TALES FROM THE TOWER

by The Tirith

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about

And so it begins, where it all began so many years ago. This album is the fulfillment of a dream, once but a fleeting memory, now made real.

“Tales From The Tower” is a rare album of real songs performed, interpreted and recorded in the modern progressive idiom, and features the songs of Tim Cox and Richard Cory. Most of the songs on this album are from the time of the first incarnation of The Tirith, they are the classic Tirith songs of our youth. Those songs have been taken, rearranged in some cases, lyrics have been supplemented, and the songs have been reinterpreted and presented for a new century and audience. Additional material has also been written.
“Tales From The Tower” is not a concept album, but there is a theme that runs through several of the songs. It starts with “The Tower”, that alien Tower on a distant planet, surrounded by methane snow, that we envisaged long ago. The Tower was one of our earliest songs and ends with the line, “The door drew back and so we saw”. “Song of all Ages” follows this theme, it tells of what we saw when that door drew back, the lone figure standing there, with the two moons in the sky, a witness for a lost alien race. The subject of these two songs is reflected in the cover art. “Lost” and the former song “Monday Evening”, both early Tirith material have been re-invented within this framework, as “Lost” and “Pioneers of the Outer Arm”. The former a tale of lost love on a galactic scale, and “Pioneers” a tale of a hapless band of privateers (probably us) bungling their way across the galaxy (in a ship too old to be for real). “Lost” is the epic track, it brings the album to a climactic finish with its big build up and slow epic end section.

“Tales From The Tower” took 3 years to complete and has been expertly produced and mixed by Tim Cox bringing all of his production experience to bear on the tracks.

This is only the start ,The Tirith have much more material ready for recording, and we are currently writing more.

Contact Dick Cory racory@talktalk.net 07771 947175

Website www.theTirith.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tirith/114622025396784?ref=hl

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released September 30, 2015

All tracks written by Tim Cox and Richard Cory.
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The Tirith are:

Tim Cox – guitars including nylon guitar, keyboards and programming.
Richard Cory – vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, and pedals.
Carl Nightingale – drums

with;
Paul Williams – drums on ‘Farewell Fair Laurien’, ‘The Daughter of the Water’ , ‘Gazing at Stars’ and ‘The Tower’

Produced and mixed by Tim Cox

All drum tracks recorded at Quad Studios Leicester, except ‘Farewell Fair Laurien’, ‘The Daughter of the Water’, ‘Gazing at Stars’ and ‘The Tower’ recorded at Far Heath Studios Northampton. Overdubs and all other production work undertaken in London and Sheffield.

Mastered by Guile

Photography by Heather Burns
Artwork and cover design by Nathan Olsen

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The Tirith England, UK

The Tirith are one of the new UK-based Progressive / Classic Rock Bands. The band has a long history stretching back to the 70s, the present band reformed in 2010 and have been playing festivals and select gigs since 2011. The band is known for playing a wide variety of music within the Progressive genre and beyond. ... more

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Track Name: Farewell Fair Laurien
I’m going back to the place I once knew
I’m going back there before you tear me away
I’m sailing homeward you’ve got the stars
The sun will go with me
Somehow I need it more than you do

For the road I travel is a rough road
The road I travel is stony and cold
But it calls me so (calls me so)

I see you waving peace signs in the air
The night is drawing close; one day I’ll see you again sometime
Our hearts are beating we know it must end
I’ll silhouette you now, OK we’re travellin on

For the road I travel is a rough road
The road I travel is stony and cold
But it calls me so (calls me so)

We’ve been the misty people
We’ve known too many secrets
We’ve climbed too many mountains
They said we wouldn’t last
They said we wouldn’t dare
To cross the path of the running stream
To lie in wait for the recurring dream
To smile to actually smile
In this land where to live is considered sad
And to enjoy ecstasy

Farewell Fair Laurien, Farewell Fair Laurien
Farewell Fair Laurien, Farewell Fair Laurien
Nearing home

