Canticles- Aria II: The Shadows of Our Past

by Alexander James Adams

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1.
Rebirth 04:05
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!
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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)
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Pioneers 05:57
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!
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Emberfall 05:39
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?
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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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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 Redmond, Washington

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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