Ayreon и албумът „Последният експеримент”

В предаването на 26.09.2009 г.: Ayreon и албумът „Последният експеримент” AYREON THE FINAL EXPERIMENT
Date of Release: October 27, 1995

 1. Prologue (3:17)

Act I The Dawning
2. The Awareness (6:36)
3. Eyes Of Time (5:06)
4. The Banishment (11:08)

Act II King Arthur s Court
5. Ye Courtyard Minstrel Boy (2:46)
6. Sail Away To Avalon (4:02)
7. Nature s Dance (2:28)

Act III Visual Echoes
8. Computer-reign (game Over) (3:25)
9. Waracle (6:44)
10. Listen To The Waves (4:59)
11. Magic Ride (3:36)

Act IV Merlin s will and Ayreon s fate
12. Merlin s Will (3:20)
13. The Charm Of The Seer (4:12)
14. Swan Song (2:44)
15. Ayreon s Fate (6:56)

Bonus disc (2005 reissue only):

\"Dreamtime\" (vocals by Astrid van der Veen of Ambeon and The Endorphins) - 4:19

\"Eyes of Time\" (vocals by Ruud Houweling) - 3:25

\"The Accusation\" (vocals by Rodney Blaze) - 3:49

\"Ye Courtyard Minstrel Boy\" (vocals by Esther Ladiges) - 2:50

\"Sail Away to Avalon\" (vocals by John JayCee Cuijpers of Parris) - 3:26

\"Nature s Dance\" (vocals by Peter Daltrey) - 2:03

\"Waracle\" (vocals by Marcela Bovio of Stream of Passion and Elfonia) - 5:16

\"Merlin s Will\" (vocals by Irene Jansen) - 3:29

\"The Charm of the Seer\" (vocals by Robby Valentine) - 3:29

©2005 Insideout Music GmbH


Arjen Lucassen as Ayreon on \"Nature’s Dance,\" \"Listen To The Waves,\" \"Magic Ride\" and \"Ayreon’s Fate\".

Barry Hay (Golden Earring) as Ayreon on \"Sail Away To Avalon.\"

Edward Reekers as Merlin on \"Prologue,\" \"The Awareness\" and \"Ayreon’s Fate;\" as Ayreon on \"The Awareness\" and \"Ayreon’s Fate\".

Ian Parry (Elegy) as Nobleman on \"Ye Courtyard Minstrel Boy,\" as Ayreon on \"Computer Reign\" and as Merlin on \"Ayreon’s Fate\".

Jan-Chris de Koeijer (Gorefest) as Ayreon on \"The Banishment\".

Jay van Feggelen as Ayreon on \"Waracle\" and as Merlin on \"Ayreon s Fate\".

Lenny Wolf (Kingdom Come) as Ayreon on \"Eyes Of Time\".

Leon Goewie (Vengeance) as Merlin on \"Merlin s Will\" and \"Ayreon s Fate;\" as Ayreon on \"Ayreon s Fate\".

Robert Soeterboek (Cotton Soeterboek Band) as Villagers on \"The Banishment\" and as Merlin on \"Ayreon s Fate\".

Ruud Houweling (Cloudmachine) as Ayreon on \"The Charm Of The Seer\".

Debby Schreuder as Merlin, Women and Villagers on \"Ayreon s Fate;\" as Chorus on several tracks.

Mirjam van Doorn as Merlin, Women and Villagers on \"Ayreon s Fate;\" as Chorus on several tracks.

Lucy Hillen as Ayreon on \"The Charm Of The Seer;\" as Chorus on several tracks.


