The Cellar Tapes 30th anniversary edition

by Haze

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30th anniversary remixed & remastered version of our first album length release 'The Cellar Tapes' cassette, from 1983. Features bonus tracks:- both sides of our single from 1981; demos of two of the 'Cellar Tapes' songs with Paul McMahon on drums, and live recordings of two previously unreleased songs from 1982.

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released 01 December 2013

Paul McMahon - guitar, vocals, bass on 6, drums on 11 & 12.
Chris McMahon - bass, keyboards, backing vocals.
Arthur Deas - drums on 1-8.
Andy McNaughten - drums on 9 & 10.
Dave Kirkham - drums on 13 & 14.
Jill Stoddart - flute on 2 & 4.
Judith Copey - flute on 4.
Derek Nash - alto sax on 6.

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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: Turn Around
Turn Around (Paul McMahon)

I know I may be wrong
But I don't think that you'll understand
I've been so-lo for so long
This could so soon get out of hand

Turn around turn around my self control is failing
Close your eyes close your eyes before I fall in
It cannot be it cannot be my reason decides
Let it be let it be my heart loudly cries

I can't feel the
Pain that I should be feeling
The fear that once had me reeling
Now I know all I need is to be
Here where you are near me

I know this may be wrong
But I can't fight my feelings
It's getting much too strong
But it's oh so easy

Turn around turn around my self control is failing
Close your eyes close your eyes before I fall in
It cannot be it cannot be my reason decides
Let it be let it be my heart loudly cries

Shame that I should be feeling
Dies in the hearts revealing
I have no cause to doubt you
I know there's no life without you

You take my hand and lead me through my dark despair It is done it shall be done
The road is long and yet I know we shall get there through the night through the storm
The vice no longer holds my heart in chains of ice it is warm you keep it warm
To be with you to see the trees the rocks the sky is to live is to love
Track Name: Seven Stones
Seven Stones (Chris & Paul McMahon)

Day breaks light into a dark world
Stars fade I see where I am
Blue skies turn to grey inside me
Flying hight and into the rising sun

Dont wait for me any longer
By tomorrow things could have changes
It couldn't be the same

Seven stones seven stars above you
Dying in the courtyard there's one white tree
Memories fading from the old world
Living in a dream that's dead and gone

Don't wait for me any longer
I think already it's too late
It couldn't be the same

I'm not waiting any longer
By tomorrow things could have changed
It couldn't be the same
Track Name: Portrait
Portrait (Paul McMahon)

With the passing of an age a swift repainting of the world
Now to new gods people pray new banners are unfurled

To keep the peace with God and man we have to compromise
Between our conscience and our will
Self righteousness or lies - surprise

Stories change the picture fade leaving legends strewn behind
Orphaned children of the past living thoughts of long dead minds

One day today will be fading dust upon the shelf
All of us that can survive is in our lives our loves our selves - not wealth

So what can you be if not yourself and you will see
It's not what you have but what you are it's clear to me
The substance will fade only emotion will survive
So have faith in life and you will find the time

It's something in the eyes that lies deep behind the smile
That says you could find the other side of your life
So don't hide behind the fading memory of your life
Come into the light and you will find the time

Time bestrides the narrow world like a colossus and we
Run about between it's legs to find ourselves unfulfilled graves - not saved
Track Name: The Exiles Song
The Exiles Song (Chris & Paul McMahon)

Watchers guard the entrance to the never ending spiral
Leading out 'til you reach the mountain side
We have journeyed through many lands and many things we've seen
But never have we known such a time
The gates of our homeland are closed for evermore
By the evil which lurks deep inside
Many time we've tried and many times we've failed
To take back what once was our own

Then from afar came the message of war throughout the land
And offers of allegiance to the great and dark land
So we came to you our friends for council in this dark time
For war we have no wish, just need peace of mind

And so they spoke deep in the night of many things long past
And answered many things long forgotten
But the light of the Western world was darkened as they spoke
And the darkness weighed heavy on all those there

Looking to the west many wished to return
But what ship would bear us 'cross so wide a sea
And in a dream I saw a lone figure standing proud
In the moonlight on top of the stair

