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The Long Way Home

by THE MAGIC THEATRE

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The Sampler 03:10
Through broke thread and pinpricks, I’ll finish my sampler Deep in the dim nights with oil flickering low All for a sampler so detailed and perfect that When… my birthday comes people will want to step in And I’ll be the belle of the ball Bask in the envy of all A princess in blue I’ll be called In moonlight I’ll dance on the lawn I’ll prove them all wrong when I walk on my birthday I… don’t need pity when I’ve got God right by my side This is for him and he’s guiding the thread through ‘Cause God knows I’m losing the strength to do this alone But I’ll be the belle of the ball Bask in the envy of all A princess in blue I’ll be called In moonlight I’ll dance on the lawn Hung in an auction house, come see my sampler Made in a bad dream two hundred and twelve years ago Don’t look too closely it’s not quite complete yet It’s nearly my birthday so it... will be finished quite soon
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They were the best days of our lives It will always be our time We were young and the story had hardly begun We drank through the whole first night, remember? How we talked into the dawn watched the rising of the sun No sleep at all and it was glorious On the summer’s hottest day, we sat scorching in the rays By the stage and it was glorious Hung over and dried out we laid low until the sun came down That night we literally laughed till we cried We knew we’d be alright, remember? How we talked into the dawn watched the rising of the sun No sleep at all and it was glorious On the summer’s hottest day, we sat scorching in the rays By the stage and it was glorious The world was far away we were broke and in a daze We had a place and it was glorious On the summer’s hottest day, we lay blissed out in the shade More than great it was glorious They were the best days of our lives It will always be our time We were young and the story had hardly begun We drank through the whole first night, remember? How we talked into the dawn watched the rising of the sun No sleep at all and it was glorious On the summer’s hottest day, we sat scorching in the rays By the stage and it was glorious The world was far away we were broke and in a daze We had a place and it was glorious On the summer’s hottest day, we lay blissed out in the shade More than great it was glorious
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A glint in your eyes fires flares through the night Drawing paths to your side and the future is primed A procession of beats like black holes in the heat And all I can see is you falling for me Forever tonight eternity died In a circle of light, a fragment of time Into the flames I've found you again Where soul mates conspire in the festival of fire Give me your hand pretend if you can Don't say your name, as if this was a game Wave after wave of beauty and fear We fall as we fall and the moment is near Forever tonight eternity died In a circle of light, a fragment of time Into the flames I've found you again Where soul mates conspire in the festival of fire Superposed we divide in a nebula of time Particles collide in a festival of light A palpable force of fate lights the walls We fall as we fall and fate takes its course
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I’ve got a feeling we’re going somewhere The evenings are light and there’s hope in the air The summer and sense of adventure’s begun Time to down tools and just follow the sun I got the answer I got the answer you got the answer I got the answer I got the answer we got the answer We’ve got the breeze and the long country roads Into the sunset we’ll plan as we go There’s hope in the morning and mornings beyond We’ve nothing to lose cause one day we’ll be gone I got the answer I got the answer you got the answer I got the answer I got the answer we got the answer Say after me is there love in the air? Yeah yeah yeah yeah there is love in the air Say after me is this what life is for? Yeah yeah yeah yeah this is what life is for I got the answer I got the answer you got the answer I got the answer I got the answer we got the answer
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It’s time I was spreading my four wings It’s a small world and a small mind I’ve been in Far beyond the mess you’ve made I’ve almost disappeared As the gold sun passed over the cornfields My heart jumped like a frisson of fear feels I’ve over thought tonight so much It feels like déjà vu Walking through this prison door That trapped my soul and stole my thoughts Watch my feet just walk on through I’m doing this. I’m leaving you My hand lamp was dimmer than the moonlight I turned back and saw you for the last time Sedated in your hateful armchair Dreaming of yourself Walking through this prison door That trapped my soul and stole my thoughts Watch my feet just walk on through I’m doing this. I’m leaving you It’s time I was spreading my four wings It’s a small world and a small mind I’ve been in Far beyond the mess you’ve made I’ve almost disappeared
