Heather Alexander and the Album of Secrets

by Heather Alexander

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    A companion to the live recording, "Festival Wind", this is collection of songs that didn't fit, bloopers from behind the scenes and old lost songs from the archives of long ago.

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released April 1, 2003

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Heather Alexander Portland, Oregon

A changling from the Land of Fae, Heather brings stories and songs from a world where magic never dies and anything can happen if you only believe.

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Track Name: Antique Desires
ANTIQUE DESIRES
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

When I was in my teenage years,
A man stepped into my life-
He changed the world from what I thought it used to be
Soon I got to wishin'
That I could be his wife-
I ran straight home and asked, "Mom, what's wrong with me?"

SHE SAID, "ANTIQUE DESIRES FOR A BRAND NEW HEART,
EVERYONE'S BEEN CAPTURED ONCE OR TWICE-
ANTIQUE DESIRES FOR A BRAND NEW HEART,
LET'S JUST HOPE THAT BURNING FIRE DOESN'T TURN TO ICE".

The burning fire never died,
Winter never came-
A country home, a loving man and a son born just the same
I look back upon my life
When it was at a start,
And thanked all those antique desires for a brand new heart!


Fortune smiled upon me,
We've been married twenty years-
We have a little daughter in our family tree
One day she came home flustered,
And her face all washed with tears-
I told her what my mother once told me

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Track Name: Playthings Past
PLAYTHINGS PAST
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Crystal light falls on the wall
I wonder if it’s there at all
Marking time, bells chime down the hall
Dreams that were given a start
Seem to to be falling apart
Loss and gain cause pain in my heart

Magical dreamlands fading away
Mist melting in the morning
Reaching with young hands into the grey
Holding to the last
Playthings past

Hopes that may never come true
Change to something brand new
Wonderous things, teachings carried through
Wishes fly on a new wing
Songs have a new voice to sing
All I’ve learned, she turned round to bring


Sailing an old ship with a new mast
Never to weigh or anchor
Old iron forged is now freshly cast
New dreams made from last
Playthings past

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Track Name: Old Souls
OLD SOULS
Lyrics: Philip Obermarck
Music: Heather Alexander

She combs bird nests from her tresses
Crosslegged upon the cool floor
Smiling at me as I offer to help
I feel like we've been here before
Laughing at Death, screaming at Fate
Sharing with friends and it's never too late

WE ARE OLD SOULS WITH NEW FACES
ONCE MORE WE'RE TOGETHER AGAIN
A TURN OF THE WHEEL PUTS US IN DIFFERENT PLACES
KNOWING EACH OTHER SINCE I DON'T KNOW WHEN
OUR LOVE IS AS STRONG AS IT EVER WAS THEN

Stretched out on the bed, our hearts open
Talking til night is no more
Fading to sleep as dawn becons us onward
I feel like we've been here before
Shining with light, thinking as one
Healing old wounds and we're bright as the sun

We walk hand in hand in the moonlight
The world is a place we ignore
Living together in dreams of our own
I feel like we've been here before
Shivering with fear, burning above
Blood of the Clan and the spirit of love

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Track Name: Johnny McEldou
JOHNNY McELDOU
Traditional Irish song

It was Johnny McEldou, and Magee and me
And a couple two or three went on a spree one day
We had a bob or two, which we knew how to blew
And the beer and whiskey flew and we all felt gay

We visited McCann's, Maclamann's, Humpty Dann's
We then went into Swann's, our stomachs for to pack
We ordered out some feed, which indeed, we did need
And we finished it with speed, but we still felt slack

Johnny McEldou turned as blue as the dew
And a plate of Irish stew he soon put out of sight
He shouted an encore with a roar for some more
That he'd never felt before such a keen appetite

He ordered eggs and ham, bread and jam, what a cram!
But him we couldn't tram though we tried our level best
And everything they brought, cold or hot, mattered not
It went down him like a shot and he still stood the test

He ordered tripe and lard, by the yard, we despared
We thought it would go hard when the waiter brought the bill
Told him to give o'r, but he swore he could lo're
Twice as much again and more before he had his fill

He nearly supped a trough full of broth, said MacGroth
"He'll have all the table cloth if ya don't haul him in!"
When the waiter brought the charge, MacEldou felt so large
He began to skulk and barge and his blood went on fire

He began to curse and swear, tear his hair in dispair
To finish the affair, called the shopman a liar
Shopman, he threw out and no doubt, he did clout
MacEldou, he kicked about like an old football
Tattered all his clothes, broke his nose, I suppose
He'd have killed him in a few blows in no time at all

MacEldou began to howl and to growl at mesoul'
Threw an empty bowl at the shopkeepers head
Struck at Mickey Flinn, peeled the skin off his chin
And the rustles did begin and we all fought and bled

Peelers did arrive, man alive! Four or five
At us they made a drive for us all to march away
Paid for all the meat that we ate, stood atrait
And went home to ruminate on the spree that day

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Track Name: Hi Barbara!
HIGH BARBARY
Traditional Arranged by Heather Alexander

Look ahead, look astern, look the weather and the lee
BLOW HIGH, BLOW LOW, AND SO SAILED WE!
I see a wreck to windward and a lofty ship to lee
ASAILIN' DOWN ALONG THE COAST OF HIGH BARBARY!

