Siren Songs

by Sharon Knight

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released September 1, 2016

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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: 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: Fire in the Head
Fire in the Head
(Words/Music by Sharon Knight & Winter)

High upon a hill
Before the shrieking of the wind
I lay my spirit bare
At the feet of untamed things

Amidst the crumbling stone
Where time-worn gods have lain their hands
I walk the night alone
To claim the magic of this land

When the bright glory comes
I will feast with the shining ones
When the bright glory comes...

The screaming hag that rides the wind
Will rip the soul right from your skin
The hollow hills will swallow you
And flay apart your mind
To win the kiss of the gifted ones
We risk our lives on the mountain front
There’s some wake mad, and some wake dead
And some will rise with a fire in their head.

The fire mountain burns
Thrust up from primordial sea
A thousand glittering pools
Reflect the shape the destiny

The giant sits his chair
To test the seeking soul below
He sees you striving there
To claim which way your fate will go

At the crimson blush of dawn
I will sing my victory songs
At the crimson blush of dawn I’ll sing
Track Name: Mistress of MacLyr
Tempestuous twilight, bring my love to me
Whose froth-white horses come sweeping in from sea
And carry my heart away from me

Melancholy eyes, deep with dreams of starfish
Eerie moonglow hair, soothing sand into surrender
And operas of Seraphim singing of your splendor

Oh the roiling churning sea
He will come for me
I will wait by my crystal palace and
He will come for me

Your salty kiss is on my tongue and tangled in my hair
With shells between my toes, and yearning for more
I dance the dance of wild night and conjure you to shore

Your beauty pierces through me, Master of the Sea
Courtship fierce and stormy, you laid your claim on me
Your foamy tendrils gripped my hair, and ravished me away

Oh the roiling churning sea
He will come for me
I will wait by my crystal palace and
He will come for me

Carry me away to your jeweled and dewey deep
Never will a mortal's kiss stir my soul from sleep
I am ravished utterly away
Oh I am ravished utterly away

Oh the roiling churning sea
He will come for me
I will wait by my crystal palace and
He will come for me
Track Name: Lagan Love
Where Lagan streams sing lullabies
There blows a lily fair
The twilight gleam is in her eye
The night is on her hair

And like a love sick lannan sidhe
She holds my heart in thrall
No life have I, nor liberty
for love is lord of all

And often when the beetle's horn
Has lulled the eye to sleep
I steal into her sheiling lorn
And through the doorway I creep

There on the cricket’s singing stone
She make the bogwood fire
And sings in sweet and undertone
The song of heart’s desire
Track Name: Song of the Sea
One by one I cast my stones to the ocean
Every one a shard of memory
I have born my trials with honor and duty
Now I cast my soul to the sea

I long to return home to the halls of the Mighty
Where golden goblets overflow for me
Where the ever living dwell in endless summer
And strip my earthly cares from me

I cast my soul beyond the silver horizon
Adrift upon an otherworldly sea
The pearly net is opening before me
The many gifted poets welcome me

I will sleep in bowers of Rivendell beauty
With songs of heroes light upon my lips
Every kiss a wellspring of renewal
No defeat shall claim me

I cast my life away like stones on the ocean
Weary from the sorrows of my past
I am bruised but I have never been broken
I am come home at last