Ghost Of A Blood Tie

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Instrumental
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COUPLET 1 Back to the streets we used to roam And turned into our playground, The only town we knew as boys Growing up side by side. I used to speak your voice And saw the world through your eyes. I hardly knew the difference Between your thoughts and mine. I know you’re waiting for me, Miles, I know you’ll never let me down. PONT On every doorstep, every corner, Every game we played, every story shared, Every bruise from every kids' fight, Every treehouse, A flood of memories coming back. In every street and every garden, Every cigarette shared in silence, Every stolen kiss, every school day, Every secret den, A flood of memories coming back. REFRAIN Through a haze of foggy daydreams I kept hearing you call. Through a maze of broken memories I kept seeing you fall. COUPLET 2 Between the hated blank walls I used to call my prison, They fed me pills at nightfall To quiet haunting visions. All through my sleepless nights, Your voice remained my beacon, Soothing me like a lullaby Singing of memories long gone. Tell me, who slept the longest, Miles? Who wept the longest through the nights? PONT On every street and every corner, Empty houses, silent windows, Dying trees and broken streetlamps, Rusty railings, Where’s the town we used to know? On every street and every corner, Dirty walls and lonely schoolyards, Whispering waters, rustling shadows, Faded sunlight, Where’s the town we used to know? REFRAIN Through a haze of foggy daydreams I kept hearing you call. Through a maze of broken memories I kept seeing you fall. PONT 2 Free at last to go, Free at last to join you now, Free at last to walk In this dead husk of a town. Free at last to roam Across this decaying shrine, This landscape of things gone To waste away with time. The old school is boarded up All our dens are empty now. But across the pavement, A trail of painted footsteps Beckons me, Miles, Beckons me to follow To the heart of town, To the bridge, the river, Like the ghost of a blood tie Calling out to me, calling out to me, Pleading me to join you there PONT 3 Once we were boys, once we were brothers, Once we shared secrets and games alike. Once we were boys, once we were brothers, Now I must walk without you by my side.
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COUPLET 1 Staring out from darkened corners, A silent crew prowls in the gutters, Like mangy rats seeking shelter, Skinny bodies, hooded features, Hollow eyes, gleaming embers, Leering faces, pointing fingers, Quiet rage, accusing whispers. A woman calls, tall and slender, Coiling muscles, crouching tiger, Knowing grin, wicked laughter. PRÉ-REFRAIN The woman: Hope to find your brother Miles? Look through your conscience first. The dead are unforgiving But the living are the worst. REFRAIN The woman: For every promise you betray, Remember there’s a price to pay. Some say you let your brother down, Be wary not to go astray Craving for the light of day From the deepest reaches of your night, COUPLET 2 Shiny coin in her fingers. She says “This is yours to deliver. It will lead you to your brother. If you make it to the river, Take a look into the waters As you would in a mirror.” PRÉ-REFRAIN The woman: Hope to find your brother Miles? Look through your conscience first. The dead are unforgiving But the living are the worst. REFRAIN The woman: For every promise you betray, Remember there’s a price to pay. Some say you let your brother down, Be wary not to go astray Craving for the light of day From the deepest reaches of your night,
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COUPLET 1 Every step of the way you walk beside me, Every step of the way your shadow whispers. Memory’s a burden when stories entwine And the one that’s ended stays rooted in yours. What if I join you there by the river? Can we still change what’s been written in stone? PONT 1 Every family gives you a part That’s forever yours to keep and play. You don’t get to choose, For such are the rules, There’s no turning back once they give you a name. COUPLET 2 You’ll be the one who gets all the credit, I’ll be the one who gets all the blame. You’ll be the good brother, I’ll be the lazy one, Bad seed, black sheep, coward, loser. COUPLET 3 Why should I carry your weight on my shoulders? Why should I turn into my brother’s keeper? What if I join you there by the river? Can we still change what’s been written in blood? PARTIE CALME Now you’ll remain forever the perfect one, Frozen in time I’ll be the one locked up Straining to hear your voice at night. Alternate endings to this sorry tale. We could be heroes Make up new rules to play this game. REFRAIN This is a call in anguish and sorrow From a brother to a shadow. Can you forgive me, can you forget, Will time ever soften the blow? This is a call in anguish and sorrow From a brother to a shadow. Will you forgive me, will you forget, Will time ever soften the blow? PONT 2 Your voice is the flow that runs through my veins, I walk every step to the beat of your heart, Driving me forward to cross every line That kept us apart for so many nights. Let’s make this town forever a clean slate, A blank page to write a new tale upon. Let’s be new brothers with no parts to play, No more stupid Gavin, no more clever Miles. Let’s go back in time, it’s never too late.
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COUPLET 1 This is no town of mine, this is an echo Of a place I used to know, in a fading grey light. Behind the misty veil lies a realm of blurry shapes. The scenery changes with every step I take. This is no town of mine, this is a border Between what I used to be and what lies ahead of me. This is no town of mine, this is the kingdom Of things forgotten and memories rotten. PRÉ-REFRAIN 1 A dreamlike reflection Of familiar places, A space with no time Caught between day and night. The paintings on the walls tell of a story That would rather not be, That should never have been. REFRAIN City speaks a language Written on the walls In rusty letters And signs of woe. City bears the secrets Of a thousand guilty minds Tattooed on fences And empty houses. City speaks in tongues From a thousand faces With staring eyes And grinning features. City’s eyes are watching From every crumbling wall. This is a judgment, This is a call. Among those faces one looks like yours, Pale as the moonlight, Hooded in shadows. COUPLET 2 This is no town of mine, this is a fresco Of shifting patterns and countless faces. This is a gathering of painted strangers, A trail of staring eyes and grinning features. This is a secret gate to the bridge and the river. A black feral shape lies across the road. A growling wild dog baring shiny fangs. Its breath is fetid, its eyes are human. PRÉ-REFRAIN 2 A dreamlike reflection Of familiar places, A space with no time Caught between day and night. The paintings on the walls tell of a story That would rather not be, That should never have been. REFRAIN City speaks a language Written on the walls In rusty letters And signs of woe. City bears the secrets Of a thousand guilty minds Tattooed on fences And empty houses. City speaks in tongues From a thousand faces With staring eyes And grinning features. City’s eyes are watching From every crumbling wall. This is a judgment, This is a call. Among the strange faces one looks like yours, Pale as the moonlight, And hooded in shadows. PONT 1 Beyond the gate, more paintings await, The glint of a knife, the shape of a hand, A man on his knees, yelling in pain. A scream, a fall, a cry for help, Splashing water, bleeding flesh, One brother dying, one running scared. PONT 2 I walk to the dog, coin in my hand. Shiny silver glints like a blade. This is the price to pay for my shame. The dog leads me beyond the gate. This is the bridge, this is the place Where it all starts, where it all ends.
