Wish For Spring

by Azure.

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Mechanical Hound "With Wish For Spring, Azure. has breathed new life into the seemingly doomed prog stereotype with daring vocals, exciting song concepts and a pinch of sex appeal that makes for one of the strongest prog records from this year so far." - Prog Talk

Read more at: progandtalk.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/album-review-azure-wish-for-spring/ Favorite track: My Body (feat. HETTIE).
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Cooper Stapleton A triumph of emotional progressive music. Each instrument is played with such love and power that you cannot help but be absorbed by it. so much more than what the phrase "progressive metal" brings to mind. This record is seriously special. Favorite track: Piglet.
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released March 17, 2017

Written, Recorded and Performed by Azure.

'Azure', 'Dream Electric', 'Fairy's Tale' solos written by Galen Stapley
'My Body' solo written by Brian Love

Produced by Azure, Galen Stapley.

Alice Healey - Oboe in 'Larks That Were Never Really There // Dawn Chorus'

Galen Stapley - Additional Guitars, Solo in 'Azure',' Dream Electric', 'Fairy's Tale'.

Brian Love - Additional Guitars, Solo in 'My Body'.

Sam Calder - Additional Percussion.

HETTIE appears courtesy of POST/POP Records.

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Track Name: Azure
Trying to light a fire in the sand, early morning
Keeping my fingers warm from the breeze, that whispered a cold melody that inspired me

Trying to scream,
A wish in the wind
Set me free
again

I was the sky and sea,
and I was free
An angel of the storm
I lost it all and took my fall
until I was just Azure

Now I'm a prisoner in a cage, in a body
I used to drink with the devil, I was so dangerously close to drowning

The sea grows strong,
and unpredictable
so alone

You are the sea and sky, and so am I
an angel of the storm
we traded roles, I gave my soul
until I was just Azure

Sea and Sky
Sea and Sky

Sea and Sky
Wind and Tide
Sea and Sky

I feel a storm, on the horizon
Here comes the storm
Here comes the storm

After the storm, I open my eyes
I find myself back in the sky
the sky
(back in the sky)
Back on the ground (back in the sky)
Safe in my bed (safe in the clouds)
Was it a dream? (I am the storm)
Was it a dream?
I am the storm

I am the sky and sea and I am free
an angel of the storm
I'm beautiful, I'll never fall
and I'll always be Azure
I'll always be Azure
Track Name: Friends
Don't worry about me darling,
I can walk home alone
Next time I catch you crawling,
I won't be so kind

Don't you remember when we ran as deep as blood?
But we aren't having that much fun anymore

Friends are always there for you, they say
But I don't see that much of you these days
All around the world you sail, but
I'm still here and I feel like giving up
Did you ever really care?
Were we ever really friends?

I guess I could find another to pass my time again
but
Don't you remember when we ran as deep as blood?
But we aren't running anywhere anymore

Friends are always there for you, they say
But I don't see that much of you these days
All around the world you sail, but
I'm still here and I feel like giving up
Did you ever really care?
Were we ever really friends?

Remember when we ran as deep as blood?

All around the world you sail, but
I'm still here and I feel like giving up
Did you ever really care?
Were we ever really friends?
(Friends are always there for you, they say)
But I don't see that much of you these days
All around the world you sail, but
I'm still here and I feel like giving up
And you never really cared
We were never really
Track Name: Dream Electric
Lately, I've been dreaming of days where we can cry
Maybe I've been dancing through the night,
Like a mayfly burning far too bright

I've seen things you would not believe

Is it just a slave's belief that everyone should be born free?
Maybe I have wasted too much sleep,
No-one would believe that androids dream electric sheep

I've seen things you would not believe

Priscilla, the dear Pris I've left behind

I've seen things you would not believe
Track Name: Larks That Were Never Really There // Dawn Chorus
Once, upon a daydream in the sun
I was squelching wellies in the
Mud and muck, when mother called me home
'Stay indoors, and promise you won't go'

