The Black Halo (2005)

00. Intro (Hidden Track)
01. March Of Mephisto
02. When The Lights Are Down
03. The Haunting (Somewhere In Time)
04. Soul Society
05. Interlude I
06. Abandoned
07. This Pain
08. Moonlight
09. Interlude II
10. The Black Halo
11. Nothing Ever Dies
12. Memento Mori
13. Interlude III
14. Serenade
15. Epilogue

 

00. Intro (Hidden Track)

[Outside noises, hurried footsteps]

Man: Oh. Oh, this must be it.

[Door opens]

Man: Do you have the tickets?
Woman: Yes, I do. I’m all wet. Damn.
Man: Good evening, Sir. We come to see Kamelot. They haven’t started yet, have they?
Theater staffer: You just made it for the second act.
Man: Aah.
Theater staffer: I hope you have your tickets, cause it’s sold out…
Man: Yes, yes, yes.
Theater staffer: … and there is…
Man: First row, seats nine and ten.
Woman: Let’s hurry.
Theater staffer: Middle entrance, straight down the aile.
Woman: Thank you, Sir!
Theater staffer: Yes. All the way down.

[Footsteps, orchestra music]

Woman: Okay.
Man: You’re ready?
Woman: Mhmm.
Man: Let’s go.

[Door opens, orchestra music, audience noises]

[nach oben]

 

01. March Of Mephisto

Aspirat primo fortuna labori
Me duce tutus eris
Vox populi vox dei
Ad majorem dei gloriam…
Ad infinitum

You know just who I am
Don’t be so distant
‘Cause When you’re lost
I am solely there to share your grief

Wailing your sorrow
Is only my way to comfort you
[Reminders of innocent youth]
Waiting for morrow you’re lonely
I name your solitude
I speaketh the truth

Now tell me all about your pain
Down to the detail
Don’t say it’s love
Your fragile heart feeds my contempt

Wailing your sorrow
Is only my way to comfort you
[Reminders of innocent youth]
Waiting for morrow you’re lonely
I name your solitude
I speaketh the truth

[Persona non grata]

Chase the heathen call
We belong…you and I
Unison in all you deny

Wailing your sorrow
is only my way to comfort you
[Reminders of innocent youth]
Waiting for morrow you’re lonely
I name your solitude
I speaketh the truth

I am the thorn in your side
That seeks accomplishment
[Reminding the mortal of death]
I am the spore of your pride
An angel heavensent
The master of all
I am the urge of the flesh

[Reminding the mortal of death]

[Death]

[nach oben]

 

02. When The Lights Are Down

Rules without exceptions last eternally
Every move you make creates your destiny
I’ve come to soak my sorrow in halo black
As black as the seal on my soul

‘Cause when the lights are down
There’s no more to say
Love is the real pain
An internal revolution in our minds
And when the lights are down
You’re so far away
Tell me your real name
In the silence of the darkness we unite

[Rules without exceptions last eternally
Every move you make creates your destiny]
What can protect me from the past
And all the things that I have done
She told me and then she was gone

But when the lights are down
There’s no more to say
Deep in the shadows
Where the last of my delusions made a stand
‘Cause when the lights are down
She’ll take me away
Tell me her real name
And in death we’ll live the love we never had

Oh come all ye faithful beneath the moon, beneath the moon
Into the void as one
Marching on

‘Cause when the lights are down
There’s no more to say
Love is the real pain
An internal revolution in my mind
‘Cause when the lights are down
She’ll take me away
Tell me your real name
And in death we’ll live the love we never had

[nach oben]

 

03. The Haunting (Somewhere In Time)

Merely the sound of your voice
Made me believe that that you were her
Just like the river disturbs
…my inner peace

Once I believed I could find
Just a trace of her beloved soul
Once I believed she was all
Then she smothered my believes

One cold winter’s night
I may follow her voice to the river
Leave me for now and forever
Leave while you can

Somewhere in time I will find you and haunt you again
Like the wind sweeps the earth
Somewhere in time when no virtues are left to defend
You’ve fallen deep

I was a liar in every debate
I rule the forces that fueled your hate
When the cold in my heart leaves, it comes to an end
And quietly I’ll go to sleep

How could that first time recur
When memories linger on and on
What made me think you were her
Helena is dead to all
Dead to all

Nothing can bring her to life
Don’t pretend that I’ll be loving you
Once I believed she was gone
I corrupted from within
Leave, leave me for now and forever
Leave while you can

Somewhere in time I will find you and haunt you again
Like the wind sweeps the earth
Somewhere in time when no virtues are left to defend
You’ve fallen deep

I was a liar in every debate
I rule the forces that fueled your hate
When the cold in my heart leaves, it comes to an end
Quietly I’ll go to sleep

Ariel:
Follow me into the light
Or leave me tonight
I’ve gone too far to begin all anew
With someone like you

