    Frank Basile – drums and percussion

Production:

    Executive Producers – Chris Francis and John Halliwell
    Mixing – Gary Hughes
    Engineer – Gary Hughes, Chris Francis, Paul Hodson and Frank

    Basile
    Additional engineering – Simon Brayshaw, Jason Hutton, Roger

    Smith and Annette Stelfox
    Drums recorded by Frank Basile then "Gogged Up"

    painstakingly by Chris Francis.

LYRICS
1. Rome

A citadel under siege again,

The grandiose mystique, the pain,

Power and sin, her pious endeavours…

She brings a godless world together.

 

Her legionnaires in the pouring rain,

A motionless machine in wait…

When rapture begins, the silence is severed,

And soon the blood flows cold as ever.

 

Rome is now…

You’re in the eye of the hurricane,

Rome is how…

You will obey, or be slaves.

 

Romulus he decided, one should be king,

Remus would be denied it,

Deemed my dream, my

Rome…

Like two worlds colliding,

Blood, flesh and bone…

Death, as the one surviving

Screamed, “My dream, my Rome…!”

 

Protecting empire far away,

But is the mistress still the slave?

When enemies fall, crushed, bound and tethered,

She knows they won’t lie still forever.

 

Rome is now…

You’re in the eye of the hurricane,

Rome is how…

You will obey, or be slaves.

 

Romulus he decided, one should be king,

Remus would be denied it,

Deemed my dream, my

Rome…

Like two worlds colliding,

Blood, flesh and bone…

Death, as the one surviving

Screamed, “My dream, my Rome…!”

 

2. The Chronicles

It is final,

She has spoken…

At her feet the brave lie broken.

She’s the white witch,

Wicked sorceress,

Evil incarnate, remorseless.

In this nightmare,

Bleak and dark days

Turn to countless years of heartbreak.

There are whispers

Of a dawning…

Such a day to raise the fallen.

 

Heed my warning,

Freedom’s calling.

 

We endure this

Endless winter…

Pray the glass-like ice will splinter.

We abhor this

Pain and torture…

Curse the twisted bane that bore her.

Hell on earth,

Through fire and water,

We appease the devil’s daughter.

Once this land lay

Green before her,

Long ago, then came the slaughter.

 

Heed my warning.

Freedom’s calling.

 

Defiant, bewitched, let the storm roll…

Destiny crossed, we’re the last, we’re the mythical.

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe.

Testimony to the madness…

We’re miracle bound.

It must end now.

 

Through this portal

Of disorder.

Human exiles deign toward her.

She could die here

And she knows it.

Yet the prophecy controls it.

Sons and daughters,

Charted courses.

Wards of Aslan,

Fated forces…

At the borders

Like marauders.

To restore through rage to order.

 

Heed my warning.

Freedom’s calling.

 

Defiant, bewitched, let the storm roll…

Destiny crossed, we’re the last, we’re the mythical.

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe.

Testimony to the madness…

We’re miracle bound.

It must end now.

 

3. The Elysian Fields

Every blade laid to rest through death’s shrineless remedy,

Every stain marks the test of each timeless memory,

When the last breath has ebbed from this soulless ossuary,

As we’re born, we return here alone…

 

Do the souls manifest themselves anger and mistrust?

When the lives that they cherished so easily were crushed,

As their bones slowly perish and crumble into dust,

So the gods call their warriors home…

 

Pure melody, raw threnody,

Death and rebirth to the magical madrigal,

Born to the shield, sword and the steel,

Dust of the earth blown across the Elysian Fields.

 

Every season is signless for legions of the grave.

As the years fall behind us the centuries remain.

But our hearts still remind us, so proud and unashamed,

What a legend we carved in this stone…

 

Pure melody, raw threnody,

Death and rebirth to the magical madrigal,

Born to the shield, sword and the steel,

Dust of the earth blown across the Elysian Fields.

 

Do the eyes on the endless horizon wait for me?

Will she die never knowing how much she meant to me?

Will the love that I gave her be all she’ll ever need?

What remains when the spirits have flown?

