Fragile Dreams

by Leannan Sidhe

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1.
05:09
The Pied Piper called me out to play I still can hear his songs today Seek and hide in shadows The world’s a joyful place CHORUS: In a brown wagon pulled by dragons Their painted wings spread wide We traveled all the world ’round An owl kept watch inside It was Home…. It was Home. Whispered stories only just begun Fading out before they’re done Catching hold I find a world That I can make my own CHORUS: In a brown wagon pulled by dragons Their painted wings spread wide We traveled all the world ’round An owl kept watch inside It was Home…. It was Home. Fairies hide behind each rock and tree I learned to look that I might see All those thing that disappear When you disbelieve CHORUS: In a brown wagon pulled by dragons Their painted wings spread wide We traveled all the world ’round An owl kept watch inside It was Home…. It was Home. Oh the day was dark and fraught with tears We left that home I’d loved for years No more the roads to wander When we said goodbye CHORUS: In a brown wagon pulled by dragons Their painted wings spread wide We traveled all the world ’round An owl kept watch inside It was Home…. It was Home. Now that I am grown and on my own I find I’ve made the world my own All the magic of those childhood days Still living on within CHORUS: In a brown wagon pulled by dragons Their painted wings spread wide We traveled all the world ’round An owl kept watch inside It was Home…. It was Home. It was Home.
2.
CHORUS: The tide rolls in, the tide rolls out It holds no care for you hope or doubt But heed you well the rant and roar As the waves crash down upon the shore Pray all you like to the Gods of the Sea But if you want to succeed then take warning by me Know better than breath the ways of the tide Or you’ll earn an early grave by the ocean side Wish all you like on the stars in the sky But if you can not read them its swift then you’ll die For the stars are our compass, our map and our guide As the oceans we sail and the ship’s deck we ride Dream all you will of the freedom in store But if you’re seeking freedom then stay on the shore For the ship is our chain and our Mistress the sea It cares not that its made slaves of dreamers like me But if you’re struck with longing and you know how to work And if you promise never your duties to shirk And your death it means nothing next to wind, sea and sky Then we’ll take you on board where you’ll live till you die.
3.
04:06
There’s more to joy than laughter, it isn’t always loud And you can feel alone although you’re welcomed by the crowd To mask your sorrows with a smile is not an easy task And when you find it slipping, you’re afraid someone will ask My friends make merry through the night as I slip out unseen A quiet song upon my lips, alone into the green And as I long for company, a voice that’s not my own Says “So this is where the singer is, my friend, you’re not alone.” CHORUS:True hearts may not be parted by distance or by time The love will stay though memory fades and all that’s left is rhyme And through one life into the next, true hearts will know their own And when they finally meet again, its like to coming home “I see I’m not the only one to seek a quiet place, Sometimes people get too much for even me to face But quiet song beneath a tree is everything I need So come and sit with me awhile and let our hearts be freed” CHORUS The night sped far too swiftly by, twas time for me to go And how I wished there was a way to tell you so you’d know Just what your presence meant to me, it felt so much like home And I know I’m not the only one who sometimes feel alone CHORUS And when we finally meet again, its like to coming home
4.
Wind whispers through the shadowed trees, and its calling out my name I turn away to watch the stars come out and my answer's still the same Come if you can and close your eyes And look deep within your dreams 'till you come out the other side Oh dream with me... Leaves shiver as the haunted breeze goes on its way again The time is past to seek out hidden things or to watch new ones begin Stay if you will and rest your ears Upon the gentle earth as her heart beats out your fears Oh sleep with me... Water dances through the darkened wood heeding its own inner call Owls fly caught in the gentle arms of night that will not let them fall Sing if you wish as though the night itself gives voice Know in this as well you will always have a choice Oh sing with me... Fire gleams as a bright star falls granting wishes in the night It starts a blaze hot at your feet and its calling to the light Dance if you dare to the beating of your heart Cast loose the fears that keep your shadow bound apart Oh dance with me... Wind whispers through the shadowed trees, and its calling out my name My answer changes in the falling night for I am no longer tame I'll come to you and close my eyes And look deep within my dreams'till I come out the other side I'll dream with you... I’ll dream with you
5.
