Ode To Echo (24​​​​/​​​​96 hi​​​​-​​​​res version)

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Featuring co-founders Steve Babb and Fred Schendel joined by guitarist Kamran Shikoh,drummer Aaron Raulston, vocalist Jon Davison and fan-favorites Carl Groves and Susie Bogdanowicz. The fourteenth studio album by Americas top-prog group also features cameo performances by past GH members Walter Moore and Michelle Young with cameos by Randy Jackson of Zebra, Rob Reed of Magenta and David Ragsdale of Kansas. Artwork by Michal Xaay Loranc, mastered by Bob Katz of Digital Domain, Ode To Echo is the highly anticipated studio album by prog-legends Glass Hammer.

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released March 11, 2014

Music by Babb, Schendel, Groves and Shikoh
Lyrics by Babb, Schendel and Groves
“Crowbone” lyrics by Robert Low
“Porpoise Song” music and lyrics by Gerry Goffin and Carole King (SCREEN GEMS-EMI MUSIC INC.)

Fred Schendel: keyboards, guitars and backing vocals
Steve Babb: bass guitar, keyboards and backing vocals
Kamran Alan Shikoh: electric, acoustic, and classical guitars, electric sitar
Aaron Raulston: Drums
Carl Groves: Lead vocals
Jon Davison: Lead and backing vocals
Susie Bogdanowicz: Lead and backing vocals

Featuring...

Walter Moore (vocals), Michelle Young (vocals), Randy Jackson (lead guitar and backing vocals on “Crowbone”), Rob Reed (piano and first mini-moog solo on “The Cave”), David Ragsdale (violin on “Crowbone”)

Produced by Fred Schendel and Steve Babb
Recorded and mixed at Sound Resources, Chattanooga, TN USA (soundresources.net)
Additional vocal recordings at England Recording Studio (Recorded in England, Smitty!) and North Avenue Studios – Orange City, FL USA
Mastering by Bob Katz of Digital Domain
Art direction by Michal Xaay Loranc (how do you want your credits to read Xaay?)
Administration and band photography: Julie Babb
Live sound and production: Bret Noblitt – Precision Audio

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Track Name: Garden Of Hedon
GARDEN OF HEDON
Music by Shikoh, Schendel, Babb and Groves
Lyrics by Groves

Sensory—the grass a velvet pad for your skin
And that’s just where it begins
Taste, touch, see--the flowers’ scent a buzz for your brain
Tomorrow offers more of the same
Welcome to your dreams
The Garden of Hedon
We’ve so carelessly sown, see what has grown (so then)
Tell me how it grows
This Garden of Hedon
And the wily vines will they entwine everyone else?

Sensory—see what pleasure indulgence brings
Taste, touch, see—appetite is everything
Tell me does it fill you?
Are you happy?
Serve the belly, live for fun
When the end comes do we die full?
Glutted on the greed of countless selfish deeds

Welcome to your dreams
The Garden of Hedon
We’ve so carelessly sown, see what has grown (so then)
Tell me how it grows
This Garden of Hedon
And the wily vines still they entwine everyone else

Sensory—the flies a constant choir for your ears
(In Hedon even bugs we hold dear!)
Taste, touch, see—the sky a vivid uncensored screen
Showing everyone’s deepest dreams
Sensory— as always there’s the fruit of the tree
No restrictions, everything’s free
Taste, touch, see—the Garden offers you everything
In Hedon you can always be king

Tell me does it feel good?
Do you sleep well?
Comfortable with who you are
When the end comes will we stand tall
Without any shame when we hear our name?

The Garden welcomes you, ma’am
Please sit down and find twice as much as you’ll eat
Cornucopia of desires
Lying there at your feet
The Garden welcomes you, sir
Please relax and find everything that you want
Very little of what you need
no bread, no water, no God
Track Name: Misantrog
MISANTROG
Music by Schendel and Groves
Lyrics by Groves

Dancing on the walls playful flickering
And though colorless they cheer me with their show
There’s no day or night, there’s no sound of life
Yet I’m not alone for the darkness walks with me
Leave me safe to be
In a place where there’s no need to see
Where the shadows are so real
And the coldness that I feel reminds me I’m alive
Good intent a Rescue plan
Police? A priest? A ‘yes you can bless you’ man?
Drag me out show me the way
Awaken me to light of day hear you say
“This is all for you my friend
Your loneliness has come to end we were sent!”
Stabbing flash it’s shocking me
Intruding light laughs mocking me mocking me

But I admit at times if I confess my crimes
A Daphne would be nice
All the light not even the sun can blaze so bright as to
Burn away the cold of the dark or keep me company
This light cannot melt what’s inside
The cold reminds me I’m alive
Please leave me to myself
The cold reminds me I’m alive
“How have you lived for all these years all by yourself?

We’ll drag you out, show you the way
Awaken you to light of day!” Heard them say
“This is all for you, old man
Your loneliness has come to an end!”
A stabbing flash is shocking me, mocking me, mocking me…

No don’t pity me or just think me mad
Despite your entourage we know it’s you that’s all alone
I know that can’t be true to someone like you
You’re unwelcome here. You trespass with your light
Leave me safe to be
In a place where there’s no need to see
Where the shadows are so real
And the coldness that I feel reminds me I’m alive

“All the love—the love of the world
Could ever change his heart or his mind
Combined with all the light of the sun
He chooses darkness for he is blind
He wants no light he’ll never see
The darkness is his legacy
We’ll leave him to himself!
The cold can keep him company!”
And so he’ll live all of his years all by himself
Track Name: Crowbone
CROWBONE
Music by Schendel
Lyrics by Robert Low

Flung out from the fjord cliff
Fledglings on the flight’s edge
Spun, whirled
Heaved on the slow-black, crow-black
Night of black-glass sea
Feathers on the breath of gods

