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Clockwork Angels

(2012)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresProgressive Hard Rock
LabelsAnthem Records, Roadrunner Records
Album rating :  93.1 / 100
Votes :  10
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Clockwork Angels Lyrics

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Submitted by level Eagles
1. Caravan (5:40)
In a world lit only by fire
Long train of flares under piercing stars
I stand watching the steamliners roll by

The caravan thunders onward
To the distant dream of the city
The caravan carries me onward
On my way at last
On my way at last

I can't stop thinking big
I can't stop thinking big

On a road lit only by fire
Going where I want, instead of where I should
I peer out at the passing shadows
Carried through the night into the city
Where a young man has a chance of making good
A chance to break from the past
The caravan thunders onward
Stars winking through the canvas hood
On my way at last

In a world where I feel so small
I can't stop thinking big
2. BU2B (5:10)
I was brought up to believe
The universe has a plan
We are only human
It's not ours to understand

The universe has a plan
All is for the best
Some will be rewarded
And the devil will take the rest

All is for the best
Believe in what we're told
Blind man in the market
Buying what we're sold
Believe in what we're told
Until our final breath
While our loving Watchmaker
Loves us all to death

In a world of cut and thrust
I was always taught to trust
In a world where all must fail
Heaven's justice will prevail

The joy and pain that we receive
Each comes with its own cost
The price of what we're winning
Is the same as what we've lost

Until our final breath
The joy and pain that we receive
Must be what we deserve
I was brought up to believe
3. Clockwork Angels (7:31)
High above the city square
Globes of light float in mid-air
Higher still, against the night
Clockwork angels bathed in light

You promise every treasure, to the foolish and the wise
Goddesses of mystery, spirits in disguise
Every pleasure, we bow and close our eyes
Clockwork angels, promise every prize

Clockwork angels, spread their arms and sing
Synchronized and graceful, they move like living things
Goddesses of Light, of Sea and Sky and Land
Clockwork angels, the people raise their hands

As if to fly
As if to fly

All around the city square
Power shimmers in the air
People gazing up with love
To those angels high above

Celestial machinery - move through your commands
Goddesses of mystery, so delicate and so grand
Moved to worship, we bow and close our eyes
Clockwork angels, promise every prize

Clockwork angels, spread their arms and sing
Synchronized and graceful, they move like living things
Goddesses of Light, of Sea and Sky and Land
Clockwork angels, the people raise their hands
As if to fly
As if to fly

Lean not upon your own understanding
Ignorance is well and truly blessed
Trust in perfect love, and perfect planning
Everything will turn out for the best

Stars aglow like scattered sparks
Span the sky in clockwork arcs
Hint at more than we can see
Spiritual machinery

Clockwork angels, spread their arms and sing
Synchronized and graceful, they move like living things
Goddesses of Light, of Sea and Sky and Land
Clockwork angels, the people raise their hands (x2)

As if to fly
As if to fly
4. The Anarchist (6:52)
Will there be world enough in time for me to sing that song?
Are they so silent for someone alone?
For all the years I had to get along,
They told me I belonged.
I never wanted to belong!
I was so strong!

[Chorus]
I'd like me smiles in a diamond;
I'd like me happiness in love;
I'd like me all those things
I never got my fair share of,
My fair share of...

The lenses inside of me that paint the world black,
The booze of boys in the scarlet mist that's billowed into rage,
The things I've always been denied:
An empty promise that somehow died;
A missing part of me that goes around me like a cage,
A missing part of me that goes around me like a cage.

Failed all your science,
All the minds
Seeking blind
Through flesh and bone.
Find the blood inside this stone!
Well, I know I've never shown
What I feel I've always known.
I'll claim my vengeance on my own!
Well, I was always alone.

I'd like me smiles in a diamond;
I'd like me happiness in love.
I'd like me all those things
I'd never got my fair share of, my fair share of...

The lenses inside of me that paint the world black,
The booze of boys in the scarlet mist that's billowed into rage,
The things I've always been denied:
An empty promise that somehow died;
A missing part of me that goes around me like a cage,
A missing part of me that goes around me like a cage.

[Finale]
Oh, they try to get me home...
Oh, they'll never forget me...

