A Cautionary Tale

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features different (edited) version of ‘A Cautionary Tale’ to the album version

 

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    • HISTORY OF A TIME TO COME

“[The album version is] basically the same as the demo version,” Andy reckons, “except that it has got faster as we’ve got better.”
“‘A Cautionary Tale is based on the legend of Faust,” Martin explains. “I read a book by Christopher Marlow about a German doctor who’s really clever but dissatisfied, he thinks there should be more to life and sells his soul to the Devil. But at the last moment he realises what is happening – ‘What have I done?’. It is a story with a moral to it; a cautionary tale.”

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Faustus begin thine incantations
take care to draw thy circle true,
by God you must prevail –
for if you fail these
demons make a meal of you.

Your soul shall be their meat –
a kingly feast for them to eat,
beware, your future is at hand,
alas for thou art damned.

GOOD ANGEL:

“Faustus seek repentance,
abjure this evil art,
cease this wretched wickedness
and cleanse thy foolish heart,
for the evil that once served you
has made of you a slave,
and transformed your ‘bed of roses’
to a premature grave”

Then in a mighty flash of light
before thee Mephistopheles appears.

FAUSTUS:

“I charge thee go and change thy shape,
for you fill my soul with fear.

Now swift-as-hell back to the fire,
return an old Franciscan Friar.

MEPHISTOPHELES:

“Mortal command me while you can,
For surely though art damned.”

BAD ANGEL:

“Faustus be thou resolute
in what thou wilst perform,
ignore those righteous idiots –
their trinity to scorn,
for years of deprivation you recieve eternal life,
but fame and wealth and maidens fair
are by far the better price.”

FAUSTUS:

“Temptations all around me,
is there nowhere I can turn?
Hellfire is all about me,
now I know that I shall burn,
I face excommunication for the error
of my ways –
to burn in Hell for all my days.
bell, book and candle,
candle, book, bell,
forwards and backwards,
to damn me to Hell.

Jehova I beg thee have mercy on my soul.
Be gone foul beast that stands before me,
my God! The midnight hour chimes,
oh Lord have mercy he comes for me,
I haven’t got much time.
I am awake this is no dream,
I cry – but terror takes my scream,
and now my future is at hand,
alas for I am damned.”

GOOD ANGEL:

“Think for just one moment
and I’m sure that you will see,
the moral of this story –
that what shall be must be.
He who gives his soul to Hell,
must dare to pay the price,
he versed in divinity must
live a noble life –
OR ELSE HE IS DAMNED!”