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Back where the beginning arrives

CULTURAL OFFERING writes for me when he says: “Alan Parsons and Tommy Shaw. If you don’t like Alan Parsons, I’m afraid we can’t be friends anymore.”


I walk the line to find
To see ahead I look behind
And it’s all right
Sometimes I climb Escher stairs
Never leading anywhere
But it’s all right
From fractal to the galaxy
A revolution spiraling
And it’s all right
Sooner or later
Your luck will betray you
But tables will turn
And you’ll learn the behavior
And it’s all right

Got your tail in your mouth
And so it goes round and round
It’s the rule of the ring
It’s the kiss of the uroboros

It’s the secret clocks tell time
One turns and the other flies
And it’s all right
Another wheel inside a wheel
Inside another you can’t feel
And it’s all right

What is lost will be found
As the serpent coils round and round
Now the future’s the past
In the grasp of the uroboros

Round and round again
Where the end begins
Back where the beginning arrives
Season cycle spins
And the winter wind
Turns to summer’s sigh
Familiar stranger in
Some eternal return
Heads and tails flip
As fortunes turn

Got your tail in your mouth
And so it goes round and round
And It’s the rule of the ring
It’s the kiss of the uroboros
Now the future’s the past
In the grasp of the uroboros

By the way, the soup tonight is cream of broccoli. Five plays on the jukebox for a dollar.

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  • ghostsniper August 23, 2022, 6:33 PM

    Me and these hoons go waay back. Met Parsons at a bar in Amsterdam when I was trippin my nuts off. We spoke only briefly because I was mostly out of it. Met Shaw in a hair cutting joint in Redondo (DuBonet’s?) and we had a conversation mostly about guitars. Just watched a Styx concert on DVD last night. One of my top 10 fav bands. I wouldn’t want to be like you.

  • Dirk August 23, 2022, 7:28 PM

    Alan Parson Project, is often in Reno, outstanding show. Most don’t understand the bands always changing, hence the “ Project” not Band in the introduction. Psycho babbles one of my fav.

    “ Tell You About a Dream That I Have Every Night”.

  • firecubed August 24, 2022, 12:45 AM

    ” Don’t say words you’re gonna regret…”

    We CAN be friends.

  • Mike Austin August 24, 2022, 2:17 AM

    I had never heard of Tommy Shaw, and though I have heard of STYX I know no songs of theirs. As for Alan Parsons, I have all of their music, mostly on vinyl. “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” is in regular rotation at my castle, as is “I, Robot” and “Turn of a Friendly Card”.

    When “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” was released (1976), I was working at Everybody’s Records in Portland. We could not keep it in stock as it sold out as soon as we got it in. We would get in 1000 pressings and they would be gone in a day.

  • Jahaziel Maqqebet August 24, 2022, 5:16 AM


    Hard pass.

  • Rob Muir August 24, 2022, 5:42 AM

    When I was buying vinyl in the 70s and 80s, I not only had all of the Project albums, I had every album that Alan Parsons engineered or produced. That includes Ambrosia, Pilot, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, etc. I studied the man’s work through that music. IMO he is a genius at recording and producing music. My friends and I used to argue about how he got some of the sounds on the Tales of Mystery and Imagination album. We also used to compare his work to Ken Scott’s. We were recording studio nerds.
    Now these many years later I have the book and DVDs for his Art and Science of Sound Recording. He tells a few secrets, but not as many as I was hoping for. If I have a hobby, it’s studying his mind.
    As for Shaw, I saw Styx twice in 73 and 74 before he joined them. I much prefer the albums that he played on as well as his later work in Damn Yankees.