Song of the Sea

by Sharon Knight

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This album pays homage to my deep, abiding love of the sea. It is my home and the source of much magic and inspiration in my life. May this music carry that inspiration to you!

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released January 1, 2005

Sharon Knight - vocals, octave mandolin, acoustic guitar, keyboard, bodhran
Winter - acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboard, vocals
Gari Hegedus - violin, mandocello
Jeffrey Chin - piano, strings on Star of the Sea, Captain Blackheart
Shay Black - guest vocals on May morning Dew, Capt. Blackheart
Todd Denman - Uilleann pipes
Jeff Obee - bass
Lee Neal - drums

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Sharon Knight Oakland

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: Star of the Sea
Here she comes, soft as a whisper of wild things
Bringing her siren songs for me to sing
Her charms ensnare me, they capture my senses
As twilight unveils the secret that stirs the hearts of kings

What praises I wouldn’t sing
For the bright star of evening

While there’s a song in my soul that’s worth singing
While there is passion to quicken my blood
I will follow the star of the sea
Until all her songs are sung

I’ve dipped my toes in the madness of muses
Who spin their tunes with strand of their shining silver hair
Now I dance, untamed, drunk in the houses of God, yea,
Singing until my voice is raw

Delirium has me in thrall
Is it freedom or folly

While there’s a song in my soul that’s worth singing
While there is passion to quicken my blood
I will follow the star of the sea
Until all her songs are sung

I’ve kept my dreams frozen too long
Waiting to wake them with song
It’s a tune I have known all along

While there’s a song in my soul that’s worth singing
While there is passion to quicken my blood
I will follow the star of the sea
Until all her songs are sung
Track Name: Phoenix from the Ashes
My eyes glitter sorrow as I watch you
Flee the burning cities of the war
Angels of destruction ride with fury
The warrior was our hero, now he’s rotten to the core

My heart crushed like velvet torn from our queen
Here she’s lying ravaged on the land
I tell myself there’s nothing I could do, no
but I cannot wash the bloodstains from my hands

I want to rise, rise, like a phoenix from the ashes
Crowned and conquering the shadows of my soul
Rise, rise, with my flaming feathers flashing
Rising from the shambles of the old

I curl myself around my desolation
Jewels of hope are shattered in my hand
Fields are black and water runs like poison
I summon up my courage but I don’t know where I stand

Beauty bears the scars of her betrayal
Still her noble spirit endures
Sharp of tongue she puts the challenge to me
Dare to taste the poison if you want to find the cure

I want to rise, rise, like a phoenix from the ashes
Crowned and conquering the shadows of my soul
Rise, rise, with my flaming feathers flashing
Rising from the shambles of the old

I want to rise, rise, like a phoenix from the ashes
Crowned and consecrated to the world soul
bring to life all the dreams I though were dying
Rising from the shambles of the old
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: Siren Moon
Sailor sailor, you can’t escape the yearning
Once the siren, she has claimed you
Sailor sailor, she’ll get beneath your skin
And her rhythms ever pounding in your blood

You cannot let yourself give in
Your heart will never lead you home again
But there’s the burning in your mind
The need to quench your soul upon her wine

She will take you for everything you’ve got
And she’ll lead you to your ruin on the rocks

It’s a siren moon and the winds they wail
You ride full sail and free
But your heart rings with every song she sings
Now you’re lost forever to the sea

It’s a siren moon and the tide is high
Your spirit’s flying free
You never knew she had her claim on you
Now you’re lost forever to the sea

Sailor sailor, you’ve wasted half your life away
Following her countenance so fair
Your ships, your soul are cast away
For a glimpse of her shining seaweed hair

Like sticky poison in your mind
The madness of her music drives you blind
Ensnares you in her wicked dance
Oh sailor, you never had a chance

Was her music worth everything you gave
Was the beauty of her song worth a life enslaved

It’s a siren moon and the winds they wail
You ride full sail and free
But your heart rings with every song she sings
Now you’re lost forever to the sea

It’s a siren moon and the tide is high
Your spirit’s flying free
You never knew she had her claim on you
Now you’re lost forever to the sea

Carry me, beyond the endless sea
where the music haunts, and the siren screams…
Track Name: I Fall to my Knees
I wander alone, seeking out mystery,
Wandering where the wild things roam
I have heard tale of poets gone mad
With the wine of the muse on their tongue

Break bread on the shore filling my cup
Devotion spills from my heart
The natural beauty surrounding my senses
Keeps tangling through me as art

It breaks my heart wide open, the singing of the stones

I fall to my knees at the song
Of music on the breeze
I fall to my knees at the sound
Of the singing of the sea

No beauty surpasses the song of the soul
Lies hidden in cavern and sky
She answers the call of the yearning inside
Although she may never say why

Sit still in the silence, can you not hear
The laughter that ripples and hums
Salubrious praises ring out from the earth
Rejoicing the light of the sun

It breaks my heart wide open, the singing of the stones
To watch the red wine sunset, explode in velvet tones

I fall to my knees at the song
Of music on the breeze
I fall to my knees at the sound
Of the singing of the sea
Track Name: Captain Blackheart
The blacksmith's daughter loved a sailor
Dark as dusk on a haunted eve
With a devil's smile and a sparkling eye
His black heart won her loyalty

Too long his skills went unrewarded
So he turned rogue on the salty sea
Rich gifts he brought to his beloved
They did delight her mightily

A pirate's love is not for keeping
He soon must heed the song of the sea
"Take me with you" she was pleading
But he would not risk his bonny

He promised her his safe returning
With treasures more than she'd ever seen
The love they made was brimming over
And sealed their bond most fiercely

With three years past her soul was hearty
made strong by what she knew would be
When seven years were past and over
Her weary heart grew gloomy

One night despair washed over his darling
And lulled her into a fitful sleep
Wherein she dreamt of ghostly galleons
And a fearsome captain heading the fleet

"It's glad I am to see me bonny"
Spoke the voice of her love so dear
"The royal army's finally claimed me
They've hunted me for many's the year"

"Though my life is robbed from me
Not for me the fires of Hell
Now I'm the dreaded Captain Blackheart
This ghostly form has served me well

And if you'll meet me at the edge of twilight
At the crossing where the three roads meet
We will sail beyond life's borders
And reign upon the open sea"

And she has met him at the twilight
At the crossing where the three roads meet
And she has boarded the ghostly galleon
And kissed her love most gallantly

And in the deepest black of night
When the veils grow ghostly thin
You can hear the bold marauding
Of Captain Blackheart and his pirate queen

They say that when the siren's singing
When the moon has ringlets three
You can see their ghostly galleon
And gather treasure from the sea
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