"Single Phial" as written by and Walkyier Ramsey....
I have walked the earth so many times before your birth,
Today is only yesterday's tomorrow.
And as a Gardner in Eden it was i who sowed the seed then
I've come to reclaim this life you borrow.

Singing 'ring a ring o' rosies' for your final lullabye,
Have you any prayers to make before you wave your last goodbye ?
I bring 'a pocket full o' posies' - lay a wreath to ease my guilt,
As the light's go out forever not one drop of blood was spilt.

[Chorus:]
As yet unwritten history -
Once more i stride the lightning road
Identity a mystery -
My burden is Pandora's load.
Traversing endless centuries -
Disguised behind Death's lipless smile,
I hide that my intention is to pour this single phial.

I'd have rather seen your face almost any other place
Still here we meet - always the way in this profession
And as i gaze into your eyes - i see the glimer within dies,
From ther moment i first make my dark confession.

How could i swear i would be there for you, until your dying day,
Certain in the knowledge that it's not that far away?
So you leave me sitting here bewildered as a new dead ghost,
While i try to justify destroying that which i love most.

As yet unwritten history -
Once more i stride the lightning road
Identity a mystery -
My burden is Pandora's load.
Traversing endless centuries -
Disguised behind Death's lipless smile,
I hide that my intention is to pour this single phial.

The dark millennium is ending - final daze of the decayed
And a reign of tears is falling - it's the judgement eve parade.
Though I wash my hands a thousand times - still the guilt remains,
She stole my heart - I took her life ...
(And yet i never knew her name).

As yet unwritten history -
Once more i stride the lightning road
Identity a mystery -
My burden is Pandora's load.
Traversing endless centuries -
Disguised behind Death's lipless smile,
I hide that my intention is to pour this single phial.

Out with a whimper - not with a bang.
And they all gathered round while the church bell rang.
Singing 'bring out your dead' they 'll stretch for miles,
To be bourne to their graves in single files.

[Chorus:]
As yet unwritten history -
Once more i stride the lightning road
Identity a mystery -
My burden is Pandora's load.
Traversing endless centuries -
Disguised behind Death's lipless smile,
I hide that my intention is to pour this single phial.


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"Single Phial" as written by Stephen Ramsey Martin Walkyier

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    General CommentThis song is about a time traveller who deals death to humans to save the earth. One day he sees a girl and falls in love with her, and tries to offer her the antidote to the poison he's about to kill all the people in the area with. She think's he's crazy and gets outa there. He lives in regret and the guilt that he killed the woman he loves.
    Chard121on December 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a time traveller who deals death to humans to save the earth. One day he sees a girl and falls in love with her, and tries to offer her the antidote to the poison he's about to kill all the people in the area with. She think's he's crazy and gets outa there. He lives in regret and the guilt that he killed the woman he loves.
    Chard121on December 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat's an... interesting interpretation. Better than anything I can do.
    TwilightRealmon March 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt´s as Chard121 said, it´s about a genocidal time traveller who kills to make the world a better place, hence the referances to a pocket full of posies and a single phial. He unleashes a plague upon a population for whatever unfathomable postive reason. Then he falls in love, however the woman he loves naturally thinks he´s mad and refuses the antidote so dies along with everyone else. It´s based of a short film which is on youtube, Der Gartner I believe...which is why in the original version you can here german in the background. Like all the songs on the Answer Machine? it seems to refer to the viewpoint of one of many diverse persons. Great song though.
    Archipelagoson June 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI had always thought it was a personification of the black death (bubonic plague), hence the references to posies and ring-a-ring o' rosies (that Ring Around The Rosie nursery rhyme is about the plague too). Perhaps we should as Martin.
    goopotatoon August 16, 2012   Link

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