The Swan Chorus

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‘THE SWAN CHORUS’, written and performed for you by The Swan Chorus

PURE FATE STAR SHADOW: The first ten listeners to accurately tell us what this about will definitely get a mention, and maybe something more (hint: it’s not Manga or anything similar)


"This is really, really good! A breath of fresh air to be honest! It blows a lot of stuff that’s out there away!" - Tony Patterson

"Every now again purely by chance you stumble across not only something appealing, but more than likely a true unsung pioneer in their chosen genre. The album is pleasing and inviting from its very first note. Washes of synths and punchy guitars compliment the excellent vocals. Melodic, strong hooks make this a pleasing proposition for any fan looking for a departure from doom laden prog metal. This is an album I can not only wholly recommend but will continue to enjoy. Infectious Prog, You now have your own sub-genre!" - Dave Hilborne

"There are too many reasons to love this record... This voice!!! and that keyboards. Awesome" - Reiner Röbisch

"Quite a few hairs on the back of the neck moments" - Steve Petch

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released August 15, 2018

Lead Vocals: John Wilkinson
Synthesizers and Organ: David Knowles
Acoustic and Electric Guitars: Les Norton
Basses: Dave Jones
Drums and Percussion: Peter Dover

Thanks to Eddie Devlin for additional guitars and loads of backing vocals

Dave Jones and John Wilkinson are members of the Genesis tribute band ‘Mama’ (www.mama-genesis.co.uk)

Dave Jones is a member of 'Plenty' (www.karismarecords.no/artists/plenty)

Album cover art: Peter Dover

Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered at Difference E-Studios, by Colin McKay and David Knowles

All songs written by Colin.D.McKay and David R.Knowles

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Track Name: The Hilary Step
I’m a big noise at the Sierra club, I’ve hiked the Appalachian trail, I’ve stood on top of Denali, I really don’t know how to fail
It’s the altitude not the attitude, it was a most beguiling flyer, but you can stand on top of the world coz’ the yellow brick road got higher

Here I am, with the lawyer and the scientist, the Republican evangelist, on the shoulder of the sky
All these freaks, well they’re ruining my appetite, here’s the money honey socialite
I’m a heartbeat from the top, I turn around and then, when I get to the bottom I am never going up again

Caught in the gridlock on the Hilary Step, and only three hundred feet to go, and there’s no app on the I-phone that can save me from the snow
Nobody told me I could be this cold, should have read the fine print way back when, and I wonder if I’ll ever see my wife and kids again

All used up, hope the Sherpas get me out of here, I’m at the mercy of the troposphere, damn it I can hardly crawl
Jesus Christ, I’m not one of those Tibetan guys, you said that I’d acclimatise, and a heartbeat from the top I turn around and then

When I get to the bottom, when I get to the bottom, when I get to the bottom


When I get to the bottom, when I get to the bottom, when I get to the bottom
When I get to the bottom, when I get to the bottom, when I get to the bottom
When I get to the bottom, when I get to the bottom, when I get to the bottom
Track Name: Don't Talk About
Don’t Talk About

When you talk to me, I soak up every word
When you look at me, I just don’t know what’s hit me
When I look at you, you look the other way
What’s the matter, what’s the matter with me

You look so good tonight, get that innocent smile of your face, get that smile of your face

Don’t talk about love, then make war
Don’t talk about hate, that is not worth fighting for
Don’t tell me that peace is your mission
Another day lost, will you make the decision
Don’t talk about love and then make war

When I hear your voice, I shiver nervously
When I watch you move, I just can’t stop the shaking
When you look my way, I have to fight for air
What’s the matter, what’s the matter with me

You look so good tonight, there’s a cynical look in your eye, there’s that look in your eye

Don’t talk about love, then make war
Don’t talk about hate, that is not worth fighting for
Don’t tell me that peace is your mission
Another day lost, will you make the decision
Don’t talk about love and then make war

I sleep by myself tonight, I live on my wits tonight, does making me wrong make you right
I’ve run out of valium, and my equilibrium, I’m so calm I could kill, but each day I die
Track Name: My Dark Passenger
My Dark Passenger

Excuse me all over the place if I'm acting out of turn
But you see I never learned to take a powder

And switch off that innocent face ‘cause it makes my stomach churn
It's like someone sprinkled chilli in my chowder

Spare me you say for your charming young wife
And you swear you'll return to a civilised life
And you're putting up a fine show of resistance

But you’re shit out of luck ‘cause I've been on your trail
Here's a bright red medal I can pin on your tail
And you've never met a man of my persistence

Just blink your eyes if you're able, and I'll carve right here at the table

Some vigilante, I'm whacked-out out and weird beyond repair
And you won't forget me, as long as I cut a deal with my dark passenger

Don't think I do this for fun or it keeps Miami clean
But if I don't vent your spleen I might go under

Aren't you the fortunate one ‘cause I compromised the scene
And I mean to steal my own department's thunder

