Spirit

1996

by The Seeds of Time

Album cover for Spirit by The Seeds of Time who were formerly known as Tenth Planet
The Seeds of Time was used to be known as Tenth Planet.

All songs written by Alastair James Thompson and Clare Geldart.
(between 1992 and 1995)

Except:
5. Southern Smile: Alastair James Thompson / Andrew Blackie / Nigel Gill (1992)
6. Never alone: Clare Geldart / Nigel Gill (1992)
8. Seems to me: words by C.J. Perkis and Tenth Planet
9. When will they learn: Clare Geldart / Stuart McMorran (1994)
10. Living in Fear: Alastair James Thompson (Lyrics 1987, music 1992)

Acknowledgements:
Tenth Planet would like to thank:
Pascal Guessas for his French poetry in “Catch the Moon.
Tez for the bass line in “Living in fear” Nigel Gill for the concept that inspired “May Eve”.
Giz and Marijka Van de Kleut for a great place and great breakfasts!
Our engineer, Simon Milton... for everything!
C.J. Perkis... every band should have one!
Gorard Dean for the graphics - thanks, Mels and Trev
Steve Lowe for post production and audio sweetening
Dimitri for ‘Giving us groove’ in “Catch the Moon”.

Spirit was recorded at The House in the Woods Studio.

Engineered and mixed by Simon Milton.

Post production by Steve Lowe at Gateway Studios, Kingston.

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Track list

1. Spirit

Alastair James Thompson:
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Glockenspiel.

Emily McMorran: Violin, Backing Vocals.

Stuart McMorran: Saxophone, Keyboards, Drum Programming.

2. My Window

Photo with The Seeds of Time lead singer and guitar player Alastair James Thompson looking through the studio window

Alastair James Thompson:
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Glockenspiel.

Emily McMorran: Violin, Backing Vocals.

Stuart McMorran: Saxophone, Keyboards, Drum Programming.

Picture of James taken by Clare through the studio window during the recording of this song.


Lyrics

Sitting by my window
looking out on you
I can see a place I don't belong
I can make things right
behind my window pane
it's when they let me out
it all goes wrong

they'll never find out
yeah yeah
what's going on behind
the windows of my mind

they plug me in
and set me games
to test my mind
they only blow it
further inside out
they think they'll make me see
the world they way they do
why can't they see
that's not what I'm about

they'll never find out
yeah yeah
what's going on behind
the windows of my mind

I dance around the empty rooms
inside my head
just waiting for the music to begin
and when it does the party
is a private one
I'll keep them on the outside looking in
yeah yeah

what's going on behind
the windows of my mind.

3. Catch The Moon

Poster art for song 'Catch the Moon' from album titled Spirit

Alastair James Thompson: Guitars, Bass, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Vocals, Backing Vocals.

Dimitri Édouard: Keyboards, Drum Programming, Drum Loops.

Pascal Guessas: French Spoken Poem (also written by Pascal Guessas).


Lyrics

Cracks in the pavement
the worry lines of a weary world
through cracks in the pavement
slip the dreams I had as a girl
and the mistral blows fair fortune
close to the moon
and lightning strips the silver
from your silver spoon

there is no time
to see the diamonds shine
but it's not too late
it's not too soon
to catch the moon
catch the moon

climb the tree with difficulty
and a heavy load
for those who don't stop
from the top they see
beyond the bend in the road
and the mistral blows fair fortune
close to the moon
and lightning strips the silver
from your silver spoon

there is no time
to see the diamonds shine
but it's not too late
it's not too soon
to catch the moon
catch the moon

catch the moon
elle revait la lune, les etoiles

feel the sun
elle pleurait la nuit, le noir

hold your dream
elle etait seule sans espoir

before its gone
il revait le soleil, le bleu du ciel

il pleurait la pluie, les nuages gris
il etait seul, endormi

cracks in the mirror
reflect a face that has faced the world
through cracks in the mirror
slip the dreams I had as a girl

there is no time
to see the diamonds shine
but it's not too late
it's not too soon
to catch the moon

4. May Eve

Alastair James Thompson:
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Glockenspiel.

Emily McMorran: Violin, Backing Vocals.

Stuart McMorran: Saxophone, Keyboards, Drum Programming.


