Portals

by Sharon Knight

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TimTTT Portals is an apt name. Sharon doesn't make music, so much as sonic worlds the listener is transported to. I close my eyes when Crimson Masquerade plays & I see the story play out. I see flashes of other lives & a rouge offering a woman the chance to live adventures untold.... If she's willing to pay the cost. " Let the Waters Rise" feels like a command coming from witches working their will. Favorite track: Let the Waters Rise.
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Portals is envisioned as an otherworldly carnival, a traveling roadshow of musicians, each with the ability to open portals with their voices, their bows, their flying fingers. Meant to convey the spirit of life on the road, and the spontaneous magic of sitting in on each other's sets, Sharon and Winter have invited several of the musicians they have shared stages with to add their unique talents to this collection of mythic song-stories.

The Portals soundscape rests somewhere between Loeena McKennitt, Faun, and The Civil Wars.

Featuring guest performances by SJ Tucker, Betsy Tinney, Alexander James Adams (Tricky Pixie), Nathaniel Johnstone (Abney Park), Heather Dale, Wendy Rule, Sonja Drakulich ( Faun, Stellamara), and several more!

Be sure to check out the Porcelain Princess Music Video on YouTube!

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released March 1, 2016

Sharon Knight: vocals, lyrics, octave mandolin, acoustic guitar, various percussion
Winter: acoustic, electric, classical, and baritone guitars, vocals, various percussion
Caith Threefires: bass, keyboard, mandolin
Mark Abbott: drums

Guest artist credits listed on individual songs.

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Winter at EMB Studios.

Art design by Sharon Knight.

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Festival favorites Sharon Knight and her longtime collaborator Winter perform a mythic-Celtic style, which they call "Neofolk Romantique; songs for poets, adventurers and lovers of mystery". They tour internationally several months of the year, bringing their fantastical tales of love and magic to festivals, cafes, and homes across the land. ... more

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Track Name: Crimson Masquerade
I step inside the neon tide
The city scatters all the tears I’ve cried
A fiddler plays by the alleyway
His moon drunk gaze cannot be denied

He said I know what you’re looking for
You are everything I need
So take my hand, let go your plans
We will see where fortune leads

I’ve lived a million lies
Beneath vermillion skies
Come let’s break free from this pale charade
Pure joy is what remains, let’s reach beyond the game
Still we are not lost when the nightmare fades

He dealt the cards, their colored marks
Spell the secrets of who we are
A whispered wish on a storm at sea
All my yearnings out in front of me

He laid his final wager down,
A singing stone, a tarnished crown
The price you pay for true love’s cost
I played my hand, but I knew I’d lost

I’ve lived a million lies
Beneath Vermillion Skies
Come let’s break free from this pale charade
Pure joy is what remains, let’s reach beyond the game
Step inside the Crimson Masquerade

Abandon reason
All who enter here
There’s just one thing you’ve got to lose
And it’s everything you fear

I’ve lived a million lies
Beneath Vermillion Skies
Come let’s break free from this pale charade

Pure joy is what remains, let’s reach beyond the game
We’ll spin until the sky begins to shake

I’ve lived a million lies
Beneath Vermillion Skies
Still we are not lost when the nightmare fades

Pure joy is what remains, let’s reach beyond the game
Welcome to Crimson Masquerade

Bye bye, sleepy-bye
Dawn dreams in your minds eye
Track Name: Porcelain Princess
Musty old attic, where nobody goes
Moth eaten curtains hide greasy windows
Day after day, I call this my home
In a box made of cedar and cast away hope

But when the blanket of twilight falls
Beckoned we are by the curtain call
You pull my strings and I arch to your will
Entwined in a dance made to thrill

I come alive in your arms
My chipped china cheeks grow crimson and warm
I come alive at the warmth of your hand in mine
With every breath I take, harder my heart can break
I am your Porcelain Princess no more

Now you have met a flesh and blood girl
She smells of peach blossoms and absinthe and yearning
Honey wine hair, and breath of warm spring
The lust in your eyes sets me burning

What must it feel like to be so alive
With a coal hot fire that smolders inside
If you could but see how our dance quickens me
I’ve the heart of a lion in winter time

I come alive in your arms
My chipped china cheeks grow crimson and warm
I come alive at the warmth of your hand in mine
With every breath I take, harder my heart can break
I am your Porcelain Princess no more
Track Name: Slippers of Rose
The lights have gone dark
The patrons have headed on home
The doorkeeper waits
To lock up after the show

