Slaves of Time

by Toni Castells

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Slaves of Time reflects on the fleeting nature of life, about the idea of having limited time on earth to achieve our dreams. It's about living life as if it every day was our last.

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released April 23, 2015

Rebecca Nelsen - Soprano
Olly Hodding - Rapper

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Toni Castells London, UK

“I must have been 2 years old when I first heard Abba's "Chiquitita" on my parents black and white TV back in the Spanish Pyrenees, 
in a small town near France called Berga. I didn't even know back then those sounds were called music,
but I somehow I knew that this was the thing I would devote my energy for the rest of my life.” ... more

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Track Name: Slaves of Time
Slaves of Time

I'll tell you a secret,
something they don't teach you
in your temple.
The gods envy us.

They envy us because we're mortal,
Because any moment may be our last.
Everything is more beautiful
because we are doomed.

But I thought that our love was eternal,
that we were no slaves of time.
I'll tell you a secret,
something they don't teach you
in your temple:
We are gods.

If we are true our soul will live forever,
Only the vessel dies, never the traveller.
Everything is more beautiful
because we are love.

Which one of us is speaking the truth?

If we are true our soul will live forever,
If we are not every moment will be our last,
Everything is more beautiful
because we are love.
Track Name: The Mission
The Mission

Is it me that you are looking for?
Has my time arrived?
I knew that my days were numbered
like the stars in the night sky
that slowly fade with the sunrise.

Could I stay a little longer?
Come back at first light, then take my life.
As a child I dreamt of things that I haven't lived, that I haven't found.
Is there still time? Is there time?
Is there time? Is there time?

From heaven you gave me a mission
to accomplish here on earth.
Did I maybe disappoint you?
Is that way you take me away?
Is that why you take me away?

(for extended version below)

Could I stay a little longer?
Come back at first light, then take my life.
As a child I dreamt of things that I haven't lived, that I haven't found.
Is there still time? Is there still time?
Is there still time? Is there still time?

My days have gone by
thinking you'd never come.
But now that I meet my fate,
the colours are just so bright,
the colours are just so bright.
Track Name: Born Kings
Born Kings

I dream of you in colours that don’t exist.
In them you take my hand, rescuing me from the abyss.

You gave, you gave me everything.
That’s running through my veins,
running wild through eternity.

We were born kings of all mankind,
my kingdom is your mind, never ending land.
As there is love and there is life
There always was a time for us.

As there is love and there is life
There’s always been a time for us.

Our love, envy of the gods, they’ve called your time.
Have mercy, mercy, do not take his life, please, please, spare his life.

I dream of you in colours that don’t exist.
In them you take my hand, rescuing me from the abyss.

Rapping:

we were born kings of mankind
its haunting how you're flaunting this man minds
it's all in or nothing at all
take a gamble and cover our fall
while empires turn to rubble n crumble n fall
no matter how subtle or small
some of these signs puzzle us all
succumb to decline stumble tumble crumble to dust
but onto that rubble we clutch it's humbling us
but i will never buckle or budge
thrown into the abyss and now i'm tunnelling up
i gotta hold on to this i need something to clutch
i gotta hold on to this got that rum in my cup
this chalice got me off balance amongst the madness
as theres loving and there is living
your mind and wisdom my kingdom
in tune and in rhythm
there was always a time for us
every precious moment and minute is time to clutch
you give me your hand and i take you from that cold abyss
as i dream of you in colours that don't exist
as i dream of you in colours that don't exist
as i dream of you in colours that don't exist
Track Name: Nile Lilies
Nile Lilies

When death comes and you go,
Nile Lilies will blossom.
When time comes and you go,
I hope I'm near I'm close.

When you walk to the light (just) don't look back,
you'll be alright.

When night falls and you go,
the heavens will falter,
and I hope you can hear my words
so far unspoken.

When you walk to the light (just) don't look back,
you'll be alright.

When death comes and I go,
I hope that my children
are near are close
and with no words unspoken.
Track Name: Foolish Child
Foolish Child

Foolish child, I thought death meant only dying,
no bliss through eternity.

Those slain in the service of a mighty God,
were assured of a life everlasting in the most resplendent afterworld.

Foolish child, I thought death meant only dying,
no bliss through eternity.

But consider this,
even the most devout Christian martyr dying
in the certainty of reaching Heaven.
He'll never again know the caress of the moonlight
dappling his face as he walks beneath the rustling cypress trees.
Track Name: Slaves of Time (Remix)
Slaves of Time

I'll tell you a secret,
something they don't teach you
in your temple.
The gods envy us.

They envy us because we're mortal,
Because any moment may be our last.
Everything is more beautiful
because we are doomed.

But I thought that our love was eternal,
that we were no slaves of time.
I'll tell you a secret,
something they don't teach you
in your temple:
We are gods.

Rapping:

they E-N-V-Y us coz one day we will combust
disintegrate break and fade away dilapidate
dither n wither turn to dust
i must tell you a secret in temple they don't teach it
how they embellish and are jealous of our tremendous precious weakness
time will defeat us, our energy turning to memory
hold that thought that deadly gold that caught my eye
time leaving us high and dry every moment could be our last
while they stuck with endless envy endless future endless past
endless everything, an eternity in purgatory
while down on the surface we are mortal now i personally
assume, they're jealous of our tomb
everything is just more beautiful because we're doomed

If we are true our should will live forever,
Only the vessel dies, never the traveller.
Everything is more beautiful
because we are love.

Which one of us is speaking the truth?

If we are true our should will live forever,
If we are not every moment will be our last,
Everything is more beautiful
because we are love.
Track Name: Things Aren't Always Lost Forever
Things Are Not Always Lost Forever

You that cure all illness,
can you heal this open wound inside his heart,
repair this broken man,
please don't let him fall apart.

Give new life bury his past,
let the sunrise put an end to the dark night.

Things are not always lost forever,
things are not always lost forever.
If you look inside you'll find the light,
you'll find the light.