Compendium

by Phenome

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    Album #3 by Phenome. Concept album. Full album download comes with digital booklet, outlining concept and lyrics.

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Comes with bonus digital album booklet.

Concept album, written/recorded between January-September 2014. Concept outlined in digital booklet.

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released September 23, 2014

Alex Burchell: Music/Lyrics/Vocals/Programming/Mixing/Mastering

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Track Name: Scene III: In The Final Moments
November 1982
Inside a dream I always knew
Revelations in my life
Under a sky of blue
My dreams are fighting for control
No longer feeling my real life
No longer knowing what is real,
Compendium dawns upon my mind

I can’t feel my body anymore
I’ve lost all sense of self-control
Within a waking life I slowly grow
Into another person’s life

Bloody skies
A never-ending nightmare inside
Smoke and fire
I focus on my visions in time
Turbulence
Chaos in motion in the sky
It’s all so fatal
But in the final moments we’re alive

There’s a world of dreams
I try so hard to lose
They’re all separate
But it’s getting hard to choose
The world a victim of
Our own arrogance
Destroyed by our own sheer oblivion
to everything we missed

Can you see them standing tall?
Clutching us within the grip of war?
Can you feel them cast their fear on us?
I can’t take this anymore

I try to hide from the destruction of life
With everything in disarray

Why is this happening?
It happens every night.
New day, same never-ending
nightmare to confront
It’s starting to get to me
I must be losing my mind
I just want to cut it loose
and leave it all behind
As the line begins to blur the tape is running down
And everything confuses me again
What’s the meaning of it all?
And will I ever know the truth or how it ends?

I try to hide from the destruction of life
With everything in disarray
As the city falls, I watch from down below
As darkness falls on another day
Track Name: Scene IV: Origin
As I walk down this deadened street
No sounds but the impact of my feet
Silence falls on a city torn apart
No reason shown, no will of heart

Where did all this anger come from?
Who’s to blame for this destruction?

Questions seem to have no answers
And silence falls upon distraction
Towering creations rise above them all
Caught in the midst of their reaction

Where did all this anger come from?
Who’s to blame for this destruction?
Caught in a nightmare of our own making
We have all become forsaken
Track Name: Scene VI: Re-Emergence
Alternate visions blur
Inside my mind
Confusion manifests itself
Deep inside
Two separate worlds collide
Inside my head
Regression takes its hold
But everything is dead

I can’t find a way to separate
Everything I dream from what is real

Dreams inside a shattered mind
Nightmares form as they combine
Desperation takes its hold on me
I struggle to survive
Now this world’s alive
No way to tell where I should be
Regression takes its hold on me

Is this helping me,
Or am I getting more confused?
They’re all so separate
But it’s getting hard to choose
Inside this world of dreams,
The fear preys on my mind
Regression takes its hold
And leaves me blind

I can’t find a way to separate
Everything I dream from what is real

Sleepwalking through a dream I barely know
As the city disappears inside the burning glow
These divisions in my mind are becoming clearer
But I can’t tell where I am
I can’t seem to hold onto it, and everything starts to fade
But I won’t give in to it; I can’t escape

I know I’ll find the answers, I’ll find out who I am
This won’t be forever
I’ll try to find the reasons, no matter what they are
But I’ve to got to keep myself together
I’ll find the reasons for my dreams; my purpose in this life
Track Name: Scene VIII: Home
Sometimes, I feel like I don’t know what’s going on
Sometimes, I feel like I’m already home
Sometimes, this déjà vu is creeping in my mind
Sometimes, I’m questioning the reasons for my time

I’m waking to another world / one that I can’t seem to place
And I’m falling down again
I’m lost so deep inside my mind / Where all my thoughts are running riot
Am I going insane?

I feel like I’m finally home again
But nothing’s the same
And all these burning questions, keep turning in my mind
And I feel like home is just a name

Everything’s familiar somehow
There’s nothing new in this town

Everything’s the way it was, but nothing is the same
Everything is dripping down, in twisted moods of grey
I can’t seem to keep my grip on what it is I’m seeing
And with nothing to recall, there’s nothing to believe in

In the final moments, I wonder how I’m here
and what’s the difference between the dream and my real life?
Am I simply dreaming, or am I awakening
To a world I never knew before

I feel like I’m finally home again
But nothing’s the same
And all these burning questions, keep turning in my mind
And I feel like home is just a name
In the final moments, I wonder how I’m here
and what’s the difference between the dream and my real life?
Am I simply dreaming, or am I awakening
To a world I never knew before
Track Name: Scene IX: The Light Inside You
People turn and stare
As though they recognise me, it’s funny how I seem to care
But I can’t seem to put my finger on it; how they know me
And how I’m so unaware
It’s always strange, when they say
“I can see the light inside you”
Don’t let it fade away / remember seize the day
You’ve got to see this through to the end.”

I can’t escape this now
I know what I must do, and why I’m here
I have no choice
I have to face this hell I’m in, and erase the fear
People think I’m their messiah, I never gave it thought
Until this moment, when everything surrounds me
I’m coming to grips / with everything I’m learning
About my purpose in this life

I never thought I’d be the new messiah
In a world that always haunts my dreams
Re-incarnate from the ashes
But always falling apart at the seams
I’m coming to grips / with everything I’m learning
About my purpose in this life
It’s always strange, when they say
“I can see the light inside you”
Track Name: Scene XI: Metropolis [One Last Time]
When the battle lines are drawn, and the time has come
When your hopes have turned to ash, and there’s nowhere left to run
I see faces all around me, shining expectations
And awaiting realisation
When the barricades come down, and time is running out
When there’s nothing left to lose, and our minds are filled with doubt
It’s too late for us to stop, we’re hidden from the light
And wretched creations take the night

Holding on to anything I can
With nothing left to hold onto
I’ll slowly rise towards the light
Inside the fire of our remains

(One last time) I’ll stand out on the edge again
(One last time) And pray for a sign
(One last time) I’ll fight for everything I’ve never know
(One last time) I’ll fight for tomorrow, one last time

When the battle lines are drawn, and the time has come
When there’s nothing left to save, and your time is done
I see clarity in conflict, and my eyes are clear
Through the smoke and dust, and through my fear
Wretched creations rise above the night
Raining down on us, forever fuelling the fight
And now it’s come to this; I know my purpose now
Reincarnate from the ashes, born inside the glow

(One last time) And pray that we can leave it all behind
(One last time) So when the sky is falling
(One last time) And death operates in lines
(One last time) Even if I see no future

When the battle lines are drawn, and the time has come
When your hopes have turned to ash, and there’s nowhere left to run
I’ll fight for death or glory, and climb towards the sun
On the dawn of a new world
Track Name: Scene XII: Closing Titles
Waking up, the memory retreats
My visions fade into the night
Confusion leaves me as I wake
No longer trapped inside the fight

I wish that I could see, where I'm meant to be
And the meanings of my dreams
I wish that I could know, who I am within that world
Watching my life on the screen

Staring through the windows, the view outside my door
Doesn't seem to be the same
Inside an alien world, that once seemed so familiar
and I'm staring through the panes

"Nothing’s making sense
Within this broken world
The clippings on my walls
trail across the floor
The newspaper on the table
rolled and wrapped in blue
And stamped upon the corner
November ’82"

And now I finally see that where I was meant to be
Was really what I dreamed
And now I finally know, who I am within this world
And everything fades to black upon the screen