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Legends of the Shires

(2017)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresProgressive Metal
LabelsNuclear Blast
Album rating :  95 / 100
Votes :  3
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Legends of the Shires Lyrics

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Disc 1  
1. The Shire (Part 1) (2:03)
Once there was a man of many means
Inherited from someone else's dreams
He said one day I'll plough and sow the seeds
If only I could learn to tame the weeds

And every time I get to the end
I'll turn round and start again
I'll keep coming back
I'll make it on my own
I'll make it on my own
'Cause it's what I was made for
I just can't wait any longer
My heart won't beat any stronger
This life was meant for me
2. Small Dark Lines (5:24)
There's a glint on the wind and the future's waiting
If my dark little words don't blow the whole thing
And I know that the world can be mine to conquer
If my dark little thoughts don't start to wander
I feel them slipping away

I know that your loving eyes are on to me
And living life is such a high-risk strategy

There are small dark lines on my heart tonight
From all those times that I crossed the line
Hallmark scars that were left behind
Memories never fade
I know I should never be forgiven
Given all the little lies I'm living
So I suffer those lines as a warning sign
That never goes away

So the lines are defined and the future's on plan
If my dark little mind stays with the programme
I can carry every pound of the pressure on me
If my dark little fears don't overcome me
I feel them slipping away

I know that your loving eyes are on to me
And living life is such a high-risk strategy

There are small dark lines on my heart tonight
From all those times that I crossed the line
Hallmark scars that were left behind
Memories never fade
I know I should never be forgiven
Given all the little lies I'm living
So I suffer those lines as a warning sign
That never goes away

It takes time erasing all the lies
It takes time erasing all the lines

I know that your loving eyes are on to me
And living life is such a high-risk strategy

There are small dark lines on my heart tonight
From all those times that I crossed the line
Hallmark scars that were left behind
Memories never fade
I know I should never be forgiven
Given all the little lies I'm living
So I suffer those lines as a warning sign
That never goes away

It takes time erasing all the lies
It takes time erasing all the lines

I know I should never be forgiven
Given all the little lies I'm living
So I suffer those lines as a warning sign
That never goes away
Never goes away
Never goes away
3. The Man Who Saw Through Time (11:51)
Someone told him he could see the future
From this moment to the end
If he found a place from where to view it
With a heart to comprehend
But every time he tries, it feels about as wise
As jumping into space
Held down by a force
He knows he has no access to that place
A filter he can't erase

Yet he doesn't see the harm in knowing
All the things he has in store
Curiosity now overflowing
Off he sets to find the door
And everything he knew and everything he thought
Were ripples on the tide
For right out of the blue
He came upon the doorway open wide
So softly he stepped inside

It was a long enthralling night
Fascination filled his sight
As he gazed on all that's still to come
Many things should not be seen
Unless they choose to be
Or you find the place to view them from
And now his eyes were open wide

How he cried at all the pain
How he glowed at his success
He watched his life unfolding
How he hid from all the shame
How he laughed when he was blessed
His lows and highs beholding
But now he knew too much
The man who saw through time

So happy with his lot
He relaxed and soon forgot
All the struggles that would take him there
Now the future that he saw
Was darker than before
So he went and found the door again
And now his eyes were open wide

How he cried at all he saw
How he grieved for his success
He watched his life unfolding
Now his life brought only shame
Now unsure if he was blessed
More lows than highs beholding
For now he knew too much
The man who saw through time

(x2) All the things he thought he'd done
All the things he would become
All the things he dreamt and loved
Were ripples on the tide

Back at home he made a bold decision
Working harder than before
To obliterate that second vision
And find the other one he saw
And every time it hurt or felt a little worse
The more he fought the tide
So maybe he'll fulfill
Greater stories still
The man who saw through time
4. Trust the Process (8:44)
See the soil in our nails from the landscape
See the blood inside our bodies as the red tape
Holding us back, under attack
Till it’s over, it’s over, it’s over
While the others are forever contemplating
We’re all smothered by the weather while we’re waiting
Watching it all tumble and fall
Till it’s over, it’s over, it’s over

We’re so determined not to drown
We’re bailing out the bow
While the stern is going down
Down, down, down

What’s the sense in having all of this potential
When we’re spending all our time on this potential?
Giving away all that we make
Till it’s over, it’s over, it’s over
And it’s nothing but a life of compromises
Good intentions interrupted by surprises
Pulling us down back to the ground
Till it’s over, it’s over, it’s over

And while we’re reaching for the sky
We’re told it’s not so high
We’re far below it
Still we know we’ve always got to try

But when the leader
Doesn’t know which way to go
How can you follow him?
Trust the process
And when the more we learn
The less we seem to know
How can you swallow it?
Trust the process

