One Small Voice

by Heir Apparent

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1.
Just Imagine 04:34
Just imagine things beyond the chains of understanding Beyond reason, beyond logic, beyond fear Believe the inconceivable, feel the unbelievable Don't bother asking Is this real?? Just imagine meaning in the things you never dreamed of Like your leaders, your lovers, and your songs Natural Order's changing, in effect Giving everyone a cause Dreamer dreaming in a seeming sleepless land Just imagine Just imagine something inside nothing Like a child in emptiness Or a dreamer in the dark Creative cryogenics -a mind A candle yearning for a spark Dreamer dreaming in a seeming sleepless land Just imagine Just imagine peace where there was none before Under virgin skies Just imagine children with hope Again in their eyes Just imagine Just imagine people really caring And not just saying they do Just imagine nations really talking Like me and you
2.
Barbed wire and barriers are holding me Though the barricades are only in my mind I can't seem to break through the walls Even though I am made of steel Like steel to a fire I weaken and bend in the wind Create the desire for crossing the wire I'm laying it all on the line Crossing the border Leaving the sadness far behind Surrounded by anger and fear I'm the eye of the hurricane Like a leaf on a tree in the wind I yearn to break free Create the desire for crossing the wire I'm laying it all on the line Crossing the border Leaving the sadness far behind I'm crossing the border Fleeing the echoes of my mind
3.
Screaming 03:53
When the light starts to dim in the evening When the day starts to fade Your body echoes an uneasy feeling You know you're feeling afraid You don't know where you're going Or where you've been You try to run- but it's too late You've stumbled in -Now you're Screaming, 'cause you're afraid of the dark Screaming toward the light Screaming, 'cause there's a fear in your heart Screaming into the night On your face I can see that you're worried On your face I see fear Is this the time that you said you'd run lady? From your darkest fears You don't know where you're going Or where you've been You try to run- but it's too late You've stumbled in -Now you're Screaming, 'cause you're afraid of the dark Screaming toward the light Screaming, 'cause there's a fear in your heart Screaming into the night It's too late to run now I'm right behind You're over now- I see you Screaming into the night
4.
Alone Again 03:50
Here I am in a spotlight Alone all over again And you are home by the firelight With someone else, instead of me The words seemed so real And baby that's why I feel Alone again I swore you were my friend Now I'm all alone All alone again The rhymes I could make If my heart wasn't breaking In two over you Oh I'm the fool For believing in things I can't hold in my hands I don't understand The words seemed so real And baby that's why I feel Alone again I swore you were my friend I'm all alone All alone again
5.
Somehow, somewhere, someone Sold me the wrong set of dreams Like a rag doll in careless hands I come apart at the seams Like a willow I'm bending -an actor pretending The script I've been given is true Like a child that is force-fed I'm throwing this shit back at you Anger and fury my anger and fury my Anger and fury my anger and fury my Wall of anger -My cacophony (spoken) ...Thus the antediluvian quest of mind over matter is bequeathed to my benighted self... Bedaubed and besmirched, the panglos eventually concedes to the necrosis of hard realities, shrieking in anger -and then silent. Finding no other course, I laugh at the Sisyphean punchline at the end of another day... Neon and screens were my feeling machines No wonder I feel like a fool I'm a fire of resentment with media methane as fuel My soul and the soles of my shoes both have holes Still somehow I get through the sorrow Two pairs of socks and a shot in the arm 'til tomorrow Wall of anger -My cacophony...
6.
The Haunting 05:32
Memory- go away, I grow weary from my running Hiding for so long I've lost my way Morning lights' reminders painting colors in my prison Daylight brightens every shade of grey The pain never ending, and now its so cliche Yesterdays are creaking doors and noises in the nighttime Feelings, only chains across the floor Voices on the wind, softly moan - I hear them whisper Mirrors mock the man I was before My mind slowly fading like paper in the rain The haunting, it still remains The haunting, it still remains Turning and burning in my bed A never-ending ghost that lives inside my head Memory- go away, I grow weary from my running Hiding for so long I've lost my way Yesterdays are creaking doors and noises in the nighttime Feelings, only chains across the floor My mind keeps decaying like paper in the rain The haunting, it still remains The haunting, it still remains Turning and burning in my bed A never-ending ghost that lives inside my head Memories remain of the haunting Can't stop the pain of the haunting
