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2112 (20:34)

I. Overture (4:32)

II. Temples of Syrinx (2:13)

III. Discovery (3:29)

IV. Presentation (3:42)

V. Oracle: The Dream (2:00)

VI. Soliloquy (2:21)

VII. The Grand Finale (2:14)

A Passage To Bangkok (3:34)

The Twilight Zone (3:17)

Lessons (3:51)

Tears (3:31)

Something For Nothing (3:59)





"I lie awake, staring out at the bleakness of Megadon. City and sky become one, merging into a single plane, a vast sea of unbroken grey. The Twin Moons, just two pale orbs as they trace their way across the steely sky. I used to think I had a pretty good life here, just plugging into my machine for the day, then watching Templevision or reading a Temple Paper in the evening.

"My friend Jon always said it was nicer here than under the atmospheric domes of the Outer Planets. We have had peace since 2062, when the surviving planets were banded together under the Red Star of the Solar Federation. The less fortunate gave us a few new moons.

I believed what I was told. I thought it was a good life, I thought I was happy. Then I found something that changed it all..."


Anonymous, 2112


I. Overture

"And the meek shall inherit the earth."


II. Temples of Syrinx

... "The massive grey walls of the Temples rise from the heart of every Federation city. I have always been awed by them, to think that every single facet of every life is regulated and directed from within! Our books, our music, our work and play are all looked after by the benevolent wisdom of the priests..."


We've taken care of everything

The words you hear the songs you sing

The pictures that give pleasure to your eyes.


It's one for all and all for one

We work together common sons

Never need to wonder how or why.


We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx

Our great computers fill the hallowed halls.

We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx

All the gifts of life are held within our walls.


Look around this world we made

Equality our stock in trade

Come and join the Brotherhood of Man

Oh what a nice contented world

Let the banners be unfurled

Hold the Red Star proudly high in hand.


We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx

Our great computers fill the hallowed halls.

We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx

All the gifts of life are held within our walls.



III. Discovery

... "Behind my beloved waterfall, in the little room that was hidden beneath the cave, I found it. I brushed away the dust of the years, and picked it up, holding it reverently in my hands. I had no idea what it might be, but it was beautiful" ...

... "I learned to lay my fingers across the wires, and to turn the keys to make them sound differently. As I struck the wires with my other hand, I produced my first harmonious sounds, and soon my own music! How different it could be from the music of the Temples! I can't wait to tell the priests about it! ..."


What can this strange device be?

When I touch it, it gives forth a sound

It's got wires that vibrate and give music

What can this thing be that I found?


See how it sings like a sad heart

And joyously screams out its pain

Sounds that build high like a mountain

Or notes that fall gently like rain.


I can't wait to share this new wonder

The people will all see its light

Let them all make their own music

The Priests praise my name on this night.


IV. Presentation

... "In the sudden silence as I finished playing, I looked up to a circle of grim, expressionless faces. Father Brown rose to his feet, and his somnolent voice echoed throughout the silent Temple Hall." ...

... "Instead of the grateful joy that I expected, they were words of quiet rejection! Instead of praise, sullen dismissal. I watched in shock and horror as Father Brown ground my precious instrument to splinters beneath his feet..."


I know it's most unusual

To come before you so

But I've found an ancient miracle

I thought that you should know


Listen to my music

And hear what it can do

There's something here as strong as life

I know that it will reach you.


Yes, we know it's nothing new

It's just a waste of time

We have no need for ancient ways

The world is doing fine


Another toy will help destroy

The elder race of man

Forget about your silly whim

It doesn't fit the plan.


I can't believe you're saying

These things just can't be true

Our world could use this beauty

Just think what we might do.


Listen to my music

And hear what it can do

There's something here as strong as life

I know that it will reach you.


Don't annoy us further

We have our work to do.

Just think about the average

What use have they for you?


Another toy will help destroy

The elder race of man

Forget about your silly whim

It doesn't fit the plan.


V. Oracle: The Dream

... "I guess it was a dream, but even now it all seems so vivid to me. Clearly yet I see the beckoning hand of the oracle as he stood at the summit of the staircase" ...