I’m going back to the place I once knew
I’m going back there before you tear me away
I’m sailing homeward you’ve got the stars
The sun will go with me
Somehow I need it more than you do

For the road I travel is a rough road
The road I travel is stony and cold
But it calls me so (calls me so)
Track Name: Gin Lil
I thought that love was silence
Until I heard of Gin Lil
Some would say she is a siren
Calling them to her Gin Lilith
She drains them dry to stay alive
Gin Lilith is their plight
Succubus of the night

No man can resist the temptation
Of this evil sensation
Love with a beautiful stranger
They’re unaware of the danger
She makes them cry then eats them alive
Gin Lilith is their plight
Succubus of the night

I thought that love was silence
Until I heard of Gin Lil
Some would say she is a siren
Calling them to her Gin Lilith
She drains them dry to stay alive
Gin Lilith is their plight
Succubus of the night
Track Name: Laurelae
O maid of Avalon when the world was new
Shimmering vision sunlight on the dew
Her hair fell like water flowing stream
She smiled and gently came to me

O Laurelae Genevia
Her beauty’s written in the stars
O maid of Avalon, she sings to me
On the wind across the sea

There’s a jet-black sky and the days are dark
The stars shine through her eyes into my heart
And in the spring life is renewed
She’s picking flowers in pastures new

O Laurelae Genevia
Her beauty’s written in the stars
O maid of Avalon, she sings to me
On the wind across the sea

O Genevia Laurelae
Stay forever young but time must pass
And in the end I’ll see her no more
Her sun sets on a distant shore

O Laurelae Genevia
Her beauty’s written in the stars
O maid of Avalon, she sings to me
On the wind across the sea
Track Name: Home from the Sea
I’m home from the sea
Lost in a dream
Sad as I seem
Hope for the night
Now shall we see
Your victory over me

Burn in your song
Life is not long
Oh, you sing a song
Sleep in my arms
Before you do me harm
The night will not be long
Pray God that it goes on

I’m glad to be home
Facing my fears
Eyes full of tears
Now nothing can save us
Tears like the ocean
Dark pure emotion

Time may have changed us
Our passions won’t betray us
You take my heart
We’ll make it through the night
Our battles may subside
In the morning we’ll lay calm
Within each others arms

I’m home from the sea
Living the dream
But what can that mean?
The future could be broken
I may have to leave
To find myself at sea

Riding the ocean
Hiding my emotions
You took my heart
Sleep in my arms
Before you do me harm
The night will not be long
Pray God that it goes on
Track Name: The Daughter of the Water
Once the daughter of the water smiled upon the sun
Radiant in her mystic beauty as the day began
She knew, all of the lies he had told
And I seeing the light knew
I’d never find a home, never find a way
Always have to roam, to find a brand new day

Even the sound of the dark had barred his way
Endless the night formed a wall, against the day
Even the trees and the grass ‘neath her feet were alive

Tis said a man who fished the lake once saw her standing there
Casting nets of web like texture he caught her in his snare
He knew all the great oceans she owned
And she falling in love knew
She’d never find a home, never find a way
Always have to roam, to find a brand new day

Too soon the sun found a way through the wall of the night
And I couldn’t hold back its power, yet I tried
Stealing my bride he raised her to the sky, in a cloud

Once the daughter of the water smiled upon the sun
Radiant in her mystic beauty as the day began
I knew all the great oceans she owned
And she falling in love knew
She’d never find a home, never find a way,
Always have to roam, to find a brand new day,

Too soon the sun found a way through the wall of the night
And I couldn’t hold back its power, yet I tried
Stealing my bride he raised her to the sky, in a cloud

And despairing so, the water daughter took her own life
Track Name: The Quest
Along the stony road which led to the sea
A horseman came riding who could easily be me
He rode on a quest for a maiden so fair
He knew he must keep searching but he didn’t know quite where

She would be found, She would be found
She would be found

And so the golden sun finally sank into the hills
In a burst of rusting sky which died against its will
And dancing cross the plain in a silken starlight gown
Came the spirit of love for she knew she had been found

