Listen to the Song:

The lead-off song on Reflections of Relevance is also the oldest composition on the album, dating back to 2003. The lyrics were derived from a longer, unpublished poem and the original song arrangement was a simple ballad built mainly on electric piano and lead vocals. With that, much of the sonic dynamics were built in the original studio sessions in 2005 for the original Imaginary Lines I album. New vocals were added in 2016 and the song was newly mixed and mastered in 2017 for inclusion on Reflections of Relevance.

This song remained untitled for a long time with “Anthem” meant to be a placeholder until a more suitable title could be discovered. It never was and so Reflections of Relevance will mimick the classic Rush album Fly By Night in that the first track on each album is named “Anthem”.


Ric Albano – vocals, piano, organ, bass, synths
Bret Alexander – acoustic and electric guitars
Ron Simasek – drums


And you will find what you seek in your heart
And your compassion will guide you to that door
And you’ve got destiny’s balance on your side
And you’ll discover more secret passages
And you will never relinquish the Truth
And your convictions are bold, clear, and pure
And you’re consistent against the flux of time
And you are trying to reconstruct a holy universe
And you keep relying on the self that only you know
And you are humble, and you are brave
And you can crest the wave above the swift, submerged undertow

And you dwell within a prison in paradise
And you’re perpetually going beyond the painted lines
And you appear to make wrong choices at every turn
And you burn in undervalued anonymity
And you continue to crawl along the side of that muddy hill
And you are scary, and you are scorned
And your favorite store no longer is affordable

And you seek only that which is right
And you pray for every mortal soul every night
And you’re bitter, bored, and blue
And you’ve got so much to do

And you’ll revisit the spirits of lost youth
And you can see daylight back up that one-way path
And you will search for the poison’s antidote
And you will hope that someday soon it’s discovered
And the spring of life unobstructedly resumes its flow
And you are faithful while you are lost
On the dark side of Mars in a neighborhood where no one goes

© 2003-2018 Ric Albano and Cygnus Wave Records

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