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Album released 4/73

  • The Purple Speed Queen (Sonja Kristina/Kirby Gregory)
  • Elfin Boy (Sonja Kristina)
  • Metamorphosis (Sonja Kristina/Eddie Jobson)
  • World (Michael Wedgwood)
  • Armin (Michael Wedgwood, Kirby Gregory, Eddie Jobson, Jim Russell)
  • U.H.F. (Kirby Gregory)
  • Two-Three-Two (Michael Wedgwood)
  • Easy (Sonja Kristina)

    Personnel

  • Kirby Gregory -- Guitars, Vocals
  • Eddie Jobson -- Keyboards, Violin, Vocals
  • Sonja Kristina -- Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
  • Jim Russell --Drums, Percussion
  • Mike Wedgwood -- Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals -- Lead Vocal on Two Three Two

    Produced by Martin Rushent; recorded at Advision Studios

    RealAudio sample at Eduardo Mota's site.

    The Purple Speed Queen

    Emlee Jane was the girl who never had time to explain,
    Lived her life in a whirlpool, cried if it happened to rain.
    She had run away from home, only thinking of herself,
    Mother's sick and so upset, they say she may never be well.

    Slow down, Emlee Jane, slow down, look back, look at what you've done.

    And she said she couldn't love, she didn't know where to begin,
    Changing like a bird in flight, she lived all her life on the wing.

    And she lay in bed each night, with men she met the same day,
    Left next morning - no goodbye, and they never saw her again.
    Then she took an overdose, she didn't feel tired at all,
    when she died the doctor said that she couldn't take any more.

    Elfin Boy

    Called to you at night, called to you each day, till the voice of my mind grew weary
    Hoping you'd hear my voice as clear as the visions of you I could see
    A full Moon rose on a night of fear, I called and prayed you'd hear me
    A gypsy Knight you sprang from the woods, brought me to sanctuary here

    And then the curly-haired elfin boy smiled with his eyes like a child
    Graceful his fingers they play on the strings, gentle the song that he sings

    You tell me to rest then, prince though you be, you ask me what you can do
    Food you bring me and drink and clothes but I should be giving to you
    What have I to give but my songs and my love, my dreams are yours to share
    Give you myself and part of my world for both of us offer one prayer

    Bells soft ring in the breeze from the woods the last dying breath of a night
    Sleepy birds bringing their trembling warning soon it will be daylight
    Come, wake gentle elfin boy, let love fall once more, and then
    Teach me your song for me to take to sing your dreams over again

    And then the curly-haired elfin boy smiled with his eyes like a child
    Graceful his fingers they play on the strings, gentle the song that he sings

    Metamorphosis

    We are the children of the midnight, marching high in an icy mercury sky
    We sing and our breath turns to frost, we watch and the frost melts
    We hear the crazy winds that weep, we don't sleep where the minds meet
    In icy mercury seas we dream and we picture the same
    We dance and the worlds melt away

    Sky we sing, frost we watch, seas we dream, same we dance
    Picture in a mirror, picture in a mirror, born we watch, so much we touch
    Sky we dream, same we dance, fragment of a picture, fragment of a picture

    On the misty beach we stand, the children gold and silver from ice and mercury born
    We watch and our eyes see so much, we touch and it all melts
    We are the children of the midnight, marching high in an icy mercury sky
    We dream and we picture the same, we dance and the worlds melt away

    World

    I'm on my own and I'm so alive to the world,
    I don't feel down when I look around at my world.
    Cos my right hand's picking and my left hand's gently curled.

    My music's playin' and my thoughts keep straying to you,
    Ain't no day like the day I lay and felt blue.
    My body's resting but my mind's got plenty to do.

    A baby's crying but an old man's dying as well,
    It makes me sad but I'll soon be glad, I can tell,
    A heaven's calling as I turn my eyes from Hell.

    U.H.F.

    If you had called me up in time, I could have saved you all that crying,
    You would have known that I had gone, if you had phoned I would have known
    That you preferred to be alone.

    There's no need for you to explain, your letters pour in just the same,
    I could have told you not to write, not out of kindness or in spite, but as a friend.
    And now my friend, it's all too late, I'm feeling bored with love and hate.

    Two-Three-Two

    Judy forget it, I ain't never coming back,
    And Suzy you know it's been too long.
    And you know sweet Claira I could never put it fairer
    Than to say today my love and I were one.

    Anita you'll understand me when I tell you what I am,
    And maybe the world will understand.
    ‘Cos today my lover said the seed had started growing
    Yes the one I started rolling from within.

    But today we made a decision
    We've got to say to Nature, "No, no, no
    We can't handle the gift you offer
    ‘Cos your world has changed."
    Yes it has!

    The telephone brings the news so easy from afar.
    If only progress could do more.
    But it only brings a reason to destroy the proper season
    For a chapter in our lives to take it's shape

    Easy

    Easy, little boy with a troubled mind,
    It'll work its own way out, don't worry, I'm here with you.
    Easy, if you got to cry just let it come,
    It'll work its own way out, don't worry, I'll stay with you through the night.

    And I can see you sleeping in the heavy heavy night
    With a single sheet covering brown skin and white.
    Feel you breathing soft and low, there's perfume in the air,
    With your tiny fingers gently sleeping in your hair.
    You're many many miles from me, but I can see you still.
    I look at you, beside myself till I see you again.

    In the honeycomb confusion of many many lives,
    I'm tumbling like Alice down the tunnels of my mind.
    Fingers closing up my ears, fumble at my brain,
    Screaming as I'm dreaming that I won't see you again.
    You're many many miles from me, but I can see you still.
    I look at you, beside myself till I see you again.
    Easy, easy, easy, easy ...