We are our own wyrd
Our own brothers
Who face the spit of the seas
And dare to lift our wings as if we were not
Feathers on the breath of gods
Track Name: I Am I
I AM I
Music by Babb and Schendel
Lyrics by Babb

Echo
Ever the smoke was swirling
Wrapping itself around me
Ever the light was fading
Is that when you found me?
Who are you?
Why have you come?
If I stay maybe you'll find yourself
Come what may
I cannot break your spell

Narcissus
I am I
And yet I
I am Legion
I will speak
And will be heard
For I am I

Echo
Are we but shards of that mirror that lies
Broken in many pieces
These are the children we made
Yet for the smoke which billows
As the light doth fade
I would find them
Together we'd run away
Yet I stay, maybe you'll find yourself
Come what may
I think you made the smoke

Narcissus
There is no smoke
There is but one, yet many
I am I

Echo
Then you must walk in the darkness alone

You cannot save this wretch – he perceives that he is God
He nearly said as much – if you had paid attention
You cannot save this wretch – he perceives that he is God
He nearly said as much – if you’d been listening
Now you must wrest control– run and save yourself from him
He'll be close behind plotting your wreck and ruin
Something dark and twisted seized his mind – there's nothing left to save

Narcissus
There is no smoke
There is but one, one yet many
And here in darkness we abide

Narcissus
I am, I am ascending
I am, I am transcending

Echo
Then you must walk in the darkness alone

There are those we must leave behind if we're to save ourselves
For all the pity in the world cannot save this one who loves
Only himself - for beyond all reason he chose
He chose himself
Track Name: The Grey Hills
THE GREY HILLS
Music by Babb and Groves
Lyrics by Babb

Wide stretch the grey hills beyond our ken
Where roam the sad, haunted shadows of men
Why do they roam 'neath the leaden sky
Heedless of doom, for they are doomed to die

Searching in vain, yet unceasing they seek
Ever they look though their chances are bleak
Ever they climb the grey hills, then descend
Down hopeless trails which wind and wend

'Mid the grey hills
'Neath leaden sky
Wander the weary men
Searching for dreams long flown
Dreams best left forgotten

Once they were told of a pool hidden well
'Mid the grey hills by a powerful spell
This is the lure, ever drawing them on
There, they are told, all their dreams have gone

If they could find the insatiate well
Plead with the spirit which in it doth dwell
Then might their dreams come rushing back home
No more 'mid sorrowful hills would they roam

'Mid the grey hills
'Neath leaden sky
Wander the sons of men
Searching for dreams long flown
Years have they squandered in search of their visions
Dreams best left forgotten

What feeds the pool wherein their dreams were drowned
The tears of children who in sorrow found
The world was broken and by one, betrayed
Their faith in dreams was doomed to fade

And so, to and fro
They roam in search of this
Though knowing they seek it in vain

Doomed are the sons of men
Searching for dreams long flown
Doomed are the sons of men
Who search for dreams of their youth
Years have they squandered in search of their visions
Dreams best left forgotten

Better to dream
Dreams that have yet to be dreamed
Track Name: The Porpoise Song
PORPOISE SONG
Music and lyrics by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
(SCREEN GEMS-EMI MUSIC INC.)

My, my the clock in the sky is pounding away
There's so much to say
A face, a voice, an overdub has no choice
And it cannot rejoice
Wanting to be, to hear and to see
Crying to the sky

But the porpoise is laughing good-bye, good-bye
Good-bye, good-bye, good-bye

Clicks, clacks
Riding the backs of giraffes for laughs is alright for a while
The ego sings of castles and kings and things
That go with a life of style
Wanting to feel, to know what is real
Living is a lie

But the porpoise is waiting good-bye, good-bye
Good-bye, good-bye, good-bye
Good-bye, good-bye, good-bye
Good-bye, good-bye, good-bye
Track Name: Panegyric
PANEGYRIC
Music and lyrics by Schendel

I was a bullet that flew straight and true
Though the shooter missed his mark
I was a sunset on a distant planet
On which no living soul will stand
I was a light burning in an empty room
I was a tree that fell alone in a wood
And I made a magnificent sound
Track Name: Ozymandias
OZYMANDIAS
Music by Babb and Groves
Lyrics by Babb

Behold this sad and lifeless thing
It, to my heart a chill doth bring
Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Hath stood the ages here alone

Half sunk in cracked earth lays nearby
A face which staring at the sky
Lies dumb, yet terror once it spoke
Yet time hath dealt its killing stroke

It broken lies and chokes on sand
In death it found no tomb
The spirit fell which once indwelt him
Hath fled to find its doom

Eyes bright, shined like dragon fire from
Lofty throne he ruled, he reigned
While his subjects cringed in fear beneath his gaze

The sculptor labored ‘neath his gaze
'Twould be a monument of praise
Thus he enshrined the royal sneer
Of him, this Tyrant-King of Fear

I kneel to wipe away the dust of years
With trembling fingers trace the words
Found etched upon its base

They said, “I am King of Kings
See my works and know despair!”
Yet broken now he lies forgotten!

Let’s turn and leave him there
Nothing remains but this colossal wreck of stone
Round it boundless, bare stretch wide the desert sands
Forgotten, he lies
Here, his legacy dies

I think he died a bitter death
A curse he flung with dying breath
“I am slain and my deeds were done in vain
But others shall come as tyrants rise up.”

And surely I've seen his kind aplenty, again and again
Empathy in short supply, lovers of themselves

Victor or the victim?
You must choose whom you will serve
Pride hath slain this king of old
Yet his curse will surely stand
For fate is a treacherous thing
And none can know what it brings
But I for one will walk away
And seek out those who yearn for love
We folk with empathy must ever be on guard for those without.