Monument

by Glacier

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about

Monument, which was recorded during 2000/2001, is a collection of songs charting the band’s history and hopefully represents the many changes that have occurred over the years. Tracks such as The City Gates, East Of Arabia and The Iceman Cometh had become integral parts of our live shows. Another Open Door, a very early track, had only recently received a re-airing after a long absence. It turned out refreshingly well and serves as a reminder of our earlier rockier days. Monument, the title track, was written for the album.

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released April 17, 2001

All music has been written, played and arranged by Glacier band members - past and present

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Glacier UK

Glacier are a melodic progressive rock band based in the North East of England and have been in existence since the late 70's early 80's. All music is their own original work.

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Track Name: Lull Before A Storm
Deep beneath the viewed obsession
Tension functions like a thorn
Moving back in apprehension
Just a lull before a storm

Watching brollies in the desert
Hearing notes descend like rain
Vultures hover in the sunshine
Over this oasis plain
Stranded whales in shallow waters
The pilot let them all astray
To place their faith in such is madness
Bitter words no duty pay

Priests correct by absolution
Captive souls seduced, conform
Fashion guilt in mind ablutions
Sets a lull before the storm

Overtax the competition
Let the bastards squirm and bleed
The rules by which a politician
Aids his fellow human creed
Concentrate the population
Pigeon-hole them every one
Starve their lungs of oxidation
Stop the movement from the norm

Hold precipitation
Borne on insane wind

Strap a sundial to your fingers
And a voice to help it warn
Watch it dictate all your actions
“Sands of time! We have a storm!”
Track Name: Think of England
Britannia sits on sinking throne
She looks around on emerald home alone
Across the airwaves comes the crashing of deceit
As they call you to meet, sell your soul on the street
Woah oh……

But they all think of England
Yes, they’ll all think of England
Yes they‘ll all put you down
(woah-woah-woah oh oh oh)
And they all think of England

Britannia stands on open sea
Whilst underground the drilling ceased
Instead of coal they dig a hole for hands to meet
There’s no need for a fleet
And the rabies’ a treat
Woah oh……..

But they all think of England
Yes, they’ll all think of England
Yes they‘ll all put you down
(woah-woah-woah oh oh oh)
And they all think of England

Britannia drifts on open sea
(Britannia drifts on open sea)
Uncharted icebergs loom quite near
(Uncharted icebergs loom quite near)
As Neptune sinks and waves goodbye to one and all
Hear the audience applaud, the new PM’s called Delore

But they all think of England
Yes, they’ll all think of England
Yes they‘ll all put you down
(woah-woah-woah oh oh oh)

And they all think of England
Yes, they’ll all think of England
Yes they‘ll all put you down
(woah-woah-woah oh oh oh)
And they all think of England

Icebergs looming very near
Sing and wave goodbye, I fear
Icebergs looming very near
Sing and wave goodbye, I fear
Icebergs looming very near
Sing and wave goodbye, I fear
Icebergs looming very near
Sing and wave goodbye…
Track Name: Bring Down The Rain
Borne on seas of endless waves
He takes his chance… romantic gaze
Across the room to watch the sunshine
Rise on distant hills.

After all is said and done
Reads his map to move along,
Back to lands extolled in virtue
By elders in his youth.

But then to find, lost in deserts, unholy
Left behind… on his knees down to pray to…

Bring down the rain, bring down the rain
To ease the pain, just once again.
Bring down the rain, bring down the rain
To ease the pain, just once again
Bring down the rain ah ah
Bring down the rain ah ah ah…

Back at home the choirboy’s sing
Hail Mary’s from the oceans ring
The sword that hangs inside the convert
Falls to earth once more

The blade is cut and rent apart
Spilling fears inside his heart
And so to end in final conflict
The nightmare of his youth

But then to find, lost in deserts, unholy,
Left behind… on his knees down to pray to…

Bring down the rain, bring down the rain
To ease the pain, just once again.
Bring down the rain, bring down the rain
To ease the pain, just once again
Bring down the rain ah ah
Bring down the rain ah ah ah…

Repeat twice after solo…
Track Name: Another Open Door
There’s panic out on the airwaves tonight, boy
Radio to radio through the air
For the trucker who sneaks on through the night.
As he turns his collar to the cold damp air

For he knows (as you know) the score
Holds his hands out and asks for more
Mr Winston Churchill would shake your hand
Come on in, boy, be part of the band,
The band, the band, the band, the band and…

He’s been waiting here so long
He’s been waiting here so long
He’s been waiting for, another open door
And this man will never change

There’s panic out on your airwaves tonight girl
Radio to rodeo through your hair
Mr Winston Churchill would shake your hand
Come on in, girl, be part of the band,
The band, the band, the band, the band and…

He’s been waiting here so long
He’s been waiting here so long
He’s been waiting for, another open door
And this man will never change

Repeat Chorus Twice more
Track Name: The Iceman Cometh
Do you believe the oceans will save the world
From being plunged into another deadly ice-age
When light relief of summer snow and winter rain
Will freeze the smiles of mortals racked with pain

And as we walk the ice is thick and strong
The blades pierce the surface as we sing along
And when the ice is thin we’ll never see
Just how close to destruction we have been

If diamond dust is thrust into the upper air
Your thesis states a recess will result
And when the waters cool the tears will freeze
And those exposed will fall to their knees

And when the Iceman comes to rearrange
The face of land and of sea and of man
If all you say is true we have no choice
Just one man, one vote, one voice

Ooh - but I remember you, it’s nice to see you all again
Ooh - are you happy now, aren’t you scared enough of men
Ooh - yes you know it all, you profess to tell us all of lies
Dream - dream of science friction, have you invented lies!
Track Name: Con Molto Noddus
God save the queen
It’s the anthem to hear in a dream
Sat in your chair please don’t stray..
(Here are) Dancers and clowns
For jugglers have ups they have downs
All to perform and conform.