 

Pure melody, raw threnody,

Death and rebirth to the magical madrigal,

Born to the shield, sword and the steel,

Dust of the earth blown across the Elysian Fields.

 

4. Hallowed Ground

Beneath the sands of the desert,

Trapped in my slumberless tomb,

I lie interned here forever,

Wrapped in my motherless womb.

When life’s umbilical severed,

The flesh from every bone and sinew was skinned,

Hell, I was held down and tethered,

All in the name of my sins…

I spat and cursed my aggressors,

I swore with every last breath,

I’d damn their bloodline successors

To slow and agonized deaths.

But centuries under pressure

Have forced the tidal desert ocean to turn.

What I unleash is forever.

I’ll see that lessons get learnt…

 

Dusk ‘till dawn…

Now the seal is broken by the vision of time,

What has spawned

Will live forever…

 

Born, you are victims of time for the prophecy to chart,

I’ve bled too long in this hallowed ground.

Torn, your heart beats in my hand while I tear your soul apart,

I’ve been dead too long in this hallowed ground…

 

The sacred flame’s incantation

Has lit the pyres of fate,

Through this aligned constellation,

A time of vengeance and hate.

They took the light and my treasures,

They suffocated, desecrated my soul,

So in disdain for their pleasures

I’ll let the terrors unfold…

 

Dusk ‘till dawn…

Now the seal is broken by the vision of time,

What has spawned

Will live forever…

 

Born, you are victims of time for the prophecy to chart,

I’ve bled too long in this hallowed ground.

Torn, your heart beats in my hand while I tear your soul apart,

I’ve been dead too long in this hallowed ground…

5. This Heart Goes On

I wanna be your hero,

I wanna be your man,

I wanna be the shoulder that you cry upon.

And when you feel afraid

I wanna be the one you hold,

Protect your heart of gold…

 

I wanna chase the thunderclouds

From your flawless eyes.

I’ll erase the nightmares as your dreams unfold.

Everywhere around you

I will build a wall of truth,

And this I promise you…

 

You will never be alone again,

I’ll be all that I can be.

I’ll love you for eternity,

Lady, now until the day I die.

My love, this heart goes on…

 

I wanna taste the sunlight

Caught in your gorgeous smile,

Kiss away the darkness,

Never let you go.

I wanna stand beside you,

Be your shelter from the cold,

You’re all I want to know…

 

I will fight to keep your dreams alive,

Baby, even when I’m gone.

Know you were the only one.

I will stand against the midnight sky.

The best is yet to come…

 

Every time you fall,

When the nights come down,

When the days are born,

I will hold your hands, bind your emotions,

Believe me… I will…

 

Years from now, as winter

Crawls from the evening tide,

Baby, you’ll remember and you’ll feel the glow.

You’ll hear the hours of daylight

Whisper softly as they go,

That in your heart you know…

 

You will never be alone again,

I’ll be all that I can be.

I’ll love you for eternity,

Lady, now until the day I die.

My love, this heart goes on…

I will fight to keep your dreams alive,

Baby, even when I’m gone.

Know you were the only one.

I will stand against the midnight sky.

The best is yet to come…

My love, this heart goes on…

 

6. Oblivion

I don’t wanna lose you,

I can’t let you slip away.

Knowin’ how I feel about you,

Still so much to say, and I

Wanna find you peace of mind,

Make it stronger every day,

Sanctify emotionally,

And bring the colours back to grey.

 

Let’s say past is past and don’t look back,

Girl, I’ve thought the whole thing through,

I won’t run and hide, I won’t tell lies,

Gotta start the whole thing new,

Change my selfish side and roll back time

To the love that we once knew,

Girl, it’s gonna be rough, child,

It’s gonna get tough, child,

But I will pull you through…

 

Done my time in oblivion,

You and I, we were prisoners,

Whatever you want now, baby,

Whatever you need,

Isn’t it time

You and I climbed

Back to this life,

From oblivion…

 

Lady, if I used you,

I’m so sorry, I’m ashamed.