7.
Two Hearts 05:22
All the pieces seemed to fit today The sky blue matched the city grey The roads all led to somewhere The words I heard were true Everything seemed to fit but me and you All the pieces seemed to fit today Laughter came from children’s play Something came from nothing One and one made two Everything seemed to fit but me and you We are two lost pieces to the puzzle We are two forgotten words that used to rhyme We will never fit together We are two hearts beating out of time…
8.
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!
9.
Watching the setting sun You feel the days gone by Autumn is ending- with winter impending Was summer just a lie? But just like the seasons You know you spring will come You’re young forever Just like the setting sun You’ll rise again You’re young forever Taking on time in a race That you can’t win Down but not out it’s clear you’re wise Beyond your years Time is a ship that keeps on sailing Despite our hailing tears But just like the ship The wind will fill your sails You’re young forever Just like the setting sun You’ll rise again
10.
One small voice had a dream Now he's seen the other side One small heart ached for his people His children, and his pride Just one man With one hope for the world Just one man And one small voice was heard One small voice had a cause So he lived in a cage One small love that endured Through his pain and his rage Just one man With one hope for the world Just one man And one small voice that was heard One small voice Just one small voice
11.
Decorated 04:50
Hero, Warrior Sit behind the lines and make the call Leader, Believer A vestal three-piece high above it all But until you've walked the miles with the people that you lead You can't understand their pain when the common people bleed Fuhrer, Big Brother Victimize the weak and make us strong Teacher, Savior Sanctify your answers, right or wrong And until you've walked the miles with the people that you lead You can't understand their pain when the common people bleed You should be decorated Adorned by scarlet bars A celebrated General To brandish blackened stars You should be decorated Your ribbons frayed and torn Upon your paper pedestal For the children to adorn You should be decorated ...still you walk alone... Leader, Believer Victimize the weak and make us strong Teacher, Savior Sanctify your answers, right or wrong And until you've walked the miles with the people that you lead You can't understand their pain when the common people bleed You should be decorated ...and you could have made a difference - if you tried... You should be decorated ...but you never really cared, and so you lied... You should be decorated ...and you could have made a difference - but you never really tried at all Decorated - decorated ...never really cared
12.
I looked unto the old one, in the sacred halls I found him there amidst his grief, and crumbling walls The tears that lined his face told the tale he tried to hide Of castles made of sand, and of the tide A whisper through his sobs, I heard him softly say My kingdom for a wise man, yesterday? Nothing can save us, no one can stop the end? Not all your king's horses, or all your amens There's no disarming, no forewarning Morning is over, forever burns the night Time's forever fused with the night The passions of men -in a flash Put an end to the light -End the Light There's no one that can save us now Nothing can stop the end Not all your king's horses, or all your amens Shadows seething -darkness grips the sky Ashes wreathing -fire burning on high Suffocation -the light all gone away In the end I've no final words to say There's no disarming, no forewarning Morning is over- forever burns the night Time's forever fused with the night The passions of men -in a flash Put an end to the light -End the Light Shadows seething -darkness grips the sky Ashes wreathing -fire burning on high There's no disarming, no forewarning Morning is over- forever burns the night There's no one that can save us now Nothing can stop the end Not all your king's horses, or all your amens Shadows seething -darkness grips the sky Ashes wreathing -fire burning forever on high

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In October of 1988, Heir Apparent signed a seven album contract with Metal Blade/Capitol Records, and recording began at Triad Studios, once again with Tom Hall engineering. Heir Apparent expanded into progressive metal with the material on One Small Voice. The album was released in June of 1989, and remains highly regarded as one of the classic pioneering albums of the genre.

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released June 1, 1989

Recorded at Triad Studios
Engineered by Tom Hall & Larz Nefzger

Steve Benito - vocals
Terry Gorle - guitar
Derek Peace - bass
Ray Schwartz - drums
Mike Jackson - keyboards

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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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