Life's Flame

by Heather Alexander

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released September 1, 1996

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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: Eggs & Crumbs
EGGS & CRUMBS
Verse Lyrics: Philip Obermarck
Chorus & Music: Heather Alexander

A woman had a babby boy,
She loved him much & he gave her joy
The wee folk came & on a whim
They took the boy away with them

EGGS & CRUMBS& MILK & GRAIN!
BRING MY BABY BACK AGAIN!

And in his place, they left instead
A changling sleeping in his bed
The lass, she saw his wizened face
"They ta'in my baby from his place!"

The changling shrieked & howled & cried
And not she did would make it bide
She formed a plan to try to prove
This elfling child was not her love

She put a cauldron on to boil
And soon the changeling ceased to roil
She broke a dozen eggs in half
And as he watched, the changeling laughed

She put the eggshells in the brew
He says, "Me Mother, what do you do?"
"Why can't ya see, me silly dove,
I've eggshells brewing on the stove!"

"In eighteen hundred years," says he
"A brewer of shells, I never did see!"
And with those words he realized
He'd broke the spell and he'd lost the prize!

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Track Name: Cat & the Fiddle
CAT & THE FIDDLE
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Monday mornin', standin' on the corner
Pardon me, if we're getting in your way
We'll tip our hats, be ya' native here or foreigner
Drop a coin if you're likin' what we play

SINGIN' HEY-DIDDLE -DEE, ANSWER ME THIS RIDDLE
HEY-DIDDLE-DO, TELL ME WHAT YOU WILL
DANCE ALL DAY WITH THE CAT & THE FIDDLE
COME & LAY WITH THE HEATHER ON THE HILL!

Ward the cold from your fingers as you're clappin' hands
Keep the rhythm with the tappin' of your feet
Fiddle music mingling with the rappin' bands
Blind men dance as they're walkin' down the street

We'll sing our songs of places that are faraway
Kings and castles, heroes brave and bold
Never travel farther than a bar away
Whiskey keeps our spirits from the cold

Tomorrow we'll be just where we were yesterday
Now we find that the night is getting long
We'll disappear into the dusty alleyway
All you hear is the echo of the song

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1996
Track Name: Black Jack's Lady
BLACK JACK’S LADY
Music & Lyrics by Heather Alexander

Two horses trails within the grass,
A gypsy man and his bonny wee lass,
They’re heading for the Hedgeford Pass
‘Tis none but the Black Jack Davy!
The moon light glistens like his grin,
The lass lays back and she welcomes him in,
For to love this way could ne’er be sin
‘Cause she now is the Black Jack’s Lady

THEY LOVE ALL NIGHT AND WITH THE DAWN
THE LADY WAKES AND HER DAVY IS GONE
WHAT A FOOL SHE'D BEEN TO HAVE TAGGED ALONG
AND BE KNOW AS THE BLACK JACK'S LADY!

She’s gathered up her goods and gear
Her current path is crystal clear
‘Cause a vow she’s sworn for to conjure fear
In the heart of the Black Jack Davy
With stolen horse and a sword as well
Revenge has cast it’s unbreakable spell
And she rides all night like a spawn from hell
On the path of the Black Jack Davy

SHE RIDES OR' HILL AND RIDES OR' DALE
WITH SILVER SWORD AND A STALLION PALE
ON THE WINDS YOU CAN HEAR THE BANSIDHE WAIL!
'TIS THE CRY OF THE BLACK JACK'S LADY!

Her hair is like the setting sun
Her grace and speed they are rivaled by none
But you soon shall rue the deed you have done
If you lie with the Black Jack’s Lady
Her face is fair, her breath is sweet
But do not fall for her cunning deceit
For she’ll slice you wide from your head to feet
T’is the way of the Black Jack’s Lady

Black Jack Davy, turn yourself around!
Else your Lady will lay you in the cold hard ground!

