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Anthem (4:22)

Best I Can (3:25)

Beneath, Between and Behind (3:02)

By-Tor and the Snowdog (8:37)

I. At The Tobes of Hades

II. Across The Styx

III. Of The Battle

IV. Epilogue

Fly By Night (3:21)

Making Memories (2:58)

Rivendell (4:57)

In The End (6:47)




Know your place in life is where you want to be

Don't let them tell you that you owe it all to me

Keep on looking forward; no use in looking 'round

Hold your head above the ground and they won't bring you down


Anthem of the heart and anthem of the mind

A funeral dirge for eyes gone blind

We marvel after those who sought

New wonders in the world, wonders in the world,

Wonders in the world they wrought.


Live for yourself -- there's no one else

More worth living for

Begging hands and bleeding hearts will

Only cry out for more


Well, I know they've always told you

Selfishness was wrong

Yet it was for me, not you, I

Came to write this song







Best I Can


I've got a livin' that's rough, a future that's tough

You know what I mean

Blankers and boasters, all the bluffers and posers

I'm not into that scene


You can tell me that I got no class

Look around, you'll see who's laughin' last

Don't give me speeches 'cause they're oh so droll

Leave me alone, let me rock and roll


Got an itchin' to rock, a hate for small talk

I'm funny that way

Got my sights on the stars, won't get that far

But I'll try anyway

I just like to please, don't like to tease

I'm easy like that

Don't like long rests, I must confess

I'm an impatient cat


I do the best that I can

I'm just what I am

I do the best I can

Well, I know what I am

Rock and roll-in's a scream, makin' millions my dream

Well, I do that a lot

I'll just give it a try, won't let good times pass me by

They're all I've got







Beneath, Between And Behind


Ten score years ago, defeat the kingly foe

A wondrous dream came into being

Tame the trackless waste, no virgin land left chaste

All shining eyes, but never seeing


Beneath the noble bird

Between the proudest words

Behind the beauty, cracks appear

Once, with heads held high

They sang out to the sky

Why do their shadows bow in fear?


Watch the cities rise

Another ship arrives

Earth's melting pot and ever growing

Fantastic dreams come true

Inventing something new

The greatest minds, and never knowing...


The guns replace the plow, facades are tarnished now

The principles have been betrayed

The dreams's gone stale, but still, let hope prevail

History's debt won't be repaid







By-Tor And The Snow Dog


I. At The Tobes Of Hades

The Tobes of Hades, lit by flickering torchlight

The netherworld is gathered in the glare

Prince By-Tor takes the cavern to the north light

The sign of Eth is rising in the air.

By-Tor, knight of darkness,

Centurion of evil, devil's prince.


II. Across The Styx

Across the River Styx, out of the lamplight

His nemesis is waiting at the gate

The Snow Dog, ermine glowing in the damp night

Coal-black eyes shimmering with hate.

By-Tor and the Snow Dog

Square for battle, let the fray begin...


III. The Battle

i) Challenge And Defiance

ii) 7/4 War Furor

iii) Aftermath

iv) Hymn of Triumph


IV. Epilogue

The battle's over and the dust is clearing

Disciples of the Snow Dog sound the knell

Rejoicing echoes as the dawn is nearing

By-Tor in defeat retreats to Hell

Snow Dog is victorious

The land of the Overworld is saved again.







Fly By Night


Airport scurry flurry faces

Parade of passers by

People going many places

With a smile or just a sigh

Waiting waiting pass the time

Another cigarette

Get in line - gate thirty-nine

The time is not here yet


Why try? I know why

The feeling inside me says it's time I was gone

Clear head, new life ahead

I want to be king now not just one more pawn


Fly by night, away from here

Change my life again

Fly by night goodbye my dear

My ship isn't coming and I just can't pretend


Moon rise, thoughtful eyes

Staring back at me from the window beside

No fright or hindsight

Leaving behind that empty feeling inside


Start a new chapter

Find what I'm after

It's changing every day

The change of a season

Is enough of a reason

To want to get away


Quiet and pensive

My thoughts apprehensive

The hours drift away

Leaving my homeland

Playing a lone hand

My life begins today







Making Memories


There's a time for feelin' as good as we can

The time is now, and there's no stoppin' us

There's a time for livin' as high as we can

Behind us you will only see our dust.


You know we're havin' good days

And we hope they're gonna last

Our future still looks brighter than our past

We feel no need to worry

No reason to be sad

Our mem'ries remind us, maybe road life's not so bad.


Just keep smilin', move onward ev'ry day

And try to keep our thoughts away from home

We're trav'lin' around, no time to settle down

And satisfy our wanderlust to roam.


Well from sea to shining sea, and a hundred points between

Still we go on diggin' ev'ry show

The cities in the land all extend a welcome hand

Till morning when it's time for us to go.









Sunlight dances through the leaves

Soft winds stir the sighing trees

Lying in the warm grass

Feel the sun upon your face

Elfin songs and endless nights

Sweet wine and soft relaxing lights

Time will never touch you

Here in this enchanted place


I've traveled now for many miles

It feels so good to see the smiles of

Friends who never left your mind

When you were far away

From the golden light of coming dawn

Till the twilight where the sun is gone

We treasure ev'ry season

And ev'ry passing day


You feel there's something calling you

You're wanting to return

To where the misty mountains rise and friendly fires burn

A place you can escape the world

Where the dark lord cannot go

Peace of mind and sanctuary by loud water's flow


We feel the coming of a new day

Darkness gives way to light a new way

Stop here for a while until the world,

The world calls you away

Yet you know I've had the feeling

Standing with my senses reeling

This is the place to grow old till

I reach my final day.







In The End


Well, I can see what you mean

It just takes me longer

And I can feel what you feel

It just makes you stronger


I know, I know, I know

Oh, the feeling grows

I see, I see, I see

It's got to be

You can take me for a little while

You can take me, you can make me smile in the end


Well, I can do what you do

You just do it better

And I can cry like you cry

It just makes me sadder

Well, I can shine like you shine

It doesn't make me brighter

But if I think like you think

It don't make my load much lighter

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