The Long Journey Home

by Forever Dawn

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This Album is dedicated to Ryan McCue. Thank you for being with me... I would have never made it here without you.

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released 14 January 2014
All music, lyrics, and production - Brian Manowitz
Guitars on "On The Eve Of Battle" - Ryan McCue (RIP)
Logo Artwork - Christophe Szpajdel
Album Artwork - Maus Corderman

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Track Name: Maelstrom
Maelstrom

The Maelstrom whips around
Fueled by past and future
In this it Gathers strength

Consciousness Dragged down
Helpless against the power.
The vortex lulls the mind to sleep.

Centered in the eternal the essence immobile
The light of awareness that breaks duplicity
Ever at rapture in the center of the circle
Find this gem beyond the veil


The endless war
Worsened by struggle
The quicksand of unconscious thought


Friction created
By resistance of this moment
Clouds the crystal sight

It can not be controlled, the clinging is futile
The mana turned to worms if horded
There is only this infinite moment
Receive the gift of clarity

No idea why or how we got here
No idea who we are
No idea if this is all there is

Stumbling around throughout this life
A blur of experience
Until the moment that we die

what if we glimpse our ultimate form
what if there lies a stillness in the whirl
If all the mental movement stops what is seen?
What if our body holds the key?

Retreat to this present space
In the here and the now
Place your awareness within your flesh and blood

The Tides of thought
cast you asunder
No peace amidst the violent storm

Currents rip you down
To fight them is failure
There must be another way


Surrendered as the watcher
Upon your foundation
The only act that calms the violent mental seas
Be not the doer but only the observer
Watch the tempest blow itself away

Again and again the battle is fought
Within each conquest you claim its strength.
Track Name: Man Made Machine
Man Made Machine

The state of the world exists as it always has before
There's no growth, progress, or originality
Routine leads the way with repetition and decay
And your soul succumbs to this man made machine

Their will is yours if the reigns are taken
While the masses fumble on with their mob mentality
Routine leads the way with repetition and decay
And your soul succumbs to this man made machine

Pain all throughout as your body gives out
only coldness comes with the internal silent scream
Your gears rotate on but they power not a thing
And you sway back and fourth as a man made machine

Man made machine

The state of the world exists as it always has before
There's no growth, progress, or originality
Routine leads the way with repetition and decay
And you end the life of this man made machine.
Track Name: The Immensity Of Darkness
Open your eyes
And see the depths in which you reside
The struggle of this fight
The comfort of hell must subside
To begin your going fourth

We're immortals bound in chains
Of our own creation
Sleeping giants that know not their own strength

Forge your souls in the white hot flame
Burn impurities and pound out your own shape
Then hardened in the depths of this plane

Breathe and awaken, know no bounds
Expand like the heat of the flame
The lamp once lit can not be put out
Uncovered for all to see

Speak the word, pronounce the sound
Echo of divinity
The blinding light in the cosmic sea
A beacon of now and forever

Freedom from time
The awakened shall arise
One with the eternal light
A child of this might
Dispelling all illusion

Were immortals bound in chains
Of this revelation
Realize You’re an infinite drop
Of the infinite sea

Your life-force goes to feed
This abomination
Grinding along, each day as a ghost or a slave

Within myself I have the key
Into the night I shall retreat
Immersed in its immensity
The endless void

The alchemy of souls
Granted its final gift
Transmutated and ignited from within

We emerge anew
Born from this chrysalis
The change complete
Unbound and limitless
Track Name: Final Stand
Final Stand

The enemy appears
All around us
calm inside for this is not our end

Hearing only
The voice that guides us
That softly speaks through the thick and thin

On this path
Our spirit leads us
We will always have the upper hand

Though the waves
Crash against us
They will break for we shall not bend

We've come this far
No chance to turn back now
Time to unleash with the all of your lives
The strength to push on against the force of the masses
Time to stand up in the truth and the light

Day by day
This force within us
Grows only stronger can't they comprehend

This Noble cause
We take upon us
It is our purpose that we shall defend

No matter how
That they besiege us
We walk the line unto the glorious end

The snares of life
Sometimes distract us
We reawaken only to ascend


Prepare to engage
The hours' upon us
victory will be our final result
Armed to the teeth and with a steady heart
No move amiss as we greet onslaught

Who else will keep
This flame alight
Who else will ever
Carry this torch on
Our destiny cannot be stopped
Casting aside all obstruction

As the world changes
Inch by inch
The beginnings of a brighter day emerges

One by one, the old system crumbles
One by one this paradigm dies
The new times will rise
The new times will rise, forever more.
Track Name: Tales Of Our Tribe
Tales Of Our Tribe
When the time has gone dark
Reflecting through our lives
The Legacy’s been made, what has been left behind?

