Towers so Tall

by Heliophile

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released October 23, 2015

Written, performed, produced and mixed by Gijs van Ouwerkerk.
Mastered by Ken Porter.
Additional piano on 'Satellite' performed by Ingmar Kops.
Cover photo by Michaela Fastenow, used with kind permission. Edited by Gijs van Ouwerkerk.



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Heliophile Enschede, The Netherlands

Heliophile is Gijs van Ouwerkerk, a synther-songwriter from The Netherlands. Consistent with his geographical location, between the UK and Germany, his music can be described as a cross between the more accessible British synthpop and the slightly darker stuff made in Germany. Heliophile has a 4-piece live line-up. Similar artists: Diorama, De/Vision, Mesh, VNV Nation, Tenek, Pet Shop Boys. ... more


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Track Name: Towers so Tall
Down on their knees, bled dry and broken
Disparity of wealth, inferiority unspoken
Skyboxes rise, high and foreboding
Classes divided, society eroding

Dignity defiled and kindness torn
From tainted child a tyrant born

As charity's bribed with cash incentives
Soldiers of fortune, their strikes are pre-emptive
We're outsourcing wars under the table
Bomb shelters built for the wealthy and able

Dignity defiled and kindness torn
From tainted child a tyrant born

I declare to the vain in your towers so tall
If divided we stand, then united we'll fall
In the day, when it rained, it fell down on us all
We call upon you to tear down this wall
In the race for the wealth that so proudly you hail
Take the fast lane to where commonality fails
Before it's too late we must all tip the scales
A market society puts our souls up for sale
Track Name: Satellite
Gravitating aimlessly towards growing animosity
Going from a stand-still to terminal velocity
Static on our transmissions relayed across the great divide
Breaching hull integrity, our connections have come untied
Propelling you and me out of synchronicity

Park our broken satellite
Into graveyard orbit, in graveyard orbit
Park our broken satellite, tonight
Into graveyard orbit, in graveyard orbit

Frail fractured vessel I discard, it's time that it retired
Our craft took to the skies, but our rockets have misfired
Now left in disregard to space's lifeless choir
We expire

Pushed out to the sun in another space-time continuum
Ensuring your tantrums are smothered in a vacuum
If you linger here, your frozen tears would collide
Away from my periphery your fragments I cast aside
Keeping the debris out of my trajectory

We have expired