the elder

1981 polygram records


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1. the oath
2. fanfare
3. just a boy
4. dark light
5. only you
6. under the rose
7. a world without heroes
8. mr.blackwell
9. escape from the island
10. odyssey
11. i


imagine eric carr, having just joined kiss, ready to rock,
and gene and paul decide to do a concept album.
it was suppose to be a soundtrack for a movie,
but the film was never made.
"mr.blackwell" is a cool gene song. i also liked "odyssey".
this is kiss' least selling album. -lynn


song by song

the oath - sort of heavy. eric carr attacks his drums.

fanfare - what the hell? where is kiss?

just a boy - this song is pretty and spacey but not rockin'
like kiss fans expect! the vocals have no attitude.

darklight - the lead riffs fit this song well.

only you - this song seems like it would fit the story well,
but what was the story?

under the rose - who is this? it does not sound like kiss to me.
the drums are there.

mr.blackwell - finally! a song with attitude!
this song has punch! the lead is pretty cool.

a world without heroes - i like this song. i believe in the lyrics.

escape from the island - a kiss instrumental.
eric carr has a tough job on this song but comes
through like a champ! i guess this would have
been some kind of background music for a chase scene.

odyssey - this song is romantic and epic,
something kiss should not get into.

i - kinda heavy, but with no feeling.
i'll always remember kiss without ace frehley
on solid gold performing this. i thought how can
kiss be kiss with just three people?
big signs of trouble ahead.


the oath
paul stanley

like a blade of a sword i am forged in flame
fiery hot
tempered steel fire-bright to the night i take
i fear not
now compelled by something i cannot see
i go forth surrendering to history
your glory, i swear i ride for thee
your power, i trust it rides with me
your servant, i am and ever shall i be
through a dream
i have a come to an ancient door
lost in the mist
i have been there a hundred times or more
pounding my fists
now inside, the fire of the ancient burns
a boy goes in and suddenly a man returns
i gave my word and gained a key
i gave my heart and set it free
there's no turning back from this odyssey
because i feel so alive suddenly
and i wonder, is this really me?

fanfare(instrumental)
bob ezrin, paul stanley, t. powers

just a boy
paul stanley, bob ezrin

who steers the ship through the stormy sea
if hope is lost then so are we
while some eyes search for one to guide us
some are staring at me
but i'm no hero
though i wish i could be
for i am just a boy,
too young to be sailing
i am just a boy,
and my future is unveiling
and i'm so frightened of failing

dark light
ace frehley, anton fig, lou reed, gene simmons

look out, cause there's something wrong
and you don't know what it is
watch out, or it's sodom and gommorah
the malevolent order
right now, before it's much too late
before it's much too late
a dark light,a darkness never ending
a dark light,the devil gets his due
a dark night,is everywhere descending
a dark light,is coming for you
now look up, well the skies are black
and they're getting darker all the time
watch out, for the things that you believe in
you're gonna be attacked,
and you won't know what it is
wise up, you better watch your step
you better watch your step
a dark light,a darkness never ending
a dark light,of perversion and hate
a dark night,is everywhere descending
a dark light,there's no time to wait
look out, for the death of love
there will be no more love
watch out, it's yourself that you are fooling
who do you think you're fooling
shout it out, it's a terrible thing
such a terrible thing
a dark light,a darkness never ending
a dark light,the sun is turning cool
a dark night,is everywhere descending
a dark light,is shining at you
dark light, dark light
is shining at you, dark light

only you
gene simmons

only you have the answers
but the questions you have to find
only you know the secrets
but the truth lies deep in your mind
only you are the answer
you turn the night into day - yeah
only you are the manchild
you are the light and you are the way
tell me the secrets
i wanna know
tell me the secrets
i wanna know
only you
only you are the manchild
you are the light and you are the way
i can't believe this is is true
why do i listen to you
if i am all that you say
why am i still so afraid
only you! only you!
only you!
in every age
in every time
a hero is born
as if by a grand design

