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The Clockwork Fable

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about

Cogtopolis, the city beneath the surface, no daylight has been seen by the inhabitants in living memory. The Sun: a whisper, a legend.

Dive down into the world of clockwork mechanisms and a fantastic 3-act story of a few rebellious inhabitants fleeing from the alleged safety into uncertainty...

Check out clockworkfable.com/The-Clockwork-Fable-The-Story.html for more information...

credits

released May 1, 2016

The Orchestra:
Dean Marsh - Guitar/Synths/Mandolin/Octave Mandola/Bass
Christopher Ewen - Bass/Bargain Snacks
Stefan Hepe - Drums/Percussion

with

Matt Stevens - Ambient Guitars
Dave Oberlé - Bodhrán/Tan-Tan
Nathan Madsen - Saxophone

The Choir:
Dean Marsh - The singing voice of the good people of Cogtopolis
Luke Severn - The singing voice of the Nightkeepers
Arjen Lucassen - Sung words of Armistead
Blaze Bayley - Sung words of the Primarch
Dave Oberlé - Sung words of Pastor Simon
Melissa Hollick - Sung words of Eve
Dying Seed - Background chants

The Actors:
Mark Benton - Spoken words of the Lamplighter/Prison Guard/First Secretary
Zach Galligan - Spoken words of the Steam Ranger
Tim Munro - Spoken words of the Tinker
Alicia Marsh - Spoken words of Eve
Paul Barnhill - Spoken words of Pastor Simon
Bill Fellows - Spoken words of Armistead/Nightkeeper Spy
Paul Kavanagh - Spoken words of the Primarch/Nightkeeper Brethren
Christopher Ewen - Spoken words of the Boy
Luke Severn - Spoken words of Second Secretary/another Nightkeeper Brethren

with

You, the Listener as "The Traveller"

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Recorded between December 2014 and February 2016 at various hideous Hobbit caves.

Story written by Dean Marsh and Luke Severn with additional contributions by Stefan Hepe and Christopher Ewen.

Mixed and mastered by Dean Marsh.
Drums recorded and mixed by Stefan Hepe at Friggin'-Hot-Attic-Studios in Germany.

Front- and backcover-Artwork by Thomas Huth.
Photos and Stage-props by Kirsten Scheffel.
The Cavern of the Great Cog rendered by Niklas Engelhardt.

No necklaces, cogs or fancy gizmos were harmed during the making of this album!

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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: Shadowborn
Running through a rust-locked city
Tired eyes yet hearts still beating
Iron-clad the steam clouds climbing higher
Shadows dance and pistons screaming
Can you hear the darkness breathing?
Stairway to the surface; yet we close our minds

We wait for a time
We wait for our lives
Is the sunrise just a dream we lost?
A Day we left behind?
Is there life on these streets?
Is there something left for me?
Are we what we we’ve always been before?
We are shadow born.

Fighting past our infestation
Metal bites at deprivation
A specter of the harmony we knew before
Gears grind through automation
Cursed we cry in isolation
Hard hold our heads high when our life is low

Father's song, mother said,
Does it linger in your head?
Talisman, round your neck,
Does it fill your heart with dread?

Welcome to our world of shadow
Welcome child, embrace your sorrow
Wardens of the light now raise their banners high
Yesterday was our tommorow
Leave a trail; your soul will follow
Hanging onto daydreams where the sun still shines

We wait for a time
We wait for our lives
Is the sunrise just a dream we lost?
A Day we left behind?
Is there life on these streets?
Is there something left for me?
Are we what we we’ve always been before?
We are shadow born.

We wait for a time
We wait for our lives
Is the sunrise just a dream we lost?
A Day we left behind?
Still the fire burns inside
But I’ve waited all my life
To believe in what we dreamed before
We are shadow born.
Track Name: The Lamplighter (Parts I-VIII)
What can you tell me?
What did you bring?
Reaching high, amber fire
The sorrow that stings
I’ve heard the stories
You’ve heard them too
Now it’s night, Lamps alight
A memory exhumed

Lamplighter, Lamplighter, show me the way
With your hand upon the veil of dark
Sure night will fade
Lamplighter, Lamplighter, lights lead the way
When you’re hanging on, to morning song
You’ll only pray

Lamplighter sing a song, Lamplighter hanging on
Allow your eyes to rest tonight
The light you breathe, will always shine

