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SEED - The Album:
SEED is the third album from Freedom To Glide and completes their anti-war trilogy which began in 2013 with RAIN followed by FALL in 2016. With SEED Freedom To Glide have brought together every aspect of their unique sound to produce a very focused and personal concept album based around one man's experience of 1918 - the final year of World War 1. Musically, Freedom To Glide take you on a cinematic journey through their now familiar sonic landscape of layered synths, evocative acoustic guitar, atmospheric piano and soaring guitar solos.

SEED - The Concept:
On leave from the war at the beginning of 1918, a soldier, struggling to come to terms with the fact that the war seems to have no end in sight starts to conclude that his death is inevitable. Fearing this may be the last time he sees them he tells his family to prepare for the worst. In the months that follow he realises how much the war has cost him, his family, his friends, indeed all humanity. As his thoughts turn outward to the wider world he encounters an ‘enemy’ doctor carrying a fellow soldier back to safety. The two talk and find a mutual respect for one another as the futility of war stares them square in the face. With the end of the war now in sight they find a ray of light in the black of the war, a seed of hope that maybe peace is within reach?

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released May 31, 2019

Andy Nixon - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keys.
Pete Riley - Piano, Synthesizers, Organ.

With guest Louise Wilson (KAFKADIVA) - Additional vocals on "The Space Between The Lines" and "Seed Of Hope".

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Track Name: Seed
Are they symbols of our blind faith?
Are they symbols of our failure?
So many seeds of hate
Have fallen on this ground

And as we send them to the sky
They scribe a perfect arc of madness
We'll see them sown before
We ever her their sound
Track Name: Holding On
Left the line and made it home again
How do I spend these precious days so many ties to mend
Like being paroled from your own prison cell
And following on this kind of heaven with some kind of hell

I’m holding on to every grain of hope that I can find
And holding back every doubt that preys upon my mind

See the stillness from the waterside
Letting it flow through every memory that today untied
Choose a stone that makes an easy throw
Into the centre of the water watch the ripples grow

I’m holding on to every grain of hope that I can find
And holding back every doubt that preys upon my mind

All I’m thinking while I’m there is home
Now that I’m here and I can see how much the kids have grown
A ray of hope suggests and end in sight
Maybe the other side will feel the same and see the light

Holding on to every to memory that’s so dear to me
And holding back the bitter truth that seems so clear to me

Holding On, Holding Back, Holding On, Holding Back

The more they ask me the more I’m lost for words
Looking for answers chasing reason like a flock of birds
Seems like home is now the foreign land
Maybe it’s just too much for anyone to understand

Holding on to every to memory that’s so dear to me
And holding back the bitter truth that’s oh so clear to me

I’m holding on, Holding Back, Holding On, Holding Back

Keep us in the dark we’ll lose our sense of wrong and right
(Tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the bitter truth)
Maybe someday we will find a way to shed some light
(Tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the bitter truth)
Track Name: No Turning Back
Holding on
(Tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the bitter truth)
Holding back
(Tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the bitter truth)
Holding on
(Tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the bitter truth)
Holding back
(Tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the bitter truth)

Listen son there’s something on my mind cuts me at every turn
I need you to know
Every step I take will lessen any chance of my return
Won’t be long before I go

No turning back from the promise that we made
No second chance
No looking back on this endless road we’ve made
No second glance

Take my hand son look into my eyes you need to understand
I may not return
Behind the vail of your brave face, reflected in your anxious eyes
My bitter lesson learned

No turning back from the promise that we made
No second chance
No looking back on this endless road we’ve made
No second glance

They cast the line we took the bait we are the nation's loyal sons
We swallowed hard we stepped up only to be fodder for the guns
Straying from the path of reason led us down the road to war
How many children must she lose before a nation cries “no more”

No turning back from the promise that we made
No second chance
No looking back on this endless road we’ve made
No second glance
Track Name: Undertones Of War
As I walk between the faces
Of the trenches to the frontline
To familiar exchanges
Of the bullets and the five nines
They pull me back to this world
I'm like a stone into the water
All the new and nervous faces
Soon to be acquainted with the slaughter

