Tales From The Bookcase

by Red Bazar

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The first vocal album from Red Bazar featuring Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales). 8 Tracks of the very highest quality prog rock that the UK has to offer.

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released March 15, 2016

Guitar, Andy Wilson
Bass, Mick Wilson
Drums, Paul Comerie
Keyboards, Gary Marsh
Vocals, Peter Jones

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Track Name: In The Beginning
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Track Name: Queen Of The Night Part 1.
Hey! It's your lucky day
Step this way, come and watch us play
What's that sound? Come from miles around
The Circus has come to town

So you've come to see the glamour of the greatest show of all
As we scrape our living down here in the dust
With your bellies full and empty heads, laughing as you go
Are you watching the freaks? Or just part of the show

Hey! It's your lucky day
Step this way, come and watch us play
What's that sound? Come from miles around
The Circus has come to town

Consider if you will, the effort and the skill
This should be my finest hour, but the master has the power
The strong man is strong and the clown is a hoot
But we all jump to the tune of the ringmaster's boot
So you see me do my magic tricks, you cannot comprehend
Yet I sleep with the beasts and I'm kicked by the men
See them cheer him, so adoring and proud
But are the clowns in the ring, or sat in the crowd?

Hey! It's your lucky day
Step this way, come and watch us play
What's that sound? Come from miles around
The Circus has come to town

But have you seen the one? They call her Queen Of The Night
As she dances all alone, her body melting in the light
A man would die for just one kiss, but the master holds the key
Just like the wild beasts she is his, she'll never never be free
Behold! Come and feast your eyes
See what my queen has in store
And not a sound can be heard, she holds them all in her stare
The beasts obey her every word from this creature so rare
Behold! Come and feast your eyes
See what my queen has in store
Don't you want her? Want to hold her close
The queen of your night, forever more
But she's mine
She's mine

And when the curtain falls she waits all alone
Til he comes back in the small hours to make her all his own
She's the queen of his night, so sickening and obscene
While he stinks of drink and whores and hell, she can smell just where he's been
"King of the beasts!" he tells her as he beats her once again
And she knows that there's no fouler beast and she vows through her pain that one day ...
"One day. One day."
Track Name: Calling Her On.
Can you hear me? (x3)

Searching for healing, finding more pain
The truth is too hard when it calls her name
Searching through my dreams
Reoccurring themes
Out on the rat race the every day grind
Leaving her body and losing her mind
Searching through my dreams, Can you hear me?
Reoccurring themes
Who knows where souls go when they're left behind (When the soul is left behind)
Nothing but darkness, no joy to find (There's no joy or hope to find)
"Some day you'll be here." she tells herself
As her life disappears ... with a tear

Voices cut in to her mind
Every day, they're cutting and cutting
Aimless and alien, meaningless noise
They're screaming and screaming
Out there her soul circles the moon
Seeking her lover, but finding nothing
The sound of the pipe with his treacherous tune
Calling and calling

Calling her on, stars will light the way

Giving up hope for her old life
Every day, she's sinking and sinking
Turning to those with death in their minds
She's tired of thinking
She knows the way to cure her pain
Drowning her mind, drowning drowning
Seeking to join him in their own space
Floating floating

Calling her on, stars will light the way
Calling her on, stars will light the way


Who knows which way the soul will go
Yet she plans the journey
Heaven takes many forms
Which one is right? Which one is healthy?
She feels the yearning only true escapers know
As she cuts the cord to this earthly hell
She rises as she falls

And then, one moment of clarity and sanity
She's found her way
"I will join you. I'll see stars tonight.
We will see stars."

Spinning through space
Seeking her joy
She'll find her way tonight
He calls her name
Stars light her way tonight
She'll find her way

Calling her on, stars will light the way tonight
Calling her on, stars will light her way

Can you hear me?
Track Name: City And The Stars
Here we are in this green and pleasant land
This land we love, the place we called our own
This brand new taste we still don't understand
The bitter harvest from the seeds we've sown
Men feel like strangers here on our own streets
Things changed so fast they never saw the signs
The ground was taken from beneath their feet
Time moved on and they were left behind
Do we stand for our clan?
What does it mean to be an English man?
Do we stil have something left to say?

