EARTHWALKER


Earthwalker

We began as the Earthwalkers shaping a dream. We were the bright sparks of a new born flame. Born among seven billion we were the hope interwoven in the web of life. Power always moves in circles, infinite beyond all sense of time. This is the force that binds. Earthwalkers we journey on. We give everything, everything just to feel alive. We’re following the signs that light the way. We keep dreaming, this feeling there’s no need to hide. We just keep following the signs. Now with one dream and many years on, we are the embers that never fade away. Power always moves in circles, Fathomless, passionate, won’t you dream with us now? Earthwalkers we journey on. We give everything, everything just to feel alive. We’re following the signs that light the way. We keep dreaming, this feeling there’s no need to hide. We just keep following the signs. Here we are counting the years, as they go past it becomes even more clear: that with the life of a fountain and the strength of a mountain, Earthwalkers will never die. Light the way. We keep dreaming, this feeling there’s no need to hide. We just keep following the signs.We give everything, everything just to feel alive. We’re following the signs that light the way. We keep dreaming, this feeling there’s no need to hide. We just keep following the signs.

Divine

Breathe, and feel the air in your lungs. Breathe, and see how far that you’ve come. Even when our worlds collide, just breathe in one more time. Step into this world and see through my eyes, you’ll find that there is a love behind disguise. In this heart space I feel perpetual grace, and through time we will both survive. I can feel her taking me back. I can hear her calling me home. Mother nature suspended in time. We are one. We are divine. Living in a dream we can’t control. Breathe, and feel the air in your lungs. Breathe, and see how far that you’ve come. Even when our worlds collide, just breathe in one more time. When doubtful feelings flood into my mind, I remember I’m here and I’m alive. It is human to feel, it is love that will heal even through the darkest of days. I can feel her taking me back. I can hear her calling me home. Mother nature suspended in time. We are one. We are divine. Living in a dream we can’t control. Living in a dream of reality. We are Divine. Breathe, and feel the air in your lungs. Breathe, and see how far that you’ve come. Even when our worlds collide, just breathe in one more time. This is Serenity. Living in a dream we can’t control. Living in a dream, we are alive.

Sacred

Hear me now: when the brightest city has fallen and the last animal is diseased, starving children will inherit a wasteland. What then has money achieved? Stone monsters tear away. Great rivers burn aflame. Children of the future renew the truth. Renew the truth. We cannot have infinite economic growth on a finite planet. Disengage everything that you were ever told. We must restore the balance and believe. I believe we must reshape this world. With so much to lose we’re dying to prove our life on Earth. I believe we must reshape this world. Do my eyes deceive me, or is it us that need to change? Where do we go from here? When the purest rivers are poisoned and the last forest destroyed, dying children will be born from extortion. What is this evil contortion? Everything you know, everything you love. Sacred chaos unfolds. We’re losing control. Disengage everything that you were ever told. We must restore the balance and believe. I believe we must reshape this world. With so much to lose we’re dying to prove our life on Earth. I believe we must reshape this world. Do my eyes deceive me, or is it us that need to change? Where do we go from here? When the brightest city has fallen and the last animal is diseased, starving children will inherit a wasteland. So what the fuck will money achieve?

Gravity

Do you remember the days when our blue eyes were blinded and we found ourselves? The brightest stars eclipsed by a windblown sun. We all know that life’s not forever. Why can’t you see that you’ll always be weightless without gravity? What are you running away from? Will you ever come back home? So while you’re searching for some direction, try to remember that I’m still waiting. Why did you run away or was it home that ran away from you? You said that you would stay. So where do you belong when things start to change? We can’t choose where we come from, but we can choose where we go from here. Maybe then things will be different when you can see there’s still life in a dying tree. We’ll walk in an evergreen park, holding hands we begin to depart. Face to face, eye-to-eye, on a deathbed we will lie. What brought us together will tear us apart. Heart to heart, yours and mine, bathed in sunlight we will shine forever. So while you’re searching for some direction, try to remember that I’m still waiting. Why did you run away or was it home that ran away from you? You said that you would stay. So where do you belong when things start to change? We can’t choose where we’ve come from, but we can choose where we go from here. I now know that time is forever. We are free and we’ll always be voices unbound in eternity. Why did you run away or was it home that ran away from you? You said that you would stay. So where do you belong when things start to change? We can’t choose where we’ve come from, but we can choose where we go from here.