Lyrics

There is a wind that blows her hair
in the dark you'll find her there
with the offer to believe
in the magic of may eve

there's a passion in your eyes
a sense of paradise
a place we can go
only we know

stay, stay with me
I'll never, never, never leave
stay, stay with me
I'll never, never, never leave

where the water turns to fire
burning with desire
there's a time and there's a place
when I need to see your face

take my senses into flight
and surrender to the night
there's a time to believe
in the magic of may eve

stay, stay with me
I'll never, never, never leave
stay, stay with me
I'll never, never, never leave

5. Southern Smile

Poster art for song 'Southern Smile' from album titled Spirit by The Seeds of Time on which there is shown a pencil sketch of a woman sitting on a chair and holding a baby in her arms along with a vintage postcard style writing which says 'greetings from Mississippi'

Alastair James Thompson:
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Glockenspiel.

Emily McMorran: Violin, Backing Vocals.

Stuart McMorran: Saxophone, Keyboards, Drum Programming.


Lyrics

Ripping a whole through the Mississippi
moon
driving to the river in the middle
of June
say mother I'm going crazy if you think
this is fine yeah
she said come on in and taste a bit of
my gypsy wine

a girl like you should know better
she said
or do you wear cotton inside
your head
you know you think he's lazy do you
think that's all yeah
he gives you two little children and he
thinks you should call him god

see the lies behind your southern smile
southern smile
see the lies behind your southern smile
yeah

contrary to opinion in this ever
changing world
we still have to take everything
that's hurled
a mother holding baby every rainy day
yeah
oh he promises you everything
but takes everything away

ripping a hole through the Mississippi
moon
driving to the river in the middle
of June
say mother I'm going crazy if you think
this is fine yeah
she said come on in and taste a bit of
my gypsy wine

see the lies behind your southern smile
southern smile
see the lies behind your southern smile
yeah

6. Never alone

Photograph by Andrea Wade for song Never Alone from album titled Spirit

Alastair James Thompson:
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Vocals, Keyboards.

Never Alone photograph by Andrea Wade.


Lyrics

Do you ever think about the lonely life
you lead
do you ever think about the lonely life
you lead
far away from the crowd shout out loud
I will hear I'll be near you

do you ever think about the people
that you need
do you ever think about the people
that you need
how you shun all their light
seek the night in my sight
I can see you

you need never be alone my friend
I'll be there for you 'til the very end
you need never fight the night alone again
you need never fight the night alone again

do you ever think about all the hearts
you break
do you ever think about the prisoners
that you take
all I see is the pain from that chain
not again
I can free you

do you ever think about the twisting of
the knife
do you ever think about the meaning
of your life
I can show you the way
I will say it today and forever

you need never be alone my friend
I'll be there for you 'til the very end
you need never fight the night alone again
you need never fight the night alone again

never fight the night, fight the night again
fight the night, I'll free you, I'll free you
free, free, free

you need never be alone my friend yeah
I'll be there for you 'til the very end

do you ever think about the lonely life
you lead

7. Water is deep

Poster art for song 'Water is deep' from album titled Spirit by The Seeds of Time on which there are shown sinking clocks alongside with a woman in a flowing dress floating near the surface and a dark shape of a sphinx in the depths of the ocean

Alastair James Thompson:
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Glockenspiel.

Emily McMorran: Violin, Backing Vocals.

Stuart McMorran: Saxophone, Keyboards, Drum Programming.


Lyrics

When the water is deep you ought to
know
just how far you can go
not too far from where you are
on the shore it's a warning

like a raven's cry
in a blackened sky

when the mists are low it's hard to see
the nature of your destiny
should you take the bait in the hand
of fate
or follow the path beyond the twisted
gate

won't you read the sign
there inside your mind

can't speak if your mouth is dry
can't even lie to save your hide
can't swim against a changing tide

to stare at the sun for as long as you can
is the prerogative of a blind man
there is a prize for those with eyes
it's there on the shore before you

seems it's within your sight
hard to tell in the fading light
oh light, in the light

when the water is deep
you ought to know
just how far you can go
not too far from where you are
on the shore it's a warning

like a raven's cry
in a blackened sky

can't speak if your mouth is dry
can't even lie to save your hide
can't swim against a changing tide

8. Seems to me

Photo showing a wine collection (8 bottles) drunk by Chris, Clare and James while recording song titled Seems to Me

Alastair James Thompson:
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Vocals, Keyboards.

