World Turtle

by Haze

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Our first CD release as World Turtle on Cyclops Records. Many of the songs were performed in the last days of Haze in the 80s, so Cyclops promoted the CD as 'World Turtle' by Haze. We preferred to call it 'Haze' by World Turtle.

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released January 4, 1994

Chris McMahon - Keyboards, Bass, Programming
Paul McMahon - Vocals, Guitar, Programming
Artwork Jilaen Sherwood

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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: The Ember
The Ember (lyrics P McMahon music C & P McMahon 1984)

How far down can you go? How much does it show?
Losing faith in the game nothing fits the same

Total breakdown final closedown
Three stand stark on the stage
One night standing pain unending
Til the end of the age

Passing, leaving behind, children of the blind
Lifeblood, red rivers flow, the ember can still glow

So many things have ended, so many race run
That when the night comes down again
Who the hell has won?

Hold on, nothing is real, don't heed what you feel
Don't cry, we must be strong, nothing last for long
Track Name: See Her Face
See Her Face (lyrics P McMahon music P McMahon 1986)

She knows she has the strength of illusion
She will never concede the game
Face to fac e revealing only what she wants to show
She shines, like the sun on a window pane

She needs no hiding place, see her face

She waits, alone in a web of seclusion
One eye stares at the falling rain
He will come, to burn his wings before the lighted flame
She smiles, cold as frost on the crystal pane

She needs no hiding place, see her face

She moves, he follows as lamb to the slaughter
Dancing only at her command
In the end, his eyes shall see her as she is and then
Her hand cuts the string and the puppet dies
Track Name: Ship Of Fools
Ship Of Fools (lyrics P McMahon music C & P McMahon 1991)

He's going places moving with assurance through the crown scenes
He's leaving traces totally indifferent to the scorched earth that he leaves
The creed he teaches heaven down the barrel of a smoking gun
He's making speeches words as empty as the head that wants to wear the crown

The flag that he flies the look in his eyes tries to disguise that its the
Blind leading the blind bearing in mind they're going nowhere
He's the captain on a ship of fools
Cruising circles round the swiming pool
Disbelieving in the ocean
A sitting target on a ship of fools

He's building temples monuments to heroes of his cause
Leads by example a paradise of martyrs is a paradise of fools

It's a ship of fools
With a skeleton crew
Where insanity rules
Track Name: The Edge Of Heaven
The Edge Of Heaven (Paul McMahon)

Gently falls the night through my window on the world
Diamonds in velvet skies shine in heaven for you
As you sleep tonight starliht finds you
I don't know where you are but I want to be there
I need to be there

You have been my inspiration
You will be my rainbows end
At the edge of heaven we shall stand

Soft as angels wings deeper than the ocean
Footprints on sacred ground side by side
Side by side

You have been my inspiration
You will be my rainbows end
At the edge of heaven we shall stand

Lead me by silent waters stay by my side
I can't deny this feeling it will never die
This will never die

You have been my inspiration
You will be my rainbows end
At the edge of heaven we shall stand
Track Name: Don't Leave Me Here
Don't Leave Me Here (Haze & Karbernek)

Time was when you were on my side
Giving me strength to fight the tide
The tide has turned I'm sinking down
Don't turn away I need you now
Don't leave me here

Strange to think of how it might have been
Taking the chances with every scene
THe lights go up the curtain falls
What I need now is your applause
Don't leave me here

Lighting strikes, thunder rolls
Lacking the credence to ride the storm
One more flash will blind me
Take my hand and guide me

Don't leave me here
Track Name: Epitaph
Epitaph (Paul McMahon)

We pass in silence we fade without trace
Staring oblivion in the face
In lines of darkness and circles of light
No will to win no cause to fight

How many times have you been cheated
How many times misunderstood
Too many lines left uncompleted
Too many words lost in the wood

To know no friendship to know no remorse
Conscience and action divorced
He lies in anger he strikes in revenge
Leaving us colder in the end

How many times have you been cheated
How many times misunderstood
Too many lines left uncompleted
Too many words lost in the wood

Find you answers believe what you must
All our intentions end in dust
I take my comfort in the laughter of fools
Theirs is the only will to rule

Our sorrows all of our own making
Our problems all in our control
Our own salvation for the taking
The epitaph our own
Track Name: Under My Skin
Under My Skin (lyrics P McMahon music P McMahon 1991)

I don't know your reasons you never did explain
I did all the talking I guess it was all in vain
I used to think you were behind me now I know for sure
Cos when push came to shove you were right behind
Shoving me out the door

I couldn't believe it when you said you'd decided
I thuoght we were even but it was so one sided
When the flame died along with the passion
You rose like a phoenix I collapsed into ashes

You were under my skin I was lost in your ocean
You were under my skin I was over my head

Tell me how it was for you, was it as easy as it seemed
Was it life and death? was it heads or tails?
Or was it somewhere in between?