Arjen Anthony Lucassen - guitar, bass, keyboards, synthesizer

Cleem Determeijer - keyboards

Ernst van Ee (Trenody)
- drums

Jan Bijlsma - bass

Jolanda Verduijn - bass

Peter Vink - bass

Rene Merkelbach - keyboard

Bonus disc instrumentalists (2005 reissue only)

Arjen Anthony Lucassen - acoustic, electric, and bass guitars, drums, percussion and timpani

Davy Mickers (Stream of Passion) - drums

Peter Vink - acoustic bass guitar

Marieke van der Heyden - cello

Ewa Albering - flute

Lori Linstruth - electric guitar solos

Jeroen Goossens - assorted wind instruments

Dewi Kerstens - cello

Robby Valentine - piano


Arjen Anthony Lucassen

Ruud Houweling

Richelle Rijst

Jacoby Peters


Arjen Anthony Lucassen - producer

Oscar Holleman - engineer

Recorded at Studio \"RS 29\" Waalwijk, Holland

Produced by Arjen Anthony Lucassen


1 Prologue

(a) The Time Telepathy Experiment

This is the voice of Merlin. Listen well, for it concerns you. This chronicle commences in the year 2084 A.D. Mankind has virtually destroyed itself. Its survival depends on The Final Experiment .
Scientists from the 21st century have developed a new computer-program called Time Telepathy . By using this technique they have sent visions of humanities decline back in time. These transmissions have been received by the mind of a blind minstrel who lives in 6th century Great Britain. His name.... is \"Ayreon\".
(b) Overture
(c) Ayreon s Quest


It shall be Ayreon s quest to sing of these visions and thus warn the world of its impending downfall in order to change its future into a long and prosperous one. Let us go back to \"the Dark Ages\".

The Awareness
(a) Premonition
A strange sensation comes over Ayreon, as if something mysterious is about to occur.

(b) Dreamtime (Words Become a Song)

Suddenly a vision emerges in Ayreon s ever-black world and he finds himself singing about the horrid projections etched into his brain.

Cry in the silence
A shine in the dark
Like a rising star
The dream is coming

Images of violence
A flight through time and space
It s such a lonely place
The dream has started

The smoke is rising
The vision s getting clearer
And words become a song
In the dreamtime

I ve lost control
Marooned and cold
I suffer the fears
Of a future untold
I cannot change
The shape of things to come

The smoke is rising
The vision s getting clearer
The hands of time are whirling around
I m realising
The future s getting nearer
And words become a song

(c) Awakening
Abruptly the vision ends and Ayreon recedes into his darkness.

Eyes of Time
(a) Eyes of Time

It slowly dawns on Ayreon that these visions he is experiencing are visions of the future. But he does not fully comprehend their importance yet.

I cannot see with these eyes
My world is dark
Like a cold eternal night

I could not tell you no lies
My words are lost
In a shroud of mystery

Tell me what you see

I cannot tell you now
I see the world through the eyes of time

Tell me what you feel

I wouldn t know how
I cannot free my mind
From the eyes of time

I do not know where I am
I m lost in time
Drifting in eternity

I cannot tell if it s real
Or fantasy
Or a view of things to come

I m still trying to understand
Why do I see the things I see
Could it be a future world
That s warning us through me
I m still trying to understand
Why do I know the things I know
Does it mean I m a god
Will nobody tell me so?

(b) Brainwaves

The Banishment
(a) A New Dawn
A perceptible tension is hovering above Ayreon s hometown. Something is at hand.A perceptible tension is hovering above Ayreon s hometown. Something is at hand.

(b) The Gathering
The townspeople gather on the market square to judge of Ayreon. Is he a prophet or a charlatan, or even worse: an apparition most unholy?

(c) The Accusation

The villagers accuse Ayreon of being the devil s spawn, but Ayreon persists in his innocence.

Have you seen his eyes
Up in the skies
Like hypnotized
And he never smiles
He never cries

Have you heard his song
Fierce and strong
Right or wrong
Should he be condemned
For he doesn t belong

What have I done
You ve aroused the forces of destruction
What have I done
You ve unleashed the rage of the gods
What have I done
You ve denounced the wonder of creation
What have I done
You ve betrayed your own,
Now you have to pay

It has been foretold
In days of old
N evil soul
Will corrupt the world
To achieve his goal

He s the devil s seed
An evil breed
He s gonna make you bleed
He ll take all he needs
With uncontrollable greed

I ve done nothing at all,
No nothing at all

(d) The Banishment
With sticks and torches in hand, the angry villagers drive Ayreon out of their demesne.

