Words can only say so much When you lose your touch I want to lead you on Until days are done Some things never change No matter how sad or strange The stars foretold It's not the chill of my life
Can you see, the face up in the east sky? He tells, a story of far wonders On the sea Go to she
Orange sky, (Where is my dreamer now?) you heat my poor lonely heart dry (He’ll find me here somehow) I must, (I’ll keep turning west) Trust my guiding God today (despite my weariness) On the sea Come to me
CHORUS Can you see? Go to she? On the sea, come to me!
Take this boat, the prize of my old man’s hand Good bones, my only companion for now On the sea Go to she
Certainty, does not matter at all to me No, no, no - no, no, no, I’m free of all my family On the sea Come to me
CHORUS Can you see? Go to she? On the sea, come to me! Yes, I’ve got to go, yes I’ve got to go! Ho!!
Cole gets back to the farm and quickly finishes his work. His father has not spoken to him today, which suits Cole who can imagine they would only be words of dignity-crushing condemnation. Cole goes back to the fishing village down the road and meets up with Deran. Deran is sun-scorched with deep facial lines unusual for a young man, and starkly contrasts his white teeth, bleached by years of seawater and sharp sunrays. They remind Cole of the bright summer stars that sparkle on the surface of the sea. Cole admires Deran, who smiles frequently and makes the woman chatter and act silly in his presence. He and Cole laugh about their childhood and the trouble that they invariably got into. Like the time they kissed the constable’s twin daughters under the causeway. They were all of eleven years old and had been caught red-cheeked by old man himself. Cole was forbidden to see Deran for two months, and the twins were forever off-limits. That was one of the first badges of dishonour and disgrace that would build Cole’s dismal reputation.
Cole looked up into the night sky. The stars were so bright and pricked the blackness with uncountable lights. Stories of the stars came to them from mainland visitors. They told of recent wise men that were discovering ways of arranging patterns of stars that would create pictures of objects – like animals and Gods. Cole didn’t know what to think of this but tonight he was sure that he’d seen real face in the stars. It seemed so real and he told Deran of what he saw. Cole became so utterly obsessed with the vision that his visit with Deran became too much for his friend to accept so he leaves Cole to go home. Cole apologizes and watches his childhood friend go home.
Cole continues to be enchanted by the face of the man in the stars. Unlike any specific face he knows, this man is not one of Cole’s race. Cole hears the stars now speaking to him – like in a dream, but he is fully awake and bewildered. He gets up ad shakes his head to make sure he is not dreaming. He is so insecure at this point that he will not trust himself and he starts to walk home. The voice tells him to stop and consider if he really want to go home. Cole does stop and screams at the sky, “Who are you? What do you want from me?”
The constellation whispers to him from an unfathomable distance, “Who I am is not what you need to know, and I do not require anything from you, but there are people who do need you, Cole. People who far from here, and a woman who is thinking of you right now. You must go toward the morning sun, Cole. Your destiny is waiting for you in the Kingdom of the Yangtze.” “How will I know where to go?”
“Cole, you must trust yourself. You are much more wise and powerful than you have been taught to believe. You already have these abilities and will be close to your instincts. These people are expecting you, and they are desperate for your help.”
A cloud then wafted in front of the face of stars and the voice faded. Cole was dumbstruck, amazed. There were too many questions. Cole had decided on his walk home that his futile Offan’s existence would be ending soon and that tomorrow would be a new life.
Many evenings are spent alone. Cole walks several miles to the coast to star at the vast ocean and questions the existence of life beyond their rocky land’s end. Cole has few friends, but has one close companion, Deran – son of a fisherman who is close friends with Cole’s father. Cole father was to be a fisherman early in his years but was unlucky with fishing and took up farming instead. Cole’s grandmother’s family had several acres passed down through generations that was suitable for him to care take. The fishing boat was kept and was recently rebuilt by Cole’s father, who was extremely proud of his own handiwork. Many family outings have taken place on that boat with Cole, his two brothers, two sisters and parents. This is the spot where Cole likes to meditate.
On a mild but rainy mid-summer day, Cole is working his chores on the farm. Since he is large for an Offan, Cole is put to task with moving large boulders and creating new boundary fences. It’s exhausting work and it uses very little mind power. Cole is tired, bored and he become distracted. The fence he builds is weak and several sections have collapsed where the rocks have not settled and they tumble , making a mess of the week’s work. Cole’s father is furious. He’s at the end of his rope, this has continued for so long and his frustration is massive. He spends a full hour yelling at Cole who becomes utterly depressed and inconsolable. Cole does not move from his father’s berating, taking all the criticism and letting it sink deeply into his insecurities. Cole feels he is unworthy of being a son who can contribute to anything. For another man, these disparaging remarks may have been motivating words, but not for Cole. Criticism hurt badly and had taken away any self-worth he may have had. Cole wanted to die.
The next morning, Cole awakes before his family and walks to the seaside to find Deran, who is getting his boat prepared for a day of fishing on the sea. Cole tells him nothing of the previous day’s anguish, but does say that he has the day off and will meet him after Deran’s work – they can enjoy the evening together. Deran is a family man himself. At 21 years, he has followed the tradition and has a wife and three children already. Deran agrees to meet Cole at dusk.
The orange sky of the dawn reveals beautiful warmth and what would typically be a gorgeous day, though it has little effect on Cole’s grey mood. He wants to be more like Deran, with family and a lovely woman. Cole has had several offers but they have been with lower level families and not up to the standards of Cole’s father. This is because of Cole’s reputation as a wanderer and unstable dreamer. He continues to be solitary.
The year is 1640, Cole is a 21 year old son of an agricultural farmer on Offan’s island – believed to be off the south west coast of Wales. They are an English-speaking colony that enjoys a war-free existence. Too small to be a resource for mainland interests, too small to be bothered with, though large enough to support a healthy population and establish a cultural heritage unique to the kingdom. This is an egalitarian people with few conflicts and problems. Families are tightly bonded but never strangers to other families. Cole has been mostly satisfied with his allotment in life, though he is a restless young man and is a concern to his father, a hard-working farmer who struggles with teaching his son lessons.
Cole is a strong man, which others seem wanton to challenge. This has made Cole seem a trouble-maker and through no fault of his own, the situations have always been forced upon him. This has made our central figure more street-wise than most, but also more of an outcast, which has contributed to his restlessness.
Cole often forgoes his chores at home – his mind drifts to his lack of experiences, the questions he has about what is elsewhere – are there people in other places that are not of his island? When he asks his father, he is made to feel ashamed and that everything good is where he is now. He is told to stop dreaming and perform his duties better, to find a fine woman and make a family as he is supposed to do.
OOL is proud to announce the release of a new track from the album "Offans Island: The Journey of Cole". The track, part of an epic tale of love and obstacles that come between, is a ten minute journey of progressive rock soundscapes. More details to be revealed later, however the tune is divided into several parts:
1. Pseudacris 2. Realization 0:53 3. Cole's Chill 2:06 4. Catch That Swordfish! 3:13 5. Magellanic Clouds 3:38 6. Awakening 5:19 7. Rising 6:33 8. Discovery 8:01