Mine to Love

by Leannan Sidhe

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Connor DeChand I love Leannan Sidhe for their refreshing and unique sound. Lessons of the Labyrinth actually gave me chills. :) The good kind though. Favorite track: Lessons of the Labyrinth.
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1.
Chorus: I am she who walks these walls, and I cannot forget I've been trying to return to you, but I haven't found you yet Time is nothing but a passing breath that marks each twist and turn I am lost within this place continuing to learn I'm searching for a time that's past, oh so long ago A fairytale of love long lost, the depths that no one knows I tasted once of magic fruit and dared to meet your eyes Now I weep for crumbling labyrinth walls, the loss of what was mine Count your steps and mark your way But don't believe your marks will stay Seek out the center, enter in But you will not return again I walk over walls I once ran past, empty now of friends And even so without their aid, the labyrinth never ends Once overcoming trials of the heart did let me in Now there's naught but stones and dusty walls, no trials to begin I count my steps and make my way, I can't believe my marks still stay Old words still linger in my ear But I will not give in to fear! The challenge met and match was set, a Queen against a King It took leaving you to show me what you taught me with your dream The strength to make my choices and in choosing shape my fate Now I've returned to choose again, and I pray I'm not too late I count my steps and make my way I can't believe my marks still stay This time there is no game to win But will you ever let me in? I count my steps and make my way I can't believe my marks still stay Seek out the center enter in And I will not return again!
2.
Cold and clear the screaming came, the cries were carried on the wind A shadow on the forest lay, a curse on all who dwelt within A maze of briars twisting grew to keep the fragile world safe Entrapping she who sleeping lay on silvered sheen of spider's lace Chorus: Sleeping Beauty, a danger to us all If you hear her, promise you'll not heed her call Sometimes a curse is not the evil thing it seems Promise child, that you'll not heed her dreams Her call was subtle, dark and deep, it stole the hearts of dreaming men For all who live must sometime sleep and dreams is where she lives again Once by one they made their way along the narrow winding track To where the maze of briars grew to try and win their lady back Yes one by one they tried the maze, and left the briars wet with blood As first they tried and then they died, their bodies broken in the mud Hungry as the briars grew, they ate the hearts of dreaming men Devouring all but stark white bone, and the lady cared for none of them Her meat and drink are death and pain, and twisting shadows is her play, But stealing dreams she loves the most, this darkest lady of the fay That she must stay ever bound is a truth that all can clearly see But I wonder which is worse, the lady bound or walking free
3.
02:23
Chorus: Once more into the fray brave knight, before the day is done Once more before the shadows fall and time again moves on Once more to lift your sword and sing, once more to live the dream Once more before the knight descends to wipe away its gleam Strike forth for truth and honor bright, for love and life and joy For melody and whimsy and each frightened girl and boy Strike for freedom, strike for hope, strike true and hold your ground For who else will defend us when at last they cut you down Oh live! Though precious life's blood is spilled upon the land Live to ward the ones who's lives depend upon your hand Though darkness fills the plain like some unending troubled sea Live and buy us time to plan, and time with which to flee
4.
04:37
A man rides swiftly in the night, with his son upon his knee The child cries out "Ride faster, from the Erl-King must we flee!" But the father keeps a steady pace, "My son 'twas just a dream There's no such thing as fair elfland, or of the Erl-King" He holds his son more gently now, as they ride toward the town "But Father, he's behind us in his flowing robe and crown!" "Be calm, its just the fog my son, nothing else you could have seen, There's no such thing as fair elfland, or of the Erl-King" "Dear boy, don't heed your father's words, take my hand and come with me You'll play in fields of flowers, take thy rest beneath a tree My mother, she will dress you child, in her golden garments fair I am the King of fair Elfland, and I will take you there!" "Oh father hear him whisper now? Such promises he makes me! But father, I'm afraid to go, so do not let him take me!" "Wind is all there is to hear my child, nothing else it could have been, There's no such thing as fair elfland, or of the Erl-King" "Sweet boy, come fast away with me, my daughter's they will greet thee You'll join their nightly dancing and they'll sing to you most sweetly They will rock you fast asleep, and attend to thee with care I am the King of fair Elfland, and I will take you there!" "Oh father, see his daughters there! All in the darkness standing?" "My son, I see that you are right, grey willow trees are dancing. Hush and rest your fevered mind my son, and listen to me sing Think no more of daughters fair, or of the Erl-King" "I love you boy, your handsome form has charmed me quite completely, Since you'll not come with me by choice, than I'll not give you any!" "Father, oh my father dear, he's here to take me from thee! Oh Father, I was right to fear, the Erl-King has claimed me!" The father shudders, spurs his steed, holds close his moaning child Makes haste for home at greatest speed, his heart has grown wild With urgency he enters, lays his ailing son in bed Too late! Too late! And all in vain, his boy, his darling child, dead.
