The Wilderness Of Eden (World Turtle)

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06:46
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
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05:28
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
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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
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04:44
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
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05:21
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
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09:14
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
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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
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06:07
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
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04:40
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
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03:17
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
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06:18
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
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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
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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
18.
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

about

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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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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