Live in St. Petersburg

by Erik Norlander

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    Includes the complete concert from the Live in St. Petersburg DVD (2 more songs than the CD could fit) plus 2 additional bonus tracks: live recordings of "Mariner" and "Sky Full of Stars" from Hamburg, Germany, captured earlier on the same 2004 tour. Also includes the previously unreleased *complete* 2006 studio recording of "Fanfare for Absent Friends" that was cut into two pieces on the DVD and CD.
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I travel deep blue oceans Far from fields of green I long for lack of motion I dream for a change of scene Dark are the days Cold are the nights Deep are the oceans below But strong are the winds That carry me home I sing you the mariner’s song I leave from ports familiar Set sail to points unknown To pierce the heart of darkness Where the seeds of nightmares are sown Dark are the days Cold are the nights Deep are the oceans below But strong are the winds That carry me home I sing you the mariner’s song Dark are the days Cold are the nights Deep are the oceans below But strong are the winds That carry me home I sing you the mariner’s song
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All hands on deck, we've run afloat I heard the captain cry Explore the ship, replace the cook Let no one leave alive Across the straits, around the horn How far can sailors fly A twisted path, our tortured course And no one left alive We sailed for parts unknown to man Where ships come home to die No lofty peak, nor fortress bold Could match our captain's eye Upon the seventh seasick day We made our port of call A sand so white, and sea so blue No mortal place at all We fired the guns, and burned the mast And rowed from ship to shore The captain cried, we sailors wept Our tears were tears of joy Now many moons and many Junes Have passed since we made land A Salty Dog, the seaman's log Your witness, my own hand
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I just read your letter and fell down to my knees My tears stain the paper and inside I found your keys You're leaving for somewhere to find yourself again You hope I forget you, like an echo in the wind What now my heart cried How am I to survive? On the ship of Cleopatra With silver oars and flowing purple sails I long for Alexandria The land of fairytales I walk to the bedroom and turn off all the lights I'm hiding from sorrow and the fire of our nights I lay on your pillow and breathe your memory And dream of the city far beyond the deep blue see What now my heart cried How am I to survive? On the ship of Cleopatra With silver oars and flowing purple sails I long for Alexandria The land of fairytales
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Tell me a story of stars in the sky A vision to cover my eyes Change all the players as seasons go by Then close up the book with a last kiss goodnight And now we're walking where no others will go We still believe in all the promises broken The lights go down and now it's on with the show The life we live is not our own Your guardian angel flies From white cliffs of Dover A tear from the dragon's eye Your last four leaf clover I see a rainbow of flowers and stars They shine on the sun and the moon Colors will sing as petals fall from the sky Their song is forever a sad lullaby And now we're walking where no others will go We're holding onto all the dreams ever broken The lights go down and now it's on with the show The life we live is not our own Your guardian angel flies From white cliffs of Dover A tear from the dragon's eye Your last four leaf clover
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This time next year we’ll be looking at our yesterdays See how far we’ve come from here All of our fears are the history of future days Climb the mountain Touch the skyline If you know that change is constant You’ll find it’s nothing new Don’t be surprised when you realize it’s happened to you There’s a storm on the horizon It’s coming here to stay It’s a one-way ride through the silicon sky Oblivion days The road is clear down the neverending motorway From the brink of fleeting time Along the banks of the river turning night to day Climb the mountain Touch the skyline When you know that change is constant You’ll find it’s nothing new Don’t be surprised when the compromise is all about you You can read it in the headlines It’s close in every way When the holes in the sky just multiply Oblivion days You’re standing at the crossroads So far from hallowed ground Where the high road ends just ‘round the bend in a flash of sight and sound There’s a storm on the horizon It’s coming here to stay It’s a one-way ride through the silicon sky Oblivion days
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I let evil Into my house I let evil Turn me to stone Ancient evil Talking backwards Ancient evil Should’ve been left alone Came from nowhere Out of shadow Came from nowhere Time cannot tell Trapped in darkness Blood of angels Prince of darkness No soul to sell They seem so glamorous Beautiful and vain But once they have your trust They’ll leave you out in the rain Beware the Vampires They feed on the power of the good that you do Beware the Vampires They darken the light of the life within you Nether regions Is its homeworld Nether regions Sun never shines Neverending
Star of darkness Out of Eden Serpent on the vine They rise out of the dust Driven by the vein Beware the succubus Doesn’t feel the pain Beware the Vampires They feed on the power of the good that you do Beware the Vampires They darken the light of the life within you Beware the Vampires They feed on the blood of the good that’s in you Beware the Vampires Their evil is greater than we ever knew They seem so glamorous Beautiful and vain But once they have your trust They’ll leave you out in the rain Beware the Vampires They feed on the power of the good that you do Beware the Vampires They darken the light of the life within you Beware the Vampires They feed on the blood of the good that’s in you Beware the Vampires Their evil is greater than we ever knew
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In the canopy of stars Are secrets of the nine centuries Between Venus, Earth and Mars Symbols of the ancient fantasies Signs of life Cross the starry the sky Moonlight dances on the water Rivers flow into the sea Stars align in perfect order Secrets of Astrology In an age of metaphor The search for epiphones Between here and evermore From Atlantis to the Pleiades Signs of life Cross the starry the sky Moonlight dances on the water Rivers flow into the sea Stars align in perfect order Secrets of Astrology Fire burns across heavens Time will flow like mystery Find the source of holy water Secrets of Astrology
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I woke this morning Lost and lonely Someone get me out of here My senses fail me Memories haunt me It’s all becoming very clear When I went back to my home town The roads had changed, rearranged And everyone I knew was gone So let’s fly Like fallen angels Through the sky On broken wings Tonight We fallen angels Hear us cry Hear us sing I drank the best wine With all the big stars Ordered Russian caviar But now they tell me I’m underwater Money won’t go very far Somewhere down the yellow brick road The signs had changed, rearranged And everything I knew was gone So let’s fly Like fallen angels Through the sky On mended wings Tonight We fallen angels Hear us cry Hear us sing When I went back to my new world The clocks had changed, rearranged And all the old regrets were gone So let’s fly Like fallen angels Through the sky On silver wings Tonight We fallen angels Hear us cry Hear us sing
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I couldn’t wait for it to be Finally over They’re gonna turn me back to stone It doesn’t mean that much to me It’s an illusion I’ll be on board the train for home I can tell you what it means to be Just one of the machines But I can’t tell you what it means to me I’m just one of the machines This is the new theology The building of empires It’s gonna turn your heart to stone They brought me to the factory The silicon bonfire So out of date this flesh and bone I can tell you what it means to be Just one of the machines But I can’t tell you what it means to me I’m just one of the machines Oh I can tell you what it means to be Just one of the machines But I can’t tell you what it means to me I’m just one of the machines
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From Russia with love I fly to you Much wiser since my goodbye to you I've travelled the world to learn I must return from Russia with love I've seen places, faces And smiled for a moment But oh, you haunted me so Still my tongue tied young pride Would not let my love for you show In case you'd say no To Russia I flew But there and then I suddenly knew you'd care again My running around is through I fly to you From Russia with love
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I travel deep blue oceans Far from fields of green I long for lack of motion I dream for a change of scene Dark are the days Cold are the nights Deep are the oceans below But strong are the winds That carry me home I sing you the mariner’s song I leave from ports familiar Set sail to points unknown To pierce the heart of darkness Where the seeds of nightmares are sown Dark are the days Cold are the nights Deep are the oceans below But strong are the winds That carry me home I sing you the mariner’s song Dark are the days Cold are the nights Deep are the oceans below But strong are the winds That carry me home I sing you the mariner’s song
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Master keyboardist and prolific composer Erik Norlander is proud to announce the release of this digital album documenting his 2004 landmark concert in St. Petersburg, Russia, the pinnacle conclusion to a lengthy tour that began in California, moved east across the US and Europe and concluded in the Russian northern capitol. The digital album contains 2 bonus live tracks recorded in Hamburg, Germany earlier on the tour plus 2 bonus studio tracks including a soaring cover of "From Russia With Love" with the iconic vocals of Norlander's wife, Lana Lane.

