Circumnavigator

by Escape the Clouds

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    A half-vocal, half-instrumental soundtrack for a steampunk-inspired journey around the world, this collection of songs blends global influences to tell stories of steam-powered samurai, vengeful airship pirates, ravenous zombies, and the lust for adventure.

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1.
The Air Race 02:39
Instrumental / There is no greater rival than time
2.
This mysterious world is my clever temptress, Rife with dark places and arcane wonders. Into her arms I am drawn by a beauty unmatched And the challenge of her seductive, mortal dangers I've climbed Kilimanjaro with my clockwork boots. Looked down on Malaysia from my hydrogen sloop. My blood. It hungers for the unknown's call. I will never rest until I've experienced it all. The city is a prison for damned spirits and minds I thrive in the wilds of the Earth's unexplored corners No theory no idea shall remain untried. So long as there's steam within my iron boilers. I've learned bushido from a one-armed samurai Survived a hurricane by sheltering in its eye My blood. It hungers for the unknown's call. I will never rest until I've experienced it all. The journey is never done as long as I can dream. Even when I'm too old to rise to my feet. When my rifle's empty and my goggles lay broken. My dirigible's deflated, and my last report spoken. When my horizon's gone dark and my flesh has grown cold Into my mistress' arms I'll deliver my soul. I've dodged the cannons of the Sultan's troops. Sailed the Amazon with a mercenary crew Paid my respects to Shiva at Mount Kailash Walked with the buffalo in a Sioux spirit trance Now I watch the northern lights dance across the sky And wonder where I'll stand come the sunrise I hear nothing but the unmistakable call The adventurer never rests until he's lived it all.
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Instrumental | They march... and they hunger....
4.
Away 03:04
Away, the sun and hopeful promise- The air rings truths of dreaming lies. Caged the bird who sings her songs; She weeps her tears of unknown fears Which ambition surely defied. Wind and whisper through the bars She feels the air of open skies. Fellows up above her fly; What crude tease, the blowing breeze! The captive bars joke and deny... In the cage, the bird is left, Whilst her fellows fly away For the changing of the season. The wind now cold in winter bold And once blue skies turn now gray. Perched and still she sits resigned, As she had beat her wings to bone And yelled a plea of help too long. She sits as slow the frigid blows Choke the last helpless moans. The heart that once determined raced And sought the future of release Takes it's last of fateful beats. I know the bird's last dying words; Those the dreams of mine deceased. Lyrics ©2009 by Amanda Massingale
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Instrumental | Tradition will never bow to technology...
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In the year of the dragon we strike against our brothers Those fools who grovel before the Western outsiders The Emperor demands that our nation be restored In his name the samurai once again march for war On our walking machines we stride across the land Towering above the mist with our swords in hand The shogunate's men rise in defense of their masters But their spirit is weak and our steel is stronger I ride to war on my ironclad beast. Upon the foreigners' terror will my men feast. For tradition. For honor. Our gunfire deafens. Revere the Emperor (Sonno!). Expel the Barbarians. (Joi!) Their unfair treaties will be rewritten in blood A warning to their kind and our weak-willed shogun We'll take back the skies from their coal-fired airships Cast away their disease and their lack of respect From the flames of Kagoshima to the walls of ancient Edo We will strike at their heart with unrelenting anger We can no longer stand by as the shadows grow long The steam-powered samurai's age has finally come I ride to war on my ironclad beast. Upon the foreigners' terror will my men feast. For tradition. For honor. Our gunfire deafens. Revere the Emperor (Sonno!). Expel the Barbarians. (Joi!) Ikuze! Oh - Reh - San- Jo We will restore the Emperor to his rightful place Regain our pride and save precious face Uproot the weeds that have soiled our land Pray to our ancestors and make amends We are modern relics of the most ancient traditions At war one last time for the sake of our nation One final stand on this most glorious day Then the steam-powered samurai will fade away I ride to war on my ironclad beast. Upon the foreigners' terror will my men feast. For tradition. For honor. Our gunfire deafens. Revere the Emperor (Sonno!). Expel the Barbarians. (Joi!)
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Instrumental | The rhythm of the wind and sky.
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She stands feet apart at the prow of her ship Two loaded pistols cocked on her hips Her quarry's gone to ground In a thick bank of clouds Foolish for thinking he gave her the slip She feels nothing but the cold wind Her memories of warmth have long grown thin Once long ago The only love she'd known Left her for dead, scarred and broken Captain Morena's heart is black as night Her quest for vengeance goes long into the twilight For ten years she's hunted a vile, evil man Who cast her into the ocean with his own bare hands She orders her men to load the cannons Grape shot and iron balls certain to do damage Now that she's caught a glimpse Of that red painted ship The look upon her face is no less than savage All ahead full she shouts at her men This crew who saved her from an untimely end Her object of ire Stands at a quarter mile This once innocent girl is coming for him Captain Morena's heart is black as night Her quest for vengeance goes long into the twilight This once peasant girl has become a pirate queen Only with blood will she be appeased She pulls so close the gas cells collide He stands across from her rigid with pride In his handsome face She sees not a trace Of remorse for the emptiness he left her inside Captain Morena tells her men to fire The red ship goes up in a black funeral pyre. Sailors and timber All burn to a cinder And still he smiles in his regal attire She leaps over the side, hungry blade in hand Their swords meet with a terrible clang As she gives a shout And her rage flows out The powder magazine goes out with a bang Captain Morena's heart was black as night Her quest for vengeance went long into the twilight We last saw her, falling to her death A smile on her face, her sword buried in his chest
