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A Day in the Life of a Universal Wanderer

by Gandalf's Fist

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Transmitted from a derelict space station in the far reaches of the galaxy using instruments salvaged from a cargo bay and corroding electrical terminals, ‘A Day in the Life of a Universal Wanderer’ is the 2013 album from Gandalf’s Fist.

Those lucky enough to intercept the signal on their primitive terrestrial audio-decoders, will be treated to a cosmic jam across space and time exploring a mythical figure from the 26th Century – ‘The Universal Wanderer’ - who’s legend tells of a figure who has wandered the cosmos from the birth of existence to the end of time.

Even when caught out of time and stranded beyond the borders of a decaying Black Hole, you can still expect Gandalf’s Fist to deliver the goods with their unique brand of Medieval Space Rock! Tracks such as the epic doom-laden jazz of “The Nine Billion Names of God” fit perfectly alongside the anthemic choruses of “Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet” and the renaissance-whimsy of “The Battle for Tannhäuser Gate”, creating one of the most engaging albums to be recorded from the far side of the solar system.

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released September 18, 2013

Transmission Performed By:
Vocals/Instruments/Lyrics: Dean Marsh
Vocals/Lyrics: Luke Severn

Additional Wanderers Intercepting the Signal:
Saxophone: Andy Bolper
Flutes: Davor Bušic & Suzanne Weller
Additional and Backing Vocals:
Melissa Hollick/Dying Seed/ Lonna Marie/
Jennifer Pederson/Beccie Watson
Additional Drums: Stefan Hepe

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Prog/Folk/Rock from the UK. Aided by a merry band of misfits, Gandalf's Fist are your new favourite Cult band waiting to be discovered!

Gandalf's Fist draw on their mutual love for classic rock bands such as Pink Floyd, The Who, and even the likes of Iron Maiden.
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Track Name: Another Night On The Far Side Of The Universe
"Despair is a death sentence. Once you stop believing… that's it, you're dead. That's just the way things are. It's guaranteed. Once that belief has gone, you might as well end it yourself. Twist a screwdriver through the belly of the console and headbutt your way to freedom. Because at least, that would be quick – some respite from the slow, lingering death of the hopeless.

For weeks now, it seemed to me, that that's what the tiny beeping blip on the scanner had been to us; a reason to hope. A reason to keep going. Day by day, that little blinking light was getting closer. When it first came into view, we dared to picture redemption, enough fuel to last a lifetime… Maybe even human contact. That little innocuous dot kept us believing that, even in this vacuum, this great black desert, there might still be life."
Track Name: The Nine Billion Names Of God
Will you fear the darkness, will you fear the night
will you chase the star-born, will you sleep tonight?

The darkness, your hunger, the nine billion names of god
Your heaven, your lifetime, the nine billion names of god take you away!

Now you are forgiven, now you are the light,
now you are unholy, now you are divine

The darkness, your hunger, the nine billion names of god
Your heaven, your lifetime, the nine billion names of god take you away!

The darkness, your hunger, the nine billion names of god
Your heaven, your lifetime, the nine billion names of god

The darkness, your hunger, the nine billion names of god
Your heaven, your lifetime, the nine billion names of god

Look to the horizon, the stars are gonna die
the light is fading out tonight, the light is gonna die
(repeat)
Track Name: Stowaway To The Mushroom Planet
Tell no lies, don’t tell the truth
Realise you’re going through
All these lightyears away
Time has lost its grip on you
Now what are you gonna do
As you fall through the maze

Do you fear it all?
Do you fear it all?
Do you fear it all as the night surrounds you?

Life is just a cosmic dream,
Turn around you know you’ve been
Chasing ghosts in the shade
One last breath before you sleep
In the sky you fall beneath
Now you’re slipping away

Do you fear it all?
Do you fear it all?
Do you fear it all as the night surrounds you?

