No Compromise

by Simon Ayres

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This album was conceived and recorded between November 2012 and March 2013. It visits all my favourite genres (including Progressive Metal this time), and also contains a few jazzy items. Hope you like it.


released April 3, 2013



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From St Albans in Hertfordshire, UK. Likes making noise. Tastes firmly rooted in the 70s, but picked up a lot of influences over the years. Favourite bands: Yes, Focus, Camel, Soft Machine, Thin Lizzy, Big Country, Ian Van Dahl, and too many others to mention. ... more

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Track Name: After Corunna
Extract From: The Burial Of Sir John Moore After Corunna, by Charles Wolfe (1791 – 1823)

Not a drum was heard, nor a funeral note,
As his corpse to the rampart we hurried;
Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot
O'er the grave where our hero we buried.

We buried him darkly at dead of night,
The sods with our bayonets turning;
By the struggling moonbeam's misty light
And the lantern dimly burning.

Few and short were the prayers we said,
And we spoke not a word of sorrow;
But we steadfastly gazed on the face that was dead,
And we bitterly thought of the morrow.

Slowly and sadly we laid him down,
From the field of his fame fresh and gory;
We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone,
But we left him alone with his glory.
Track Name: Move Along
If you see me on the corner, keep driving.
Don’t turn your car around for me.
I think I’d rather keep on walking
Coz there’s somewhere I don’t want to be.

My feet are cold and my legs are tired
But my circulation’s healthy and my brain is on fire.
The fact of the matter is this: I need to move along.

I can see you wonder where I’m headed
And you want to be my friend today
But the place where I am going is empty
And that’s exactly how I want it to stay.

You can go so far and then you need to say
I’m dumping all the garbage and I’m walking away.
Believe me when I tell you this: I need to move along.

I’m leaving my commitments at the bottom of the sea
And I’m tethering my problems to an old oak tree.
I’m walking to redemption with the sun on my back
And I won’t be turning back.

One day I’ll get to when I’m going
And I’ll make another life somehow.
A solitary life is more the real me
Than the life that I’ve lived up to now.

You may see me standing on the edge of the crowd
Cold and tired but I’ll be standing up proud.
The only thing that matters right now: I need to move along.
Track Name: Distant
If that's boredom in your eyes
If you're tired of compromise
I'll understand

If you need to have some space
Time away from our place
I'll lend a hand

I want you to love me like you used to do
But you're so very very distant
Track Name: For Someone
I wish you felt the way I do
Whenever I lay eyes on you
We laugh and talk and act like friends
And that is where the story ends

But I am dreaming all the time
You'll never know what's on my mind
You'll never think of me this way
And I will dream my life away