Just one more moment
My dusty pink slippers were here
Amidst fanfare and flowers
Glimpses of fairytales lost through the tears

I would have danced for you until the stars flickered out
I’d have taken a chance with you
All of our sorrows would soon fade away

I was your princess in shimmering silk
You were my Gentleman King
Up on my toes in those slippers of rose, Dad
I knew we could be anything

You brought them to me
In a pinstriped box they were wrapped up with care
All satins and softness
I combed the twigs from my hair

Then toil and trouble
You found your mistress of poison and pain
My gown turned to rags
Pink satin slippers forgotten and frayed

I would have danced for you, until the stars flickered out
I’d have taken a chance with you
All of our sorrows would soon fade away

I was your princess in shimmering silk
You were my Gentleman King
Up on my toes in those slippers of rose, Dad
I knew we could be anything

Just one poison apple
A slumber that leeches your memories away
How many years now
The rose in your cheeks has faded to grey

Just one more moment
If I could just have one more chance
But the clock has struck midnight
I know I have missed the last dance

I would have danced for you until the stars flickered out
I’d have taken a chance with you
All of our sorrows would soon fade away

I was your princess in shimmering silk
And you were my Gentleman King
Up on my toes in those slippers of rose, Dad
I knew we could be anything
Track Name: Whisper Your Name
We built our castles by the sea
Made of dreams and mermaid secrets
You the brave knight, I your queen
No hidden treasure ever lay between

As we grew older, a hero’s quest
Became the thing that you loved best
Before you left to far off lands
You placed a crimson jewel into my hands

Though the journey is long and the road is winding
I’ll hold you in my heart like a flame
By the light of this jewel you’ll find me and
Oh, I will whisper your name

You went your way before I told
The secrets of my heart unfolding
I won’t rest until you know
How deep the well of my love does go

I followed where your trail led
With a gypsy’s vision in my head
No promises could she give
But while your ruby glows I know you live

Though the journey is long and the road is winding
Your ruby burns in my heart like a flame
By the light of this jewel I’ll find you and
Oh, I will whisper your name

I wished upon an ocean breeze
Carry news of my love to me
Show the road that he does ride
Carry my love to his side

Though the journey is long and the road is winding
Your ruby burns in my heart like a flame
By the light of this jewel you’ll find me and
Oh, I will whisper your name

Though the journey is long and the road is winding
Your ruby burns like a scarlet flame
I will not rest until you know that I love you and
Oh I will whisper your name
Track Name: Scent of Your Skin
My eyes glitter sorrow
To see you turn to leave
Knowing that the road you walk
Must lead you far from me

Late last night you touched me
Lips that mesmerize
Scarlet visions dancing
In your jeweled eyes

You burned your love into me like a brand
Left my body trembling where I stand

And the scent of your skin on my skin brings it back to me
Unfolds in my mind like a seed of memory
It’s the scent of your skin that laces through my dreams
And feeds my soul till you return to me

My eyes watch the horizon
Weeks stretch on like years
I rub my skin in sandalwood
And you appear

Your taste of love is burned into my brain
Sweet intoxication mine again

And the scent of your skin on my skin brings it back to me
Unfolds in my mind like a seed of memory
It’s the scent of your skin that laces through my dreams
And feeds my soul till you return to me
Track Name: Melusina
Melusina, Melusina
Melusina, Melusina

Your longing is a bitter salt upon the sea
Your tears are drying crystalline between my toes
I want to touch you but I cannot see your face
Just your serpent’s tail slipping through to worlds I’ll never know

You seek the simple joys
You give the taste of something more
But oh, they can’t contain you
And you slip away in silence out beyond the door

Don’t let it slip away, don’t let it slip away

Melusina, Melusina
Melusina, Melusina

Melusina, I know you hunger to get through
But our slavery to reason does not welcome you
What mighty song is poised upon your lips
A pearl beyond all price at our fingertips

Through beauty and through sorrow
We crack the masks of certainty
We travel on, enraptured by the mystery
Our senses overcome with majesty

Don’t let it slip away, don’t let it slip away

Melusina, Melusina
Melusina, Melusina
Track Name: Let the Waters Rise
Oh oh let the river flow
Oh let my sorrow go
Clutching on to the comforts I have known

Open up the skies
Let us finally realize
Stay by my side, so I won’t feel alone

Let the Waters Rise
Let the rainfall sing its lullabies
Quench the thirsting earth
Her soul is ripe for rebirth