And now upon each dark-moon night
With eyes ablaze though they never give light
Riding horseback with her sword-blade bright
Goes the form of the Black Jack’s Lady
So lock your doors, inside to stay
Young men best keep out of her way
For there’s none can stop her sword they say
Or the ride of the Black Jack’s Lady

YOUNG MEN, BEST BE STRONG AND TRUE!
BE FAITHFUL IN THE LOVING YOU DO
OR ELSE LET GODS HAVE PITY ON YOU
IF YOU MEET WITH THE BLACK JACK'S LADY!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1996
Track Name: Something Dark
SOMETHING DARK
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

How dare you come to my home
And steal so savagely
What we would gladly give for free
If you were to ask?
By Suns! The audacity!
To seize me for your own
And drag me off to hills unknown
As part of your prize!
Yet when I meet your stare
I feel something there!

OH NO! I WILL NOT GO WITH YOU!'
But pray tell me why
I must gaze in your eye?
Tell me, what do I hope to see?
SOMETHING DARK CALLS TO ME!

Then when you come out and ask
Of me an urgent plea
I find I cannot turn from he
Of yours who would die
But as I then touch his soul
I find a thing so strange
As to have caused your kin to change
Throughout years of time
Its kind I've never seen
Spawned from shadows green!

OH NO! I WILL NOT GO WITH YOU!'
But pray tell me why
I find trust in your eye?
Tell me, what is this thing I see?
SOMETHING DARK CALLS TO ME!

Now that you have won our trial
And you have hurt my friend
My quiet life of sorrow's end
Will not be the same
Why do I still feel this way?
Where is this hidden voice
That tells me that against my choice
I must join with you?
Yet now I know the name
To make the wild wolf tame!

OH NO! I DARE NOT GO WITH YOU!'
Though I recognize
That there's love in your eyes
Tell me, how has this come to be?
I HEAR YOU CALLING ME!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1996
Track Name: Voices of the Sea
VOICES OF THE SEA
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

"Oooo! Let the wind fill your sail!"
"Oooo! Good weather to you prevail!"
Thus call all the voices of the sea
To which whose spell not a sailor can be free
The ship was called The Golden Swan
When it came to port, not a man was on
And none knew where they'd gone!

They'd sailed through a pass of jagged rocks
Upon which a fair-haired maiden combed her locks
She got her tail tangled in a cord
And to help her, every sailor jumped off board!
"Sailor, sailor, help me free!"
"Your trusted lover, I will be!"
"If you just believe in me!"

They swam in a sea as warm as mother's milk
Caressed by hands as sweet and soft as silk
They gazed in eyes that sparkled through the sea
"Oh sailor, sailor, come make love to me!"
"Come gambol through the raging tide!"
"Swim forever by my side!"
"On the waves as one we'll ride!"

Their castle lay within a golden bed
Of sunken treasure from the drowned dead
"Oh sailors, all this gold is yours one day."
"If only you'll believe in what we say."
"Never question what you do."
"Your life, it will remain with you."
"If you just believe we're true!"

They dined on fish and drank of bottled wine
And danced with the mermaids through the salted brine
This wonderland was too much to believe
And with that thought, the sailors found they couldn't breathe
They tried to swim up to the sky
But they found the towering waves too high
And the mermaids began to cry

"Oooo! Let the wind fill your sail!"
"Oooo! Good weather to you prevail!"
"Oooo! Let the wind fill your sail!"

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Track Name: Samhain
SAMHAIN!
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

As the sun bleeds through the mirk
'Tis the last day we shall work-
For the veil is thin and the spirit wild,
And the crone is carrying Harvest's child!

SAMHAIN! TURN AWAY!
RUN YE BACK TO THE LIGHT OF DAY!
SAMHAIN! HOPE AND PRAY!
ALL YE MEET ARE THE GENTLE FAE!

Burn the fields and dry the corn,
Feel the breath of Winter born!
Stow the grain 'gainst season's flood,
Spill the last of the livestock's blood-

Let the feasting now begin,
Careful who you welcome in!
The table's set with a stranger's place,
Don't stare openly at his face!

Stranger do you have a name?
Tell us all from whence you came-
You seem more like god than man,
Has curse or blessing come to this clan?

