In Another Time

by Skellig

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This album is dedicated to Andy Dunlop for believing in us and in our vision for Skellig. Baai danke! With special love and thanks to Jordan and Caleb for deepening our understanding of both love and conflict; Dave & Beryl, without you this would be impossible; Larry & Mary, Hurn Christian Fellowship, Poole Christian Fellowship, Debbie for letting Aiden come out to play; Mike Newbon; Dave Luckman; Darryl Turner and all who have encouraged us over the last few years.

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released April 15, 1996

All songs written by Chris & Lisa Burness.
Recorded at ICC Studio, Eastbourne, 1996
Engineered by Mike Newbon
Artwork & Design Maria Wills
Photography Derek Millet
Printed at Wessex Print with thanx to Lee & Gray
Maria used many exciting items from Oz's backroom, including a jolly large Pearl Masters and lots of Zildjian cymbals.
Produced by Mike Newbon.

Chris Burness - Lead vocals, backing vocals
Lisa Burness - Violin, vocals, keyboard, percussion
Aidan Emptage - Lead & rhythm guitar
Mark Wade - Bass, keyboard
Maria Wills - Drums, keyboard
Additional guitar, keyboard & percussion by Mike Newbon.
Thanks to Dave Luckman for old bass lines & new recipes.

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Skellig Ladysmith, British Columbia

Original fiddle-driven rock begun by Chris and Lisa Burness in the UK, producing two CDs, 'In Another Time' and 'Fragile'. A move to Canada in 2006 led to a new line up, including son Caleb, and locals Will and Dylan. 'Skellig' was released in 2009. 'Kingdom Come' was released in 2012.
'Happy In My Skin' was released in 2016.
Shelley and Paul have since joined the band.
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Track Name: To the Very Heart
Cool wind blow upon a desert land
Crystal waters flow through thirsty hands
In your mercy remember me
Spread your wings and encompass me

Son shine bright upon an icy plain
Melt this snow that earth might breathe again
Touch me fire of eternity
Burn deep down in the heart of me

Break this wall around my heart
Tear these barriers apart
Love reach out, love reach out, love reach out
To the very heart of me
To the very heart
To the very heart of me

Bend the bars around my prison cell
Save this sinner from the chains of hell
Bread of Heaven bring life to me
Feed this dead man security

Break these walls around my heart
Tear these barriers apart
Love reach out, love reach out, love reach out
To the the very heart of me

Cool wind blow, cool wind blow ...
Track Name: In Another Time
From the vantage of a hilltop
I look down into a world
Memories long left behind
Veiled in the dimness of time

To the lostness of creation
Life-giving wine for the soul
Red is the cup that you bring
Love's bittersweet offering

In another time, on another line
Vision to the blind, in another mind

At the beauty of your wellspring
Drinking the river of life
Transforming all that I am
Newborn to glorified man,

Newborn to glory
Newborn to glory
Newborn to glory
Track Name: To the Unknown
I don't know all that you expect from me
You've brought me many miles from home
But I'm assured you have the best for me
You've never let me down before

The heart is willing but the flesh so weak
I cannot make it on my own
You are the lifeblood running through my veins
My very life depends on you

So take me by the hand
And lead me to the unknown
I may not understand
But I leave that all to you
And if it's where you want to take me
Well, that's quite alright by me
You are the lover of my soul
I trust your perfect plan

I do not understand all that I should
I struggle on this road of faith
But you have all the answers to my needs
And so I throw myself on you

So take me by the hand ...
Lover, lover
Take me by the hand, lead me to the unknown
Track Name: Mystery of Life
Time moves without breathing on this carousel
Infant baby to a fading shell
Can the mind of mortal man find reason to it all?
Mystery of life, speak to my soul

Wars and desolation scar this pleasant land
Man's perversion in a bloodied hand
Father of creation, when will this destruction end?
Mystery of life, speak to my soul

In a lifetime, in a threescore year and ten
Is it possible to understand the wisdom of salvation's plan?

Holy blood is seeping through a gaping wound
Crimson lifeline to a people doomed
How is there forgiveness in a murder on a tree?
Mystery of life, speak to my soul
Track Name: Who's Crying Now
Dolphin of blue, like a gash in the ocean
Softly the silence seals death in a net
Morning will come
Shed her blood on the seascape
It lies like a grave in the calm of regret

Breathe on, breathe deep
For in the end the tears we weep
Will flow into an ocean of the ghosts of our excess
You know that we are facing our eternity
And who's crying now? Who's crying now?
Breathe on

What will it read, the epitaph remaining
The conquest of man - earth - sin of our sins
How will we shout when stood deaf in our blindness
To halt the crime when destruction begins

