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THE MAGICIAN'S BIRTHDAY

The Magician's Birthday Bronze ILPS 9213 Released in November 1972 Side A 1. SUNRISE (Hensley) 4.04 2. SPIDER WOMAN (Box/Byron/Kerslake/Thain) 2.25 3. BLIND EYE (Hensley) 3.33 4. ECHOES IN THE DARK (Hensley) 4.48 5. RAIN (Hensley) 3.59 Side B 1. SWEET LORRAINE (Box/Byron/Thain) 4.13 2. TALES (Hensley) 4.09 3. THE MAGICIANíS BIRTHDAY (Hensley/Box/Kerslake) 10.23 GARY THAIN - Bass guitar LEE KERSLAKE - Drums and Percussion MICK BOX - Guitars KEN HENSLEY - Keyboards, Guitars, Moog Synthesizer DAVID BYRON - Vocals (except B3 DAVID BYRON & KEN HENSLEY - Vocals) Produced by GERRY BRON Engineer PETER GALLEN Assistant engineer ASHLEY HOWE Recorded at Lansdowne Studios, London, September/October 1972 Cover design by ROGER DEAN Photographs by FIN COSTELLO Singles Releases BONUS TRACKS ON 1996 REMASTERED CD: 1. SILVER WHITE MAN [instrumental] (Byron) 3.43 Out-take, previously unreleased. 2. CRYSTAL BALL (Thain) 4.08 Out-take, previously unreleased. BONUS TRACKS ON 2003 EXPANDED DE-LUXE EDITION CD: 1. CRYSTAL BALL (Thain) 4.08 Out-take. 2. SILVER WHITE MAN [vocal version] (Byron) 3.40 Out-take, previously unreleased. 3. ECHOES IN THE DARK [edit] (Hensley) 4.23 Edited from album version. 4. PROUD WORDS [alternate version] (Hensley) 3.24 Out-take, this song appeared for the first time on ĎA Time Of Revelationí (1996). 5. RAIN [edit] (Hensley) 3.16 Edited from album version. 6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Hensley/Box/Kerslake) 4.44 Edited version of The Magician's Birthday. 7. SUNRISE [edit] (Hensley) 2.49 Edited from album version. 8. GARY'S SONG (Thain) 4.25 Alternate version of Crystal Ball, previously unreleased. 9. SILVER WHITE MAN [instrumental] (Byron) 3.43 Out-take. Expanded De-luxe Edition cover: The Magician's Birthday Deluxe
SUNRISE Sunrise And the new day's breakin' through The morning Of another day without you And as the hours roll by No-oneís there to see me cry Except the sunrise The sunrise and you Tired eyes drift across the shore Looking for love and nothing more But as the sea rolls by No-one's there to see me cry Excep the sunrise The sunrise and you Sunrise Bless my eyes Catch my soul Make me whole again Sunrise, new day Hear my song I'm tired of fightin' And foolin' around But from now on Till who knows when My sword will be my pen And I'll love you, love you For all of my time SPIDER WOMAN I had a spider woman And she was so good She chained me In her web so tight I lost the freedom Of release that night So I stayed right by her I dreamt I saw a blind man Who was singing a song About a guy who Couldn't take no more And the meaning of The words he swore Told me go find her She was a spider woman But she was good to me Spider Woman But she was good to me I told her 'bout my vision But she laughed in my face So I told her go And walk in the street But by the time She got past my feet I lost control BLIND EYE Stranger than the sunrise Darker than the night Fiercer than a rainstorm This is man's delight This is man's delight Weaker than a moment And hot as any fire Blinder than the blind eye This is man's desire This is man's desire I ran to a place in the open sea Where I pledged My life to the sun It was good for a while I could laugh, I could smile But when I woke up one day The sun had gone So what of my meaning What am I trying to say What of my caution Iím a man anyway Iím a man anyway ECHOES IN THE DARK I have heard the echoes in the dark Dim and distant voices of the past And I've seen so far into the night And lingered in the land of no light Far beyond the Shrouded hours of dawn Through the mist Of daybreak I was borne But the day was Clouded still by night Leaving me in the land of no light Though I'd love to Say hello to you You might have to wait awhile To say goodbye For it must end as it began And then start again The day of darkness Comes to every man And lingers while he Reaches out his hand And he cannot know how it will end Till he finds out if he has a friend A friend ... RAIN It's raining outside But that's not unusual But the way that I'm feeling Is becoming usual I guess you could say The clouds are moving away Away from your days And into mine Now it's raining inside Itís kind of a shame And it's getting to me A happy man Why should you want to Waste all my time The world is yours But I am mine Rain, rain, rain in my tears Measuring carefully my years Shame, shame, shame in my mind See what you've done to my life See what youíve done to my life
