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All Secrets Known

1. All Secrets Known 9.20 (Edwards/ Wilsher)
2. Nothing Comes Too Easy 6.03 (Bradley/Edwards)
3. Freedom (i.Liberta ii. La Fuga) 7.53 (Edwards)
4. Will We Ever Know 8.30 (Edwards)
5. Seven Days 6.50 (Edwards)
6. Rising Tide 6.40 (Bradley/Edwards)
7. Rain 4.22 (Edwards)
8. Bigger Lie 12.30 (Edwards/Rowe)

 
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All Secrets Known

My life has been kind as I witness others fall

Standing on the edge of time to hear the distant call

But what if I could change anything

Open my mind by tuning in

To the music of the Earth

What if I found the ancient ones

Calling the gods as it begun

What’s that knowledge worth


And I could be master of everything I see

They would worship me

And I, I could rule the world

With all the secrets known

I could stand alone


Feelings without meanings confusion in the air

Changing rearranging the order everywhere

So I could end the everwar

Tyrants and despots would be no more

We would live in peace

Land and the sea are clean again

Birds and the beasts are free and then

Death of Earth can cease

And I could be master of everything I see

They would worship me

And I, I could rule the world

With all the secrets known

I could stand alone

All the secrets known

So follow as I call

Together we stand tall

Cos we can change it all

So stand with me or fall

 A wonderous synth adventure from Rob to kick off the album beautifully enhanced by Mr. Les Penning, the voice of God.

Ther's a funny story about how he came to be voicing the intro, we had originally used a sample of a speech online and had sort permission to use it, however the subject material of the song wasn't inline with the provider and they suggested lyric changes to the song.....true story.....we declined their advice and ultimately the results are far better than the original demo idea.

 
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Nothing Comes Too Easy

He’s living his life for the moment

Just kicking about in his space

He’s often indifferent

To the trouble he makes

Hey, but it’s all right

He’s reached an accord

Where blame is blameless

And less is always more


Nothing comes too easy

But easy comes to fast

Happiness is a journey

Not a destination passed


Takes him time to reckon it

Youth runs the double edge

Sharper still the promised land

That resides within his head

Open arms and wonder

Emotions wear thin on his sleeve

A carrier of conscience

What you have is what you believe


Nothing comes too easy

But easy comes too fast

Happiness is the journey

Not a destination passed

So give it up for the moment

Because we got to make it last

Holding onto the real thing

Is an everlasting task


In hindsight we might change so much

We’d open doors that were never closed

Another path some other road

Changes come and we turn on a whim

Our demons by our side

The angels let go

Nothing comes too easy

But easy comes too fast

Happiness is the journey

Not a destination passed

So give it up for the moment

Because we got to make it last

Holding onto the real thing

Is an everlasting task

 Lyrics written by commander Bradley (Jim) and very fine they are too. 

Basically enjoy the moment, live in the present.

There's a hint of Geddy influence on this song, a thunderous bassline from The Mighty Mr Rowe.

 
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Freedom

Free I can get away

I can ride the trail for another day

The hangman’s noose will seem far away

Days seem to come and go

My eyes can’t see and my mind don’t know

When I kiss the sky I can leave the show

Freedom


Christ are you looking down

My thirst is strong can you help me now

The lizard’s eye sees me stumble on

One dead horse and I’m on my own

No snap of rope or a pauper’s stone

So dry my skin and bleach my bones


Freedom


A song about a bandit on the run in the wild west. The song was coming together about the time Ennio Morricone passed away, so it seemed fitting that some sort of tribute was made, hence the song intro Liberta.
I've had the riff kicking about for a while and someone said it sounded a bit cowboyish......so I thought I'd run with the idea.

 
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Will We Ever Know

What if our science had lied to hide the truth about our place

And we’re the visitors an alien race

Travelled the universe through light and dark and time and space

The shepherds flock we hold the coded trace


Will we ever know will we ever know the truth

Will we ever know will we ever know the truth


So the cosmic farmers harvest us for music art and love

Look up to the skies you’ll see them up above

So far advanced that their logic don’t allow them to create

And so they farm us for beauty that we make


Will we ever know will we ever know the truth

Will we ever know will we ever know the truth


So we start our journey to the stars past the moon and on past Mars

Jupiter and Saturn are now gone Pluto and then Voyager and on


Will we ever know

Will we ever know the truth


(Robot: We are the aliens we must travel through space and time

we must find our fathers the creators of the human race

let the cosmic journey begin)


On the good ship Battenberg Captain Cake is who we serve

Orion’s Belt and Sirius B

The Mighty Ra in time for tea

Will we ever know

Will we ever know the truth

Ok ancient alien fans, this ones for you. The tale of genetic manipulation of early man by an alien species that harvest us for our non-logical creativity, ultimately evolving and searching for our creators as a cyborg race.
An accidental odd timing on this and a nod to flying teapots.
Do you like Battenberg?

