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A Forest of Fey

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“A Forest of Fey” is the first release by the Gandalf's Fist as a four-piece and follows the psychedelic, folk-tinged journey of a young girl trapped in a malevolent woodland and features exciting guest contributions from Troy Donockley (Nightwish), John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena), Dave Oberlé (Gryphon), Clive Nolan (Pendragon/Arena) and Matt Stevens (Instrumental Artist/The Fierce and the Dead).

The bespoke Album art was created by German Artist Thomas Huth and was released on the 20th October 2014.

It is #3 of the "Best Prog-Albums 2014" in Issue #205 (January 2015) of the Classic Rock Magazine UK.

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released October 20, 2014

Line-up / Musicians:
Dean Marsh - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Mandolin, Keys, Additional Bass
Luke Severn - Vocals, Lead Vocals (track 5)
Chris Ewen - Bass
Stefan Hepe - Drums

With:
Melissa Hollick - Female Lead Vocals

Featuring Very Special Guests:
John Mitchell (Vocals on 11)
Troy Donockley
(Whistles, Low Whistle on 2, 3, 7/ Cumbrian Bouzouki on 6, 10)
Dave Oberlé (Vocals/Bodhrán on 10)
Clive Nolan (Keys and Synth solo on 8)
Matt Stevens (Ambient Intro Guitar on 8, 11)
Dying Seed & Jennifer Pederson (Additional/Backing Vocals)
Additional voice acting: Alicia Arthur

Cover Design: Thomas Huth
Lyrics for “A Poison Tree” by William Blake (1794)
Story & Concept by Dean Marsh

Footsteps and Bird Frolickings studiously directed by Stefan Hepe

Recorded and Produced by Gandalf’s Fist and assorted miscreants
from atop a colossal toadstool in a darkened autumn glade.

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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: Childhood Ghosts
Open my eyes, I see what I want to see
The way I’m feeling; a time for childhood ghosts
Over the way the light shapes our everydays
If I start crying I don’t think I’ll know
Stay, Stay
Oh the light, it never stays
Stay, Stay
Oh the light, never stayed
Stayed away…
Track Name: Gardens of the Lost
Beyond the lights of border kings
There hangs a gate of mystery
You’ve seen it hanging there before
Locked tight each night with ivy crawl

Listen Child please step inside
The forest gate is open wide
Behind the leaves the trees unfurl
A secret key a hidden door...

An old figure standing in your way
Dressed in smoke, he begs for you to stay
You run, the gate slams, and crumbles into dust
Welcome home… to the gardens of the lost

Don’t leave the path the whispers scream
Don’t leave the path the forest breathes
You thought that you wanted to see inside
But now there's doubts running through your mind

Figures passing through the trees
In jesters rags the poet dreams
The lights that are leading you from the road
Are fires that are taking you far from home

Never-ending Fantasy
You’re running in the night
Living in a fairy-tale
You’re running in the night… again

Wished it once, you wished it twice
You play the game you pay the price
Each step that you take is not your own
Now eyes from the path begin to glow

Alas poor world I knew it well,
Is all bygone to this new hell
A wayward nature plays its cruel game
You feel so lost you feel ashamed

never-ending fantasy
You’re running in the night
Living in a fairy-tale
You’re running in the night
Living in a fairy tale of pain
Running in the night
Fairy-tale of pain
Running in the night
Track Name: A Forest of Fey (Including Wisdom of the Reptile and the Lament for a Silent Verse)
Falling leaves guide me
Where the shadow dreads to roam
As you leave the path again
The worms take you home
Take me home; on down the road
I see them so far away
Through seven hells I’m taking them there
as you feel the night following
Everybody sees what you want to see
Take life from me

Feel the fear; the screams are near
The creatures are out of sight
You wanna know what’s keeping you low
You’re feeling the hands of time
Now you’re feeling like maybe you have drowned
Sleeping underground
Seasons never change; will you be there when I’m crying in the rain?
Seasons never change; will you be there when I’m crying in the rain?
(repeat)

You danced on the water; died in the spring
Moving ghosts blow through the bark
Where the ravens used to sing
Now the guards in the courtyard cry for their King
Heard you breathing in the dark
With the forest whispering

Now blinded are my eyes
Never knowing where to roam
As you find the path again
The worms take you home

Seasons never change; will you be there when I’m crying in the rain?
Seasons never change; will you be there when I’m crying in the rain?
(repeat)
Track Name: The Figure Speaks
A gap in in a hedge, innocent at first, leads down a lane few dare to tread
Where a land filled with wonder awaits for all those who dare pass unseen
The creatures that dwell here are fabulous yet familiar…
An Old English Gent; A prim and proper lady; the urchin boy full of fun and mischief
A travelling bunch of misfits who fill the world with sinister fun
Ensnared for a time without end,
A child stumbles into this world that is neither normal nor sane
Guard yourself from the lands outside, for the world we create is not cruel, nor kind
Welcome one and all to the other side… please watch your head!
Track Name: The World We Created
A falling ray of light illuminates the whole of eternity,
A distant stir of wind shakes something loose that had held tight for so long,
Nothing stays the same forever, a break of a twig can spiral into chaos,
As much as a falling tree, just falls and all is still.

A man alone on a lane, late at night can be innocent,
Just as the man in a crowded room, surrounded by friends is not,
Where one sees truth and light, others see deceit and corruption.
Nothing is as it seems, especially here and now.

The world we created, the world we built,
A world without limits, a world without guilt,
The world we created, our world in pain,
A world without conscience, a world of the vain.

A wave crashes against the shore on a distant moon,
An unstoppable force meets the immovable object and the world still turns,
No one can stay the same forever, a child with the eyes of an ancient,
And the old man who is younger than the day his wife died.

