This song opens "side two" of the album, and provides an introduction to the suite of thematically related songs and instrumentals that follow. Well, they are musically related, if not lyrically.
The main concept here is to have the second half of the track be much more natural, acoustic and "organic" in nature, after the heavily electronic reverberating introduction. As such, I added "real" shaker, tamborine, and doumbek to the percussion track.
For those of you who may be familiar with the second compilation CD from the alt.music.yes newsgroup, Second Attention, you may recognise an earlier version of this track as the opener. I think this new version is much improved!
You stare into the mirror, it's
a window on a world you can't define
wishing you could get away, but
wondering how you'll ever find the time
Reach into the strange but true
a secret deep inside of you
a dream of past experiences
memories that you can not remember
You learn of myths and mysteries,
moving through forbidden zones you find
of how to make the great escape and
face the worm that hides inside your mind
Listen to the strange but true
the truth is almost clear to you
written out upon the pages
realise that nothing lasts forever...
music & lyrics © 1990 Colin Nicholls & Walter Nicholls
From the archives: The Evolution of a Track
(These tracks have been taken from a series of very old cassette tapes on which we used to record all our ideas, many years ago.)
Early Stages 1989
Walter came up with the main keyboard riff for the verses, then a bit later on I used the awesome power of the M1 sequencer to create the intro section. The first "early stages" keyboard sound is actually an Akai X-7000 sampler loaded with a few seconds of a sustained violin note from a Nigel Kennedy's Let Loose CD. Alas, we no longer own the Akai which is a shame, because easy-to-use 8-bit samplers are coming into their own these days.
Strange But True 1990
Enter the Korg M1. The fast, repeating piano riff in the second track was a complete accident - I think we accidentally set the playback tempo of the sequencer on 300%, and realised it sounded cool. I love the sounds of the old Korg Polysix in part two, as it fades out...