 
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Seven Days

Looking up looking down

I can see the faces following me I own the stage

I control everything your every emotion

Make you feel young or look at your age


Laugh with me cry with me wipe back the tears

Think of mortality if I should die

Can you guess who I am good guy or bad guy

All is revealed you knew all the time

And I’ll dance with the ghosts of the past‘ til the dwarves lock me up in a box

And I’ll kill the puppets with axes and saws

‘Til the puppet master carries me off


And we all had a good time some of us bought chocolate and sweets

And we all had a fun time but some of us like sinister treats


All we had was seven days

‘Til the walls fell down

All we had was seven days

‘Til the generals came round

All we had was seven days

‘Til the soldiers brokeloose

All we had was seven days

‘Til our necks found the noose


Spectors and inspectors

Trainers and their trains

Honey pots and money pots

Draining out their drains


Mind games and rhyme games

Savilles in a row

now then now then

For a medal and a bow

All we had was seven days

‘Til the walls fell down

All we had was seven days

‘Til the generals came round

All we had was seven days

‘Til the soldiers brokeloose

All we had was seven days

‘Til our necks found the noose

Inspired by the imagery of Terry Gilliam films, particularly Time Bandits, the section with Napoleon is watching the performance in the theatre.
Also the darker side of the song referencing the closed nature of organisations in their final days...absolutely no reference to the BBC in the seventies.

 
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Rising Tide

Trying to escape from the rising tide

Brothers and sisters are by my side

Senses tell me I’m out of time


Trying to run when you cannot walk

Trying to shout when you cannot talk

Holding on for a second chance


Trying to escape from the downward slide

Easier still just to run and hide

Senses tell me I’m doing fine

But oh it’s along way

A long way from home

And oh it’s a long way

Trying to escape from the hurt inside

A thousand wrongs and the rights divide

Senses tell me I’m out of time


Praying hard for the strangers glance

A brief connection that hope demands

Senses tell me to search inside

But oh it’s along way

A long way from home

And oh it’s a long way


We hold fear in such high grace

The rising waters sooth our pain

A momentary change of season


Without hope in such a place

The rising tide will come again

A momentary lapse of reason


But oh it’s along way

A long way from home

And oh it’s a long way

This one was conceived around the tragedy of cockle pickers killed by an incoming tide, a lyrical collaboration with Jim.

A favourite of Nick Lloyd, who's outstanding engineering work on this album even led to the photo above, in a bid to get "less nose in the mix"

 
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Rain

I’ve felt the rain fall on my face

I’ve climbed a mountain to a secret place

I’ve heard the waves break on the shore

And been to islands where no one has gone before


But I can’t begin to tell you

There’s nothing I can say

I can’t describe the feeling that I’m feeling

Seeing you today


I’ve seen the sun rise in the east

I’ve sat with elders invited to the feast

I’ve seen an eagle flying high

I’ve watched a comet race across the sky

But I can’t begin to tell you

There’s nothing I can say

I can’t describe the feeling that I’m feeling

Seeing you today


And as the daylight wakes me

What wonders will it bring

From the simplest pleasure to a wondrous thing

And with this time we’re given

We all have got a role

To find the wonder in another’s soul

And all of mankind’s grand designs cannot compare

And all that nature can provide cannot prepare

So I can’t begin to tell you

There’s nothing I can say

I can’t describe the feeling that I’m feeling

Seeing you today

Inspired by the birth of my beautiful daughter, all the amazing experiences I've had, places I've been and things I've seen can't compare to that moment.

One for all you parents out there.

 
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Bigger Lie

There’s a hint that these centuries of pain

Have been played out before but all in vain

And when you look back at what has come to pass

It’s clear to see that nothing lasts


Oh what a waste of time

Oh what a waste of time

We need a bigger lie


Sometimes when you watch someone breathing their last

You can see life passes by all too fast

Though your sadness makes you hope for something more

The truth is that death has closed the door

Oh what a waste of time

Oh what a waste of yours and mine

We need a bigger lie


Why can’t we see that whilst watching TV we are just dithering

Or wasting away the best hours of the day sat at a desk

One day there’s a knock and you realise with shock that your snivelling

Has all been for nought and that rap at the door was your call to rest


Sitting here next to myself It’s all become clear to me

The passage of time whilst somehow sublime

Seems a farce and nothing ever lasts


Our shadows like hounds, hunting us down

Sent to follow us, they want to consume

Though seemingly unstoppable and most highly improbable

Our misplaced faith still shines through

Oh what a waste of time

Oh what a waste of time

We need a bigger lie


If JC’s so good where the fuck’s his next book when’s the movie release

The last one was cool but do you think that we’re fools it was hardly War and Peace


We enjoyed the last show but that was some time ago and that shit has grown old

At least with Thomas Hardy though the plot was kinda tardy but OK ‘til his wife got sold


We put a man on the moon we need a bigger lie

It was a weather balloon we need a bigger lie

It doesn’t feel any pain we need a bigger lie

We’re not controlling the rain we need a bigger lie

The towers fell as you saw we need a bigger lie

There’s no one above the law we need a bigger lie

We didn’t shoot JFK we need a bigger lie

We’ll find a cure one day we need a bigger lie

No one’s been here before we need a bigger lie

No other planets we’re sure we need a bigger lie

They were all built by man we need a bigger lie

There’s no hidden plan we need a bigger lie

A collaboration inspired by Dave's lyrics about control, conformity and conspiracy.
Musically it's not hard to see a Floyd influence but with  Ra twist.
Thanks to Joanne, Murph and Dennis for their dialogue and putting up with my questions on conspiracy theories, it was fun.