I aleways thouight I wass wise to the danger
But all at once you were a perfect stranger
Track Name: New Dark Ages
New Dark Ages (lyrics P McMahon music P McMahon 1991)

It's weakeness of the species
That we subdivide ourselves
So the problem just increases
We don't relate to anyone else

It's a stupid affectation
To be so proud of what you are
Cos your colour creed & nation
They're just the luck of the draw

There's no violation no disaster worse than war
There's no flag or nation that's worth dying for

They're gonna unleash the tigers
They're gonna let slip the dogs of war
They're gonna unlock the cages

They're gonna lead us into the new dark ages

There's a problem with religion
Persecution seems the norm
Cos it's not a free decision
It just depends on wshere you're born

No justification No excuse for holy war
There's no God or nation that's worth killing for

And when the iron fist of state loses control
Old hatreds crawl out like a scorpion from a stone
One more chapter lined in red
Let history count the dead
once again

No belief or ism justifies the twisted knife
No political system means more than one life
Track Name: Safe Harbour
Safe Harbour (lyrics P McMahon music P McMahon 1987)

Here am I with the fields and the fire left behind
Walking into daylight with picture of home on my mind
Here am I when the year grows old and the days grow colder

Light a candle in your heart tonight
Let it shine for me let it shine across the water
Set the sails toward that guiding light
I am coming home this time it's forever

All my hopes no more than pebbles on the beach
Now I know that all I need to do is reach my
Safe Harbour again

There you are with the wind and the stars in your hair
Nothing ever changes there's an ocean of wonder to share
There you are when the spring tide turns
You're like a lighthouse burning bright
Track Name: Autumn
Autumn (lyrics P McMahon music C & P McMahon 1986)

Well I can still remember how it used to be
When you were here with me
And even after all these years I still feel the pain
Cos I know I won't see you again

Most of the time you'll find me here
At my table by the door
I don't know what I come here for
Landlord, Landlord, Landlord fill the flowing bowl
Until it runs over

In these Autumn years why must I be alone
I would never have left you
Just one more question to ask before I break down & cry
Why did you have to die?
Track Name: Another Country
Another Country (Chris & Paul McMahon)

The red lines hit the headlines the cover is blown
The stranger grace and danger we fear the unknown
Truth and slander propaganda the smoke without flame
Mutation alienation the difference is plain

No no never in a million years
No not in this world
You have a fine way of living
You have a nice way of putting me down
But when it comes to forgiving - you don't

This is another country
This is my home I wouldn't change it
Over the border lies the promised land

Religion television the tools and the trade
Discloses blood and roses the land we have made
Divisions politicians scoring points in the game
Two nations for generations we were never the same

No no never in a million years
No not in this world
'Cos when it comes to forgiving - you don't

This is another country
This is my home I wouldn't change it
Over the border lies the promised land

This is another country
This is my home I wouldn't change it
This is the country that I understand
Track Name: Straw House
Straw House (P McMahon)
I see you put your thoughts on paper
Trying to write your fears away
If you don't move no one will see your feet of clay

Watching you drown your brain in whisky
Trying to keep the truth at bay
Hoping if you don't look the world will go away

The sand flows only one way
The North wind blows strong and someday
This house of straw shall tumble down

Welcome to the real world
There's a sign on the door
Beware of the webs they spin
In the house of straw

Didn't you know the sun was shining?
Didn't you know the sky was blue?
Didn't you ever wonder what went wrong with you?

You try so hard to get there
But your road leads down to nowhere
This house of straw shall tumble down

Chorus

Is it the wind that fills the ocean?
Is it the fire that makes you freeze?
Isn't it sad that there's no cure for your disease?

The world turns oh so slowly
The moon burns lost & lonely
This house of straw shall tumble down

Tear down the walls of sorrow
A faint heart knows no tomorrow
This house of straw shall tumble down

Chorus
Track Name: Wooden House
Wooden House (P McMahon)
He's always tried to keep his distance from the world
He doesn't want to give himself away
I guess it's much too hard to let his voice be heard
so he acts as if he's got nothing to say

Close the doors, turn off the light
No-one's home tonight

He doesn't like to be the focus of attention
So he makes himself the centre of his world instead

Hide away, deep inside
No-one's home tonight

The wooden house has firm foundations
The wooden house is sound
The wooden house is dry as paper
The wooden house is burning down

Well he's been hurt before but he will never be hurt again
He is a wooden house and a house can feel no pain

The walls have ears, the windows eyes
No-one's home tonight

Chorus
Track Name: Stone House
Stone House (lyrics P McMahon music P McMahon 1987)

Line by line we build our scriptures
With the power of words shining in our hands
It's our story it's our story we live
It's our story it's our story we live

Stone by stone we lay foundations
With the strength of faith the rock on which we build
It's a labour it's a labour of love
It's a labour it's a labour of love

In the arms of the tallest mountain high above the shifting sand
In the world we build together this house of stone shall stand

Day by day we pull together
With the fires of hope burning in our eyes
It's the future it's the future we make
It's the future it's the future we make

In the eyes of a thousand children in the voices of the crowd
By the light that fills the heavens this house of stone shall stand