Canticles- Aria II: The Shadows of Our Past

by Alexander James Adams

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This is the prequel to the Age of Wisdom at a time when Man turns away from the Gods and they fall.

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released July 14, 2018

Lyrics & Music: Matthew Morrese
Music & Arrangement: Alexander James Adams
All Instrumentation: Alexander James Adams

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Alexander James Adams Muskogee, Oklahoma

From the Land of Fae comes the Faerie Tale Minstrel with songs and stories of days gone by and futures yet to come. Guitar and fiddle support a voice that enchants the ear and comforts the heart. Jigs and reels, lust and lullabye, the magic and music are there for those that believe. ... more

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Track Name: Rebirth
REBIRTH

Rise up / Rise up /
Rise up with the land
Hear the tears of the gods
Echo her command
Aegis will be born again
Under this shadow of man
Feel the spark beneath the darkness

Gods, we turn away
This is our loss of faith
Gods, another day
Pioneers of Sires call
You are not our all
Man’s fate is not to fall again

I AM THAT I AM
AND I AM FAR FROM YOUR LAMB
AND YOU WILL
SHEPARD US NO MORE
WE DON’T NEED YOUR CROOK
AS GUIDE OR AS ROOK
SHEPARD US NO MORE!

So, lift up / lift up /
Lift your eyes to the skies
Hear the fears of the guilt guide her hand
Aegis will be born again
Under this shadow of man
Feel the spark beneath the darkness

Gods we now forsake
This is our world to take
Gods, we are awake
And now we claim our own
You reap what we’ve sown
And yet Man has grown beyond

(CHORUS)

Stand up/Stand up/
Stand up on your feet
Hear the cheers of the men
Standing here at hand
Aegis will be born again
Under this shadow of man
Feel the spark beneath the darkness

Gods we do not need
This is our time to lead
Gods may intercede
But they will have no power
For this is our hour
To build the shining tower of Man!

(CHORUS)

WE DON’T NEED YOUR CROOK
AS GUIDE OR AS ROOK
SHEPARD US NO MORE!
Track Name: Of the Lost and Forgotten
Of the Lost and Forgotten

Mykur: Are you there?
Can you hear me?
Shards: Is this despair?

Shyrkur: Is this our deliverance….?
Myrkur: We paid for their mistake.
Shards: (..violence)

Myrkur: The eleven have disappeared
The twelfth is imprisoned
On the wind – hear. Whispers – fear
Beneath the Shadow, the womb answers not

Shyrkur: They will destroy her
Shards: (They will destroy themselves)
Myrkur: They will repeat their ruin upon her
Shards: (us)
Track Name: Pioneers
PIONEERS

Elasar:
I BREATHE / WE BUILD
I LEAD AND FOLLOW
EVERY TRAIL THE LEADS TO YOU
SOMEPLACE FAIR AND SOMEPLACE TRUE

I BREATHE / WE BUILD
I walk alone

I LEAD AND FOLLOW
With wraith and nightmare

EVERY PATH WE PAVE WITH STONE
Every step another fight

WE WILL MAKE IT ON OUR OWN
Someplace cold in darkest night

Ilzur:
I walk alone
With wraith and nightmare
Every path with deeper loss
Madness wanders into us

(REFRAIN):
Tell me I’m the sire of a shadow
Tell me I’m the liar lost to shallow shores
Tell me I’m the sire of a marrow
Poisoned by the blood of yesteryears wars

TELL ME I’M THE SIRE OF THE DAWN!
TELL ME I’M THE FIRE THAT LIGHTS ONE’S DAYS!
TELL ME I’M THE SIRE UPOIN
A NEW BEGUN ANEW AGAIN!

Elasar:
STAND UP MY FRIENDS FOLLOW ME TO FOREVER
WHEREVER MY FRIENDS, FOLLOW ME THROUGH THE DARK!
STAND UP MY FRIENDS FOLLOW ME TO FOREVER
WHEREVER MY FRIENDS, FOLLOW ME TO THE HARK!
I HEAR ANGELS IN SUFFERING!
I HEAR GODS FALL! A RECKONING!
TO LIES THAT THEY TOLD LONG AGO!