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COUPLET 1 Way too late at night To cross this side of town. Wrong path, wrong time, Silly way to lose your life. Too drunk to think straight, Too stunned to realize. Their hands looked so strong, Their knives looked so sharp. Once the light goes out, The world turns a blind eye To the midnight streets And to their petty crimes. PRÉ-REFRAIN Feels like I did it, Feels like my own fingers Held the knife, grabbed you and Stabbed you and slaughtered you… The coin burns my palm, My guilty palm, My bloody palm, My helpless palm. REFRAIN Run away, you coward, Run away, you traitor, Run, you lousy brother, Leaving Miles to die. Run away you coward, Run away you traitor, Run away you lousy brother, Leaving Miles to die. Run, Run, Run COUPLET 2 The bridge was empty, The silence was loud. I didn’t mean to run, Seek shelter in the night, But the coward rose in me And he was terrified. When I came back in shame, They’d thrown you in the river, Leaving you to drown, Leaving you to die. PRÉ-REFRAIN Still feels like I did it, Feels like my own fingers Held the knife, grabbed you and Stabbed you and slaughtered you… The coin burns my palm, My guilty palm, My bloody palm, My helpless palm. REFRAIN Run away, you coward, Run away, you traitor, Run, you lousy brother, Leaving Miles to die. Run away you coward, Run away you traitor, Run away you lousy brother, Leaving Miles to die. Run, Run, Run PONT They shed your blood for nothing, Just a handful of change And a cheap thrill of power. COUPLET 3 The one who stays alive Carries the one who died. Forever his burden, Forever his crime. The voice that speaks at night Is neither yours nor mine: A web of lies and hopes, My own guilt in disguise. DEMI PRÉ-REFRAIN The coin burns my palm, My guilty palm, My bloody palm, My helpless palm. DOUBLE REFRAIN Run away, you coward, Run away, you traitor, Run, you lousy brother, Leaving Miles to die. Run away you coward, Run away you traitor, Run away you lousy brother, Leaving Miles to die. Run, Run, Run
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COUPLET 1 So here you stand, Still and pale, Decaying flesh In endless sorrow, With a fading light In your silent eyes, A muted light, A dying glow. COUPLET 2 So here I stand, Scared and broken, My lips burning With words unspoken. Breathing still Yet hardly living. The weight of you Is overwhelming. COUPLET 3 What can be said, What can be done, When brothers meet From different sides Of that one night Keeping us apart, That single night We can never take back. COUPLET 4 So here we stand In endless silence, Face to face From distant shores. I’ll never reach Your side of town, You’ll never join My side of night. REFRAIN Slowly you close your dead eyes, Turn back then softly fade away Into the hazy twilight, Leaving my world just the same. REFRAIN Slowly you close your dead eyes, Turn back then softly fade away Into the hazy twilight, Leaving my world just the same.
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COUPLET 1 Memories leave a trace In the grain of your skin, The shape of your thoughts, The sag of your shoulders. If I go back to living I’ll spend my days Carrying that weight around To slowly make it mine. I’ll learn to say your name And remember your face, Carry you like a keepsake Of days forever gone. Slide back into the world Without you by my side, And learn to reconcile With the man in the mirror. COUPLET 2 Memories leave a stain In the fabric of time, The folds of your name, The twist of your mind. I’ll learn to bend my conscience To a shape I can hold In the palm of my hand And claim again as mine. I’ll shed you like a skin That stuck so long to mine. I’ll learn to walk alone And outlive your silence. Slide back into the world Without you by my side, And learn to reconcile With the man in the mirror. REFRAIN There’s a man in the mirror Wearing my face, He bears my conscience, Speaks my silence, Carries my skin Like the hide of a beast Has a path to tread, A life to be lived, I need to embrace The man I’ve become, To still that voice That spoke at night, To still that voice That was mine all along. PONT TERNAIRE Now you live in my dreams, Brother, shadow, To sweet oblivion, deep and mellow. Now I can leave you in peace, Let your memory grow And finally tame the sorrow, Finally learn to let go. COUPLET 3 ALTERNATIF The streets awaken From their delusion, Slowly shaking From their confusion. The heavy mist Is slowly fading, Streets are stirring To greet the morning. This is the town, this is the place, This is the life I must embrace. REFRAIN ALTERNATIF This is a new morning, Casting a new light On deeply buried fears, On ever shifting lives. A new day rises On peaceful gardens, On blue horizons, And quiet waters. Echoing voices Bloom all over town And call the wayward son To his forgotten home. This is a new morning, Casting a new light On deeply buried fears, On ever shifting lives. A new day rises On peaceful gardens, On blue horizons, And quiet waters. Echoing voices Bloom all over town And call the wayward son To his forgotten home. COUPLET 4 ALTERNATIF The streets are breathing With life remembered And slowly waking From their deep slumber. The streets are shedding Their misty shroud, Their veil of bleakness, Their nightly guise. The city’s nightmares Are slowly fading To leave the landscape Reborn and clean. The streets are real Under my soles, So safe and solid To tread upon. This is the town, this is the place, This is the life I must embrace. This is my truth, It may be cruel but it’s mine to face, Mine to remember. REFRAIN ALTERNATIF This is a new morning, Casting a new light On deeply buried fears, On ever shifting lives. A new day rises On peaceful gardens, On blue horizons, And quiet waters. This is a new morning, Casting a new light On deeply buried fears, On ever shifting lives. A new day rises On peaceful gardens, On blue horizons, And quiet waters. PONT CHANTÉ Here I come, here I walk, Brotherless but alive, Brotherless but sane, I’m finally home To stare at the mirror, Listen to the mirror, Find myself in the mirror. I’m freed from that voice That was never yours, That deceitful voice, That misleading voice. I’m finally home, Brotherless but alive, Brotherless but sane. REFRAIN There’s a man in the mirror Wearing my face, He bears my conscience, Speaks my silence, He carries my skin Like the hide of a beast He has a path to tread, A life to be lived, I need to embrace The man I’ve become, To still that voice That spoke at night, To still that voice That was mine all along.

