Live In Session Spring 2009

by Alchemeon

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1.
Born 07:32
BORN Can she see? Will she be? Saintly lady by the water Faintly fiery fisher’s daughter And you see nothing is as it is Nothing is as it ought to be And you see it’s back to where we began Back so far you’re out in front again… It’s time. Born – you were meant to be Born – into the family Born – we were meant to be Born – into the family
2.
THE WINGED MAN Heaven knows why but he saved us from the furnace We mistreated his kind and stained his need to see Heaven knows why Our people will fly Memory will die This winged man he cried Melting above he drew his energy from below And seeing the sun he knew he had to go Heaven knows why Our people will fly Memory will die This winged man he cried Can you hear the voices? Hear the voices around you And the echo of the voices Hear them too Play on Play on Seething below the man was a wreck of invention And we brought him down just like a crash landing Heaven knows why Our people will fly Memory will die This winged man he cried He was too far ahead for us here and so he flew Back to the sun where he’s working on something new Heaven knows why Our people will fly Memory will die This winged man he cried
3.
Crazy Mandy 05:06
CRAZY MANDY If you have flown too far from the nest If they got you under sedation Come rest in here, come meet your fears Come greet some human relation And we shall wait and say the words That cool you like a breeze Becoming part of the clothes that you wear Becoming whole, it’s easy It’s all in the plan, crazy Mandy It’s all as it should be It’s all in the winds of time my love And it weighs out like sand Add two and two, it’s all you need do You already have done that No sign on the line, everything’s fine Everyone’s here from the start And to take a bet and jape and jest Is all you might have done This matters not because what you have got Is really much more than that It’s all in the plan, crazy Mandy It’s all as it should be It’s all in the winds of time my love And it weighs out like sand Silently she has to wait in the long halls of stone Red drops the blood from her fingers to the floor Will she know? Will her children grow? Will she hear? Is she near? Watch her go Mindfire glow She is seeking Mandy a bird of some sort she soared High above civilization And looking down she gulped and frowned Saying this is not my inclination To bank and shop the streets and follow All these rules I see Something else must I do Or am I really being me? It’s all in the plan, crazy Mandy It’s all as it should be It’s all in the winds of time my love And it weighs out like sand
4.
THE CENTRE OF THE CYCLONE In forlorn castles too brief for living We rose to catch the sun but were defeated Just around the corner beyond the eyes Beyond the skies we set ourselves as real Like spaceships casting cosmic lines Left behind with stars strewn from our astral selves And planets in our eyes You walk along the road of life Too high to see the mountain you are climbing Casting seeds and scrolls from our outstretched hands The forgiven forget of the gift And it’s too late, the ladder stretches up and down And where do you stand in perspective to it all? Can you imagine a place A space where you have not been before But which is not new to you? A place you can recall softly Push through bad dreams Make it real, remember Complications contradict but reality sticks And unbounded has its realms In everything you see Yes, what do you see? Push through the dark vales to the sea Cast your cosmic line wherever it may fall Maybe you will find some higher guidance there Or maybe you will find a place where you may truly rest Maybe you will find some friends who love you the best Listen Listen Listen The tides of swirling memories Are nearly gone but forgotten Would you choose to beg or lose The axis which you hold onto Thirteen is the number, twelve it is the rite Thirteen red eyed ravens Outside the house til night Outward, outward on out Cast light, cast light about Outward, outward on out Look out, which way is far out? Petty wages are falling like leaves Calling the master to apprenticeship again Will he recall the time, the chimes of freedom Blowing through his keyhole Step down from your pedestal and mingle once again With the crowds that you shunned as a youth At the centre of the cyclone Where all our thoughts are real You’re cacooned in your mental egg Imprisoned inside your head When you look out the bars you’ve made Can you maybe follow a little way To see there are no more shackles to pass Yet more fresh air, green fields and grass And we are like the butterfly Cannot take off, our wings aren’t dry But soon if we shall heed the guides The caterpillar metamorphosise
5.
Celestine 04:44
CELESTINE Celestine they make their way Brothers to the water To cleanse the crystal in the head Still in silent laughter The drop into the forehead Silver people roam To lace the time With story rhyme And drink the river’s daughter Drink the river’s daughter Oh! La la la la… Pyramids inside the mind They walk the crystalline To trade their scarlet thoughts for talk All wisdoms from the grail Tower stands against the sky The people are not there Stone’s old voice speaks of an age The brothers hear and reel amazed The brothers hear and reel amazed Oh! La la la la... Wind through stone Your eyes and your ears Our time has come Wonder begun Wind through stone Your eyes and your ears The time has come Wonder begun Wonder, wonder Now to be Now to be Now to be Now to be Now to be La la la la la …
6.