Healer

Searching for guidance on an altar of dreams. Laying before death and torn at the seams. The stitching of scars, the knitting of bones, bound by the healers, the holder of thrones. We’re facing demons in the dark–I feel them under my skin, I feel their hatred within.
This vision’s tearing at the heart–despite the pain that I’m in, new life begins.
All we need is to live and forgive everyone, everything that holds us back. No hate, no fear of anyone. All we need is to heal and reveal everyone, everything that helps us grow. No hate, no fear of anything. Retrieve my soul. Within, without, I know what it’s about. Above and below, will you ever fucking know? I was praying for life at the depths of my soul. I surrendered the ego, returned with control. Everything is as it should be, all that is and ever will be. The vision is clear. We’re facing demons in the dark–I feel them under my skin, I feel their hatred within. This vision’s tearing at the heart–despite the pain that I’m in, new life begins. No hate, no fear of anyone. All we need is to live and forgive everyone, everything that holds us back. No hate, no fear of anyone. All we need is to heal and reveal everyone, everything that helps us grow. No hate, no fear of anything. Within, without, I know what it’s about. Above and below, will you ever fucking know? Within, without, I know what it’s about. Above and below. Retrieve my soul. Back from the dead.

Afterglow

In the afterglow, the bond remains unbroken when young hearts have been awoken. Just follow the light. This distance, it doesn’t matter to us. Standing by, waiting for our stories to be told. We hold. We hold the unbroken bond no matter how old we are. Together we are the fireflies. We hold the light. We burn so bright. We are the stars that shine even in the darkest night. This distance, it doesn’t matter to us. Standing by, waiting for our stories to be told. We hold. We hold the unbroken bond no matter how old we are. Together in the afterglow the bond remains unbroken, when young hearts have been awoken. Just follow the light. Can you hear the voices calling you to the shadows? Can you feel the reaper pulling you to the gallows? We hold the light. We burn so bright. We are the stars that shine even in the darkest night. Can you hear the voices calling you to the shadows? Can you feel the reaper pulling you to the gallows?

Truenorth

So dark, no light can enter. So cold, no heat escapes. No gold will ever buy us warmth.
In this state, at this rate, there’s only so much a heart can take. Looking back: I have read everything you’ve ever sent to me, and we both know living lives apart is how it’s meant to be. Now we go our separate ways, letting go of our dreamer days. I’ll draw the lines to a new map. I will never look back. True North is my destiny. I’m just trying to find the best in me. As the years age and rust, and our tears turn to dust, we’ll say we were better off this way. Captivated by those sapphire eyes, to follow the intangible, a path unwise. In this place, give me space, there’s only so much a mind can face. Moving on: I am turning the page, my direction can’t be changed. Like waves in the sea, I am breaking free. We both know this is how it’s fucking meant to be. Now we go our separate ways, letting go of our dreamer days. I’ll draw the lines to a new map. I will never look back. True North is my destiny. I’m just trying to find the best in me. As the years age and rust, and our tears turn to dust, we’ll say we were better off this way.

Wildflower

She was ready to leave home, her journey planned out for so long, and in a moment it was all taken away. It tears at her skin. It pulls out her hair. It seems sometimes life just isn’t fair. I know, I know nothing is forever. When you go, when you go what will you treasure? These days are passing by like clouds in the summer sky. Hold close what you love in life. Like whispers of winter, she faced the last of her days. Why doesn’t fortune ever favour the brave? Tears stream down her face like pouring rain. We saw her bloom like a wildflower. I know, I know nothing is forever. When you go, when you go what will you treasure? These days are passing by like clouds in the summer sky. Hold close what you love in life. These are words you’ll never read, and I’m a voice you’ll never hear. I know you fly free, and you haven’t left me. You’re always with me. Relieving all the pain, you shed away your shell but not in vain. Love is the only answer, with joy and laughter, forever after. I miss you wildflower.

Mother

Earthwalkers: you are a part of the Earth and the Earth is a part of you. The blood that courses through your veins is like the sap that courses through the trees. When the Earth in your bones returns to the ground, perhaps then you will remember that this land does not belong to you, it is you who belong to this land.

 



DIVINATION


INTRODUCTION -‘Divination’ is based upon a ‘Tarot’ concept in that each song emulates the essence and meaning of a particular Major Arcana Tarot card. My mother is a professional Tarot reader here in the hills of Byron Bay. Her divinatory practice is always carried out with love and good intention, it provided me with the inspiration to transform this idea into a conceptual album. This is dedicated to her.

NEVERLAND (The Star)

It took my breath away in each and every day. Take me back to the place I can’t erase. Turn the page release me from this cage, re-live my memories. Were you ever told the tale about a place where no one ages? A vision in the mist, a dream beyond the stars. Take me back to a place that I know where all the rain clouds carry over. Carry me. Watch the sun as it goes down and if I stay here I will live forever.