A child isn't always full of laughter, nights filled with fear,
Just as a prisoner can enjoy his days of solitude in peace,
Innocence is in the eye of the beholder, judge or be judged,
Nothing will ever be the same, time ticks on.

The world we created, the world we built,
A world without limits, a world without guilt,
The world we created, our world in pain,
A world without conscience, a world of the vain.
Track Name: The Circus in the Clearing (Including the Fanfare for the King's Tournament)
Time moves slow as you watch through the trees
Where the woodsmen and the jackals
Make songs for the queen
Now paths appear as the jester lights the lamps
Goes dancing through the darkness
With the moonlight in his hands
And will you stray from the borders to the fields
Play riddles with the night-born as they huddle in the leaves
And as you sleep, the clocks begin to stop
The seasons never change in the kingdom of the lost

Take my hand through the garden of blue weed
Glowing, swaying in the night
Leaves you chocking on the breeze
The clock tower above you
Chimes six bells for the sun
As the blind witch of the forest
Plays her fiddle just for fun
Now you try to return by the pathway through the trees
But the lamplights start to go out
As the jester takes his leave
As you dance on the water the piper plays his song
Were you ever seen again now the carnival has gone?
Track Name: Blood for a Royal Pardon
I am the man who walks this battlefield today
I am the man who knows no fear or no pain
And though I’ve wandered all the pathways of my life
I got here beat and scarred and bloodied by the fight
Will you stay with me? Will you trade in time?
You know it never ends; all the darkness fades away
Stay…
Track Name: Drifter on the Edge of Time
Close your eyes as you walk through the fields
Hear the cries of madcap dreamers
Now the champion is revealed
From the tower to the tavern
Men are praying by their feasts
Beggars sing their songs for sixpence
As the Devils wipe their feet
The fanfares grace you; the procession of the damned
Will the demons bless you as they take you by the hand?
The jester in the corner bears witness to the fall
He’s sleeping now forever – come gather round one and all

I’m a drifter on the edge of time
But my time is running low
Too many things are on my mind
That I don’t wanna know

Trace your steps as the madman lies in pain
Played the fool in hopeless battles
Played the pawn in jester’s games
I curse the wind; did I live there long ago?
Is it right that I should die here? Be a thorn without a rose?
Trade me, save me from the gardens of the blind
Betray me, pray thee – have you been here long as I?
Enslave the saviour; will you let the shadow grow?
Whispered the Drifter; I’m sorry but I have to go

I’m a drifter on the edge of time
But my time is running low
Too many things are on my mind
That I don’t wanna know
I’m a drifter on the edge of time
But my time is running low
Too many things are on my mind
That I don’t wanna know

I'm a drifter on the edge;
Drifter on the edge, drifter on the edge of time
Drifter on the edge;
Drifter on the edge, drifter on the edge of time
Drifter on the edge, drifter on the edge
Drifter on the edge, drifter on the edge
Track Name: Forest Rose (Coming Home)
A day without you; a life without love
What can it mean to this vagabond?
A long way home; another mile behind me
Watch your step or the path will end
Take me home, take me home
Take me home to the girl I know
Lead me home; let me roam
Lead me home to the forest rose

Coming back and I’m home
Here tonight
Tearing down the night road
Coming home
Wipe your tears ‘cos
Here tonight
Tearing down the night roads
Coming home… tonight

A forest rose or a thorn in my side?
Sweet perfume or a poisoned vine?
Let me go where flowers grow
Let me go to the forest rose

Coming back and I’m home
Here tonight
Tearing down the night road
Coming home
Wipe your tears ‘cos
Here tonight
Tearing down the night roads
Coming home… tonight

Take this poison from me; the sweet smell always the same
Makes you fall into a slumber; will you walk these paths again?
Coming to your senses; now you’re crawling on your knees
Overwhelmed by the aroma; only these thorns make you bleed

Coming back and I’m home
Here tonight
Tearing down the night road
Coming home
Wipe your tears ‘cos
Here tonight
Tearing down the night roads
Coming home
Track Name: Return from the Tournament
Gaps in the hedges; see what I want to see
Will you hear the willows weeping?
Will you bring them back to me?

Now darkness all around me; brings shadows to the light
And in the darkest corners I will sleep tonight
Will you dream with me?
Will you be there in the end?

The darkness is still swirling – will you stay with me my friend?
And I will dance as the shadows climbing high
And they will sleep alongside you and I… you and I…
Track Name: Stories Old and Stories Told (Of Children Brave and Children Bold)
Stories old and stories told
Of children brave and children bold
You see the light as it’s falling round your head
In the night the fires are bright
You see them dance in their eyes
The summoned child chasing demons round your head

You fought the war ; Years before
All the nightmares ringing at my door
I’m somewhere now I never thought I’d be
You paid the price; rolled the dice
Are we still singing here tonight?
We’re somewhere now we never thought we would be

Stories spun and stories sung
Of children aged and children gone
You chase the light as it’s falling through the shade

You loved the night; gazed open skies
Are visions falling in my eyes?
You’re somewhere now you never wanted to be
You’re reaching out; break through the shroud
To an empty world you lived without
Escape somehow to where we wanted to be

Forest child will you stay with me always?
Forest child will you stay with me?
Forest child - chasing fires on the pathway
Forest child will you stay with me?

Forest child will you stay with me always?
Forest child will you stay with me?
Forest child - chasing lights on the pathway
Forest child will you stay with me?

Forest child will you stay with me always?
Forest child will you stay with me?
Forest child - chasing fires on the pathway
Forest child will you stay with me?

Forest child will you stay with me?
Track Name: A Poison Tree
I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears:
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night.
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine.

And into my garden stole,
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see;
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

-= Words from A Poison Tree - By William Blake =-