Evergreen, the scent of life
Soothe away our sun bleached strife
Drench our gardens with the hope of blooming

Sweep me away my love
A storm that captures the clouds above
Promises of spring beneath the gloom

Let the Waters Rise
Let the rainfall sing its lullabies
Quench the thirsting earth
Her soul is ripe for rebirth
Track Name: Song for a Savior
Castaway Carly, she wanders alone
Hair all knotted with feather and bone
Bound up with spells, fervent and haunted
She bleeds for the soul of the world

Wishes that crumble to dust long forgotten
A parchment of yearnings gone dry

No fickle fates, no ravening storm,
No tides will dissuade her from calling
An honor-bound soldier, tattered and torn
With the will to do right by us all

Does she sing for a savior, return of the king
Draw the sword from the stone, and cast off the ring
A dashing young hero in flashing red cape
Come to vanquish the ills of the world

I share in your sorrow, my beautiful friend
For the pain of destruction and war without end
And we search through the histories of gallant young men
For a promise that never comes true

Where are the heroes of tales gone by
Whose sagas live on throughout time
How long must we wait for the champions of fate
To come slay the dragons of night

Do you sing for a savior, return of the king
Draw the sword from the stone, and cast off the ring
A dashing young hero in flashing red cape
Come to vanquish the ills of the world

A blade of grass struggling up through the stone
A hardened heart gives way to the love it has known
A hero’s blade forged in a fiery hall
A champion’s flame burns in the hearts of us all.

Do you sing for a savior, return of the king
Draw the sword from the stone, and cast off the ring
A dashing young hero in flashing red cape
Come to vanquish the ills of the world

I sing for a savior, return of the king
Draw the sword from the stone, and cast off the ring
We’re the dashing young heroes in flashing red capes
Come to vanquish the ills of the world
Track Name: Conjurer
Conjurer, conjurer
Won’t you bring me some sweet get away
Conjurer, Conjurer
A shadow lies across my heart today
Crush the blossoms on the stone
Mixed with rust and graveyard bone
Bring me someone I can call my own

Conjurer, conjurer
Won’t you send some lucky mojo my way
Conjurer, Conjurer
My bed been cold for far too many days
Waiting for the spring to come
Waiting for the singing sun
Waiting for some sugar come my way

Conjurer, conjurer
Won’t you light the tinder in my midnight fires
Conjurer, conjurer
Ensnare me in your ravening desire
I long to breath your sultry air
I want to be your maiden fair
I need to feel your fingers in my hair
Track Name: Trail of Prayer
I run until I cannot breathe
Out among the trembling leaves
The cliffs plunge into the silver sea

The branches drip their sacrament
Resin frozen in descent
A benediction captive in a tree

My feet caress the earth
The votives burn and lay us bare
Give life to those who dare
Give life to those who walk the trail of prayer

The brooding moods of sea and sky
Shimmer through her storm swept eye
Casting shadow over all who yearn

Sorrow shrouded in the vines
Promise of more hopeful times
Poems dreamed amidst the candles burning

My feet caress the earth
The votives burn and lay us bare
Give life to those who dare
Give life to those who walk the trail of prayer

I wander wild through this wide open world
Out at the edges of things I cannot change
Wistful and weary I wait for a welcome
Into the arms of the seelie and the strange

My feet caress the earth
The votives burn and lay us bare
Give life to those who dare
Give life to those who walk the trail of prayer
Track Name: No Long Night
When the Frost King wraps his frozen fingers
Around his icy flask of gloom
And drinks a mighty draft to all that lingers
Long after spring’s blush is through

When hope huddles in the shadowed corner
Casting furtive glances at the door
Warm your heart around the fires of friendship
Laughter, your shelter in the storm

No long night can hold you down
And bind you in the darkness.
You are a torch, you cast your light
A shining spear into the dawn

When the Ice Queen ensnares the world in silence
A blanket of foreboding evermore
With a bitter heart she beckons your compliance
The wolf is howling at the door

May the wood fires unfurl their smoky tendrils
Easing the chill that grips your bones
Ignite the flame in every poet’s promise
Revel in the Sun’s returning home


No long night can hold you down
And bind you in the darkness.
You are a torch, you cast your light
A shining spear into the dawn

No long night can hold us down
And bind us in the darkness.
We are a torch, we cast our light
Shining spears into the dawn