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Quest For the Last Virtue
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14 minute epic in the very best Genesis style 1973-1976. Illustration by Lotta Nylander.
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Sylvan & Bonamici
Sylvan & Bonamici
Mon Dec 22, 2008
Rock : Progressive Rock
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About the song
The mellow instrumental part ("Back to Eden") was written back in 1980 and almost forgotten until 26 years later. We decided to write a song around it and it just got longer and longer...
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I Intro

In the quest for a virtue, the very last of man
Did we know where to start?
We went in no direction
Blinded by a star
Then we fell into Eden
Now barren was the land
as the end ´s drawing near
for the humanitarians
Blinded by a star
Blinded by a star
II Tounge of Starlight

If the caller is a serpent
And the calling is a lie
Call on me
If your summer nights are fading
And the dark gets in your eyes
Just call on me
Call on me
For something is fighting for light to be strong as you freeze
yourself and fall

If your´re mounted on a threshold
and you´re waving to the light you
Call on me
It is too soon for your autumn
When you´re arguably alive
Just call on me
Call on me
For somebody´s watching, for something is waiting on high
Comes on tonight

III Dance with the Devil

And I who always tried to find where I belong
I don´t know, never been wrong
though sometimes, I admit that sometimes I fear
Just like everyone fears
That I´ll get away,
with yet one more prey
And who will know who it might be, when sometimes is luckally
more time to kill, and that´s how I feel, I feel, I fear, I hear:
Call on me!

"Where light´s lying dead, cast to the shadows, shadows you dread
Dead as the weakling who nibbled my bread
For a dance with the Devil.."

lV The Calling

Call on me
I want you, come back to
The star as seen
An angel looks down from the sky
When all beings succumb to their rescue, believing,
Exceedingly wants to be free - Call on me

It´s been getting very late,
Yes all murky about
John Long Silver scares you off your boat
And lured by the serpent, Flint - his masters servant now is

V Back To Eden

In the quest for a virtue, the very last of man
Did we know where to start?
We went in all directions
Blinded by a star

VI The Last Virtue

In the midst of plenty
We sat around the fire
With no food and no wine
Another soul retires
Until there´s only one

So I trusted my fortune
And woke up from a dream
In the brightness of light
I never knew your stardom
Until it took me here
Yea, o yeah, let it be here

People everywhere, and you must beware
Don´t believe they will give
Just because they can take,
Oh baby -
And If you tumble and, tumble and fall, no one knows you at all

In the quest for a virtue, the very last of man
Is this all I will find, I will find, I will find in the end?

It keeps me knockin´, it keeps me knockin´, it keeps me knocking
but I can´t get in, can´t get in

For somebody´s waving, and somebody´s waiting on high for you tonight