The shell degrades, time is running out. The stars are falling, sleepless nights in pain, the ships are calling. Take me back tonight. So will you turn the page—release me from this cage, re-live my memories. Take me back to a place that I know where all the rain clouds carry over. Carry me. Watch the sun as it goes down, and if I stay here, I will live forever. The stars are falling, sleepless nights in pain, the ships are calling, bring the rain. Bring the fucking rain. Take me back.

Liner Notes - Based on the Tarot card ‘The Star’ it represents the spirit of hope and faith to carry us through even the darkest of nights. The days of childhood were simple when all you had to worry about was school, playtime and food. As we enter the world as young adults, we quickly begin to notice that nothing lasts forever. Our parental figures age, the world as we know it changes and this can often result in a disconnection to our innocence. It is amongst these ‘sleepless nights in pain’ that we wish to be ‘taken back’ to our youthful days. We must find ‘The Star’ (hope and faith) and create our own place of beauty, our own ‘Neverland’.

TRAVELLER (The Fool)

Have you seen the traveller? He moves with the night and day. With no items of value he finds fortune in being free. I remember when I use to think that I was moving faster, but the whole world moves under me. Our lives were closely interwoven then, but they unravel with such urgency. You can’t help this feeling inside. You belong to no one, as long as your heart can breathe. You belong to no where, as long as you roam free.

All you need are the clothes on your back, with your health and your heart intact. A life full of duty is a life that’s full of endless strain. I remember when I use to think that I was moving faster, but the whole world moves under me. Our lives were closely interwoven then, but they unravel with such urgency. You can’t help this feeling inside. The road will never swallow you, so live your life on your own two feet. The road will never swallow your sunrise.

Now I can see what lies ahead and I can feel the wind in my hair. I know the road will never swallow me. I’ll live my life on my own two feet, the road will never swallow my sunrise.

Liner Notes - Based on the Tarot card ‘The Fool’ it represents the infinite spirit and in this case it’s connection with nature. Joyous, happy and free from the ties of society, and living in harmony with the earth is ultimately who I aspire to be. ‘Happiness’ is what you make it, and in the ‘Traveller’ it’s a ‘less is more’ outlook on life. Our ability to be joyous and live in the moment can be clouded with ‘responsibilities’. Let’s not forget who we are or where we came from, deep down we are all children of the earth.

DEPARTURE (Death)

I will stand alone to the very end. I will stand alone. I am fearless I will not give in to the bureaucracy of death. So many lifeless questions left unanswered. When I’m dead and gone, what will become of me? Will my name be set in stone? Will I be more than blood and bone? Does the strongest soul forever walk alone?

Cast me to the wind where did the time go? Searching all my life I’ll never know. Drifting through the air where did our love go? I’ll never know, I’ll never know. Boom. Meet me on the other side, I’ll say farewell to the world we know. Cast me to the wind where did the time go? Searching all my life I’ll never know. Drifting through the air where did our love go? I’ll never know, I’ll never know.

I know I will leave this world the same way I entered, in solitude and with nothing. Will I be more than blood and bone? As the strongest soul I’m destined, I will stand alone. I am fearless. I will not give in. Alone with nothing.

Liner Notes - Based on the Tarot card ‘Death’ it represents the spirit in transformation and it can often deal with one of our greatest challenges: ‘letting go.’ There are definitely moments in all of our lives when we stop and think ‘What happens after this life’? It’s moments like these that I always come to the same conclusion: ‘be present and enjoy life because this is all we’ve got.’ Bureaucratic regimes justify military action with fear because the majority of our population are afraid of death. In order to make a change we must first begin with ourselves and ‘stand alone’ for what is right. In the end our ‘lifeless’ bodies will all return to the earth ‘alone and with nothing.’

THE UNKNOWN (Strength)

To all victims and witnesses of fear: your brave young hearts, they will prevail, they won’t find defeat. Broken homes fuck the way, they breed hate young hearts repay. Born on the battlefield your past remains unknown.

Bringing back all the days you’ve been through, finding life so hard to value. If I could take away the pain, there’d be more to inherit your last name. Where are you now?

To all victims and witnesses of fear: your brave young hearts, they will prevail. Older now laid to rest with six feet upon the chest. Born from the battlefield your past remains unknown. So burn this motherfucker down. Burn it down.

Liner Notes - Based on the Tarot card ‘Strength’ it represents the eternal spirit, able to overcome all obstacles. Sometimes you must tame the beast through courage, bravery and fortitude. Millions of children around the world are unwillingly ‘born on the battlefield‘ and into ‘broken homes.’ They say that ‘we are what we know’ and if children continue to be raised under roofs of fear, suffering will only endure. The disturbingly high number of abuse in households will only prevail if the vicious cycle is not weeded out. Often imbedded into our DNA is an instinctual reaction to treat others as we were treated. This song reflects the story of a child who returns to their ‘unknown past’ as an adult to put an end to the pain, once and for all.