Still we face each other in this pouring rain
Still we pay with life for every inch we gain
Still we wonder if our lives could ever be the same
While the undertones of war
Seep into the very core
Of your soul

As I walk between the faces
Of the trenches to the frontline
To familiar exchanges
Of the bullets and the five nines
They pull me back to this world
I'm like a stone into the water
All the new and nervous faces
Will soon be acquainted with the slaughter

Still we face each other in this pouring rain
Still we pay with life for every inch we gain
Still we wonder if our lives could ever be the same
While the undertones of war
Seep into the very core
Become the keepers of the door
To every soul

Still we face each other in the pouring rain....

And now the time we waited for
Is here to wake the keepers of the door
This endless road, this endless war
The endless rain that falls on this killing floor
The face of every man I see
Another Mother's eyes are staring back at me
And as the son begins to fade
This heavy price will seal this bitter trade
Track Name: The Right Within The Wrong
I’m not broken but the cracks are plain to see
I’m crossing lines and dogs of fate are haunting me

And every word that flows from this pen onto this page
I get to feel the place that I belong
And every day I’m here I feel further from
The road I should be walking on
To find the right within the wrong

We’re alive but we don’t live from day to day
We just survive among the wreckage and decay

And every word that flows from this pen onto this page
I get to feel the place that I belong
And every day I’m here I feel further from
The road I should be walking on
To find the right within the wrong

We took the longest trail
To see the logic fail
And then the cracks appeared
With every ounce of steel
That finds a fate to seal
Another crack appears

I’m not broken but the cracks are plain to see
I’m crossing lines and dogs of fate are haunting me

And every word that flows from this pen onto this page
I get to feel the place that I belong
And every day I’m here I feel further from
The road I should be walking on
To find the right within the wrong

The right within the wrong
The right within the wrong

I’m not broken but the cracks are plain to see
I’m crossing lines and dogs of fate are haunting me
We may be alive but we don’t live from day to day
We just survive among the wreckage and decay
Track Name: The Space Between The Lines
An hour before the dawn
We open up our day
The calm before the storm
The black before the grey

The watchers gaze
As the night begins to fade
For any sign
Of a move to be made

I can’t escape the sound
That echoes through my mind
No answer could be found
In the space between the lines

Where the watchers gaze
As the sun is on the rise
For any sign
Of life between the lines

SOLO

And I fix my gaze
To a moon on the wane
In a clear sky
Above, this pouring rain

I can’t escape the sound
That echoes through my mind
No answer could be found
In the space between the lines

Echoes through my mind
The space between the lines
Echoes through my mind
The space between the lines

Echoes through my mind
The space between the lines
Track Name: The Only Way?
You came to save and you
Carried the weight as you
Crossed the line to bring our brother home
A ray of light passing
Through the black of war
For every life you save you risk your own

You, like me, will bleed when you are torn and it’s
Clear that we would both prefer to talk than kill so
Much more to lose than they could ever hope to gain
It’s not the only way

Dehumanized by the High Command we are
Trained to see you as the evil foe
But I can see by your selfless action you are
Another brother I should get to know
You, like me, adore your wife and children we are
Led to believe that we are fighting for their lives
Take this cigarette let’s work on that connection
It’s the only way

We so weary of this war it’s taken so much life
Cuts to the core of every soul clean as a butcher’s knife
You feel the guilt of being the only one who’s left alive
Was this the only way?

If I could I’d walk away I’d find a way back home
See angels fly once more before another falling stone
But all I ever see is flying steel meet flesh and bone
Was this the only way?

