Band Members
John Arch - Vocals
Jim Matheos - Lead Guitars
Victor Arduini - Lead Guitars
Joe DiBiase - Bass
Steve Zimmerman - Drums
The Spectre Within
(1985)
Track Listing
01. Traveler In Time 7:11
02. Orphan Gypsy 6:00
03. Without A Trace 4:50
04. Pirates Of The Underground 7:07
05. The Apparition 5:50
06. Kyrie Eleison 5:27
07. Epitaph 12:00

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Liner Notes
Produced by Brian Slagel and Fates Warning
Engineered by Bill Metoyer

Credits
All songs arranged by Fates Warning
Keyboards arranged and played by Jim Arch
Produced by Brian Slagel and Fates Warning
Engineered by Bill "The Gill" Metoyer
Recorded at:
El Dorado, Hollywood
Asst. Engineer - Carmine Rizzo
and
Track Record, L.A.
Mixed at
Track Record
Artwork by 3rd Image
Photography - Don Adkins, Jr.
Fates Warning:
John Arch - Vocals
Jim Matheos - Lead Guitars
Victor Arduini - Lead Guitars
Joe DiBiase - Bass
Steve Zimmerman - Drums
Road Crew -
Dave "Emma, Skyhawk, Drywall" Obrizzo
Soundstage and Pouting
Chris "Earl T. Blanchard" - Guitars and Backline
Cousin Mark "Let me show you my favorite
part, dea dea" Feivou - drums and backline

Write to:
Fates Warning
P.O. Box 31190
Hartford, Ct. 06103
[Note: This address is probably no longer valid, do not send anything to it.]

Special Thanks To:
Brian Slagel, Bill "The Gill" Metoyer, Amy, Ellen and Anita for making us feel at home, Carmen Rizzo and everyone at El Dorado, Ken and all at Track Record. George and Joannis Vassilapoulos, Mark S. Zonder, Pete Sotere (...and God said let there be Sabbath) Lars, Vicky, Ed & Mike L. at WNHU, Jon Johnson at WKNH, Steve "Dig it" Blackmoor at Vox pop, Jim Blute, Mike Jones, Merritt Murowski, Everyone at Suck City (Give us 5¢), Phil Baker at Midwest Militia, and all the other underground mags who have supported us, Queensryche, Anvil, Overkill, Obsession, Attacker and crew (Thanks for the good time in N.J.), Aunt Jeanette and family, Sandy George, Joe and all at L'amour (O.K. people), Jethro, Rockin Ray, Metal Joe, Larry "Celery" Warren, John & Lisa, Frank (it's not my job) Wachter, Jim Lachaplle and crew at J.D., Doug Clark at the Gallery, Keith and Karen for t-shirt design, everyone at Capitol Records (Rip), a very special thanks to David Byron (R.I.P.), Lord Alfred Tennyson for letting us borrow a few lines, Barley (you know I still rule), Spinach, Blardo, Shlepy, Mike, John, Tom, The Madison Head bangers for the banner, Doughboy wars, Defender (we found it, honest), Michele for her banners, Zapawky, Zibignu (where are you?), Freddy and Ron at the Music Shop, Sandra at Enigma, Ina for cashing the check, Mary Arduini (thank you for your patience and banana bread), Margaret, and all our family and friends for their support.

No Special Thanks To:
Everyone who thought they should be in the special thanks but ain't! Everyone at the Agora Ballroom to West Hartford, Ct., Everyone at WCCC, WHCN, and QPLR  (Can we please have our albums back!), All the Ct. Poser bands (you know who you are), Adriano at Ryder Truck Rental, Certain so called Journalists of certain magazines, Anthrax for the red carpet treatment, East Coast Sound, Mitre (where's the guitars), Mutants, Baiters, Swarmers, Malibu Stench, Jim Lodge for the first Album cover disaster, and anyone else who's hampered our progress, fuck off and die.

For Fates Warning 2-sided Tour T-shirt send $10.00 plus $1.00 ($3.00 in Europe) for postage per shirt to Fates Warning Shirt, P.O. Box 2627, Malibu, CA 90265. Checks & money orders payable to
Ron Boutwell Ent.
[Note: This address is probably no longer valid, do not send anything to it.]


All songs published by Bloody Skull Music (BMI)
Administered by Bug Music (BMI)

Metal Blade Records
Restless Records
(72088-2)
Miscellaneous Album Notes
Metal Blade reissued The Spectre Within on ??/??/200?
The album was remastered and included four bonus tracks:
1. Radio Underground (previously unreleased)
2. The Apparition (rehearsal)
3. Kyrie Eleison (demo)
4. Epitaph (demo)
The artwork for the reissue was an updated version of the original.
Lyrics
Top of Page Traveler In Time
(Matheos, Arduini, Arch)
Old man time, Wisdom and Rhyme
Seeker of reason, reaper of time.
Born to a spell he walks the beaten path
To hell, rusty shackles of time burden his mind,
Once on his side time turns to defy.
In a flash of the lightning he's come and gone.
The clock strikes the hour, he climbs to the belfry,
As he's done a thousand hours before.