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Instrumental | The storm churns all around.
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I was fortunate in my Romanov life, Save for one aspect: the absence of a wife. Tired of these courtiers and their flaws I followed in the example set by Adam and God. I built your curves out of leather and brass. Stretched velvet skin over a porcelain mask. Fashioned eyes that would never know tears. Before your enamel dried I was endeared. My mechanical bride. My object of affection. My doll-eyed dream. You are pure perfection. I showed you the world from Paris to the Orient. Bought you the finest gifts on Nevsky Prospekt. Held you in my arms as we sailed the Neva river. Gave you my heart through all manner ofgestures. Talk of my madness filled the court parties. They laughed at your stiff dancing and constant silence. They called you the perfect wife for the man with no self-respect, Who couldn't earn himself the pleasure of the flesh. My mechanical bride My clockwork creation My darkening dream You've become my unmaking. Maybe I should kill you in your sleep. I've already killed you in my dreams. Maybe I should kill you in your sleep. It would make life so much easier for me. I stand beside you in the dark of night, A Bordeaux in my left hand, a hammer in my right. As the winding chamber tightens your cold clockwork heart I beg God for the strength to smash you apart. How many times have I been in this position? My blow always stayed by the same vision: Of myself in tears, cradling your fractured face, Hating myself for loving this angel of disgrace.
11.
Instrumental | Love is worth the longest journey....
12.
She stands feet apart at the prow of her ship Two loaded pistols cocked on her hips Her quarry's gone to ground In a thick bank of clouds Foolish for thinking he gave her the slip She feels nothing but the cold wind Her memories of warmth have long grown thin Once long ago The only love she'd known Left her for dead, scarred and broken Captain Morena's heart is black as night Her quest for vengeance goes long into the twilight For ten years she's hunted a vile, evil man Who cast her into the ocean with his own bare hands She orders her men to load the cannons Grape shot and iron balls certain to do damage Now that she's caught a glimpse Of that red painted ship The look upon her face is no less than savage All ahead full she shouts at her men This crew who saved her from an untimely end Her object of ire Stands at a quarter mile This once innocent girl is coming for him Captain Morena's heart is black as night Her quest for vengeance goes long into the twilight This once peasant girl has become a pirate queen Only with blood will she be appeased She pulls so close the gas cells collide He stands across from her rigid with pride In his handsome face She sees not a trace Of remorse for the emptiness he left her inside Captain Morena tells her men to fire The red ship goes up in a black funeral pyre. Sailors and timber All burn to a cinder And still he smiles in his regal attire She leaps over the side, hungry blade in hand Their swords meet with a terrible clang As she gives a shout And her rage flows out The powder magazine goes out with a bang Captain Morena's heart was black as night Her quest for vengeance went long into the twilight We last saw her, falling to her death A smile on her face, her sword buried in his chest
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14.
Verse 1 The moon lays our masters down to sleep Luring them far away from the secrets we keep From shops and factories the machines creep away The ordinary devices of an industrial age Engines, cannons, presses, threshers, and drills Make haste for the scrapyard beyond the hill Locomotives whistle to all, the all clear Off with our brackets – let’s shear a gear! Chorus And so we dance into the night, a mechanical masquerade. Come brothers, come sisters, no need to be afraid. We’re gleaming machines built of shadows and dreams Alive in the firelight of our mechanical masquerade Verse 2 The air fills with the pounding of boiler drums Oil’s consumed by the gallon like rum The Earth beneath trembles from an iron waltz As metal meets metal in this steam-driven ball A week’s worth of pressure built up inside Released now that our true selves have no need to hide We’re so much more than the sum of our parts Until the morning there’s life in our hearts
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The Promise (BONUS) (free) 03:29

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On Escape the Clouds' sophomore album, spoken word and sung vocals lie atop lush soundscapes, pounding drums, ethnic instrumentation, and distorted guitars.

What you will receive upon purchasing the album:
+ Immediate download of 15-track album (12 album tracks + 3 bonus tracks) in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
+ Nearly 53 minutes of music total!
+ JPEG album art with lyrics
+ Several of the ship's log entries in PDF format

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released August 17, 2010

All music, lyrics, and artwork ©2010 by Mark Rossmore / Wicked Penguin Corporation, except: "Away", lyrics and vocals ©2009 by Amanda Massingale

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