IT’S A BLUE SKY DON’T HOLD NO RAIN I'll try and try and try and try to get to you I'll try and try and try and try forever I'll try and try and try and try to get to you I'll try and try and try and try forever Forever We came across some bones of men Scattered in the rust So many good souls turned to dust Within their shattered husks And these people had worn jewels And their heads had been held high Speckled foreheads touched the sky Behold the sparkling in their eye Don’t you know it’s a blue sky Don’t hold no rain Don’t hold your love in vain ‘Cos we’ve still got some loving to do Some time ago the white man came Bringing bible books and swords Bound them up in twining cords In the name of their great lord They slew down the Aztec, Inca, Ibu, Masai Now we hide in concrete lies So to my Mammon side I cry: "What have we done To the Mother Goddess Gaia? Why can’t we nestle in her Warm aching bosom?" Aaaah... Now the world’s a spinning ball Two thirds with none to eat So while we chew our scrawny meat Can you hear those big bells beat? What have we done To the Mother Goddess Gaia? Why can’t we nestle in her Warm aching bosom?
7.
CASTROL GTX A GO-GO We’re gonna juice you to the bone Feed the ogre faintly bold He’s grinding chrome West is my kind of tree Feel till you’re opaque in the door Scooping up the gnomes from the floor Blessed be the world For there is a dragon deeply curled Well I’ll sing a sweep of dreams Crown the day with night I’m a matt-bam-bootle Ride away on my scooter I peel oranges now Castrol GTX a go-go I’m gonna motor your mojo Brideshead’s eagle and a seagull Home again, ogre-man
8.
BORN OF STARS We are born of stars We are born of stars We are born of stars We are born of stars Om nam maya maitraya Om nam maya Om nam maya maitraya Om nam maya Gaia We are seeds of time We are seeds of time You are a seed of time You are a seed of time Om nam maya maitraya Om nam maya maitraya Om nam maya maitraya Om nam maya Gaia Create a brighter future Create a brighter future We are a brighter future Create a brighter future Om nam maya maitraya Om nam maya maitraya Om nam maya maitraya Om nam maya Gaia Earth Planet Earth Has made a conscious decision To become one To become whole. Entombed, cocooned In metal and plastic and effluence And pollution and nuclear waste Yet she shall break free Free from these chains Free from this prison Planet Earth And all her people and creatures and life forms Are undergoing an interplanterary, evolutionary, galactical REBIRTH!!! We are born of stars We are born of stars We are born of stars We are born of stars We are seeds of time We are seeds of time You are a seed of time We are seeds of… time! Create a brighter future Create a brighter future We are a brighter future We are a brighter future Om nam maya maitraya Om nam maya maitraya Om nam maya maitraya Om nam maya Gaia
9.
THE FREAKS (SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH) How many jacks are kept in their boxes? How many dreams are trodden underfoot? Could it be in you or it could be in me The fate of all nations or a colour TV Look down any road see a million faces Scream back their pain from a sheer concrete wall There’s a million products made just to fill that hole But you never never, can never fill it at all It’s a cry from the depths of a pin-stripe suit And whose voice dares not to conform Why is it just those who can see through the see through? They’re the misfits who break out from the norm The Freaks! The Freaks! The Freaks shall inherit the Earth The Freaks! The Geeks! Who speak shall inherit the Earth Should we obey what the government say? Is it wrong not to tag along? The question is no question at all But what we do with our backs to the wall What is a freak? I think we’ll see When what is established gets washed away Those who cling to it will not survive if Destiny’s child awakes a new day Just look around you see those bulldozers working Ripping up the land for fool’s gold again It’s getting worse, can’t go on forever And who’s gonna be here when these dinosaurs fall? Ok. What’s it going to be if it is as we’ve heard? Who’s gonna emerge with these worlds have submerged? When the profit is made from the damage is done You wanna cling to the wreckage or go with the change? CHANGE!!!!! Now there’s some pretty megaton forces Stirring up hate and making a war Who can get poison and spit out the bullet? Who are these freaks, do you think that one’s you? The Freaks! The Freaks! The Freaks shall inherit the Earth The Freaks! The Geeks! Who speak shall inherit the Earth The Freaks! The Freaks! The Freaks shall inherit the Earth The Freaks! The Geeks! Who speak shall inherit the ….. Earth!!!!
10.
Orb 09:17
ORB When the walls of the temple Are cast to the ground And light shines through the ruins When the form decays To leave no trace That is the time of re-doing And the sun is shining Casting rays throughout the universe And everything goes on as before The slip of light has pierced The very heart and soul of you Take a look now, open up your door At first you may find it a little curious Just let go to the feeling Describe a circle your arms outstretched Learn to feel this healing Singing... Li la li li li li la li Li li li li la la li la la li li la la Send the sun’s rays into the earth And round and round and round revolving The moon will shine her light upon you As round the stones we are returning Return... Li la li li li li la li Li li li li la la li la la li li la la Become a tribe of many lives Around and round and round and round evolving The moon will shine her light upon we As round the stones we are returning Return... Li la li li li li la li Li li li li la la li la la li li la la Send the seeds into the earth You know you know you know it’s worth Send the seeds into the ground It’s a holy holy holy sound La la li la la la li li Hey hey! Don’t you don’t you don’t you know We gotta sow sow sow sow And don’t’ya don’t ya don’t ya know We’re gonna grow grow grow grow Grow grow grow grow grow grow grow grow! La la li la la la li li Hey hey! And the sun is shining Casting rays throughout the universe And everything goes on like never before The slip of light has pierced The very heart and soul of you Take a look now Open up your door
11.
Finale 04:59
FINALE When we were young We saw the faces And friends from the stars Built the earthworks with us And energy ran through The earth’s sacred surface Messages ran from star to star Aaaah All you can see All you can be All that is now All that’s to come And all that means something All that’s inside All that you covet All that you hide Aaaah Aaaaah

