Crimson Masquerade

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FEATURING CAITH THREEFIRES

Every so often we come upon a place that is more than it seems…a portal opens and we perceive an overlay of shimmering wonder over our everyday lives. We often come to feel that this "otherworld" is more real than our day-to-day world of bone and blood, that what we once thought was real is in fact the masquerade, the great spectacle of life that beats in the crimson of our blood, hiding the deeper mystery in plain sight, waiting in each moment to reveal magic in all it's fullness. Welcome to the Crimson Masquerade...

lyrics

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

credits

from Portals, released March 1, 2016
Sharon Knight: Vocals, acoustic guitar
Winter: Acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, percussion
Caith Threefires: Bass, mandolin
Mark Abbott: 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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