Pyrates & Pagans

by Sable Aradia

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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!"
5.
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.
6.
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.
7.
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?"
8.
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.
9.
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.
10.
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
11.
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
12.
Sun and Moon and Star We are together We are joined as one Now and forever
13.
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

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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 March 20, 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 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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