From the recording The Golden Age--4:19
This song has been around in fragments for many years. Again, the first line (words and melody) came to me from seemingly out of “no-where” (to be “now-here”) back in the early 1990’s. Doing this CD forced me to hammer out the rest, which was both a joy and a challenge.
The song is loosely based on the writings of Plato, who said that there actually was a time millennia ago when people were more rational and compassionate.—a “Golden Age”. The line “Emerald Page” refers to the “Emerald Tablet of Hermes”, which is said to contain a distillation of all human wisdom. It is where we got the hermetic axiom, ”as above, so below” (Of course, “age” rhymes better with “page” than with “tablet”!)
The rhythm section does a stellar, kick-ass job, especially Barnaby Finch on Fender Rhodes.
This is my favorite song on the entire CD!
Was a time was a place when the race was not faced with extinction
And to see through the dark and be free was the mark of distinction
They would stand, for what they believed in, using might, only for right
And the truth was emblazoned upon each heart like the emerald page
In the Golden Age
How the light seems to fade, in this present charade as the dark surrounds
Could we learn from that age, could we turn a new page, turn the world around?
Would we stand, for what we believe in, using might, only for right?
Can the truth be emblazoned upon each heart like the emerald page
In the Present Age?
Look at us now we are hooked we are bound for oblivion
Neither striving nor thriving we’re barely surviving this road we’re on
Poised on the precipice recklessly ranting our own requiem
Those who refuse to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them
To the future we pass bearing sutures from past conflagrations
Ever mindful of what we will find full of our expectations
We will stand, for what we believe in, using might, only for right
Let the truth be emblazoned upon each heart like the emerald page
To the Golden Age
Barry Cahill & Delene St. Clair: Lead Vocals
Dave Blackburn: Drums, Electric Guitar
Dave Curtis: Bass
Barnaby Finch: Keyboards
Jeff Bristol: Lead Guitar