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Over and Above

This song is by Curved Air and appears on the album Phantasmagoria (1972).

One fine night I left my soul to journey on the wind
Far beyond the stars I watched to see where it would go
In the twilight realms of space, spirits known but with no face
Eyes to see, no hands to place around the ether
Try and grasp the meaning, why and wherefore of this world

Rested for a while to see which way the wind would blow
Found ourselves, my soul and I, upon an unknown moon
Barren rocks and ashes strewn like the ashes of the mind
Soaring off once more to see if we could find there
Looking for a somewhere, something that would bring us peace

Watch the dawn of a distant sun
Tells us now that our night has gone
Senses numbed by the blinding light
Countless stars vanish into night
Far away on a distant star
Midnight chimes to a sleeping world
Far away on a distant star
Life begins in a thousand years

Freed we watch the universe extend throughout an age
Dared not think if this is freedom, build yourself a cage
Freedom only of the mind, there exists no other kind
Fettered in your flesh you find escape is pointless
Prison bars meaningless when you find your soul can fly


Written by:

Francis Monkman


  • Sonja Kristina - vocals
  • Darryl Way - violins
  • Francis Monkman - organ, electric piano, synthesizer, guitar, tubular bells, gong
  • Mike Wedgwood - vocals, bass guitar
  • Florian Pilkington-Miksa - drums
  • Frank Ricotti - xylophone, vibes
  • Crispian Steele-Perkins, Paul Cosh, Jim Watson - trumpets
  • Alan Gout, David Purser, Steve Saunders - trombones

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