SWEET LORRAINE Would you like to take This magic potion with me On a trip to a cosmic Playground far beyond She understands She's been before It's in her hands To find the door Sweet Lorraine Let the party carry on You and I will swim the sea Sweet Lorraine Let the party carry on You and I can feel the breeze There is no time, no wealth Only I surround you The fortune of this guide Is simply sincerity She understands ĎCos she's been before It's in her hands To find the door, so TALES We told our tales as we sat under Morning's sleepy sky With all the colours of The sunrise shining in our eyes One, then another With a story of yesterday's life Or of a lover who had Gone in a moment of strife No thought of sleep ever dwells Upon the wise man's mind Some task or audience Stealing every moment of his time Thus we have learned to live While mortal men Stand waiting to die How can we do what must be done In just one short life And if you ask Then you must know If you still doubt You should be told It was not we That made it so It was by those Who went before And there you sit Tomorrow's child So full of love So full of life But you must rise To meet the day Lest you become another tale Another tale ... THE MAGICIANíS BIRTHDAY In the magic garden Some were singing Some were dancing While the midnight moon Shone brightly overhead The stars so gaily glistened And the sphinx in silence listened to The magician tell of Lives that he had led Let the bells of freedom ring Songs of love to Friday's king Let's all go to The magician's birthday It's in a forest But not so far away Much to do And so much to say While we listened to The orchid orchestra play Happy Birthay to you ... Happy Birthday to magician Happy Birthday to you ... Then at the dead of midnight As we watched the dancing firelight The air grew cold And seemed to dull the flame The fire died The music faded Filled with fear of death we waited For now we knew Some evil was to blame I challenge you I challenge you all For all you own And all you know And by all the powers of darkness I will steal what is mine Surrender now or face my spite I grant you it may be Friday night But did you know this day Also numbers thirteen First I'll give you fire I turn your fire into a sleepy stream Yes, now I give you nightmares From your horror I'll create a dream You cannot fight me For I have the sword of hate But one thing you can't see My answer is simply An impenetrable fortress Of love ... love ... love ... The fear went as quickly as it came The air was clear The fire burned again The flames leapt The organ played The swans sang To greet the day And then we knew that Love will find love will find love ...
SILVER WHITE MAN Just looking around the sky And trying to reason why The feeling is right For someone to appear Heís never been seen before But heís somewhere out there, Iím sure And he talks in a whisper That most donít even hear A silver white man On a silver white horse And I hope that heís coming to meet me A silver white man On a silver white horse And Iíll hope heíll be able to greet me A silver white man ... He watches us night and day Whatever we do or say His only concern is Rightning all the wrong Because of the way they decreed He must stay on his silver white steed Try to find out the people who belong A silver white man On a silver white horse And I hope that heís coming to see me A silver white man On a silver white horse And I hope heíll be able to see me A silver white man ...
CRYSTAL BALL Do we live our lives in moderation? Does this appear When youíre around? And the deeper in debt The harder the bet Your thoughts are one of a clown Look out before you sign Your soul away The crystal ball, it seems Is not reading to - reading today Does the time seem right For some rethinking? It seems a gift that you have Are you living a dream Of express progress? Itís just a thought that you have Oh, you shouldíve know better When the warning light was lit As it did for others You preach a sermon When you talk of the Messiah We are yet to discover Thinkiní, loviní, feeliní But disbelieviní ... PROUD WORDS Stand up and fight Or you'll lose your right Do you wanna stand in a line Fightin' hard to hold on to your mind Seek and you'll find Proud words on a dusty shelf Find and you'll seek Just keep on helpiní yourself When the wind of trouble comes Put away your battledrums And stand up and fight Stand up and fight, don't stand in a line Hold on to your mind Seek and you'll find Proud words on a dusty shelf Find and you'll seek Keep on keepiní on helpiní yourself Stand up and fight ...
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