SURVIVAL (The Chariot)

One life to live to pay your daily fee. The labor for your love weighted with hours that never cease. They will tell you that you’ll never make it. Corruption lies within, never bow to forty thousand feet. We will survive. This is the only way we will make it out alive. We will survive. Unless you persevere you’ll be left to rot behind.

Two deaths to die everything is closing in. Still pushing forward now you’re standing on the edge. They still tell you that you’ll never make it. The avaricious won’t amend, you will be carried safely in the end. We will survive. This is the only way we will make it out alive. We will survive. Unless you persevere you’ll be left to rot behind. The slaving wager leads men to more than war. Motherfucking bounce. This is my survival. We will survive. We will survive.

Liner Notes - Based on the Tarot card ‘The Chariot’ it represents the triumph of the mind, the action and drive to achieve ones goals. Year after year working on someone else’s clock, all in an attempt to fund doing what we love. Our hobbies and passions provide us with joy, but like all things they require large amounts of energy and funding. This is the un-sung struggle that many working class citizens experience day in day out. Most people’s passions will either fail to provide income for their families or they will dissolve entirely as a result. In this unstable era with economies either booming or facing collapse it is almost impossible to juggle both. This is the ultimate twenty first century dream: To do what we love and to have it pay our way. This is our survival.

INERTIA (The Hermit)

You always had everything that I’ve ever wanted, and I still seem to have these thoughts—they are running, running, running.  My body, my mind and my will—I’ve had it—and I always will, I always will. And I will always stay. Take time move forward, take time move forward…for what?

I’m only now beginning, to see life differently. The visions I’ve had are still always calling, calling and calling.  I’m searching and I’m finding my way, so I follow my heart—I always will, I always will. Take time move forward, take time move forward…for what?

Liner Notes - Based on the Tarot card ‘The Hermit’ it represents the guiding spirit. It deals with solitude, patience and through wisdom it can help light the way. When things aren’t going as we had planned it can be a time to step back and reflect on the bigger picture. ‘Take time move forward’ is the re-occurring key message in this song. If we can align our heart, mind, and soul and unite them as one, we will return both stronger and wiser.

B.I.A (The Hanged Man)

Tell me, tell me, won’t you tell me please—why do things always happen in threes? I use to think you were in control of your own destiny. So many moments being alone, you launched a plan. You chose to be the victim and now you’re so, so far away.

I’m waiting for the chance to finally breathe again. Hold on to me, until the lights go out. I’m waiting, still waiting for the chance to finally breathe again. Hold on to me, until the lights go out. The hero’s journey, the choices that you make. The villain’s downfall, the path you know you can’t escape. You lost control of everything.

Tell me, won’t you tell me why, I fail to see your face in the sky? The cold rain, it distorts my eyes, questions run through my mind. You chose to be the victim, you choked on the bitter end. You chose to be the victim, and now you’re so, so far away.

I’m waiting for the chance to finally breathe again. Hold on to me, until the lights go out. I’m waiting, still waiting for the chance to finally breathe again. Hold on to me, until the lights go out.

Liner Notes - Based on the Tarot card ‘The Hanged Man’ it represents the spirit of renunciation and sacrifice. The card’s illustrations depict a man hanging upside down by one leg, surrendering to a greater power. In 2011 I lost a close friend to suicide and this inspired me to write a song about his inner conflict. A constant battle of the ‘hero’ and ‘villain’ can play a part in all our identities as we learn ‘good’ from ‘bad’. My beloved friend chose to give up control and in doing so, ended the battle once and for all. I believe it was his way of surrendering to something far greater than himself. We are left with no choice but to accept what has happened and ultimately surrender ourselves to the higher power of ‘what is’. We all have our own way of mourning.

SHAPELESS (Judgement)

In this limitless landscape my mind is running wild. All shapeless forms collide—the room around me evolves, and ever so softly I hear lies. All paths lead to the end, will you attack or will you defend? Engage in whats unclear, overwhelmed by fear. So fucking ask me what are you so afraid of? You’ll never know the truth.

In this limitless landscape my heart is beating fast. All hopeless thoughts dissolve—the floor beneath me returns and ever so slowly I wake up. False suns of trinity explode in the universe, Residual intellect declines within a simple verse. Fate has mapped man as the master race, can you hear time echo? Third eyes open to the world, intuition twisting minds into what we know.

