A Soldier's Tale

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released December 14, 2012

Lyrics: Mike Forgette


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1974 Connecticut

1974 is a five-piece progressive/classic rock band.

Focusing on concept albums set in a technologically advanced future, 1974 crafts a musically diverse and dynamic soundscape full of riffs, hooks, and vocal harmony to tell complex stories.

In 2012, the band won "Best New Band" at the 1st Annual CT Music Awards at The Bushnell Theater. The following year, the band won "Best Rock Band".
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Track Name: Execution of the Wooddaughter
In a manic disarray
The crowd had made its way
I looked upon with a frozen gaze
As they stormed about the place
There was nothing to say
Did you know that it would end...end this way

They threw her through the screen
And held her head up high
The blade had run through quick and clean
As night had filled the sky
And they took her away
Two pieces from one
I will make them all pay for what they have done
Track Name: The Pyre at Violent Hill
We are the marchers, gathered in the square
Watching the pyre burn with empty stares
In every wisp of smoke is found the scent
Of the prophet girl, befouled by innocence

Howls and shrieks and ashes soaking in
The curses we shout from underneath our boiling skin
The torches fill the sky with sickened haze
The queen is dead and burned at Mortjeunelait

Hours have flown by since we forged our path
Cresting the peak of Violent Hill on sunset tracks
They held her body high on beds of hay
And the wooden pike that holds her pretty face

We are the marchers, gathered in the square
Watching the pyre burn with empty stares
In every wisp of smoke is found the scent
Of the prophet girl, befouled by innocence
Track Name: Gently Shaken
Battered, my senses scattered
The light is fading though the sun is high
A silent spinning, and it lays me down
Awaken, gently shaken
A life still pulses through my veins
A scent that's brimming, as my heart soaks in

An act of kindness and her grace
Had pulled me out into her quiet place
And whispered a cure that had put me back on my feet
And I am safe
I'm begging to stay in her arms
So send me away on a simple task
As long as I come back and see you once again
Then I'll so anything
Track Name: March of Men
Our battle waits
We charge at dawn
March on to war
Make peace with God
Track Name: The Battle
Fall back and lead them to attack
In the light of dawn, the battle rages on

Scores of men were hacked to shreds with mercy not in sight
The hero has gone mad with crimson eyes
Track Name: Fall of Heroes
You led us past into our victories
We owe our courage and our strength to you
But I won't let this go much further
Put your weapons down and hold on

There was nothing left of this man
He had fallen into shadow
Without a soul to guide his body
I took his animate away
Track Name: Voices
Find our graves
Mark this place
The memories keep our souls alive

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