(And we’re)…
Wishing you well
Performing the act of your lives
All playing parts
The reception is going just swell
Oh, showing the strength of your pulse

Smile it’s your time
A hero has much he must climb
You’ll pull on through
Until the last curtain falls.

Baskets of light
The orchestra’s playing is tight
All singing, ears ringing and…
(Daring) Strong men on wire
That swing from the flying trapeze
No safety net if you please

(We are)…
Wishing you well
Performing the act of your lives
All playing parts
The reception is going just swell
Oh, showing the strength of your pulse

Smile it’s your time
A hero has much he must climb
You’ll pull on through
Until the last curtain falls.

Showtime

Dancing with cheek
The masquerade’s reaching a peak
Foxtrot and tango in step.

(Out with)…
Wishing you well
Performing the act of your lives
All playing parts
The reception is going just swell
Oh, showing the strength of your pulse

Smile it’s your time
A hero has much he must climb
You’ll pull on through
Until the last curtain falls…
Track Name: Monument
Instrumental track
Track Name: Bring Down The Rain (Reprise)
Bring down the rain, bring down the rain
To ease the pain, just once again
Bring down the rain, bring down the rain
To ease the pain, just once again
Bring down the rain Ha ah.
Bring down the rain Ha ah ah ...
Track Name: East Of Arabia
If the beast is giving you trouble
Remove the tooth and nail the naked claws
Have no soul so why not destroy them
Ancients with hazy dreams and gods and dust
Christian god is always forgiving
Let’s see it happen in our life and times
Makes us think that Lords is a place where
Supremacy is shown to one and all

The heat, the heat of the night
East that East of Arabia
Sweet are the spices of India
Small, small are the souls of desire

Sergeant Major you are a cool one
Hey have you seen those native’s leap and scream
Indian Colonial hybrid
Here where they sell art nouveau western world
We’ve tried by keeping all of them happy
Feeding them karma sutra heavy dreams
Have no soul so why not destroy them
Why can’t they learn to fight on even terms

Sign your name on the dotted line
Cos Kitchiner thinks you’re just fine
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
If you think civvie life’s a drag

Don’t you know I’m leaving
Don’t you know I’ve gone
I’ve told you many a time
And now this time is here

Damn natives got no sense of dignity
Had an uprising just before tea
Killed them all and was back for Six
In time for After Eights

Remember when we had caviar
Back in Delhi ’Twenty-four
The best Regiment in India
Won their VC’s by the score

Your body’s now broken
And your eyes they can’t see in the dark
You’re no good and evil
Yet you still walk your dog in the park
Yet you still walk your dog in the …
Track Name: Beyond The Wave
There’s a new shape on the skyline
As though a careless stone, mislaid
Has scoured another course, unthought of
Ships that once brought cargo
Are returning, barren to the sea
With only barnacles and lemmings
For their earthly company

Another turn, a brief diversion
One more Chopin for the pianola
There is still a rainbow for the pennies that we save
Another fight for every soldier
Winter’s journeys for strange wanderers
There’s a man of steel for those too rigid to be brave

Beyond the wave …

All that the cat’s-eye failed to recognise
The torn-out pages of a diary
Bearing names and deeds not told of
Would bring a kind of understanding
A certain genius of nature -
Fredrick turning, jingle-jangling
In his hurdy-gurdy

Another turn, a brief diversion
One more Chopin for the pianola
There is still a rainbow for the pennies that we save
Another fight for every soldier
Winter’s journeys for strange wanderers
There’s a man of steel for those too rigid to be brave

Beyond the wave …

repeat (twice)
Track Name: Through The Mist ...
Instrumental Track
Track Name: The City Gates
Down by the waterside
The city gates are closed tonight
Silently the watch
Changes the lamps that word the enemy away

Turn the key to lock the door
Merchant fleet of high renown
Ancient trade in eastern wares
Never seen a better day
I am old and frail, something stirs within me…

I, see, nothing remaining
Cracked, broken, sunk in the ocean
The city, the walls, of Atlantis

See the city deep below
Water’s edge where we came from
Holocaust, the misery
Shadow. Has this mean to be?

So I went to tell them all
The city is about to fall.
“Don’t preach to me old man” they say
“I think its time you went your way”

I am old and gray, but I will show them all…

I, see, nothing remaining
Cracked, broken, sunk in the ocean
The city, the walls, of Atlantis

I will survive
As night turns to morn…
As the eagle flies above me
Takes me to a haven built…

I, see, nothing remaining
Cracked, broken, sunk in the ocean
The city, the walls…

…of Atlantis
Track Name: Whichone (Outro)
Instrumental Track