Bob Catley

Middle Earth tracks

Lyrics

1. THE WRAITH OF THE RINGS

A stone's throw after midnight
Standing in the rain
Just echoes of a heartbeat
As lonely as the grave

The silence rules the halflight
With deafening resound
As the iridescent moonlight
Falls softly to the ground

If only for a moment
There's peace on middle earth
Till stepping from shadows
They arrived without a word

Don't make a sound, we're all out of miracles
I shake with fear and watch the wraiths of the ring appear
They're reaching out, they're tireless and cynical
I smell the death and know the wraiths of the ring are here
They know that the ring is near

A locked door should be airtight
Pull the shutters down
Better pray that in the daylight
We can turn this world around

We tip toe in the footsteps
Of those who went before
The weary and the breathless
Deny what fate befalls

A few souls in the darkness
Are faithful to the cause
So we gather round the embers
Of a dream worth fighting for

Don't make a sound, we're all out of miracles
I shake with fear and watch the wraiths of the ring appear
They're reaching out, they're tireless and cynical
I smell the death and know the wraiths of the ring are here
They know that the ring is near

A wrong move from a graveside
And no one dares to breathe
We would die than ever question
The paths of true belief

Don't make a sound, we're all out of miracles
I shake with fear and watch the wraiths of the ring appear
They're reaching out, they're tireless and cynical
I smell the death and know the wraiths of the ring are here
They know that the ring is near




2. PART I: THE FIELDS THAT I RECALL / PART II: EMISSARY / PART III: THE FIELDS THAT I RECALL (REPRISE)

(Part I)

I watch the dawn light burn across
The fields and I recall
How the shire night turns to dust
How skies of blue can banish the storm
In my minds eye, return I must
To fields that I recall
As the streams unfold
So the waters flow from the pail

I watch the dawn light burn across
The fields and I recall
As a child I learned to trust
Desire the truth and never before
Did a black sky dare to cross
The fields that I recall?
Something feels so cold
Apparitions cloaked stalk the vale

(Part II)

The ring smiths back in time
Forged thirteen rings of might
The nine they made for mortals
Fell to darkness from the light
The dark lord learned the craft
This secret his at last
And shadows grew from mordor
As the master ring was cast

Stealing the craft from the great ring shapers
One and its master would rule them all
Lost in the battle and now forsaken
Beckons as it lies in wait
Centuries past and the power awakened
Speaks from the depths of the anduin
Now it returns to its evil maker
To this will each emissary breaks

This power from beyond
Such strength to overcome
The tortured brittle minds
That are haunted by the one
Three made for the white
Tall elven kings delight
And seven for the dwarf lords
From the mithril they mined

Stealing the craft from the great ring shapers
One and its master would rule them all
Lost in the battle and now forsaken
Beckons as it lies in wait
Centuries past and the power awakened
Speaks from the depths of the anduin
Now it returns to its evil maker
To this will each emissary breaks

Now it returns to its evil maker
To this will each emissary breaks

(Part III)

I watch the dawn light burn across
The fields and I recall
How the shire night turns to dust
How skies of blue can banish the storm
In my minds eye, return I must
To the fields that I recall




3. CITY WALLS

The lights go down to the deafening sound
Thunder clouds rolling in through the night
My heartbeat pounds as the heavens resound
In the wide invincible sky

The lightning strikes from celestial heights
Goes to ground and testifies
It's broken chains like symmetrical veins
Crack the black terrestrial night

The fortress walls face the numberless hordes
Will they stand the test of time?
The hourglass stands almost empty of sand
Live or die on destiny's shrine

The cruel wind cries it incessantly whines
In the face of the battle to come
In strength and size, this colossal divide
Is a vast immeasurable one

The horns that sound strike fear in the proud
But we're snared and there's nowhere to run
We'll live or die with heads held high
Till the mighty victory's won

The skyline cloaked by the blackening smoke
That defies the naked eye
We stand our ground, inextricably bound
By the ties of friendship and pride

We flight the bow and wait for the archer's drum
We strike the blow that's straight to the heart
Our shields to the hun
We fight as we try to keep our dreams alive
That history might recall
Those who braved the kingdom's rise and fall
Fought from the city walls

Retreat or stand is the law of this land
In the cold hearted thick of the fight
And death's reign damned my superlative plans
Making pyres of dreams and old times