I thought I saw you there

Late that night, I crept outside once more
Marched the mud along the kitchen
Floor, the door was open wide again
Easy to escape my country pen

And in the dead of night
I left my house behind
What was my mother hiding from her only son?
Whatever it happened to be, I could never return
I could never go home again

Father used to have a way with words
(Tell me stories that I'd never heard)
I ran away when I was just a girl
(Mother said he was a useless)
Drunk and tired, he said he didn't care
Like I wasn't ever really there

If I could fly away
I'd try and find your face
No-one will take your place
Father, father gone without a trace

I have lost everything for you
A man I never knew
The words are all I have to hang on to
Something seemed a little odd to me
Why would you pack your things and
Leave me here?
You weren't that kind of man
Or were you?


Maybe I'm exhausted and I'm old
Should have believed what I was told
I never learn
Thanks to you I wasted my youth, my love, my life
And now I lay with broken wings
My mother said such awful things about you
Yet here I am
Here I am

And now the dawn chorus, as it comes
Brings with her a final song
And finally, I can see
The wings from your words
Track Name: My Body (feat. HETTIE)
Cloud 9
We are so blind (sublime), again
In turns we break the bread,
you whisper to me but you can't make a sound because
Now I messiah you, you've
Traded your throat for your words

Feeling my body
Bleeding my wounds
You are so kind
Breaking my Body

Let's redefine
What's yours, what's mine
I yearn to make a bond,
A union of trust where we see through each other's eyes
Where I inspire you to take away
All that is mine

Feeling my body
Bleeding my wounds
You are so kind
Breaking my Body

Feeling my body
Bleeding my wounds
You are so kind
Breaking my Body

Body
Track Name: Piglet
I saw you enter this world
Handled like a babe in the mud
I used to feed you my breakfast,
and watched as you learned how to cope in the dirt

You are so gentle to me
Why can't they be gentle to you?

Watch out little piglet, the whole world is set against you
Farmer is sharp'ning his knife
You are my family, the whole world will laugh at me for
Valuing you for your life

and I'll always be by your side

Sometimes I think you can tell
Your friends disappearing, and I had to lie
Sometimes you try to escape from your pen
And my friend you know that I know why

Hold on little piglet, the whole world is set against you
Father is pointing his knife
You are my family, the whole world will laugh at me for
Valuing you for your life

I just don't know what to do
Is there anything I could do for you?
My friend, it seems that we're
Stuck in the mud

But
I will always be by your side

Watch out little piglet, a whole world is gunning for you
Farmer is sharp'ning his knife
They think I'm crazy, but child you just listen to me
I'd die to give you a life

I will always be by your side

So together, we'll hide
Just keep me by your side
Track Name: River Dragon
On a gorgeous april morning
In the south of England
I was floating on a wooden boat

Down the stream and far away
'Tween the dew-kissed reeds I sailed
A normal day

Through the lily leaves, I believe I saw a River Dragon
What a wish for spring! A fresh water specimen

In a blink she was beside me
She gazed at me and cried a melody that stirred the breeze

I had never seen a beast like her
Not like the dragons I studied at all
What a day

As a gentle rain baptised my face, I watched the River Dragon
Though it seemed unclear - serpents never visit here

Something tells me you're not from this stream
Pull the boat and we'll head out to sea

I will help you find your home
River Dragon, so alone

Oh, how I tried to help but carried away in river dreams,
She never wandered from the stream

So far from home, oh I know I'm not a River Dragon
Lost, lost at sea, Spring has cultivated me
Your pleasant home made me long to be a River Dragon
Now it's all I know, I've forgotten who I am
Track Name: Tell Me It's For Absolution
(It's for absolution)

God, such vacant company
Here in the garden of Gethsemane
I know every single one of them and all that they believe in
Everybody is a junkie with a sinful life to lead in

Tell me it's for absolution
Death is a step in a sin-free solution
Tell me it's for absolution,
and leave the rest to me
If I have to die today, why can't you make it painless
and when I take their sins away, you know they won't stay sinless
Tell me it's for absolution,
and roll the stone away

