Birth Rights II

by Gregory Francis and Adam McLean

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What can I say that Gregory did not already on his Bandcamp page? I can say this... this collection of songs is part of the reason I make music. Whether Gregory knew it or not at the time, Birth Rights II and the original Birth Rights I release from 1986 helped shaped my musical sensibilities. They still do...

Birth Rights I sparked my imagination with concepts that reached beyond science fiction and cast out my thoughts to the stars...

After Birth Rights I was released all those years ago, Gregory had actually made a very rough live recording of the Birth Rights II tracks with only a drummer (Ross Howard) in a badly soundproofed room so that he would have a reference for vocals and bass and leads, etc. for when he would later enter the recording studio. I some how ended up with a copy of that cassette. Another drummer (Tony Estrada) and I learned all of this Birth Rights material, both BR I and BR II. So, I knew the material pretty well when Gregory invited me into the studio to throw down some quick leads on the rough tracks...

Somewhere along the way, the rough tracks never got around to being finished. There were a couple of cassette copies, but that was all. Life began marching on, and Birth Rights II was never completed.

Then, a couple of years ago while experimenting with some equipment, I started playing some of these old tunes. I stumbled upon an old cassette and transferred them to mp3 files and surprised Gregory, David and Malachi. I had spent all this time always wanting to hear this music fully produced and complete. And even stumbling onto the old cassette of rough demos was not enough...

At this time, I also had acquired a lovely old ADA MP-1 which was the preamp we had originally tried to record the rough demos with. Being a much better engineer that I was then, I started playing these old tunes through the MP-1 to see what they should have sounded like back in the late 80's. It sounded good. Curiosity got the best of me, so I started doing the drums with the Alesis SR-16 - pretty much the same machine that Gregory did the original drums with back in the day. So, a bit more curiosity later, and I wondered what the keyboards would sound like... and then suddenly, Demon on the Mountain was done except for lead guitars and vocals. I played it for David and he pretty much demanded that I send it to Gregory...

The rest, as they say, is history... one song after the next poured out...

So you are listening to a project that started back in 1986 and has been "rebooted" to today. It has been an honor to take what my imagination made of this music from some rough demos 20 + years ago and make these songs fully realized into the digital medium today.... my imagination still soars...


Original artwork by Gregory Francis.

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released November 3, 1964

All songs written and conceived by Gregory Francis.

Produced by Malachi Francis, David McLean, Gregory Francis and Adam McLean.

All voices by Gregory Francis.

All instruments and sound by Adam McLean. Lead guitars by Adam McLean, Malachi Francis and David McLean.

Guitars: Diamond by Aria with EMG 85 into the ADA MP-1 and Microcab. Lead guitars ISP Theta Preamp using on board cabinet simulator.

Clean guitars: Ibanez semi-hollow with EMG HAX and HA through Lexicon MPX-100.

Drums: Alesis SR-16 and elbow grease with a touch of BBE.

Keyboards: EMU Proteus 2000, Planet Earth and Virtuoso.

As ever, All Rights Reserved, SEIZURE RIGHTS MUSIC, ASCAP.

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Track Name: DEMON ON THE MOUNTAIN
Demon on the Mountain


Ten Commandments in the City of Lights
Rise in the morning air
Laws forgotten – reestablished in haste
Hiding SIGNs inside a stare

In communication with the endless Reich’s
Their temptations out of sight
One rises, to the others, in their eyes
Forgotten systems inside
Throw a shadow on the light

Like a shadow across the sun
Foundations crumble in the sky
Like a father to his son
No one else to answer why

- An explanation solves a mystery
- Science carved in stone
- And in the image of them, we have created

Each with their followers – Lost and Found
Still far above The Den Below
Wizards and Warlocks – Banshees and Fools
Just the upper class cast for another show

How many have risen in analogy
As some are never seen?
Growing stagnation technologically
Systems deep inside redefine the one supreme

Like a shadow across the sun
Foundations crumble in the sky
Like a father to his son
No one else to answer why

And on a mountain, hidden high above the eyes
One stand behind the stone
And know ye it was written that ye should know:
Your Father is not alone!
- and neither are we…
- separate from Thee…

All that stayed and took the lead and
All that prayed away from greed
All the faded warring seeds have
Altered not a single deed
In all the fray the books of greed
Calmed the masses who believed
A call belated; Adoring needs;
Stalled the ending; Indeed


There is a pressing winter underneath the summer of every life
waiting to eclipse the current form, to supplant the forming structure

No one dares where no one cares

So who will stand with me against the Seraphim?
“I WILL…”
“…and I... and I… . . .. and I . … . .

