The Clockwork Prologue

by Gandalf's Fist

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In the Belly of the Earth A traveller came On oceans of tears He told us a tale Of legends and fears There once was a child Without laughter or birth Now he’s rusted away, In the belly of the Earth…
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Wardens Shed all your tears so long Shed all your tears so long When the sun comes down But you never want it left behind You know your sight is gone You know your sight is gone But the night is long And you never want it left behind I’m the one that takes you home Not much fighting left to do And that’s so wrong I’m the one that takes you home Now the light has shone Whence now death has come Where the now the light has shone But it shone to bright And you never want it left behind Know you, the night has grown Know you, the night has grown As you claw the ground Never to stay behind I’m the one that takes you home Not much fighting left to do And that’s so wrong I’m the one that takes you home Now the light has shone I’m the one that takes you home Not much fighting left to do And that’s so wrong I’m the one that takes you home Not much fighting left to do What’s this poor man to do? Now the light has shone
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Solar Huntress Gather the one you've seen before Never the spark will be restored Gather the life you've lived before ever the void a crimson door tears run down, carry the crown, feeling caught in time Gather the one you've seen before open the gate; a world beyond Set the sun It's only yesterday today Now there's something going on Chase the sun it's only yesterday today Now there's something going on Travel the time you'd dreamed so fair sail on tides of sulphur air follow the lines that led you there swallow the wine in darkest prayer Tears run down, feed the ground, dust kicked in your eyes Travel the time you'd dreamed so fair Cast your mind beyond despair Set the sun It's only yesterday today Now there's something going on Chase the sun it's only yesterday today Now there's something going on Once the night was safe and warm A starling in a cage Through the bars, no beasts could harm Until the huntsmen came When the cage was opened wide The bird took to the wing Wasn’t that a curious thing To hear them sing. <Chorus> Swallow the lies that led you here Struggle to rise from childish fears In your mind the words ring clear In your eyes, a silent tear Seeds of doubt, scream and shout Tormenting your mind Swallow the lies that led you’re here Open your eyes; the truth is clear <Chorus>
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Supplies for the Festivities In your dreams tonight, All your fears subsiding In your dreams tonight Sight will fade away In the dead of night All the eyes are hiding Dying candlelight Darkness is the way The world you left here on your own The house you owned was not your home And I keep lying on my own With darkness creeping in my bones Give me gift of sight Let the darkness guide me Give me gift of sight Lessen the decay Giving up the fight When my heart is tiring Giving up the fight Take away the pain The world you left here on your own The house you owned was not your home And I keep lying on my own With darkness creeping in my bones Figures in the sun Dancing, burning, wasting Figures in the sun Turn their face away When the day is done, Cold, the dark embracing When the day is done Keep the light at bay The world you left here on your own The house you owned was not your home And I keep lying on my own With darkness creeping in my bones Victims of the light Hide their coward figures Victims of the light Crying to be saved In your dreams tonight Tight, the shadows calm you In your dreams tonight Burn away the day The world you left here on your own The house you owned was not your home And I keep lying on my own With darkness creeping in my bones
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Blackening You Live and breathe the darkness You will now see At once, a frayed illusion; How can it be? I tried to feel the light, an act you betrayed I will be here for all time, it’s now my fate The silence of the world It’s a lie that you once heard Takes you high above the Life you wanted Fills your eyes with fear Take me home, where is home? Home is here… Night and shade; the river Ebb and the flow Endless wave surrounds you Don’t let go Worms that crawl beneath us Drowning for life Tides of change disturbing Sands of time The silence of the world It’s a lie that you once heard Takes you high above the Life you wanted Fills your eyes with fear Take me home, where is home? Home is here… I will pray for the madness I will pray for the beasts I am one with the darkness in me… The silence of the world It’s a lie that you once heard Takes you high above the Life you wanted Fills your eyes with fear Take me home, where is home? The silence of the world It’s a lie that you once heard Takes you higher than fear Take me home, where is home? Home is here…
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Sun Sickness Come forth the one Come forth the fallen one Burdened, the secrets of our lives Lonely the one Lonely the chosen one Tempered against the sands of time And would we stray And would we stray to the dark? Could we betray Could we betray who we are? The jaws of fate come for us all And we will be there, hands held high, to be saved Night keep a watch on my soul Sun-sickness taking hold…
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The Clokkemaker Is this not the world you wanted? You are safe my child Heed the chimes, the time is calling Is our fate entwined? I have sat at the master’s table Where candles burned my eyes Speak to me, my rusted children Stay here by my side Save me; betray me Take my pain away, Bring me dark horizons Charm me; disarm me Let it fade away When the night surrounds you Feel the time unwinding Hear the tolling of a bell Only you can see my face Only you can hear me still Childish fears have long departed Scars left in your mind Finish not what I have started Will you say goodbye A frozen face in darkened chambers The sickness changing hands A family curse that will be yours soon Time waits for no man Save me; betray me Take my pain away, Bring me dark horizons Charm me; disarm me Let it fade away When the night surrounds you Feel the time unwinding Hear the tolling of a bell Only you can see my face Only you can hear me still Take the journey back in time The shadow calls your name Count the hour; count the cost There is no other way You see: madness everywhere It beckons to you mind You doubt: senses turn away Burning in the light I don’t think that anyone is waiting for my end Caught the power; eager eyes Are crying for my death Time: darkness growing near From the warden’s eye End: empty solitude From the earth to sky Time keeper; where does the time go? Time keeper; darkness is your home Time keeper; where does the time go? Time keeper; darkness is your home Taking in the burning wastes, I’m falling for your lies Sightless vision, clawing hands That clutch the sands of time And when all the air is clear And the lamps are lit tonight You’ll see that your destiny Is the same as mine Time keeper; where does the time go? Time keeper; darkness is your home Time keeper; where does the time go? Time keeper; darkness is your home Darkness is your home... Turn down the light Turn down the light, We keep the time you know, Only you can see me…
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The Waxwork Downs Distorted faces, eyes of scorn Stooped, bent double in ancient form Now tempered by the toiling of our lives A bygone gaze, a lifeless smile, Neglected shrines now liquefied A chronicle we wished that we could hide In the ground Find a vision of our past in the Waxwork Downs Vapour lingers, clay blood boils Mannequin figures work and toil A museum of a time we’ll never know Outstretched fingers, melting, spoiled Flesh hues tarnish rust and soil Slowly fading from a world they destroyed Yet we found Share a vision of our past in the waxwork downs Daren’t stray too far Something here unknown Nested where diseased amusements grow The house of the Clokkemaker! Her nocturnal eyes, keen and trained Her spyglass devices roam Just how far can she see? Just how much does she know? Share a vision of your past, past, past In the Waxwork Downs Will the lamps burn bright tonight?
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Leader of Men Blessed be the preacher Who absolves me of my sins A madman in the gallows Grasping threads that now wear thin You throw your back to the wall; The tourniquet pulling tight But now you feel in control; A saviour from the night Are you a Leader of men? Betrayed by the end? Torn By their innocent faces? No time to repent Divine your descent The light that you seek surely blinds you Bloodline of deception Claret boiling from a spark Whispered ‘insurrection’ Stir the voices in the dark You feel disease taking hold; A sickness of the light And now you see it unfold The waking warden’s eye Are you a Leader of men? Betrayed by the end? Torn By their innocent faces? No time to repent Divine your descent The light that you seek surely blinds you Summon forth the fire Cast it back into the wastes Shrouded by the iron take the secret to my grave You fear the hands reaching high A nightmare forming clear Omega, Alpha divide You’ll bury them right here Are you a Leader of men? Betrayed by the end? Torn By their innocent faces? No time to repent Divine your descent The light that you seek surely blinds you
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Lamplighter Overture Take my hand Tear the dark away from here Here, tonight, come guide the way for me We are, your shadow Sheltered by a flame so low Desire, so bright, come guide the way for me Lamplighter, light the light Lamplighter, light the light In my mind Something else is calling me sleep, tonight, a child beyond our dreams We fight, the daybreak The night, our keeper And when, the dark grows , come guide the way for me Lamplighter, light the light Lamplighter, light the light Holding tomorrow; A spark in your hand Do, these eyes Exist if no-one’s there to see? Your, disguise, becomes our destiny The path, leads nowhere We’re trapped in this nightmare Then fire, divine, will guide the way for me Lamplighter, light the light Lamplighter, light the light Share, my warmth Hold this candle to my fears Flame to moth, the fire will draw me in Our souls, are dying Our hearts, entwining And when, I die, come guide the way for me Lamplighter, light the light Lamplighter, light the light Holding tomorrow; A spark in your hand Tear away the walls, Wipe away the tears We’re guided by his light tonight It’s warming, falling, calling

