Roses and Ruin

by Leannan Sidhe

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There lived a lady by the North Sea shore, Two daughters were the babes she bore. One grew as fair as in the sun So coal dark grew the elder one. A knight came riding to the lady's door; He travelled far to be their wooer. He courted one with gloves and rings But the other he loved above all things. "Oh sister, sister, won't you walk with me To see the ships sail o'er the sea?" And as they walked the windy shore The dark girl pushed her sister o'er. Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam Crying "Sister, reach to me your hand! Oh sister, sister, please let me live And all that's mine I'll surely give." "It's your own true love that I want, and more That thou shalt never come ashore." And as she floated like a swan The salt sea bore her body on. Two minstrels walked by the windy strand They saw her body float to land They made a harp of her breastbone Whose sound would melt a heart of stone. They took three strands of her yellow hair And with them strung this harp so rare. They took this harp to her father's hall There to play before them all. But when they set the harp upon a stone It began to play alone. The first string sang a doleful sound: "The bride her younger sister drowned." The second string, when this they tried: "In terror sits the black-haired bride." The third string sang beneath their bow: "And now her tears will surely flow." There lived a lady by the North Sea shore, Two daughters were the babes she bore. One grew as fair as in the sun So coal dark grew the elder one.
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(Still deciding on the title, I've got three) Why Am I Alive? / Help Me Believe / Distract Me, Please ©11/9/2016 Shanti Singleton I need someone to distract me From the thoughts inside my head From the razor blade against my wrist From wishing I were dead I need someone to distract me Please... I can not win this alone Please walk with me another mile Give me something to believe in A reason I should smile Help me believe That I've got someone on my side Because right now, I cannot see Why I'm alive I'm still alive I need something to distract me From the world burning down From the hate that's heaped upon my life And I'm afraid to look around I need someone to distract me Please... How much longer do I have Before they tell me I've no rights Before they take away my vote Before they come for me by night Help me believe That I've got someone on my side Because right now, I cannot see Why I'm alive Help me believe that I'm still safe That I've got someone on my side Because right now, I cannot see Why I'm alive I'm still alive I need something to distract me From the fears inside my head From the razor blade against my wrist From wishing I were dead I need someone to distract me Please... Help me Believe

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A collection of traditional collaborations with other artists, recorded at Criminal Studios. New tracks released once a month, or when I feel like it. This is a collaborative project with artists and listeners alike so if there's a traditional song you'd like to hear, let me know!

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released January 1, 2011

Shanti Singleton, vocals
Dara Korra'ti, Irish Bouzouki, Percussion and engineering
Jeri Lynn Cornish, Cello and backing vocals

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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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