Perfect Machine

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SPIRAL KEY - Heart-felt, brain-fed, gut-delivered.

SPIRAL KEY was formed in 2012 by David McCabe and Ken Wynne, two experienced performers and writers of rock music eager to express a common love of progressive music, turning years of simmering ideas and songs into the coherent whole that is SPIRAL KEY - a fully independent progressive rock/progressive metal band with symphonic overtones.

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released May 30, 2013

Ken Wynne: bass, vocals, keyboards, programming
David McCabe: vocals, guitar, keyboards, programming

Copyright © 2012 Spiral Key

Spiral Key LOGO by David McCabe and Ken Wynne
Album Artwork by Roman Hodek romanhodek.blogspot.co.uk

Recorded at Bentham Studio, Wiltshire www.benthamstudio.co.uk
Recorded, engineered and mixed by Dug Wolfsohn
Produced by Spiral Key

Thanks to Jo McFerran, Steve Wykes and Albert Pothleswaite for cake, opinion and consultancy

www.spiralkey.co.uk
band@spiralkey.co.uk

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SPIRAL KEY - Heart-felt, brain-fed, gut-delivered.

SPIRAL KEY was formed in 2012 by David McCabe and Ken Wynne, two experienced performers and writers of rock music eager to express a common love of progressive music, turning years of simmering ideas and songs into the coherent whole that is SPIRAL KEY - a fully independent progressive rock/progressive metal band with symphonic overtones. ... more

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Track Name: At Sixes And Sevens
So here you are again, Come to tell me how
Your life's falling apart, How love really broke your heart

So here you are again, Come to tell me how
You moved on and now you're strong, And you're feeling this can't be wrong

I'm just at sixes and sevens to you
But I'll set the world at sixes and sevens without you

So here you are again, Just another five faces
More stories of conquest, Boys in the spotlight sandpit

I'm just at sixes and sevens to you
But I'll set the world at sixes and sevens without you

Don't be fooled, this isn't maturity
A Greek three thousand years ago
already told your tale
The trail you're blazing, it's already ash
Four chords now tired and old
With five, six and seven on your bill of sale

So here you are again, Come to pretend to me
That you can make that guitar sing, But can you make it do this

The explorer treads a new path
To a pantomime of dreams
Hurry on down the road
To the trio and the affirmative
Count carefully or you'll never reach
The five and six of words beginning
If you can't choose the red or melody
Who will save you from mediocrity

I'll always be at sixes and sevens to you
But I'll set the world at sixes and sevens without you

You tap the mike and count to four
Might as well stop there, I've heard it all before
Track Name: Colder Than Heaven
Once there were two, and for a few months together they dreamed of a future
He considered the odds, he discovered the fear, and wept as he walked away

After five years they met, and for a while they faced their fears
But one day the will was not enough, and she turned and walked away
She could not accept the pain, and he watched her through the rain
There was no longer the fear, just the emptiness of nothing left to lose

He'd always believed in a life without end
In the comfort of stark, dreamless oblivion
But lost in this place, where the skin doesn't burn
This can't be hell, but it's colder than heaven


After ten years they met, and for a while they spoke and wept
But fear lay between them, and they said goodbye and walked away
They could not accept the pain, she stood and watched through the rain
They both took their different directions, so they could escape the ever-present fear

She'd always believed in a life without end
In the comfort of stark, dreamless oblivion
But lost in this place, where her skin doesn't burn
This can't be hell, but it's colder than heaven


And he said to her...
In your light I was made more
In your regard I was greater than I ever was before
But the more I fear, the less I feel, it leaves me cold
We could have been entwined
I would have walked my whole life by your side
But the fear tore us apart, heart and mind, and leaves us here
Together, alone


After forty years they met, he lay there while she wept
Said 'although we couldn't face our fears, I've always regretted walking away'
She could hardly bear the pain, as she watched him through the rain
That night she lay alone, something new stirred in her heart
I should have welcomed the fear, because it tells me there is something worth keeping
I should have welcomed the pain, because it tells me I'm alive


I've always believed, in a life without end
In the comfort of stark, dreamless oblivion
I'll only be lost, for the heart doesn't burn
I'd rather see hell, than be colder than heaven

I wish we'd lived a life, instead I'm dead inside
I know there's no hell, instead I'm colder than heaven
Track Name: Love Is
He walked the same way
Just like any other day
Today looked to him like
Just every other day
Bought the mirror, the star
Or some other paper lies
Headline screaming hate and love
With no good reason why

He knew he shouldn’t be here
That what he did was wrong
But he was only doing his best
In a world going rapidly wrong
Only wanted what you want, what I want
Moments in the sun
Never saw the faceless followers
Or a hand pull out the gun

Heard a scream, a shout
Then no more sound
Eight thousand miles just
To die face down in the grime
of this dirty little town