under the rose
eric carr, gene simmons

though you may be pure of heart
and free of sin
and though you have been chosen
to begin
and yet you must be worthy of
the prophecy
but seek and you shall find
your destiny
loneliness will haunt you
will you sacrifice?
do you take the oath
will you live your life
under the rose
the more you hurt the less you feel
the pain
and the more you change, the more you stay
the same
but now before you lies the quest
at hand
and from this boy you may become
a man
do you understand
will you sacrifice?
do you take the oath
will you live your life
under the rose

a world without heroes
paul stanley, bob ezrin, lou reed, gene simmons

a world without heroes
is like a world without sun
you can't look up to anyone
without heroes
and a world without heroes
is like a never ending race
is like a time without a place
a pointless thing devoid of grace
where you don't know what you're after
or if something's after you
and you don't know why you don't know
in a world without heroes
in a world without dreams
things are no more than they seem
and a world without heroes
is like a bird without wings
or a bell that never rings
just a sad and useless thing
where you don't know what you're after
or if something's after you
and you don't know why you don't know
in a world without heroes
there's nothing to be
it's no place for me

mr. blackwell
gene simmons, lou reed

i never said i was more than i am
do what i want and i don't give a damn
you're all so weak you know it makes me ill
don't like you now and probably never will
you cheat and lie, and wonder why
you can't sleep at night
you're not well, mr. blackwell
and we can tell
you're not well, mr. blackwell
why don't you go to hell
i am a sinner who just loves to sin
i am a fighter who just loves to win
i know the truth about this crummy oath
there's nothing here that can't be bought or sold
you're cold and mean, and in between
you're rotten to the core
you're not well, mr. blackwell
and we can tell
you're not well, mr. blackwell
why don't you go to hell
you're a victim, a real disgrace
you should be banished from the human race
we'll drink to sorrow then we'll drink to waste
we'll drink a toast to the inhuman race
here's to the world and the times we're in
here's to the kid a real man among men
you're cold and mean, and in between
you're rotten to the core
you're not well, mr. blackwell
and we can tell
you're not well, mr. blackwell
why don't you go to hell

escape from the island (instrumental)
bob ezrin, eric carr

odyssey
t. powers

from a far off galaxy, i hear you calling me
we are on an odyssey
through the realms of time and space
in that enchanted place
you and i come face to face
once upon not yet, long ago someday
countless times we've met, met along the way
through the luminescent night
on beams of neon light
you and i in wing-ged flight
as we cross the starry sea, powered by what we see
now and then, the victory
from a far off galaxy, i hear you calling me
we are on an odyssey
through the realms of time and space
in that enchanted place
you and i come face to face
there's a child in a sundress
looking at a rainy sky
there's a place in the desert
where an ocean once danced by
there's a song in the silence
weaving in and out of time
we are notes in the music
searching for remembered rhyme
on a mountain high somewhere
where only heroes dare
stand the stallion and the mare
we have been and we shall be each other's destiny
one another's odyssey
from a far off galaxy, i hear you calling me
we are on an odyssey
through the realms of time and space
in that enchanted place
you and i come face to face
we've met along the way
we've met along the way

i
gene simmons, bob ezrin

i was so frightened
i almost ran away
i didn't know that i could do
anything i needed to
and then a bolt of lightning
hit me on my head
then i began to see
i just needed to believe in me
now i, i believe in me
and i, i believe in something more
than you can understand
yes, i believe in me
they said i didn't stand a chance
i wouldn't win no way
but i've got news for you
there's nothing i can't do
ain't no pretending
ain't no make believe
but i've got to be the one
i gotta do what must be done
now i, i believe in me
and i, i believe in something more
than you can understand
yes, i believe in me
i believe in me
yes, i believe in me - yeah
i don't need no money
i don't need no fame....no
i just need to believe in me
and i know most definitely
don't need to get wasted
it only holds me down
i just need a will of my own
and the balls to stand alone
now i, i believe in me
and i, i believe in something more
than you can understand
yes, i believe in me
well do you really
yes, i believe in me
do you do you
yes, i believe in me
i wanna rock 'n roll
yes, i believe in me!

morpheus, you have been summoned
here to offer your judgement of the boy.
do you still deem him worthy of the fellowship?
i certainly do, my lord.
as a matter of fact, i, i think you're gonna like this one.
he's got the light in his eyes and the look of a champion,
a real champion....


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