ASIA


Aura

(2000)



1. Awake 6'00
(Geoff Downes / John Payne)
2. Wherever You Are 4'49
(Andrew Gold / Graham Gouldman / Geoff Downes / John Payne)
3. Ready To Go Home 4'48
(Andrew Gold / Graham Gouldman)
4. The Last Time 4'58
(Geoff Downes / John Payne)
5. Forgive Me 5'24
(Jimmy Santis / Richard Tancredi / Geoff Downes /John Payne)
6. Kings Of The Day 6'41
(Regis Diem)
7. On The Coldest Day In Hell 6'26
(Geoff Downes / John Payne / Ben Woolfenden)
8. Free 8'13
(Geoff Downes / John Payne)
9. You're The Stranger 5'47
(Geoff Downes / John Payne)
10. The Longest Night 5'21
(Geoff Downes / John Payne / Ben Woolfenden)
11. Aura 4'45
(Geoff Downes / John Payne)
12. Under The Gun (Bonus Tra ck) 4'50
(Geoff Downes / John Payne)
13. Come Make My Day (Bonus Track) 5'02
(Geoff Downes / John Payne / Ian Crichton)
14. Hands Of Time (Bonus Track) 6'30
(Geoff Downes /John Payne)

Total Time: 79:34


  • John Payne Lead Vocals, Bass, Guitar
  • Geoff Downes Keyboards

    Guest Musicians:

  • Steve Howe Guitars (on 4,8)
  • Elliott Randall Guitars (on 9,11)
  • Pat Thrall Guitars (on 8)
  • Ian Crichton Guitars (on 4,8,12,13,14)
  • Guthrie Govan Guitars (on 1,2,3,5,6,7,9,10)
  • Tony Levin Bass (on 3)
  • Vinnie Colaiuta Drums (on 3,4,10)
  • Simon Phillips Drums (on 6,8)
  • Chris Slade Drums (on 2,12,13,14)
  • Michael Sturgis Drums (on 1,5,7,9,11)

    Additional Musicians:

  • Neil Lockwood Additional Backing Vocals
  • Gary Liederman Additional Bass
  • David Grant's Gospel Choir Choir On "awake" And "ready To Go Home"
  • Luis Jardim Percussion (on 1,3,4,5,6,9,11)

    Produced by Simon Hanhart & ASIA
    Additional Engineers - Graham Stewart, Gerry Kitchingham
    Painting and Lettering by Roger Dean

    Recorded at
    LOCO STUDIOS; South Wales, UK.



    1. Awake

      [Adapted from "The Rubaiyat" of Omar Khayyam]

      "The dawning of a brand new day
      The waking of the whispers say:
      That sleeping heavens will return
      In deepest night the secret learned
      And from these walls this city lies
      The past will be our future
      The journey will be over,
      Awake!"

      I saw the writing on the wall
      The story of our birth then fall
      Within their tombs of holy stone
      The scrolls of life, one man alone
      So if we try, we can live and learn
      The sands will pull you under
      Don't let them pull you under
      Awake!

      I travelled to a foreign land
      Through stormy seas and burning sand
      Led by the stars the ancient stream
      The call of treasures yet unseen
      So if we climb to the rocks of kings
      Together we'll discover
      The source of all our wonder
      Awake!

      Someday we're going to go back to the stars
      And find the answer, who we really are
      A traveller through the lonely mists of time
      Creation from the sky

      The dawning of a brand new day
      The waking of the whispers say:
      That sleeping heavens will return
      In deepest night the secret learned
      From these walls this city lies
      The past will be our future
      The journey will be over
      Awake!

      Someday we're going to go back to the stars
      And find the answer who we really are
      A traveller through the lonely mists of time
      Creation from the sky
      Someday we're going to back to the stars
      And find the answer who we really are
      If we try, we can live and learn
      Together we'll discover
      The source of all our wonder
      Awake!

      We saw the writing
      We read the story
      Awake!

