Pyrates & Pagans

by Sable

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The long-awaited sequel to "Of Dragons and Unicorns," Sable's new offering of acoustic and acapella fantasy folk and filk music spans 13 years of collected songs, including some of her most requested pieces in live performances. Sable's voice draws you into times long past and alternate futures, when buccaneers sail the seas, elves and adventurers pit their wits against fate, and gentle peoples quietly honour the earth. This album also features some contemporary pieces that speak directly to the human heart. Total tracks: 14 including bonus track. Total running time: 1 hour, 2 minutes, 6 seconds.

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released 20 March 2013

Sable: Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Recorder. Erin McRoy: Vocals for "Fields of Athenry." Chad McLeary: Guitar for "The Queen's Dirk."

Sound bytes used for: "Calling Quarters" & "Releasing Quarters" (crystal bowls, pitch altered,) "The Green Fields of France" (bugle & bagpipes), and "Sink the Vengeance" (background karoake music track.)

Composition: All songs written & composed by Sable, except:

"Calling Quarters" & "Releasing Quarters": written & composed by Damiara Pysell.
"Me & Bobby the Priest": written by Erin McRoy, composed by Kris Kristofferson, arranged by Sable.
"Lady Isabel & the Elf Knight": traditional, arranged by Sable.
"St. Patrick's Rune": lyrics traditional, music by Sable.
"The Dark Lady": written & composed by Bernadette Gillese, arranged by Sable.
"The Green Fields of France": written & composed by Eric Bogel, arranged by Sable.
"Fields of Athenry": written & composed by Pete St. John, arranged by Sable.
"The Queen's Dirk": music traditional "The Royal Oak," lyrics by Sable, arranged by Sable & Chad McLeary.
"Sink the Vengeance": music by Johnny Horton, lyrics by Sable.

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Sable Vernon, British Columbia

Independent singer-songwriter, author & composer of New Age, Pagan, filk, acoustic, meditation & goth music. Sable spans numerous musical genres, but her work is inspired by her Wiccan faith and her wild imagination. Her influences include Billie Holiday, Heather Alexander, Leslie Fish, Iron Maiden, Wendy Rule, and Inkubus Sukkubus. ... more

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Track Name: Calling Quarters
Spirits of the mystic place
We call thee now to time and space
By all the power of wind and sky
By athame and inner eye

Guardians of East, we bid ye here
To watch this rite and linger near

Spirits of the crimson flame
We all upon thy blessed name
By all the power of fire bright
By wand and Will and healing light

Guardians of South, we bid ye here
To watch this rite and linger near

Spirits of the living sea
We call thee now to set us free
By all the power of well and tide
By cup and love and river wide

Guardians of West, we bid ye here
To watch this rite and linger near

Spirits of the Mother's might
We call upon thy watchful sight
By all the power of grain and sand
By star and seed and fruitful land

Guardians of North, we bid ye here
To watch this rite and linger near
Track Name: Me and Bobby the Priest
Laggin' out in Ironforge
Waitin' for the tram
Feelin' nearly wore out as all sin

Bobby waved a griffin down
Just before the raid
Took us all the way into Stormwind

I pulled my sword out of a dirty, slimey murlock
And was killin' foes while Bobby healed us some
With my twin merc blades slappin' time and
Bobby castin' spells, we finally
Blasted every foe to Kingdom Come

Farmin's just another word for no quests left to do
Farmin' ain't worth nothin' for XP
Doin' quests was easy, Light, with Bobby's healin' spells
Doin' quest was good enough for me
Good enough for me and Bobby the Priest

From the small mines of the Elwyn
To the barren Blasted Lands
Bobby shared the safety of my sword

Standin' right beside me, Light
We would make our stand
In Warsong Gulch we even fought the Horde

Then somewhere near Stromgard, Light, I let her slip away
Searchin' for the guild I hope she'll find
But I'd give all my blue items for a single yesterday
With Bobby's party icon next to mine

Farmin's just another word for no quests left to do
Farmin' ain't worth nothin' for XP
Doin' quests was easy, Light, with Bobby's healin' spells
Doin' quest was good enough for me
Good enough for me and Bobby the Priest