(e) Oblivion

Completely exhausted Ayreon roams through the forest, only an indistinct sense of unaccomplishment sustains him.

If I have died, then this must be hell
If I m alive, I cannot break this gruesome spell
I am seeking relief and finding none
I have fallen into oblivion

A force within dominates my tormented soul
And empowers me to regain absolute control
I shall not yield, for I am the chosen one
Who shall rise from oblivion

Ye Courtyard Minstrel Boy
A new horizon
Hear the travelers call
Behold there lies a kingdom
Go forth ye minstrel tall

Sing of your wisdom
Spread tidings of joy
A feast of song and laughter
Ye courtyard minstrel boy

O dance thee round the table
For conquerors and kings
Thou must win the heart of Gwenhwyfar
Fair maiden of the king

Thy lord thy master
Arthur thee so bold
Heed the words of Ayreon
And thy future will unfold

Sing ye tales of wonder
Whilst ye hide behind the joy
Cast thy spell asunder
Ye courtyard minstrel boy

Sing ye, oh sing ye, courtyard minstrel boy

A day of splendour
How beautiful birds sing
Ladies, lords and masters
And rainbows he would bring

A child s sadness
Sweet dreams, oh princely boy
Let thyne eyes reveal the madness
Ye courtyard minstrel boy

Sail Away to Avalon

To entertain the court, Ayreon makes up a song about the brave Knights of the Round Table and their journey to the isle of Avalon in search of the Holy Grail.

Noble men in shining armour
Knights of the table-round
Go out and ride like thunder
Cross the sky at the speed of

Sound the horn, n blow the trumpets
Upon the castle wall
Now the quest has started
Listen to the prophet s call

Sail away
Sail away to Avalon
The journey has begun
Sail away through the night
Sail away, never die
The gods are at your side
Sail away through the night

Ride on the road to glory
Find the Holy Grail
And learn the ancient story
S more than just a fairy-

Tale about the key to life
And all its mysteries
You ll find the grail within you
Slay the dragon in your dreams!

Nature s Dance

Ayreon retires in the garden of dreams surrounding Camelot, enjoys the wonders of nature and reflects on his fate. He now fully understands, and reluctantly submits to his destiny.

I can smell the grass
And touch the flowers
Among the trees
I pass the hours
And fantasize
I let the dance of nature
Inspire me
Now my mind is free
From apparitions
I switch off like a television
And close my eyes

And I wish that I could see
Like everybody can
How I wish that I could be
Like any other man

I can t see the sun
But I sense its glow
I hear the sound of water flowing
Down the stream
And my heart cries out
For a little bit love
But I know that it was not meant to be
So I ll fulfill my destiny
And accept my fate

Still I wish that I could see
Like everybody can
How I wish that I could be
Like any other man

Computer-Reign (Game Over)

Ayreon describes a distant future in which technology triumphs over passion, and \"serving\" computers will gradually gain control over mankind.

I see a future cold as ice
Where all the love has gone
I see a race that pays the price
For everything it s done

I see shadows of giant machines
Cast upon the land
I see a world where kings nor queens
But chips are in command


Now the end has just begun
Technology has won
And it cannot be undone
There will be nowhere to run
Now the damage has been done


I see a game gone out of hand
And memories erased
I see a programmed master plan
And man will be replaced

I see a planet die in space
And slowly fade away
I see the end of the human race
There has to be a way


Ayreon sings of the uselessness of the countless wars to come, and the absurdity of the final annihilation by the push of just one button by just one man.

Echoes of a thousand screams
Smoke, blood and fire
A deserted battlefield
Millions of men will die
At one man s desire
And the docile mass will yield

All through the ages
Men will die before their time
In an everlasting war
As long as man is taught
That war is not a crime
Man will fight for evermore

Out of the ashes
A war-lord will arise
And tyrannize the land
His reign of terror
Will cost many a sacrifice
An inferno is at hand

All through the centuries
Men will be caged
In the name of liberty
As long as man shall live
Wars will be waged
Or will we ever be set free?
Set me free!

