Abney Park

Lost Horizons tracks

Lyrics

1. AIRSHIP PIRATE

Our fires high and the airbags tight
Food's low but the skies are bright
Props spinning all through the night
We're low on cash but seen another target

Goggles down and the cannons up
My blood starts pumping as I drain my cup
I give the wheel a spin and I turn this girl around
We're way above ground but we're closed in on our target

Flying Jib is filled with air
East India ships filled with despair
We even up, her broadsides bare
Our cannons flair but it's just a show of muscle

Steady on, she doesn't need to burn
She tries to flee and she tries to turn
Grappling fire, we latch her hull
She's starting to roll, but we've got her on a leash

(Chorus)
With a crew of drunken pilots
We're the only airship pirates
We're full of hot air and we're starting to rise
We're the terror of the skies, but a danger to ourselves

(Repeat Chorus)

Expendable crew starts to reel her in
Our swords are sharpened and we're ready to sin
I'm three miles up, we're about to swing aboard
My tether's made of leather so I'm not about to fall here

A swish of air and my boots hit deck
No cash, no fuel, no not a speck
Our grape shots made this bird a wreck
And a glance below deck shows a crew of nuns and orphans

(Chorus repeats)




2. THE EMPEROR'S WIVES

Deep in the dark of a forest kingdom
Under banyan covered skies
Lived a king with untold riches;
Jewels, gold, and two fair wives.
Both had hair as black as midnight,
Coal-black eyes that sparkled bright,
Terra-cotta skin as smooth as bronze
And tempting movements like a sprite.

Every night he indulged his fantasies
Enjoyed his wives and went to sleep
As he slept his wives kept secrets
Holding hands under the sheets.

Each dark day in his ancient palace
The emporer sant on hs throne of gold
His young wives explored bright gardens
Eyes met eyes and hands took hold (not completely sure about "hands took hold here)

On that day in the dead of summer
A pretty young wife saw a look of love
Her lover's face had taught their husband
Finally jealous, she lost her love.

One hot night in the dad of summer
The Emporer's wife stole the Magi's blade
Crept into her lover's chamber
And as they slept, her lover slayed.

Deep in the dark of a forest kingdom
Under banyan covered skies
Lived a king with untold riches;
Jewels, gold, and two fair wives.
Both had hair as black as midnight,
Coal-black eyes that sparkled bright,
Terra-cotta skin as smooth as bronze
And tempting movements like a sprite.




3. SLEEP ISABELLA

Sleep child sleep
Sleep child sleep
The daylight is waiting
Cautiously fraying.

Sleep sleep my Isabella
safely in your carousel
Sleep through the spinning
Just like your beginning
Sleep my child.

Dance child dance (Dance)
Dance child dance (Dance)
The Night time is waiting
dream times are fading

Dance dance my Isabella
Needing your own carousel
Sleep through the
Your whole world is caving

(My Isabella, Your carousel)

Sleep child sleep
Sleep child sleep
The daylight is waiting
Cautiously fraying

Sleep sleep my Isabella
Safely in your carousel
Sleep through the spinning
Just like your Beginning




4. SHE

She has always watched over me
She takes good care of me
She is such an integral part of me
That I forgot who I was
And I forgot she was there
For me

We have traveled this world for years
We have consoled each other's fears
We dried each other's tears
Yet always in doubt, and never in bed
Of we

With a fever, with a passion
Within anger or with compassion
In a rage, when distrustful
When she's screaming or when she's lustful
With the fever, with a passion
When in anger or in compassion
In a rage, when distrustful
When she's screaming and when she's lustful

With the fever, with a passion
When in anger or in compassion
In a rage, when distrustful
When she's screaming and when she's lustful

She has always watched over me
She takes good care of me
She is such an integral part of me
That I forgot who I was
And I forgot she was there
For me

We have traveled this world for years
We have consoled each other's fears
We dried each other's tears
Yet always in doubt, and never in bed
Of we

With a fever, with a passion
Within anger or with compassion
In a rage, when distrustful
When she's screaming or when she's lustful
With the fever, with a passion
When in anger or in compassion
In a rage, when distrustful
When she's screaming and when she's lustful




5. THE SECRET LIFE OF DR. CALGORI

Testtubes and Tesla coils,
clockwork brain and glowing oils,
copper, brass, explosive jelly
He may compete, but he's too dally.
invented the radio transmitting, too.
played poker with faraday, tesla and poe.
harvest the daylight to power airships,
and they are still intoxined from posting his drips.