For isengard cast flames through the heart
Like the fireball crossing the sky
The helms-deep walls lie breached in the dark
As we stand defenceless inside

The brave and pure for a moment stand sure
Then to sanctuary we fly
The hordes can't reach, our impregnable keep
Till the light of dawn when we ride

We flight the bow and wait for the archer's drum
We strike the blow that's straight to the heart
Our shields to the hun
We fight as we try to keep our dreams alive
That history might recall
Those who braved the kingdom's rise and fall
Fought from the city walls




4. AGAINST THE WIND

Old friends never clandestine
Bold destinies, hearts entwined
One voice that was lost in time
Walking tall against the wind

First wave of a turning tide
One bastion, truth and pride
Strikes out for the last in line
As we claw against the wind

Go, valiant talon kind
In your heart the fearless goal
Old and young enough to die
We must hide the precious gift
From hands the light betrayed
Go
For we must return it to
The fire from whence it came

Nine came from forsaken lands
Cloaked travellers, halfling band
Free souls with the truth in hand
Try to forge against the wind

We shadows of moria
Shaped light from lothlorien
Take flight, gentle warriors
As we soar against the wind

Go, valiant talon kind
In your heart the fearless goal
Old and young enough to die
We must hide the precious gift
From hands the light betrayed
Go
For we must return it to
The fire from whence it came




5. PART I: WHERE YOU LEAD I'LL FOLLOW / PART II: STORMCROW AND PILGRIM / PART III: WHERE YOU LEAD I'LL FOLLOW (REPRISE)

(Part I)

Light
Shooting stars that fall beyond the night
Whispers start again as darkness falls
And the shire comes to life

Soon
Softly tread the footsteps of the few
Nothing is the way it was before
Now the sign has come to light

You're the key, grey pilgrim
I believe the answers lie with you
Once again your council is our law

Come to me, grey pilgrim
I believe that all my dreams were true
Through the seasons changing I wait for you

Part of me, grey pilgrim
Was to be the trust I place in you
Now we face this quest, so much left to do

Deep inside I know that you're still there
My watcher on the road for you know where
Our paths will cross and when, as fate decrees
You and I will meet again and where you lead I'll follow

Part II

Stormcrow and pilgrim
Sorcerer, spirit

Stormcrow and pilgrim
The blade is tempered and drawn to strike
The spirit calls from within him
A flame of truth burning bright steals our will tonight
Stormcrow and pilgrim
He waited centuries born to fight
They have no power to diminish
The timeless beacon of light that he brings to life

Light
Shooting stars that fall beyond the night
Whispers start again as darkness falls
And the shire comes to life

Soon
Softly tread the footsteps of the few
Nothing is the way it was before
Now the sign has come to light

You're the key, grey pilgrim
I believe the answers lie with you
Once again your council is our law

Stormcrow and pilgrim
The blade is tempered and drawn to strike
The spirit calls from within him
A flame of truth burning bright steals our will tonight
Stormcrow and pilgrim
He waited centuries born to fight
They have no power to diminish
The timeless beacon of light that he brings to life

Fight
Warning voices cross the great divide
Whispering beware the shadows lords
Lest we fall and pay the price

And doom
Hollow creatures riding from the gloom
Tireless in searching dusk till dawn
For the prize, the sacrifice

Honestly, grey pilgrim
We have placed unquestioned trust in you
We will need your strength to wage this war

Stormcrow and pilgrim
The blade is tempered and drawn to strike
The spirit calls from within him
A flame of truth burning bright steals our will tonight
Stormcrow and pilgrim
He waited centuries born to fight
They have no power to diminish
The timeless beacon of light that he brings to life

Stormcrow and pilgrim
Sorcerer, spirit

Stormcrow and pilgrim
The blade is tempered and drawn to strike
The spirit calls from within him
A flame of truth burning bright steals our will tonight
Stormcrow and pilgrim
He waited centuries born to fight
They have no power to diminish
The timeless beacon of light that he brings to life

(Part III)

Come to me grey pilgrim
I believe that all my dreams were true
Through the seasons changing I wait for you

Part of me grey pilgrim
Was to be the trust I place in you
Now we face this quest, so much left to do

Deep inside I know that you're still there
My watcher on the road for you know where
Our paths will cross and when, as fate decrees
You and I will meet again and where you lead I'll follow

Deep inside I know that you're still there
My watcher on the road for you know where
And so I journey on as fate decrees
For I know we'll meet again our quest complete