"Erik Norlander and Friends - Live in St. Petersburg" features the vocals of Lana Lane along with the now familiar voice of Kelly Keeling who appeared previously on Norlander's "Music Machine" (2003) and "Stars Rain Down" (2004) CDs. Keeling also plays bass in the concert ably switching between fretless and fretted basses throughout the show. Joining Norlander, Lana and Keeling on stage are the Dutch musicians Peer Verschuren on guitar and Ernst Van Ee on drums who toured together with Norlander and Lane for several years from Europe to Japan. Verschuren and Van Ee have been previously featured on Norlander's "Stars Rain Down" album and also appear on the recent Lana Lane titles, "Lady Macbeth" and "10th Anniversary Concert" (both 2005). Like Kelly Keeling, Peer Verschuren was also a prominent contributor to Norlander's 2003 rock opera, "Music Machine", so it is no surprise that many tracks from this masterwork have found their way into the St. Petersburg concert. The stomping rocker "Beware the Vampires", the anthemic ballad "Fallen", the sprawling space jam "Sky Full of Stars" and the unforgettably melodic "One of the Machines" are standout pieces in the concert.

"Erik Norlander and Friends - Live in St. Petersburg" also showcases Norlander's uncanny ability for re-interpreting cover songs by his favorite artists. Norlander's version of the Procol Harum classic, "A Salty Dog" moved audiences around the world with the soulful voice of Kelly Keeling delivering the lyrics with power and substance. "A Salty Dog" was brought into the set to follow Norlander's Rocket Scientists standard, "Mariner", which Keeling also takes to new heights with his soaring vocals and fluid fretless bass.

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released July 26, 2006

Erik Norlander - keyboards
Kelly Keeling - vocals, bass
Lana Lane - vocals
Peer Verschuren - guitar
Ernst Van Ee - drums

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ERIK NORLANDER is a progressive rock keyboardist, composer, producer and active live performer based in Northern California. In addition to his many solo albums, Erik works with vocalist Lana Lane (his wife), his band, Rocket Scientists, and The Bob Moog Foundation. Erik has worked extensively with ASIA Featuring John Payne, Last in Line, Big Noize (with Joe Lynn Turner) and many other artists. ... more

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