Many dark years, not a vacant hour through
War and fear had the bell been ever strayed,
Hypnotized rhythmic pendulum synchronized
With the beat of the old man's heart.
Man or machine he's living a dream,
Forever the clock lives so does he.
Faces below fade with seasons of long ago,
Forever awake in his brass bed.
He holds the key.

It's all a matter of time, there is no reason
Or Rhyme - is there?
Traveler in time another left
Behind - you are

Tangled in the web of time you've
Swallowed the pill of illusion.
Writings so clear on the wall you
Waste in seclusion.
Mirror reflects the mark of the crowfoot.
In his eyes now he'll realize.
Nearing his hour he climbs to the belfry
As he's done a thousand hours before.

Moon of blue is in the sky.
West wind he whispers why.
Sacrifice living for life his perpetual vice.

Lonely wind blows through his empty soul.
He cries a river of tears on the clock below.
Nothing's forever and time will tell,
His tears rust the clock and he died as well.

It's all a matter of time, there is no reason
Or Rhyme - is there?
Traveler in time another left
Behind - you are

Top of Page Orphan Gypsy
(Arduini, Arch)
Young warrior to the drunken gallery slave,
Running with the wind running wayward knave.
I'm a vagabond with a maelstrom mind
My blood has left me behind
Go away leave me alone,
If you look in my eyes you see only stone.
I won't let you in I can lock you out,
In your world, your fallacy, I don't want desolate
Isle of debris.

Sister Superior, witch is on her winged flight.
Nightmare dream children scream,
Echo Orphanage Hall Tonight.
I'm a misconception never had affection
I don't even know my name.
Just as well who would know locked in
The closet all day, but I like it here
They leave me alone.
I the sheep, she is the wolfe, I must run
Run to the end of the world.

Orphan Gypsy all I'll ever be,
Magic for emotion I am free.
Orphan Gypsy all I want to be
Lift your chains from me.

No place to call home, sever my roots from
The earth, eternal exile from day one.
In this lease of life I entered as one
In the end I leave as one.

Not a single word of guile is heard
Come the clouds before the rain.
Entered my sanctum blasphemed
And caused me pain.
You're a figment of my imagination
I am stone now you know to the world I gave my
Soul to read your mind.

Orphan Gypsy all I'll ever be,
Magic for emotion I am free.
Orphan Gypsy all I want to be
Lift your chains from me.

Top of Page Without A Trace
(Arduini, Arch)
What lurks behind the minds of men,
The switch is triggered once again.
A silent rage makes the front page
A work of art so neatly done homicide
Cannot decide was it accident was it suicide

She's just a face without a name never made
It home. They found her car down by
The lake the bottom was raked
The news says it's a classic case, she disappeared
Without a trace
A witness reward but nothing is heard

Run rabbit run, hawk in sky hides in br> The sun
Run for you life he'll take it away
Run run run fast away.
Don't look behind you'll stun if you look in his
Eye
Run for your life he'll take it away
Run run run fast away.
You better run away

Defective unit on the street tonight
He hunts the weak then clips it wings
The moon ignites a flaming raging child
An empty soul is running wild.

He's just a name without a face, hides from
The camera in disgrace.
His mother stands by wipes the tears from her eyes.
In an island in the sea rots a mind of seventeen.
He dreams of the girl that he cast from this world.
She...

Run rabbit run, hawk in sky hides in br> The sun
Run for you life he'll take it away
Run run run fast away.
Don't look behind cause you'll stun if you look in his
Eye
Run for your life he'll take it away
Run run run fast away.

Top of Page Pirates Of The Underground
(Matheos, Arduini, Arch)
So you learn real hard, babe in the woods.
Fights for your keep cause
Deep in the dark wolves rip at your
Heart as you lie asleep.
Endangered specie of the megahertz,
Follow the yellow brick road, your
Asylum awaits you.
Sign on the dotted line.

Pirates of the underground, mutiny is in the air.
You're the wind in the sails mother ship.
Drifters at sea remain to be, till
Land which speaks our tongue is found
On our way cut the tongues of dragons
Breathing fire!
Ride the waves through the air down below
The mire.

Preacher man spins backward secret messages,
Tell me what are you looking for? Something your
Subconscience can devise.
Such a sin to disappoint your suspicion
Your force is ours no there are no hidden lies

Tuned out in neutral vegetation, prime time
Bleeding hearts howl at the moon.
Foul temptress, oh she sings seduction,
As vultures feast forbidden fruit.
Live an abstract life in your hybernation.
A rude awakening for the underdog typhoon,
Set the Thames on Fire.
Climb aboard this man of war
She'll take you far away
To a land of fantasy in your imagination.