6. RETURN OF THE MOUNTAIN KING

The setting sunlight fades
And it's only for you, only for you
The twilight masquerades
And it's only for you, only for you

This timeless mood is strangely lyrical
Hear the glory as the rhyme unfurls
The finite sense we're at the pinnacle
In a story where the lines are paved with pearl

This shroud of midnight waits
And it's only for you, only for you
The crescent moon cast shapes
And it's only for you, only for you

Anticipation reaching critical
Not a sound to split the night is heard
In silence waiting on a miracle
For a voice beyond the light to say the word

The mystic halls tonight resound and canonise
From ashes to dust, this nightmare might just be over
The ancient prophecies become reality
Our prayers will not stay, unanswered this day
Now we await the return of the mountain king

This crown of daylight breaks
And it's only for you, only for you
On towers through palisades
And it's only for you, only for you

To caverns deep and inhospitable
Raise a glass and toast this, our rebirth
Through canyons dauntingly formidable
We are those who risked our lives to save the earth

The mystic halls tonight resound and canonise
From ashes to dust, this nightmare might just be over
The ancient prophecies become reality
Our prayers will not stay, unanswered this day
Now we await the return of the mountain king

To caverns deep and inhospitable
Raise a glass and toast this, our rebirth
Through canyons dauntingly formidable
We are those who risked our lives to save the earth

The mystic halls tonight resound and canonise
From ashes to dust, this nightmare might just be over
The ancient prophecies become reality
Our prayers will not stay, unanswered this day
Now we await the return of the mountain king




7. THE END OF SUMMER (GALADRIEL'S THEME)

I've searched the earth to find you
I'll break the chains that bind you
Wash away your tears with rain
This life's array astounds you
Moonlight cascades around you
Light betrays your angel face

As the eyes dry and whither
The blindness lingers on
But I still see your light now your gone

Just like the sun, setting on my shoulder
Galadriel is the embers of the night
And there could be no other
The shadows run and the days grow colder
Galadriel is the tender autumn light
She is the end of summer

I praise the day I found you
I'll build my world around you
Time can wait beyond the pain
I'll take the strain that drowns you
Heartbreak, the fray surrounds you
Miles away, the signs remain

You and I cross the river
We stride the ebb and flow
For the secrets mean more than you know

Just like the sun, setting on my shoulder
Galadriel is the embers of the night
And there could be no other
The shadows run and the days grow colder
Galadriel is the tender autumn light
She is the end of summer

You and I cross the river
We stride the ebb and flow
For the secrets mean more than you know

Just like the sun, setting on my shoulder
Galadriel is the embers of the night
And there could be no other
The shadows run and the days grow colder
Galadriel is the tender autumn light
She is the end of summer

The shadows run and the days grow colder
Galadriel is the tender autumn light
She is the end of summer




8. THIS GALLANT BAND OF MANIC STRANGERS

This gallant band of manic strangers
Have carried cause to fight
Push to the limit, warning calling
With no remorse tonight

For what seemed centuries, we knew this time would come
We have to turn the tide, this battle must be won
We must return this land to what it was before
The faceless overlord betrayed the ring he forged

This gallant band of manic strangers
Have carried cause to fight
Push to the limit, warning calling
With no remorse tonight

We tread forgotten paths where shadow's cloak is torn
We are invisible, the silence and the storm
We hold the sacred key to all that is to come
Our plight is liberty, we stand or we will fall

This gallant band of manic strangers
Have carried cause to fight
Push to the limit, warning calling
With no remorse tonight




9. THE FELLOWSHIP

We the fellowship, the voice of reason
Cross the waters, climb the highest peak
In our hearts we carry hope of freedom
Precious cargo on the road we tread to thee
So lead us on, across the raging rivers
Caves to mountain range
We're never apart
So stay till the dark is day
Less than a breath away

We the fellowship, the faithful legion
Shadow walkers on the twilight trail
Treading softly through the lifeless regions
Never faltering that goodness will prevail
We must return unto the fire that made you
Back from whence you came
Those slain in the darkness
Stain every heart this day
They never passed in vain

We the fellowship, have fought together
Held a candle to the wildest wind
Say goodbye my friend but not forever
I will answer if you ever call to me
So as we leave to make our homebound journeys
Go our separate ways
This tear we impart
Is here in our hearts to stay
Till we return someday