Every time I bury my head in my hands, I see right through them
Lucifer was a scapegoat taking blame for human nature
Everybody is a junkie, waiting for you to come and save us

Tell me it's for absolution
Death is a step in a sin-free solution
Tell me it's for absolution,
and leave the rest to me
If I have to die today, why can't you make it painless
and when I take their sins away, you know they won't stay sinless
Tell me it's for absolution,
and roll the stone away

I could have a life, and
Watch as it unfolded
But you only think of yourself
Everyone is stupid, everyone is foolish
Yeah, you have been controlling
We were born to be slaves

Every step I take towards my cross
I feel the weight of another soul
Who isn't worth my

Blood and body, and I'm not sorry
You've been telling
Bloody Stories

Will they ever learn?
Drug-distorted tales they all yearn to be true
About me

'Well I never, we're so clever!'
They all cheered as they died
I don't long for what you've been taking
Guess I'm afraid of the high

Tell me it's for absolution
Death is a step in a sin-free solution
Tell me it's for absolution,
and leave the rest to me
If I have to die today, why can't you make it painless
and when I take their sins away, you know they won't stay sinless
Tell me it's for absolution,
and roll the stone away
Track Name: Bathing In Lunar Pond
On a cool, blue night by the water's edge
All the others came to bathe
There were 12 of us, but only 2 of us
Not a person knew my name
What we shared was trust in each other
But we were cautious the whole night
Only I was real, and they couldn't feel
But I watched them as they tried

After dance became touch, we had drank too much
And our skin began to breathe
How we played, how we grew in the pool of the moon
Unaware that we'd conceived

Bathe the night away
Let's wonder for longer than we should need
Praying that you'll stay
Grow strong and belong here
Til you come clean in Lunar Pond

The beast is born with just 2 horns
And eyes as white as snow
and she'll never know your name,
but she will see you as a ghost
The bodies of the dead all come to bathe in Lunar Pond
And I will die here waiting for the loved ones that I lost

Bathe the night away
Let's wonder for longer than we should need
Praying that you'll stay
Grow fond and belong here
Til you come clean

I have sat here, waiting all my life
For my parents to come (home)
All my children, and my beautiful wife
They have left me here alone

So I wait the night away
Let's wander for longer than we should need
Praying that you'll stay
Grow strong and belong here
Til you come clean in Lunar Pond

In Lunar Pond
Track Name: Awake, Some Mornings (Album Version)
Kissed by the sweat of the morning,
I lay wide awake
And my body is the darling of a new day

Oh sweet love, I beg you touch
My love, you lay unwoken

And oh,
I'm too much
and you don't sleep enough
These days, and I can't help
Waking you
And I know you can't see
You're my honeysuckle dream
and I want your hands
All over me

Early December, I've been
Lost in a haze of a delicate sun

Oh sweet love, I need your faith
and some more patience please

And I know
I'm too much
and you don't sleep enough
These days, and I can't help
Waking you
And I know you can't see
You're my honeysuckle dream
and I want your hands
All over me

You think that you're the mess that I can't clean
Darling you're the best I've ever seen

Oh, I'm too much
and you don't sleep enough
These days, and I can't help
Waking you
I know you can't see
You're my honeysuckle dream
but I want your hands
All over me
Track Name: Fairy's Tale
I. 'Only a Mother'

And for my child, I'd give the world
and for a sprite, I never learn

Make her beautiful
Make her pure
Name her fairy
Make her boy

Safe in my womb, you will grow
Safe, til the moment of your birth

Everyone here is just out to get you
Only your mother can ever keep you safe

We run, all of our lives, spent on our wings
We are just nymphs....

