Canticles: Heroes of Our Days

by Alexander James Adams

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This is the soundtrack of songs and compositions from the epic saga of Canticles created by Matthew Morrese. Music where Folk Metal meets High Fantasy and if you want something to happen, tell the creator!

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released August 12, 2016

Music & Lyrics: Alexander James Adams
Addl Lyrics: Matthew Morrese

Recorded and Engineered by AJ 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: A Thousand Miles
A THOUSAND MILES
Lyrics: Matthew Morrese & Music: Alexander James Adams

Our feet have walked a thousand miles
All the while we never knew
Why don’t you stay a while
Everything - we did for you

(Yes our feet have walked a thousand miles
All the while as Aegis turned
Please, won’t ya stay a while
There’s so many who never return)

Cause our feet have walked a thousand miles
ALL THE WHILE THROUGH SHADOW'S FALL
TELL US WHAT WE DID MATTERED
THEN SCATTER THE END TO EVERYTHING WE CALL-
Home ————————————->
[Home is now where the ashes fall]

Across the mountains so high and through valleys below
Over the seas, young and free, evil would take its deadly hold
In the rains of a Shadowed wood, Fate found a way
Good hearts bound us together for the dawn of a BRAND NEW DAY
THE DAWN OF A BRAND NEW DAY

Across the heavenly clouds past the ghosts of the dead
Over the spark lit to sunder the way up the darkened steps
On a precipice grave and old, Shadow raised its hand
Mighty and iron cold, but our fellowship TOOK A STAND
OUR FELLOWSHIP TOOK A STAND

Across the Spine of the World to Ilsur’aeon
Over the Stretch we fought to plunder the way up to the sun
In the fires of Dun’raeor under the Shade of the Evar’num
Our journey will burn as history IN THE EVAR’TUM
BENEATH THE EVAR’TUM!

By winter’s morn / We saw the sun
Reflections of the perfect dawn
OUR EYES FALL LAST ON THE FALLEN

By summer’s eve / We saw the moon
The fair face of the fairest June
OUR ARMS EMBRACE AND HEARTEN

By autumn leaves / We changed so fast
And all the grief we learned could last
THOUGH THE END TO ANY END WE’LL SAY THEN

The first day of spring / A new daydream
Where you’re goings far from where you’ve been
AND THE ROAD GOES EVER ON AGAIN

By winter’s morn
(By summer’s eve)
By autumn leaves to the first day of spring
BY TYDING’S MOURN

There is nothing we can’t do
[There is nothing we won’t say]
There is nothing we can’t do
[There is nothing we won’t say]
There is nothing we can’t do
[There is nothing we won’t say]
There is nothing we can’t do
[There is nothing we won’t say]

(Tell us the story
We’ve all seen the glory
But, we can’t remember to forget
Tell us your fairy tale
At the bottom of another round of ale
And we’ll tell you where you are wrong cause we can never forget)

Cause we walked over a thousand miles
All the while learning love and loss
You need not stay a while
Every minute still has its cost
If you seek to walk a thousand miles
ALL THE WHILE YOU’LL FIGHT AND FIND
Every minute will be worthwhile
ONE ADVENTURE CAN CHANGE YOUR -
Life ——————————————————————————>
[There is nothing you can’t do / There is nothing you won’t say ]
Track Name: Journey Through the Dark
JOURNEY THROUGH THE DARK
Music & Lyrics: Alexander James Adams

While I’m not sure what I’m doing
And don’t know which way to turn
Won’t run when It’s pursuing
I will fight or I will burn
This Shadow is empowered
Leaving Life so bleak and stark
I’ll choose courage over coward
As I journey through the Dark

I will follow my own choices
That will tell me where to go
I will refuse the voices
Ones that tell me I don’t know
The way that I must travel
So that I may hit my mark
To make this shaded curse unravel
As I journey through the Dark

Oak, Ash and Stag, will you come to my aid?
Huntress on high, know that I’m not afraid!
Grant me a beacon of light that can’t fade
For the death of my kin is the price I have already paid!

I will do whatever’s needed
To make everything turn right
And once I have succeeded
All will be returned to light
This path of shadowed danger
On which I must now embark
Will be a permanent soul changer
As I journey through the Dark

Oak, Ash and Stag, will you come to my aid?
Huntress on high, know that I’m not afraid!
Steady my hand and make deadly my blade!
Grant me worthy success on this dangerous shadow crusade!

