Far Skies Deep Time (import version)

by Big Big Train

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This import version includes Kingmaker as opposed to Master of Time which appeared on the original version of the CD release.

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released August 1, 2011

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Track Name: Kingmaker
She sailed over the distant horizon,
now it is time she came home.

The Archaeologists’ Chorus:
‘A thousand years have passed;
it’s time to bring her home’.

A long time ago,
when stories and legend were born
at the edge of the world
they made a stand before the storm.

She saw light from a distant horizon
now it is time she came home.

The Archaeologists’ Chorus:
‘A thousand years have passed;
it’s time to bring her home’.

A long time ago…

Halfway through a month of Sundays,
the rain at the window.
Outside in the fields on the chalkhills,
stone makes the earth.
Kingdoms may fall,
but people remain
a fountainhead
walks the same path.
The low winter sun,
the light is so old here
and shadows are cast by the stones
along the road,
the hollow ways
that lead us home,
lead us home again.

The Archaeologists’ Chorus:
‘She sailed over the distant horizon,
now it is time she came home.’
A thousand years have passed;
it’s time to bring her back home.
Track Name: Fat Billy Shouts Mine
Billy died on a beach
when the sky was full of sun.
Jumpers for goalposts
and sand for grass
a crowd of none.
Billy crossed over too many lines,
but not this far over.

The girls are not the same here…

Billy spent all his time in the pubs
where he drank too much.
Billy liked being out on his own,
but not the only one.
Keeping goal always set him apart,
but not this apart.

The lanes are not so wide here…

Billy died on a beach
when the sky was full of sun.
Out of a clear blue sky,
an ending overlong.
Jumpers for goalposts
and sand for grass
a crowd of none.
Track Name: British Racing Green
With the gallery we saw her diary
the lights were on for Christmas.
We walked into the streets
to find a place to eat.
British racing green and red,
she looked at me;
we tore each other’s hearts out
we ripped each other apart.
We tore each other’s hopes up,
we just gave up,
we gave up.

I cannot go on like this
crazy with dreaming.
Freely given, freely taken,
tested to destruction.
British racing green and red,
she looks at me;
we tore each other’s hearts out
we ripped each other apart.
We tore each other’s hopes up,
we just gave up,
we gave up.

Ah you know, that’s how things go.
Track Name: Brambling
She will always be the first
and so you will never forget
she is a thorn to pierce
your tender heart.
And this wound that hurts you so
is the hurt you need to grow.
Cry.

Hungrily tasting her berry stained lips,
you planting your kisses right there.
Rise up before her now
she holds you in her hands
brings you from bud into bloom,
in her you drown.
And this wound that hurts you so
is the hurt you need to grow.
Cry.

A thorn upon the rose,
the boy becomes a man.
Although she is the first
she’ll not be the last.
And this wound that hurts you so
Is the hurt you need to grow.
Track Name: The Wide Open Sea
Part 1: The Sea Is My Blood

The sea is my blood,
the rain and the stars are my eyes,
the clouds are my mind,
the sea and the rain is my blood.

Part 2: From Cradle To Calvary

Lying ahull
ride out this storm
doused all the sails
I let the boat drift.

And so upon this tumbling sea
fathoms below
heavens above me.

I’m setting sail for Les Marquises
from cradle bound for Calvary.

I feel so alive,
how can it be
upon this wide, wide open sea?

There was a time
I was so alive
a Paris.

Part 3: The Pleasures And The Dreams Of Men

I sing their song
I mesmerised,
the sweat and the tears
stream from my eyes,
the shock impact of every line.

I sang to their souls
oh the dreams I would bring
I showed them who they are
and all they could be.
All the ugliness and the beauty
of the harsh reality.

I gave them the man
they want me to be
and held up the mirror
so they could see themselves
(reflected)
I made the myth where the man ends
and the legend begins.

Part 4: The Harbour Lights

In the evening they’ll be drinking
and swinging the lamp,
drinking and brawling
telling tall stories
their fishy tales,
around and around
on the merry-go-round.

And all the love that they’ll make
between tousled sheets,
bed springs creak
in time to their heartbeats
and the click of the heels
down the cobbled streets.

Let us remind the old lovers
for whom the wine has turned sour,
this could be
the finest hour of their time.
In the giddy hell
of the carousel.

Part 5: Far Beyond The Cardinal Points

I’ve been waiting here a long time,
I’ve been waiting for the longest
night of my days,
out here alone.

Part 6: I’m So Very Far From Here

I’m so very far from here
(home is a long way) from me.
I’m so very far from me
(home is a long way)
from this wide open sea.
I’m so very far from here
(home is a long way) from me.


Part 7: Let Us Speak of Love

Let us speak
speak of love,
of home and hope
loving and leaving
of laughter and forgetting
and letting go.

One day we’re born
on another we die
what lies in-between’s unimportant in this life.
I feel the ache in my chest
as I draw breath.

So let us speak of love,
love and generosity.
And if we only have love
it’s more than enough.

Part 8: Calvary – The Sea Is My Blood (Reprise)

The sea is my blood,
the rain and stars are my eyes,
the clouds are my mind,
the sea and rain is my blood.
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