This thin veneer we call humanity has fled this life
No shred of doubt no grain of truth could ever make this right
We’ve never seen so many shadows in such failing light
Was this the only way?
Track Name: Escape To Survive
Over sees of complicity
Through fields of regret
Down roads of uncertainty
To the streets of unrest

Like a city under siege
Our defences will break
As our options are closing
Only one we can tak

Over the fences and over the walls
The hope that would keep me alive
Over the borders and over the land
We need to escape to survive

We’re not prisoners of conscience
We’re not prisoners of war
But this conspiracy of silence
Makes us bolts to the door

Over the fences and over the walls
The hope that would keep me alive
Over the borders and over the land
We need to escape to survive

Over the fences and over the walls
We need to escape to survive
We need to escape to survive
We need to escape to survive……

Over sees of complicity
Through fields of regret
Down roads of uncertainty
To the streets of unrest

Over the fences and over the walls
The hope that would keep me alive
Over the borders and over the land
We need to escape to survive
Track Name: One Day
The only real escape we can make
Is to steal some time from our conscious minds
See between the lines
Looking through the grey
To a better way
One day
One day
One day
One day
Track Name: When That Day Comes
We approach an unfamiliar road
Our spirits fly high at the end of the wait
Feel the lift of that familiar load
And a sense of our minds shifting from hope to faith

We’ll live our lives beneath this shadow
That we know will never quite fade
Some will make their name
While they shift the blame
When that day comes

What kind of justice could play a role
Blind ambition and greed, the conviction to win
Left with this brutal and savage toll
While the answer just hangs like a noose in the wind

We’ll live our lives beneath this shadow
That we know will never quite fade
Some will make their name
While they shift the blame
When that day comes

Who’s watching the watchers?
Who’s guarding the flame?
Who’s watching the watchers?
Who’s placing the blame?
Who’s taking the upperhand?
Who’s looking for proof?
Who’s claiming the moral ground?
Who’s telling the truth?
Who’s watching the watchers?
Who’s guarding the flame?
Who’s watching the watchers?
Who’s placing the blame?

Left with this brutal and savage toll
We laid down our arms we were headed for home
The promise that distant horizons hold
With the future of so many souls set in stone

We’ll live our lives beneath this shadow
That we know will never quite fade
Some will make their name
While they shift the blame
When that day comes

We’ll live our lives beneath this shadow
Track Name: Broken Road
First the left and then the right
Marching blind into the night
It seems like a lifetime ago
I was older they were young
Trained to use their given gun
They were loaded and ready to go

Now the word is we are done
And judging by the silent guns
That day may have come

Broken road carry me home
To the life could have made
On the path we should’ve laid
Broken Road lead me away
From where my brothers lie
Where truth and reason died

From the deck they’d see the land
Racing minds and gun at hand
They’d soon find how true was their aim
And with the changing of the wind
The sound of distant guns crept in
To the lives that could be never the same

We couldn’t find the sense in war
Or see an end worth fighting for
Though that day may have come

Broken road carry me home
To the life could have made
On the path we should’ve laid
Broken Road lead me away
From where my brothers lie
Where truth and reason died

We’ll carry the scars from the cuts that run so deep they’ll never mend
We’ll be caught in the vastness of the wake of a war without an end
We could drown in a sea of regret and a tide we could never stem
And return to our homes where our spirits have lane
Suspended in time since the days before the rain

Broken road carry me home
To the life could have made
On the path we should’ve laid
Broken Road lead me away
From where my brothers lie
Where truth and reason died
Where truth and reason died

Broken Road carry me home
Broken Road carry me home
Carry me home
Carry me home
Track Name: Dear May
This is the note I’d hoped you’d never read
But if it’s in your hand….

It’s taken every one of us from someone
You’ll hold our memory close as we fade from view
This war must never claim me as it’s hero
I belong to you

I watched you every moment I could find
Never more than just a heartbeat from my mind

Our baby, she’d be sleeping on your shoulder
Our brave son holding on to his Mother’s hand
You’d catch my eye, I’d catch my breath
From this distant broken land
Track Name: Seed Of Hope
Are they symbols of our love?
Are they symbols of our failure?
So many stolen souls
A stone for every name

And as I gaze across the land
I see a perfect scene of sadness
The seeds of hope that died
In endless falling rain

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