Oak, Ash and Stag, pray you, come to my aid!
Huntress on high, know that I, I’m not afraid!
Grant me the gift of just one holy spark
That this shadow may lift as I journey through rifts in the Dark
Track Name: In Passing, Companion
IN PASSING, COMPANION
Lyrics: Matthew Morrese & AJ Adams
Music: Alexander James Adams

Tell me your adventure,
I’ll tell you of mine
The roads of yesterday
We’ve left far behind
YES, TELL ME YOUR ADVENTURE IS YET TO BEGIN
I’LL JOIN YOU OR LEAVE YOU-
I’M SURE WE’LL MEET AGAIN!!

Why just the other day,
I met a lady fair-
Alabaster skin and golden of hair
We ran in the sun and we bathed in the sea
Artificers of the careless and free

Now just the other day I met a lady true
Flawless countenance, a nightingale’s muse
We walked in the moonlight and talked of the world
I tell you that this was no ordinary girl

And just the other day I met a lady sweet
Her smile like the moment when night and day meet
Her laughter would chase away anything dark
And like flint to cold steel sparked a flame in my heart

In passing, companion, Time is at hand
I know we don’t have long, I know where we stand
Would you stay one more sunset,
Or keep till the dawn?
Must you leave now?
What’s pressing you on?

In passing, companion, Darling, I do
Walk alone in my thoughts, but thinking of you
May your adventure find more than an end
Remember me well if we meet again

Tell me your adventure,
I’ll tell you of mine
The roads of yesterday
We’ve left far behind
YES, TELL ME YOUR ADVENTURE IS YET TO BEGIN
I’LL JOIN YOU OR LEAVE YOU-
I'M SURE WE’LL MEET AGAIN!!
Track Name: Shadow and Shard
SHADOW AND SHARD
Lyrics & Music: Alexander James Adams

You’re a fraud!
You are weak!
You are pitiful!
You are flawed!
Past your peak!
A sad spectacle!

We should know,
We see all,
We are still immortal-
Come or go,
Rise or fall,
You’re inconsequential!

You have lied!
You’re a thief!
You’re a failure here!
Falsefied
In your grief-
Let’s be crystal clear-

You have lost!
It is done!
You are disillusioned!
Pay the cost!
You’re the one!
Death is your conclusion!

WHAT WE MIRROR IS TRUE-
IT IS THERE WITHIN YOU!
WE DO NOT NEED TO LIE-
BY THIS DARKNESS YOU’LL DIE!

You’re afraid!
You’re inept!
You deserve this fate!
There’s no aid!
You’re bereft!
Now it is too late!

We all know
Who you are!
You deserve to suffer!
Every foe,
Left a scar-
Too bad you’re not tougher!

You’re a fraud!
You have lied!
You are weak!
You’re a thief!
You are pitiful!
You’re a failure here!
You are flawed!
Falsefied
Past your peak!
In your grief-
A sad spectacle!
Let’s be crystal clear-

We should know,
You have lost!
We see all,
It is done!
We are still immortal-
You are disillusioned!
Come or go,
Pay the cost!
Rise or fall,
You’re the one!
You’re inconsequential!
Death is your conclusion!

WHAT WE MIRROR IS TRUE-
(It is true!)
IT IS THERE WITHIN YOU!
(within you!)
WE DO NOT NEED TO LIE-
(we don’t lie)
BY THIS DARKNESS YOU’LL DIE!
(You will die!)

Everon starts counting…(1-12)
What’s next?
(13)
Murderer!

You have lied!
You’re afraid!
You’re a thief!
You’re inept!
You’re a failure here!
You deserve this fate!
Falsefied
There’s no aid!
In your grief-
You’re bereft!
Let’s be crystal clear-
Now it is too late!
You have lost!
We all know
It is done!
Who you are!
You are disillusioned!
You deserve to suffer!
Pay the cost!
Every foe,
You’re the one!
Left a scar-
Death is your conclusion!
Too bad you’re not tougher!

