Ionia

by Lycia

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released September 3, 1991

newly remastered

all songs written, performed and recorded by Mike VanPortfleet

except Renewal written by Mike VanPortfleet, Mark "Massa" Gill and Will Welch

Monsoon I samples by Will Welch

recorded February to June 1991 on 4 track cassette

mixed by Sam Rosenthal

mix assistance by Mike VanPortfleet

remastered June 2017 by Martin Bowes

cover photo by Mike VanPortfleet

the original CD was released by Projekt Records and is no longer in print

Official Lycia Merch: www.hellomerch.com/collections/lycia

© 1993 LyciumMusic BMI

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Lycia is a darkwave atmospheric band that was formed in 1988. The current lineup is Mike VanPortfleet, David Galas and Tara Vanflower. John Fair and Will Welch were early members of the band. Lycia has released 10 full length studio albums (including one under the Bleak name), 1 live album, 2 compilation albums, 3 EPs, 1 split 7” single (with Black Mare) and appeared on over 50 VA compilations. ... more

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Track Name: Ionia
deep in this haze, I see her face
she creeps to me, she begs for me
I can not go, not this again
I'm much too weak...I'm conquered

and then I feel myself decline in the grip of Ionia
and then I see myself resign to the lust for Ionia
and then she takes me down, down, down
and then she keeps me down, down, down
and then she speaks of love, love, love, love
...love as misery
(as I lose control)

she clings to me, she won't let go
and then she takes this all away
she's tainted me, I'm nothing now
I'm so obscure...I'm conquered

and then I feel myself decline in the grip of Ionia
and then I see myself resign to the lust for Ionia
oh Ionia, oh Ionia, oh Ionia, oh Ionia
this time isn't anything...it's nothing

oh Ionia I swear, that you always will haunt me
and I'll never know why I resign all the time
and reach straight for nothing
oh Ionia I swear, in an instant you're lonely
and just like all the time, you will throw this aside
and you'll move on to nothing
oh Ionia I see, through the haze she is fading
oh Ionia I see, as I lose control again
Track Name: A Brief Glimpse
with a blink of an eye, the sun and the moon collide
with a blink of an eye, the fire, it breathes again
with a blink of an eye, I must repress again
with a blink of an eye, of an eye, of an eye...again

the violence is so beautiful...with a blink of an eye
the violence is so beautiful...and change is good

with a blink of an eye...
the violence is so beautiful...
...and change is good
Track Name: Desert
I reflect everything, I perceive it all
I surmise just everything, I desire nothing

I need to go back to the desert, so I can feel new again
I need to go back to the desert, so I can feel fresh again

don't care about anything
don't care about everything, anything
don't care about anything, except for the desert

and then I climb from this world
and head straight out to the desert
and stand under her brilliant blue
I am cleansed, cleansed by the desert
then isolation builds, and I want to escape from this desert
then desolation burns, and I just want to sin again

hate, love, hope, greed, lust, fate, loss, need
grief, trust, truth, lies, pain, want, days, time
fades away...
Track Name: Granada
oh Granada I see, from the land to the sea
like a bird in the sky I stare down on your view
oh Granada...are you slipping away?
oh Granada I feel that I'll never be free
and I'll never set my feet back down on your ground
oh Granada...you are slipping away

I must incinerate every word
...that spews from those pretty lips
I must incinerate...it's not the end of the line
it's the end of the world

oh Granada I see, through your eyes runs a gleam
but it's fading so fast I can hardly believe
that Granada...that you'll never be real
oh Granada you are just a vague ancient star
in the head of a man that will never go far
oh Granada...for a time you were real
Track Name: The Realization
toppled again, eyes firm in a weakened stare
back here again, holed up in this warm room
again, again, eyes closed, it burns in me
come close again, sedate me then
sedate me then...

that brilliant white smile takes me away
that brilliant white smile blows me away

from the top of this weakened wall
I stare down on everything
is this for real? everything is fading away
straight to the door, push me out, take me away
straight to the door, sedate me then
sedate me then...

this is the realization
the realization of everything
Track Name: Distant Eastern Glare
cold air, distant eastern glare
a gleam runs in my eye, it feels like nothing
fresh air, refreshed and then divined
a chill runs down my spine, it feels like nothing

come to me, out from the glare
you're so adored, you're so adored
come back to me, out from the glare
you're so adored, you're so adored

that dark, that frozen distant stare
reach straight to me, it feels like nothing
these hands melt then disengage
what is this and that? it feels like nothing