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(*Note: All tracks are 24​​​/​​​96 hi​​​-​​​res version​ except track 5, To Someone is 24/44. The 24/96 version for track 5 exceeds the maximum file limit for bandcamp.)

Once again, the production quality is the best you ll hear all year. A must buy and a top 5 album. --Brian Watson, Dutch Progressive Rock Page

Cor Cordium is a real crock of gold in progs 2011 treasure trove irrespective of what influences can be heard in the stunning production. As one friend remarked earlier today, and I shall credit with him this line, It does rather leave other albums stuck on the ground in the hangar. I cannot agree more. --Alison Henderson, Dutch Progressive Rock Page

To sum up Cor Cordium, it is the album that has really won my heart. I would recommend it to any prog rock lover... I do not want to sound pompous here but, as Michael Nolan put it: there are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart...pursue those. --Jonathan Pine, Progressiveears.com

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released October 25, 2011

Babb, Davison, Schendel & Shikoh
Mastered by Bob Katz of Digital Domain

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Track Name: Nothing Box
Nothing Box

Clouds float suspended in my nothing box
Six smooth sides reflecting endlessly out to infinity
Life is calm and so quiet here in my nothing box
The walls are thick and warm and they hold me in and shelter me
Nothing gets to me

Light can't escape and neither do my thoughts
They just bounce around
They don't make any sound
They sink down to the bottom of the sea

I never get lonely here in my nothing box
Though I sometimes feel there could be so much more then it just slips away
I drift out in the emptiness and I lose myself
Hearing my own breathing my own heartbeat race there's no way out and I don't care
No I don't care
There's no world out there...

Until I think of you
Then I know what I should do
But it's so hard to leave



But it can't work from inside
Thought I could leave when I wanted to
It all depends on you

When I close my eyes
That is when I see your face
I can see you speaking though the words fall away
Everything is fading now
Was it ever real
My memories of the outside
Wash away like rain
I reach out to you

Time has no meaning in my nothing box
I could stay forever as the world moves on
I don't eat
I don't sleep
I don't touch
I can't feel anything
Until I hear your voice and I come back to you
Track Name: One Heart
One Heart

Pained life is ebbing
long toil is ceasing
one more step
Now it becomes clear

Came the morning sun
And the pain was fled
At last she could run

And a memory
of long ago
was swiftly returned

As the garden trail
Unwound ahead
At last she could see
The singer of her heart's song
waiting for her

Even then He smiled
And the music filled her silent spaces
Welling up and wild
Sent the darkness of her soul
Fleeing far

All the bitterness gone
All the sorrow has sped
And taken the dread

So far from her mind
That the years were unkind
As the singer revealed
Her heart's desires



Even then He smiled
And the music filled her silent spaces
Welling up and wild
Sent the darkness of her soul
Fleeing far

He could sing
For He knew every note of her

Just then she realized
That this beauty was meant only for her
Just for her!
So she danced down the trails as the day passed

Who has heard, the wind that stirred
Through branches of a tree
Whose very name is Life?
Here He has walked
In splendor through the ages

Came the twilight dreams of an evening fair
As the coolness crept through the scented air
And her heart was glad and free from care
For He knew her wish and her every prayer,

Here, one heart is whole at last
Now, one heart, once torn, recast
Here, one heart may sing at last
Now, one heart forgets the past
Track Name: Salvation Station
Salvation Station

It's the same old movie on my TV that's showing
again
Mommy's insane
Her baby's dead
But the cradle still rocks its head
It's the funniest thing
It's something to see
Over and over again
On my TV

The man in a white collar is on the screen
Acting for his big dollar
Channel Three is all I need
Preacher says he'll set me free
On my TV

I found salvation on the station
There's salvation sold on that station
As the cameras roll
The satellite feeds my brain
And I hide in that ghostly light
It's my oh so lonely life

In a soap opera today
Come tomorrow there'll be a different character

to play
I'm losing grip in the rat race
In a cop chase I'm the thief committing crime
Well it's on the prime-time
On the news line
Just like Channel Three
A millionaire ministry
Mass producing faith like a factory
Won't you set me free
From my TV

I found salvation on the station
Found salvation on the station
There's salvation sold on that station
As the cameras roll
The satellite feeds my brain
And I hide in that ghostly light
It's my lonely life
It feels like I'm living in a sequel
I'm living for the salvation station
Yes, I'm living in a sequel
It never ends
Track Name: Dear Daddy
Dear Daddy

With your memory swimming 'round my head
Though Daddy you're dead and gone
I'll sing you this song
Of all I should have said

"Let me tell you, Jonny
That you ain't worth nothing without money
And all the time you've been away
First turned to months and now years
You oughta by now have some kinda career"
Oh but Father, gladly
Dear Daddy
I'll Stay far away from you
How can I grow up tall
Don't mean to be cruel
When you always make me feel
But Daddy
I'm more than a fool
Inches small?

I was no more than a baby
When you told me, "stop that cryin'
It's making me angry
And one day, well just maybe
When you grow up you'll learn to shut up
And fake a smile like your dad
Whenever you are sad"
But Father, sadly
Dear Daddy
I'll stay far away from you
No it's not true
Don't mean to be cruel
Because you see this son's love
No, Dear Daddy
Has always surrounded you

When the whole world seemed so unkind
When the words in the storybook no longer rhymed
And when the sun would refuse to shine
I'd run and hide in that secret place in my mind
Wipe the tears off my face
And there I'd find that for a moment


But for a moment
The shadow of your presence seemed to lift and fade away

When the whole world seemed so unkind
Father didn't you notice the rat race?
Were you never aware that the fear was written all over
your face?
I guess you never knew your story was a blank page
But most of all dear Daddy
Did you ever notice me?