WHAT WE MIRROR IS TRUE-
(It is true!)
(This shall pass!)
IT IS THERE WITHIN YOU!
(within you!)
(You’re just glass!)
WE DO NOT NEED TO LIE-
(we don’t lie)
(Once, you mattered)
BY THIS DARKNESS YOU’LL DIE!
(You will die!)
(Now, you’re shattered!)
(Use your skill!)
We should know,
You have lost!
(I will keep my will!)
We see all,
It is done!
We are still immortal-
You are disillusioned!
(Though you have spoken,)
Come or go,
Pay the cost!
(I am not the one that is broken!)
Rise or fall,
You’re the one!
You’re inconsequential!
Death is your conclusion!
Track Name: The Prophecy
THE PROPHECY
Lyrics: Matthew Morrese
Music: Alexander James Adams


Hear Shadows cry by Shadow’s veil
Two will die, and one will fail
Death will lie to a fatestream cut
God and man a conduit
At Age’s End the First will see
Ten whippoorwills under a burning tree
A thirteenth knelt for a thirteenth’s rise
God and man, they both ask why
By Shadow’s grail, here Shadows sigh
Yes, one will fail, but two will die
Track Name: Attack at the River Well
ATTACK AT THE RIVER WELL
Lyrics: Matthew Morrese
Music: Alexander James Adams

El'arrian Chant:

Rûkas’i Eldûn (protect us Old Blood)
Nevare’i rûn sea’tyrdûm (take away our fear, see it wither)

Ûro’i Eldûn (watch over us Old Blood)
Nevare’i rûn sea’tyrdûm (take away our fear, see it wither)

Rûkas’i Eldûn (protect us Old Blood)
Nevare’i run sea’rykö dûm (take away our fear, see it fall away, die)

Nevare’i dûn (take our Blood)
Mir a nûm (But leave our life)

Sea’i raenûm (and see us victorious)

Nevare’i dûn (take our Blood)
Mir a nûm (But leave our life)

Sea’i raenûm (see us victorious!)
Track Name: Winter in Templeton
WINTER IN TEMPLETON
Lyrics & Music: Alexander James Adams

RING THE BELLS SO SWEET!
STOKE THE FIRES FOR HEAT!
KING OF CORN AND WHEAT
WILL COME DINE TODAY!

GRAB YOUR NEIGHBOR’S HAND
SING ACROSS THIS LAND
SOLSTICE FEAST’S THE GRANDEST
OF HOLIDAY!

This is the time when the day’s at its darkest
This the time we keep cold at bay
Love is sublime when the world’s at its harshest
All men are equal on Solstice day!

Chorus

This is the place to be kind and forgiving
This is the place that the harvest is shared
Friendship and grace will sustain what is living
Springtime will profit if we’re prepared

Chorus

Solstice is here and a new day’s beginning
Bright is the year as the sun is reborn!
All becomes clear as the darkness is thinning
Sing we the praises of wheat and corn!

Chorus
Track Name: The Road to Shadowfell
THE ROAD TO SHADOWFELL
Lyrics & Music: Alexander James Adams

Time is a road on which all of us tread
Some journeys remembered, though most are unsaid
History is made by the steps we all take
The future is ours to forge or to break-

A man can be Nameless, yet still be known well
By the footsteps he leaves where his own shadow fell
Though the world can be shattered, collapsing and torn
Love will ensure that mankind is reborn-

A Free man will travel with spirit unfurled
Creating new life on the Spine of the World
A Builder can restore a ruin to town
And a Great man can flourish until he’s brought down-

HOUR BY HOUR, DAY BY DAY-
LIFE INTO LEGEND, BALLAD AND LAY-
TOLD AND FORGOTTEN,
NOT TRULY GONE,
AND TIME GOES EVER ON-

A man can turn Mad by vengeance and fire
Or struck down by Tragedy in attempt to aspire
Be Lost in the mountains or by gain become Vile
To abandon his seed and of women defile-

(CHORUS)

Mankind must atone for the evils we do
By Exile or actions based on what is true
Though each of us signifies one grain of sand
All that we do is felt deep through the land-

All that’s been done here will never be known
Yet all of our footsteps till death we must own
We chose to live poorly or strove to live well
And Time is the road where our small shadows fell.

(CHORUS)
Track Name: The Heroes of Our Days
THE HEROES OF OUR DAYS
Lyrics: Matthew Morrese
Music: Alexander James Adams

(Who were they?)
They who say
WILL YOU EVER REMEMBER OUR NAMES?
(Who were we?)
We who fought
FOUGHT YOUR FIGHT AND NOW YOU HAVE FORGOT!

