Gatekeepers

by Legend's Ghost

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1.
Motionless on a cold stone floor Fragments of a dream drift around me Trying to define the undefinable Trying to comprehend the incomprehensible A hand reaches out of me Groping in the darkness for me For what I lost For what I never found Grasping for a heart to beat with mine Grasping for a soul to sing with mine The song from my dream slowly fades As I try to make out what it was trying to say All I know is it was beautiful A soft breeze blows on my cheek Like a gentle kiss of peace And yet still I reach, feeling nothing Yet feeling warm and safe As the walls around me crumble and shake Slowly I rise and join the dance around me The dance of all who've felt like me A million hearts beating as one A million souls singing as one Each their own special part of this intricate dance Entranced with this life-giving romance But then the dream abruptly stops I awaken once again on the floor Still motionless Still alone Still reaching Staring at the walls Hoping one day they'll crumble again I rise to my feet Until that day, I'll dance
2.
Songweaver 03:29
A thousand lips unkissed No hope of love shall bring me A thousand words unspoken Can never unveil untold secrets of my heart A thousand clues undiscovered The enigma never demystifies Yet in a thousand songs unsung, My only hope of beauty Beauty surreal Unpersonified Feeding my soul Haunting my mind In this ancient, sacred grove Accept my gift tonight Gatekeeper, Songweaver Bring my song to life A thousand lips unkissed No hope of love shall bring me A thousand words unspoken Can never unveil untold secrets of my heart A thousand clues undiscovered The enigma never demystifies Yet in a thousand songs unsung, My only hope of beauty
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[Instrumental]
4.
Take this key Unlock my lonely ocean Swim with me Through the shimmering waves Take my hand And take my heart Dance with me Beneath the stars Come swim with me Through the shimmering waves Let moonlight glimmer On our naked bodies Bare I stand before you You refuse to get undressed I whisper your name You turn and walk away Leaving me to drown I have become ugly You know too much And care too little Take this key Unlock my lonely ocean Swim with me... You know too much and care too little
5.
Long, graceful fingers on a guitar His body was pure rhythm Pure soul Pure vibe And in his eyes A beautiful, gentle, ecstatic paradise I watched him spellbound He was passion personified Next thing I knew I was singing I was singing like I'd never sung before It felt so natural Yet so surreal So ethereal So sublime So sublime! And then his heart began to beat with mine And his soul began to sing with mine And as I watched those long, graceful fingers I could feel them Feel them running through my hair Caressing my breasts, my thighs, my belly Touching every inch of my body His rhythm, his vibe, his pulse flowing through me As I was singing Long, graceful fingers on a guitar Long, graceful fingers all over my body And in our souls, a beautiful, gentle, ecstatic paradise We found paradise that night We created life that night
6.
The Whisper 05:46
Once I heard the Whisper When music asked to embrace me Beauty to caress me I tried to understand Too many theories voiced Their thoughts buried mine Buried the Whisper Naked I lie in the moonlight Come to me, my love I remember your touch Join with me Take me out of myself Become flesh once more I murdered you That I might survive Withered what you touched The pain you caused Brought me to life Joy in sorrow Sorrow in joy Alive in my mortality I tried to understand Too many theories voiced Their thoughts buried mine Buried the Whisper Let me birth your child, the Whisper She'll float away I'll smile a sad smile Deepest joy and deepest sorrow fused In harmony and strife together passionate I'll understand without words
7.
The Portal 06:24
The Mysterious Voice: Kapinin otesinde yasayan Pek cogunun aradigi Pek azinca bulunan The Artist: In my darkest fantasies, I am priestess and sacrifice for you, Songweaver!
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Somewhere on a distant star At the edge of the universe There's a portal to a world of wonders Unseen, unknown, unimagined Guarded by the soul of one old and wise The ghost of a legend long forgotten If ye will enter, she bids thee speak The answer to a riddle long forgotten A song once sung Now an echo's residue No one understands, Not even she who birthed it At the Edge of Enigma The Gatekeeper waits Mysterious guardian Of ghosts of stories never told In the stillness Of the edge of time and space She weaves the sleepers' dreams Through tapestries of songs unsung Silently she floats above the nebulae Some days she'd rather solve the mystery Some days, she'd rather be it Could she do both? One will come someday A seeker, a dreamer of dreams One will know the answer Without being told Together they shall vanish Never to return! Away to the ecstasy Of horror and wonder Bliss and terror Alive for the first time unsuppressed They meld as one in passion Wistful yet satisfied Weeping and laughing Beauty never beheld They understand Yet it matters no longer
9.
Gatekeepers 09:57
Part 1: All: We are the seekers Entrusted with the gift Of weaving tears and laughter Through a glimmering tapestry Of sleeper's dreams, mythical fantasies, sirens' songs Crone: Pain painted enchanting Maiden: Joy, pure paradise's light Crone+Maiden: Mystery, like the mystical fingers of leafless trees pointing skyward (Mother ad-libs) Crone: We know the words to the sirens' songs Maiden: We see through the mists to the Isle of Avalon Crone: We see Atlantis in its glory Maiden: We hear the Sphynx's silent story Mother: Ordinary becomes enigma and enigma, ordinary Maiden: We touch the edge of the universe with our finger tips Crone: We hear the ancient poetry dead on silent lips Maiden: Fantastic flights through space and time Crone: Seeing mundane become sublime Mother: Ordinary becomes enigma and enigma ordinary Part 2: Crone: Silently, she floats above the nebulae Some days, she'd rather solve the mystery, Some days she'd rather be it Could she do both? Mother: I tried to understand too many theories voiced Maiden: You know too much but care too little Mother: Their thoughts buried mine, buried the whisper Maiden: You know too much Part 3 Maiden: We are the poets, the music makers, the artists Gatekeepers, weavers of dreams, seekers of beauty Guardians of legends lost, keepers of the mystery Mother: We are the poets, the music makers, the artists Gatekeepers, weavers of dreams, seekers of beauty Guardians of legends lost, keepers of the mystery Crone: The long unspoken riddle, we finally understand Mother: The whisper child returns to me, takes me by the hand Crone: The ghosts of long lost legends, throughout the air resound Mother: As the ancient magic explodes all around Maiden: Beauty at last personified, we'll join in love! Part 4 All: Our hidden world, you cannot comprehend We show you You see, yet you do not see
10.
The Artist: Gone! Vanished and gone! They've all disappeared Without a trace! Who'll guard the secrets of the universe And ghosts of stories never told And weave the sleepers' dreams Through tapestries of songs unsung? So, what happens now? Where do I go? Where do I belong Now that they're gone? They showed me their world, Their love Their lives A world so surreal, ethereal, sublime It's what I've longed for all my life I saw it Now it's gone! Songweaver: This gift of song's been given you It's hidden power behold A force as strong as life itself Its passion's force Within your mind unfold As Gaia birthed this world So you will birth your song The Whisper child you thought was dead Breathes life and magic Through your soul With passion ever strong! Chorus of Gatekeeper Spirits: This gift of song's been given you It's hidden power behold A force as strong as life itself Its passion's force Within your mind unfold As Gaia birthed this world So you will birth your song The Whisper child you thought was dead Breathes life and magic Through your soul With passion ever strong!