Doin' quests was easy, Light, with Bobby's healin' spells
Doin' quest was good enough for me
Good enough for me and Bobby the Priest
Track Name: Imbolc Invocation
Brighid, bringer of the light
Banish now the dark of night
Hold ye forth a candle's flame
That tells us spring has come again

Vesta, guard our hearth & home
Through the winter kept us warm
Keeper of the sacred flame
Through you, now warmth will come again

Idun, maiden of the spring
Your touch makes all of nature sing
Each youth and babe and bud and flower
Know well they renewal's power

Hathor, goddess of the cow
Bring forth the calves and bless the plow
The beasts of field and farm grow rife
When nourished from your milk of life

Demeter, she who brings the rain
Who ripens fruit and nurtures grain
Return to us from winter's dark
And bud and bloom and bless life's spark

Ushas, herald of the dawn
Release the gates of darkness-bawn
Bring the chariot of the sun
That grants life's light to everyone

Brighid, bringer of the light
Banish now the dark of night
Hold ye forth a candle's flame
That tells us spring has come again
Track Name: Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight
Lady Isabel sat at her window a-sewing
(Aye, as the gowans grow gay)
When she heard an elf-knight on his bright horn a'blowing
(On the first morning in May)

Oh, I wish I'd that horn that I hear blow so clearly
And yonder elf-knight for to love me so dearly

This maiden had scarcely the fatal words spoken
When in at her window the elf-knight has broken

"It is a strange matter, fair maiden," said he
"I canna blaw horn but you call out to me"

"But will you come down unto yon greenwoodside
Come tack a fair horse and together we'll ride"

So he leaped on a horse, and she on another
And they have gone down to the greenwood together

"Light down ye, light down ye, fair maiden," said he
"We are come to the place where ye are to die."

"Hae mercy, hae mercy, Sir Elf-Knight on me
'Til aince more my father and mother I see"

"Well, seven King's daughters here have I slain
And ye'll be the eighth will forever remain"

"Come sit down awhile, rest your head on my knee
That we may take rest here before that I die"

And she stroked his dark head and she whispered sae sweet
That the elf-knight was soon lulled fast, fast asleep

And she'd taen his own sword-belt & bound him around
And with his own dirk struck the fiend his death wound

"Well, if seven King's daughters were slain here by thee
Then lie here and keep them all good company!"
Track Name: St. Patrick's Rune
At Tara in this fateful hour
I place all Heaven with its power;
The sun with its brightness,
The snow with its whiteness,
The fire with all the strength it hath,
The lightning with its rapid wrath,
The winds with their swiftness along their path,
The rocks with their steepness,
The sea with its deepness,
The earth with its starkness;
All of these I place,
By God's almighty grace,
Between myself and the powers of darkness.
Track Name: The Dark Lady
A fierce one-eyed man named Baron LaBonne
A meaner pirate had never been known
And he sailed on the Dark Lady
A ship strong and sound with a perilous crew
And high on the mast the skull and bones flew
Fleet and swift was the Dark Lady

And every night the Baron would drink a toast
He'd say, "Here's to our lovely lady host!
My one true love..."
"Hear, hear!" the crew replied
And the Dark Lady sighed.

A rich Spanish galleon was spotted one night
The Dark Lady's crew prepared for the fight
Clash of swords...No Spaniard survived it
Except for the maiden with dark eyes so bold
Found in the hull with the jewels and the gold
LaBonne laughed and took her for ransom

And every night the Baron would drink a toast
He'd say, "Here's to my lovely lady host!
My one true love..."
"Hear, hear!" the crew replied
And the Dark Lady sighed.

The girl Carlotta was a beauty quite rare
With each passing night LaBonne couldn't bear
His empty bed. He brought her to it.
The Baron soon found he felt more than desire
His love for her grew and his soul filled with fire
He proclaimed that they would marry.

That night the Baron drank with jubilee
And said, "Here's to my lovely bride to be!
My one true love..."
"Hear, hear!" the crew replied
And the Dark Lady cried.