DOES IT MATTER TO YOU
If I live … a lie?
(if I live or die?)

(If you’re they)
They who’ll sing our name
WILL YA’ TELL IT TRUE, OR WILL IT ALL JUST CHANGE?
(And, if you’re they)
They who’ll sing of this day
SAY WE WANTED NOTHING MORE THAN TO WALK AWAY.

DOES IT MATTER TO YOU
If I live … a lie?
(if I live or die?)

(Look into the glass that’s scattered all across the floor)
A tenement tore
(Your shattered eyes and scattered lies are begging you for more)
Tell me what’s it for?
(Look into your broken heart it’s knocking on our door)
Have you ever seen war?
(I see you bar and lock it shut, an effort to ignore)
Can I ignore it this time?
(It’s you that wants your name one day written up in the stars?)
(Don’t you wonder how a name thunders near and far?)
Oh no, every fool and coward have made it up that far!
(Don’t you hear them calling out in need of one more king?)
(Can’t you see them crying out in silent suffering?)
Well I’m so very tired of fire and fighting futile things
IN SILENT SUFFERING


(But we’re the sires of hope and need)
Bastard children on bloody knees!
(We’re the sires of your creed!)
Wasted lives and therapy!
(What’s your faith, where’s your trust?)
It’s in misery!

SO DOES IT MATTER TO YOU
If I live … a lie?
(if we live or die?)

(We’re all livin’ in an age of soldiers and saints
And I know ya think we’re everything, I’m tellin’ ya we ain’t!
Ask what you will and have your fill of fate and fantasy
But the fairy tale you’re tellin’ is a toll that isn’t free!

(Do you believe in a beating heart?
Do you keep to faith when it falls apart?)

(Bleed for a cause maybe you’ll find a way)
Bleed for a lie maybe you’ll find a way

(To live with yourself on your dying day!)
To live with the truth on your dying day!

Cause we’re all livin’ in an age of shepherds and sheep
The crook that marks the will of which, stolen by a thief
So have your way with any day, but take all that you tell
And figure out if truth or lies is really what you sell

(Do you believe in a beating heart?
Do you keep to faith when it falls apart?)

(Bleed for a cause maybe you’ll find a way)
Why don’t you bleed for a lie maybe you’ll find a way

(To live with yourself on your dying day!)
To live with the truth on your dying day!

(Cause we’re all livin’ in an age of soldiers and saints)
Cause we’re all livin’ in an age of shepherds and sheep
(The wisdom of which was led to the light to late)
The anthem of which was dead to the dark we reap
(Have what you want take what you will, forget everything else)
So have your way with any day, but take all that you tell
(But, believe me when you hear the tolls of gallows bells)
And figure out if you or I will fall where Shadows fell!

DO YOU BELIEVE IN A BEATING HEART?
DO YOU KEEP TO FAITH WHEN IT FALLS APART?
(Bleed for a cause maybe you’ll find a way)
Bleed for a lie maybe you’ll find a way

(To live with yourself on your dying day)
To live with the truth on your dying day

It shouldn’t matter to me
If I live or die

(Follow me to defy
Whereupon Shadows lie)

(So wake us up when the world falls away
When the blackened skies fade back to gray)
Aegis sings her lullaby!
(When the Shadowed halls shed light on the walls
Of our darkened hearts, we came when we were called)
We should’ve never asked why
(If we’re to live or if we’d die)
I’d lie!

(Oh, wake us up when the world falls away
At Age’s End, beneath the Worldsgrave)
Aegis sings her lullaby!
(When the journey’s done, if Shadow’s won
Will you still be here, take my hand and run)
We should’ve never asked why
(If we’re to live or we’d die)
Oh, I’d lie!

(So, wake us not for we’ve already gone
Remember us well, won’t ya sing our song?)
‘cause Aegis writes my lullaby!
(We’ll do what we must, in friendship we trust
Death may not break this love)
And it doesn’t matter why
(If we live or if we die)
In the end, you know, I tried

RECAP:
So, now we’ll walk over a thousand miles
A thousand words are gonna tell our tale
A hundred songs written all the while
Whether we succeed or whether we fail

(A year it takes for a thousand miles)
A decade more to find our way
(A lifetime gone for you and I)
And there we stand the heroes of our day

A LIFETIME GONE FOR YOU AND I
AND THERE YOU’LL STAND –
THE HEROES OF OUR DAY!

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