The lenses inside of me that paint the world black,
The booze of boys in the scarlet mist that's billowed into rage,
The things I've always been denied:
An empty promise that somehow died;
A missing part of me that goes around me like a cage,
A missing part of me that goes around me like a cage,
A missing part of me that goes around me like a cage.
5. Carnies (4:52)
Under the gaze of the eight elms,
A spectacle like you've never seen:
Spinning lights and faces,
Demon music and gypsy queens!

The glint of iron wheels!
The bodies spin in a clockwork dance!
Oh, the smell of flint and steel!
A wheel of fate, a game of chance!

How I pray just to get away,
To carry me anywhere.
Sometimes the angels punish us
By answering our prayers,
By answering our prayers...

The face of naked evil
Turns a young boy's blood to ice;
(Indistinguishable),
Such a dangerous device.

The glint of iron wheels!
The bodies spin in a clockwork dance!
Oh, the smell of flint and steel!
A wheel of fate, a game of chance!

Oh, shout toward the crowd;
Laughed elation ringing loud!
(Indistinguishable) marks in the hands of the innocent.
The angry crowd moves towards him with malintent.

How I pray just to get away,
To carry me anywhere.
Sometimes the angels punish us
By answering our prayers,
By answering our prayers...

The glint of iron wheels!
The bodies spin in a clockwork dance!
Oh, the smell of flint and steel!
A wheel of fate, a game of chance!
6. Halo Effect (3:14)
What did I see, fool that I was?
Oh, a goddess with wings on her heels.
All my illusions projected on her;
The ideal that I wanted to see.

What did I know, fool that I was?
Oh, little by little I learn.
My friends were dismayed
To see me betrayed,
But they knew they could never tell me.

What did I care, fool that I was?
Oh, little by little I've learned.
Maybe sometimes remind me of (indistinguishable),
But how pretty the picture was back then.

What did I do, fool that I was,
To profit from youthful mistakes?
It's shameful to tell
How often I fell
In love with delusions again.

What did I do, the fool that I was,
To profit from youthful mistakes?
So shameful to tell
Just how often I fell
In love with illusions again!
7. Seven Cities of Gold (6:32)
A man can lose his past, in a country like this
Wandering aimless
Parched and nameless
A Man could lose his way, in a country like this
Canyons and cactus
Endless and trackless

Searching through grim eternity
Sculptured by prehistoric sea

Seven Cities of Gold
Stories that fired my imagination
Seven Cities of Gold
A splendid mirage in this desolation
Seven Cities of Gold
Glowing in my dreams, like hallucinations
Glitter in the sun like a revelation
Distant as a comet or a constellation

A man can lose himself, in a country like this
Rewrite the story
Recapture the glory
A man could lose his life, in a country like this
Sunblind and friendless
Frozen and endless

And the nights grow longer, the father I go
Wake to aching cold, and a deep Sahara of snow

Seven Cities of Gold
Stories that fired my imagination
Seven Cities of Gold
A splendid mirage in this desolation
Seven Cities of Gold
Glowing in my dreams, like hallucinations
Glitter in the sun like a revelation
Distant as a comet or a constellation

That gleam in the distance could be heaven's gate
A long-awaited treasure at the end of my cruel fate

Seven Cities of Gold
Stories that fired my imagination
Seven Cities of Gold
A splendid mirage in this desolation
Seven Cities of Gold
Glowing in my dreams, like hallucinations
Glitter in the sun like a revelation
Distant as a comet or a constellation
8. The Wreckers (5:01)
The breaker's war on an unseen shore,
In the teeth of a hurricane,
Oh, we struggle in vain
A hellish night, a ghostly light,
Appears through the driving rain,
Salvation in the human chain

All I know is that sometimes you have to be wary of a miracle too good to be true,
All I know is that sometimes the truth is contrary of everything in life you thought you knew
All I know is that sometimes you have to be wary, because sometimes the target is you

Driven to the ground,
With that awful sound
Drowned by the cheer from the shore,
Oh, we wonder what for

The people swarm,
through the darkening storm,
Gather everything they can score,
Turn their backs when there's no more

All I know is that sometimes you have to be wary of a miracle too good to be true,
All I know is that sometimes the truth is contrary of everything in life you thought you knew,
All I know that sometimes you have to be wary of a miracle too good to be true,
All I know that sometimes the truth is contrary, because sometimes the target is you.

