The Wilderness Of Eden (World Turtle)

by Haze

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Hello & welcome to the new World Turtle CD. In many ways this feels like our first CD. Previous releases were either compilations or remixes of Haze material, even the 1994 World Turtle Haze CD was promoted by Cyclops as being by our previous band Haze, and indeed, much of the material on it was written while we were in Haze, and almost all the songs had been previously recorded, albeit as cassette only demo releases. The Wilderness Of Eden comprises the very latest World Turtle songs, recorded here for the first time (OK, so Rip Van Winkle was on our Groove Taboo demo and the Peterhouse Trust compilation CD, but this is a greatly revamped version). Many of the songs were written in 1995/6 and have therefore been gigged and honed into shape quite extensively. Now that the opportunity has finally arisen to put the songs out on CD, we have decided to try and break away slightly from the live versions by involving other musicians in the project. Over the two decades that we have been writing and performing music, we have had the privilege of meeting many talented musicians, and we felt it would only improve the final product if we used their talents to bring a new slant to the songs. Sam Carr played drums in an early World Turtle line-up before nearly finding fame and fortune with Apes, Pigs & Spacemen. Derek Nash was a University colleague of Chris's who has often played live with us, as well as appearing on Haze's Cellar Tapes and Cellar Replay cassettes. He fronts the jazz group Sax Appeal and is a successful session player (he did all his sax & flute parts in one day, while in Sheffield for a blues/soul gig at Hallam University). We have known Gordon Walker for some time, (in fact Chris once played drums in a punk band with his sister Ruth), and met him again recently at a Classic Rock Society gig in Rotherham & asked him to play violin & mandolin for us. Linda Wilson has also been known to us for some time, perhaps because she is our cousin! As she plays viola in the Hull Youth Symphony Orchestra, she was the logical choice to complete a mini string section for Human & Heroes. Warren Jacques turned up on our doorstep in 1984 and announced that his vocation in life was to be a sound engineer. He has worked with us ever since, is now one half of Von Daniken, and is featured on acoustic guitar & sonic screwdriver! Nick Robinson was in They Must Be Russians and Dig vs Drill, and has worked with The Comsat Angels and with Chris on a number of projects. He now performs ambient guitar music as Winston N'Gobola frequently supporting us live. Another guest at recent live shows was Martin 'Fredrik Satsuma' Sommers, who has roadied with Chris in the past and recently made his own solo cassette album in Cellar Studios. We have also played many gigs with lzon Paradise and so asked singer Mick & drummer Mole to help out with the choir on One Day. The others singers are our parents. wives/fiancees, cousins, second cousins & in-laws. In many ways CDs are great, they sound better than your scratchy old records & hissy old tapes, and as an artist you know that the master tape you leave the studio with is not gong to be degraded appreciably in quality before it reaches the listener, but they have one big problem - they're too long! Gone are the days of the 45 minute album being good value for money, you've got 74 minutes so use it! This is all very well, but how many bands do you want to listen to for an hour and a quarter at one sitting? I can't think of many. Sure, we could have made a shorter album, but then would we have fallen foul of accusations of poor value for money? And which songs would we have missed off? The best way out of this dilemma I can see is to regard this as a double album and pause it after say Stalemate or Vertigo & go and make a cup of tea or take the dog a walk, before returning for the second half with refreshed ears. I think this beats paying £11.99 (or more) for 40 minutes of music, then waiting 2 years for us to release the rest of the songs! In the event. we ended up leaving off one song 'More, this and alternative versions of some of the other tracks can be found on the 'outtakes' cassette, available free with this CD, if you get an SAE to us soon enough! This is not quite a concept album (this is 1997!) but is a collection of songs with a loose connecting theme best summed up in verse two of One Day “I've tried hard but I can't understand the reasons. Please try to make it clear Why we carry on a search for other Edens, when everything we need is here.”
Chris & Paul, June 1997