The following night a storm brewed at sea
The Dark Lady saw her chance to be free
Of her rival, the beauty Carlotta
The ship steered herself to the heart of the gale
Where a wave swept the maiden out over the rail
Sweet revenge on an unfaithful lover.

That night the Lady drank a toast
And said, "Here's to your lovely lady host!
Your one true love..."
No voices replied
And the Dark Lady smiled.

And now any night when a storm fills the sky
They say that a ghost ship sails in it's eye
Fleet and swift is the Dark Lady
A ship strong and sound with a perilous crew
And high on the mast the skull and bones flew
While the captain gazes out to sea.

And every night the Baron must drink a toast
He says, "Here's to our lovely lady host!
My one true love..."
"Hear, hear," the ghost crew replies
And the Dark Lady smiles.
Track Name: The Green Fields of France
Well, how do you do, young Willy McBride?
Do you mind if I sit here down beside your graveside?
And rest for a while 'neath the warm summer sun
I've been walking all day, and I'm nearly done

I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen
When you joined the great fallen in 1916
I hope you died well
And I hope you died clean
Or Willy McBride, was is it slow and obscene?

Did they beat the drums slowly?
Did they play the fife lowly?
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play "The Last Post" and chorus?
Did the pipes play "The Flowers of the Forest?"

Did you leave a young wife or a sweetheart behind?
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined?
Alhough you died back in 1916
In some faithful heart, are you forever nineteen?
Or are you a stranger without even a name
Enshrined now, forever behind a glass pane
In an old photograph torn, tattered, and stained
And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame?

Did they beat the drums slowly?
Did they play the fife lowly?
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play "The Last Post" and chorus?
Did the pipes play "The Flowers of the Forest?"

Well, the sun, it shines down on the green fields of France
There's a warm summer's breeze and the red poppies dance
The trenches are gone, tilled under the plow
There's no gas, no barbed wire, there's no guns firing now
But here in this graveyard it's still no man's land
Where the countless white crosses in mute witness stand
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man
And a whole generation that was butchered and damned!

Did they beat the drums slowly?
Did they play the fife lowly?
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play "The Last Post" and chorus?
Did the pipes play "The Flowers of the Forest?"

I can't help but wonder now, Willy McBride
If all those who lie here know why they have died?
Did you really believe when you answered the call?
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
The sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain;
The killing, the dying; they were all done in vain;
For Willy McBride it all happened again!
And again, and again, and again, and again!

Did they beat the drums slowly?
Did they play the fife lowly?
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play "The Last Post" and chorus?
Did the pipes play "The Flowers of the Forest?"
Track Name: Fields of Athenry
By a lonely prison wall,
I heard a young girl calling:
Michael, they have taken you away,
For you stole Trevelyan's corn,
So the young might see the morn.
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay.

Lone-li are the fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing, we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry.

By a lonely prison wall,
I heard a young man calling:
Nothing matters, Mary, when you're free
'Gainst the famine and the Crown,
I rebelled, they cuts me down.
Now you must raise our child with dignity.

Lone-li are the fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing, we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry.

By a lonely harbour wall,
She (I) watched the last hour falling
As the prison ship sailed out against the sky
For she'll (I'll) live and hope and pray,
For her (my) love in Botany Bay
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry.

Lone-li are the fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing, we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry.

It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry.
Track Name: The Queen's Dirk
As we were sailing along the star sea,
We hadn't been gone months, not two nor three,
When we saw ten sail, ten sail of orc
All men-o'-war full as big as we.

"Haul down your colours, you Elvish dogs!
Haul down your colours, do not refuse.
Haul down your colours, you Elvish dogs
Or your precious lives you will lose!"

Our captain being a valiant elf,
And a well bespoken an elf was he:
"Let it never be said we died like dogs,
For we shall fight most valiantly!"

"Go up aloft, you cabin boys,
And mount the mainmast, a topsail high,
For to spread the news to King Zaor's fleet
That we'll run the risk or else we'll die!"