People get lost inside their virtual lives
In 5.1 high definition screens
While others give their all just to survive
Your avatar forgot what living means
Invaders cross our shores by our own leave
Our name, our culture slipping from our grasp
For no good reason that we can conceive
Or are we all just living in the past
Too much lost, who to trust
Do we even know if our cause is just?
Somewhere our Jerusalem got blown away
Somewhere yesterday

We plundered fields and dug up all the coal
We never knew there was a better way
Then we unleashed what we could not control
Then sent it riding on Enola Gay
And so we give thanks for the soldier boy
The one who never grew to be a man
He wears the crown who has the biggest toy
Two-hundred-thousand burning in Japan
And all of this in the name of our so called freedom
Our every move and thought tracked by cameras in the sky
The last of an ancient line, falling down the mountain side
Lessons from another time that no longer apply

Savage peril dwelled in the camp of saints
How did it ever get this far
Nineteen eighty-four came and went, now all that's left is
The city and the stars
Savage peril dwelled within the camp of saints
How did we let it get this far
Nineteen eighty-four came and went, now all that's left is
The city and the stars, the city and the stars

The stars on the TV show
Famous faces you don't know
Tell you how to think and who to be
The prophets made their sad prediction
But the truth was there behind the fiction
Right before our eyes, but nobody wanted to see

Stars on the TV screen
Paint a picture so obscene
Reality, or so its called
So many flies on one big wall
The music played, the credits rolled
And we all did what we were told
The virus that we couldn't beat
They made us obsolete

Savage peril dwelled in the camp of saints
How did it ever get this far
Nineteen eighty-four came and went, now all that's left is
The city and the stars
Savage peril dwelled within the camp of saints
How did we let it get this far
Nineteen eighty-four came and went, now all that's left is
The city and the stars, the city and the stars
Nineteen eighty-four came and went, now all that's left is
The city, the city and the stars
Track Name: Lights Of Home
Far from the lights of home they sailed
Sailed for glory, death or glory
A chance to redeem what had gone before
Change the story
Out they went in to that endless white night
Tired and frozen, scared and frozen
And many a sailor heard the call of death
And many were chosen

Will we ever see such bravery and loyalty far beyond men
Facing the enemy through his frailty

Went Captain Vallery
A hundred endless nights and so many sites no one should have to see
Fear can kill a man, yet still they stand
For Captain Vallery
Minus sixty degrees, still it doesn't freeze, blindly they push on
Into the gathering storm and the wild dawn
Oh Captain Vallery
A kind of burning cold gets in to your soul, strips you down to the bone
On through the flying ice and more sacrifice
Oh Captain Vallery
Captain Vallery


So far, so hard, then over again
Lifting their spirits, a god among men
They gave their all for the lights of home

Swirling fog claws at his throat
As he stares out to sea
Every day his burden grows
Oh Captain Vallery
Breathing orders, breathing blood
The fever burns his lungs
Not much longer now he knows

Dancing through shells and fire as the flames grew higher, pitching and tossing she went
Over the peak and then plunging down again
Went Captain Vallery
Torpedos hit the deck of the sinking wreck, a column of flame hit the sky
Onwards he urged the crew, what else could he do
Oh Captain Vallery
Captain Vallery

So tired and weary, yet he spurred them on
Like those Clydebuilt rivets his will was so strong
Each day they prayed for the lights of home

Steering through the fiery water
The smell of burning corpses
No time to help survivors
The convoy must be saved
As the ship ploughed on towards them
We wept to see their burning faces
Change from hope to horror as we mowed them down


All the times we tried to tell them
But how could they ever know
Tell me what man could endure this?
They've all gone now
As I stand without answers
As my comrades drift away
Bodies under the union flag
They've all gone now
So I played judge and jury
To those broken drowning men
I must soon share their sentence
Flesh is weak
Sitting here in the captain's chair
In command right to the last
Of the best crew I ever had
But I've let you down
The die is cast


On into the fray, no other way, orders must be obeyed
For the bravery and the memory
Of Captain Vallery
Against helpless odds in the lap of the gods, still they thundered on
Bombs and wreckage fell on that floating hell
Oh Captain Vallery

Condors filled the sky, nothing left to try, enemy ship dead ahead
and no help came through for that loyal crew
Of Captain Vallery
This was why they came, just to die in flame, the bait in a terrible trap
Their very souls they gave, no one was saved
Oh Captain Vallery
Captain Vallery

