From ship to shining shore
Out of an age when time was young
Across the silver ocean's floor
Their endless battle has begun

Chorus:

And they burn upon the open hand blinding all who see
They feast upon the desert land marching on
They burn upon the open hand blinding all who see
They feast upon the desert land
Marching, marching, marching mystery

She holds her weary head
Her heavy horsemen stand alone
It's for the living and the dead
To search their fortune far from home

Chorus

There is majesty, there is tragedy all in its place
Rank and file ever turning and moving the space

On paths of black and gold
They come with tales too dark to speak
But the fascination holds
Compels us on to search and speak

Chorus


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    General CommentThis song was written about the Lewis Chessmen. "she holds her weary head" is a reference to the queen (although I was told she had toothache) "her heavy horsemen" are the knights and of course "paths of black and gold" is the chessboard. I think the song is speaking about seeing these objects from the past "out of an age when time was young" and wondering about the journey they have been on - how they got to the beach on Lewis where they were found, and what they have seen - "they come with tales too dark to speak", this and the chorus, refering to the deeds of their Viking owners.
    reniannenon September 11, 2006   Link

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