Insh'Allah

by Heather Alexander

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    Featured in the book "Lion"s Blood" by Steven Barnes, this master work was written specifically to capture the feeling and emotion of this alternate history where Islamic-African and Celtic Christian meet, fight and make peace with each other in a master/slave society exploring the best and worst of humanity.

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released February 2, 2002

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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: Fire on the Sea
FIRE ON THE SEA
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander


Harken unto me, fire on the sea,
Raise the cry and give the horn a call-
Countrymen beware, danger’s in the air,
Evil comes, our village will be falling-

Demons walk the shore, soon there will be more,
They will ravage all that we can build-
Dragons sail the tide, there’s no place to hide,
Summon kin and gather up the children-

Sword, axe, staff and horn,
Nightmares to be born,
Families will be torn-
FIRE ON TEH SEA!

Strike out past the hill, keep on running still,
Maybe we can loose them in the night-
Fire in their hand, burns at their command,
They can kill by throwing bolts of lightning!

Flashing in the sky, surely we will die,
We will be ensnared as common cur-
Bansidhe screams its song, where have we gone wrong?
Heaven’s Father, hear our cry for mercy!

Sword, axe, staff and horn,
Nightmares to be born,
Families will be torn-

Rope, whip, iron chain,
No one shall remain,
Blood, death, grief and pain-
FIRE ON THE SEA!

FIRE ON THE SEA!

Sea Fire Productions Inc 2002
Track Name: Laddie Are Ya' Workin?
LADDIE ARE YA WORKIN'?
Music & Lyrics; Heather Alexander


Darkness hangin’ in the sky in the morn,
Moonlight dyin’ as the sun is reborn-
Crops are swayin’ in an island of green,
Hemp and teff and corn in between-

CUT HER LOW, SWING HER 'ROUND,
IRON WIRE TIGHTLY BOUND-
THRESH THE TEFF BY THE MORNIN' LARK,
LIE IN HER ARMS IN THE STILL OF DARK-
LADDIE ARE YA WORKIN'?

Sunlight shinin’ on the heart of the land,
Crops are bendin to the part Nature planned-
Who’d be thinkin’ that they’d end from that start,
Cut and rent and shredded apart?

Storm clouds gather as the hands to the field,
Raindrops scatter as the land’s made to yield-
Body separate from its fine golden head,
Stalk and sheaf and chafe for a bed-

Stars are twinklin’ and the moon’s risin’ high
Dark is waitin’ for the sunlight to die-
Memories harken to the Emerald Isle
Sing and sleep and dream for a while-

Chorus 2:
CUT US LOW, SWING US 'ROUND,
IRON SHACKLES TIGHTLY BOUND-
THRESH YOUR SOUL BY THE MORNIN' LARK,
LIE IN YOUR DREAMS IN THE DEAD OF DARK-
LADDIE ARE YA WORKIN'?

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002
Track Name: We Are Bound
WE ARE BOUND
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Eastern sun, southern fire,
Western rain, northern star-
Circled within,
Kith unto kin,
WE ARE BOUND-

Walk we now through this glade,
As our ancestors made-
Here lies revealed,
Our truths concealed,
WE ARE BOUND-

SEA AND STONE,
SALT AND LOAM,
HEARTH AND HOME,
IN US RESOUNDING-

Pressed are we to be slaves unto men,
Yet we be blessed beyond mortal ken,
To be freed and reborn once again-
WE ARE BOUND-

To your tasks, lay your hands,
Though we tread foreign lands-
Still we may part,
Heart unto heart,
WE ARE BOUND-

Severed still from the land we adored,
Of one will, of one law, of the Lord,
By the Cup, by the Cross, by the Sword-
WE ARE BOUND-

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002
Track Name: The Enneagram
Original Instrumental
Composed and Arranged: Heather Alexander
Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002
Track Name: Green Are The Hills
GREEN ARE THE HILS
Lyrics: Philip Obermarck
Music: Heather Alexander