How many things happen that can not be
So many things unseen
Belief system discontinuity
The beginning hides behind
Fourteen billion years of debris

Coronal mass ejections
Humble worlds about to fry
Haunted kingdoms of the sun
True death angels in our skies

Like a shadow across the sun
Foundations crumble in the sky
Like a father to his son
No one else to answer why

- We are greater than the sum of any equation
- And in the image of them, we have created
- A summit of souls – A valley’s spell
- The DREAM lingers on into the day

Dreamt and left in the winter of 1986 by Gregory.
Resurrected by Adam, David, and Malachi in the winter of 2012
Two months before the end of the world, they say…
Track Name: DAWNING HOUR
The Dawning Hour

In the early morning sunlight
Thoughts racing through my head from last night
The smoke in the air from lamplights
Gives a haze to everything I see.
In blind confusion, we burnt temples down
And now we’ve no one else to blame but ourselves.
- in this hour…

For so many years through the ages
Our people lived in cages (of the mind)
We blamed the demigods for waging war
And with each battle, we suffered more.
Such an illusion,
We let our hearts wide open
We were played – just pieces in the game –
- nothing more.
- in this hour…
- we are just an hour away…..

But now we’ve opened our eyes; No more blind submission
Somehow we can see through the eyes of a blind religion
They’re tearing the walls of the temple down –
Just an illusion –
Moving together in communication
A SIGN from the stars, it will be… …and we’re free…..

They came to us from the sky
Shining from above
From a place beyond the sun –
They took away the lies
Of the Mountain Lord
They brought daylight to the night –
A promise from the Lights
We’d not be lonely anymore
They taught us not to fear the Dark –
And in seven days
A new temple rose up to the sky
Pointing to the way from which they would return –
They would return from which way to the way
Return from the way they were pointing

And now thousands of lives have come and gone
Lessons soon forgotten
Waves from the past flow through today
Doing what your fathers did –
You’re breaking the laws of the simple down
Elemental confusion –
A change in the weather – Tribulation –
Blind from afar, it will be - in this hour…

Dreamt and left in the winter of 1986 by Gregory.
Resurrected by Adam, David, and Malachi in the winter of 2012
Two months before the end of the world, they say…
Track Name: DREAM OF THE WITCHES SABBATH
DREAM of a Witches’ Sabbath


A plan to lift him up from grace
As beams of sun from place to place
Shone throughout the forest all around
All alone in a jungle breeze
A sad man fell upon his knees
And cried for one with which to share his life
So a plead was made; A request fulfilled
- - - A glassy black stare; A dare from Hell
And sent to him the one to cast him out

…and the End Times shall come to pass
A kettle full of lies
In a DREAM of a Witches’ Sabbath
All fall to quick demise who fail to recognize the GUISE.

Cold stone walls the rewarding end
For the reapers of an age-old sin
The original lust has still not gone away
The Heights were plainly in their sights
But they turned away in prideful spite
To watch the Dreams of Dust be boiled away

…and the End Times shall come to pass
A kettle full of lies
In a DREAM of a Witches’ Sabbath
All fall to quick demise who fail to recognize the GUISE.
“Oh, and they dare not recognize me this time…”

Close your eyes and feel your way
Gain everything and give it away
I am awake

the forest all around
one to share his life
one to cast him out
Blind to all but what they see
The original lust has still not gone away
the Dreams of Dust boiled away
but I am awake and I give it away

Blind to all but what they see
They spend their lives in misery
They have touched the Hear of Sin and lost their way.