Never fall in love, it's never worth the pain
Noone wants you for your brain

I was a fool, thought my beauty didn't define me
Never again will i make that mistake, I was used and forsaken for that

I can't bare to watch my daughter suffer like I did
Keep it inside, never speak your mind
Shut it all out, I insist

Never fall in love, it's never worth the pain
Noone wants you for your brain

Sleep, sleep away, sleep til we die
Sleep til you're here

II. 'The Great Thinker'

So? I don't know what love is
Sex? Well I just don't care
God? There is no such thing, but
Love? Just tell me where

Born as a boy, born again as a girl
"Nobody talk to her, she's a thinker"
My mother said I can't make any friends
Nobody wants you if you're a thinker"

Why does nobody like me?
Secretly, I'm so lonely
All of the boys here want me
All of the girls intrigue me

Rain won't you please pay attention to me?
Nobody talks to me, I'm a thinker
Born as a boy, born again as a girl
Nobody wants you if you're a thinker

III. 'Rain'

Early december, oh how I remember
Your face as you told me
Your name was Rain
I was worthless, you were perfect, yet you couldn't stay

But oh, it was love
Just two nymphs in the winter sun
All a girl could ever want
Every touch, every breath, every colour in her hair
And if love was rain
Then she washed my pain away

Safe in her arms, I said 'run away with me'

Everyone here is just out to get you
Only a lover could ever keep you safe
So let's run

IV. 'The Life of Rain'

We were just devils in an honest place
He was a stranger with an honest face
And I couldn't believe the mess we were in
'Don't worry, my dears', he said with a grin
He helped us inside, said we could stay
And I guess I just trust every honest face

But we weren't aware of the trouble to come
He threw us in a cell and held up a gun,
"don't run
run away
There's no where to hide, my dear
You've nothing to fear
Yeah, you're safe here
You're safe here"
Then he pulled the trigger,he blew rain away

"Only a thinker should deserve this"
Now all I had has been relinquished
Weeks became months, locked in my cell
What once was a nymph is now just a shell
Not a thinker, not anymore

Once I was broken, the man let me go
"Any nymph caught 'thinking' will end up like her
So go"
Fly away, I'm not a fairy
I'm just a nymph
It took the death of rain
To set me straight
It took the the life of rain
But now you're gone

V. 'Just a Nymph'

Fairy walks home late at night
Finished for the month, now she waits for a week, she just sleeps til then
Now she's counting every name, using that big old brain, she remembers everyone, every touch

And she would fool you, seems so carefree
Like she's meant to, so you can't see
What she's been through, oh she's just nymph for you to do as you wanted

"And I feel lost and alone and ashamed, where is rain? Just a nymph, a nymph"

Beauty defines her, a war in her head still confines her, her lover is dead, don't remind her, just take her to bed, it's much kinder this way

VII. 'Beauty Defines Us' // 'The War'

What's on the inside doesn't mean a thing, no
Something that I had to learn the 'hard' way

Love is a fairy's tale, where you find the 'one'
But no-one has the time for love anymore

Beauty defines us, beauty divine
Beauty confines us, or absolves us of the crime
Beauty reminds us to relinquish our flaws
Hopelessly guides us 'tween masochistic walls

So thank god that I look like this
Beauty defines us

I am a whore, don't know what for
and this is my life, oh is this it?

Baby what's the point, though I look so perfect
I am just another lay, to another boy

Love is a fairy's tale, where your feelings matter
I don't want to feel a thing anymore

Beauty defines us, beauty divine
Beauty confines us, or absolves us of the crime
Beauty reminds us to relinquish our flaws
Hopelessly guides us 'tween masochistic walls

There was a war, not sure what for
And nobody wins, when you have wings
This is a war, I don't know what for
There is a war, and we have wings
And claws, and teeth that gnaw
If this is war, then how long for?
I must protest to make a nest
before we learn to clean this mess


Once in a dream, a beautiful dream
I had a friend, her name was Rain
Now in the dark, losing myself
Losing myself, and all for
Beauty, hair, the way I dress
The way I should seduce a man
I must protest to make a nest
Now that I know, I know

Beauty will ruin me, I swallow my pride
Beauty so temporary, not lasting all our lives
Beauty reminds us, that we are the same
Nymphs are all equal
When you treat them like a slave...