Graceful Inheritance

by Heir Apparent

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1.
I've seen through times of mystery And dreamed of truth in history I can't imagine why we'd let our lives be stole away- For armageddon To be their pawns And fear their gods With no free will - NO! Another candle burning down See the flickering light upon the ground There'll never be a chosen few The ignorant- they never knew And now the oceans cry From the fire in the sky And there's nothing you can do 'Cause the world you've known is through And now your people cry At the rivers running dry And there's nothing you can do 'Cause the world you've known is through Desire - the lust for total joy The fire - a world it shall destroy Fever - you'll feel it in your mind- It's the nature of your kind Lost - the future from your view The cost - too high to start anew Reason - the one thing you ignore- Could open up the door Another candle burning down...
2.
The Servant 03:24
A servant's life is always short I never wonder why An angel fails to keep his wings Falling from the sky On your way -on your way On your way -to the ground A misty dew settles down On the Earth below The winds of time are telling me I've got no place to go I'm on my way -alone But now, I'm free To find the reasons why I must believe, in faith within my mind -and in my wings A servant's life is always short I never wonder why An angel fails to keep his wings He knows it's time to live or die... Fly on!
3.
They dwell in a palace of ivory and gold In beauty and comfort, a fortune untolled Yet, out in the courtyard injustice prevails They've turned their backs on what lordship entails They squander their riches on oceans of wine The masses are starving while ministers dine The bringers of Sorrow, the masters of pain Rise up in anger, let sweet vengeance reign! Tear down the walls - tear down the walls A code of corruption, a throne of despair A common affliction the townspeople share Depriving the hungry and robbing the poor Slaves to a system they loathe and deplore A bounty of torment, abuse of command The wicked are crippling this misgoverned land The innocent perish, the cruel remain Take up your sabres, let sweet vengeance reign! Tear down the walls - tear down the walls Tear down the walls - tear 'em down! The peasants are storming this palace of gold By evil repressors, no longer controlled The banner of justice unfurled overhead The victors rejoicing, the conquered lie dead Yet few of them know what the future will bring Another unjust and unmerciful king The nature of monarchs is always the same Soon time will come to let sweet vengeance reign! Tear down the walls...
4.
I look into your eyes as you look into mine I see you smile and look away I sense a passion burning deep within your heart Can this be real? I look away And then I wander through the maze of my emotions Looking for the answer to the question in my mind Another dream has come and gone I watch it fade away And now I wander through the maze of my emotions Looking for the answer and waiting for a sign Tell me now –you lead, I’ll follow Will I be with you tomorrow night? I look into your eyes as you look into mine I see you smile and turn away And now I tremble in the midst of my emotions You are the question and the answer to my dreams Tell me now –you lead, I’ll follow Will I be with you tomorrow night? Tell me now –you lead, I’ll follow Will I be with you tomorrow? Will I be with you tomorrow night? I look into your eyes as you look into mine I see you smile and come my way Tell me now – you lead, I’ll follow Will I be with you tomorrow? Tell me now -you lead, I’ll follow Will I be with you tomorrow? Will I be with you tomorrow night? I see you smile…
5.
I hear it in the distance I can feel it in the wind Somehow, some way Will it return again? I see a change taking over A taste of things to come Somehow, some way Am I the only one? - Running from the thunder - Reaching for the sun I've heard it in the distance I've felt it in the wind Sometime, some day Will it return again? I've seen the changes around me The threat of things to come Sometime, some day Am I the only one? - Running from the thunder - Reaching for the sun -lookout! Running from the thunder Reaching for the sun...
6.
The Cloak 02:33
The black night is the cloak I wear I'm a nightmare borne on wings A dark image of boundless fear On the street I'm king of kings A pale specter of shattered hopes I'm a symphony of lies A vague shadow, a nameless pair of eyes... A stained picture of broken dreams I'm a twisted demons' rage a cold whisper, a silent scream I'm a panther left uncaged The dim glow of the haunting moon I'm your deepest fears unveiled The wind mocking your every step I'm a dagger cast in steel The black night is the cloak I wear I'm a serpent's icy gaze A grim chorus, a siren's suite I'm the misty twilight haze The chill stabbing the midnight air I'm a frenzied banshee cry A blind evil, a mindless beast I'm the fate you can't defy
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Like oils upon a canvas cast in silver, black, and grey The angry skies of autumn hold the distant sun at bay Mighty airborne armies waging battles in the sky The clouds are locked in conflict, sending thunderbolts to fly Yet in our abundant wisdom Man can't tame the sky, the mountains, or the sea Held beyond our understanding, helpless to deny The hands of destiny A monolithic menace reaches up to touch the sky Below, a tiny township, waiting, helpless to defy In a violent clamor sends a molten sea of flame Bringing forth destruction, leaving nothing to remain Yet in our abundant wisdom Man can't tame the sky, the mountains, or the sea Held beyond our understanding, helpless to deny The hands of destiny With the rage of Neptune, savage seas divide the land Claiming countless victims of the power at his command Dark and dismal waters seem to laugh with fiendish pride Leaving those who dared to venture washed up with the tide Yet in our abundant wisdom Man can't tame the sky, the mountains, or the sea Held beyond our understanding, helpless to deny The hands of destiny