"Are you a privateer, or a man-o-war?" cried we
"I am a lusty pirate ship come lookin' for my fee!"

For broadside, for broadside, we fought along the main
Until at last the frigate shot the pirate's mast away

With cutlass and gun, oh, we fought for hours three
The ship, it was their coffin, and their grave, it was the sea

"For quarter, for quarter!" the saucy pirates cried
But the quarter that we showed them was to sink them in the tide!

And oh, twas a cruel sight, and grieved us full sore
To see them all a-drownin' as they tried to swim ashore

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Track Name: Hieland Lassie
HIELAND LASSIE
Traditional Tune and Chorus
Additional Lyrics by Heather Alexander

Where ya been now all the day, Bonnie Lassie, Hieland Lassie?
Where ya been now all the day, Bonnie, Hieland Lassie?

I’ve been travellin up and down,
Singin my songs in every town!

HEY HO & AWAY WE GO
BONNIE LADDIE, HEILAND LADDIE!
HEY HO & AWAY WE GO
BONNIE, HEILAND LADDIE!

I grew up in the Silicon Bay,
Sang from there down to LA!

Started up at the Renaissance Faire,
Didn’t pay much, but I didn’t much care!

Played at many an Irish bar,
Bumped my head, saw Plough and Stars!

Sold my home and bought an RV,
So my pets could travel with me!

Settled up in the Puget Sound,
Sunshine there can never be found!

Sang at many a Highland Game,
Just to get a GOOD piper’s name!

I sang out at Gig Harbor,
Saw some fey folk wearin’ fur!

I sang at a Sci FI con,
Folk there have the weirdest things on!

I sang for the SCA,
Sang war songs ten times a day!

In winter I don’t want to roam,
So I bought my Oregon home!

But in springtime when the cat has grinned,
I’m bound out on a festival wind!

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Track Name: Pirate Bill and Squidly
PIRATE BILL & SQUIDLY
Music & Lyrics by Heather Alexander

Pirate Bill and Squidly came jumpin’ from the sky
Said Pirate Bill to Squidly, “It’s a damn fine day to die!”
“For the sun is up, the sky is clear,
There’s no cloud bank to be found,
Oh, they say ‘the sky’s the limit’
But we both know it’s the ground!"

Mountains capped in snow-white hats and skies of azure blue
120 miles an hour’s just fine for me and you
Oh there’s always chance of failure
But we make that choice to fall,
For how can you leap into your life
If you never jump at all?


NO LIMITS & NO FEAR!-
BETTER CHECK OUT ALL YOUR GEAR!-
“GOT SAFETY" ON A RIBBON & YOU'LL FIND-
WITH YOUR SNEAKERS ON A CLOUD-
NO WHINERS ARE ALLOWED-
AND THE ONLY LIMIT IN THIS WORLD
IS THE ONE WITHIN YOUR MIND!


Pirate Bill and Squidly, they took me out to play,
Said Pirate Bill and Squidly, “You’ll learn to live today”
“Just arch your back and spread your arms,
While the wind screams in your ears-
And when you have finally touched the ground,
You’ll have turned back twenty years!”

With Pirate Bill and Squidly, I’m at 15000 feet,
Said Pirate Bill and Squidly, “On the ground now we will meet”
“Oh you’ve come this far, claim who you are!
There’s no time left now to hedge”-
And holding to those words alone, I stepped right off the edge!


Spinning and falling, your destiny calling,
You don’t think of death ‘cause you can’t catch your breath
You’re moving so fast but you want it to last
And you’re only just starting to let out a smile
The world turns around and you stare at the ground
But it’s so far away and you just want to stay
In the air a bit more, this is what life is for
And the chute opens up and you stop-

Pirate Bill and Squidly, came floating through the sky,
Said Pirate Bill and Squidly “Now you know how it’s to fly”
“For your heart is quick, your breath is short,
Your eyes are filled with pools
And your life can be just like this if you follow these few rules”-

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Track Name: There's no such Thing as a Perfect Parachute
"Blahggle waggle, ratzin' fratzin, pthupt!"