Wandering with the herd being led by the blind
Stand up and change your fate
These are The tales of our tribe

A story of fear running from the shadows
Or a story of comfort always swimming with the tide
Or a story of conquest over lesser foes which matter not
Or of a life lived to the fullest and the largest dreams realized

The Heroes of old
The men of renown
Fallen from the norm
Fallen forever more

This earth which has been pillaged, and devoided of its life
All for the gathering of trinkets our lust gone far and wide
Polluted all its elements of which we are intertwined
Nothing natural in these lands its purity has been denied

The waters give no life
The air not fit to breathe
The Fires refuse their heat
These are the tales of our Tribe

The enslavement of every creature human or otherwise
For purposes as nefarious as the mind can devise
The torture never ending for those we sacrifice
These are the tales of our tribe

Is this the end of which we have settled for
Is this the state in which we will leave it all behind
If only there was another way out
If only there was another chance at this life

In desolation we retreat
The abandonment we reap
Ashes form all around
Singing eternity's one sound

A radiant glow
The cloud we all know
Surrendered eternally
These are the tales of our tribe
Track Name: Sirens Call
Sirens Call

Noises of distraction
Bombards from all directions
Never a moments rest for the consumed


The sirens call
Beckons me into her arms
After all
I succumb to seduction

I recall
The Irresistible compulsions
Big or small
Time slowly slips away

Reprogram the mind in the language that it speaks
Anchors of the past scratched out as old memories

The Sirens call
Distracts me once again
Subtle fall
Chips piece by piece

Once and for all
conquering the daemons
standing tall
I reclaim control


The ghosts of the past which haunts our esteem
Sinking legions of time As it drains into obscurity
Forced into action, despite the heavy burden
Frees oneself from the latches of these chains


Tethers long buried
yet still holding strong
Teaching us the mystery of release


Be the journey and not the goal
Though at times you may lose hope
Give not your power to the fleeting things


Intoxication dulls the senses
Killing the pain with everything else

Constant activity on the trivium of life
Cut out the excess with a surgical knife

Refusing to look in the mirrors reflection
Afraid of what appears before thee

Striving at fulfillment but never reached
A never ending circle of valleys and peaks

The same time given to all of mankind
Make with awareness The choices that decide your life
Track Name: The Long Journey Home
The Long Journey Home

Now The Infinite Glow
Has Been Cast Upon The Mind

Now Will Sleepers Awake To This Light
Only To Find

There's No Return From Whence You Come
How Can Others Understand This One?

Changed Forever From This Day
With This Moment Have You Found The Way.

The Infinite Struggle Manifested On Earth
Embrace The New Heaven And The New Rebirth

The Chains Of Bondage Are All But Gone
From The Darkness Of Your Soul Comes The Breaking Dawn

The Glimpse For But A Moment
Fades Its Radiant Light

Imbued Forever
Strength, Its give To Thine

The Choice To Trust This Instant
Laying The Child Aside

The Path Of Knowledge
Fate, Begins The Climb

As The Sun Rises In Eastern Skies
A Birth Of Life Upon My Eyes

This Shrouded Covering Conceals The Light
Unfolding Now After The Fight


Now The Way One Shall Go
Is No Longer Undefined

Now Though Change May Be Slow
The Eternal Flame, It Shall Ignite.

There's No Return From Whence You Come
How Can Others Understand This One?

Changed Forever From This Day
With This Moment Have You Found The Way.