If I ever bruised you

In emotional ways, and I

Wanna leave it all behind,

Wanna turn another page,

Cherish every moment with you,

Treasure every day

 

Let’s say past is past and don’t look back,

Girl, I’ve thought the whole thing through,

I won’t run and hide, I won’t tell lies,

Gotta start the whole thing new,

Change my selfish side and roll back time

To the love that we once knew,

Girl, it’s gonna be rough, child,

It’s gonna get tough, child,

But I will pull you through…

 

Done my time in oblivion,

You and I, we were prisoners,

Whatever you want now, baby,

Whatever you need,

Isn’t it time

You and I climbed

Back to this life,

From oblivion…

 

Baby, won’t you choose to love me?

Don’t you be afraid.

If I ever see you cry,

I’ll wipe the tears away, and I

Know that there are things in life

That time cannot erase,

But the touch of love can heal,

Those scars will start to fade.

 

Let’s say past is past and don’t look back,

Girl, I’ve thought the whole thing through,

I won’t run and hide, I won’t tell lies,

Gotta start the whole thing new,

Change my selfish side and roll back time

To the love that we once knew,

Girl, it’s gonna be rough, child,

It’s gonna get tough, child,

But I will pull you through…

 

Done my time in oblivion,

You and I, we were prisoners,

Whatever you want now, baby,

Whatever you need,

Isn’t it time

You and I climbed

Back to this life,

From oblivion…

 

7. The Twilight Masquerade

So the revolution calls to force the hand of fate,

With its baying hounds of death it gathers at the gates,

The eleventh hour and every century the same,

As a trick of time condemns the dead to rise again…

 

Slowly shapes appear to rise through mist across the floor,

Stepping from the walls they come to fill the ancient hall,

Is it just a dream? Am I imagining it all?

Drifting on this symphony the centuries recall…

 

The twilight masquerade, through icy breath immersed in fine brocades,

This dance of death condemns its cast to die,

While palisades summon revolution to climb the barricades,

 

Tormented souls, enchained, expressionless in trance,

Once graces the courts and baroque theatres of France,

But a twist of hate controls their fate, and not by chance,

Condemned in death to execution of the dance…

 

It’s such a fine parade, sublime, grotesque…

These spirits can’t evade the minuet,

Their souls are trapped in time,

While palisades summon revolution to climb the barricades,

 

Lorgnettes of tattered lace hide faces from the grave,

With emotive, frozen eyes, forgotten and betrayed,

Supernatural contradance, this spectre of decay,

Such a legacy of death, no tide could wash away…

 

The twilight masquerade, through icy breath immersed in fine brocades,

This dance of death condemns its cast to die,

Centuries of torture, rewind again…

It’s such a fine parade, sublime, grotesque…

These spirits can’t evade the minuet.

Their souls are trapped in time,

While palisades summon revolution to climb the barricades.

8. Tourniquet

I can’t believe I’m in so deep,

See no, heed no warnings…

I’m in love and it’s so strange,

I can’t eat and I can’t sleep,

It’s the sweetest torment,

My emotions rearranged…

 

You dim the lights

As the night is fallin’

Make love all night…

And my heart feels the callin’

You dim the lights…

Through the night till the dawnin’

Make love all night…

 

Shut up… It fades away,

You’re usin’ love like a tourniquet.

Shut up… In shades of grey

Abusin’ love like a tourniquet,

You are my love, you are my life,

There’s no escape this time,

But tighten your grip and the blood goes critical,

Love knows what I got in mind.

 

It’s an open kind of grace

Into which I’m crawlin’,

It’s a habit hard to break…

In some twisted kind of way

It feels like I’m haunted,

Only so much I can take…

 

You dim the lights

As the night is fallin’

Make love all night…

And my heart feels the callin’

You dim the lights…

Through the night till the dawnin’

Make love all night…

 

Shut up… It fades away,

You’re usin’ love like a tourniquet.

Shut up… In shades of grey

Abusin’ love like a tourniquet,

You are my love, you are my life,

There’s no escape this time,

But tighten your grip and the blood goes critical,

Love knows what I got in mind.