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Track Name: Defender of the Child
DEFENDER OF THE CHILD
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

So there you are!
Hiding just behind my eye!
Another scar,
Breath of a death you will never die!
Fresh drawn blood upon your cheek
Confrontation's all you seek
Passion rampant, hatred wild!
DEFENDER OF THE CHILD!

Another friend
This means that the blood will fall
Can it not end?
Why should I try having love at all?
Sword is drawn, you take that stand
Soon you'll sever friendship's hand
Add it to the bodies piled
DEFENDER OF THE CHILD!

Without you
Life would seem forever sweet
Without you
'Twould be a merry dance
Without you
I would trust each face I meet
Without you
I'd never have a chance!

So stand by me
Fight them only when you must
Love yet can be
Pain will remain if we do not trust
Join as one instead of two
If they love me, then they love you
Wisdom's strong and mercy's mild
DEFENDER OF THE CHILD!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1996
Track Name: Ragged Man
RAGGED MAN
Lyrics: Philip Obermarck
Music: Heather Alexander

Hey, little ragged man, tell me where you're goin'?
The twilight hours are long over and the winter winds are blowin'
Do you have a secret that keeps you set apart
Or are you just a victim of someone's hardened heart?

Hey, little ragged man, are you headin' homeward?
Or is your home a mystery like an edge without a sword?
Do you keep your secret away from all you meet
Or do you have a partner upon the silent street?

Hey, little ragged man, help me find the courage
I need the strength to carry on and stand up to this outrage
Let me know your secret, let me be your friend
Together we will conquer, together we will mend

I saw a little ragged man with feet of dancing frost
With rags about his icy hands and his breath plumed like exhaust
He laughed and looked upon the end
And cried 'cause he had lost

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Track Name: Stormbringer/Kiss Me, Jack Frost
STORMBRINGER
Lyrics: Philip Obermarck
Music: Heather Alexander

The green wood sighs and shutters
The west wind wails and mutters
Grey clouds crawl across the sky
The moon hides her face 'til the sunlight dies
And mankind soon shall realize
The Bringer of Storms walks tonight!

NO MORTAL DARE TO MEET THE GLARE
OF THE EYE OF THE STORMBRINGER!
FOR HE IS THE LIGHTNING SLINGER!
THE GLORY SINGER!
THE GALLOW'S REAPER!

Upon his shoulder, ravens
His face like stone engraven
Astride a six-hooved stygian beast
He gathers the fruit of the gallow's trees
Driving legions to victory!
The Bringer of War walks tonight!

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KISS ME, JACK FROST
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Throughout every city,
Within every town
There is always a strange man
That roves up and down
As the sky tumbles over
And the cold nips your ear
The wind that he conjures
Lets you know he's here!

He'll steal all the flowers
And hide from the sun
And he'll give them white blankets
'Til their roots have begun
When they raise up their heads
And young birds take to wing
He's made good his word
Of the coming of Spring!

NO ONE KNOWS WELL
OF THE MAN I HAVE SEEN
HE SERVES AS PROTECTOR
OF THE YOUNG AND THE GREEN
WITH HIS SILVER WIND WHISTLE
HIS TUNE BRIGHT AND CLEVER
COME KISS ME, JACK FROST
AND I'LL LIVE FOREVER!

He'll dance on one leg
And he'll hop all around
And a wail on his whistle
Brings snow to the ground
His song is enchanting
It's meaning quite plain
Nature responds with
Her thundering rain!

If he'd glance at my face
As he passes me by
If he only would notice
The frost in my eye
If he'd just take my hand
Then away we would go
Jack Frost and me
And the hoody crow!

