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And they crushed me
they crushed me down to clay
knowing where I've been before
but not knowing where I am going

A poor man who is on the rise is happier
then a wealthy man who's falling in decline
it's not where you are, it's where you're going
maybe all these fears are in my mind

I need to take some time
to absorb what others have to say
before I'm ready to speak my mind

Have you seen the mountains rise before you
have you seen them rise up to the sky
Oh I've seen them, I've seen them rise
Glad to see them before I day

Enough of the distractions, I need to do it now
before it's too late to speak my mind

Have you heard the oceans roar before you
have you felt the flow as you swim by
oh I've heard it, I've heard it roar
glad to feel the flow before I die

I need to take some time to absorb what others have to say
before I'm ready to speak my mind
Enough of the distractions, I need to do it now
before it's too late to speak my mind

And they crushed me
they crushed me down to clay
knowing where I've been before
but not knowing where I am going

James Murray - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards & Cornets
Bongo John - Drums & Percussion
Mixed and Mastered by Bongo John
Produced by James Murray and Bongo John

I'm sorry that I told you I love you
I'm sorry that I told you I care
I raised you up miles above me
And now I know I'll never get there

Back to my room
Back to my games
Back to my books
Back to my shell
Life's so easy when we don't even try
But we make it so hard and I never know why

Today I took a ride to my old school
To see where it all went wrong
I'm wasting my time there are no answers
So I sit down and write a new song

Back to my room
Back to my games
Back to my books
Back to my shell
Life's so easy when we don't even try
But we make it so hard and I never know why

I regret all the time that I wasted
Trying to get through everything fast
I wish I took more time to get to know you
Maybe we'd have something that lasts

Back to my room
Back to my games
Back to my books
Back to my shell
Life's so easy when we don't even try
But we make it so hard and I never know why

James Murray - Vocals, guitar, bass and keyboards

Bongo John - Percussion and keyboards

Written and Produced by James Murray

Mixed by Bongo John

There was a time

When I still had my young mind

And I'd fly to the moon

on a balloon

There was a town

Where lived an ancient sad clown

She would spin out a tomb

On an old loom

Each day we'd climb the old staircase to see who she named

Etched in stone

Date they were born Date they would die

She was never wrong

One man was named

He saw the date he'd be maimed

It was two years away He wasn't yet gray

The more that he tried

To avoid the dread death prophesied

Only ensured his fate

Would fall on that day

 

James Murray - guitars, keyboards, vocals

Christina Sudol - Vocals

Bryant Wright - Vocals

Gwendolyn Posner - Flute

Bongo John - Percussion and mixing

Written and Produced by James Murray

For 2000 years an ancient prophecy has been etched on the stone pillar outside the castle wall: 

"Once every century Drakus will fly burning lands of the mortals he’s always despised. But the 20th time will be his last when magic and dragons vanish into the past. Mounted riders on high tear him down to his doom and a new age of mortals and reason will boom. But science creates its own kind of dragon. So remember past heroes while raising your flagon."


James Murray - vocals, guitars, trumpets, cornets, keyboards, bass, banjo, drums and percussion. 
Bongo John - drums and percussion on all songs except Prove 
Nick DiVico - backing vocals and second electric guitar solo on Shining Through 
Peter Threulson - bass pedals on Firestorm, Shining Through and Pool of Glavestoun 
Mike Watson - bass on Pool of Glavestoun 
Jimmy Carlucci - drums on Shining Through 
Edgardo Rivera - congas on Firestorm 
"Shredder" Dave Ryan - electric guitar on Drakus and Sword of Aquarius 
Mike Seditto - electric guitar on Travel On 
Mike Perlmutter - bass on Firestorm 
Bilbo Dragons - drums on Sword of Aquarius 
Christina Wright - backing vocals on Worthwhile, Travel On, Firestorm and Shining Through 
Coreen Murray - backing vocals on Worthwhile, Travel On, Firestorm and Shining Through 
Pauline Salotti - backing vocals on End of a Crisis, Travel On and Shining Through 
Michelle Healy - backing vocals on Worthwhile and Shining Through 

All songs written by James Murray 

Produced by Bongo John and James Murray 
Mixed by Bongo John of John Metcalf Productions 
Mastered by Tom Miller of Tritone Studios 

Art by Via Anjipan and Kenneth Johnson 

Special thanks to Robert Nichol and Bruce Leech for horse riding and storm sound effects. Big thanks to the Diamond Jig Band and all the other wonderful musicians I’ve played these songs with as they were being developed. And especially big thanks to my Aunt Sue who was a great source of support, taught me how to play guitar when I was just starting out and introduced me to a lot of the music that inspired me. 

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