    2. Wherever You Are

    (Gold/Gouldman/Downes/Payne) Whenever your shadow falls on stony ground
    And there's not a hand for you to hold
    Whenever the dreams you dream come crashing down

    Every time you think of home
    Remember that you're not alone
    And we'll be with you heart and soul
    Wherever you are

    And if you should lose your path along the way
    And find yourself walking in the dark
    Whenever the ones you love seem far away

    Every time you think of home
    Remember that you're not alone
    And we'll be with you heart and soul
    Wherever you are

    Whenever the fears you hide come reaching through
    Every time you think of home
    Remember that you're not alone
    And we'll be with you heart and soul

    Every time you think of home
    Remember that you're not alone
    And we'll be with you heart and soul
    We'll be with you heart and soul
    Wherever you are

    We're with you heart and soul


    3. Ready To Go Home

      On the street below these walls
      Where I used to walk
      Now I can barely crawl
      All this darkness rising tall
      Lord, shine a light for me
      I'm waiting to be calle

      I'm ready to go home
      I'm ready to receive
      Forgiveness for my sins
      I'm ready to begin

      Take this river to the sea
      Where the delta flows
      The tide is washing over me
      Guide this soul to Heaven's door
      Show me where tomorrow lies
      I'm waiting to be home

      I'm ready to lay down
      I'm ready now to sleep
      A promise I must keep
      I'm ready to go home

      Sometimes I lay down with these memories
      Breathe shallow, deep inside of me
      Time has run its course with me
      And I'm ready to go home

      When the evening shadows fall
      When the time has come
      I let defences fall
      To surrender's to survive
      I will give up everything
      To those I leave behind

      I'm ready to go home
      I'm ready to receive
      Forgiveness for my sins
      I'm ready to begin

      I'm ready to lay down
      I'm ready now to sleep
      A promise I must keep
      I'm ready to go home
      Again

    4. G

      If you want it
      Don't look at my face
      It's the last time

      It's not forever
      The dust in the wind
      It's the last time

      One world, one dream
      The stars in your hand
      No light, no life
      The scars are made by man
      Heaven can't help you now

      In this madness
      Take it while you can
      It's the last time

      This Holy water
      Running away
      For the last time

      One world, one dream
      The stars in your hand
      No light, no life
      So heal the scars of man
      One chance, this night
      To shine on this land
      This time, with pride
      Give back now while you can

      All these fields, that once were green
      Have turned to smoke and steel
      The sun will fall, and the last moon rise
      Don't turn this tide away

      If you want it
      So start it again
      It's the last time
      (The scars were made by man)

      It's not forever
      The dust is the wind
      For the last time

      One world, one dream
      The stars in your hand
      No light, no life
      So heal the scars of man
      One chance, this night
      To shine on this land
      This time, with pride
      Give back now while you can

    5. Forgive Me

      Silent wave coming down on me
      Washing out the lie
      Living inside me

      Life's not hard
      Now I'm on TV
      This sudden twist of Fate

      I am direct salvation
      Just send in your donation
      I can promise that you'll be save

      Forgive me, World
      I'm just a man who's lost his way
      Forgive me, these two words I pray
      It's time to make a change

      Yesterday was a different day
      Thought I knew the answer
      A vision in my mind

      Search my soul
      And then you will find
      A shelter for my pain

      The truth is in the open
      And now my heart has spoken
      Hoping maybe you'll hear my cry

      Forgive me, World
      I'm just a man who's lost his way
      Forgive me, these two words I pray
      It's time to make a change

      Forgive me, World
      I'm just a man who sins today
      Forgive me, these two words I pray
      My Faith is still the same

      Maybe I can't change the past
      Maybe love can bring us back
      Maybe we can try and start again.