When the day is done and everyone is sated
We’re too tired to be wired or creative
Wasting away day by day
Till it’s over, it’s over, it’s over
And you know we don’t expect it to be perfect
At the minimum we thought it would be worth it
Glowing with pride, owning the ride
Till it’s over, it’s over, it’s over

And while we’re driving down a road
That’s really not a road
We’re going nowhere
Still it’s good to know we’re not alone

But when the leader
Doesn’t know which way to go
How can you follow him?
Trust the process
And when the more we learn
The less we seem to know
How can you swallow it?
Trust the process

There’s no use hiding from the truth
You’d be standing on the roof
Ignoring all the stars
There’s no use pointing out the truth
You’d be riding on a mule
In a world full of cars

And while we’re driving down a road
That’s really not a road
We’re going nowhere
Still it’s good to know we’re not alone

But when the leader
Doesn’t know which way to go
How can you follow him?
Trust the process
And when the more we learn
The less we seem to know
How can you swallow it?
Trust the process

Don’t you know to trust the process?
5. Stars and Satellites (7:20)
You could be the one in the yard who tends the farm
Or the one on the hill who paints it
You could be the one in the house who loves the art
Or the one on the suit who pays him

No one knows who you are
No one knows who you are

The moon goes round
The world goes round the sun
And you won't know your worth until it's done
And I can change your orbit, change your size
But I don't want to launch you, till it's wise
To set you spinning away like stars and satellites
Like stars and satellites

You could be the one tying the boats up by the dock
Or the one in the shed who makes them
You could be the one in the car who buys the yacht
Or the one will come to save him

No one knows who you are
No one knows who you are

The moon goes round
The world goes round the sun
And you won't know your worth until it's done
And I can change your orbit, change your size
But I don't want to launch you, till it's wise
To set you spinning away like stars and satellites
Like stars and satellites

Will you answer the call on the telephone?
Will you follow the map we sent?
Will you take all the pills and the dollar bills
And the lies that came and went?
Will you reach for the sky, think that you can fly?
Will you tumble and fall from grace?
Will you study the plans of those invisible bands
Till it's time to take your place?
Like stars and satellites

"How do I come down?"
"How do I come down?"
"How do I come down?"
"How do..."

No one knows who you are
No one knows who you are

The moon goes round
The world goes round the sun
And you won't know your worth until it's done
And I can change your orbit, change your size
But I don't want to launch you, till it's wise
To set you spinning away like stars and satellites
Like stars and satellites
Like stars and satellites
Like stars and satellites
6. On the Edge (5:20)
I’m on the edge, staring into my abyss
No, don’t let go, don’t succumb to its grips
Am I in too deep? I’ve lost my way, colours fade
A hand reaching out in dumb silence afraid

(But you know that)
A friend in need is a friend indeed
Just let go of blind dignity
You can leave that all behind
In the wake of your will, it’s for you to decide

I will always be grateful
To the angels that cushion my fall
(Catch me when I fall)
Leading me back to the flame
In the darkness that ignited it all

Why do I grieve for a life that wasn’t real?
The pain this failure brings is just part of that deal
My unfinished plan never really began
And so here I stand in the stillness a broken man

(And you know that)
A friend indeed will then concede
To relinquish barren hopes and dreams
Then head for the light, don’t be afraid
A new day will dawn and your peace will be made

I will always be grateful
To the angels that cushion my fall
(Catch me when I fall)
Leading me back to the flame
In the darkness that ignited it all

But be wary of this guise, contented is not wise
The shadows may return to take you
Remember all the pain that stripped you of your name
And left you worthless in the darkness

But be wary of this guise, contented is not wise
The shadows may return to take you
Remember all the pain that stripped you of your name
It’s time to reveal myself
 
Disc 2  
1. The Shire (Part 2) (5:24)
Once there was a man of many means
Inherited from someone else's dreams
He said “one day I'll plough and sow the seeds
If only I could learn to tame the weeds”

And every time I get to the end
I turn round and start again
‘Cos they’re coming back
Can’t take it anymore
Can’t take it anymore
Tell me what is this for, ‘cause
I just can’t wait any longer
My heart won’t beat any stronger
This life is not for me

So off he went and bought some new machines
And chemicals to subjugate the seeds
But now the roots had multiplied and grown
And crowded out the seeds that he had sown

And underneath the setting sun
Now he knew it
All we saw was toil to come
And no way through

And every time I get to the end
I turn round and start again
‘Cos they’re coming back
Can’t take it anymore
Can’t take it anymore
Tell me what is this for, ‘cause
I just can’t wait any longer
My heart won’t beat any stronger
This life is not for me

