Live in Winnipeg

by Sable Aradia

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Recorded LIVE in Winnipeg, October 4, 2014, while Sable was on her book tour and using house concerts to help pay her way. Featuring songs that have never been previously recorded by Sable and are available nowhere else!

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released June 1, 2018

Backing vocals & instruments: Jamie Field (formerly of Parnassus/Chalice and Blade).

Special thanks to Dodie Graham McKay, who opened up her living room for the event!

Cover image: photo of the inside of the dome of the Manitoba Legislature (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) viewed from below. I chose it because the Legislature is in reality a Masonic Temple: notice the four archangels in the corners? It seemed the best way to represent Pagan symbolism in Winnipeg! And thanks to Dodie Graham McKay, again, for recommending a tour of it!

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Sable Aradia 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: 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 and 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: Elementas
East wind blowing, lighting up my mind
(East wind blowing, lighting up my mind)
South fire burning, heating up my soul
(South fire burning, heating up my soul)
West water flowing, running through my veins
(West water flowing, running through my veins)
North earth healer, roots beneath my feet
(North earth healer, roots beneath my feet)

East wind blowing, lighting up my mind
South fire burning, heating up my soul
West water flowing, running through my veins
North earth healer, roots beneath my feet
(repeat x3)

(Spirit in the center, the circle is complete)
(Spirit in the center, the circle is complete.)
(Spirit in the center, the circle is complete.)
Spirit in the center, the circle is complete.)
Spirit in the center, the circle is complete.
Track Name: Dragonflight
Fading sun
Shining on the world
What has been done
Can come unfurled

Can you spare just a little time?
Can you take my hand? Your love is mine

Dragonflight
Leave the world behind
Dragonflight
In each other we find love of a kind

Were we ever children?
Did we run and play?
Did we once know innocence?
Did we dream in the day?

We can reach back and find that child
We can reach ahead; be free and wild

Dragonflight
Leave the world behind
Dragonflight
In each other we find love of a kind

Our worlds will come together
(Our worlds will come together)
Will join as one
(Will join as one)
Can’t we do the same?
Remove the cloud from the sun, from the sun

If I had just one wish
I know what I would say
I wish that hand-in-hand
We could just fly away

Will you love me if I break my vow?
Will you love me if I’m lost somehow?

Dragonflight
Leave the world behind
Dragonflight
In each other we find love of a kind

Dragonflight
Leave the world behind
Dragonflight
In each other we find love of a kind
Love of a kind
Love of a kind
Love of a kind . . .
Track Name: Flight of the Swallow
Feel the wind blowing and growing in coldness each day
The sun soon shall follow the flight of the swallow away
Bronzing of leaves and the sheaves replacing the green
Plants all a'dying, supplying the corn and the bean

Time for the reaping and keeping of all that He sees
Time for the sharing and caring for each others' needs

Warmth is behind us, confines us to darkening days
Nighttime will lengthen, and strengthen our love for our ways
Welcome, Dark Mother, we honour Your gifts of the earth
Only through crying and dying can there be rebirth

Time for the strong to live on for when warmth returns
Time full of plenty, and empty of hunger and thirst

Only through tomorrow's sorrows can there be new days
The soil is born, and the corn, and the rock and the glade
Plants that are dying are lying all strewn on the ground
Seeds all a'plenty are ready for land to be found

Time for reflection, inspection of what lies within
Time for repairing the wearing of all that has been

Feel the wind blowing and growing in coldness each day
The sun soon shall follow the flight of the swallow away
The sun soon shall follow the flight of the swallow away
The sun soon shall follow the flight of the swallow away
Track Name: Kings' Dance
Winter Solstice, the Oak King's rising
See the stars in the long night's sky
Shortest day, longest night
The dark turns to light
The Oak King rises tonight

CHORUS:
The Wheel of the Year keeps turning
The Kings dance round and round
All nature sings for the dance of the Kings
The Earth swings round the sun

Summer Solstice, the Holly King's rising
See the sun climb high in the sky
In the Midsummer's heat
The darkness is sweet
The Holly King rises tonight

CHORUS

(repeat all x3)
Track Name: My Paramour
Sitting here as the sun goes down
And I dread the darkness because it always brings
Thoughts of you in the cricket song
The sighing wind, and the last little bird that sings

And I remember you
Standing in the park, we were kissing in the dark
I can still see you now
Holding me close before you had to embark

Had to embark

I'm waiting for my paramour
I'm waiting for my paramour

In the lonely hours of the night
I turn out the light and lay me down to sleep
I kneel by my bed, bow my head and pray
My Lord my soul to keep

But it's just no use, your face returns to me
Alone in my empty bed
No warm caress for me tonight
And so I'll dream of you instead

Dream of you instead

I'm waiting for my paramour
I'm waiting for my paramour

Beneath a dusky sky, you taught me how to fly
My lover and my friend
The lilacs bloomed, it was early June
Why did it ever have to end?
You're miles away from me
And time drags on, and I wait for your return
We started a fire with friendship twigs
And a spark of love, and we watched it burn

And that fire rages still
Runnin' wild, and devouring my heart in flames
My love eats me alive right nere
It devastates; it kills and maims
I'm going crazy without you here
So please come back soon as you can
We will get married;
I'll be your woman, and you can be my man

You can be my man

I'm waiting for my paramour
I'm waiting for my paramour
Track Name: Herne
Come sit ye down, I'll tell a tale
As strange as any told
Of a lady of the Yorkshire Moor
Where the morning mist lays cold

Her wits had left her long ago
There was madness in her eyes
Though she spoke to none, some days at dawn
You could hear her laughing cry

CHORUS:
The Hunter and the Hunted,
You wear a thin disguise
The moon rides on Your shoulder
But the sun shine from Your eyes
I cannot look upon you
I cannot look away
But I hear the sound of the Hunter's horn
That greets the dawning day

She built her cottage years ago
And she lived there all alone
She was the only living soul
Who would call the moor her home
For tales were told of many who
Had vanished in the dawn
And of madmen who had heard the cry
Of Herne the Hunter's horn

The lady too had heard the tales
But she could never fear
The Horned God who filled her dreams
When she heard Him riding near
And then one night her longing eyes
Saw a figure tall and grim
Like a shadow glimpsed in the misty night
And she sang her song to Him:

CHORUS

He rode His horse up to the door
And she bade Him enter there
But He simply smiled and reached to lay
His hand upon her hair:
"My lady, I have ridden here
In answer to your call
But I'll not sit under any roof
Nor drink in any hall.

"You sing to Me of your desire
But you must understand
My heart belongs to the silver Moon
And the wild, deserted land
How can you give your love to one
You never can possess?
Or sacrifice your sanity
For a wild ride and a kiss?

CHORUS

The lady said, "I hear Your words,
But how can I explain?
How a simple touch can bring me joy
In spite of all the pain?
Be it love, or be it madness
I have no will to fight
This inner fire that bids me go
And ride with you this night!"

The Hunter smiled and said to her,
"Your pain I understand
For I have chased the sailing Moon
And loved the barren land
I cannot give My heart to you
But I'll give you what I may
So take my hand and ride with me
Until the break of day!"

CHORUS

Now many years have been and gone
Since she rode the misty plain
She never chose to leave the moor
And she never spoke again
But it's said by some when the night is done
And the moor is shroud in grey
You can hear her laugh with the Hunter's horn
At the dawning of the day!

CHORUS

Fa la la la la
La la la la
Fa la la la la la la

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