And then I head the crashing waves upon the Western shore
And I wished to leave this land of darkness hate and war
Fly across the sea seek and we may find
But the darkness grows deeper for us and all our kind

His stronghold in our fair woods has long since been destroyed
But the evil still lingers one
When the evening draws on and the feasting ends
Then his memory still lasts til the morn

Until the morn

Then a shadow blocked the sun spreading terror and death
The king fell upon the field
But the creature was slain and the battle renewed
when the dead came to honour their oath

The king rode forth and the enemy withdrew
Before gleaming Anduril forged anew
The tide of the battle turned and that host did retreat
Although they fought on They faced defeat

Midst the blood and fire of battle there's a cone of light shines down
Down from the white magicians hand
And above the cries of battle there's a stillness in the air
Far above the eagles flying high
Fly high
Track Name: Survive
Survive (Chris & Paul McMahon)

Hello how are you it's nice ot see you, nice to talk again
It's been a while since we last met, it's good to see an old friend
I'm coming home just for a while, though I might not stay
The road it seems to follow me, I rest when it says I may

It's not easy holding on you wake to find your dream has gone
And left alone with nothing left to say
Waiting for the break of day so I can travel on, and on

Times have long since gone the feeling starts to fade
A dusty mirror cracked forgotten cold lost dark in the shade
As they creep thruogh my window I stare into the rain
A darkened stream of wasted thoughts
Distant silver laughter mocks the pain

Cardboard people drift on by acting roles so false I have to laugh

So I came back again but it's not the same
Is there something you're trying to hide, or just that we've nothing left to say
Well I know it's not something that we could change
You know sometimes I'd like to try

Remember when I took your hand though you walked alone
Into the fading light to the sunset our refuge our home
The light it just slips away the night the coldest stone
Standing waiting for a sign though I know that it's gone

My thouhgts disjointed fragmented to a string of cliched line
Like the words to this song I've tried to write so many times
And as the echoes fade crashing through a darkened sky
(And the nightmares came true)
The waves engulf my soul as it screams oh please why?
I see now that the ghost of my mind has betrayed only you

The bright light blinds my mind somehow I cannot see so clearly now
But through the dark I fear that I'll survive
Track Name: In Gods Hands
In God's Hands (C&P McMahon 1979)
He left his home in the winter
To answer the call of his land
He left a family behind him
A child too young to understand

He went away to a far land
They could not tell him why
But he found out the hard way
He was not too young to die

They told him that he was losing
Causing himself more pain
They told him he should give up now
Or he'd never see his home again

Don't let their lies upset you
His best friend said with a smile
The next day he saw his friend
Shot to pieces right before his eyes
Before his eyes.

We do what we must
Not knowing what is planned
Whether we live or die
Is only in Gods' hands
We must take it as it stands
What is destined to be will be
'Til the end of eternity

They told him that it was over
They told him he could go home
He could hardly believe his ears
The greatest hour he'd ever know

He sailed off back to his family
And his beloved land
But where once his home had stood
Now a flaming ruin stands
Oh no

We do what we must
Not knowing what is planned
Whether we live or die
Is only in Gods' hands
We must take it as it stands
What is destined to be will be
'Til the end of eternity
Track Name: The Vice
The Vice (lyrics P McMahon music C & P McMahon 1981)

When the vice of sleep lies broken
And the curtains of night hang torn
Unbidden thoughts are awoken
In the uncertain light of dawn you think you see

Well it can give you the strangest feeling
So gently it slips away
And the friends that you once thought so near
Seem to fade in the light of day

Well it's always been that way
And I think it's too late now
It may be too late
So much time has passed since then
I am no longer sure just how I feel

I don't know why they call time a healer
When it tears your flesh apart
Wipes out all your feelings
Squeezes tears of blood from your heart

Yes it's always been that way
And I think it's too late now
Yes I'm quite sure it's too late

Why does time take all our lives
And rip up apart it tears us apart
Heardens hearts & closes minds
As foetid hands choke life from life to dust