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Return to Cogtopolis! “The Clockwork Prologue” is a 2-CD ‘Expansion Pack’ for 2016’s “The Clockwork Fable” it features an extension of the original story and is packed with brand new Gandalf’s Fist music and story! As you can expect, actors Mark Benton, Tim Munro, Paul Kavanagh and Bill Fellows are back to bring the world of Cogtopolis to life!

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released July 1, 2019

The Orchestra

Dean Marsh
Guitars/Synth Programming/Mandolin/Octave Mandola/Additional Bass

Ben Bell
Piano/Hammond Organ/Synths/Fretless Bass/Nashville Guitar

Stefan Hepe
Drums/Percussion

Christopher Ewen
Bass/Bargain Snacks

Luke Severn
Tubular Bells/Goose Flute

with

William Stewart
Violins

The Choir

Keri Farish
The singing voice of the Clokkemaker and her all-seeing spyglasses

Dean Marsh
The singing voice of the good people of Cogtopolis

Luke Severn
The singing voice of the Nightkeepers

Ben Bell
The Choir of Doom

with
Melissa Hollick
Sung words of Eve

The Actors

Mark Benton
Spoken words of King Dahks/City Announcer/City Official and distant expulsions of the Lamplighter

Tim Munro
Spoken words of The Tinker

Alicia Marsh
Spoken words of Eve/various market traders

Bill Fellows
Spoken words of Dirty Doyle/Irontooth/Nightkeeper Spy

Paul Kavanagh
Spoken words of The Primarch

Keri Farish
Spoken words of The Clokkemaker/Washer Ethel

Christopher Ewen
Spoken words of The Boy

Ben Bell
Spoken words of the deranged Steam-Conveyor

Rafferty Marsh
Spoken words of an urchin at the weasel pie stall

with

You, the Listener
as the Primarch’s street informant

Produced by Dean Marsh.
All music mastered by Pete Maher.
Recorded and mixed 2018-2019 at Lamplighter Studios, Suffolk; Patchwork Studios, Surrey; Friggin’-Hot-Attic-Studios, Germany.

Main dialogue recorded at Appleyard Studios, East Sussex.
Additional vocals recorded at Notes Studios, North Shields.
Additional Tinker voice-overs recorded by Jack Munro at Glass Crush Audio.

Cover design by Dean Marsh & Stefan Hepe based on original art by Thomas Huth.
Clokkemaker sketch by Daniel Pearce.
Irontooth drawing by Armstranger.
Cog photos by Kirsten Scheffel.

Story and script written by Dean Marsh.

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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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