Love and Legends

by Taravana

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released December 18, 2013

Alex Newton: Vocals, Piano, Drums, Synthesizer, Songwriting, Lyrics
Ira Sakolsky: Engineering, Mixing, Production

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Taravana East Haddam, Connecticut

Taravana is a musical enigma that straddles several genres, including extreme metal, symphonic rock, and classical.

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Track Name: Six Grand Fathom: Act I
[Act I - story notes on song page]

If he ever saw heaven it truly was she
Her presence cast over his world a pall
Love he had never considered to be
in the eyes of a woman, an angel to fall

“Take me as yours; to love 'til I die,”
But his words were in vain as she gave her reply:
“My heart is not free to be given as thine;
It is owned by another who can never be mine.”

Broken was he, pushed to the end
Thunder and storm, caught in his rage
Rid he the earth of other she loved
Never again those eyes would him see

Never again, and again he cried;
“I loved him so!”, and upward she cried
Rain and again, the heavens they cried
“Forgive and forget, the other has died.”

Run from the world that has left him behind
Where do you go when there’s nothing to find?
Regret is a demon that eats you alive

Run from the world that devours her kind
If only you knew what it’s like to be blind
Dear God who am I to be eaten alive?

“Sleep easy my child,” said the voice from above
“To have yearned and yet lost is the meaning of love
Forgive, forget...for he is the one.”
Track Name: Stronsay
Hurricane, storm surge, carcass
Dare you believe your eyes?
Upon the shores of Stronsay
Falls the cryptic prize
Hear ye, come and see it
Gather, behold the beast
That once had ruled the waters
Now a rotting feast

Raised from the depths of the ocean
Lost to the depths of --

From where did leviathan travel
From land beyond mankind’s reach
Awakened from ancient slumber
To crash upon our beach
Proven to be among mortals
This legend of seafarers’ tales
Allow us to hope there are others
Whose hides we can strip of their scales

Raised from the depths of the ocean
Lost to the depths of time

[Organ solo]

We must recover the creature
Search the turbulent, wicked and cold
Keep close by your side the knowledge
That fortune doth favor the bold
Descend upon all of the oceans
Hope God is on our side
Recover the monster of Stronsay
There’s no place left to hide

Raised from the depths of the ocean (Raise the anchor)
and lost to the depths of time (Set the lines)
Raised from the depths of the ocean (Watch the radar)
and lost to the depths of time (Check for signs)
Raised from the depths of the ocean (Sense disturbance)
and lost to the depths of time (There she lies)
Raised from the depths of the ocean
and lost to the depths of time
Track Name: Toxicodendron
Beams of sunlight filter down
Illuminate dust in air
Rays of hope among the chaos
Overgrowth suffocates
Shadows that dart and shift
Eyes shine through the mist
Inescapable beauty
I fear what lies beneath

These vines that grow beneath me
Their poison seeps and burns
But they will never pull me down
As long as I can still see the light

A world to escape my world
I came here to find peace
Paradise of creeping death
Uncharted, inescapable
I never should have stopped
Running through the thorns
Elation giving way to pain
Victim of the wilderness

Surrendering my body
Incarcerated veins
Tendrils crawl inside me
Alone the soul remains
These vines that grow within me
Their poison seeps and burns
But they will never pull me down
As long as I can see the light

I’ve found your secrets, all your secrets
They’re buried right beneath my feet
Found your secrets, deepest secrets
Their bones attest to your deceit
I know your power, all your power
It’s in the souls that you devour
I am your life, I am your fall
Now I’m taking back it all

[Piano solo]

These vines that grow beneath me
Their poison seeps and burns
But they will never pull me down
As long as I can still see the light
Track Name: In Effigy
Your desperation gave him life
Those watching his release
cannot help but wonder
if you can tame the beast

You could not help but believe
his writing in the sand
You gave to him the world
while he took it and he ran

Upon his triumphant return
the troubadours now rise
Entering your pearly gates
while shedding his disguise

The transformation now complete
emerging from his lair
This angel fallen down to earth
is now your cross to bear

He slouches on your altar
as you search desperately
The hero has become the beast
as you worship God in effigy
Track Name: The Irons
Crack in the ice, collapse and crush
Horizon line a jagged edge
Head to wind with failing light
The sky is falling into night
Time will pass you by

Fight against the cold, frostbitten heart
How did we reach the end of time
Does the sun still exist
Crystalline within the mist?
Makes our hearts alive

And I want out of the irons
Heave to or we’re doomed
I want out of the irons
So sail by the light of the moon

Your breath is frozen in your throat
But what would you scream if you could?
Your tears are frozen in your eyes
But who would you expect to see you cry?

Taking flight on broken wings
Icy veil shattering
Unwavering stay the course
Leave behind no remorse

And I want out of the irons
Heave to or we’re doomed
I want out of the irons
So sail by the light of the moon

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight
Red sky at morn, sailors be warned
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight
Red sky at morn, sailors be warned

On towards night (It’s waiting in the darkness)
Within sight (It’s waiting in the darkness)
Losing fight (It’s waiting in the darkness)
Failing light (It’s waiting in the darkness)
Waiting in the darkness

And I want out of the irons
Heave to or we’re doomed
I want out of the irons
So sail by the light of the moon
And I want out of the irons
Find harbor none too soon
I want out of the irons
So sail by the light of the moon
Track Name: Six Grand Fathom: Act II
The Siren Veronica to worlds anew
he boarded and trusted but knew not where to
Aware not of reason, but why should he wait
Unbeknownst to him she would follow his fate

Ten thousand miles from havens afar
Destiny ripped asunder the ship
Thunder and storm, and caught in its rage
Ten thousand miles and worlds apart

The wreckage upon him with icy resolve
Bodies adrift on the tide but not his
A light in the infinite chasm below
An angel to beckon him, darkness she is

Her arms then upon him, her hand at his side
Tears of both hatred and love long denied
Embrace in the darkness and vanquish the lies
With six thousand fathoms below him he dies