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Internationally-recorded independent concept album by composer and singer Cherelle-Renée Childs.
A misunderstood artist performs a ritual to find the elusive Songweaver. Along the way she discovers various muse spirits whose romantic experiences are metaphorical for the artistic process.

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released November 16, 2014

Music and lyrics by Cherelle-Renee Childs

Musicians:
Vocals:
Cherelle-Renée Childs as The Artist/The Crone
Louise Gracielle as The Maiden
Pamo as The Mother
Ivonneth Rosero and Jilly Comrie as the Songweaver
Oganalp Canatan as The Mysterious Voice
Joris Debonnet as The Stranger
Daniel Junglas as Primal Emotion

Guitars:
Jake Gillette
Kristof Elst
Andreas Ravnestad
Mattias Janssen

Piano:
Jilly Comrie
Daniela Cevallos

Bass:
Anders Thonander

Drums:
Helge Kautz

Soloists:
Rebekka Schmidt - Violin
Sergey Proshunin - Bass
Joop de Rooij - Keyboard
Cherelle-Renée Childs - Flute

Technicians:
Mixing:
Ivan Pantoja
Alexis Jarrin
Cherelle-Renée Childs

Recording:
Alex Diaz
Ivan Pantoja
Rodrigo Itabonay
Otto Pantoja
Felix Henss
Jose Luis Garcia
Jake Gillette
Andreas Ravnestad
Oganalp Canatan
Anders Thonander
Joop de Rooij
Mattias Janssen
Helge Kautz
Kristof Elst
Joris Debonnet
Jim Childs

Turkish lyrics in "The Portal" translated by Oganalp Canatan

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