Never-ending space, never-ending time
Never-ending space, all you see is your mind

Do you fear it all?
Do you fear it all?
Do you fear it all as the night surrounds you?
Track Name: Somewhere Beyond The Stars
If you were taken through the skies and outa view
far beyond the starlight I would climb to you
you're falling through the dark
You're never coming back
somewhere beyond the stars

Driving down the road, crawling the A17
or through event horizons - makes no difference to me
If the sky refused to part
and the earth refused to move
I don't care for all those rules
I'd be coming right for you

If You're falling outa sight
If you're light-years far from home
I would fight against the night
just to be right where you are
If you never understand
If you ever wonder why
you will feel it in my heart
you will see it in my eyes

And if I’m flying blindly and I don’t know where to go
Sirens from the deep sing me songs I used to know
calls to me, calls to you
sings of all the things you do
now i'm following that tune
and i'm on my way to you


If You're falling outa sight
If you're light-years far from home
I would fight against the night
just to be right where you are
If you never understand
If you ever wonder why
you will feel it in my heart
you will see it in my eyes
If You're falling outa sight
If you're lightyears far from home
I would sail into the night
just to be right where you are
If you never understand
If you ever wonder why
you will feel it in my heart
you will see it in my eyes
Track Name: Orphans Of The Sky
Somewhere over head, breaches the horizon,
Comes forth the savages of time
Somewhere far below lays a frozen people,
Drowned by the flooding of the light

But you wish you want to die,
All the darkness in your eyes,
And your brain

Now you’ve seen this all before
Devils knocking at your door,

For the orphans of the sky,
The orphans of the sky,
Whisper on the wind, whisper in the night,
The orphans of the sky,

Now you want to see,
Now you want to hear,
Sounds that have echoed long ago,
All this make believe,
All the time you suffered,
Clinging on to what you used to know,

But it tricks you in the end,
Puts the key back in your hand, again,
Never meant to fade away,
But the darkness will betray

For the orphans of the sky,
The orphans of the sky,
Whisper on the wind, whisper in the night,
The orphans of the sky,

For the orphans of the sky,
The orphans of the sky,
Whisper on the wind, whisper in the night,
The orphans of the sky,
The orphans of the sky,
The orphans of the sky,
Whisper on the wind, whisper in the night,
The orphans of the sky.
Track Name: Maze Of Corridors
"The hull clanged and rattled as the chamber slotted into the dock of the station…
We steadied ourselves… and waited for the doorway to fix into place.
As it opened, it appeared to me - the great, vast openness of the docking bay…
a huge, circular room with emergency lights still crackling overhead,
and the walls - unseen behind layers of ‘creepers’ that had taken over
and crawled towards the ceiling in desperation…
And in that moment... I knew… that we were alone.

Without thought, we plunged into the maze of corridors....
The walls seeming to writhe with life… each footstep echoing and doubling,
creating ghosts of our very selves around every corner.
To my tired eyes, the walls seemed to close in as I ducked below
hanging creepers and treaded slowly through the deep green light.
Air, growing hotter... More claustrophobic… Stifling.
After a while, an occasional entrance would open to one side
or the other, overgrown with plants… the rooms – dark beyond comprehension
and looking sterile, empty, abandoned."

Maze of Madness, Maze of Madness,
Despair and sadness
In this maze of Madness, Madness, Madness…

"Finally, the corridor opened once more into a huge, central room. Like a cathedral, I thought…
high-ceilinged and quiet, with a conspicuous stillness that suggested there was
something different about this place… something more.
The lights were buzzing and breaking now…
off…
on…
Casting the room in a now-familiar dark green glow.
And then, there it was, on the far wall… the main console,
lights blinking like a beacon in the centre... the source of our signal
and no more corridors to walk… Our salvation… or so I believed."

Maze of Madness, Maze of Madness,
Despair and sadness
In this maze of Madness, Madness, Madness…
Track Name: A Universal Wanderer
Look at me now, the sins of the crown,
All the paths you have made are the tears of the grave
Take me home

It’s easy now to see the suffering and pain,
It’s easy now to see the world’s so far away
And Every time I can see it I just close my eyes
It seems to be the end of time.

Fire in the sky, screams in the night,
Is the future we crave the future we've made?
What do you see?

