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Track 7 of 8 from the upcoming album "The Secret"
to be released late 2017.
The band was simply warming up in the studio when Clive ran through a little bit of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Max, Hugo and Bob spontaneously jumped in with smiles all round and the instrumental track for “Swan” was born. Clive then wrote and added lyrics. “It was a reminder of how we developed own own versions of songs like “Something’s Coming” (Leonard Bernstein) “Every Little Thing” (Lennon, MacCartney) and “I see You” (The Byrds) back in the old days with Peter Banks, Chris Squire and Jon Anderson”; said Bob Hagger.

lyrics

SWAN

It’s alright, the day is bright
The journey’s on, it won’t be long

You’ll be there soon,
Before the moon,
Lights up your dream
Your journey’s theme

Stay awake, stay awake
Don’t waste the day
It soon is night we’re stepping on our way
Be alive, be alive
It soon is night, the time is swept away

Open up, open up, open to the night

As the moon and the stars
They all give you light
Beware, be aware
Stare into those dreams
Are they all what they seem?

This moment is now, it’s not just a dream
What you feel is the stage
Where your play turns the page
What you think is the curtain that keeps you away
Away from yourself, it’s the actor today

Like a swan in the sky, learning to fly
Lifting its weight, no more cares about fate
Death defying its gravity
With a flap of the wings
Reaching to see like a bird on the wing
That stalls in its flight and plunges to earth
Trying to swim
The weight of itself pressing down, pressing down
No more fight no more flight
Falling to the ground, hardly making a sound
Such a sorry sight

credits

released June 9, 2017
Music by Clive Bayley & Max Hunt, influenced by the music from
Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky. Lyrics by Clive Bayley.
Musical arrangement by Bayley, Hunt, Barré, Hagger.
Produced by Max Hunt at Force Ten Productions and
Mabel Greer's Toyshop.
Cover image by Poppy Connor

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The band Mabel Greer's Toyshop changed its name to "Yes" in 1968. The original founders re-established Mabel in 2013, releasing the album "New Way Of Life" featuring Billy Sherwood & Tony Kaye.

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