credits

released April 11, 2016

Shuguang Li : Synths and piano
Matthieu Morand : Electric and acoustic guitars, dobro, lead vocals
Frédéric Renaut : Drums and percussions
Julien Skorka : Bass and backing vocals

Produced by Elvaron and Fantai’Zic
Recorded by Elvaron. Mixed by Matthieu Morand. Mastered by Laurent Steffen

Music by Li/Morand/Renaut/Skorka
Lyrics and concept by Mélanie Fazi
Global artwork by Ess from www.essgraphics.fr

Additional musicians :
Alexia Balandier : Clarinet on ‘Silent windows’
Christelle Harau : Accordion on ‘Silent windows’
Laura Kimpe : Vocals on ‘A price to pay’
Timmy Michels : Vocals on ‘Run away with fright’
François Thisy : Lead guitar on ‘The man who wears my face’

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matthieu@fantaizic.fr

Elvaron would like to thank:
Our families, kids and friends for their daily support of our musical madness.

Mélanie Fazi for her talent, patience and dedication.

Laurent Steffen, Ess, Fabrice Absil and everyone at Absilone Technologies, Franco Contrino and everyone at Godin Guitars, Alexia Balandier, Christelle Harau, Laura Kimpe, Timmy Michels & Sickret, François Thisy, Angélique Daniel, Laurent Bocquet, Claire Préau, Diane Mitanchez-Macaut, Cyril and his furious wife, Aurélien (love your Viking stories), Adrien 14 (although you must be over now), Fabio, Max and the crazy Brittany guys, The Louka Boyz, La Horde, AkromA’s dudes.

Nico, Lindsay, Fred, Seek, Rodolphe and Michael for their contribution to the band.

All magazines, radios and webzines who supported us since the beginning.

And thank you first and foremost to all those who, everywhere, got our very first album (and hopefully the following ones). We are grateful that we are continuing this teenage dream that we started 23 years ago.

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Elvaron Nancy, France

Formé en 1993 Elvaron est un groupe de metal progressif moderne baignant dans un univers littéraire fantastique. Elvaron se nourrit de nombreuses influences musicales des maîtres du progressif tels que Rush, Symphony X ou encore Dream Theater tout en conservant une approche plus agressive du thrash américain d’Overkill ou encore de Testament. ... more

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