The brink of war on an unseen shore,
In the teeth of an icy grave,
In the teeth of an icy grave

Whoah, the human chain leaves a bloody stain,
Washed away in the pounding waves,
Washed away in the pounding waves

All I know is that sometimes you have to be wary of a miracle too good to be true,
All I know is that sometimes the truth is contrary of all the things in life you thought you knew,
All I know is that sometimes you have to be wary, because sometimes the target is you.

All I know is that memory can be too much to carry,
striking out like a bull from a balloon,
All I know is that sometimes the truth is contrary of everything in life you thought you knew
9. Headlong Flight (7:20)
All the journeys of this great adventure
It didn't always feel that way
I wouldn't trade them because I made them
The best I could, and that's enough to say

Some days were dark
I wish that I could live it all again
Some nights were bright
I wish that I could live it all again

All the highlights of that headlong flight
Holding on with all my might
To what I felt back then
I wish that I could live it all again

I stoke the fire on the big steel wheels
Steer the airship right across the stars
I learned to fight, I learned to love, I learned to feel
Oh I wish that I could live it all again

All the treasures, the gold & glory
It didn't always feel that way
I don't regret it - I'll never forget it
I wouldn't trade tomorrow for today

Some days were dark
I wish that I could live it all again
Some nights were bright
I wish that I could live it all again

I stoke the fire on the big steel wheels
Steer the airship right across the stars
I learned to fight, I learned to love, I learned to feel
How I wish that I could live it all again

The days were dark
And the nights were bright
I would never trade tomorrow for today

All the highlights of that headlong flight
Holding on with all my might
Some days were dark
I wish that I could live it all again
Some nights were bright
I wish that I could live it all again

I stoke the fire on the big steel wheels
Steer the airship right across the stars
I learned to fight, I learned to love, I learned to feel
I wish that I could live it all again

I stoke the fire on the big steel wheels
Steer the airship right across the stars
I learned to fight, I learned to love, I learned to steal
I wish that I could...

Oh I wish that I could live it all again
10. BU2B2 (1:28)
I was brought up to believe
Belief has failed me now
The bright glow of optimism
Abandoned me somehow

Belief has failed me now
Life goes from bad to worse
No philosophy consoles me
In a clockwork universe

Oh life goes from bad to worse
I still choose to live
Find the measure of love and laughter
And another measure to give

Oh I still choose to live
And give, even while I grieve
Though the balance tilts against me
I was brought up to believe
11. Wish Them Well (5:25)
All that you can do is wish them well
All that you can do is wish them well

Spirits turned bitter by the poison of envy
Always angry and dissatisfied
Even the lost ones, the frightened and mean ones
Even the ones with a devil inside

Thank your stars you're not that way
Turn your back and walk away
Don't even pause and ask them why
Turn around and say goodbye

People who judge without a measure of mercy
All the victims who will never learn
Even the lost ones, you can only give up on
Even the ones who make you burn

The ones who've done you wrong
The ones who pretended to be so strong
The grudges you've held for so long
It's not worth singing that same sad song

Even though you're going through hell
Just keep on going
Let the demons dwell

Just wish them well
12. The Garden (6:59)
In this one of many possible worlds
All for the best something are test
It is what it is and whatever
Time is still the infinite jest

The arrow flies when you dream
The hours tick away
The cells take away

Watchmaker keep to his steeds ?
The hours tick away
They tick away

The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect
So hard to earn so easily burned

The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect
So hard to earn so easily burned
Like the fullness of time
A garden to nurture and protect

In horizon to set of the sun ?
To the stars goes spinning
Spinning 'round the night
Oh it is what it is and forever
Each moment of memory of light
The arrow flies while you dream
the hours tick away
The cells tick away
The watchmaker has time up his sleve
The hours tick away
They tick away

The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect
So hard to earn so easily burned
In the fullness of time
A garden to nurture and protect
(Its a measure of a life)
The treasure of a life is a measure of love and respect
The way you live the gifts that you give
And the fullness of time is the only return i do expect

The future dissapears to memory
With only a moment between
Forever dwells in that moment
Hope is what remains to be seen
Forever dwells in that moment
Hope is what remains to be seen

In the wholeness/fullness of time a garden to nurture and protect
(Its a measure of a life)

Its a measure of a life
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