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released August 6, 2016

Chris McMahon - Bass & Keyboards. Paul McMahon - Guitar & Vocals
with special guests:- Sam Carr - Drums. Warren Jacques - Gliss & Acoustic Guitars. Derek Nash - Saxes & Flute. Nick Robinson Electric & Acoustic Guitars. Fredrik Satsuma - Vocals & Electro-Acoustic Guitar. Gordon Walker Violin & Mandolin. Linda Wilson Viola. The 'One Day' choir:- Chris & Sharon, Paul & Lisa, Betty & Brian McMahon, Derek & Sandra Taylor, Linda, Philip, Laura & Andrew Wilson, Satsuma, Mick Masser & Mole. All songs by Paul McMahon except 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 by Chris & Paul, 6 by Chris & 9 by Nick Robinson. All lyrics by Paul McMahon. Artwork by Jilaen Sherwood. Back cover photo Gered Mankowitz c Bowstir Ltd 1997. Collage photos by Jill Douglas (Rockshots 0113 236 2618), Sharon Pycock, Lisa McMahon, Paul McIver, Tim Stenton. B/W centre spread photo David Simper. Booklet layout/typesetting Paul at Printout. Recorded, produced & engineered by Chris & Paul Jan/June 1997 in Cellar Studios. Digital editing/CD mastering by Ian Stead at Tape Duplication, Sheffield. Satsuma appears courtesy of Citrus Records. Many thanks to:- Mum & Dad, Sharon. Lisa, Warren, Malcolm Parker, Larry Kolota, all you lot! Andy Bassett. Derek Nash. Dave 'Wedge' Hadley & Sam Carr for the loan of equipment. Nick Robinson for 'The Long Sleep' and assistance with the website and all guests for the loan of their time & inspiration! Discography
GABC 8 World Turtle Cassette Alien Shore (1989)
GABC 10 World Turtle Cassette Groove Taboo (1992)
KOCD 1006 Haze CD In The End 1978,88 (1992)
KDCD 095 Various CD Kinesis Sampler (1994)
Various 3x Cassettes The Audio Directory (1994)
CYCL 007 Various CD Cyclops Sampler I (1994)
CYCL 008 World Turtle CD Haze (1991)
ORCCD 1 Various CD The Peterhouse Trust (1995)
ORMCD 5 Various Cassette The Peterhouse Trust (1995)
CYCL 028 Von Daniken CD New Worlds (1995)
CYCL 041 Haze CD C'est La Vie/The Ember (2 on 1 reissue) (1996)
All titles available from Cyclops/GFT Ltd 33a Tolworth Park Road Tolworth Surrey KT6 7RL UK and World Turtle 25 Fir Street Sheffield S6 3TG UK. Send SAE for full catalogue.
Drums programmed & samples sampled by Chris & Paul. Chris played Roland D-20 & Yamaha SY-35 & DX-27 keyboards & Paul played Yamaha SF-1000 & Fender Stratocaster guitars & sang on all tracks, except where otherwise noted. All samples (except where noted) are from the telly, so we wouldn't know who to credit for them if we wanted to! Photo collage left to right-Chris, Stoke Wheatsheaf 21/12/96. One Day male voice choir, Mick, Chris, Satsuma, Derek, Brian 20/02/97. League of acoustic guitarists wave back, Warren, Nick jnr, Nick, Chris, Satsuma, Paul, Fir St 08/03/97. Paul, Herringthorpe L C 2511155 Chris, Mole, Satsuma & Andrew, Fir St 20/02/97.Linda 16/02/97. Sam, Fir St 2/97. Paul & Lisa, Fir St 1994. Roll up, roll up! Mick, Fir St. Chris & Paul, Heavygate Rd 5/97. Gordon, Fir St 02/03/97. Chris & Paul, Heningthorpe L C 25/11/95. One Day choir, Betty, Philip, Laura, Sharon, Sandra, 16/02/97. Derek & Chris have a break, Fir St 14/03/97. There is a limited edition free outtakes cassette available with this CD. Please write with SAE to receive a copy. For more information on World Turtle contact 25 Fir Street Sheffield S6 3TG UK or visit www.gabadon.co.uk

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Haze Sheffield, UK

Veteran rockers Haze have recorded their first studio CD in over 20 years. “The Last Battle” features 14 songs by the classic Haze line-up of the McMahon brothers & Paul Chisnell, with Cat & Ceri Ashton.