CHORUS: Of Earth is the wolf that is standing before me Of Air is the song that at my heart pulls Of Water the tears that too oft wash my eyes But its Fire, hot Fire that is searing my soul Before me the Wolf, I am pinned by his eyes Strange and warm they engulf me and strip my soul bare Recognition strikes hard and I see it too late And I am bound who was unwilling to care BRIDGE: Close your eyes, release my heart Say goodbye before we start Close your ears and do not hear How my heart calls for you CHORUS With shadows you dance and I can’t help but join you The light in your eyes seems to drive back the dark I hunt and am hunted in turn through night’s dreaming Oh Wolf of my dreams will you listen and hark? BRIDGE/CHORUS With shadows and light we have woven a pattern With music and dance we have shaped both our lives Together, apart the distance is growing The recognition we share remains unsatisfied BRIDGE/CHORUS: The most difficult path now unrolling before me To speak and watch hope as it whither and dies I stand on the threshold twixt daylight and dreaming The goodbyes I would make… are stilled by your eyes BRIDGE/CHORUS
6.
02:28
What dreams may come bereft of sleep, That soft within our windows creep? And seizing hold of minds still waking Envelop them the truth forsaking? What dreams are born to those who hide, Who ever fear to look inside? Who will not rest from night till morn To such as these what dreams are born? And what becomes of such as I Who dreaming lives until I die? Who fights the call to simply sleep Surrendered to the dreaming deep For dreaming is both balm and bane It soothes the soul and brings it pain Its colors vivid, touches true Can often seem more real than you It clouds your mind, opens your heart And tears your world and all apart But what you found of what you’d lost May in the end be worth the cost So gently droops the nodding head So warm, inviting is the bed So swiftly does the dream unfurl So easy lost the waking world
7.
03:09
Footsteps creeping down the hall Shadows reaching from the wall Children crying lost and small And no one is there to hear CHORUS: Lost and alone and dark is the night Old are the terrors that stalk the light Harden your hearts to what may appear This is no place for the children This is a place full of fear Shadows reach and slither free Children crying hopelessly The darkness gathers hungrily And no one who cares can hear Children crying all alone As the dark begins to moan Nowhere’s safe, not even home When no one is there to see CHORUS As the dark inflicts its pain Nowhere’s safe or even sane Nothing will be right again For blind are the ones who see Nowhere’s safe enough to trust Nothing’s right or even just Footsteps creeping as they must And no one knows why you fear CHORUS Nothing’s just or good or right Footsteps creeping in the night Shadows reaching with delight And no one cares that you fear Footsteps creeping down the hall Shadows reaching from the wall Children crying lost and small And no one is there to hear
8.
The sky beats out the rhythm of a breaking heart Flashes of lightning turning away the dark And the thunder growls around And the lightning strikes the ground And the sky lights up and everywhere the sound of clashing skies The sky beats out the rhythm of a breaking heart Flashes of lightning turning away the dark And the rain comes pouring down Adding teardrops to the sound of the breaking skies The sky beats out the rhythm of a breaking heart Flashes of lightning burning away the dark And the sky lights up and everywhere I turn I see That it’s called the dance and the dance has called out to me And the thunder growls around And the lightning strikes the ground And the sky beats out the sound
9.
04:02
Snow White, Rose Red, Sleeping Beauty almost dead Little girl sent for flowers in the snow Where did you all go? Red Hood, clever ruse Wearing out twelve sets of shoes Golden hair, tumbling down Too high the cost of a golden crown They gave you happily ever-afters But they never let you choose And when the heroes fought your monsters Did you ever wish that they would lose? Sometimes we wish to face our demons To know we've got the strength to win And where the other girls see endings We know its here that we begin Stole a rose, left the sea Bird of fire in an apple tree On a lake lived an enchanted swan Where have you all gone? Golden ball, gingerbread Remember what your mother said Pumpkin coach fled through the town Too high the cost of a golden crown They gave you all your ever-afters But they never let you chose If that is where you'd end your story If its not your choice than whose? Sometimes we wish to face our demons To know we've got the strength to win And where the other girls see endings We know its here that we begin Weave your shirts, don’t make a sound Half your life spent underground Spin straw to gold to please a king Where have you all been? Don’t peek at night, don’t use the key To prove your worth sleep on a pea Mirror shards come snowing down Too high the cost of a golden crown There’s more to life than ever-afters And its up to you to choose If you’ll save yourself from monsters Or let yourself be used Sometimes its time to face our demons And know we’ve got the strength to win And where other girls see endings We know its here that we begin