In this tricked-out house of correction, another blood slide for my collection

Your vital organs are trapped in my blender of despair, like Mr. Morgan I'm hoping to cut a deal with my dark passenger

In this tricked-out house of correction, another blood slide for my collection

My primary colours are sangre de cristo, sacre bleu
You've got a million dollars
Then maybe I'll cut a deal with my dark passenger
Track Name: The Check
The Check

Look here comes the invisible choir and I sing with the singers
When I rattle my collection plate it's like a thousand drums

And to the motherless freaks in the crowd I'm the king of the slingers
And I'm selling you a tractor beam in case the rapture comes

No need to hide behind the bible they skip right over the T and C
Scroll to the bottom and click I agree

And the irony's delicious they're paying for the boat with the helicopter pad on the deck

And the taste is sacrilicious cos no one gets to vote,
'til the great celestial waiter says it's time to pick up the cheque

Watch me preach the prosperity gospel the myth of creation
We're a million little rabbits in your cabbage patch
And send your grocery money to me for a shot at salvation
Pray to every lottery ticket that you scratch.

We're modifying your behaviour, the lines are open but you can't get through
A busy signal for the fools like you

And you're waiting for the money that the saviour saved for you
'cos the sharks are swimming close to the wreck
And it isn't milk and honey that trickles down on you
And the great celestial waiter says it's time to pick up the cheque

I'll blame and shame you and scold you had every sign post on your search
Get this its Jesus that told you to give your money up to this guy's church

Insert an appropriate straw man that I can setup for the fall
And that's right I'm breakin’ the law man

I went through the Valley and climbed up the mountain,
Stood on the summit and looked for the fountain of youth
But there was just a big long drop.

Now my prayers go unanswered, so hey what's the harm in hitching my wagon to Dawkins and Darwin and the truth?

It pays to keep your options open
Track Name: Stand Together
Stand Together

We could feel your eyes on the back of our heads
Watching as we walked out the doors
You look right through us, beaming out your control
It's been a long time coming, and we’re feeling the heat
We’re praying for the rain to fall
Our back’s to the wall and we can’t take much more

But no-one warned us about you, they never said that you were a fool
You don't know nothin' about us, and you don't even care what we do
We started readin' and then started beleivin'
Change is the only way
Only time will tell if we're strong enough
And time it begins with today

All my life I’ve waited for this moment, all fired up, this is where I wanna be

If we wake up we can stand together, lock their dogma in their ivory tower

All my life I should have tried harder, all fired up, this is what I wanna be

If we wake up we can stand together, asked and answered if we stand fast

Do you see?

Don't give us that look, don’t sell us those lines
Don't give us those whipped up lies
You’re all crocodile tears with an Alligator smile
Like lambs to the slaughter, your’e leadin' us on
We can’t resist your bull
You’re a wolf in sheep’s clothing
Not little Red Riding Hood

We started readin' and then started believin'
Change is the only way
Only time will tell if we're strong enough
And time it begins with today

All my life I’ve waited for this moment, all fired up, this is where I wanna be

If we wake up we can stand together, lock their dogma in their ivory tower

All my life I should have tried harder, all fired up, this is what I wanna be

If we wake up we can stand together, asked and answered if we stand fast

Do you see?
Track Name: Pure Fate Star Shadow
Said the mountain to the lake, you must never act in haste,
think it over
And the lake well she replied, you are too old to decide,
and I like to fool around, think it over
Then heaven smiled, an idea forming, deep inside his mind and he said
We all say
We are, we are, we are, we are

All of your world now belongs to us
We all come from the great sky above
Learn to live with all the gifts that we bring
We are Pure Fate Star Shadow

Said the thunder to the wind, you are root and branch within,
think it over
And the wind well she replied, you are too fast to decide,
take a little time to think it over
Then earth smiled, a life gestating, always growing, deep inside her
We all say
We are, we are, we are, we are

All of your world now belongs to us
We all come from the great sky above
Learn to live with all the gifts that we bring
We are Pure Fate Star Shadow

Said the water to the fire, you’re the flower of desire,
think it over
And the fire she replied, you are deep and dark inside,
move towards the light and think it over
You are us now and forever, we are you always together
We all say
We are, we are, we are, we are

All of your world now belongs to us
We all come from the great sky above
Learn to live with all the gifts that we bring
We are Pure Fate Star Shadow
Track Name: Performance Anxiety
Excuse this lack of judgement but I’m always being told
It all comes down to timing but mechanics leave me cold
Forgive this gross incompetence, this can’t go on for good
Clandestine smiles and glances, I’d ignore them if I could

Realistically it would be wise, to call on medical advice

Performance anxiety, performance anxiety

Clean platonic friendships are the safest ones to keep
Physical necessity deprives me of my sleep
I can’t see for looking, I was never that radical
Hope against all time is with me, pray for a miracle