The new CD draws on Haze's wide variety of influences, from pop, rock, funk, metal, psychedelic jams to tightly structured prog epics, plus a strong folk, acoustic & medieval influence.
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Track Name: Let Go
Let Go (C & P McMahon 1996)
There ain't nothing you can do or say about it
Can't fix it overnight
This whole world's too big to carry on your shoulder
Put it down a little while

Life isn't always in danger
Don't crucify yourself
Life isn't all about changes
Have mercy on yourself

You've got to let go

And no matter how you try to climb the mountain
You keep slipping down the slope
When you're clinging by your fingernails to nothing
You know you haven't got a hope

Life isn't always in danger
Don't crucify yourself
Life isn't all about changes
Have mercy on yourself

You've got to let go

It's time to close your eyes and dream
Disconnect and go downstream
You did all you could you know you're only flesh and blood
It's time to leave the fight and let the dragon sleep tonight

Time to let go
Track Name: Heroes
Heroes (P. McMahon)
You've got to work fast if you really want to make your mark
It isn't going to last when you're only running round in the dark
Easy come and easy go inspiration borrowed
Here today and gone today forgotten by tomorrow

Where is the true Messiah Where are the heroes?
Who's going to lead us higher
How much longer will we have to wait?

No time left for learning Tell me can you smell the smoke
What it that's Rome burning Will you fiddle 'til you start to choke
Listen now we've gone too far it's time to stop pretending
I believe this garden earth is something worth defending

I know that it goes against the grain to care too much
But can't you feel the storm that's building?
Don't you know what's coming?
See the glass is falling fast the sky is turning red
How long will it be before it's right above your head

These are the last days, it's been written, been written
This is the last page, the wise deceived the biter bitten

Two thousand years and still we have to led like children
What are we waiting for? cos I don't think we've got two thousand more
To make it better
Track Name: Wilderness Of Eden
The Wilderness of Eden (C & P McMahon 1995)

I walked along the beach and watched the waves slip out of reach and I wonder why
I saw the serpent shrug cut the cord & pull the plug and I had to cry

I flew across the air and saw the dead ones lying there on the cenotaph
I heard the dolphins sing about the man who would be king and I had to laugh

And the glory of the world is fading
It's raining in babylon the gardens are dead
There's a full moon in avalon but it's turning blood red
And they killed the last unicorn and cut off it's mane
So the tower of babel is rising again
Here in the wilderness of Eden

I sat beneath the moon and saw the birds fly south too soon on broken wings
I stared beyond the stars who will get the phone on mars when saturn rings
I hailed a passing whale I asked him how it felt to fail he said you should know
coz dear old noah sold the ark used the cash to build a theme park there you go
Track Name: Kickback
Kickback (P&C McMahon)
Stayed too long in this shadow play
Wated much too long in limbo
Now the grass has grown around our feet
And the roots will drag us down

We delayed the hammer blow too long
Lost the moment of decision
Now the iron has cooled on the anvil
And the blade is cracked and blistered,
rusted worn & twisted


Time to Kickback This is no resurrection
It's just the same direction
So much further down the track
Kickback while the wheels are turning
And the passion's burning
There's no sense in looking back
Kickback

Used to drive the engine much too hard
Fused the gears and cracked the pistons
Spent the last five years just coasting
Now the whole damn thing is rusted