Marguerite:
Like ice on a lake of tears
I’ll take you through
Life fades in anew
With someone like you

Somewhere in time I will find you and love you again
Like the wind sweeps the earth
Somewhere in time when no virtues are left to defend
You’ve fallen deep

I was a liar in every debate
I rule the forces that fueled your hate
When the cold in my heart leaves, it comes to an end
And quietly I’ll go to sleep

[nach oben]

 

04. Soul Society

If my soul could revive
From my carnal remains
What does it matter to me
If it all fades to black
If I’m born once again
Then no-one really is free
How could I be condemned
For the things that I’ve done
If my intentions were good
I guess I’ll never know
Some things under the sun
Can never be understood

How can we believe in heaven
Human reason counters all
Ideas of a soul society
My life is just a fragment
Of this universe and all
There must be more than I can see

In the dark we’re the same
In the concept of time
We’re like a grain in the sand
And we strive for the flame
As if death was our aim
‘Cause we cannot understand

How I wish there was a heaven
All for one and one for all
A flawless soul society
Our lives are just a fragment
Of the universe and all
There may be more than we can see

How could I be condemned
For the things that I’ve done
If my intentions were good
I guess I’ll never know
Some things under the sun
Can never be understood

How can we believe in heaven
All for one and one for all
Ideas of a soul society
My life is just a fragment
Of this universe and all
There may be more than we can see

[nach oben]

 

05. Interlude I – Dei Gratia

Sub sole nihil novi est
Ad astra per aspera
Quaerite prime regnum dei
Ante bellum memento mori

[nach oben]

 

06. Abandoned

Once my life was plain and clear
I recall
Once my ignorance was bliss
Nightfall came
Like a serpent’s kiss
To my troubled mind

Why… Oh why my God
Have you abandoned me
In my sobriety
Behind the old façade
I’m your bewildered child
So take me cross the river wide

Binding promises were made
On my soul
Grand illusions lead astray
Ice cold winds swept my heart away
Bring me back to you

Why… Oh why my God
Have you abandoned me
In my sobriety
Behind the old façade
I’m your bewildered child
So take me cross the river wide

Helena:
I remember a song
Like in a dream
Where September was long
And winter unreal

Why… Oh why my God above
Have you abandoned me
In my sobriety
Behind the old façade
I’m your bewildered child
So take me cross the river wide

[nach oben]

07. This Pain

Pushing for the limit of sanity
Pushing for the surface
… so I can breathe
Dark is the night for us all, but some days
I feel the light crawling down these jagged walls
Blessed sunlight

Some of this pain is sole subjected
But what was I to do
Some of this pain will always stay
Deep and true

I left her with a warning… without protection
‘Cause the human nature has it’s ways with lust
With her back against the wall she crumbled
Just a minute more would saved her life
And even so… part of me
Blessed sunlight

Some of this pain is sole subjected
But what was I to do
Some of this pain will always stay
Deep and true, deep and true

I see her shame in my desire
It all took place too soon
Some of this wounds will always bleed
Over you, over you..

[nach oben]

 

08. Moonlight

I have never craved the system’s sympathy
I get restless over pity smiles
Some precaution wouldn’t harm my history
If I had the will to wait a little while

You cut the silence like a knife
You know I can’t repent for all

Moonlight falling over me
Sail on where the shadows hide
Moonlight crawling down on me
Just like you could not compete with my pride

Compensation for a misconducted life
Is it way too much to ask?
Hard to wake up
With your heart and soul deprived
When the morning comes
The second to your last

You cut the silence like a knife
At the edge of my last defences
You cut the silence like a knife
You know I won’t repent for all

Moonlight falling over me
Sail on where the shadows hide
Moonlight crawling down on me
Just like you could not compete with my pride

Shine on silver from the sky into the night
Gaia shivers and I need your leading light

Moonlight falling over me
Sail on where the shadows hide
Moonlight crawling down on me
Just like you could not compete with the pride

Moonlight falling over me
Sail on where the shadows hide
Moonlight crawling down on me
Just like you could not compete with the pride

[nach oben]

 

09. Interlude II – Un Assassino Molto Silencioso

C’era una volta un uomo
Con gli occhi verso la luna
E si chiedeva:
“Verra presto l’amore?”
E che altro esiste
In un cuore gelato?
Tranne il pensiero
Di un assassinio molto silenzioso

[nach oben]

 

10. The Black Halo

Come wind
Come snow
Come winterland
I have resigned myself to death
Come will to show the hidden hand
So I can draw my final breath
You could take me higher
So you said I trusted you
I may be a liar, but betrayal lies on you

I can feel when the journey ends
Final call for a last defense

Darkness come tonight
I have no fear of what you hold
Darkness come alive
You are the stories I’ve been told

I possess the power
Of survival in the cold
Life is like a flower
As it stumbles out of fall

We all know when our time has come
This is where I will linger on

Darkness come tonight
I have no fear of what you hold
Darkness come alive
You are the stories I’ve been told