(x2) Live, love, laugh, hope, sow, grow

But every time I get to the end
I turn round and start again
‘Cos they’re coming back
Can’t take it anymore
Can’t take it anymore
Tell me what is this for, ‘cause
I just can’t wait any longer
My heart won’t beat any stronger
This life is not for me

This life is not for me
2. Snowblind (7:03)
Reflect, conceal, deflect but don’t reveal
One day you won’t remember what is real
I’m only one decision from amends
But I’m only one collision from the end
And the wind blows
And the wind blows

Reflect, conceal, deflect but don’t reveal
You sold your soul to seal another deal
Who said it’s only dark before the dawn?
Looking for the sun but blinded by the storm
And the wind blows
And the wind blows

Sometimes you know when enough is enough
Sometimes the fight gets a little too rough
These are the moments when you fall out of love
And it’s time to decide, it’s time to decide

It’s not impossible, it’s not debatable
Sooner or later you’ll get lost in a storm

Giving up, giving out, giving in
Pretty soon I’ll be six feet under
Throwing out every dream to the wind
‘Cos I’ve got nowhere left to go
I know, I know, I know
It’s just the winter sun, but
I don’t know where to go
To shelter from the snow

Sometimes you know when you’ve gambled too hard
Sometimes you know that you don’t have the cards
These are the moments that define who you are
And it’s time to decide, it’s time to decide

It’s not impossible, it’s not debatable
Sooner or later you’ll get lost in a storm

Giving up, giving out, giving in
Pretty soon I’ll be six feet under
Throwing out every dream to the wind
‘Cos I’ve got nowhere left to go
I know, I know, I know
It’s just the winter sun, but
I don’t know where to go
To shelter from the snow

You saw me, you sought me
You taught me there’s more to life
Than suffering, encouraged me
To look beyond the shore
I loved you, I trusted you
Looked up to you, I told you all
My life dreams and nothing seemed
As hopeless as before

If you want to know someone
Find out what they want

You used me, seduced me
Confused me and all those doubting
Moments were omens
I felt but never saw
You loved me, you crushed me
Corrupted me ‘till all the lines were
Deeper and wider
And darker than before

If you want to lose someone
Tell them what you’ve got

Giving up, giving out, giving in
Throwing out every dream to the wind

Giving up, giving out, giving in
Pretty soon I’ll be six feet under
Throwing out every dream to the wind
‘Cos I’ve got nowhere left to go
I know, I know, I know
It’s just the winter sun, but
I don’t know where to go
To shelter from the snow

Giving up, giving out, giving in
Throwing out every dream to the wind
‘Cos I’ve got nowhere left to go
I know, I know, I know
It’s just the winter sun, but
I don’t know where to go
To shelter from the snow

I don’t know where to go
3. Subliminal Freeways (4:51)
I left a note on the bedside table
But all I wrote was a messed-up fable
Maladies, analogies, everything but apologies
The architect of my own betrayal

I found a place I can clear my thoughts
I can finally be alone

But I feel no elation
There’s nothing in my heart
There’s nothing in my heart
No light from isolation
There’s nothing in my heart
There’s nothing in my heart

I closed my eyes to enjoy the freedom
I looked for lies ‘cos I longed to see them
Honesty, hypocrisy intertwined so impossibly
And self-respect is the death of reason

I found a place I can hear my thoughts
I can finally be alone

(x2) But I feel no elation
There’s nothing in my heart
There’s nothing in my heart
No light from isolation
There’s nothing in my heart
There’s nothing in my heart
4. State of Independence (3:37)
So I guess we’ve reached the point of no return
Only miles of empty highway left to burn
You longed for it, you followed it, you squandered it
And showed it no concern
And I guess that we were destined not to last
There were far too many scars left from the past
We meant for it, intended it, but the memory
Was branded on our hearts
And it’s over now

So you stand as the defendant
So silent and polite
But your lies are unrepentant
Like sirens in the night
And there could’ve been a way, should’ve been a way
To win without a fight
And avoid this state of independence

And you always wanted more than a run-around
Only I was never sure I could settle down
I toyed with you, avoided you, exploited you
As far as you allowed
But it’s over now

So you stand as the defendant
So silent and polite
But your lies are unrepentant
Like sirens in the night
And there could’ve been a way, should’ve been a way
To win without a fight
And avoid this state of independence

I don’t wanna lie, I’ll keep it inside
I’m not gonna fight or swallow my pride
Don’t wanna be right
When everything feels so wrong

So you stand as the defendant
So silent and polite
But your lies are unrepentant
Like thunder in the night
And there could’ve been a way, should’ve been a way
To win without a fight
And avoid this state of independence

