Return

by Airbridge

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This ep is the first official release for 30 years. We selected the 4 tracks to represent the range of music that prog allows and that we enjoy creating.

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released 08 July 2013

Producer: Stephen J Bennett
Engineers: Toby Butchart and Giles Pratt
Cover concept: Millie Bedini
Cover art: Chris Hylton

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Track Name: Return of the Light
Hmm, village huddled in the wild wood
Things were simpler by far.
Tribal elders and a priesthood
Time was measured by the stars.

Flames … flick across the face of night.
Yeah, but it’s a long way to the dawn
So turn your eyes to the coming of the light
Feel the flame of life re-kindled and re-born.

Feel it lift a thousand souls – feel it stir a thousand hearts.
Tales by ancient prophets told of a spirit that would guide us through the dark.

Yeah, but did you hear those funny stories,
Rumours spreading from the East?
Hmm, but some of them get pretty gory
Called a man the Prince of Peace; hung him up like bits of meat.

Still it lifts a thousand souls – feel it stir a thousand hearts.
Tales by ancient prophets told of a spirit that would guide us through the dark.

*
Now it’s the big box office thrill
And if you thought you loved your neighbours, now’s the time to pay the bill.
Ring the changes on the till
Let the healthy prophets guide us through the dark.
Yeah, but hey! Our old friend has changed his face
Shined his shoes, picked up the pace,
Father Christmas joined the race –
Spaceman comes with tales to tell – ringing on his solstice bells
Don’t you wish it could be Christmas every day?

*
Yeah, but don’t you feel a touch of something?
Something older that we are?
All those long forgotten voices crying out across the ages
Time so vast that it was measured by the stars.
Track Name: Who Pays the Ferryman?
Who Pays the Ferryman?
(Dowdeswell-Allaway)

Who pays the ferryman for you
On life’s great journey?
Who’ll cover the costs
That you’ll entail?

Who is responsible for you
Through life’s great upsets?
Who will comfort you
When you fail?

It’s easy to look outside for
The reasons and causes
For all those troubles
You endure.

When you learn that it’s not that way,
You’ll realise that you’ve already paid.

And you realise that life is for you,
Is there for you to make.
And you realise that it’s so simple,
It’s there for you to take
When you realise that life is worth it,
It’s there for you to take.
When you realise it can be so simple,
It’s there for you to make.

It happens that you think you’ve lost it,
All darkness around you,
And all that you hear is grey.

The stress and the torment of each
Everyday occurrence;
So normal that sometimes you could scream.

The tears they dry up but your
Blank eyes go on staring.
You’re holding your breath to stop the tears.

When you learn that it’s not that way
Because you realise that you’ve already paid.



Chorus

When you learn that it’s not that way
Because you realise that you’ve already paid.

And you realise that life is for you,
Is there for you to make.
And you realise that it’s so simple,
It’s there for you to take.

And that is life, the bitter and the sweetness,
The lightness and the shade.
And you realise you are the Ferryman,
You’ve already paid your way.

When you realise that life is worth it,
It’s there for you to take.
When you realise it can be so simple,
It’s there for you to make.
Track Name: To Absent Friends
To Absent Friends
(Bedini)

I have watched you grow around me, all you children of the Gods
And was guided by the light in which you stand.
Comes the day that I must leave you
(Times I wish I could have stayed)
But there’s something I must make you understand.

Remember how we played the lines of fantasy and truth
Finding stillness in the fury of the stage?
Like the silence born of thunder there was laughter in your fears
And I wish you peace as you strut and fret your way.

Spin a coin for luck, my friend
For our fame and fortune – [come the day!]
But when times are hard, and tomorrows never come
These things we’ve shared – so come what may.

Well we had dreams and we had nightmares of the cards our future held
Now the dealer lets his patterned numbers fall,
And if the tides to the affairs of men must leave me high and dry
Those things I hold most dear lie with you all.

I have grown to love you all, and I hear your laughter still
As a stranger road before me must unwind.
Track Name: Quiet Sky
Quiet Sky
(Bedini)

Need to break out of my solitude – step out into the bitter, city night.
There’s a place down on the corner
Where they’ve got real ale, conversation, light.
Or maybe I’ll keep wandering beneath the quiet sky –
Yeah, watch those lean and hungry buildings stretching upwards
For the quiet sky.

Well I spent 25 years hanging in there, hanging on for that lucky day.
Just holding on and praying for the breaks
That never came my way.
… was that someone at my shoulder? In the corner of my eye?
I could have sworn someone was following beneath the quiet sky.

*
Yeah, well I am not what you take me for.
There is more to me than meets the eye.
‘cause in a world of perfect darkness
I was a fire-fly!
But now I watch ambition’s lights fade and I wonder why I even tried.
Oh, just another lost soul wandering beneath the quiet sky.

Well did you ever get the feeling someone’s watching
From the quiet sky?