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Part I: HUMANITY Dyspraxic intellectuals, fanaticals in manacles Radicals with parables, wastrels and respectables Tyranists and terrorists, optimists and pessimists Liars self-deniers, messiahs and pariahs Seven billion voices in… a random cacophony of Id Part II: IDEAS Aristotelian taxonomy, Euclidean geometry Darwinian biology to multiverse cosmology Witches and psychiatrists, hypocrites with crucifixes Paranoid conspiracists conspiring with their enemies Two million theories and… many reliably false Cathedrals of the mind mankind Designed to hide the fear inside What clever and what tragic apes are we? Cathedrals of the mind we’ve made Wrought from thoughts in jumbled brains The folly of such brave and tragic apes Part III: BUILDINGS From the Great Wall of China to the particle colliders With conduits of power lines we ringed the earth and lit the sky Legacies of donors such as Gaudi’s Barcelona Leaving actual cathedrals impossible and meaningful Two billion structures all… Covering the planet with steel Cathedrals of the mind mankind Designed to hide the fear inside What clever and what tragic apes are we? Cathedrals of the mind we’ve made Wrought from thoughts in jumbled brains The folly of such brave and tragic apes Part IV: ACHIEVEMENTS Beatles. Wall-E. Michael Scott. Stewart Lee And James Dean drinking tea in the Boulevard of Broken Dreams Apple. The moonwalk. Music, and New York Quorn. And Love. And Flight. And Books One trillion achievements and some of them actually good Cathedrals of the mind mankind Designed to hide the fear inside What clever and what tragic apes are we? Cathedrals of the mind we’ve made Wrought from thoughts in jumbled brains The folly of such brave and tragic apes Cathedrals of the mind set free With bipolar grandiosity What clever and what tragic apes are we? Cathedrals of the mind them all Milestones of our rise and fall What high achieving deadly apes are we? This universe will blink and die At the catastrophic end of time With no one left to venerate our graves A spinning pea in empty space No legacy no human race And all we ever did, was done in vain
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Love Is Blue 03:08
Doux, doux, l'amour est doux Douce est ma vie, ma vie dans tes bras Doux, doux, l'amour est doux Douce est ma vie, ma vie près de toi Gris, gris, l'amour est gris Pleure mon cœur lorsque tu t'en vas Gris, gris, le ciel est gris Tombe la pluie quand tu n'es plus là Comme l'eau, comme l'eau qui court Moi, mon cœur court après ton amour Blue, blue, our love is blue Cradle my heart, my loving heart Blue, blue, our love is blue Blue like the sky which plays in your eyes Comme l'eau, comme l'eau qui court Moi, mon cœur court après ton amour Fou, fou, l'amour est fou Fou comme toi et fou comme moi Bleu, bleu, l'amour est bleu L'amour est bleu quand je suis à toi
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Fall on me and I’ll catch you, cos I’ve Invested everything in you I want to die by your side, I want to die by your side I want to die by your side Tides will untie us Storms will divide us But it’s just weather outside us Cause we are the earth and the trees We are the earth and the trees We are the rocks underneath Our conversations entwined us, till we Copied each other inside us, now No force can ever divide us I want to die by your side, I want to die by your side I want to die by your side Saw the gold in the treetops, then we’re Coalescing like raindrops Falling down on the rooftops, with Saturated feelings of a, soft explosion in a Soul warming river of sun Fall on me and I’ll catch you, cos I’ve Entrusted everything in you I want to die by your side, I want to die by your side I want to die by your... I want to die by your side I want to die by your side Your moonface glows in your iPhone I know you so well you’re my home Our roots are crossing over Green shoots like starting over Your moonface glows like the moon
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The mountains were burnt and the sky had turned red I called out your name in the dark I wound up your music box, memories played I know that you’re gone, but I’ve got your song here in my heart strings You’re queen of the stars here in my heart, here in my heart strings I keep seeing things that remind me of you I didn’t do all I could do But you wouldn’t condone such a negative thought, I Love you Know you loved me I know that you’re gone, but I’ve got your song here in my heart strings You’re queen of the stars here in my heart, here in my heart strings
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Soon we'll be dead and gone Life's brief even when it's long We've been going wrong In our gilded cage When life's great adventure waits, oh Let's take the long way home Cause life's not worth living without love Let's take the long way home Stop for a minute to catch up We'll lose hope if we let it You easily forget it Life when we're looking back Will be gauged by good times we had, not the chains we dragged Carpe diem we Should go Make some memories, oh Let's take the long way home Cause life's not worth living without love Let's take the long way home Stop for a minute to catch up We'll lose hope if we let it You easily forget it Let's take the long way home Cause life's not worth living without love Let's take the long way home Stop for a minute to catch up Let's take the long way home And bask in the last rays of sun Let's take the long way home Just like the summers long gone. We'll lose hope...