Night at your window, Darkness your smile
Through the steam, Embers gleam,
A torch in the wild
A rich man, a fable, a pauper, a child
Through the streets, glances meet,
Creations reviled
Sweet sang the whisper, strange songs of fate
Creeping low, undertow
The specter of hate
Dawn be thy maker, sunset thy grave
The ghost of sun, all we’ve done
A shadow enslaved

Lamplighter, Lamplighter, show me the way
With your hand upon the veil of dark
Sure night will fade
Lamplighter, Lamplighter, lights lead the way
When you’re hanging on, to morning song
You’ll only pray

Lamplighter sing a song, Lamplighter hanging on
Allow your eyes to rest tonight
The light you breathe, will always shine

Bring the Night to Life!
Nightmares will end,
Darkness my friend
Track Name: The Great Cog
Time tastes so slow, find your way
Chase the morning
Not easy it seems
Reaching out for the sun
You, dying slowly now
Bring the night back home

All my life, dreamed in dark
Seems so long, clockwork heart
Rust in hell tonight,
Rust in piece tonight,
In your dreams tonight
Illuminate

Winding down and running slow
The wheel of dead you know
Winding down, sun in the sky
The wheel of life has died

Ghosts in machines, haunt your mind
Find the secret, deceiving it seems
Clockwork heart beats undone
You, dreamer of the skies
Make the night your home

All my life, dreamed in dark
Seems so long, clockwork heart
Rust in hell tonight,
Rust in piece tonight,
In your dreams tonight
Illuminate

Gears in wheels, rhymes in rhymes
You’ll never forget old father time
Underground, slowing down
You’re the wheel of undertown

All my life, dreamed in dark
Seems so long, clockwork heart
Rust in hell tonight,
Rust in piece tonight,
In your dreams tonight
Illuminate
Track Name: The Capture (Including the Song for a Fallen Nightkeeper)
When the sword that hung from her brother’s side
Not half the hall around
And there he lay ’til the break of day
It gave him a deadly wound

We know what you think
Where you’ll run
We know who you are
And all you’ve done
Turn this way and that
We’re in your mind
We servants of dark
That keep the night

You run so far, never turning your face
Dare to run where the Nightkeepers wait

You know that we’re there
Sightless eyes
You know who we are
Nowhere to hide
You’re caught in a trap
Where shadows fall
You’ll never come back
It rules us all
Track Name: Eve's Song
Startled little starling on your own
You flew the nest too early now you're lost far from home
Stared into this daydream from afar
Now you Gaze into the nothing with a stranger in the dark

Speak to me in whispers one more time
You feel the lamps are burning, are they embers in your mind?
Navigate the mystery of who you are
you stopped the wheel from turning but it splintered in your heart

Light the night
Burn the grey
evening song today.

(You were) Shadowborn
hide the light from your eyes
only see what you will
Shadowborn
and the night will disguise
and the time will lead you astray

Watcher in the distance; do you pray
Do you gaze at candles burning; watch the night turn into day?
And can you hear the songbird in the cage?
Can you lift away the velvet; let the dawn creep in again?

What you felt was in you all along,
can you lift yourself from falling? can you hear my love song?
Standing in the future, will we soon,
say that "that's the night forgotten?"
"That's the night that we once knew"

Open wide your arms, let the breeze blow through your hair
Hold it in your heart, let it save you, save you
Reaching out tonight well I thought I heard you there
Coming back in time, let it take you, take you

Take me by the hand can you feel the current flow
I can feel your heart, hear it beating, heating
Secrets in your mind yet I thought I let them go
Holding it inside; healing, healing!
Track Name: Victims of the Light
Come gather round all you travelling souls
for a tale I have to tell
On the lies you feed from the devil's machine
It will send you straight to hell
It'll drag you kicking and screaming
Embrace the father of the night
Pray the Darkness be our savior
for the victims of the light

Yes the sparks of lies are damnation
And you know I’m always right
Crave the lamps that burn above this world
I can see it in your eyes
And you thought that you were dreaming
But you're only going blind
Pray the nightkeepers keep you safe my child
You’re the victims of the light

Darkest oath
Take me home
and baptise our hearts of stone
Darkest oath
Take me home
spake the shepherd of our souls

Does your hunger grow from the brass-bound man
Claws his fingers at the sky
When he touched the stars and he craves the dawn
It's a sickness of his mind
And somewhere in the future,
Where we all will join the night
You will curse the sun that failed you
Now the victims of the light

Darkest oath
Take me home
and baptise our hearts of stone
Darkest oath
take me home
spake the shepherd of our souls

Congregation’s Retort:
Daylight a distant memory,
Shadows all around,
The darkness consumes us,
We are lost in the crowd.
The preacher he tells us,
Of the sins of the past
We no longer listen
will the sickness last?