 

9. Born To The Grave

This book of days is stained with violence,

There’s not a semblance of humanity.

I only pray this page is lineless,

That no man speaks of this insanity…

 

I cast a stone for the screams of silence,

Sometimes it’s hard to remember my name,

I stand alone, a seed in the half light,

Lost to the fray…

Every page of this book lies stained.

Watch as we bleed…

 

This is a manic age of blind and mindless rage.

Ravaged by the malice of time,

But walls and palisades

Can’t help us fight the plague.

How did the creatures of light

Become born to the grave…?

 

This wretched need to feed is timeless,

Can’t fight the motion of a restless sea,

Mistrust and greed, disease inside us,

We make it harder than it has to be…

 

I cast a stone for the screams of silence,

Sometimes it’s hard to remember my name,

I stand alone, a seed in the half light,

Lost to the fray…

Every page of this book lies stained.

Watch as we bleed…

 

This is a manic age of blind and mindless rage,

Ravaged by the malice of time,

But walls and palisades

Can’t help us fight the plague.

How did the creatures of light

Become born to the grave…?

 

10. When This Night Is Done

The night closes in,

As beads of aniline

Roll softly off my skin,

Perspired from within,

Each sinew of the tide

Pulsing, as we writhe on the waves…

 

Desire’s insulin,

Screaming out, so deep and loud,

So sweet the taste of sin,

Her flesh, like ceresin,

Is warm and moulded, every limb,

Tender, at the whim of the flow…

Let it grow…

 

Light finds a way through the pores of your life,

As the tide turns forever,

We are born, live and die,

Moments of truth decide what we become,

Knowing that love will sustain

When this night is done…

 

Your eyes light the way,

The truth is out, don’t even doubt,

This man you see has changed.

The spoken phrase could not convey

What words will never say.

The light in which I bathe makes me whole…

In control…

 

Light can betray any flaws of your life,

We collide, burn together,

We are bright satellites.

Lovers like you and I, burn like the sun,

Knowing our love will remain

When this night is done…

 

Light finds a way through the pores of your life,

As the tide turns forever,

We are born, live and die,

Moments of truth decide what we become,

Knowing that love will sustain

When this night is done…

 

Light can betray any flaws of your life,

We collide, burn together,

We are bright satellites.

Lovers like you and I, burn like the sun,

Knowing our love will remain

When this night is done…

 

11. Fahrenheit (Bonus Track)

You want it, you need it,

My God, you can’t believe it,

How much it drives you crazy,

Desire that never dies.

You’ll take it, you’ll steal it,

You’re aching just to feel it,

You yearn so much, you crave it,

It tears you up inside.

 

You’re naughty, you’re nasty,

You’re pretty damn fantastic,

At last the search is over,

The dog has found his bone.

So choose me, abuse me,

I’m dirty, baby, use me,

At last this heart is beating,

Where once it turned to stone.

 

Love fragments and shards get through,

This intricate canard is true.

The faces strain with pure endeavour,

Now you can taste it, you’re lost forever.

 

When lovers burn so bright,

So easily the sparks ignite,

The temperature will rise

In true degrees of Fahrenheit, tonight.

 

Advancin’, romancin’,

Each parried thrust enhancin’,

The giddy heights of pleasure,

The peaks to which we climb.

It’s passion with vigour,

Your hand is on my trigger,

This smokin’ gun is loaded,

Designed to fit the crime.

 

“You dancin’?” I’m askin’!

Your radio is blastin’

“This one goes out for cupid to bend and flex his bow”,

You’re beggin’, you’re pleading’,

Your velvet lips are screamin’,

“Just give in to me, baby, take aim and fire it home”.

 

Love fragments and shards get through,

This intricate canard is true.

The faces strain with pure endeavour,

Now you can taste it, you’re lost forever.

 

When lovers burn so bright,

So easily the sparks ignite,

The temperature will rise

In true degrees of Fahrenheit, tonight.

 

Love fragments and shards get through,

This intricate canard is true.

The faces strain with pure endeavour,

Taste it and you’re lost forever…

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