Oh Father
I never meant to be cruel
But farther
And farther away
I stayed from you
Though I've always loved you
I was the one to walk out that door
But Father your heart departed
Father your heart departed
Long, long before

Oh Father didn't you notice the rat race?
Were you never aware that the fear was written all over
your face?
I guess you never knew your story was a blank page
But most of all, dear Daddy
Yes most of all, dear Daddy
Did you ever notice me?

So I'll hold to the happier times
The endless summer days at the beach
As you lifted me over the waves and held me so high
It was then that I could believe
I believed I could fly high!
Safe with my dad by my side
Wish you could know me now
We'd be great friends
Track Name: To Someone
To Someone

I'm hanging on
Though the road's been long
With every breath I have sought you
And I live to love thee
I live to die free
I'm like a searchlight upon the sea
Searching faithfully

When the world was new
I dreamt of green fields
Sky of blue
Then youth slipped by and I forgot
My one alibi
And then
As I grew up in school
Blindly learning all their rules
I saw the small boy and the fat girl take
The ridicule
Do you feel the system's misplace you?
Has their system erased you?
If so then be
Like the searchlight upon the sea

Great unknown of my life
Finally I've uncovered you
It is Love alone the world is seeking
Only Love can repay us
For the hardships we must endure

Dark night of my past
Dissolve in the dawn
Of the early morning sun
Shining strong

Moving through me
Something is stirring
An impulse to act
To care and be cared for
As I believe
So all will come true
You'll belong to me
And I'll
I'll belong to you

So with the coming of the dawn
Rise forth and sing your soul song
And then you'll feel you can carry on
And that you truly belong
Somewhere and to someone
Don't you know you belong
Somewhere and to someone?
To the only one

So with the coming of the dawn
Rise forth and sing your soul song
And then you'll feel you can carry on
And that you truly belong
Somewhere and to someone


Don't you know you belong
Somewhere and to someone?
To the only one
So if you find yourself
Kept up on someone else's shelf
Believe in yourself
Be strong and sing your song

I'm hanging on
Though the road's been long
With every breath I have sought you
And I live to love thee
I live to die free

Some say that God's not talking
But with people running everywhere
Who is actually listening?
Does anyone care?
Tell me are we really that unaware
Street smart, shopping cart rollers
In the city beggars picking food out of the trash
Bathing in gutters
Life goes by when you forget
Your one alibi
Your only true ally

Who is actually listening?
Does anyone care?
Tell me are we really that unaware
Life hits hard when we forget
The one!

If you play their fool and they take you
Even if those most cruel try to pull you down
The silent witness knows of your struggle
Always remember how He yearns for your love
Then you'll feel you can carry on
And offering a song to bring
A sign of hope
A prayer to sing
With angelic grace
To ascend to a heavenly place

Mystery of life
Finally I found
'Tis all for Love
It's Love alone the world's seeking
And only Love can repay

All the triumphs
Every tear we cry
The dreams and joys
Our final goodbyes
At long last I know the secret of it all
Track Name: She, A Lonely Tower
She, A Lonely Tower

(Narrator)
So far from Heaven
Her heart never free
A captive in her own mind
And her face bears the frown
Of the fears that lock her deep underground
And so she, a lonely tower

(Woman)
With my ear against the wall
I swear I can hear the stones cry out
For their brothers
For their sisters
The rocks on the hills surrounding me

(Narrator)
Behind those tear-stained eyes
Her bewildered mind denies
Their souls embrace

Way up high on a cliff
Above a vast sea
She, a lonely tower
Captive by self design
The walls mortared with tears
With the dust of all those lost hopeful tears

(Man)
The Lila of love
On the stage of the age
Though our hearts never changed
Still page after page
The script remains the same

Upon the moonlit fields of my yearning heart
Though I dream
My unrelenting soul is searching

(Narrator)
Once in the shadows of her mind
Haunting the halls of memory
The ghost of all regretting

Legend tells that the sea
Holds no memory
A distant island she came to be
No rest for her was found
But there came his voice, a sound
Carried on the sea
Calling her onward
To dare anew
And chance the blue once more
Now she, a stranded vessel
On uncharted shore
Yearns for his promise
That lies beyond her prison door

(Man)
Dawning now light between us
Appears as the sun

(Woman)
May I safely walk past the land mines


My own thoughts had laid for me

(Man)
We must believe for our souls
Fly as one, catch the sun
Homeward we'll climb!

(Woman)
In the depths of my mind
Wherein shadows crept
Still haunting me
The ghost of all regrets

(The Tempter)
Behold my beauty
I pierce the secret design
My nature revealed in
Patterns brilliantly aligned
Oh, won't you hesitate to fly as one
Catch the sun?

Circles of mortal fate
Lost the sound now
Unveiled, no reprise for the glory

(Man)
A message to endure
For the heart that's pure

(The Tempter)
Lay to waste your faith
You're flesh and bone!

(Woman)
True love's embrace
Ever beckoning

(Man)
Oh my love
Hear! I'm calling you!

We must believe for our souls
To fly as one, catch the sun
Dawning light between us
And this homeward we climb
As the sound is unveiled
Our true nature revealed

Remember my love,
Oh, remember me this hour
Lift up your heart
A prayer on the wind
And never to falter
As our life will begin anew

God sculpted wings
For us to ascend
Our love to blossom
In His garden unending
A perfect love unending