Ilzur:
Lie low my friends, this will not be forever,
Wherever my friends, tread light in the mist
Lie low my friends, this will not be forever,
Wherever my friends, keep hope in a wish!
I feel horrors! They’re beckoning!
I feel terror ‘neath darkening
Off the road and into the unknown!

(REFRAIN)

FIGHT BY MY SIDE, TAKE A CHANCE ON THE GLORY!
WHEREVER WE RIDE, GOOD SPIRITS ON THE ROAD!
FIGHT BY MY SIDE, TAKE A CHANCE ON THE GLORY!
WHEREVER WE RIDE, GOOD DEEDS WILL UNFOLD
I SEE ANGELS INSIDE OF US!
I SEE WINGS SPREAD TO CARRY US
OUT OF EXILE AND INTO EXALT!

Submit don’t succumb, we are the unholy
Wherever we stalk, cursed and alone
Submit don’t succumb, we are the unholy
Wherever we stalk, ungodly we roam!
I watch angels beyond our reach
I watch silver and sanguine beseech
All but the lost, I am, that we are
Angels are a step too far!

(REFRAIN):

I could not feel what you do
You could not see what I see
My eyes are black, my soul is too
Late last night you dreamt of me
I cannot say what I tell you
Lines I write beneath the word
My heart is black, but tethers me true
Late last night you wept for me

TALES NOT TOLD TO OUR CHILDREN
I COULD TELL THEM ALL TO FEAR
LIVING KETTLES CALLING CAULDRONS BLACK,
AS OTHERS FAR FROM HERE
I CAN NOT REDEEM THE DAMNED
I CAN NOT BREAK CHAINS OF STEEL
BUT I CAN BE MORE THAN I AM
I BELIEVE ANGELS ARE REAL

I could not feel what you do
I COULD NOT SAY WHAT I TELL YOU

I slip in skins of fur and fang
I SLIP IN SILKS ON MIRRORED WING

I hunt and hunger angels like you
I MARCH AND HUNGER FAME AND FORTUNE

Mortuary bells will clang!
REVELATORY BELLS WILL RING!

I hear angels in requiem!

HARBINGERS OF DREAMS CONDEMNED!

Angels in lullaby!

HARBINGERS OF FADING LIGHT!

A mass for the first and the last of the land!
A MASS FOR THE FIRST AND THE LAST OF THE LAND!
Track Name: Sailing Schisms
SAILING SCHISMS

Myrkur:
The land is ripe for reaping
The sands of time are culling their minds
Of mine, the world is shrieking
A sign to stoke the fire already inside

Can you hear us in the holy words old way
You may come and go, but your mind will stay


Elasar:
What a weird world we live in
What a strange place this is
I hear your voice deep in the wood, whispers on the wind
What a weird world we live in
Enchanting and trill
I feel your voice deep in my heart, what is your will?

Ilzur:
Don't listen! Ignore them!
The fires have started beneath the fallow
Don't listen! Ignore them!
The pyres have risen in minds they Shadow

Myrkur:
Look in the mirror and see
The man behind you there is no man at all
All that he appears to be
The Shadow he casts is just waiting to fall

Ilzur:
Hallow I may not be
But I can see through them, Ancient Sorrow!
Narrow I may slip by
How I can warn them when words are hollow

Myrkur:
Look in the mirror and see
The man behind you there is no man at all
All that he appears to be
The Shadow he casts is just waiting to fall

Elasar:
What a weird world we live in
Strange as you are
History in fantasy, this ... fallen star

Shards:
Ae bain ria- öa ae iltyr
Ildi ae zûr in ryri ae myr

TRANSLATION:
(The slaves follow us to the poison!
Burn the snakes and redeem the memory!)

