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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Arts: An Island in the Darkness

I remember "discovering" this song, An Island in the Darkness back in the peer-to-peer Napster days.  Although it was first released in 1995 by the band Strictly Inc, this 17 minute song really had little reception among audiences that who were weaned on 2-3 min pop songs. 

Well one of the members of Strictly Inc was Tony Banks, of Genesis fame, who used the guise of a band to continue his solo work.  He was no stranger to the longer works of music as Island echos some of his Prog-rock works with Genesis .  Joining Banks on this song as vocalist is Jack Hues of the 80's band Wang Chung. 

I enjoy this song first because of the strong imagery presented lyrically and second due to the musical virtuosity on display throughout the song.  From the opening introduction by piano-synth until its final note, this song rewards the patient listener.  I even like the Daryl Stuermer guitar solo (Hackett would have been better!).

Well sit back and enjoy:

 
 
Lyrics:
 
Like a fuse to the end will burn
Like a wave when the tide has turned
You keep on coming regardless
You won't accept defeat

And in the light of a cold grey dawn
When all seemed lost and you felt so forlorn
You sensed a warmth surround you
And now you find you're
No longer on your own

It's impossible unbelievable news
It's impossible but it's true

You never thought you would ever be here
You never even dared to hope you would ever be here
In a world you used to dream of
And watch from afar

After all of the time gone by
Searching fruitlessly asking why
It's hard to stop the trying
To truly realize

That all the pain all that's gone before
Lies behind and you can close the door
In the past forever
No need to worry
No need to fear at all

It's impossible unbelievable news
It's impossible but it's true

You never thought you would ever be here
You never even dared to hope you would ever be here
In a world you used to dream of
And watch from afar

In every minute of every hour so many dreams die
Do you believe it will be any different this time
This dream will last forever
This day will never end

Now the fog surrounds you
Swirling all around you
Confusing all your senses
All you see are phantoms
Always just out of reach
They tantalize and beckon
Seduce but without promise
You don't want to be here anymore
You don't want to be here to take it anymore
Now the water rises
It takes you where it will
You cannot choose direction
Or control the motion
And in the end you're thrown up
On an island in the darkness
Nothing is familiar
Tell me are you frightened on your own
Do you have the will to carry on?





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