Biologically the clues all fit, I even found a name for it

Performance anxiety, performance anxiety

Nothing’s so important that I haven’t time to care
I sometimes start to wonder if I’m past medical repair
Seek out imperfections, and eradicate the flaws
Diagnose the symptoms and eliminate the cause

But my analysis has shown, I’d be much safer on my own

Performance anxiety, performance anxiety

Some folks they say, they’re about to lose control
Love’s labour’s lost, it’s out there on its own
All those are fools who deny their chemistry
Nerve centres buzz, emotion takes a hold
Nerve centres buzz, emotion takes a hold

Performance anxiety, performance anxiety

Why do you think this is happening to me?
Why do you think this is happening to me?
Why do you think this is happening to me?
Track Name: The House That Jack Built
I can see all I want to see
I turn away again, and gaze inside of me
This world keeps turning in my hand
My life it sails on by, but not as I had planned

Though it can’t be, you’re still with me
The past is gone, it’s time to go
And when those memories come bouncing down the hall
The house that Jack built set me free

Sometimes I wake up lost and torn, pour solace over me
Then wide awake, I take a look, to see what I can see
The world’s still turning in my hand
Get up, get out, get on, get real, I think I understand

Though it can’t be, you’re still with me
The past is gone, it’s time to go
And when those memories come bouncing down the hall
The house that Jack built set me free

I try to push back time, but it keeps on pushing me
The past is gone, it’s time to go

I can see all I want to be
I turn away again, and gaze inside of me
The world’s still turning, in my hand
Get up, get out, get on, now I understand

I still try to push back time, but it keeps on pushing me
I am your son, I say goodbye
And when our memories, come bouncing down my hall
The house that Jack built, set me free
There’s still time for me
Track Name: Poster Boy
London’s a giant gift-store, it’s cheap and vulgar and crude
Get my stuff from the thrift-store, soon I’ll be working for food

Believe me that I’m hoping that some aliens, hoping that some aliens will blow this planet of its axis

I’m planning my revenge on the world, I becoming a poster-boy for raging paranoia
I’m planning my revenge on the world, wipe it out in a righteous fire like Shiva the Destroyer

I’m broke I’m mad I’m angry, another flaming torch for the mob
There’s no point channelling Gandhi, unleash you’re inner Ty Cob

Pray for the zombie apocalypse, zombie apocalypse to strip the dead-wood from this nation

I’m planning my revenge on the world, I becoming a poster-boy for raging paranoia
I’m planning my revenge on the world, wipe it out in a righteous fire like Shiva the Destroyer

I used to be a good little soldier, but lately I’ve been listening to the voices in my head
They’re telling me an outbreak of famine and pestilence, famine and pestilence will cull the surplus population

I’m planning my revenge on the world, I becoming a poster-boy for raging paranoia
I’m planning my revenge on the world, wipe it out in a righteous fire like Shiva the Destroyer
Track Name: Walk The Same Road
See roads roll into view
Now, you have to choose

Put your hand in my hand, and cross this stream of life
All that you are, all that you’ve been, all that you love, all that you’ve seen
What will you become

Don’t you know the answer, is in your mind all the time
Will, we be as one
Walk the same road, walk the same road

So now we fall into the well of time, we can’t escape now
I live the same song, with a different rhyme, I can’t escape now

And it takes all I have, to reach sight of what I have not
As I stumble and climb from this hole
Still the time marches by, in the wink of an eye
I’m not here or there, I’m with you

Fool me, another day gone, moments I’ve lost, so much for me
Cool me, facing the day, finding my way, so good for me
We stand, kissed by the rain, loved by the sun, can we be one
This day, stealing a kiss, too good to miss, moving away

What if you’re wrong about me darling
What if I really care for you
What if I just don’t show it
What if I can’t get through

Let me make it easy for you darling
Let me spell it out for you
Follow me down the road
Walk with me down the road
Follow me down the road, and I’ll come back for you
I’ll come back for you

Dig deep, steadfast we stand, right time to plan, time now to act
Big ask, mean what you say, say what you mean, do as you can

Is there time
Is it time now
Can I make it alone
Being me

There is hope
Always tempered
Often founded in doubt
Sometimes me

I ……, see it all and see nothing
Falling through the cracks, I reach out a hand, where are you

I ……, feel it all and feel nothing
Calling out again, I offer my hand, can you see

Any minute now I’ll stab the dark to find the answer
In the length of time it takes to think, I’m none the wiser

When all is said and done I am the one I have to answer
I feel it in my bones, I grind my teeth, I have an answer

They say heaven can wait, but I just don’t see it that way,
Lost in space, in my mind, such is life
In the cold light of day, making all the same old mistakes
I’m not here or there, I’m with you

See roads roll out of view
Now, I have to choose
All that I am, All that I’ve been, All that I love, All that I’ve seen
What have I become
Will, we be as one

Walk the same road, walk the same road
Walk the same road, walk the same road

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