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CD7 Five Epics

Five Epics is a compilation album of epic tracks the band has relased officially and unofficially. It contains tracks from the first four CDs as well as one (North By Northwest) from the digital only relase, 3rd Wheel (the tracks that didn't fit).

This album has been released in a digital version only and is available at the Rebel Wheel online store and at Germany's Rostfrei Records .

To download a pdf of CD4 lyrics go here or scroll down this page.

To download a zip file of CD7 artwork go here or scroll down the page

Album Tracks

The Crystal Rain Suite

The piece that started it all for the band. Originally conceived in 2002-3 after a serious health issue that necessitated some life-style choices, Crystal Rain Suite grew from several pieces written over the course of a few decades. Some of the pieces ("Brothers", "DV82XL") were part of The Synics 1st album (in a different form) while others ("Whore's Breakfast" and "The Itch") were written for a jazz-fusion ensemble called Cold Fusion. The sound design and slow acoustic piece were freshly written for the suite itself and it was during the production that David decided to form a full-time working band to perform the album.

Diagramma Suite

At this point the band was (as always seems to be the case) in transition and David decided to re-group and build on the overwhelming interest the first album had surprisingly received. The suite here grew organically from the opening 7/8 riff and refers to several core themes varied endlessly. The only pre-existing piece incorporated into the suite was "King Of Mice" based on John Irving's "Hotel New Hampshire". A favorite of many fans, Diagramma exemplifies the band's sound, using as it does, modern (well at least modern when the song was produced) electronic elements with traditional prog sonics and a 20th century compositional approach.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

This piece, although hard-rocking in nature, is actually written in a symphonic form. There are four basic movements (Discoverie 1,2,3&4), where 1 and 2 are Sonata-Allegro forms, 3 a scherzo and 4 a Rondo. They are all based on 12 tone rows transposed to a common note (F#) and have endless variation machinations applied through-out. The other pieces (Hags 1,2&3), are very tonal pastroal acoustic pieces all with a common key center (D). The suite then becomes a seven movement symphony constantly altering between atonal 12-tone movements and strongly tonal diatonic intermissions.

Whore's Breakfast Suite

This piece is a edit of two seperate Rebel Wheel tracks recorded 10 years apart. The first was taken from Crystal Rain Suite, although was originally written in 1978 for orchestra and placed bodily into the 1st Rebel Wheel album. The second part was written specifically for Whore's Breakfast and uses themes from the first in retrograde and inverted forms.

North By Northwest

At one point Marco from the Decammaron project asked me to get involved in a new CD he was working on featuring movies by Hitchcock. I immediately chose North By Northwest and wrote a vocal oriented piece of Symph Prog. The project fell through and it was decided to release it with 3rd wheel and again here.

This album, along with all their others, is for sale at the The Rebel Wheel online store. It is also available at Germany's Rostfrei Records , along with their entire catalog.

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Album Lyrics

Part 1 Crystal Rain pt1 (instrumental)

Part 2 Innocence pt1

I don't believe it, what did she say?

I can't pretend I wasn't listening anyway.

No voices echo, inside my car

As I drive silent through the night to where you are.

We traded all our innocence

and now we find we've nothing left.

No silken ties, we've cut that rope.

I know to much to hold much hope.

I hope she's happy, in her place.

I still remember the sunlight on her face.

I hope she wonders, sometimes of me.

No point in counting on the "wait and see"

We traded all our innocence

and now we find we've nothing left.

No silken ties, we've cut that rope.

I know to much to hold much hope.

Part 3 Whore's Breakfast (instrumental)

Part 4 Brothers (lyrics by David Crawford)

We are brothers I hear it said

but it doesn't look that way to me

Can I take you out to tea?

Why the gun?

Why to me?

No-one escapes this merry-go-round alive.

We are brothers, Cain and Able

watch your back, watch your back.

Blood is thicker than water.

Blood is mostly water.

The tribe is on the move again

No thought for the unfit left behind.

Time to get back in line.

Defend good.

End evil.

No-one escapes this merry-go-round alive.

We are brothers, Cain and Able

watch your back, watch your back.

Blood is thicker than water.

Blood is mostly water.

Part 4 Crystal Rain pt2 (instrumental)

Part 5 The Itch (instrumental)

Part 6 DV82XL

I don't know why you're waiting

wond'ring if they'll call.

Surely you know all they want is

all you have.

Those empty moments

you spend 'til they respond

when all the questions were beyond

them anyway.

DV82XL

you're life is your wishing well

All you need to break the spell

is open up your eyes

DV82XL

do it weird but do it well.

All you need to break the spell is

DV82XL.

I meet your eyes and they,

show me your disgrace.

All your tender expectations are tears

upon your face.

They choose your ward-robe,

they influence your mind.

leave you in shadows.

the blind leading the blind.