Green are the hills of the land I call home
far across the sea-
And green are the eyes of my one true love
who was cruelly torn from me-

Red is the sand of the land I now roam
in the heat of the day-
And red was the blood that was spilled from her wounds
as her spirit slipped away-

Pale is the moon in the heavens above
where she waits for me-
And pale was her skin as she breathed her last
Lying there ‘neath the old rowan tree-

Black is the night and the hearts of the beasts
who would pose as men-
And black is the space she has left in my heart
that will never fill again-

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002
Track Name: Diedre's Lament
DEIDRE'S LAMENT
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander


Short is the span of the mortal heart,
Long is the length of grieving-
Deep is the wound only time can heal,
Shallow, the words of comforting-

Sharp is the pain of the parting of souls,
Dull is the mind of it’s needing-
Cool is the touch of Death’s merciless hand,
Hot are the tears of the weeping-

Dark is the day when the news is first heard,
Bright is the sun with it’s passing-
Brief is the crossing from life into death,
Endless, the soul everlasting-

Great is the loss of those left now behind,
Small are the troubles of ordinary day-
Tightly we hold to thy memory,
Freely we wish thee upon thy way-

Freely we wish thee upon thy way-

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002
Track Name: Fresh Hops & Hemp
FRESH HOPS & HEMP
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

My home used to be on a faraway shore
SIT YE DOWN LADDIE AND TELL US YOUR TALE
I fear now forever I’ll see it no more
FRESH HOPS AND HEMP TRULY MAKE A GOOD ALE

I serve under masters not cruel but not kind
Of my health and hardships they pay little mind

BROWN RED OR PALE,
HEARTY AND HALE,
FRESH HOPS AND HEMP TRULY MAKE A GOOD ALE

My family and kinsfolk are far, far from me
But I wish them good fortune wherever they be

I miss my good children, I miss my fair wife
But I’ll make what I can of this poor servant’s life


One day I’ll be lucky, my freedom to win
Then I’ll roam through this country to find kith and kin

As a free man I’ll wander far to the west sea
And what service I’ll do will be service to me


As a free man I’ll purchase a house of my own
Made of good wood and good thatch and good stone

As a free man my days will be pleasure to keep
I’ll live my life gently and pass in my sleep


But I work a long day and I sleep a short night
So this mug full of beer is a comforting sight

Pray talk with me friend, while I finish this brew
With a few more like this I’ll be in a good stew

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002
Track Name: Wild Seeds
Original Instrumental composed by Heather Alexander
Track Name: The Mushroom Song
THE MUSHROOM SONG
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander


Sleep of the Earth from the land of Faerie,
Deep is the lore of C’noc na Sidhe-
Hail be to They of the Forest Gentry,
Pale, dark spirits, help us free-

White is the dust of the state of dreaming,
Light is the mixture to make one still-
Dark is the powder of Death’s redeeming,
Mark but that one pinch can kill-


Sleep-
Poison in your dreams-
Some will not awake-
Nothing’s as it seems-
Iron bonds will break-

Hearts will be set free-
Wrongs will be made right-
Sleep and death will be-
Justice in the night-

Sleep will be-
Justice in the night-
Death will be-
Justice in the night-

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002
Track Name: Gruagach!
GRUAGACH!
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander


Deep within the forest dark,
Lies a beast with baleful bark-
Feasting on a infant’s soul
Cross it’s path and pay the toll-

AR RAH! GRUAGACH! AR RAH! GRUAGACH!

Pass not through the village gate,
Sun has set and day is late-
If you walk alone at night,
You meet black and grey and white-

Crouched upon a rock or tree,
It eats either you or me-
It needs neither knife nor bowl,
Drinks your blood out of your skull-

Eyes to flame a fearful red,
Claws to rend a body dead-
Teeth to strip your white bones bare,
They knit mittens from your hair-

They will tan your hide for shoes,
Boil your fat to grease their stews-
Singing shanties to your groans,
Playing pipes of hollow bones-

Run, hide, stay inside! Listen unto me!
Dark sport is the court of the UnSeelie!