      Forgive me, World

    6. Kings Of The Day

      [Regis Diem]

      Heroes of the future
      The keepers of the past
      And objects of our beauty
      Remaining till the last

      Walking on the water
      The oceans at our feet
      The passage of our nature
      The taste of bitter-sweet

      So shall we be Kings?
      Born just to win
      Proud voices sing
      And we wish that this life would go on and on

      Looking in the distance
      The fever on the street
      Cast away the covers
      Let my people see

      Rulers of the network
      Leaders from the dark
      Embrace a generation
      The first will be the last

      So shall we be Kings?
      Born just to win
      Proud voices sing
      And we wish that this life would go on and on

      Shall we be Kings?
      Born just to win
      Proud voices sing
      We will never give up till the day is done

      Shall we be Kings?
      Born just to win
      Proud voices sing
      And we hope that the Word will live on and on

      Time waiting
      Time taking
      Life

    7. On The Coldest Day In Hell

      Do you remember years ago?
      All our hopes would ebb and flow
      We thought we'd find a Promised Land
      Our footprints in the sand

      The mysteries, the twists of Fate
      Have changed the path from love to hate
      But won't erase sins of the past
      They hide behind the mask

      If I could conquer all our fears
      Can forgiveness dry the tears?
      If I falter, my soul I'll sell
      On the coldest day in Hell

      I'll never let you down
      How can I tell you now?
      But only Heaven knows
      I won't let you go

      I dream of demons through the night
      A restless fever till morning light
      My body's cold, my head's on fire
      Give me back my life

      Kill this ghost inside of me
      Let me sail on deep blue seas
      A new beginning, another page
      Dawn gives in to day

      I will conquer all our fears
      Let forgiveness dry the tears
      If I falter my soul I'll sell
      On the coldest day in Hell

      I'll never let you down
      How can I tell you now?
      But only Heaven knows
      I won't let you go
      I swear I'll stand my ground
      How can I turn this round?
      As this time Heaven knows
      I won't let you know

      When I'm dreaming, I'm dreaming of you
      When I'm breathing, I'm breathing with you

      But only Heaven knows
      I won't let you go

    8. Free

      Look into the distance, you're living in a cage
      A fire burns inside you, that fuels all the rage
      You're thinking of the outside, and dream of the past
      The gates to freedom lie within your grasp
      They're changing the system, rewriting the laws
      Renaming religion, reshaping your cause
      You always be lonely, walking with fools
      The shadows in the doorways make the rules

      Because you're free, this time
      Don't be scared of who you are
      Free, to find
      There's no hiding in the dark

      A new day is dawning, a New Age begun
      Nobody told you which way you should run
      Wait for the thunder, break from the shell
      Is this the gate to freedom from this Hell?

      Because you're free, this time
      Don't be scared of who you are
      Free, to find
      There's no hiding in the dark
      Free, this time
      You can learn to live again
      Free, to find
      There is shelter from the rain
      Free

      They're razing the fences in the pastures of doom
      The fields of our heroes, the land won by few
      The call of a New World, dream to transcend
      Now it's time to fight and start again

      Because you're free, this time
      Don't be scared of who you are
      Free, to find
      There's no hiding in the dark
      Because you're free, this time
      You can learn to live again
      Free, to find
      There is shelter from the rain

    9. You're The Stranger

      Don't hang that sign on me
      You're the stranger
      Don't try to talk to me
      You're the stranger

      On the seas
      They came from far away
      From the skies
      Their silver birds of prey

      In one day
      Ten thousand years could change
      We are fools
      To live your pilgrim ways

      Don't hang that sign on me
      You're the stranger
      Don't try to talk to me
      You're the stranger

      And we drive
      Five hundred miles this time
      To the edge
      Of crystal-cut blue sky

      Silence breathes
      South of the border line
      Silent trees
      Look back and wonder why

      Did Father and his Holy Son
      Spread the word and point the gun?
      And where the eagle used to fly
      They carve their concrete in the sky
      Tearing at our Mother's skin
      Taking all her blood within
      Remember how it used to be?

      Did Father and his Holy Son
      Spread the word and point the gun
      And where the eagle used to fly
      They carve their concrete in the sky
      Tearing at our Mother's skin
      Taking all her blood within
      Remember how it used to be?
      Stand up again and say:

      Don't hang that sign on me
      You're the stranger
      Don't try to talk to me
      You're the stranger
      Don't hang that sign on me
      You're the stranger
      Don't try to talk to me
      You're the stranger

    10. The Longest Night

      "What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
      - Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
      Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
      Can patter out their hasty orisons.
      No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
      Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, -
      The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
      And bugles calling for them from sad shires."