So I guess we’ve reached the point of no return
5. Superior Machine (5:01)
I’ve been thinking that
Still I wonder how I was blind
Still you’re muddling up my mind
Still I struggle to sleep at night
How do you dare? Come on
Lost is the love that filled our day
Lost is the trust in what you say
Lost is all the money that you took away
How is that fair? Come on

I’m done wasting my time

I believe if I don’t avenge you
It will come to you somewhere else
I believe if you try to trap me
You will fall in the hole yourself
My heart is a broken engine
But my blood is running clean
With the fuel of faith and failure
I will mend this old machine

I’ve been thinking my
Shoes have traveled a thousand roads
My shoulders carried a thousand loads
My eyes are looking for time to close
It’s all I can bear, come on
Far too gone to start again
Far too close to miss the end
Far too much to hope you’ll ever make amends
How do you dare? Come on

I’m done wasting my time

I believe if I don’t avenge you
It will come to you somewhere else
I believe if you try to trap me
You will fall in the hole yourself
My heart is a broken engine
But my blood is running clean
With the fuel of faith and failure
I will mend this old machine

Superior machine
Superior machine

I’m done wasting my time

I believe if I don’t avenge you
It will come to you somewhere else
I believe if you try to trap me
You will fall in the hole yourself
My heart is a broken engine
But my blood is running clean
With the fuel of faith and failure
I will mend this old machine

I believe in the road less travelled
I believe it will all come good
I believe as the truth unravels
All of this will be understood
I’ll speak with the tongues of angels
And my life will be what I dream
With the fuel of faith and failure
I will mend this old machine
6. The Shire (Part 3) (1:22)
Take a little time
And start erasing all the lies
Take a little time
And start erasing all the lines
7. Lost in Translation (10:20)
He lost faith on a rainy Monday
When the storm gathered at the door
It would take him a month of Sundays
To get back what he had before
Knocked down, knocked out
Not sure what life’s about
All his hopes are reduced to nothing
All his future insecure

The road to the left looks dark and daunting
The road to the right is an endless hill
The road in the middle still scares him a little
But he doesn’t have a choice of standing still

He cried up to the heavens
“This wasn’t my design
There must have been an error
There must have been some grave mistake”
And struggling every second
was pointless and sublime
Wherein he found his character
Wherein he found he couldn’t break

The cold breeze on a rainy Monday
Slumped down with his head in his hands
Never felt so crushed or humbled
Overwhelmed by life’s demands
No hope, no plan
Right back where he began
Could have sworn that the sky was falling
Couldn’t hold it in his hands

The first little step was dark and daunting
The second after that was harder still
He knew he was slowing but he kept on going
‘Cause the flavor of defeat is the bitterest pill

He cried up to the heavens
“This wasn’t my design
There must have been an error
There must have been some grave mistake”
And struggling every second
was pointless and sublime
Wherein he found his character
Wherein he found he couldn’t break

And the wind blows
And the wind blows

Lost in translation
From shire to town to nation
Fulfilling the ancient
As time rewards the patient

Now it’s time for you to forget
Your distant glory
Now it’s time for you to fulfill
Another story

Maybe a painter
A guide, a clerk, a maker
Or maybe a writer
A king, a star, a fighter

Now it’s time for you to forget
Your distant glory
Now it’s time for you to fulfill
Another story
And it’s not about the place you go
It’s what you’re learning
And it’s all about the way you grow
Along the journey

The road to the left looks dark and daunting
The road to the right is an endless hill
The road in the middle still scares him a little
But he doesn’t have a choice of standing still

He cried up to the heavens
“This wasn’t my design
There must have been an error
There must have been some grave mistake”
And struggling every second
was pointless and sublime
Wherein he found his character
Wherein he found he couldn’t break

Rounded down
Built back up
Polished, crowned
Filled with love

And the wind blows
And the wind blows
8. Swallowed (3:54)
They’re spraying the crops on the farm today
You can watch the haze on the breeze
They say that it helps keep the bugs away
Not sure what it says about me

And it can all be swallowed
They say it’ll do you good
It can all be swallowed
But I don’t really know if I should

They’re spreading the word on the news today
You can watch the haze on the screen
Should we do what they do or do what they say?
‘Cos a river runs in between

And it can all be swallowed
They say it’ll do you good
It can all be swallowed
But I don’t really know if I should

Well, you answered the call on the telephone
And you followed the map they sent
And they took every one of your dollar bills
Like the lies that came and went
And they told you to stop reaching for the top
So you tumbled and fell to earth
No escape from the hands of those invisible bands
No return to what you’re worth

And they told you of rings and incredible things
And they told you that pigs could fly
But they don’t want their meat growing feelings or feet
So instead they just say goodbye
And the end, my friend’s, an impossible bend
That nobody knows how to steer
Well, you can get incensed, you can get revenge
But you gotta get out of here

They’re closing the door of the farm today
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