The Flame

by Elliot Vernon

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1.
You're just a picture, you're a light and it's changing every day I can see you through the cracks and it won't fade away I'm not sure you're even real and the edges start to fray But I'm still holding on to the memory of that day I've got no more space for memories inside I've got no more places for my thoughts to hide I can't even say I even really tried I've got no more time to put these fears aside A memory of the streetlamps And reflections in the light And I think I may remember Only something of that night Oh so many weeks and months and years it may have been It's just a blurry picture now, in only black and white I feel like everything is gone I see the breaking of the dawn I can not turn away, I see your face below But can you hear me?
2.
The Flame 04:32
The hands of science weaving future for us all The threads of generations held within their thrall There’s no direction, repercussion for decay With this great tapestry the threads begin to fray Through centuries of dedication with their hands up to the sky The fate of their imagination holding lives inside their eyes I know I'll never see what lies along the road I'll never know what will become of seeds we've sown All we can do is just prepare them for their time To build a better world when all these birds have flown And so we dedicate our lives to serve a future cause We save and slave away just trying not to fall We lay foundations for our children then to build upon A lasting aspiration that our tower will stand tall What will we become? Our daughters and sons? We pass them the flame, will they remember your name?
3.
Under the stars, deep in the night Under the waves of solitude At the antipode, farthest from home Here at the end of fortitude Walking the halls and breathing the air Days spent counting the hours The seconds go by, the sun fills the sky A feeling as time is devoured Where is the beacon, where is the flame? The winning move in this game Can you hear me calling your name? I can see you, i can feel your light I can see you, i can see the way to your side I can see you, i can feel your light I can see you, i can see the way through the night Under your power but out of control Not knowing when to loosen my hold Time after time as the chaos unfolds Leaving me bitter and cold Set me aside as it intensifies No light left inside
4.
The Tempest 05:24
As the evening light arrives, a veil across the atmosphere As the rain and clouds align, we hear the storm The thunder rolls The lightning shakes the sky The thunder calls you to your home Through the clouds, behind the hills All at once the sky is filled A golden hour, a burning light Just keep it burning through the night A shadow hangs over your door Just cast it off and breathe once more And just because the sun is gone You will see another dawn As the rainfall crashes down, and washes all the life away With nothing left to grow, and no one left to see The thunder rolls As all this starts again The thunder heralds a new dawn
5.
The Swan 07:02
The paths we've learnt to wander All narrow, winding, steep we've walked them lone and sightless Over hills and valleys deep As lights around us dim and die We stand to fight again Will you run into the darkness Or refuse to meet the end? When the sun has left the sky Will you still be flying high? Or will you be the one who wouldn’t even try? The stars are all extinguished And the sky is black and cold The sun is but a memory Of fire and shining gold As we walk into the twilight With no spark to light the way Just remember now to keep your course At the dying of the day The road that lays before you The horizon in your sights May look like that behind you, in the shadow of the night But let yourself go on now And follow every star For every star’s a rising sun And the light has travelled far When the earth comes round again Will you be holding the flame? Or will you be someone who couldn’t take the pain? The fire it keeps smouldering Just waiting for the fuel And when the nights are colder, we'll Keep walking by the moon The flame was always burning The embers always bright The wheel it keeps on turning towards the light The fire on the horizon A burst of golden flame Cast of your sins and spread your wings And tell the world your name Watch the clouds be torn apart A beacon through the haze The light inside of everything The candle or the blaze

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released May 4, 2021

Music, lyrics, mixing and mastering by Elliot Vernon

Vocals, guitar, bass, drum programming, whistle and orchestral arrangements by Elliot Vernon
Additional drum programming by Paul White
Additional lyrics by Kaja Šafar

Guitar solo on track 1: Máté Bodor
Guitar solo on track 2: Donny Burbage
Choir vocals on track 5: JD McGibney, Joe Carter Hawkins, Paul Chunk Watling, Aaron Wilson, Zorana Vujčić, Krista Shipperbottom, Steve Fettis, Paul White

Special thanks to Victor Bucur, Ben Turk

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