      (Wilfred Owen, 1918)


      Now the day has run
      When the cover comes
      But any fool can see
      Ahead

      Silence is my friend
      But it has to end
      Any fool can see
      Ahead

      It's the longest night
      It's the longest night
      Cold winds may blow
      On the longest night

      So we write our letters
      To those far away
      Any fool can see
      Ahead

      The distant sound of thunder
      A choir of wailing shells
      Any fool can see
      Ahead

      It's the longest night
      It's the longest night
      Cold winds may blow
      On the longest night
      I don't want to fight
      I don't know who's right
      Cold winds they blow
      On this longest night

      It's the longest night
      It's the longest night
      Cold winds may blow
      On this longest night

    11. Aura


      [Instrumental]

    12. Under The Gun (Bonus Tra

      As the world is caving in
      From the pressures of the day
      And you feel that you can't win
      But you know you'll have to stay

      We have to toe the line
      It's so hard to take the pace
      You're a better man that I
      In the perfect human race

      So... we live... Under The Gun...
      We live... Under The Gun.

      See the writing on the wall
      In the city's caves of steel
      Hear the echoes of the night
      Will the anger ever heal?

      So... we live... Under The Gun...
      We live... Under The Gun... we live...
      Under The Gun... we live...

      Your mind control, your gift of lies
      You brother, dear we're screaming
      You said you cared, we needed you
      You mother, now you're leaving

      So... we live... Under The Gun...
      We live... Under The Gun...
      We live... Under The Gun... we live...
      Under The Gun...

    13. Come Make My Day (Bonus Track)

      It's all gone wrong
      I just can't take no more
      So don't you push me with your lies

      Another parking fine
      Ten more deadly bills
      They say it's gonna rain again

      They tried to comfort you
      To take the pain away
      The words they said to you
      Could never be explained
      COME MAKE MY DAY....
      Come Make My Day...

      This useless radio
      There's traffic everywhere
      I wonder where she was last night

      Why are we standing still?
      It's so hard to breathe
      Stop the voices in my head

      They tried to comfort you
      To take the pain away
      The words they said to you
      Could never be explained
      COME MAKE MY DAY....
      Come Make My Day...

      Let me out of here
      The clouds are closing in
      I need to see her one more time

      They tried to comfort you
      To take the pain away
      The words they said to you
      Could never be explained
      COME MAKE MY DAY....
      Come Make My Day...
      Come Make My Day...
      Come Make My Day...

    14. Hands Of Time (Bonus Track)

      Who are we?
      Casting the diamonds in her virgin sea
      Look into the sinking sand, the moments rushing with no end
      With every time the less there is to see
      (To be free)

      The sky grows darker by the hour
      Your mind pollution, your world power
      (Don't Throw It All Away)
      This barren land is alter-Eden
      Here we are... Here we start

      Turn back the hands of time
      Just put your hands in mine
      Hold back the hands of time
      Turn back the hands of time

      Who is he?
      The master of all wisdom turns the key
      The wheels are spinning 'round the sun
      Synchronized and locked as one
      So travel back beyond the mist with speed
      (To Be Free)

      The sky grows darker by the hour
      Your mind pollution, your world power
      (Don't Throw It All Away)
      This barren land is alter-Eden
      Here we are... Here we start

      Turn back the hands of time
      Just put your hands in mine
      Hold back the hands of time
      Turn back the hands of time

      The sky grows darker by the hour
      Your mind pollution, your world power
      (Don't Throw It All Away)
      This barren land is alter-Eden
      Here we are... Here we start Turn back the hands of time Just put your hands in mine Hold back the hands of time Turn back the hands of time Turn back the hands of time Just put your hands in mine
      Hold back the hands of time

      Turn back the hands of time