Dreamt and left in the winter of 1986 by Gregory.
Resurrected by Adam, David, and Malachi in the winter of 2012
Two months before the end of the world, they say…
Track Name: NETHERSONG
Nethersong

Once in a great land far across the Nile
A celebration for the Netherworld.
And in a ring of pharaohs chanting song,
Electric power sounded back

And from the Circle singing for the dead,
A dreaded name was released
The Pharaohs died in the sight of Him
Their cities fell to decay in a day

From the Circle, a name came forth
The Tear of Vissalage – The cries of fear
The forests died into a desert plain
Enslaved, they never had a chance – to see the light

Caught up in the new world – He took control
He built up temples to His name.
In perfect shapes of power, they rose to the sky
So many fell in His wake.

But soon the balance fell - the time was wrong
So many things that could not be
Called back to the Netherworld – Logically
His time is soon – His song returns
- TECHNOLOGY -

You know the nursery rhymes; you’ve done the readings
You have seen the future in tea leaves
You think sodium-chloride transferred across your scapular
Will ward off evil spirits?

I am here… BEHOLD
I am the alter the only forgiving way
I am the laughter of every child never saved
I am an unwilling intrusion into your domain
I’m the reason you falter
I am another way

Every age must pass away
And surrender to decay
Every pattern rearranged
In quantum disarray we fade away
Entangled with the strange

In every life there will be that moment
When the question of the end is at hand
Back into the deep and realigned
We never had a chance
“We have suffered an Ancestral Domain Change”

Dreamt and left in the winter of 1986 by Gregory.
Resurrected by Adam, David, and Malachi in the winter of 2012
Two months before the end of the world, they say…
Track Name: PART II (1)
Part II

On expedition through the desert lands
In the light of the modern day sun
Diplomatic confrontation – a treaty broken
A test detected beneath the ground
- DENIED

The source of the outburst far beneath the sand
Hidden below a pyramid
Inspection begins – High-tech scrutiny
Pinpointing the force far below
- LEVELS: HIGH –

Instrumentation reading life forces
Deep in the Well of Souls
Automatic translation – a signal conversion
A readout on the screen –
- what does it mean?

Descending further through sacred corridors
On the walls are the histories of time
Mechanical eyes the first to see
Into the tomb of ten-thousand years
- WARNINGS INSCRIBED –

No control room located – no computers or men
Dust upon the lid of the tomb
The origin located – the source undetermined
An entity lies within!
- REVIVED –

Instrumentation reading life forces
Deep in the Well of Souls
Automatic translation – a signal conversion
A readout on the screen –
- See the face of a King –

“Who will stand with me against the seraphim?”
“I WILL…”

Automatic translation, a signal conversion
Something never seen before


Dreamt and left in the winter of 1986 by Gregory.
Resurrected by Adam, David, and Malachi in the winter of 2012
Two months before the end of the world, they say…
Track Name: PART II (2)
Part II

On expedition through the desert lands
In the light of the modern day sun
Diplomatic confrontation – a treaty broken
A test detected beneath the ground
- DENIED

The source of the outburst far beneath the sand
Hidden below a pyramid
Inspection begins – High-tech scrutiny
Pinpointing the force far below
- LEVELS: HIGH –

Instrumentation reading life forces
Deep in the Well of Souls
Automatic translation – a signal conversion
A readout on the screen –
- what does it mean?

Descending further through sacred corridors
On the walls are the histories of time
Mechanical eyes the first to see
Into the tomb of ten-thousand years
- WARNINGS INSCRIBED –

No control room located – no computers or men
Dust upon the lid of the tomb
The origin located – the source undetermined
An entity lies within!
- REVIVED –

Instrumentation reading life forces
Deep in the Well of Souls
Automatic translation – a signal conversion
A readout on the screen –
- See the face of a King –

“Who will stand with me against the seraphim?”
“I WILL…”

Automatic translation, a signal conversion
Something never seen before


Dreamt and left in the winter of 1986 by Gregory.
Resurrected by Adam, David, and Malachi in the winter of 2012
Two months before the end of the world, they say…