... "I see still the incredible beauty of the sculptured cities and the pure spirit of man revealed in the lives and works of this world. I was overwhelmed by both wonder and understanding as I saw a completely different way to life, a way that had been crushed by the Federation long ago. I saw now how meaningless life had become with the loss of all these things ..."


I wandered home though the silent streets

And fell into a fitful sleep

Escape to realms beyond the night

Dream can't you show me the light?


I stand atop a spiral stair

An oracle confronts me there

He leads me on light years away

Through astral nights, galactic days


I see the works of gifted hands

That grace this strange and wondrous land

I see the hand of man arise

With hungry mind and open eyes


They left the planet long ago

The elder race still learn and grow

Their power grows with purpose strong

To claim the home where they belong

Home, to tear the Temples down...

Home, to change..


VI. Soliloquy

... "I have not left this cave for days now, it has become my last refuge in my total despair. I have only the music of the waterfall to comfort me now. I can no longer live under the control of the Federation, but there is no other place to go. My last hope is that with my death I may pass into the world of my dream, and know peace at last."


The sleep is still in my eyes

The dream is still in my head

I heave a sigh and sadly smile

And lie a while in bed

I wish that it might come to pass

Not fade like all my dreams


Just think of what my life might be

In a world like I have seen

I don't think I can carry on

Carry on this cold and empty life



My spirits are low in the depths of despair

My lifeblood spills over..


VII. The Grand Finale

Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation

Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation

Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation

We have assumed control.

We have assumed control.

We have assumed control.







A Passage to Bangkok


Our first stop is in Bogota

To check Colombian fields

The natives smile and pass along

A sample of their yield

Sweet Jamaican pipe dreams

Golden Acapulco nights

Then Morocco, and the East,

Fly by morning light


We're on the train to Bangkok

Aboard the Thailand Express

We'll hit the stops along the way

We only stop for the best


Wreathed in smoke in Lebanon

We burn the midnight oil

The fragrance of Afghanistan

Rewards a long day's toil

Pulling into Katmandu

Smoke rings fill the air

Perfumed by a Nepal night

The Express gets you there







The Twilight Zone


A pleasant faced man steps up to greet you

He smiles and says he's pleased to meet you

Beneath his hat the strangeness lies

Take it off, he's got three eyes

Truth is false and logic lost

Now the fourth dimension is crossed


You have entered the Twilight Zone

Beyond this world strange things are known

Use the key, unlock the door

See what your fate might have in store

Come explore your dreams' creation

Enter this world of imagination


Wake up lost in an empty town

Wondering why no one else is around

Look up to see a giant boy

You've just become his brand new toy

No escape, no place to hide

Here where Time and Space collide









Sweet memories Flashing very quickly by

Reminding me Giving me a reason why

I know that My goal is more than a thought

I'll be there When I teach what I've been taught


You know we've told you before

But you didn't hear us then

So you still question why

You didn't listen again


Sweet memories I never thought it would be like this

Reminding me Just how close I came to missing

I know that This is the way for me to go

You'll be there When you know what I know









All of the seasons

And all of the days

All of the reasons

Why I've felt this way

So long

So long


Then lost in that feeling

I looked in your eyes

I noticed emotion

And that you had cried

For me

I can see


What would touch me deeper

Tears that fall from eyes

That only cry?

Would it touch you deeper

Than tears that fall from eyes

That know why?


A lifetime of questions

Tears on your cheek

I tasted the answers

And my body was weak

For you

The truth







Something For Nothing


Waiting for the winds of change

To sweep the clouds away

Waiting for the rainbow's end

To cast its gold your way

Countless ways

You pass the days

Waiting for someone to call

And turn your world around

Looking for an answer to

The question you have found

Looking for

An open door

You don't get something for nothing

You don't get freedom for free

You won't get wise

With the sleep still in your eyes

No matter what your dreams might be


What you own is your own kingdom

What you do is your own glory

What you love is your own power

What you live is your own story

In your head is the answer

Let it guide you along

Let your heart be the anchor

And the beat of your own song

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