All paths lead to the end, will you attack or will you defend? Engage in whats unclear, overwhelmed by fear. Mother, father won’t you make me brave or will I live life to an early grave?

Liner Notes - Based on the Tarot card ‘Judgement’ it represents the awakening spirit of cosmic conscience. Twisted political regimes use fear as the weapon to infect our minds. This is a confrontation of those fronts, living in an unstable world where not even life itself is definite. Through different mind states we pursue new dimensions, and battle even the darkest of demons, which can often be our own worst enemy, ourselves. ‘All paths lead to the end, will you attack or will you defend’.

LORELEY (The Lovers)

Dismember me, throw my soul to the sea, watch as it sinks so slowly. Man overboard, my heart breaks on the shore. Caught staring at the lights in her eyes. She’ll pull you down to your fucking demise. Dragging you under, lost in a foolish rapture, the lovers drown. Sailors lost at sea, can you hear me calling as I scream beware? You’re staring at the sinking ships. Beneath the waves you come to grips. You’ve reached the end. From buried bones the ghosts ascend.

Dismember me, throw my soul to the sea, watch as it sinks so slowly. Man overboard, my heart breaks on the shore. Together we flow, caught in the undertow. Cultivate and create what we already know, this is wicked love. From buried bones the ghosts ascend.

Dismember me, throw my soul to the sea watch as it sinks so slowly. Man overboard, my heart breaks on the shore.

Liner Notes - Based on the Tarot card ‘The Lovers’ it represents the balance between two forces. This song depicts the shadow of ‘The Lovers’ in that sometimes we are blinded by what we want to see and not what’s actually before us. In this case ‘throw my soul to the sea’ and ‘heartbreak on the shores’ have been used as oceanic metaphors to retell an ancient folklore tale. The myth tells the story of ‘Loreley’ (a feminine water spirit) who dwelled in the rocks of the German Rhine. She would bewitch sailors with her beauty and song only to crash their hulls on the riverbed and ‘pull them down to their demise.’

WINTERFELL (The Tower)

Murderers. No one would hear me, no one knew I had a soul. Now winter comes for you all. I will run the rivers dry, I will make the molten mountains cry. I’ll bring the fire, I’ll take the air. I am the earth we will never share. I dine with the moon, I am the father of mother nature. I move to and fro won’t you let the others know that I am out to kill.

Murderers. Now can you hear me, now can you feel my soul? My winter comes for you all. There’s no place to hide. I will call upon the raging tide. I’ll bring the fire, I’ll take the air. I am the earth we will never share. I will bring you down. You’ve brought this on yourself, it’s been a long time coming now. I dine with the moon, I am the father of mother nature. So can you hear me now?

You’re all victims of the same dying race. What have we done? Have we reached our destination? You’re all features of the same lying face. We die as one. Will there be another generation?

Liner Notes - Based on the Tarot card ‘The Tower’ it represents the spirit facing destruction. This song is written from the earth’s perspective and depicts justice upon humankind for the misguided treatment of Mother Nature. Planet Earth is a breathing life force and caretaker for millions of organisms that solely rely on the elements. If you were to look at Planet Earth from a ‘spaceling’s’ perspective you would perceive human infrastructure as a cancerous parasitic growth. Imagine if you were to find mould breeding on an apple, would you want to explore its surface? ‘Run the rivers dry’ and ‘make the molten mountains cry’ are the earth calling upon the elements to evoke what we as humans call ‘natural disasters’. If we do not learn to co-exist and work with the elements then we as the human race are essentially destroying the very walls we live in.

RELEASE (The Moon)

The cure kicks in, this is medicine. I’m not going home tonight. The wolves are waking up from sleep, there are monsters in my head. I don’t remember where we were, so pick me right up off the pavement. I don’t remember where we were, so pick me right up off the sidewalk. Let me rest when the moon descends. let me rest in the valleys overhead. It’s in my blood again.

The cure kicks in, this is medicine. I’m not going home tonight. The wolves are waking up from sleep, there are monsters in my head. I don’t remember where we were, so pick me right up off the sidewalk. Let me rest when the moon descends. let me rest in the valleys overhead. This is our release, this is our release.

Liner Notes - Based on the Tarot card ‘The Moon’ it represents the spirit of inspiration as we begin to see things in a new light. As the nocturnal ‘cure kicks in’ we see the other side to this masculine dominated world. Tides of emotion enable us to see through rigidity and structure. Through good intention ‘the release’ can often be a healthy venture towards renewal. Just like or the ebb and flow of the tide, or the deciduous trees as they prepare for new life. ‘This is our release.’

By Jake Taylor

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