Myrkur:
Forever / Wherever
Whatever we were, it was long ago
Remember / Together
The never then ever, oh, afterglow

Ilzur:
Don't listen / Ignore them
The fires have started beneath the fallow
Don't listen / Ignore them
The pyres have risen in minds they Shadow

Myrkur:
Be silent / And listen
He's mine, I have him, and war will follow
Beware and / Be warned
They're ours and they'll reap what they sow

Ilzur:
Hallow I / May not be
But I can see through them, ancient sorrow
Narrow I / May slip by
How I can warn them when words are hollow

Tomorrow may be too late!
Track Name: I Will Stand Tall
I WILL STAND TALL

All I have to do is try
Nothing can take hope from me
Every day is fight or die
But that’s how life’s supposed to be
No one promised easy ways
All of us must do our part
In spite of how deception plays
The truth is mirrored in my heart

(CHORUS):

THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT MAKES THE SHADOWS STRONG
THE DEEPEST NIGHT CUTS THE SHARPEST DAWN
AS THE PASSION RISES AND THE SHADOWS CALL
WHEN YOU FALL SHORT, I WILL STAND TALL!

I will fight for what I need
I will yield if there’s no harm
Each heart has a different creed
But difference should not cause alarm
Each of us walks our own path
Everyone will slip and fall
What matters is the aftermath
What’s done by one is felt by all

(CHORUS):

The truth of life in my heart is known
The end relies on how it’s begun
Against your foe is against your own
When your right is wrong, it cannot be undone

(CHORUS):

Every day’s a fight for me
But that’s how life’s supposed to be
As Passion rises and the Shadows call
When you fall short, I will stand tall
Track Name: The Sands of Oblivion
THE SANDS OF OBLIVION

(The Un-Influenced):
The sun ---
The moon - - -
The rise and the fall of the Evar’tûm
The wait - - -
The will - - -
The eyes of the watch on the wall ever still
The minute - - -
The hour - - -
The frost on the field and the jack in the tower
The day - - -
The year - - -
The choice that we made that brought us here

(Ilzur):
There they are
Here we stand
Stay my trembling hand
There they are
Here we fight
Pray, stay at my side this night

(Shards):
(fyrdûmn tyr / fyrdûmn mor)

(The Influenced):
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
Who am I to say you’re my enemy
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
Who are you to agree
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
Where is this, but a nightmare in memory
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
Where are you, my dream
Tell me it’s all a dream

(The Un-Influenced):
The strength - - -
The steel - - -
The worth of your heart - that is revealed
The stab - - -
The sting - - -
The arm and the sword that are one when they swing
The blood - - -
The bone - - -
The flesh and the sinew of body and stone
The wound - - -
The pain - - -
The might and the mercy of a falling reign

(fyrdûmn tyr / fyrdûmn mor)

(The Influenced):
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
Who are you to say I’m your enemy
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
Who am I to agree
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
Where is this, but a nightmare in memory
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
We are naught, but angels unholy
Tell me it’s all a just a story

(The Un-Influenced):
The wolf - - -
The lamb - - -
The vultures who reap that which I am
The god - - -
The man - - -
Oblivion drawn as a line in the sand

(Shards):
We are the fate in the fame of the eye of the needle you are searching in the dark
We are the face in the frame of the lie of the kettle that is boiling in your heart
We are the shard in the shell of a soul so unsettled that is neither right nor wrong
We are the scar in the spell that you stole in the mettle you have wanted all along
Fyrdûmn tyr / Fyrdûmn mor

(fyrdûmn tyr / fyrdûmn mor)

(The Influenced):
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
Who are we to say that we’re enemies
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
Who am I if not free
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
Where is this, but a nightmare in memory
Shadows fall, Shadow calls
Where are the days of shimmering chivalry
Tell me how we carry on

(Ilzur):
When all is lost
Who’ll do the counting
When all is lost
Who will have won

When all is gone
And all is left burning
The fires block out the sun

(Shards):
Oblivion
Track Name: Shards in the Hourglass
SHARDS IN THE HOURGLASS

Standing on the edge of oblivion
I couldn’t help but think of you
Standing at the end of realms’ abandon
I couldn’t help my love for you

(CHORUS):
Forever ended a day too soon
Forever lied to the light of the moon
Forget about me, I’ll remember you

When the little boy
You knew
Grows into a man
And the little girl
She blooms
Into the flower of the land
Would you love them if you can?
Did you fight - when I ran
And can you
Tell me
What matters in the end?
Would you
Ever look
For me