Well, the fight began about six in the morn,
And unto the orbit of the sun.
And at the rise of the next dawn,
Where we saw ten ships we couldn't see but one.

For three we sank and three we burned,
And three we caused to run away,
And one we towed to Dragon Harbour,
For to let them know we'd won the day.

If anyone then should inquire
As to our gallant captain's name,
Well, Captain Yvoleth was our commander
And the Queen's Dirk was our ship by name.
Track Name: Lullaby: An Apology
Lullaby, and good night
Lullaby, and good night
Lullaby, and good night
Lullaby, and good night

I remember how you sang
Lullabies in the night
I remember how you read to me
By the hall's soothing light

I was a child and I knew
I was safe in your arms
You would save me from the darkness
You would keep me from harm

If I only knew
There's only so much a mother can do

I remember how we fought
And the cruel things we said
I remember how I left home
Needing freedom or death

I was a child and I knew
I wasn't safe in your arms
I felt that you had somehow betrayed me
You couldn't keep me from harm

If I only knew
There's only so much a mother can do

2 a.m. the phone rings
And it's your voice on the line
You tell me there was an accident
And you were lucky this time

It's then I realized how much I love you
And how important you are
You haven't failed me, you gave me your strength
You are my guiding star

But if you only knew
There's only so much a daughter can do

Lullaby, and good night
Lullaby, and good night
Lullaby, and good night
Lullaby, and good night
Track Name: Releasing Quarters
Spirits of Air who linger near
Thy loving watch is welcome here
We bid thee now to go or stay
But come again to guard the way

When next we cast by magick rite
Our circle of the brightest light

Spirits of Fire who linger near
Thy loving watch is welcome here
We bid thee now to go or stay
But come again to guard the way

When next we cast by magick rite
Our circle of the brightest light

Spirits of Water who linger near
Thy loving watch is welcome here
We bid thee now to go or stay
But come again to guard the way

When next we cast by magick rite
Our circle of the brightest light

Spirits of Earth who linger near
Thy loving watch is welcome here
We bid thee now to go or stay
But come again to guard the way

When next we cast by magick rite
Our circle of the brightest light
Track Name: Sun and Moon and Star
Sun and Moon and Star
We are together
We are joined as one
Now and forever
Track Name: The Other Side of the Mirror (Live)
So this is how it feels when the world ends
Something dies and is born again
You think you know yourself, but do you?

Should I stay silent, or be condemned?
This is how it feels when the world ends
Can you fathom the darkness inside of you?

Take a look at your face
It will be replaced
This is the other side of the mirror

Shades of grey, nothing's carved in stone
Suffer in silence or be alone
Why can't I have my cake and eat it too?

Always different, always on the outside
And now I know the reason why
What would they all say if they only knew?

Take a look at your face
It will be replaced
This is the other side of the mirror

Will they abandon me? Will they take me in?
Society will punish me for my sin
But how can it be sin if I don't hurt anyone?

The fear imprisons me; I live in a cage
I've got to be brave, but I can't give in to rage
I watch the fabric of my world as it comes undone

Shadows of silence haunting me through the night
And yet, within my shell, my soul takes flight
And believe me, World, I really had no choice

The secret deep within asphyxiates me
I've got to let it out, I've got to be free
And someone, somewhere, has got to hear my voice!

Take a look at your face
It will be replaced
This is the other side of the mirror

Mother, father, I cannot be
Whatever it is that you want me to be
I wish that you could understand, I wish that you could say
"It's all right, sweetheart, we love you anyway"
But I know I can't expect what will never be
And all that I can hope is that you'll still care for me
So if this is farewell, I guess I'll say goodbye
And face the world with hope, and my battle cry
Someone's got to take the chance, and say it loud,
"I'm young, gay, and proud!"

CHORUS

So this is how it feels when the world ends
Something dies and is born again
You think you know yourself, but do you?

Well, I'm not silent, and I've been condemned
But maybe someday all this pain will end
Courage, patience, and faith will see us through

Take a look at your face
It will be replaced
This is the other side of the mirror

Take a look at your face
It will be replaced
This is the other side of the mirror