And the world don't owe you
No-one wants to know you
They kick you when you're down
Stand up, turn around
Kickback

We can fan the embers back into a flame
but we've got to keep it burning
Track Name: Stalemate
Stalemate (Chris & Paul McMahon)
I remember how it was when we first met
Eye to eye across a crowded room
Days that seemed to last forever
So we assumed that we would too
Lying in each other's arms
We watched the setting sun
Even on the brightest day
Shadows have to come

Make me an ending I am depending on you
Make me an ending I am depending on you

Wedding photos on the church steps
Blushing bride and nervous groom
May all your problems now be little ones
They turned to monsters all too soon
You know what I'm thinking
though I try not to let it show
Every time I see your face
I see the child we'll never know

And now we're suffering in silence
Trapped and stifled in our shells
When we talk we hurt each other
When we don't we hurt ourselves
Every time I take a look
the story ends the same
So close the book because I can't bear
to read that page again
Track Name: Vertigo
Vertigo (P McMahon)
Lost to sight and sound. High above the ground
Moving out along the ledge
Here the call is strong. As the siren song
Pulls me out towards the edge
The air is tinning, turning, spinning
I hear them calling. See them falling

When the hammer falls and the blow is too much to take
Every door is closed. Every move a big mistake
In the house of cards These four walls are closing in
All around me. Can't believe the shape I'm in
When all I need is a little faith in me

The heavens soar above the dark abyss below
I can't tell if I'm falling. Lost in vertigo

In the undertow as the water drags me down
Closes over me. Desperate fingers reaching out
When all I need is a little air to breath

The future rushes up towards memoving without sound
It's not the fear of falling but the fear of the ground
The highwire stretches out before me the only way to survive
Is step by stepacross the great divide
Track Name: Rip Van Winkle
Rip Van Winkle (lyrics P McMahon music C & P McMahon 1991)

You gotta wake up stop dreaming
Time is tight it's running out fast
If you take so much put back nothing
How long do you think it can last

What'll you do when it all comes down
What'll you do when it hits the ground
No one left tio pick up the pieces
What'll you do when the siren wails
What'll you do when the system fails
Shock Shock Wake it up

This aint no lullaby
This aint no sweet dream scenario
This aint no lullaby
You aint no Rip Van Winkle

Talkin about faith and freedom
The future's slipping though our hands
Talking bout a world overloaded
How much more abuse can it stand

What do you do when your conscience cries
How can you turn & close your eyes
Hope this nightmare fades away
How can you say that you're not to blame
How can you sleep when your bed's in flames
Shock Shock Wake it up

Gotta wake up start thinking
Take a hand in your owe fate
Talkin bout death by numbers
Pray to God it's not too late

There's too many people and not enough space
Too many heats in the human race
Not enough world to take the strain
What'll you do when there's no more air
Don't pretend that you don't care
Shock Shock Wake it up
Track Name: Wolf
Wolf (P McMahon)
The beast is out he's on the streets again
The midnight city bursts to life in petrol glass and flame
In the darkness behind the barricades
Glowing feral eyes survey the wasteland he has made

I believe he's on the hunt tonight
I believe he's coming your way

Above the storm he rises. Blood red in tooth and claw
The master of disguises The wolf is at your door

The beast parades across this war torn land
Every shell case bears the imprint of his hand
Down snipers alley where the shrapnel kisses fly
Burt out basements echo to that savage haunting cry

Front line 1999 via radio telephone
Documenting slaughter of the boys that won't get home
The ugly mindless chatter of a semi-automatic
Then screams then laboured breathing then silence pierced by static

Then a sound comes through the radio a voice as old as lies
Saying that the beast canot be conquered
It lives inside. Look inside
Track Name: Wave
Wave (P McMahon)
Pity the man who has everything and knows the value of nothing
Never appreciates anything always looking for something
Wanting more taking everything he can
Because he doesn't understand the world at all