The Infinite Struggle Manifest On Earth
Embrace The New Heaven And The New Rebirth

The Chains Of Bondage Are All But Gone
From The Darkness Of Your Soul Comes The Breaking Dawn

The Glimpse For But A Moment
Fades Its Radiant Light

Imbued Forever
Strength, Its give To Thine

The Choice To Trust This Instant
Laying The Child Aside

The Path Of Knowledge
Fate, Begins The Climb

As The Sun Rises In Eastern Skies
A Birth Of Life Upon My Eyes

This Shrouded Covering Conceals The Light
Unfolding Now After The Fight
Track Name: Blood For The Blood God
Blood For The Blood God

I have called For This offering
That Was meant for me
And I have Called for the fat and blood
That you shall not eat

You have burned, what I command
For The Smell Pleases me
With Blood and Ritual that you shall be kept clean
In this tent I reside your lord with daemon wings
Here I am, Your God, that you refuse to see

Those who defy me, shall be cast out to die
My justice to offenders shall be eye for an eye
A feast of your offerings with corpses piled high
Pour the blood on the altar for the blood it is the life


Blood For the Blood God
Blood For the Blood God
Blood For the Blood God
Blood For the Blood God

You have burned, what I command
For The Smell Pleases me
With Blood and Ritual that you shall be kept clean
In this tent I reside your lord with daemon wings
Here I am, Your God, that you refuse to see
Track Name: Breath Of The Dying Man
Picking away at this fatal wound of time
I see all that was

Wasting away with these faded memories of mine
As the dying man does

Actions forgotten, the wasted deeds of the past
Hauntingly return, as the hours approaching their last

woooooooooahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

approaching their last


The astral light has come
Right before my eyes
The Heart and feather are weighed
On the breath of the dying man

Forcing through this path I see the sign
Its fate I shall adorn

Standing against the waves I walk the line
Spirit battered and torn

Alone, I'm forced to complete this path
Awaiting the end of the journey, that closes upon me fast

Woooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Upon me fast

The astral light has come
Right before my eyes
The Heart and feather are weighed
On the breath of the dying man
Track Name: At The Gates Of Discipleship
At The Gates Of Discipleship


There comes a time
In ones life
When the wonders of the past
Are set aside
Like the man trying to find
Fulfillment of the highest kind
With a rattle the babe heldfast
That must now be left behind

This choice that must be made
Ignore it, or wish it away
Yet it eats at your soul
Day after day

The Knowledge can not be unknown
Will you stand or lie prone
Embrace your sense of growth
Or be brushed aside

In a flash the way is seen
Will you accept responsibility?

The life you know shall be left behind
If you choose not to turn away

Once entered upon this great path
All ultimate fear is dissolved
In this ocean One finally has found
A piece of solid ground

The world still changes around you
But you are not of it
The mind still churns within you
Yet your are not your thoughts

All at once connected with all things
No longer a separate being
All actions joined to this root
spreads across the world



At the feet of the new found master
Let him fight the coming battle for he is your guide
This is yourself in its highest form
Allow the two to merge, if for just a time


Anointed one Give your all
For there is no time to waste
Avoiding the pits of mire
Of hesitation
with your light that shines before you
You can cross the sea
Upon this day the first gate is passed


The beginning of the end, yet a gulf remains
Two steps forward one step back
We learn the way
Track Name: Channeling the Infinite
Channeling the Infinite

Expression flowing pure and free our divinity
The smallest voice not heard speaks most clearly
Retreat to your sanctuary amidst the infinite blackness
In the darkness(safety) of the void the whispers come to guide your way

From empty space pull fourth the guiding truth
With the lightest touch The infinite speaks
Listen For The Commands

Do you dare to follow what answers come?
Free to shut out the voice, to feel eternally numb
Hear The calling of which is true to your core
Eternally guided forever more

Visions appear on the mental plane when the seed is born
Traveling down through the realms of feeling and power.
Alas it comes to this world with the clarity of focus held from the start
The object of your manifestation drawn down through this art

Quiet the mind or let it run itself to your command
In The center of all
Listen to the voice from the great beyond a breath of new life
From the the shadow form

Reset like a blank slate Ready to be carved anew
In the void that surrounds you calm
A clear stream flowing into the muddy waters of this world
The channel of light which cleanses all away

Giving all of yourself holding nothing back.
Feeling the whole world increase
The work goes on and on throughout many lives
Thus is the work of ages