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Old 02 Sep 2019, 10:26   #1
MarianGoldfan123
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Legend lyrics

I noticed Legend's lyrics are different from what is available online...


For instance, the part "The demons forge hammers and nails" is incorrect, at least to my ears. I swear he's saying "The demons forge hammers and bones" instead. The original mix of Legend makes this more audible than the remix.



Here's what I think the lyrics actually are:




Is everybody in?
The ceremony's about to begin




He is sitting on a hill
A vapid knight is crawling through the vale
The trees are fangs of transiency
The demons forge hammers and bones



He will travel all the ways
That lead to the unknown lands
Time has distorted his view
An amen in his due


The spring is in the air
The silence in the skies
The wind is in his hair
The moon is in his eyes
The rain turns on
But he'll be gone
Before the world has left the night


He is gazing at the skies
Without yearning in his eyes
And he will follow the invisible trace
When the sirens sing again


The spring is in the air
The silence in the skies
The wind is in his hair
The moon is in his eyes
The rain turns on
But he'll be gone
Before the world has left the night


The spring is in the air
The silence in the skies
The wind is in his hair
The moon is in his eyes
The rain turns on
But he'll be gone
Before the morning spreads its light




There's a part which is unintelligible to me near the end. I can't make out what he's saying...


I changed the "vapid night" to "vapid knight" as that seems more logical, but this very well could be wrong as every reference I've seen to this song has it as "night" instead...


Mind you, I saw some lyrics for Legend here:


https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/alph...gendremix.html


Which indicate that the chorus says this:


The spring is in the air
The sirens in the skies
The wind is in his hair
The morning's in his eyes
The rain turns on
And he will be
On the phone
The world has left alone...


Which is way off... I don't own Dreamscapes so I have no clue if it lists these lyrics somewhere, but it was interesting nonetheless.




Instead of "The rain turns on" I usually hear "The rage is on" but the former sounds much more proper...


I can't tell if he's saying "the silence in the skies" or "the sirens in the skies" btw.



I like how the remix of this song has the extra "Before the world has left the night" part near the end (it plays 4 times). My guess is that was from a later (or earlier) demo mix...


If anyone wants to take a shot at figuring out what Marian's saying near the end, be my guest!
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Old 04 Sep 2019, 19:28   #2
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The official lyrics published by Moonbase at the time were:
LEGEND

he is sitting on a hill
a vapid night is crawling through the vale
the trees are fangs of transiency
the demons forge hammers and nails
the spring is in the air
the sirens in the skies
the wind is in his hair
the morning`s in his eyes
the rain turns on
and he will be
on the phone
the world has left alone...
he will travel all the ways
that lead to the unknown lands
time has distorted his view
an amen in his due
the spring is in the air
the sirens in the skies
the wind is in his hair
the morning`s in his eyes
the rain turns on
and he will be
on the phone
the world has left alone...



Not willing to add to the confusion, anyhow like you I hear a couple of differences:


>>Time must've distorted his view
>>The silence's in the skies
>>The rain chills on (?)


Will give it a try with my headphones though.


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Old 05 Sep 2019, 04:36   #3
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It seems like Marian improvises on tracks as he's recording the vocals, as In Bubblegum (also written by Janey) has different lyrics near the end... At least the lyrics which are widely available.


I almost hear "The rain cheers on" now that I listened to the chorus multiple times... I'm also hearing "chills on" as well! Not easy to understand him in some parts... The headlines demo is the same way. In the part after the chorus, I swear I hear this:


Johnny says that we're a lonely species
Thats why he's playing the fools
And Bill is walking he lives in your feet
sometimes I rollercoasters by the swimming pool

If we turned on all our highlights
We'd feel like Jesus on the water
Cause we're sailors not soldiers
So much more for the show
And a guest appearance in the universe


I doubt I was remotely accurate after the "playing the fools" part, but he's just about impossible to understand. The lyrics to the demo were never published, it seems...
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Old 05 Sep 2019, 18:43   #4
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By the way MGfan, we need your input on these lyrics:
https://www.alphaville.org/showthread.php?t=776
as the mystery has to be solved ;)


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Old 05 Sep 2019, 22:12   #5
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Added what I think he is saying... I'm likely not right on the last line, but the beginning is accurate, at least to my ears!
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