It’s easy now to see the suffering and pain,
It’s easy now to see the world’s so far away
And Every time I can see it I just close my eyes
It seems to be the end of time.

Woah...

I’m 17 and I’m still waiting for the energy to fade away,
I’m 99 and I’m still sure that the universe was born today,
And all at once I see through time
and another world falls to decay,
Another day in the life of the Universal Wanderer today.

Woah!!

Look at me now, look at me now
Look at me now, look at me now
What do you see?
What do you see?
Look at me now, look at me now - It's make believe
Look at me now, look at me now - What do you see
Look at me now, look at me now - It's make believe
Look at me now - what do you see?

It’s easy now to see the suffering and pain,
It’s easy now to see the world’s so far away
And Every time I can see it I just close my eyes
It seems to be the end of time.
Track Name: Nexus
Huddled in a doorway,
Never seems to get much warmer,
As the night begins to take you
You know the stars die, as you keep crawling through the Nexus,
Seeking shadows, stealing time beyond the nightfall,
Before the sun comes down.

Echoes on the wind,
Time for you to sing,
Fade away, let the tears roll down your face,
Now your wondering, what the night shall bring,
Fade away let the tears roll down our face,
And the nexus slips away into your brain.

Turning un-commanded,
Through a single coloured canvas,
As the dark begins to blind you,
It’s just a matter of time,
Before your trapped inside the nexus,
Chasing echoes of the life you leave behind you,
And now the sands run out.
Echoes on the wind,
Time for you to sing,
Fade away, let the tears roll down your face,
Now your wondering, what the night shall bring,
Fade away let the tears roll down our face,
And the nexus slips away into your brain.
Track Name: North Of The Wall
Snow lies like a blanket,
Frost covers every leaf,
Winter is here to stay
Or so we believe

Night draws in around us,
Ice hangs from every tree,
Winter will fall upon us
Or so we believe

Cold seeps all around us
Fire we never shall see,
Winter has taken a grip here
Or so we believe

Wolf loose on the hunt now,
Prey, lock doors in fear,
Winter has fallen on us
No sunlight welcome here
Track Name: The Battle For Tannhäuser Gate
Time has come on this hallowed day,
All the voices I here all the passion play,
And I do it all for you, all the little things you do,
I have seen in your eyes, I have seen deep inside,
But the battle has led me to you,

I walked the fields of the dead in my sleep,
All the while I hear cries on the wind,
I will die in my boots should I fall on the noose,
When the fields run red in the morning,

And I don’t know why you don’t fall this way,
And the tears I cry will be lost in the rain,
When you look me in the eye,
And you say it’s time to die,

I have seen ships ablaze,
As we open the gate,
But the fire that burned was inside
I walked the fields of the dead in my sleep,
All the while I hear cries on the wind,
I will die in my boots should I fall on the noose,
When the fields run red in the morning,

I walked the fields of the dead in my sleep,
All the while I hear cries on the wind,
I will die in my boots should I fall on the noose,
When the fields run red in the morning,

I walked the fields of the dead in my sleep,
All the while I hear cries on the wind,
I will die in my boots should I fall on the noose,
When the fields run red in the morning.
Track Name: The Wanderer Goes South
Why does all the darkness fade away, black ass all the ashes in your grave
Well I have been through dark horizons, you don’t wanna be
You seek the night, it’s coming back for me
Why is all the darkness in your brain, when I read all your memories today.
I’m somewhere deep within the visions, you don’t wanna see
Where time unwinds to call you in your sleep

And the wanderer goes south,
Well he lived there long ago, now the stars begin to show
And the wanderer goes south,
There’s that demon in the sky, there’s that devil in disguise

I just want to know just who you are, trapped between the devil and the dark
Well I think it is time to go and I’m heading through the door
You can’t believe we’ve done this all before
Drowning in the light beneath the sun,
Drowning in the light beneath the sun,
Now silent angels sing to me, but I’ve heard this song before
It’s killing time to leave you wanting more

The Darkness, your hunger the nine billion names of god
The Darkness, your hunger the nine billion names of god
Your Darkness, the hunger the nine billion names of god
The Darkness, your hunger the nine billion names…