(CHORUS):
When the battle is
For her
Is your heart on the line
If the battle is
For him
Is reason left behind
Would you die for all that she does
Would you live - for his love
And can you
Tell me
Which of these scars will mend?
Would you
Ever look
For me

Yes, forever is a word that they use
Its meaning a lie they will always abuse
I will tell you faithfully
Of false immortals and apathy

The hourglass of sands and Shards
Severed souls collapsing stars
Time is a thing you will always mistake
Until your heart breaks

Standing on the edge of oblivion
I couldn’t help but think of you
I couldn't help my love for you
Track Name: From the Hands of Madness
FROM THE HANDS OF MADNESS

(Ilzûr):
Shut them out!

(Ilzûr):
Stars under Shadow, look into their eyes
Bright is the light of every one of their lies
The wings that they gave you, the heart that they stole
Caught fire and fell down and then broke through Her soul
Stars under Shadow, look into their shards
Bright is the light of every one of their scars
Mem’ry and madness are one and the same
So, dream of the day they forget who to blame

(Myrkûr):
NO!

(Elasar):
You, it was you all along
Who told me what would be when all else was gone
You, it was you all along
Who said it would all be alright
They said it would all be alright

(Myrkûr):
Elasar …

(Elasar):
Ilzûr, can She ever forgive me?

(Ilzûr):
She will do as she must to survive
All we need do now is remember

(Aegisnyr):
It is done, they listen no more
Go now, and never return to their thoughts
Track Name: Emberfall
EMBERFALL

Elasar:
Would ya show me another way back to fantasy?
Can you tell me fairy tales are not just a reverie?
Could ya pull me back down from growing up not remembering?
Could ya help me to believe?
Yes, remind me to believe!

(CHORUS):
FOR WHEN THE STARS COLLAPSE
STARLIGHT FALLS LIKE THE RAIN
THE DAY BLINDS THE NIGHT
AND THE NIGHT, IT TAKES TODAY AWAY
THE TEARS OF ALL YOUR MEMORIES, DEAR
YOUR PAST DRENCHED IN THE PAIN
IN YESTERYEAR’S TOMORROW
YOU CAN’T HOLD ON TO YESTERDAY
WHEN THE STARS COLLAPSE WE ALL FADE AWAY
(WE ALL FADE AWAY)
WHEN THE STARS COLLAPSE WE ALL FADE AWAY

Would ya show me another way back to fantasy?
Could ya hide away the answers to life’s mystery?
Could you call to mind the love I found in you and me?
Could ya help me to believe?
Would you take me back to illuminate the gallery?
Could ya paint a picture of kings and crowns and wizardry?
Can ya call me back into wonder and help me see?
Could ya help me believe?
Yes, remind me to believe!

(CHORUS):

Ilzûr:
Through echoes of forever, you and I have walked
In all that I remember, in a way we all were wrong
At emberfall the stars they call, and you can hear Her talk.
She whispers all we need to know to find where we belong

Elasar:
So, would ya show me another way back to fantasy?
(HOLD ONTO YESTERDAY)
Could ya pull me back down from growing up not remembering?
(WE ALL FADE AWAY)
Could you call to mind the love I found in you and me?
Could you help me to believe?
She whispers all we need to know to find where we be-

BELIEVE!
TAKE ME!
BELIEVE!
TAKE ME BACK TO FANTASY!
GIVE ME CHILD’S REALITY!

Ilzur:
Can ya pull me back down from growing up and not remembering?
Can ya paint a picture of some kings and crowns and wizardry?
Can ya hide me far away from answers to life’s mystery?
Can ya call me back into the wonder and then help me see?
Track Name: Rebirth- Reprise
REBIRTH 2

Fall Down / Kneel Down
Lay your hands on the ground
Feel her womb / Listen to
How her heart breaks now

Aegis will be born again beyond this Shadow of man
Feel the spark beneath the darkness

Upon man that day / We had put all our faith
Gods then fell away and now, tomorrow's dawning
Unworthy and unwise / But we must all arise
Again...

We are who we are
From the River to the Star
From Spine to Reef seaworn
We are who we are
Through Shadow and Shard
To shepherd the reborn
Now to shepherd the reborn

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