(2x)
Entropy's fading his life away
before the world could ever see
dissipating, evaporating

They have him sealed behind locked doors,
amending here from fighting cold wars.
Invented steam sails and taught them to fight
and they stopped things to go bump in the night,
all his acomplishments hidden for life,
his genius's top secret even from his wife,
an aged wrinkled genius his memory fading,
his fate, his creations, the government evading

(2x)
Entropy's fading his life away
before the world could ever see
dissipating, evaporating

Testtubes and Tesla coils,
clockwork brain and glowing oils,
copper, brass, explosive jelly
He may compete, but he's too dally.
invented the radio transmitting, too.
played poker with faraday, tesla and poe.
harvest the daylight to power airships,
and they are still intoxined from posting his drips.

(3x)
Entropy's fading his life away
before the world could ever see
dissipating, evaporating




6. THIS DARK AND TWISTY ROAD

Little girl, in your dress of snowy white
Get behind me, and [seek] the creatures of the night
Long ago and far away until my given star
To make you and safe away, deep down

This dark and twisted road

Little girl, keep your feet upon the trail
If you stray, you'll become a cautionary tale
With these arms and with these fists
I'll keep you safe and sound
Through the forests and the mists, deep down

This dark and twisted road

Run little girl, let your back your covered now
Go and run and hide yourself your safe

Run little girl, let your back your covered now
Go and run and hide yourself your safe

Little girl, one day I'll give you away
Though I'll miss you, I can't ask you to stay
Your whole life until this day, I have protected you
If you'll need me on your way, I'll be around

This dark and twisted road

Run little girl, let your back your covered now
Go and run and hide yourself your safe

Run little girl, let your back your covered now
Go and run and hide yourself your safe




7. HERR DROSSELMEYER'S DOLL

Herr Drosselmeyer's Doll
There she is on the stage
Spinning as she sprawls
Thank God the curtains fall
Her spring is sprung
And dances done
Spinning as she sprawls
Thank God the curtains fall

In the morning, he twists the key quite hard
And ticking, she's brought to boil
"Relevée, my sweet, on point, en garde!"
Her innards twang as they uncoil

Herr Doktor's fingertips trace by
On craquelature from every fall
The daylight made to race right by
With paint and paste and stitch and awl

"Patient, patient, bumblebee,
Soon your audience admire
A shapely arabesque or three
I'll wind you up, you'll never tire."

Starry tutu, sullen moon
A frozen carmine mouth
Twinkles as she jerks and swoons
The lady is ushered out

"Gentlemen, this fallen angel is the illegitimate daughter of art and science. A modern marvel of engineering, clockworks elevated to the very natural process which even now is in your blood, racing, your eyes flashing at such irreproachable beauty. Here is Gaia, here is Eve, here is Lilith, and I stand before you as her father. Sprung fully-formed from my brow, dewy and sweet; she can be yours and yours again, for her flesh is the incorruptible pale to be excused from the wages of sin."
(winds her up)

And as the sack cloth, sodden, slumps
Beneath these chipped and china limbs
The sour flesh pines, grunts and thumps
"Step right up, boys, tuppence for a spin!"




8. VIRUS

It feeds on the souls of the living.
And gets inside their minds.
Transforms their brains and their longings,
No consciousness it will find.

It feeds on their fears and emotions,
As it has for 2000 years
Its infected the Hindus, infected the Buddhists,
Kept them all in tears.

