One Winter's Night…

by the Machine in the Garden

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One Winter’s Night…, released in 1999, honed the band’s sound in a more ethereal direction, merging intricate musical structures with emotional lyrics.

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released May 1, 1999

Performed & Produced by Roger Fracé & Summer Bowman

Engineered & Mixed by Roger Fracé
Assisted by Summer Bowman
Additional Engineering on Io’s Departure by Chris Flam & Steve Copel
Mastered by Dick Charles Mastering, New York City
Layout & Design by Roger Fracé & Summer Bowman

Io’s Departure lyrics by Aeschylus from Prometheus Bound, translated by David Grene, from Complete Greek Tragedies, Grene & Lattimore, eds. Published by The University of Chicago Press. Used with permission.

Roger Fracé: sequencing, guitars, bass, vocals
Summer Bowman: vocals, sequencing, flute

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the Machine in the Garden Austin, Texas

The Machine in the Garden is a gothic/darkwave duo featuring Roger Fracé and Summer Bowman. Since their formation, Roger and Summer have developed and advanced their unique style through years of collaborating and intertwining their musical tastes.

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Track Name: Falling, Too
transformed in oblivion
a bright flutter
falling all around
street lights flicker
within their torn eyes
come see the winters
in a brighter day
silver scapes falling
onto their shoulders
upon the pallet
of almost blackness
inside our eyes
rhythmically flowing
mixed within their souls
and deafened their minds
it deafened their minds
Track Name: These Illusions
in the shadows of the night
illusions show
the reflection of a voice
of illusion

how to find
these illusions
keep them locked away
inside of illusions
in the shadows of the night
illusions show
the reflection of a voice
slips down walls

it glistens in the snow
and now and then
heavens collide and burst
in tattered stars

their eyes pass us by
left alone
regain calamity
peering downward

the doors spin around
the mazes in my mind
holding their fears close
strangely shy

taken to dream forever
by my side
they can't know anyway
all the time

my hands drive you
far out of site
can't leave it now
the oceans flow inside
Track Name: Control
walk through the door
into her night time orb
leading light away from you
she's standing in the shadows
reshaping the room
for her intentions
she slams your doors
and hides inside the walls

lead their dreams in rivers
flowing streams of love and hate
each night she enters
she's the master of your fate

entering their minds
she stares the good thoughts down
sleeping children cry inside the horror of her arms
unfeeling of emotion
she will smother and encompass you
don't run away
you cannot hide
Track Name: Lost in Side
dreams of self in the darkening light
a lingering scent of eternal night
wolves howl long and the people scream
clenching their bones with forbidden dreams

alone in pain with no one here
fear to scream, fear to tear
darkness sighs and all is clear
for only shadows can draw near

wandering paths that were never trod
why weren't you there by the holy pond?
I see the waters of that misty day
images of love keep me away

this is for you and you alone
there's nothing left of my emotion
a lost embrace within my mind
thoughts so bright my eyes go blind
Track Name: Miserere Mei
Miserere, miserere mei Deus
Secundum magnam, misericordiam
Misericordiam tuam
Et secundum multitudinem
Miserationum tuarum
Dele iniquitatem meam
Track Name: Fear No More
fear no more the heat 'o the sun
nor the furious winters rages
thou thy worldly task hast done
home art gone and ta'en they wages
golden lads and girls all must
as chimney sweepers come to dust

fear no more the lightning flash
nor th'all dreaded thunder stone
fear not slander, censure rash
thou hast finish'd joy and mourn
all lovers young and all lovers must
consign to thee and come to dust

no exorcisor harm thee!
nor no witchcraft charm thee!
ghost unlaid forbear thee!
nothing ill come near thee!

quiet consummation have
and renowned be thy grave!
thy grave…
Track Name: Ex Oblivione
these are my last days
my last dreams
unfamiliar stars shine
in foreboding skies

soft rain taps lightly
on my cold body
journey under the world
into dreams of mist

silent trees glowing in the moonlight
across shady groves
drifting through the valley
twisting, gnarled trees

in forgotten woods
finding desolate stones
arches through walkways
beneath overgrown castles

haunting in the world of dreams
flying in the mists of trees
vines and stones veil them now
where labyrinths grew

loving and vibrant comes the light
from behind the shining doors
laid within the antique wall
I pass into the space

I'm blending and bleeding into nothing
being with no one
these are my last days
my last dreams
Track Name: The Sleep of Angels
the sleep of angels in your arms
views from the gardens do no wrong
in each others eyes never come to harm
love to love and blood to blood

rain clouds in the sky tonight
evening dreams as evening calls
rain falls from the sky tonight
evening peace as evening falls

images as pretty as peace
a view cascaded with its leaves
the dearest rose the prince of peace
petals floating in the evening breeze
Track Name: Windows of Their Eyes
see the petals
in the windows
of their eyes
staring back at me again

outside the window
rain falls
bright clouds
in my sky

finding nothing
in their faces
of their eyes
I see nothing but the stars

outside the window
stars fade
clouds covering
my sky
Track Name: Everything Alone
she said that I could not have
all the things I wanted
and in the end I found
the span of fortune's decade

and as the years pass by
feeding non-emotion
more of the world I possess
less of myself I encompass

never needing intangible
their joys and their sorrows
why should I care to find
a love to last past tomorrow

and in the end I find
does it really matter
what things we take with us
to be alone with everything
is to be alone…
Track Name: Lullaby
in quiet and rest
calm and content
let the night circle and fall
the candle burns
and stars shine in the sky
I am comfort
a place to keep you safe

I will hold you
until the soft rays
of sun warm your face
and in your mind
gentle dreams
will brush against your thoughts
and love will smooth your soul
Track Name: Midnight
glistening in the snow
the world carries on
now I find the time has come
the truth I face alone

tell them they don't love you
ask them if they care
the coldness of their faces
the burden they all bear

it finds me
clouds parting
invades me
midnight standing there

the winters they have come
to cast on brighter days
silver stars in blackness
slowly find their way

as the nighttime falls
the children they all gasp
closed up tight for dreaming
you know they are the last

tonight the silent stillness
now has come
to put the world in motion
tonight it must be done