DV82XL

you're life is your wishing well

All you need to break the spell

is open up your eyes

DV82XL

do it weird but do it well.

All you need to break the spell is

DV82XL.

I meet your eyes and they,

show me your disgrace.

All your tender expectations are tears

upon your face.

They choose your ward-robe,

they influence your mind.

leave you in shadows.

the blind leading the blind.

DV82XL

you're life is your wishing well

All you need to break the spell

is open up your eyes

DV82XL

do it weird but do it well.

All you need to break the spell is

DV82XL.

Part 7 Crystal Rain pt3 (instrumental)

Part 8 Innocence pt 2

I don't believe it, what did she say?

I can't pretend I wasn't listening anyway.

No voices echo, inside my car

As I drive silent through the night to where you are.

We traded all our innocence

and now we find we've nothing left.

No silken ties, we've cut that rope.

I know to much to hold much hope.

Part 8 Crystal Rain pt 4

Diagramma

1st

I have nothing to hide, gave it all to you.

Left with nothing inside, when it all was through.

Saw that look in your eyes that time you turned away

And the silence of night, is my own.

Feel the wind on your face, as the stars fall down.

Feel your body erase, as we leave the ground.

We have nothing to hide, as we tumble down.

Saw that look in your eyes was for me.

2nd,

Sometimes I think I can see through walls

Sometimes I think I can see it all

I fade away, it fades away, I fall away, it falls away

I need today, I need to say.

Conditions, demands, conditions, demands.

Demand and desire.

Sometimes I think I can sense you near,

Sometimes I think I can smell the fear.

I fade away, it fades away, I fall away, it falls away

I need today, I need to say.

Conditions, demands, conditions, demands.

Demand and desire.

3rd

Out on the streets, ten stories to go

Laughing like a king disguised.

A crowd gathers, a hat passes 'round.

No silent assembly in this silent town.

Keep on passing those open windows.

Life is serious, but art is fun.

Out on the street, ten stories below.

Laying like a clown disguised,

A crowd gathers, a sigh passes 'round.

A silent assembly on this sacred ground.

Keep on passing those open windows.

Life is serious, but art is fun.

Discoverie of Witchcraft Ben Jonson 1609

Part 1: Convent

Dame dame, the watch is set.

Quickly now we all are met.

From the lakes and from the fens,

from the rocks and from the dens,

from the woods and from the caves,

from the church-yards and the graves,

from the dungeon, from the tree,

that they died on, here are we.

Part 2: Hags 1

I have been gathering wolves' hair,the mad-dog's foam and the adder's ears.

The spurgings of a dead man's eyes,and all since the evening star did rise.

I last night lay all alone on,the ground to hear a man-drake groan.

I plucked him up though he grew full low.And as I had done the cock did crow.

Under the cradle I did creep,by day and when the child was asleep.

I had a dagger; what did I with that? Killed the infant to have her fat.

Part 3: Mad Night,

The owl is abroad, the bat and the toad,and so is the cat-a-mountain.

The ant, the mole sit both in a hole,and frog peeps out of the fountain.

The dogs do bay and timbrels play, the spindle now is turning.

The moon is red, the stars have fled, but all the sky is burning.

Part 4: Hags 2

A murderer yonder was hung in chains, the sun and wind had shrunk his veins.

I bit off a sinew I clipped his hair, I brought off his rags that danced in the air.

I have been choosing out this skull, from charnel houses that were full.

I from the jaws of the watcher's bitch, did snatch these bones and with them leaped the ditch.

Part 6: Hags 3

The scritch-owl's eggs and the feathers black.

Blood of the frog and the bones in his back.

The worm in the mouth of the dog's remains.

I killed a black cat and here are the brains.

I went to the toad breeds under the wall.

I charmed him out and he came at my call.

I scratched out the eyes of the owl before.

I tore the bat's wings; what would you have more.

Yes I have brought to help our vows, horned poppy and cypress boughs.

The fog-tree wild that grows on tombs,and juice that from the larch-tree comes.

Basilick's blood and the viper skin.

And now our orgies let's begin.

North By Northwest

Waiting for a chance (waiting for a chance)

and in the daylight waning (to win your heart or soul)

loss or gain I'm waiting in the strange (waiting in the strange)

silence that still surrounds you sounds too quiet to change

(silence of your soul)

I run from the hounds (I run from the hounds)

mystery chases me and runs me into (the selling of your soul)

grounded by the light (grounded by the light) shines in your eyes and maybe

I'll rest for the night. (Your sheltering heart)

Your heart beside me, softly beats beside me.

Waiting in the dark, (waiting in the dark)

taking too long to see the truth of me and (truth of) her life in my heart

something that softly grows and grows into the better part of me

Your heart inside me, softly beats inside me

I chase after her, mountains and depths of feeling, reeling into the

dark and silent night fails and sunrise

pulling her into my arms into my heart and into my life

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