The road to ruin
Gets shorter all the time
As technology will improve
It takes but one man
To commit the ultimate crime
And make the final move

Listen to the Waves

Ayreon warns the people that if man does not mend his ways, man will contaminate the skies, so there will be no more air to breathe, he will poison the seas, so there will be no more water to drink and he will pollute the land, so there will be no more food to live on.

All the trees have fallen
The soil is scorched and dry
I can t respire
A storm of fire
Is raging in the sky

Where is all the wildlife
Extinct from pole to pole
The hunt for skin
A deadly sin
Took its heavy toll

The seas are red, the skies are grim
The soil is filled with graves
The earth is dead, the sun is dim
Listen to the waves

We befoul the air
And burn a hole in the sky
Deadly rays
From outer space
Cause our race to die

Standing at the crossroads
A choice of life and death
We ll take more care
And clear the air
Or take our final breath

Merlin s Will

Merlin, who is unaffected by -and therefore ignorant of the \"Time Telepathy\" experiment, assumes that Ayreon s prophecies are deceptive, and so Ayreon must be silenced. Or could there be an undertone of envy in his words?

Ayreon, don t you know who I am
Ayreon, I ll have you know that I can
Charm you with a wave of my hand
You bow to my command

Ayreon, you re an evil stranger
Ayreon, you ve become a danger
Your words are all but a lie
I vow that ye shall die

It s Merlin s will, his will be done
The end has come for Ayreon
It s Merlin s will
And his will be done

Ayreon, you re in my domain now
Ayreon, I renounce your name now
No one will know who you are
You ll fade out like a star

The Charm of the Seer

Ayreon understands that he was not individually chosen for the \"time telepathy experiment\", but that he unintentionally received its transmissions. This could be because of a more developed sixth sense as a result of his blindness. He also realises that he can neither accomplish his mission, nor stop the visions from penetrating his mind. His sole escape is to submit to the magic charm of the great seer Merlin.

I ve been lost in the valley of nightmares
I ve been found in the garden of dreams
Speak thy charm; I know you are out there
Cast thy spell and silence the screams

But as I poise on the edge of life
Where time disappears
I bow in fear
To the charm of the seer

I ve seen fear in valiant faces
I ve seen hope in desperate eyes
Lead me home to familiar places
Lead me back to crystalline skies

And as I poise on the edge of life
Where time disappears
I bow in fear
To the charm of the seer

I have failed, I have been forsaken
I ve been scorned and misunderstood
I have lost, my life has been taken
I d surrender if only I could

Swan Song

Merlin grants Ayreon his last request: to experience one last brief moment of serenity. Flashes of his past life pass before his eyes.

Ayreon s Fate

(a) Ayreon s Fate

Ayreon desperately attempts to convince Merlin of his sincerity, but Merlin won t hear of it and casts his spell on poor Ayreon.

Misguided Merlin
You fail to understand
I could never be your rival
I was just a pawn
In a future master plan
For the purpose of survival

Ayreon, I ve cast my spell on you
I have no faith, you cannot be true

I forgive you Merlin
For you don t know what you ve done
Even for you, it was all a mystery
One day you ll see
That I was the one
Who could change the course of history

Ayreon, your words are all in vain
Close your eyes, there ll be no more pain
Oh Ayreon...

(b) Merlin s Prophecy

Merlin is stricken with grief for he has had a vision that proves Ayreon to be genuine. Reluctant to pass into eternity as the martyr of mankind, Merlin vows that Ayreon s word will be spread in the 20th century, in the hope that it will not be too late and that man will heed his premonitions.

I see one day
His story will be told
At the end of the 20th century
I see one day
The truth will unfold
And the quest has now begun
Oh Ayreon!

I hope one day
That man will understand
It s in his power to change his destiny
I hope one day
He ll do all that he can
And all the nations will be one
Oh Ayreon!

(c) Epilogue


The outcome of the Final Experiment has now been placed in your hands.






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