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FORMATS: LP [Translucent Navy Blue Colour Vinyl] [Limited Edition of 500 copies] / CD Digipak / Digital Album

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There are few times that a group’s name explains so much about their musical aspirations. THE MAGIC THEATRE’s music is a dramatic evocation with no limits; thousands of stories seem to flow within their melodies - through the richly timbred, vast instrumentation, in the impossible arrangements, and in the thousands of influences from all over the world that fill their songs. It is fantasy and imagination made into music, something that Dan Popplewell and Sophia Churney exalt on their second album, “The Long Way Home” – their first for Elefant Records.

Ever since Popplewell and Churney met as part of OOBERMAN – the British band that won single of the year about ten years ago from The Times and Mark Radcliffe’s Radio One program, for their single “Shorley Wall” – the two felt compelled to work together. This was finally possible just a few years back with the birth of THE MAGIC THEATRE. After a delicious first album that set up all the parameters that this new album expands on, they signed with Elefant Records. And after that marvelous single, “I Got The Answer”, a song which is included on the album, we finally have “The Long Way Home”.

The magic appears almost immediately. “The Sampler”, a story of a sick Victorian girl trying to finish her embroidery project in time for her birthday, seems like a fairy tale invented by Tim Burton and composed by the famous Danny Elfman, with those arrangements of his that cradle you between mystery and innocence, creating a dream-like atmosphere. “It Was Glorious” shows all the complexity of their compositions, structures, and constantly changing rhythms, as if LOVE were pushing their lyricism to the very limits. The song grows like the memories that make us believe how wonderful life can be. “Festival Of Fire” is an exotic song flooded with Indian and Arabian effervescences, with majestic and moving strings that flirt with the listener through the song’s vast instrumentation and its colorful, epic, and danceable spirit. We realize we are using strong words here; these are musicians with no limits to their creativity – anything is possible. And that is exactly THE MAGIC THEATRE’s goal – to make the listener expect the unexpected. And that is exactly when that folky breeze that is “I Got The Answer” comes in, with its surprising Brazilian percussion. Once again, we realize, anything could happen in any of the songs on “The Long Way Home”.

“Your Hateful Armchair” tells another Victorian tale, of a woman who escapes her evil husband by drugging him then rowing away in the moonlight, growing incrementally to the rhythm of the piano chords, and then opens into to one of the most psychedelic, moving songs on the album. “Cathedrals Of The Mind”, a song about the grandeur and folly of all human achievements plays with the elegance of CAMERA OBSCURA, the epic emotions of THE WALKER BROTHERS, and the biting energy of THE CLASH to create worlds the human mind can’t even conceive of. “Love Is Blue” (which was also on the advance single “I Got the Answer”) is a cover of an André Popp song written for Vicky Leandros to represent Luxemburg with at the 1967 Eurovision, and that Paul Mauriat later turned into a number 1 hit in the US. It shows off Dan and Sophia’s delicacy with arrangements as well as their baroque roots, making us think of the delicious version that Claudine Longet released in 1968.

“I Want To Die By Your Side” is an exquisite demonstration of chamber pop, a declaration of universal love, stuffed full of bucolic beauty; it’s one of the most heart-breakingly beautiful moments of the album. “Heart Strings” brings back the ambiance of mystery, a haunting and beautiful song about the death of someone very close. The last song on the album is also the title track and it brings things to a close with a marvelous lyricism that makes us think of THE GENTLE WAVES insisting on the philosophy that this album gives off: “take the long way home / because life’s not worth living without love / (…) and let’s catch the last rays of sun…”

THE MAGIC THEATRE’s second album has the qualities that the most important albums have – immediacy and the ability to pull you in right away. It is full of complexities, dark corners, subtle details, and an interior world that requires a lot of listens to be able to enjoy it all fully. Ladies and gentleman, the show is about to begin.

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released November 19, 2013

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