So far, so hard, then over again
Lifting their spirits, a god among men
They gave their all for the lights of home
So much from so many, for nothing but death
Each one determined to his very last breath
"We'll take some down with us! For the lights of home!"
The lights of home
Track Name: Sunset For A New World
Take me where the river goes
To a place, of my thoughts
Where the river goes

I'll go where the ebb and flow
Meets the waves, take me whole
With the ebb and flow - flows.
Wash with hope this flesh and bone

Where the loveless, are the star blessed
In a sunset for a new world

Do we know love,
Secretly wondering whether we know love
I'll go where the river goes
Rain or shine, spring or fall
Where the river goes - oh.
Fill this truly hollow soul

Where the loveless, are the star blessed
In a sunset for a new world

If there is hope, lead the way
I may go, if there is hope - hope
Wash with hope this flesh and bone

Where the loveless, are the star blessed
In a sunset for a new world, yeh
Sunset for a new world
In a sunset for A new world
Feel this hollow soul
In a sunset for a new world
In a sunset for a new world
Sunset for a new world
Track Name: Almost Over
Seeing nothing, hearing nothing
All you knew and treasured slipped away
Closing darkness fills your mind
You've lost the will to fight, the will to stay
Are you somewhere? Anywhere at all?
You don't remember, you don't recall
Heavy heart, heavy soul
The curtain falls obscuring all but doubt
Monsters lurk in the dark
As night falls you can't stop them coming out
Are you someone? Anyone at all?
Something seems to call you as you fall


Going down, you can't stop going down
Almost helpless, almost hopeless
Bring it back, can you bring it back?
You're almost under, almost over


On the edge, it's on the edge
But just beyond your sight and out of reach
Feel the numbness, paralysis sets in
Its there in your thoughts and in your speech
Were you someone? Anyone will do
And can you find the way back, back to you?


Going down, you can't stop going down
Almost helpless, almost hopeless
Bring it back, can you bring it back?
You're almost under, almost over


Find a way to shake it loose
While you still can see the truth
You're the voice inside your head
Call yourself back from the edge of the world
Come home
See the ray of light in a sky of black thunder
Don't go over, don't go under
Track Name: Queen Of The Night Part 2
And when the curtain falls she waits all alone
Till he comes back in the small hours to make her all his own
"King of the beasts!" he tells her as he beats her once again
And she knows that there's no fouler beast and she vows through her pain that one day

One day ... one day

Then at last one day, one day hope came along
She found a new love, a new love he'd never do her wrong
He was a strong man, a strong man, travelled with the show
And one night they held on, they held on like they'd never let go
But while the master's in command
They have to hide all the love they have to give
And so the strong man decided he shouldn't be allowed to live

For all the times he beat her till she cried
For all the times he left her broken deep inside

There are many ways to kill a man
All they needed was the perfect crime
And a strong ... a strong pair of hands
Accidents might happen in a circus full of beasts
And for a certain hungry lion he would make the king of feasts

Then no more living in shame
With a lion to take the blame

He made the weapon to show where the lion's paw had been
It would make a big impression if you see what I mean
She would walk with her master late at night, to feed the beast in his cage
Where a strong man would be waiting to frame a lion and his rage

Springing from the shadows, the strong man dealt the fatal blow
But the cage was swinging open, his timing much too slow
Smelling blood and treachery the lion turned upon his queen
And the so called strong man turned and ran from the blood and roars and screams
As she called his name
And the last thing she felt was the teeth meet in her face

A weak man, a weak man left her for dead in the dust
His true love, his true love died with her beauty and turned to disgust

They saved her life
and she lived to tell the tale
But it's no kind of life that she leads now,
All alone in her room, never lifting her veil
And the strong man, he never came near
He couldn't love what was left, couldn't live with the fear
Now she's queen of her permanent night
On her own little stage with it's dim little spotlight
Show goes on, though the crowds have all gone
The night goes on, same old song

Somehow she finds the strength
The strength to get through each day
And she bitterly laughs at the weakness of men
The men who made her this way
Men who treasured her beauty so rare
Never seeing the soul or the love that was there
She curses the strong man she thought was so brave
And the life that she wishes had never been saved
Show goes on, though the crowds have all gone
The night wears on, same old song

Show goes on, though the crowds have all gone
The night goes on, same old song.