If you're nearly dead, it will keep you alive.
And if you're alive, it keeps you nearly dead.
It forces the body to seek uninfected,
And gets inside their heads.

Once your brain is infected,
It changes what makes you pleased.
It forces your body to seek uninfected,
And add them to the diseased.

And in this way it crept slowly
All across the land
But the wise and the strong can still join forces
Defending our last stand

If you're nearly dead, it will keep you alive.
And if you're alive, it keeps you nearly dead.
It forces the body to seek the uninfected,
And gets inside their heads.




9. I AM STRECHED ON YOUR GRAVE

I am stretched on your grave
And I'll lie there forever
If your hands were in mine
I'd be sure we'd not sever
My apple tree, my brightness,
It's time we were together
For I smell of the Earth
And I'm worn by the weather.

When my family thinks
That I'm safely in my bed
From morn until night
I am stretched at your head
Calling out to the air
With tears both hot and wild
For the loss of a girl
I loved as a child.

Do you remember the night
The night when we were lost
In the shade of the blackthorn
And the chill of the frost?
Oh, and thanks be to Jesus
We did what was right
And your maidenhead still
Is your pillar of light.

I am stretched on your grave
And I'll lie there forever
If your hands were in mine
I'd be sure we'd not sever

Oh, the priests and the friars
They approach me in dread
For I love you still
My wife, and you're dead
I still will be your shelter
Through rain and through storm
And with you in your cold grave
I cannot sleep warm

So I am stretched on your grave
And I'll lie there forever
If your hands were in mine
I'd be sure we'd not sever
My apple tree, my brightness,
It's time we were together
For I smell of the Earth
And I'm worn by the weather.

So I am stretched on your grave
And I'll lie there forever
If your hands were in mine
I'd be sure we'd not sever




10. POST-APOCALYPSE PUNK

It was 1906, but I screwed the timeline up.
It wasn't just for kicks but I'm afraid that the gig is up.
I tripped through time, at the count of jump
Smashed the past and messed the whole thing up,
Now there's nothing left but Post-Apocalypse Punk.

Trying to make a buck but we can barely stay aloft.
Tried to swing a deal but we pissed the wrong guys off.
We got one guitar and a flintlock bass,
We've blasted the past all over the place,
And there's nothing left but Post-Apocalypse Punk.

Just when I thought we had won,
we were back to the start again.
The wind in our sails and the doldrum settlin' in.
Now I'm covered in grease from my head to toes,
Slappin' the iron, but the engine's froze,
And there's nothing left but Post-Apocalypse Punk.

It was 1906, but I screwed the timeline up.
It wasn't just for kicks but I'm afraid that the gig is up.
I tripped through time, at the count of jump
Smashed the past and messed the whole thing up,
Now there's nothing left but Post-Apocalypse Punk.




11. THE BALLAD OF CAPTAIN ROBERT

Captain Robert took his men
And flew to Prague and back again
Some fell off, some dropped dead
And some put bullets through their head

A skeleton crew is what came back
And once in port he filled his sack
With bribes in cash and foreign coin
Things to make a new crew join

Captain Robert took his crew
To Shangri-la and Timbuktu
Some went crazy, some got mad
Some they kicked off ship in Chad

A skeleton crew is what came back
Who lived through mutiny, plague and flak
Strong and calloused, brave and tired
All those who could stay inspired

Captain Robert took his ship
To Beijing and to Mozambique
Still crazy or in irons he clapped them
One of them tried to kiss the captain

Captain Robert looked at his crew
And saw that everyone was new
The crew got broke through misadventure
No-one could take another good wrencher

A skeleton crew is what came back
Who lived through mutiny, plague and flak
Strong and calloused, brave and tired
All those who could stay inspired

A skeleton crew is what came back
And once in port he filled his sack
With bribes in cash and foreign coin
Things to make a new crew join

Captain Robert took his crew
To Shangri-la and Timbuktu
Some went crazy, some got mad
Some they kicked off ship in Chad