If faith says that fact doesn't matter
And hate is a matter of fact
If light is just a particle waving
The least we can do is wave back

Happy the man who knows what he needs and disregards the rest
Never complains about anything doesn't insist on the best
Because he knows that it's such a stupid game
Where the winner takes the blame then takes a fall

If dreams are for lovers and children
And love is just a light in the black
If light is just a particle waving
The least we can do is wave back

When thew world calls you a fool 'cos you don't understand the rules
That's perhaps because there are none
There's just what you believe and that's up to you

Thirty years on a helter skelter never reaching the end
It's no suprise that I feel so jaded washed out faded and confused

If life is a state of emotion
And death is a chance to relax
If light is just a particle waving
The least we can do is wave back
Track Name: Human
Human (P McMahon)

Never say forever 'cos that's longer than we'll have
Every moment of every day is irreplaceable
All I can give you is all I am
Nothing special just one man
Not always patient not always kind
Sometimes so blind

Lovers are human and all human things will pass away
So I will love you day by day

I'll be your lover I'll be your friend
We'll walk together until our journey's end
If you should stumble if you should fall
I'll be there when you call

Sometimes the load seems much too hard to bear
Stronger than stone but frail as the breath we share

I find this hard but anyway
There's something I forgot to say
I need to thank you for our perfect day
You took my breath away
Track Name: One Day
One Day (Paul McMahon)
Every answer begs another dozen questions
Living in this present tense
All the secret signs we use for our protection
They don't seem to make much sense
Sometimes it gets so dark in here
Nothing certain nothing ever clear
It's hard for fools like us to keep believing
One day the walls around us will all come down
One day the light will shine on us all
The restless heart will be at peace
The chains that bind us all will be released
I hope that it isn't too late

I've tried hard but I can't understand the reasons
Please try to make it clear
Why we carry on a search for other Edens
When everything we need is here
Let the unknown soldier sleep tonight
Let him know there's no one left to fight
In this place for fools like us who keep believing

One day the walls around us will all come down
One day the light will shine on us all
The restless heart will be at peace
The chains that bind us all will be released
I hope that it isn't too late

These days everything I do feels wrong
I'd give anything to feel that I belong
In the place for fools like us who keep believing
One day the walls around us will all come down
One day the light will shine on us all
The restless heart will be at peace
The chains that bind us all will be released
I hope that it isn't too late
Track Name: Human (alternative version)
Human (P McMahon)

Never say forever 'cos that's longer than we'll have
Every moment of every day is irreplaceable
All I can give you is all I am
Nothing special just one man
Not always patient not always kind
Sometimes so blind

Lovers are human and all human things will pass away
So I will love you day by day

I'll be your lover I'll be your friend
We'll walk together until our journey's end
If you should stumble if you should fall
I'll be there when you call

Sometimes the load seems much too hard to bear
Stronger than stone but frail as the breath we share

I find this hard but anyway
There's something I forgot to say
I need to thank you for our perfect day
You took my breath away
Track Name: Wave (alternative version)
Wave (P McMahon)
Pity the man who has everything and knows the value of nothing
Never appreciates anything always looking for something
Wanting more taking everything he can
Because he doesn't understand the world at all

If faith says that fact doesn't matter
And hate is a matter of fact
If light is just a particle waving
The least we can do is wave back

Happy the man who knows what he needs and disregards the rest
Never complains about anything doesn't insist on the best
Because he knows that it's such a stupid game
Where the winner takes the blame then takes a fall

If dreams are for lovers and children
And love is just a light in the black
If light is just a particle waving
The least we can do is wave back

When thew world calls you a fool 'cos you don't understand the rules
That's perhaps because there are none
There's just what you believe and that's up to you

Thirty years on a helter skelter never reaching the end
It's no suprise that I feel so jaded washed out faded and confused

If life is a state of emotion
And death is a chance to relax
If light is just a particle waving
The least we can do is wave back