Darkness come tonight
Nothing can take my faith away
Darkness come alive
Life fades to black from silver grey

Darkness come tonight
I have no fear of what you hold
Darkness come alive
You are the stories I’ve been told

Darkness come tonight
Nothing can take my faith away
Darkness come alive
Life fades to black from silver grey

[nach oben]

 

11. Noting Ever Dies

Here we are
Under the same old sun
All alone yet somehow bound and unified
Dust to dust…
Ashes to ashes won’t take long
we search for a harbour
somewhere to belong

They say that faith is all you need
To stay forever young
What you’ve sown is what you reap
our sins can’t be undone

There is a god in each society
So right is wrong where wrong is right
No-one could be sure
Still we are certain
That we know is truth
The only truth
We’re building our temples taller

They say that faith is all you need
To stay forever young
What you’ve sown is what you reap
our sins can’t be undone

How can we trust them once again
They use to tell us lies
And their voices will sustain
Cause nothing ever dies

Love, love is the only truth
Pure as the well of youth
Until it breaks your heart
You took me higher
Than the mountains I have climbed
You, you waited all your life for me
You left me all alone behind
But we’ll meet again
We will meet again

[all alone, so alone]

They say that faith is all you need
To stay forever young
What you’ve sown is what you reap
Our sins can’t be undone

How can we trust them once again
They use to tell us lies
And their voices will sustain
Cause nothing ever dies

[nach oben]

 

12. Memento Mori

Who wants to separate
The world we know from our beliefs
And who sees only black and white
Distinguish loss from sacrifice
Some day we may come to peace
With the world within ourselves
And I will await you
Until I close my eyes
Close my eyes
Close my eyes

When your time has come
You know you’ll be lonely once again
And the final winter comes to us all
Life is treacherous
But you’re not the only who must pretend

We’re a second in time
We’re the last in the line
Of the prey that walks the earth
Good and evil combined

I am the god in my own history
[The master of the game]
I may believe if she would come to me
[And whisper out my name]
Sometimes I wonder where the wind has gone
[If life has ever been]
Sometimes I wonder how belief alone
[Can cut me free from sin]

When you close your eyes
Mementos of summer retrieves your mind
Like a drizzled afternoon cleans the air
When the winter blows
You’re glad you remember you really tried

And it comes to an end
Even winter… life fall
And we all have our beliefs
Pray for mercy for all

[mercy for all, pray for mercy for all]

I am a man without a mystery
[The deal is done within]
I will embrace the coldest winter breeze
[And pay for every sin]

Helena:
Victoria, non praeda
Memento mori

Mephisto:
Una voce… volo, non valeo
Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori
Memento mori

Ariel:
So subservant in your embrace
No more denial
No run away
This is the final
My last recall
And that’s the price for what we learn
The more we know the more we yearn
Cause we’re so alone

I am a man without a mystery
[The deal is done within]
I will embrace the coldest winter breeze
[The journey can begin]
I’m still the god in my own history
I still believe that she will come to me
And whisper out my name

Some day we may come to peace
And reach beyond behind the lies
And I will await you
Until I close my eyes
Close my eyes
Close my eyes…

Ariel…
Ariel…
Ariel…
Ariel…

[nach oben]

 

13. Interlude III – Twelve Tolls For A New Day

Life has never been better than it is right now [Happy new year!]
And finally while I still have your attention
I want to wish you all a happy new year! [Yahoo!]

[Footsteps]

Happy new year!

[nach oben]

 

14. Serenade

Songs of pain and soothing lullabies
Songs of happiness and some that make us cry
One song we share
The cross we all bear
One that segregates
One that unifies

All we wonder
No-one ever denies
If once given life we must die

So bow down with me
Where summer fades into fall
And leave your hatchets of hate
Bow down with me
And sing the saddest of all
The song we all serenade
The more we know
The less we understand
Life, eternity, the savagery of man
We want it all
Aimed at the fall
What is destiny within the masterplan?

All we wonder
No-one ever denies
If once given life we must die

So bow down with me
Where summer fades into fall
And leave your hatchets of hate
Bow down with me
And sing the saddest of all
The song we all serenade

Hold on now
Don’t leave don’t let it go
Dance away the waltz of life
Right or wrong
The seed we never sow
That’s our loss our sacrifice

What does the winter bring,
If not yet another spring?

Bow down with me
Where summer fades into fall
And leave your hatchets of hate
Bow down with me
And sing the saddest of all
The song we all serenade

[nach oben]

 

15. Epilogue (Bonus Track)

One other year has left my life
One year bygone so soon
These were the days I sacrificed
These days were lived for you

Some came with winter in white
Some days were blown away
Some came with sultry summer nights
Some with October rain

Oh, how I long for utter silence
But who am I to know
When rain will turn to snow?
If life brings another day

[nach oben]