Top of Page The Apparition
(Matheos, Arch)
When the stars are right and you're alone
Take a journey, lock the world up tight
Out of your mind.
The hall beckons your presence, the doors
Open wide you're to decide to turn back.
Deep the bowels of this black abyss,
Compelled I just can't resist it, take me.

Take me away take me away
I wanna know what's deep within
Take me away.

Drawing near someone passes through me,
A silent entity never looking back I won't dare.
Evil eyes staring through he walls of stone
As I feared I travel not alone.
Laughters echoes with the blatant wind
I have passed the threshold deep within me.

Take me away take me away
I wanna know what's deep within
Take me away.

A voice of thunder said turn back
Tabernacle is forbidden.
No mortal dares to enter here.
I want to know.

Flame is burning center of a fountain yearning, waters
Spring eternal, spiritual water physical fire.
Above the center is sky, cold cold neverness
Just vastness filled with stars upon stars.
In the four corners of life are the golden mirrors
Reflecting what you are and what you are to be.

In the first is a young boy white dove in
His hand, in the second is a warrior in armour,
In the third is the old man gold watch
In his hand fourth and last
No reflection at all
No reflection at all
No reflection at all

Waters rise toward physical fire, voice says
Tabernacle is forbidden never looking back I don't dare.
If the water touches the flame
Forever in darkness yes I'll remain.
White dove flies from the young boys hand
Through the mirror of the old man, only way out

Take me away take me away
I wanna know what's deep within
Take me away.

Take me away take me away
I wanna know what's deep within
Take me away.

Top of Page Kyrie Eleison
(Matheos, Arch)
Never thought my time was coming
Wasn't in my dreams.
Twice I visioned I was falling down,
Down to the ground, I screamed out loud,
Woke on a cloud.
Never really a holy man even though
I understand the father son and Holy Ghost.
He's the one that scares me most
Ashes to rain you feel no pain.

Hell fire burns my conscience. My mind explodes.
Spine is severed, blood runs cold, confess the
Deepest of sin, envision a king
With a white violin.
Crucifix hung above my death bed begins
To bleed.
Imagination, lunacy, has he come to hear my plea,
Grant absolution condone my sin.

The lady in black I ask what do you see.
A glimpse in your glass what good
Fortune for me.
The lady in black said your lifeline is damned.
The tarot of death card she held in her hand.

Kyrie Eleison Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison Christe Eleison

Segments of my life flash through my mind
Things never seen.
It must be fate warning me for now
The walls are closing in. Rosary in Hand,
Last grain of sand.
Here I go I start to fall again.

Try to scream I'm mute it is the
End of my last fall.
To the land of nevermore
Shatter her glass I woke on the floor.

The lady in black I ask what do you see.
A glimpse in your glass what good
Fortune for me.
The lady in black said your lifeline is damned.
The tarot of death card she held in her hand.

Kyrie Eleison Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison Christe Eleison

{...???...}

Top of Page Epitaph
(Matheos, Arch)
Isolation freezes my life, coldness grips my heart
Trapped within a world, a world apart.
Desolate am I, a tempest raging silently.
Lost a barren soul adrift at sea.

Catatonic state, it sharpens lifes depressing edge
The clamor draws me closer to the ledge.
As I gaze upon this burning world I curse this life,
A life through which I'm hurled.

Lies, lies upon this side and that
Truthless violence deception mourned by the wise.
Thousands of voices drowning out his own
In a popular torrent of lies upon lies.
Turn to stone.

So intense the pain that has crawled
From the bleeding corpse of pleasure,
That feeds the worm the writhes
Inside my brain.
In the deep of night it stirs again
In the heart of the sleeper,
From the crack of dawn I wake to curse
The rising of the sun.
Every life is built on hope
Now my dreams have surely passed,
Inner voices haunt my numbered days
Darkness calls me with her laughs.

Torn between life and death inertia
Fills my soul.
Now will to be nor pride to care
Reapers take your toll.

Strangers cast a menacing glance as
Existence I defy.
Shatter their dream like world I'm not
Afraid to die

Torn between life and death inertia
Fills my soul.
Now will to be nor pride to care
Reapers take your toll.

Strangers cast a menacing glance as
Existence I defy.
Shatter their dream like world I'm not
Afraid to die
Afraid to die

Omen bird soars the desert land to the castle
Of idolence, there lies the shadow of a man.
You see the colored flowers and marble towers
They fade to brown
Like the unknown inscribed in stone
He's abandoned, abandoned flesh and bones
He's lost in silence swallowed in vastness
Drowned in the depths of a meaningless
Past

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