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Close your eyes – Heather Alexander

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Close your eyes – Heather Alexander

Close your eyes, forget your every care,
Picture faerie castles in the air
Magic is in store for you,
You may find your dreams come true,
When you wake your wishes may be there

Filksong Genealogy: December of Cambreadth

 

Use your hooves and use your head
Don’t let down the Man in Red 

“March of Cambreadth” (lyrics), by Heather Alexander, is a classic battle song about killing as many people as possible.  “December of Cambreadth” (lyrics), a parody by Bob Kanefsky, is…also about maximization of output, but the similarities end there.  Except that the language is, somehow, equally vicious.

(Series: Filksong Genealogy)

Black Water – Leslie Fish & Heather Alexander

Black water, final rescue, dark water, lasting peace
Black water, keeping secrets none may know
Black water, final rescue, bring silence and release
Black water, through the city swiftly flow

“Black Water,” also called “Suicide,” by Mercedes Lackey and C.J. Cherryh, performed by Leslie Fish and Heather Alexander.  This is one of those songs that sounds like fantasy until you realize what they’re talking about (obvious, in this case, from the subtitle), and then it’s a little unsettling.

Creature of the Wood – Tricky Pixie

I Am A Creature Of The Wood,
Forsaken In My Solitude
My Song Is Pleasure And Is Pain,
My Song Can Drive A Man Insane
So Come With Me, My Pipes I’ll Play,
And We Will Dance ‘Till Break Of Day
I Shall Be Thy Lover

“Creature of the Wood,” performed by Tricky Pixie (S.J. Tucker, Alexander James Adams, and Betsy Tinney), lyrics by Philip R. Obermarck and music by Heather Alexander

Sacred Fire – Heather Alexander

Hickory, birch and willow, oak, ash and thorn,
Hazel, holly, rowan are the nine where the flame is born-
All of you who gather here bear wounds that never healed,
Festered and forgotten, blood stained and congealed

To Alexander’s credit, I’ve never heard a song use the sound of fire (remixed) as percussion.

Wolfen One – Heather Alexander

I knew the risk I took
When down beside you I had laid,
And lo, the breath of two new lives
Was well worth the price I paid

“Wolfen One,” by Heather Alexander

Oathbound – Leslie Fish & Heather Alexander

Bonds of blood and bonds of steel
Bonds of god-fire and of need,
Bonds that only we to feel
Bonds of word and bonds of deed,
Bonds we took – and knew the cost
Bonds we swore without mistake
Bonds that give more than we lost,
Bonds that grant more than they take

“Oathbound,” from a novel by Mercedes Lackey, sung by Leslie Fish and Heather Alexander, with Greg Shaver on guitar

Wind’s Four Quarters – Heather Alexander

Wind’s four quarters:
Air and fire
Earth and water
Hear my desire

Grant my plea
Who stands alone
Maid and Warrior
Mother and Crone

“Wind’s Four Quarters,” by Mercedes Lackey, performed by Heather Alexander

The Bow’s Turned Back – Heather Alexander

“The Bow’s Turned Back,” by Heather Alexander.  I wish I knew where it was sung.

Incidentally, this is a cheerful sea song.  Those are rare.  Treasure it.

Tomorrow I Leave for Battle – Heather Alexander

Love me one more time,
Make this night last forever,
For on the morrow, I leave for battle–

“Tomorrow I Leave For Battle,” by Heather Alexander

Short, sweet, and sad.  Lyrics available here

Shattered Glass – Heather Alexander

Earth for dame, sun for sire,
Rise from candle to a fire-
With sky of blue and green of grass,
A land of dreams from shattered glass-

“Shattered Glass,” by Heather Alexander

Too depressing to be a parody, so call it a remix of Heather Alexander’s Neverland, from Wendy’s POV. There’s a recording (just singing, no accompaniment) here.

Never Fly

Dance in the Circle – Heather Alexander

But please come, join, dance in the circle,
The voices will make your heart yearn–
To please come, join, dance in the circle,
But know that you’ll never return–

“Dance In The Circle,” a fairy song by Heather Alexander

Lyrics available here

Faerie Queen – Heather Alexander

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Heather Alexander’s “Fairy Queen”

I’ve never had actual confirmation that this is based on “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” but…it seems kind of obvious.  Anyway, every good supernatural ballad deserves a Celtic version and an American version.

*sneaks in*

*leaves link*

*scurries out*

:D!

Faerie Queen – Heather Alexander

Heather Alexander’s “Fairy Queen”

I’ve never had actual confirmation that this is based on “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” but…it seems kind of obvious.  Anyway, every good supernatural ballad deserves a Celtic version and an American version.

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