The Eye Of Fire And Fear

by As Follows

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released April 8, 2014

(c) 2014, Intelligent Egg Productions
Recorded and mixed by Ben Asaro at The Flower Shoppe, Brooklyn, NY
Ben Asaro, all instruments and arranging, vocals
Gary Pickard, vocals and spoken word
Written by Asaro, Pickard, Gennaro



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Track Name: The Eye Of Fire And Fear Side 1
a. The Valley (i)
Far away – as far at least
Lies the valley as the day
Down within the golden East
One and all, too far away

It is called the valley Nis:
And a Syriac tale there is
Satan’s dart
Angel wings
Broken heart
Unhappy things

Far away – as far at least
Lies the valley as the day
All things lovely – are not they
One and all, too far away?

Thereabout which Time hath said
Shall not be interpreted:
But “the valley Nis” at best
Is “the valley of unrest”

b. The Hirsute Hair Shirt
The First instrumental interlude, featuring our Very Special Guest, Hither & Yon.

c. Everything Like Nothing Else
Around the stormy Hebrides –
No wind in Heaven, and clouds to fly

Rustling everlastingly
Thro’ the terror-stricken sky

And Helen, like thy human eye
Low on earth, some violets lie

Nearer Heaven, lilies wave
Banner-like, all above a grave

a. Helen, Queen Of The Skies
‘Twas noontide of summer,
And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
Shone pale, thro’ the light
Of the brighter, cold moon,
‘Mid planets her slaves
Herself in the Heavens,
Her beam on the waves

I gazed awhile
On her cold smile;
Too cold – too cold for me –
There pass’d, as a shroud,
A fleecy cloud,
And I turned away to thee,
Proud Evening Star,
In thy glory afar,
And dearer thy beam shall be;
For joy to my heart
Is the proud part
Thou bearest in Heaven at night

b. How Far
For what to them availeth it to know
That Truth is Falsehood – or that Bliss is Woe?
Sweet was their death – with them to die was rife
With the last ecstasy of their satiate life
How far from Hell!

But two: they fell: Heaven no grace imparts
To those who hear not for their beating hearts

Sweet was that error – sweeter still in death –
Sweet was that error – ev’n with us the breath
How far from Hell!

c. Helen’s Lament
She ceas’d – and buried then her burning cheek
Abash’d, amid the lilies there, to seek

A sound of silence on the startled ear
Which dreamy poets name “the music of the sphere”

d. The Distant Fire (i)
The Second instrumental Interlude.

e. Awaken The Dreamer (i)
Arise! From your dreaming

f. The Distant Fire (ii)
The Second instrumental interlude continues.

g. Awaken The Dreamer (ii)
A half-remembered dream in musical form.
Track Name: The Eye Of Fire And Fear Side 2

a. Helen And The Dreamer
But what is this? - it comes - and brings
A music with the rush of wings

The fairy light that kiss'd her hair
That long'd to rest, but sparkle there!

The night that waned and brought no day
Keeps from the dreamer the moonbeam away

And on my eyes - the heavy light!
How it weigh'd them into night!

b. The Valley (ii)
Far away – as far at least
Lies the valley as the day
Down within the golden East
One and all, too far away

c. Laurasiatheria
Vocal harmonies courtesy of our Very Special Guest, Calliope Bellbottoms; that which follows after being the Third instrumental interlude.

d. The Scythe Of Time
The bar was now three-and-a-half inches deep …


a. Tempest’s March

b. The Dreamer Awakens …
Sleep on, sleep on, another hour -
I would not break so calm a sleep
To wake to sunshine and to show'r,
To smile and weep

Sleep on, sleep on, some fairy dream
Perchance is woven in thy sleep -
But, o, thy spirit, calm, serene,
Must wake to weep

c. … To A New Dream
Congratulations, you made it all the way to the end! Thanks so much for listening! A very special thanks goes out to the people that helped make this project a reality: Team Asaro, Gary Pickard, Luigi Gennaro.