Photo shows a wine collection drunk by Chris, Clare and James while recording this song.


Lyrics

I'm on the way down
so many things I have to say
he's buying my ticket today
he's on the way down
so many things I have to do
I'm paying for his ticket today

seems to me
that history is the same yeah
I'm paying for your grief
when you know just what to do

we're hearing music
so dark we want to die
letters to everyone
letters to everywhere
eight by eight infinity
hope in despair at night

seems to me
history is the same yeah
looking for some peace
as we drive on through the night

we're hearing music
we're hearing music

it seems to me
history is the same yeah
stayed up with the night
keeping our dreams alive

it seems to me
that history is the same yeah
we've found a little peace
now I leave you to your love
and your life

9. When will they learn

Poster art for song 'When will they learn' from album titled Spirit by The Seeds of Time on which there is shown a wooden bridge on fire with a woman in the distance looking back.

Alastair James Thompson:
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Glockenspiel.

Emily McMorran: Violin, Backing Vocals.

Stuart McMorran: Saxophone, Keyboards, Drum Programming.


Lyrics

There's her Easter bonnet
but there's no flowers on it
and she's gone away
but it's to remind me
that it's all behind me
or that's what they say

when will they learn
when will they learn
when will they learn
when will their conscience burn
when will they learn

she was young and tender
no-one to defend her
so they broke her heart
free from all compassion
in their small town fashion
hear the whispers start

when will they learn
when will they learn
when will they learn
when will their conscience burn
when will they learn

hollow hearts collecting
years without reflecting
on their bigotry
how can I go on today
when all that I want to say
is your fine by me

when will they learn
when will they learn
while bridges burn
promise me you will return
if they learn

10. Living in Fear

Alastair James Thompson:
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Glockenspiel.

Emily McMorran: Violin, Backing Vocals.

Stuart McMorran: Saxophone, Keyboards, Drum Programming.


Lyrics

It's burning in my head
and I don't know how to cool down
feel like I'm melting away
as the fear gets bigger and I,
I start to drown

you see I, I'm sinking down
‘cos it's so hard to laugh into your face
I try to put out this fire
and push you away from today

it seems to come from deep inside
and hit me like an avalanche
it's a fear I must learn to ride
and keep locked
behind the closed doors in my mind

so if you take me in the end
well today will be my main concern
it's not so easy for you my friend
and the price you will pay
will be many more years without me

we'll all have to see your face one day

11. Catch The Moon II

Poster art for song 'Catch the Moon II' from album titled Spirit

Alastair James Thompson: Guitars, Bass, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Vocals, Backing Vocals.

Dimitri Édouard: Keyboards, Drum Programming, Drum Loops.

Pascal Guessas: French Spoken Poem (also written by Pascal Guessas).


Lyrics

Feel it weigh down
can't hurt to look around

catch the moon
elle revait la lune, les etoiles

feel the sun
elle pleurait la nuit, le noir

hold your dream elle etait seule sans espoir

before its gone
il revait le soleil, le bleu du ciel

il pleurait la pluie, les nuages gris
il etait seul, endormi

not like it used to be
shine on
never any time
shine on
never any time
shine on

12. Falling

Alastair James Thompson:
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Glockenspiel.

Emily McMorran: Violin, Backing Vocals.

Stuart McMorran: Saxophone, Keyboards, Drum Programming.


Lyrics

Trough these eyes
I see your wretched life
much clearer than you do
the knife edge that you walk
I've used to cut me free
from the threads of your life's tapestry

who will stop you from falling now
when I'm not around
who will stop you from falling now
and hitting the ground
who will stop you from falling now
and making a sound, it won't be me
won't be me

with these hands I held you up
the devil in you pushed me down
and he will drive on
until your life is done
he'll give you wings
then fly you too close to the sun

who will stop you from falling now
when I'm not around
who will stop you from falling now
and hitting the ground
who will stop you from falling now
and making a sound, it won't be me
won't be me

through these eyes
I see your wretched life
much clearer than you do
and you will carry on
until your life is done
find your wings
and then fly too close to the sun

13. Sphinx and Time (Intro)

Alastair James Thompson:
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming.

Clare Geldart: Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Glockenspiel.

Emily McMorran: Violin, Backing Vocals.

Stuart McMorran: Saxophone, Keyboards, Drum Programming.