This is shadowmass.
We all live in fear
Fear the morning star
keep your conscience clear

Whispers of daylight
We dream of the sun,
The future is clearer
What has begun?
The preacher he tricks us
With fear and with hate
We no longer listen
And soon will escape.

This is shadowmass.
We all live in fear
Fear the morning star
keep your conscience clear

Come forth my friends, let the lamps grow dim
pray the wheel keeps turning on
Pray for nuclear war, and what came before
from a time we don't belong
And you see this world as children
And you place your hope in I
You can feel the night surround you
Sleep the victims of the light
Track Name: Ditchwater Daisies
Come around, it’s just the darkness where you play
Back in time, it’s just another word you say
I don’t know if I’m a tinker or a fool
I don’t know, but now I leave it up to you

When the sun
Turns to dark
Are the ditchwater daisies
Still blackened and tarred?
Moon dies in stars
Where the ditchwater daisies
Are blackened and tarred

‘Ordinary’ not the word you thought it was
Searching circles form decisions of the sun
Did you think that you were madmen in a cage?
Did you dream it but then woke up all the same?

When the sun
Turns to dark
Are the ditchwater daisies
Still blackened and tarred?
Moon dies in stars
Where the ditchwater daisies
Are blackened and tarred

Picking through your dreams and visions
Searching for the truth
Will you be there in the summertime?
Winter doesn’t suit

Taking what you thought was missing
Losing every time
It’s the sunrise in the dream you saw
Now you’re going blind

Muscle minds and fighting talk
Was in the past you said
You were once enamored, city proud
Wishing you were dead

Is it all incendiary, is it all a game
I was once the man you saw before
Now he’s gone away

Search for the truth
Light takes you home and tells you
Search for the truth
Over and over again

When the sun
Turns to dark
Are the ditchwater daisies
Still blackened and tarred?
Moon dies in stars
Where the ditchwater daisies
Are blackened and tarred

Alpha, omega, Lesser the greater
Swords in the sky, Time ticking by…
Track Name: The Lamplighter (Parts IX-XIII)
I am one and you are two
Together we divine
Falling through a spiral cage
Oblivion’s design
I don’t fear your desolation
You don’t know my name
Infinite your hesitation
Eternity thy name
Up above the acid world
Is speaking out in tongues
Whispers to the world below
A venom of the blood
Nuclear intoxication
Seeping through your veins
The worm of man your congregation
A poison for the pain

Lamplighter sing a song
Lamplighter hanging on
Allow your eyes to rest tonight
The light you breathe will always shine

In the womb the serpent grows
It slithers through the wall
the tangled roots around your heart
are rotten to the core
Lingering the lamps are burning
Embers fading low
In your sleep a spirit yearning
For lives you’ll never know
As the old one turns her ways
The silent master sings
He tears his mind, now shadowblind
He drops down to his knees
Is his house a lightless prison
In this world he made?
Clamber for his words of wisdom
A former life betrayed

Dream Flight,
Running through your mind tonight
Then your heart beating
Tears in your eyes tonight
Take me to your dream

Nightmares will end
Darkness deceives you
Your flame will die
Shadows, they consume you
Warden of light
Your time is short now
Keepers of night
Rising, amber fading

Lamplighter sing a song
Lamplighter hanging on
Allow your eyes to rest tonight
The light you breathe will always shine

Our souls are black
Yours soon will join us
Life’s work, your flame
Lamplight now extinguished
Abyss of night
The void draws around you
Death’s kiss, your life
Now short, embers failing

Lamplighter sing a song
Lamplighter hanging on
Allow your eyes to rest tonight
The light you breathe will always shine
Track Name: The Bewildering Conscience of a Clockwork Child
What am I? I’m the child that should not be
Born of rust, secrets forged inside of me
Strange anatomy, my mortality
Father time, not the man you used to know
Deep inside, ticks a heart that I don’t own
Now the old one slows
Will you let it go?

