The Great Array

Words and Music: Tony Marrison.

 

V1

Here at the end of day  
We made the Great Array
The ear of the world
Listening deep into space

Whispers, warnings
Something like music
Echos from before
Our world was born

V2

The universe calls to us
The desert sings in response
The stars reach out for us
Our bodies respond

Spectral fingers
Play a tune on our sinews
Without knowing why, we dance
We dance

 

CHORUS

There’s a signal from far out in space
Caught In the web of the Great Array
A whispered welcome like a lover's embrace
From before the world was born

Secret yearnings
Whispered warnings
Hush the earth and listen
To the ancient call

 

V3

Here in the frozen night
Alien waves lap at our shores
We sift the static
Picking up fragments
Satellites skip like stones
To eternity
Spectral hammers play a tune on our bones
Without knowing why, we dance
We dance

 

CHORUS

 

SPOKEN

The Great Array raises its head
Like the camels outside Baikonur space port
Listening to a sound
No one can hear

Spectral hands play the world like a drum
The earth is a resonator, the desert is the skin
Spectral fingers play the strings of your body
Without knowing why, you dance

Even at night
They enter our dreams
The tides of Neptune
Become a distant shore
An exploding star
A cymbal crash
The shadow of Titan
A veil on a Moor

The spinning earth
A whirling dervish
Even in our dreams, we dance

You are a resonator 

Your body is the desert 

Your heart is the great array

 

LAST CHORUS

There’s a signal from far out in space
Caught In the web of the Great Array
A whispered welcome like a lover's embrace
From before the world was born

Secret yearnings
Whispered warnings
Hush the earth and listen
To the alien call