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        1998

        1. The Host of Seraphim
        2. Orbis De Ignis
        3. Severance
        4. The Writing on my Father's Hand
        5. In the Kingdom of the Blind the One-Eyed are Kings
        6. Chant of the Paladin
        7. Song of Sophia
        8. Echolalia
        9. Mother Tongue
        10. Ullyses

          Voices: Lisa Gerrard, Brendan Perry, David Navarro Sust
          Hurdy-gurdy: Brendan Perry
          Violin: Alison Harling, Rebecca Jackson
          Viola: Sarah Buckley, Andrew Beesley
          Violincello: Tony Gamage

          Written by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry

          Tracks 3,4,5,6,8 and 9 produced by Dead Can Dance
          Tracks 1,2,7 and 10 produced by Dead Can Dance and John A. Rivers

          Insert by Brendan Perry and Vaughan Oliver (V23)

          Lyrics 1988 Beggars Banquet Music/Momentum Music

          In Loving Memory of Susan O'Reilly



    • Lyrics

      • 3. Severance

          Severance,
          The birds of leaving call to us,
          yet here we stand
          endowed with the fear of flight.
          Overland
          the winds of change consume the land,
          while we remain
          in the shadow of summers now past.
          When all the leaves
          have fallen and turned to dust,
          will we remain
          entrenched within our ways.
          Indifference,
          the plague that moves throughout this land
          Omen signs
          in the shapes of things to come.

          Tomorrow's child is the only child.

        5. In the Kingdom of the Blind the One-Eyed are Kings

          If it were within our power,
          beyond the reach of slavish pride.
          To no longer harbour grievances,
          behind the mask's opportunists facade.
          We could welcome the responsibilty
          like a long lost friend,
          and re-establish the kingdom of laughter
          in the dolls house once again.
          For time has imprisoned us
          in the order of our years,
          in the discipline of our ways
          and in the passing of momentary stillness
          we can view our chaos in motion
          and the subsequent collisions of fools
          well versed in the subtle art of slavery.

        7. Song of Sophia

          With one wish we wake the will
          within wisdom.
          With one will we wish the wisdom
          within waking.
          Woken, wishing, willing.

        10. Ullyses

          John Francis Dooley
          wipe the sleep from your eyes
          and embrace the light.
          You have slept now
          for a thousand years
          beneath starless nights.
          And now its time for you
          to renounce the old ways
          and see a new dawn rise.
          In former days
          the masks were raised
          when the god came down
          from off the mountain,
          and a sacrifice was made
          for they knew the day of wrath
          was fast apporaching.
          Just like yesterday, before the war
          John Francis Dooley
          the scapegoat has run
          all our sins are disowned,
          and now it's time for you
          to take off thy mask
          and cross the Rubicon.
          If you and I were one
          within the eyes of our designs
          it would still not change
          the fact of our leaving.
          For tonight we must leave
          with the first gentle breeze
          for the Isles of Ken we are assailing
          Just like Ullyses, on an open sea.
          On an oddysey of self discovery.

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