Breathe on, breathe deep
For in the end the tears we weep
will flow into an ocean of the ghosts of our excess
You know that we are facing our eternity
And who's crying now? Who's crying now?
Breathe on
Track Name: Only the Light
Is it too late to say sorry?
Maybe you don't quite understand
Your are buried behind the borders
Our subconscious has pushed you aside

Only the light, only the light
Only the light can heal the divide

Can you feel a cold wind blowing
Through the heat of a thirsty land
If it's fear that we keep you locked in
Then this fear must be compromised

Only the light, only the light
Only the light can heal the divide

Only the light of the Lord can heal the heartache
Only the light of his love

Do you see a new beginning
In the eyes of our children now?
Leave the wastes of our past division
Heal the wounds with a holy fire

Only the light, only the light
Only the light can heal the divide
Track Name: Burning
Fire, burning with a heat
Sugar to the taste, desire, fire

Fire, like a desert wind, feel the skin perspire
Fire, melt the man of flesh with a heat, Messiah
Fire, burn away the past on a funeral pure
Fire, humbled at the cross

Fire, burning with a heat
Sugar to the taste, desire, fire

Fire, holy to the touch, satisfy, inspire
FIre, purify the mind, lift the spirit higher
Fire, music to the ears, like an angel choir
Fire, give me of your love

Fire, burning with a heat
Sugar to the taste, desire, fire

Burn away this frozen corpse
Warm me in your fire
Blow the cobwebs from my heart
Be my pure desire

Fire, burning with a heat
Sugar to the taste, desire, fire
Track Name: The Calling
Glens of Antrim, sweet the calling
In my heart to be with thee
Green the fields of grass are growing
Over hills and river valleys rolling free
I have tasted your affection
The tenderest of touches on my skin
Felt the warmest kiss of Ireland
I will never be the same again

Silent slumber, dreams of walking
In the shadows of your holy shrines
Celtic crosses, crumbling castles
Stone reflections of a not-so-ancient time
Holy words & superstitions
Intermingle, leading seeking men astray
Still, the hand of God upon you
Lends a hope that you will find the narrow way

And the yearning grows deep to be under your skies
Your desolate beauty bewitching my eyes
For mountain tops hidden 'neath mist-covered shrouds
Where the sweet light of heaven escapes through the clouds
And your passioned embrace is the call of my heart
There's an ache in my soul from our being apart

Red the colours 'gainst the headland
Bloody sunset on the mountainside
Wild & rugged shores of Eirann
Shaped & beaten by a harsh Atlantic tide
I would dive into your ocean
To be swallowed up completely by your charms
Glens of Ireland, sweet the calling
To be wrapped around forever in your arms

And the learning grows deep to be under your skies
Track Name: What For?
What fading glory is there to a dry nation's tears?
When one man signs along the line and sells its
Sells its faith for fears

We heed the call and feel the pain
The world reels from her wounds again
And stands against the driving rain of war

What holy prayers devout and true
Are offered for those blind?
Who wouldn't abort life's embryo with one small
One small change of mind

We heed the call and feel the pain
The world reels from her wounds again
And stands against the driving rain of war

What's the senseless killing for? War! War!
Do we really have to kill each other? War!

What mother's hope remains alive?
Her tears the sad goodbye
The child of love a man of war
The youth still, youth still in his eyes

We heed the call and feel the pain
The world reels from her wounds again
And stands against the driving rain of war

What's the senseless killing for?
Track Name: Silent Cry
Warm inside a sheltered world
The miracle of life unfurls
The breath of God upon this new creation
The live or die, you have no say
The blinded have their selfish way
Your fate is sealed as speaks the executioner

They say that we are civilised
They tell us this is the progress
They say that you don't feel the pain
Hey! You're not really human

A silent cry, the foetal scream,
Earthly hopes a shattered dream
A human soul is cast aside as nothing
The right to life a broken law
The miracle of birth no more
Your funeral a convenient disposal

Security snatched from the womb
Hear whisperings of conscience
No loved ones weeping at your tomb
On this path of self-destruction
Track Name: Learn to Live Together
We must learn, we must learn
We must learn to live together

We must learn to live together ...

Many lives have been lost, time to count the cost
Where will it all end? Who will pull the parting shot?
I feel the strain pulsing in the vein
To burst or to survive, the cost of compromise

We must learn to live together ...

Time to heal the blood-born rain
Broken love's refrain
Our future lies in each other's eyes

We must learn to live together ...
Together
We can't make it without Jesus' love
We must learn to live together ...
Track Name: Take Me Home
Born of another land
Praying my king to lead me away
Come, take me home
Come, take me home to you

Dreams of a distant shore
Soon comes a day that will know no end
Lord show your hand
Lord show your hand to me