I have saved these words for last,
Learn them well and hold them fast-
Never venture from your bed,
Else your very soul is dead!


Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002
Track Name: Insh'Allah
INSH'ALLAH
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

I can’t cleanse my soul,
Of this battle-won and blood dried stain-
For to cross this bridge I must pay it’s toll
With the price of pain-

I must take what comes,
And defy despair’s dark evil wraith
For until I hear of my enemy’s drums
I must keep my faith-


WILL IT ALL BE WORTH IT?
WILL IT ALL MEAN MORE THAN JUST FOR ME?
WILL IT COME TO FORM A MORE PERFECT PATTERN
THAN THE SINGLE LINE THAT I NOW WEAVE?

I’ve known sacrifice,
I have grown beyond my want and need-
I have learned to live on what will suffice,
And controlled my greed-

Yet I suffer fear,
And the dangerous path of truth I seek-
I have spoken more than I wish to hear,
And have found it weak-


I must turn away,
Though I’ve put in motion words and laws-
For I find this price much too high to pay
For a useless cause-

Yet my footsteps falter,
And my body’s held by hands above-
And within I find a new strength to alter
For a greater love-


I’m only just one man
(Insh’Allah)
But if Allah wills it,
It will be-


Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002
Track Name: Battle For Mosque Al' Amu
BATTLE FOR MOSQUE AL' AMU
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Zulus:

Blood is rich, war is power-
Fight for the glory, live for the hour-
Dreams are dust, fate is sealed,
Win for the day or die on the field-

Slaves:

Rally up laddies and fight for your freedom,
We’ll cut down the enemy forces and then-
Darkness will fade as our new future rises,
We’ll march home the victors to live as free men-
Hearts will be glad when this land recognizes
We never will serve under masters again!

Muslims:

Hear us and bless us, this day of deadly war,
Our faith and future is what we’re fighting for
Grant us protection now and for evermore!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002
Track Name: New Northwest
NEW NORTHWEST
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Here I stand, a free man, I,
Finding it too hard to lie-
Your regard pleads me to stay,
Yet still I must make my way-

God has answered my one plea,
I will walk forever free,
We must part, heart to heart, though still we will always be-


ROCK & WATER, FISH & TREE
CALLING LOUD & LONG FOR ME!
FROM A LAND WHERE I'LL BE BLESSED-
A HOME WITHIN THE NEW NORTHWEST!


From the truth we cannot hide,
I cannot stay by your side-
You will have to let me go,
Knowing all that I now know-

Secrets we both have a few,
This one I have told to you,
Salt and loam, hearth and home, will give to me life anew-


There’s a time I know not when,
Separate paths may cross again-
Eyes will meet and hands will clasp,
Pain this day will loose it’s grasp-

We’ll both have our lives and still,
Of this bond not have our fill,
Trust my friend, in the end, it’s all up to Heaven’s will-


There’s the land where I’ll be blessed!
My home within the New Northwest!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002
Track Name: Destiny
DESTINY
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

I can't cleanse my soul-
From the truth we cannot hide-
From this battle-won and blood dried stain-
I cannot stay by your side-
For to cross this bridge I must pay it's toll
You will have to let me go-
With the price of pain-
Knowing all that I now know-
I must take what comes-
Secrets we both have a few-
And defy Despair's dark evil wraith-
This one I have told to you-
For until I hear of my enemy's drums
Salt and loam, hearth and home
I must keep my faith-
Will give to me life anew!
Will it all be worth it?
Rock and water, fish and tree!
Will it all mean more than just for me?
Calling for me!
Will it come to form a more perfect pattern?
Where I'll be blessed!

I'm only just one man-
Insh'Allah-
At home within the New Northwest!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002