Monday Music: Edge of Dawn – Beyond the Gate

Edge of Dawn – Beyond the Gate.  Synthpop.

Ignoring the cover, this is one of my favorite albums — and this specific song is possibly my favorite on it.  I like songs for stupid character reasons sometimes, and beside my general enjoyment of the instrumentation, the kicker for me in this one is how on-point it is lyrically for a couple characters and incidents in Book 3 — specifically Enkhaelen and Geraad Iskaen.  You could pretty much place this song in Enkhaelen’s mouth to sing to Geraad at the end of chapter 29.

(Yes, I do think of the story as a musical sometimes.)

With Book 4 swiftly approaching on the horizon, I decided to revisit this song as a bit of a reminder.  I think the shattering sounds in the background at the end adequately sum up the action at the end of the book.

Lyrics:

Enter at your risk, it’s vital for the sake of your survival
It’s known to go all wrong and I will be liable.
I’m nearing the events when gravity will pull me in
I’m hanging by a thread of light that’s woven your skin.

(Chorus:)
I’m out of lies … I need a place I can go
I’m out of reason … But on the verge of a breakthrough
I’m out of want … Everything becomes a vice
I’m out of light … Is it safer in the dark?

I’m a suicidal planet, and I’m aiming at the sun
All the gravity inside me will give way to a beautiful calm.
If you’re gravitating to me, now’s the time to turn and run
I see a raging ball of fire burning lifelines in my palms.

Infinite dark rotation, magnetic isolation
Am I, am I, am I my own innovation?
I fear what Zeno said — I’m going where I’ll never get.
The distance is so close and I’ve not covered it yet…

(Chorus)

We all face a lot of pain     (no harm)
Until the last day    (beautiful calm)
I’ll learn what I can take

We all face a lot of pain until the last day…
(No greed, no fear, no pain, no harm … beautiful calm…)
I’ll learn what I can take…

 

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About H. Anthe Davis

Worldbuilder. Self-published writer.
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