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...And the poor shall kneel down at their master's feet And dedicate themselves to please... Raging rivers run for the lucky one For the keeper of the grail And the lower men, subjects of the king On their hands and knees prevail Raging rivers run for the honored one For the keeper of the key And the lower men, servants of the king Live to suit their master's greed The keeper of the reign The keeper of the reign Feels no pain... Raging rivers run for the royal One For the keeper of the crown And the lower men soldiers of the king To whom their lives revolve around The keeper of the reign The keeper of the reign Feels no pain... Raging rivers run with the blood of mad men Battle is the keeper's game For the lucky one, to him no harm shall come The keeper never feels their pain - no pain!
10.
We, the people Face the challenge of our lives Apparent heirs of this domain The time is short for us To set a new priority Or we will surely pay the price of the world - Your world - My world - Our world In the name of progress We take more than we need Respect for life exchanged For corporate greed Chemical waste destroys Our land and sea With no regard for the future Of our world We, the people Face the challenge of our lives Apparent heirs of this domain We, the people shape our destiny And the time is now to take care of the world - Your world - My world - Our world We must unite to survive!
11.
Looking through the windows to your mind Can't you see that there isn't much more to find? As you take the crystal deep within Waiting for the magic to begin And are the broken mirrors of your soul Dying for a lesson to be told? And will you ever find an answer there? Daring to approach the dragons lair And the dragon beckons you nearer And you think you're so damn strong you've got no fear Are you a victim - a blind man - a fool? Living in illusions, you can only lose Shooting deadly arrows in your heart Bleeding from the moment that you start A rush that never seems to satisfy Tempting you once more before you die And are the broken mirrors of your soul Dying for a lesson to be told? And will you ever find an answer there? Daring to approach the dragons lair Dragons Lair Are you there? Do you care? ...Illusions
12.
They march at night through fiery battlefields And the death bell rings it's toll They take no prisoners, they shoot to kill And ever onward they will roll Plated armor of the hardest steel Their tanks are quick and their trooper's keen A game of chess with clear-cut strategy Masters of invasion, take your prey Masters of invasion, claim your life and dig your grave... The legions follow orders manifest No provocation to avenge Assume a destiny to reach the west The conquered live in hope for their revenge You can't escape this vicious war machine No sanctuary for this grim regime Freedom and property are stripped away Masters of invasion, take your prey Masters of invasion, claim your life and dig your grave... And on they march to quench their thirst for greed Without a warrant for their crimes Annihilation is their craving need And the death bell counts the lives Another country doomed to die in vain Another victim of this mongers' reign Another paragraph in history... Masters of invasion, take your prey Masters of invasion, claim your life and dig your grave...
13.
Dark figures dancing madly underneath the moon Chilling cold of fright surrounds you here Shivers running down your spine like frigid blades of ice The wind blows applause throughout the hills Nighttime brings vague and shapeless visions into view Images of evil catch your eyes Danger lies amidst the shadows everywhere you turn 'Cause in your dreams the darkness never ends... Nightmare - faces in the dark surround you Nightmare - images of hell around you Nightmare - nowhere left to hide Nightmare - haunting you tonight Memories of haunting voices burning in your mind A strange uneasy presence in the air Your heart pounds, your breath stops, you tremble with fear Cast into a cauldron of despair Caught within a wrath of torment every night you dream Soon you'll be afraid to close your eyes Imaginary fears are flowing like a steady scream As you approach your midnight-mare Nightmare - nowhere left to hide Nightmare - haunting you tonight Don't go out alone Don't go out alone Don't go out alone!
14.
Face the facts of life on Earth The nature of mankind Pages from our past are now defined Humanity has common sense We all know right from wrong We've lived in false pretense too long! RISE!! RISE!! Face the facts of present day RISE!! RISE!! Rid yourself of ancient ways Fear of gods and demons is the folly of your mind Acknowledge facts of science -don't be blind The war of good and evil is what you create within The facts of life are where the truth begins RISE!! RISE!! RISE!! Prepare for your future -don't live within the past The ancient cultures never knew the facts Technology has given truth where myth had been before It's time humanity stepped through the door RISE!! RISE!! Face the facts of present day RISE!! RISE!! Rid yourself of ancient ways... RISE!! RISE!! RISE!!

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To this day, Graceful Inheritance remains the highest rated album in the history of Germany's ROCK HARD magazine, rated at 49 of 50 points by the 5-man editorial staff when released in January of 1986. In 2005, "Graceful Inheritance" was placed at #188 in ROCK HARD's "Best of Rock and Metal - Top 500 albums of all time" hardcover book which catalogs 40 years of rock and metal music history.

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released January 23, 1986

Recorded at Triad Studios
Engineered by Tom Hall

Paul Davidson - vocals
Terry Gorle - guitar
Derek Peace - bass
Ray Schwartz - drums
Nathan McCoy - keyboards (RIP & Hands of Destiny)
Mike Jackson - keyboards (We, The People & Tomorrow Night)

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Heir Apparent Lynnwood, Washington

Pioneers of Power Metal in the mid-1980's; Progressive Metal in the late 1980's; and returning for a third studio album in 2018. From epic ballads to intense metal, Heir Apparent is known for excellent songwriting featuring amazing vocalists.

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