10.
In the darkness where you’re hiding Let me be your guiding star Let my smiles and my laughter Lift you up and take you far CHORUS: Step out of the shadows Step into your dreams Look into tomorrow Hear the nightingale sing I can hear the aching silence I can see how deep you’ve gone As the darkness folds around you Pulling you forever on CHORUS Let my song pierce through the silence Let its warmth cut through the cold Let its joy drive back the anguish Let your battered wings unfold CHORUS In the stillness and the silence Let me be the breath of air That lifts you up and sets you soaring Ever higher if you dare CHORUS And as the morning light awakens You remember how to sing Let the shadows fall behind you As you race the sun with windswept wings CHORUS 2x Hear the nightingale sing Hear the nightingale sing
11.
Heart meeting heart in the darkness Like meeting like in the night Eyes meeting eyes from the shadows I recognize and I challenge as my right The Elven Lord and the dancing Leannan Sidhe He saying “Never will I dance.” She only smiles and keeps dancing “Even you” she says “must someday take a chance.” She spins away on the dance floor And dances from her heart Twisting and turning she dances ‘Til even Elven Lords must wish that they were part “Away” she says “I must go now, But ere I go think on this…” In her eyes taunting promise Of all the passion that not dancing made him miss “Oh such a small and charming challenge, But did you win or did you lose? And even now is it over? I wonder when we meet again, what will you choose?”
12.
F:Sometimes in the darkness, I can hear your song Sometimes in the darkness, it doesn’t feel so wrong And sometimes, when you call out my name I can feel desire rise like a fire in my veins Sometimes as I dance through the night I feel you holding me so tight M:Don’t hold back so much, I can sense your fear Don’t turn away from me, nothing can harm you here You close your eyes as I kiss your hand There’s fire in my softest touch a burn you will withstand Sometimes as I dance through your dreams I feel you fraying at the seams F: Sometimes in the darkness, I can sense you’re there And sometimes in the darkness, I wonder who you are And sometimes I wish I would not wake For I can feel the passion rise and I'm dancing with the flame Sometimes as I lie awake in bed I feel you laughing in my head M: Sometimes from the shadows I hear you ask my name And sometimes I whisper the same haunting refrain Close your eyes and I’ll take you away To where the passion burns so bright it changes night to day Sometimes as that fire’s at its height I’ll leave you waking in the night F: Sometimes I wonder if I am blessed or cursed And sometimes in the darkness, I wonder which is worse To feel your touch and to then have you gone Or to never feel that fire dance inside me with your song Sometimes you’re enchantment’s greatest call And sometimes you’re not there at all F&M: Standing in the darkness, I can see your eyes And what I see within them has caught me by surprise The warmth of your smile, the love that I see Is more than all the passion there between yourself and me In my dreams I reach out my hand And know you somehow understand
13.
03:25
CHORUS:Silence… Vast and echoing silence… Like a teardrop in the rain, passing unnoticed then its gone There’s an empty space on the horizon And though I search, the stars give no reply Nothing is found, no answer given From lonely earth or far distant sky CHORUS There is only one face in the mirror There is only one voice that I hear and that is mine There’s only one place at the table And nothing passes here but time CHORUS Dreams melt away as daylight reveals The truth in which I now reside And though I have learned to believe in myself Still its lonely without you by my side CHORUS There’s an empty space on the horizon And though I search, the stars give no reply Nothing is found, no answer given From lonely earth or far distant sky

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released July 16, 2011

Leannan Sidhe - Songwriter/composer/lead vocals/album art
Alexander James Adams/PhantaSea studios - Guitar/backing vocals/mandolin/fiddle/djembe/bodhrain/fairy bells/synth/effects/engineer
Betsy Tinney - Cello
Sunnie Larson - Violin
Glenn Falkenberg - Harp
Darlisa Black - Flute/album photographer
Doc Adams/Phantom Sounds Studio - Mastering
Kevin Wiley - Final Album layout

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Leannan Sidhe Seattle, Washington

Leannan Sidhe is a fey musician with wandering feet, a shimmering soprano voice, and who writes music that tends to the bittersweet. She performs mostly in the Pacific Northwest, but will happily travel further abroad if the opportunity is provided.

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