Copper mind, rusted eyelids sealed in crome
There’s an orphan child, somewhere between love and hope
Will you let him go, only time will know

Move and sway
Advance through the shadow
I will wait, fear life in my dreams
Far away, you danced with the devil
Stole his heart, then made it in me

Copper mind, rusted eyelids sealed in crome
There’s an orphan child, somewhere between love and hope
Will you let him go, only time will know

Mr Night, they feed on your hunger
Shadow spy, a child in your eyes
In my brain are sparks and confusions
Move away Mr Thief in the night

High and low, the watchmen are calling
The pastor slows, turns his head to sky
All at once, the brass-bound seek refuge
Chains they tow, bring the old girl to life

Copper mind, rusted eyelids sealed in crome
There’s an orphan child, somewhere between love and hope
Will you let him go, only time will know
Track Name: A Solemn Toast for the Steam Ranger Reborn
Splintered wheels, clockwork minds
A cavalcade of brass-bound lives
Mourn the birthright, imbued with shade
For the sparks of life, hidden by the grave
"Sire priest" said he,
Spake you in truths? - By thy faith!
Be what thou will – break not our rules
For every man, save you, hath told his tale.

Oath-bound; you sleep
Burdens released
Now you will see
A trace from where we started
Night blind, serene
Wardens ; unseen
Can you believe
In murmurs from the surface?

As above; so below
Word travels far
Breaks the silent dreams
shadows creeping higher
As above; so below
See who you are
It’s the light you breathe
Shadows creeping higher
From night-swept streets, but there’s no one here
Raise a glass now for the rocketeer

Servant: un-served
Masters unnerved
Starlight rebirth
A remnant of our conscience
Speak now; speak soon
Daybreak our tomb
Sing now death’s tune
Now we are ascending

As above; so below
Word travels far
Breaks the silent dreams
shadows creeping higher
As above; so below
See who you are
It’s the light you breathe
Shadows creeping higher
From night-swept streets, but there’s no one here
Raise a glass now for the rocketeer

Stand by yourself, open your eyes to the world
Fear in your mind, far away lies the world above
Now in the night, streets are alive with the words
Crying out in pain, to believe or to follow the blind
Oh we light these streets but there’s no one here
Raise a glass now for the rocketeer
Track Name: The Lamplighter (Parts XIV-XV)
Lamplighter sing a song for me
Darkness leave me be
It's now time you forgot the Winter Sun
Ashes of destruction
Falling down like rain
Ashes of destruction
Falling down like rain

Timekeeper set your watch for me
Clockwork memories
Read the time - it's the dying of the Sun
Children of the winter
Falling down like rain
Children of the winter
Falling down like rain

Tell me why?
Winter in your eye
Tell me why?
Sulphur in the sky
Tell me why?
Winter in your eye
Tell me why?
Sulphur in the sky
Sulphur in the sky for you and I
Track Name: The Climb
Far below, the city groans
A broken secret now untold
I don’t know, but I can not pretend
Rusted eyelids, sealed in pain
Prized to see the sun again
I don’t know, but I think it’s the end

Watcher in the night
Are you drawing nearer?
There’s a devil, tearing at you
Tastes your fear
Not the day to die my friend
Not the way to lose
The watcher path you choose…

Up above, the old man cries
He watched the twisted city die
Olden ways, a time he can’t defend
Looking up, you watch the fire
Far below the golden mire
Burns away, and one more step to take

Watcher in the night
Are you drawing nearer?
There’s a devil, tearing at you
Tastes your fear
Not the day to die my friend
Not the way to lose
The watcher path you choose…

Tangled dreams, rusted minds
Steam machines, open fire

I saw my shadow against the wall
I saw my shadow against the wall
And wondered if I, as a child,
Would recognize the outline
I saw my shadow against the wall
I saw my shadow against the light
I threw my shadow against the night
I’m starting to wonder
If any time is left at all
I saw my shadow against the wall
Track Name: Fight for the Light
I watched the shadow fall below
Deeper as the void unfolds
Passing leagues and darkening hues of time
Revenge at first, it thought so sweet
A broken gear’s recoiled retreat
Murder’s out of tune, and sweet revenge grows harsh
A figure sleeps, his eyelids close
A ghost against the undertow
Be it friend or foe, in someone else’s eyes
To cheer the life that once stood tall
To smash through shackled as he falls
Now a man once feared, has lost his place in time

(Nightkeeper Spy)
Traitor, unbeliever you have sold your soul
To the devil that is the sun, you’ve lost all control
Your head is full of lies, it spreads like a disease
A disease that must be crushed
And will bring you to your knees

(Steam Ranger)
Your arrogance, your false belief, it will seal your doom
The teach you all these fake truths
Your burden is your tomb
I asked so many questions, and they have led me here
Keep us down here to control, the answer now so clear