She had been found, She had been found
She had been found

My truth is like a sailor who has never seen the sea
My body burns with anguish though I know it’s really me
As lightning strikes my brain I know its time again
I’ve come to start my searching for I know

She must be found, She must be found
Love must be found, Love must be found
Love must be found
Track Name: Gazing at Stars
The moon is shining bright tonight, riding high on Orion’s sword
The nebulas of dust appear, another star is born
The girl stood on the windswept beach, staring out to sea
And all her dreams were carried in, on the waves of mystery

Waiting for the waves upon the shore
She’s calling futures from beyond
She knew this could be the ecstasy
Reflections that have yet to be
Her future mapped out in perfect dreams
Nothing spoiled or unfulfilled
A new star lights up the sky, on this night of stars

And now we are here most every night, waiting for the clouds to clear
The planets chase across the sky, we see them disappear
And though they’ve been round so many times, and the stars never seem to change
I’ve been round and I’ve been down and I’ve been rearranged

Waiting for the waves upon the shore
She’s calling futures from beyond
She knew this could be the ecstasy
Reflections that have yet to be
Her future mapped out in perfect dreams
Nothing spoiled or unfulfilled
A new star lights up the sky, on this night of stars

She knew this could be the ecstasy
Reflections that have yet to be
Her future mapped out in perfect dreams
Nothing spoiled or unfulfilled
A new star lights up the sky, on this night of stars
Track Name: The Tower
Through the frozen air of that strange world,
That clung to the sun as it hurled through space
We saw the tower of an alien race

And as we trudged through the methane snow
We could not see its lofty top
Above the clouds of helium gas

We saw a tower without a wall,
As we gazed on in wondrous awe
The door drew back and so we saw ….
Track Name: Song of all Ages
The door drew back on the tower of the night
And a light shone out through the mist
We saw but a lone figure there singing

And the two moons in the sky shed a strange light on her hair
As we gazed at her terrible beauty
And the song she sang was of such yearning

Singing the Song of all Ages
The song of a million sad faces

The last of her race left to tell the tale
What we saw just a holographic illusion
The echoes of an alien civilisation

Singing the Song of all Ages
The song of a million sad faces

And they built that tower as the planet had died
The air became stale and the seas all dried
A shining beacon in the depths of space
There to witness a lost alien race

Singing the Song of all Ages
The song of a million sad faces
Track Name: Pioneers of the Outer Arm
We rode across the galaxy
In a ship too old to be for real
And all the stars that passed us by
Were streaks of gold in our eyes

You wouldn’t believe it
Pioneers of the outer arm
Living on our wits and our endless charm

Our ship was made from scraps of old
Held together with nuts and bolts
And when we put it into overdrive
We say a prayer and hang on very tight

You wouldn’t believe it
Pioneers of the outer arm
Living on our wits and our endless charm

Pioneers of the outer arm
Living on our wits and our endless charm

Oh seventy two miles, Oh seventy two million miles
Oh seventy two miles, Oh seventy two million miles

We saw a ship loaded up with stuff
With fuel and food and booze enough
So we hid behind a nearby sun
Then opened up with the phaser gun

You wouldn’t believe it
Pioneers of the outer arm
Living on our wits and our endless charm
Track Name: Lost
Beside the Sillian Sea I last looked in her eyes
Beneath the purple trees watching the galaxies collide

And all before us space exalts us
Ever to go forth
Off to the other side
Riding the everglide

I know you are lost in this world
I know you are lost in this world
And knowing so I am alone

I searched the seven moons and the planets of Endearth
But I couldn’t find my love although I’ll ever search

And all before us space exalts us
Ever to go forth
Off to the other side
Riding the everglide

I know you are lost in this world
I know you are lost in this world
And knowing so I am alone

Beside the Sillian Sea I last looked in her eyes
Beneath the purple trees watching the galaxies collide

And all before us space exalts us
Ever to go forth
Off to the other side
Riding the everglide

I know you are lost in this world
I know you are lost in this world
And knowing so I am alone