5.
02:56
Chorus: Jenneth can you hear me? Jenneth can you see? Jenneth can you feel me? Thou art everything to me. You are the light that keeps me shining Alone at night, I dream of thee It feels so right, our souls entwining Jenneth, thou art everything to me A dance with you can last forever And at your side I long to be A bond like ours, nothing can sever Jenneth, thou art everything to me You sing to me like no one else does You dream with me and set me free I see you now, and see what once was Jenneth, thou art everything to me Darling Jenneth, thou art everything to me
6.
02:58
"Fair maid, why are you crying? Why do you shed tears like blood in the snow?" "I weep, for my children were stolen, By one who loved me and won't let me go" "Fair maid, what freedom was stolen? You have at your fingertips all you desire." "Blind sir, a cloak made of feathers, Stolen from riverside, burned in a fire." "A swan maid once was I Born to touch the sky But lacking wings I cannot fly My cloak was burned before my eyes" "Swan maid, why are you smiling? Last that I saw you, you fought at your chains." "Kind sir, my children are flying. My captor is gone and I burned his remains." "Swan maid, where are you going? This place is now yours and you could stay here." "Kind sir, the phoenix is calling, Within her embrace lies all I now hold dear." "A swan maid once was I Born to touch the sky For far too long I could not fly But now released in flames I rise!"
7.
Friend of my heart, let me brighten up your flame Bringing light to the dark is the nature of your game But fire requires fuel and my friend you're burning down So let me brighten up the fire that never can be bound Chorus: Burn hot, burn hard, burn fast And I will fan the fires so they last And I will dance among the flame without fear of burn or pain Freely given is the gift and nothing asked Fire of my heart, I could never bear to tame I cup myself around your spark and I fan it into flame I watch you blaze a trail, burning bright across the sky And as I long to join you, so I love to watch you fly Fire of my heart, you have burned away my pain You have left your mark, and I'll never be the same As my wings catch fire I can only hope to burn So let me brighten up your fire and show you what I've learned Burn hot, burn hard, burn fast Freely given is the gift and nothing asked
8.
"Who are you?" He said, to the woman before his eyes "I did not see you coming, and so I am surprised To find that I can see the sky when looking in your eyes" "I came across the void" said she, "and I'm a stranger here, And I have need this moment to whisper in your ear A favor I must ask of thee, and so will you draw near?" She breathed herself like whiskey into his waiting brain And in a startled voice he asked the lady of her name "You know me from your waking dreams of when you were a boy, I am the King of Elfland's daughter" "Now friend will you drop everything and come away with me? Along the rocky cliffs so high and then across the sea Come and join our fairy band as we dance under the tree." "I will" he said, and shook her hand, and so they journeyed far And called the dance together between the daylight and the dark And if you should go seeking them, you'll find them dancing still She breathed herself like whiskey into his waiting heart But in the end it mattered not, they came from worlds apart He a mortal man and she quite something else again She was the King of Elfland's daughter!
9.
06:39
So dark a knight that can not see nor hear his lover's cries Who is blinded by the shadows does not see his love's demise As his sword goes flashing brightly through the darkness and the gloom He does not know or does not care that he was his lover's doom So softly crept she nigh him as in his sleep he lay To stand watch upon his dreams that night until the break of day And as she watched she made no sound to wake the knight she loved But steadfastly endured the chill even through her cloak and gloves Till at last at midnight's darkest, when the moon fled from the sky His lover watched the clouds roll in and she saw the starlight die Forbidding filled her heart then at a half remembered tale Of a curse upon her lover's arm and her face turned deathly pale For if he were to waken when all light was gone and fled Then by his sword and by his arm, his lover would lie dead And yet she stood beside him bravely praying for the light Guarding well the dreaming of her loved and gentle knight Swift came the assassins and she there in silence strove She heard her true love stirring in the shadows of the grove She was not weak, but they were strong, and many more than she And they had the advantage, for in darkness they could see She felt it more than heard it, the blow aimed at his head And out of desperation she screamed to wake the dead Her knight awoke, his blade came up in time to block the blow But at what cost? For in his eyes the dark began to grow As blood dripped softly down his sword, he could be heard to growl As his heart was taken by the beast, he loosed a fearful howl He whirled and attacked, no longer fighting