Do your duty, we are fueled by faith
Your demise will signal our new day
We will not stay in this eternal night
This day we fight:
We fight for our right to the light
We’ll dance in the darkness ‘till our new dawn
Night-keep is over, we bask in the sun
Back to the surface, wardens of light
As the sun shines bright:
We fight for our right to the light

(Nightkeeper Spy)
Deserter! Beliefs rotting away
Fools that stray you from the path dream of lighter days
You were once my brother, now mean nothing to me
I’ll slay you like a dog – your sun is just a dream

(Steam Ranger)
You will not strike me down; no we will not be stopped
If we must fight, then so be it – you will die for your cause
I, a warden of the light, will take us to the sun
You will rot in the shadows, let darkness be your home

Do your duty, we are fueled by faith
Your demise will signal our new day
We will not stay in this eternal night
This day we fight:
We fight for our right to the light
We’ll dance in the darkness ‘till our new dawn
Night-keep is over, we bask in the sun
Back to the surface, wardens of light
As the sun shines bright:
We fight for our right to the light
Track Name: At the Sign of the Aperture
When the dark will let you down
Never wanna be around
Cunning, are the hands of fate
When the light will lift you up
never want to be devout
Cunning, are the hands of fate

When your sight has let you down
lifeless underground
blinded, are the eyes of fate
When your heart has given up
Watching up above
Hiding, are the eyes of hate

The Sunrise will fail
Arise from Betrayal

I am the one
I am the fallen one
I hold the pieces of our time
I am the one
I am the chosen one
I hold the secrets of our lives
And will you stray
and will you stray from the light?
And will you stay
and will you stay for the ride?

When your mind is inside out
Turning your life around
Closing, are the jaws of fate
When your dreams have turned to dust
Broken and churned to rust
Closing, are the jaws of fate

The Sunrise will fail
Arise from Betrayal

I am the one
I am the fallen one
I hold the pieces of our time
I am the one
I am the chosen one
I hold the secrets of our lives
And will you stray
and will you stray from the light?
And will you stay
and will you stay for the ride?

I seek the silent moons
the murder of the dawn
the graves entwined with iron
are the echoes of my soul
Baptised in burning light
a never-ending play
A sanctified illusion
to dream your life away

You owned the world tonight
A prophet of the damned
A shroud upon the ancient ways
A power to transcend
I hold the final key
Our history of pain
Blinded by the mystery,
the shadow will remain

I am the one
I am the fallen one
I hold the pieces of our time
I am the one
I am the chosen one
I hold the secrets of our lives
And will you stray
and will you stray from the light?
And will you stay
and will you stay for the ride?

When the light will let you down
Cunning,
Are the hands of fate…
Track Name: The Clockwork Fable
What were you, never cursed with growing up
Born to fail, not to live as one of us
And betray your trust
Trade your heart for dust
Rusting eyes, try to cry but words don’t come
Afraid of life, the dreams you’d only miss out on
Afraid automaton, blinked and now he’s gone

A soul slips away, the sorrow in me
Could it be this life was a clockwork fable?
A child’s masquerade, to make life your game
As you read the page in the clockwork fable

Time will tell, not that time was on our side
Setting sail, winds that blow from darkest tides
The current of our lives, at its ebb tonight
Waves of hate, break the wall and flood with light
Oh it craves to stay, don’t you haunt these shores my child
Where dark horizons lie, a sleeping sun will rise

A soul slips away, the sorrow in me
Could it be this life was a clockwork fable?
A child’s masquerade, to make life your game
As you take your place in the clockwork fable
Track Name: Through the Lens
Wake me this morning
And tell me I’m not dreaming
Hide shadows from me
And tell me it’s alright
Black waters, storm clouds
Ships brave the oceans
Nightmares and visions
That tear my world apart

I’ll see your face, but it’s only in my dreams
I’ll see the sunset on the sea
You’ll take my hand, but it’s just a memory
I’ll see the sunset on the sea

Can’t sleep in daylight
Can’t dream in darkness
Shelter in your eyes,
Can’t find the words to say
Step through the lens where,
You left your friends there
Just wait for daybreak
And what the dawn will bring

I’ll see your face, but it’s only in my dreams
I’ll see the sunset on the sea
You’ll take my hand, but it’s just a memory
I’ll see the Sun,
I’ll see the sun,
I’ll see the sunrise in your eyes