My Witness Is The Empty Sky

by Syd R Duke

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released February 15, 2010

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Track Name: Hymn 84 (Los Hijos Del Sol)
golden sacred city of the sun we have created
saviours from the heavens, son and daughter long awaited
swords of fire, shields of wisdom
sent on peals of lightning from our one all-seeing father
sent on wings of angels from our one all-seeing father

rulers of the city of the sun were sent by thunder
leading with great glory, calling solomon to order
robed in mischief, hidden in death
formed the new world order to enslave our loving father
masters of the order that enslaves our loving father
Track Name: Apollo
one thing i’ve learnt that i will never forget
is that one person’s joy is another’s regret
you fight with your ghosts, with your demons and your gods
but when you label your deity you’ve already lost

and you who seem just, who seem righteous and true
you buy and sell crime so i’m talking to you
there’s no sense debating, we all must be wrong
that thinly veiled lie has gone on for too long

the point that i’m making, though it may not seem true
is that nothing is right no matter what you might do
although you were wasting your time being vain
the practice that you had may well help us today
Track Name: Welcome To Society
welcome to society
you’ve sold your soul, you can’t be free
unless you live in harmony
with truth and love and honesty

born into captivity
where capital will set you free
if by chance prosperity
does fall upon you naturally

you kill and die with great pride
and none of you can answer why
your life’s on hold, you’ll waste it all
your mind is big, your thoughts are small


the prison’s in your docile mind
conformity has made you blind
but if you looked you soon would find
society’s enslaved mankind

freedom, that exploited term,
is worth far more than what you yearn for
money - in your mind it burns
that doomed fake joy, that prime concern

you kill and die with great pride
and none of you can answer why
your life’s on hold, you’ll waste it all
your mind is big, your thoughts are small
Track Name: Watch The Thunder Melting
walk right out of your head
and you're trying so hard just to stare out the mirror and
crumble down to a thread
but you watch the thunder melting

candles often misled
what you took for a brave attempt, ink lines are daggers and
soon your page will be dead
but you watch the thunder melting on the horizon, on the horizon


feel the smoke in the leaves
it wanders right by you, it summons up courage and
flies you up to the trees
but you watch the thunder melting

feel the curve of the breeze
and you feel yourself laughing as no-one can hear you now
still they beg with you please
but you watch the thunder melting on the horizon, on the horizon

there is no-one to blame
if you lost the spark in your eyes
tumbleweed on the plain
and we miss you, and we miss you


see the moon on the rise
feel it lighting the world, see the gleam in its eye as it
wanders up in the sky
but you watch the thunder melting

feel the colours fly
feel the beauty, the melody, feel the prosperity
soon they say we will die
but you watch the thunder melting on the horizon, on the horizon

there is no-one to blame
if you lost the spark in your eyes
tumbleweed on the plain
and we miss you, and we miss you
Track Name: Truth
two wise man sat down to talk, to learn from sane debate
one found some contradiction in a point the other made
this petty disagreement led the wise men to a duel
and, watching from a distance, a fool laughed at these fools

for beneath the starry ceiling, where love and law are tied
their own opinions mock them as truth is what they tried
to describe


a pop singer and a poet both think they have it right
while one’s off sketching outlines, the other shines a light
the audience watch far too close, see truth in the mundane
mistake one for the other and believe they are the same

beneath the starry ceiling, where love and law are tied
their own opinions mock them as truth is what they tried
to describe


you may need an army to celebrate your day
or you may need a book of quotes to say what you would say
you may not find your peace and quiet while searching out a light
you may not reach your lonely goals when victory is in sight

but beneath the starry ceiling, where love and law are tied
your own opinions mock you as truth is what you tried
to describe

yes beneath the starry ceiling, where love and law are tied
our own opinions mock us as truth is what we’ve tried
to describe
Track Name: World Gone Wrong
we’ve got lives to live and souls to find
paths to choose through broken minds
skills to learn and serious debts to pay
a lost cause stuck wasting time
with too many years of these modern crimes
it’s a twisted brain that thinks it has anything to say
we’ve gone over the rules one too many times
we’ll be set free just as soon as the great bell chimes
knowledge seems vain, yeah the world’s gone wrong
we see your game, we play along
shenanigans but not for long

a battle here and a victory there
a hidden hour spent without a care
a time that’s blocked by your cynical expertise
get out of our minds and leave us alone
i’m off to find a less shallow home
begone from here you fiend, you deadly tease
fighting off the rebels with a steady, fierce approach
you could seem to be some sort of divine reproach
knowledge seems vain, yeah the world’s gone wrong
we see your game, we play along
shenanigans but not for long

you’ve had me at your beck and call
i sympathised but i’ve been your fool
i’ve tried so hard to make my dreams come true
i’ve seen through your mask and i’ve watched your show
there’s nothing about you that i couldn’t know
you man the door to ensure that i can’t pass through
watching all the people with a wicked glint in your eye
i know that look, it’s the last thing i saw before i died
knowledge seems vain, yeah the world’s gone wrong
we see your game, we play along
shenanigans but not for long

knowledge seems vain, yeah the world’s gone wrong
i see your game, i play along
shenanigans but not for long
Track Name: Hymn 19 (Hallelujah!)
fallen from the heavens to our planet
come to save the world from darkness and from danger
to protect us and to teach us of the beauty of creation
peaceful and enlightened

singing hallelujah!
congregations raise their voices from the depths of sin
congregations raise their spirits to the god within

wisdom (and great teaching) is a treasure that we value greatly
knowledge everlasting to us given
that we may receive it gladly, with rejoicing
peaceful and enlightened

singing hallelujah!
congregations raise their voices from the depths of sin
congregations raise their spirits to the god within
Track Name: Awake With The Moon
give me just one more day
that i might waste it
watching this vicious game
that you created

set on the road that leads you to the end
you let life fly by, you don't comprehend
or even try


sit down and watch with me
you'll see the glory
of this infinity
this worldly story

play your part well and play it with pride
if you visit hell we'll be by your side
to the end


think for yourself today
and test your reason
step back and watch the game
of these changing seasons

awake with the moon and live with the night
sing your own tune and fight your own fight
yes
awake with the moon and live with the night
sing your own tune; you still have the right
to be free