******

Peace is a word often used
By folk scared of healthy conflict
War is a toy for
Little men in big offices
(where they can hide)
Hate is a wall behind which
You can hide from the mirror
Don’t wanna see your face on the other side
It’s hard to hate, eye to eye
When your love is in the hands of someone
You don’t really know
Love is a loaded gun

Truth is a word and nothing more
It changes in time
Lies are a tool for you to
Safely ignore my good side
(keep me on your blindside)
Time is a hammer useful
For beating your workforce into a shape you like
Your rules make things safe for you
To do exactly what you want to
Is hate a weapon or love gone wrong?
In the hands of the lost
Love is a hidden bomb

******

But, when it’s quiet
When it’s dark outside
There is you and the sound
Of your breathing

Do you ever feel
Someone there
Watching you sleep and waiting
To slide you aside

Do you know what love is??

******

When I wake up in the morning
I only need to turn my head left
Look right there beside me
To see what love is

Who really needs a book, or a faith or a sermon
Someone telling you how to feel
Do you really need all that?

To see what love is

If you need a man on the TV to tell you
That god is on his side
You’ve been taken for a ride
That’s not what love is

A Nation or a flag, some colourful rag
A nickel-plated badge
Will never ever show you
What love is

Every thinking being on this big old world
Knows without trying, without any words
It’s in their DNA, their Chi, their soul
That’s what love is

There’s nothing magic, clever, written in the stars
Throw away the hate, you’ve been misinformed
All you gotta do is listen to your heart
To see what love is
Track Name: I, parts 1 and 2
All I've had, All I've ever been
And all I've ever seen, I've seen through your eyes
All this pain, and all my screams in vain
And all of my tears, have fallen from your eyes
And I feel you take control, in this darkness no longer whole
And as I am left behind, to fear the voice inside


I re-live the shame, knowing you are to blame
No excuse for all that's done, under my name
Cause of all my doubt, the one I could do without
Gives pain to those I love, without fear of consequence
And I struggle to take control, in this darkness no longer whole
And as I am left behind, to feel the voice inside

No longer live the lie, No longer wonder why
Slave to the voice outside, Understand behind these eyes
No longer live the lie, No longer wonder why
Slave to that voice outside, Understand behind these eyes
IT IS I
IS I


Trapped alone two parts in one, Neither to ever see the sun
Try to look behind these eyes, Feel my psyche tell you lies
Crying out for unification

Ohhhhhhhh


Absolution
Understanding
My redemption
And My Ascendance

Absolution
Understanding
My redemption
And My Ascendance

As I....
Track Name: Eyes Open Wide
Six walls enclose you, And the only door left
Blocked
By one you called friend

The knife lies in reach, The moment is yours
Feel the desire
To bring this to an end

With eyes open wide (Wide)
Take this life
To un-clip these wings and undo the tie


It's all that stands between, A sacrifice to set us free
Part the thread
For the needs of the many

With eyes open wide (Wide)
Take this life
To un-clip these wings and undo the tie

Beyond the door lies certain freedom
You've been locked here far too long
Time to soar above the eagles
Leave this carrion, far behind


With eyes open wide (Wide)
Take this life
To un-clip these wings and undo the tie


Well done, The blood is flowing
Step through
And observe your new skies perfect blue
The perfect picture
I should know
I painted it just for you!
Track Name: People Are People
People are people, wherever people are
Don’t we all do the same things?
Inside We all want what they all want
We want What they all have
They have They have what we all want


People are people, wherever people go
Even when we don’t all look alike
Inside We all hurt with the same hurt
They take. They take what we all had
We had. We had what they take

Over there, Middle East
The ones we want to blame
Over there Middle West
Story’s just the same
You can pick on any difference
Point out another side
Middle East or Middle West
(Ride another tide)
Don’t choose a side

Leaders are Leaders, in any point in time
Digging in the same old dirt
Inside. Inside they duck and dive
Saying what they think we want to hear
Only hearing what they think we seem to say

Leaders are leaders, on any given side
Even when they say they’re not
They are selling, They sell with the words they supply
A hate. A hate that leads to a truth
A truth. A truth that leads to hate
Track Name: Words Are Never Enough
I don't believe I asked for your approval
But I won't deny I'd hoped for more
I was no threat to your isolated life
But if it must be war then let it be war
Unable to accept a different way of life
Blinker your mind and shutter your eyes

I won't live in fear of what you say
All you have are words
And words are never enough


Now silence reigns between us
Except for your your cries
I won't give in to your betrayal
Won't be taken in by your lies
Unable to accept a different way of life
Another way of thinking or a different way to be
Blinker your mind and shutter your eyes
And hand-make your world view into what you want to see


Blessed are the un-borne
And blessed are the dead
For they truly understand
And If they could speak they'd tell you
That if all you have are words
It will never be enough
Don't preach to me, your words are never enough


I won't be waiting for judgement day
As I stand here open and unafraid
I won't live in fear of what you say
For all you have left are words
And words are never enough
No, words are never enough