about

Alchemeon Live In Session Spring 2009

Alchemeon Live In Session Spring 2009 were the last burblings, thuddings and wailings to be heard from Alchemeon. These versions of the songs were recorded during live sessions at The Sound Gallery, Exeter between late February and mid April 2009.

This particular selection was chosen by consensus of Alchemeon band members, including in the old and now disabled Wud Records forums.

All of the tracks were recorded live on February 22nd and 23rd, and April 6th 2009. The songs were all recorded using four mics into the mixer section of a Tascam 244 portastudio (state of the art in 1986 and still has a lovely warm sound) and then into a cassette machine, glorious 1960s technology.

The cassettes were played into our computers using some rather dodgy technology, which we have long since abandoned. This abandonement was due to the enormous number of unnecessary technical issues it created.

By not transfering the audio to digital format correctly, the files ended up languishing in our vaults for quite some time. All of the files were plagued by many instances of a sound similar to the sound one might hear when someone bends over and rips one's trousers during a Carry On movie. This was very annoying and required a lot of work to redraw the corrupted wave forms by hand in miniscule detail, which was extremely fiddly, tooth-gnashingly tedious and horribly time-consuming.

Subsequently to the discontinuation of our previous in-site mp3 player, the FlamPlayer, we took the opportunity to master these tracks before re-release. Despite the ghastly cassette hum, the somewhat furry sound in places and general technical difficulties assocaited with digitising old 1960s technology, the tracks are sounding pretty good by now in comparison to what we salvaged from the cassettes.

The songs have been arranged into the order they would have been played in an Alchemeon live show. The final song would be The Freaks, with Orb and Finale as encores.

credits

released September 14, 2020

Original release date: 10th April 2009

Recorded live at Sound Gallery, Exeter, Spring 2009.
Cassette salvage, repairs and remastering at Wud Records Studio One 2020.

Performers:
Pok the Bard - guitar and voice
Jim Iz - keys and voice
Iggy - drums and percussion
George - bass and technicals

All songs by S. Miller and associates.
See individual tracks for details.

Cover illustration by Pok the Bard.
Graphic design by Sam James.

These recordings copyright © 2020 Wud Records.

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