The Cellar Tapes 30th anniversary edition

by Haze

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1.
04:05
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
2.
05:57
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
3.
03:45
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
4.
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
5.
05:43
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
6.
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
7.
07:42
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
8.
02:46
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
9.
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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
13.
14.
05:56

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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 December 1, 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

Sheffield progressive rockers Haze celebrated 40 years of making music with two anniversary shows in 2018. Both shows were recorded for CD & DVD release.
The bands first studio CD of new material since 2013 'Back To The Bones' will be released on CD & digital download on 4th July 2020
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