I was there even in your darkest hour
Fight despair only fear & hate devour

I was there even in your darkest hour
Fight despair only fear & hate devour
Track Name: In The Light
In The Light (Paul McMahon)

You rise to greet the day
With the night far behind
In some mysterious way
You're not all alone

Trapped behind these walls
But inside you're free
To wander ancient halls
Forever turning keys

You spoke of your dreams once
But so long ago
Is it too late now
Will they never grow

How long have you been here
Shut away from light
When will it be clear
That your way is right

You spoke of your dreams once
Your dreams were so old
But now in the light of this new day
The blade is so cold
Track Name: The Night (7" single A side)
The Night (P McMahon 1979)

Well there was never a moment when I believed that I was alone
Though I never knew I could be so sure
That when my mind was troubled I could call on you
Never doubting you would help me
How could I be so wrong? Why did I trust you?

I placed all my hopes on you to be let down again
But now now I see you were never there at all

You see that I I could never doubt you
But I can live without you I'm sure I can
You see that I never needed you that was just a phase I was going through believe me

All this time and nothing left to show
But self deluding dreams than never grow
Acid thoughts bite deep into my pain
Ice cold fear drives bitterness insane

I see now what I must do I guess I always knew
And now now that all is said and done I never really cared

You see that I I knew it all along
But I took that pain and I was strong but not enough
I can face the night but when that darkness leaves
I just can't bear to face the dawn alone not alone
Track Name: Turn Around (demo featuring Paul on drums)
Turn Around (Paul McMahon)

I know I may be wrong
But I don't think that you'll understand
I've been so-lo for so long
This could so soon get out of hand

Turn around turn around my self control is failing
Close your eyes close your eyes before I fall in
It cannot be it cannot be my reason decides
Let it be let it be my heart loudly cries

I can't feel the
Pain that I should be feeling
The fear that once had me reeling
Now I know all I need is to be
Here where you are near me

I know this may be wrong
But I can't fight my feelings
It's getting much too strong
But it's oh so easy

Turn around turn around my self control is failing
Close your eyes close your eyes before I fall in
It cannot be it cannot be my reason decides
Let it be let it be my heart loudly cries

Shame that I should be feeling
Dies in the hearts revealing
I have no cause to doubt you
I know there's no life without you

You take my hand and lead me through my dark despair It is done it shall be done
The road is long and yet I know we shall get there through the night through the storm
The vice no longer holds my heart in chains of ice it is warm you keep it warm
To be with you to see the trees the rocks the sky is to live is to love
Track Name: The Exiles Song (demo featuring Paul on drums)
The Exiles Song (Chris & Paul McMahon)

Watchers guard the entrance to the never ending spiral Leading out 'til you reach the mountain side
We have journeyed through many lands and many things we've seen
But never have we known such a time
The gates of our homeland are closed for evermore
By the evil which lurks deep inside
Many time we've tried and many times we've failed
To take back what once was our own

Then from afar came the message of war throughout the land
And offers of allegiance to the great and dark land
So we came to you our friends for council in this dark time
For war we have no wish, just need peace of mind

And so they spoke deep in the night of many things long past
And answered many things long forgotten
But the light of the Western world was darkened as they spoke
And the darkness weighed heavy on all those there

Looking to the west many wished to return
But what ship would bear us 'cross so wide a sea
And in a dream I saw a lone figure standing proud
In the moonlight on top of the stair

And then I head the crashing waves upon the Western shore
And I wished to leave this land of darkness hate and war
Fly across the sea seek and we may find
But the darkness grows deeper for us and all our kind

His stronghold in our fair woods has long since been destroyed
But the evil still lingers one
When the evening draws on and the feasting ends
Then his memory still lasts til the morn

Until the morn

Then a shadow blocked the sun spreading terror and death
The king fell upon the field
But the creature was slain and the battle renewed
when the dead came to honour their oath

The king rode forth and the enemy withdrew
Before gleaming Anduril forged anew
The tide of the battle turned and that host did retreat
Although they fought on They faced defeat

Midst the blood and fire of battle there's a cone of light shines down
Down from the white magicians hand
And above the cries of battle there's a stillness in the air
Far above the eagles flying high
Fly high