for his life But wrapped within a hunger fierce for killing and for strife So it was he did not see them as they held his lady pinned They stood her there before his blade as from shadows Darkness grinned And so he then unknowing cut his lady to the ground Gone were the assassins who there had held her bound And the Dark could be heard laughing as it faded into light It left behind an anguished, bruised and battered, broken knight Who fell before his lady fair and caught her in his arms He knew full well 'twas by his hand that she had come to harm "Why then did you follow me? Why stay to guard my dreams? Why did you not let me die? Why warn me with your screams?" He broke and howled with anguish at the loss of her he prized Then stood there in his place a beast with fire in its eyes The curse fulfilled had lifted and returned him to his form Of a creature born of nightmares with a gleaming jet black horn For as long as she still loved him, he in human form could stay But with her death the Dark reclaims a Nightmare run away Refrain: And yet she stands beside him, bravely praying for the light Guarding well the dreaming of her loved and gentle knight
10.
03:47
Where the wind blows off the water, And the mountains pierce the sky Where the sun falls down into the night And the full moon starts to rise In between the elements Where they meet and intertwine It is there that I will wait for you And there I'll make you mine Mine to dance with, mine to love Mine to touch and know Mine to sing with, mine to hold To keep or to let go In the purple of the twilight And the rose and gold of dawn Where the stars shine bright from fairyland And the music lingers on In between the elements Where they meet and intertwine It is there that I will wait for you And there I'll make you mine Mine to dance with, mine to love Mine to touch and know Mine to sing with, mine to hold To keep or to let go I'm in the wind that kisses softly, A gentle touch upon your brow I watch you through reflections For that's all that I'm allowed Until you call my name again And our worlds intertwine Its here that I will wait for you To fear me and be mine Mine to dance with, mine to love Mine to touch and know Mine to sing with, mine to hold To keep or to let go In between the elements Where they meet and intertwine It is there that I will wait for you And there I'll make you mine And then I'll make you mine
11.
05:02
Chorus: Words trapped within can be poison Sinking us into dark and despair We build demons formed of all the things we don't say Convincing us no one will care And we are the voiceless, the silent, the mute All the things we could say, someone else could refute And we all must stay silent to save someone else So we never speak up to rescue ourselves The mermaid sought love, but it came with a price She gave up her voice and she never asked twice Who made her believe that was all she could do? Who told her that silence makes loving come true? The swan maid spun nettles and said naught a word Hands covered with blisters, her brothers were birds And I can't help but wonder what she would have said If the curse were reversed and she flew in their stead A mother was tested and told not to speak Her worth lay in how well a secret could keep Her silence meant more than her poor children's lives And so we are trained to be good silent wives I watch you fall silent as others speak out Fallen prey to their scorn and to your own self doubt And as they steal your voice, let me scream and shout "Stand fast and don't let them all shove you about!" But my voice is long gone and no words will come out
12.
CHORUS: Wrap me up in mystery and take me far away Set me down in labyrinth walls and let me find my way Feed me not your fairy fruit, but challenge me instead In challenges I prove my worth and learn from what you've said Lesson one, be careful what you ask Lesson two, beware the simple task Lesson three, nothing is ever as it seems Lesson four, don't lose yourself in dreams Beware, take care, be aware Beware, take care, be aware Lesson five, be kind to make a friend Lesson six, the journey never ends Seventh I learned that words can hold great power Lesson eight, don't waste a single hour Beware, take care, be aware Beware, take care, be aware Lesson nine, be careful who you fight Lesson ten, things don't always come out right Eleventh taught me to know when I should run Lesson twelve, there are ways thing must be done Beware, take care, be aware Beware, take care, be aware Last of all and the hardest one to learn Lesson thirteen, when there's no where left to turn A choice once made can't ever be undone Sometimes you've lost, just when you think you've won Beware, take care, be aware Beware, take care, be aware Beware, take care, be aware Beware.

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released June 22, 2013

Shanti Singleton
Alexander James Adams
Betsy Tinney
Mickey Phoenix
S.J. Tucker
Rob Lindfors
Dara Korra'ti
Sunnie Larson
Wednesday Phoenix

All music and lyrics Copyright 2013 Shanti Singleton
EXCEPT King of Elfland's Daughter Copyright 1989 Mark Ungar
Recorded at PhantaSea Studios and Supervillian Studios
Engineering by Alexander James Adams and Dara Korra'ti
Mastering by Endless Creations
Album art copyright 2013 Rob Carlos
Photo inspiration: Starlisa Black Photography

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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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