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from Demo 2012 by Lyceum

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In our sixth song, Exiled, the hero has escaped the dominion of the Queen and has sailed alone into the heartland of his enemy. After taking rest, he seeks a place where he will not be recognized and where he may devise a plan, whether to attempt return or to fulfill his original purpose; securing his homeland from the western tyrant. It is in the highest mountain pass that the first of the King's riders finds him, ambushes him, and is slain. Enshrouded, the hero enters the forsaken city.


With swift winds at his back
Landing on the kingdom’s shores
He sought shelter along the outer paths
Alone in the realms of the enemy

As night fell, wandering far
A light off the trail
Fire and voices within, welcoming in the darkness

Over him the white sun rose as departed for the mountain pass
Many days he traveled into the windswept heights

On the seventh day as the sun passed the northernmost peak
He descended upon the forsaken city

Between boulders of rock and rubble he strode
A black shape appeared above
Sword drawn an assassin fell upon him, crushing him to the ground
Entangled in cloak and flashing blades,
two men struggled in the shadow of the crags

The gravel below them shifting
As they rolled toward the ledge
Sword ringing down the abyss

Suspended over the precipice
A dagger rose and fell
The defeated foe cast down
Broken upon the rocks

“Keeper of the Golden Crown, Warden of the Gate
Guardian of the Heaven Door, Enemy of Hate
Mountain guard, O’ blackened loam
Forests still and silent home
Keep your knowledge long untold, guard it as the gold.
Man is but a breathless runner,
A deer fleeing from the sound,
Stay still and calm, O’ Faithless Wonder
In your silence, song resounds.”

With swift winds at his back
Landing on the kingdom’s shores
He drew shelter along the outer paths
Alone in the realms of the enemy



from Demo 2012, released July 6, 2012


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Lyceum Concord, California

Lyceum was founded in early 2010 by the former members of three Bay Area metal bands.
The name Lyceum refers to the academy of Aristotle, the teacher of Alexander the Great, dedicated to Apollo Lyceus, pivotal in the history of western aesthetics, education, and philosophy. ... more

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