Promise of Sacrifice

by Seventh Harmonic

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1.
'A column of smoke And a pillar of fire' A column of smoke and a pillar of fire Distraught souls celebrating their death You look upon the face of night As though it were an evil sight And struggle on towards the light Though darkness is the truer way And never really goes away But hides behind the mask of day The shadows of your soul Are crying out to you Though you never hear their call Afraid of being free Your fearful spirit tears Like a parting of the sea And all the waters of the flood Could not quench my thirst For there'll be no revelation, No judgement, no rebirth The only thing I understood As prophets clamoured From a crumbling church: 'The rocks shall fall from the mountains And a fountain shall spring from the earth' Sacred, sacred, bellow louder Volume rising, seeking power Strike down fear, release the beast Upon whose table we shall feast A column of smoke and a pillar of fire Hear the holy choral choir A column of smoke and a pillar of fire Seize those agonizing criers Freed upon these desert plains We, who celebrate all days Join us in our journey's plight Out upon eternal night
2.
04:59
I could have wrapped your soul in chains Started a fire and watched you dancing in the flames I wanted to wrap your soul in chains Forever a prisoner caught between the joy and pain You could have wrapped my soul in chains Started a fire and watched me dancing in the flames You wanted to wrap my soul in chains Forever a prisoner caught between the joy and pain
3.
All that I am is a seeker of truth The curious child who got lost in the woods The servant of wisdom you take for a fool The whispering trees hold the knowledge of all All that I am is a seeker of truth The sailor who followed his siren's call The servant of wisdom you take for a fool The murmuring waves hold the knowledge of all All that I am is a seeker of truth The eagle who flies over mountains and hills The servant of wisdom you take for a fool The wandering clouds hold the knowledge of all
4.
02:59
Time has fallen Precious moments Secrets stolen Sacred Seven Pass within Into your heart Silent sing Sing from your soul
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6.
You came out of the creeping dawn When summer's flower was winter's thorn Daemons on the frozen air Ran fiery fingers through your hair The sun and the moon rested in your eyes And your voice a torrent of fractured sighs Healing my memory Sealing my fate Your wisdom was a morphic thing Where truth would fly on fragile wings Like a king upon his knees Your arms the branches of the trees A silent place inside a storm A temple with its curtain torn A journey to a distant shore Your face became an open door The sun and the moon rested in your eyes On your lips the promise of sacrifice
7.
03:12
As the sun With shining wings Rises on The last day of winter He can see The shape of things Golden paths Lead him to the centre For this is the healing tide That burns him up inside And with laughter's song Calling down To deep wells of silence Round his head The angels throng Holding on forever To one ecstatic moment For this is the healing tide... He sheds his mask And crashes to the ground His singing blood The sea in which he drowns His raging heart The ship on which he sailed His fallen pride Lies wrecked beneath the waves A wreck beneath the waves
8.
Take my hand Let your fingers slip through mine Like grains of sand We are both children of this world Naked and ephemeral Just like a butterfly kiss And I wished that I had never seen the stars And never felt the sun And realised that one day, some day, All this will be gone Take my love I can feed it you in pieces Or all at once But don't rely on love eternal Don't assume our soul's immortal I don't want to spend my life Just searching for the One We are both children of this world Naked and ephemeral Just like the butterfly kiss With which you woke me in the morning And in the morning All this will be gone All this will be gone
9.
Inside the circle she's standing And waiting for a sign Sent in a vision to free her mind Around her the four winds Are howling to celebrate the tears Of a spirit tormented for ten thousand years And she turned into stone As she stood there alone And her energy's borne On the wings of the storm Inside the circle... And the prophecy lied For her future's denied But the world goes on turning While the circle is burning Inside the circle...
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12.
02:47
It is the hour When from the boughs The nightingale's high note is heard And gentle wings And voices near Make music to The lonely ear Each flower's the dews have lightly wet And in the sky the stars met And on the wave is deeper blue And on the leaf a browner hue And in the heavens that clear obscure So softly dark and darkly pure That follows the decline of day As twilight melts beneath the moon away Beneath the moon away
13.
As she leaves, her soul aflame She whispers farewell to her name The past a blank, the present clear The future a final frontier She rises on the wing The angel in her starts to sing Visions from a distant dream Reflected in the darkened stream As descent reveals the land She sees her soul within the sand The empty desert's silent lure A space so clean and quiet and pure She bows unto the silent crew And steps upon the land, anew Her mind, her past she leaves behind And walks into the unknown, blind... Her feet they burn upon the land 'Call me sky, sun, sand' Haunted watchers on the wing Tortured by the sound their newborn sing She looks above and laughs, and cries I will not lose, I will not die The greatest challenge I await To be reborn illuminate
14.

credits

released September 9, 2002

Kate Arnold: vocals, dulcimer
Éilish McCracken: violin
Caroline Jago: keyboards, programming, bass, guitar, vocals on track 14

Paul Nemeth: vocals (track 4)
Spyros Giasafakis: vocals (tracks 9 & 10), table harp (track 10)
Evi Stergiou: vocals (track 9)

All music; lyrics to track 13: Jago (music to track 10: Jago/Giasafakis)
Lyrics to tracks 2,3,5,7,8,9: Arnold
Lyrics to track 1: Arnold/Nemeth
Lyrics to track 4: Nemeth
Lyrics to 10 & 11: Homer (arranged by S. Giasafakis)
Lyrics to 12: George Gordon Byron

Recorded, engineered, arranged and produced by Caroline Jago at CM/University of Westminster (Harrow), Spring/Summer 2002.
Post-production and mastering by John Hull; except track 12: recorded July 2001, mastered by Jim.

Photography and cover art: Scott Brimley.

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Seventh Harmonic Canterbury, UK

Seventh Harmonic are an all-female neoclassical ensemble creating sensual euphoric epics which draw on a great diversity of influences. The music blends an intoxicating kaleidoscope of rhythmic intensity and soaring vocals with ethno-symphonic overtures, defying categorisation yet always beating with a dark romantic heart... ... more

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