NO ONE KNOWS WELL
OF THE MAN I HAVE SEEN
HE SERVES AS PROTECTOR
OF THE YOUNG VELVET GREEN
WITH HIS SILVER WIND WHISTLE
HIS TUNE BRIGHT AND CLEVER
COME KISS ME, JACK FROST
AND I'LL LIVE FOREVER!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1996
Track Name: Life's Flame
LIFE’S FLAME
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

One dark and stormy night,
a fledgling fell from flight,
into a falconer’s arms-
Though dead it seemed to be,
the falconer could not see,
any wound to cause such harms-
The falconer bound it ‘round,
and laid it on the ground,
then went and built a funeral pyre-
With the bandaged bird within,
soon the flames began to spin,
tangle up and then grow higher-
From there a phoenix bold,
rose up of flame and gold,
twisting about within the air-
Still bound it hung above,
and sang of pain and love,
of magic power both dark and fair-

I AM LIFE'S FLAME! RESPECT MY NAME!
MY FIRE IS RED, MY HEART IS GOLD!
THY DREAMS CAN BE! BELIEVE IN ME!
IF YOU BUT LET MY WINGS UNFOLD!

Up spoke the falconer’s fear,
“There may be danger here,
I cannot let this raptor free-
It’s words I cannot trust,
it burns with power’s lust,
and so in turn it could burn me-”
The falconer then moved fast,
and iron shackles cast,
thus catching up the bird in chain-
“Thy fear has boded ill,
and bound me ‘gainst my will,
now I must die and rise again-”


The phoenix burned so bright,
it burst upon the night,
it’s golden breast did flame and flare-
One flash of fire and then,
came stormy night again,
and found the falconer holding air!

The magic never dies,
in children’s hearts it lies,
pray let them learn from times before-
From dragon’s flame and ire,
can come forth phoenix fire,
and we will hear the song once more-

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Track Name: Hap'n' Frog
HAP’N FROG
Music & Lyrics by Heather Alexander

Hap’n Frog in the summer rain,
Munchin’ on flies and he can’t complain-
Callin’ “Mr. Raccoon are you still there?”
And he’s answered back by the tortoise and hare-

SINGIN' “HEY, HEY, WHAT DO YOU SAY?”
“LET'S ALL DANCE ON A SUMMER'S DAY!”
“HEY, HEY, WHAT DO YOU SAY?”
“LET'S ALL DANCE ON A SUMMER'S DAY!”

Hap’n Frog and he’s singing a song,
Makin’ up words as he hops along-
Finally sees Mr. Red Raccoon,
And together they make up a dandy tune!

Hap’n Frog and he’s hitchin’ a ride,
Gets picked up by the ocean tide-
The waves they troll him out to sea,
But he can swim better than you or me!

Hap’n Frog’s caught by a bird,
Screamin’ so loud Mr. Raccoon heard-
Mr. Raccoon comes then to settle the score,
‘Cause that’s what the Froggie’s friends are for!

Hap’n Frog’s singing in the rain,
Mr. Raccoon’s got a new refrain-
Together they’re joined by the tortoise and hare,
And there never was a summer night so fair!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1996
Track Name: Old Man from the Barrow
OLD MAN FROM THE BARROW
Lyrics: Philip Obermarck
Music: Heather Alexander

The old man from the barrow
Came to sing to me last night
He stood outside my window
When the moon was full and bright
His face was hard as diamond
His eyes were cold as ice
His voice was like a bond
That gripped me in a vice

AND HE SANG TO ME
OF THE STARS OVER HEAD
OF HIS HOME UNDERGROUND
AND HE'D COME TO BE WED
THOUGH I HEARD NOT A SOUND
AS HE SANG TO ME

He trod upon the crystals
Of the newly forming frost
With every step I felt a thrill
And knew that I was lost
Thus bathed within the moonlight
His coat of verdigris
I knew I could not fight
For he had come for me

The old man from the barrow
Will return again tonight
The icy winds will blow
As we perform the ancient rite
For what is bred within bone's
Revealed in the flesh
Had my ancestors known
Or could this be their wish?

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Track Name: Blood Brothers
BLOOD BROTHERS
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

My hand to yours
Let our spirits run free
Let our souls intermingle
For brothers of blood are we

My life for your own
Your truth for my lie
When we walk we are one
And thus, together we'll die

HAIL TO THE FOUR QUARTERS OF THE EARTH!
TO THE FOUR WINDS OF THE SEA!
BY THE SCAR WITHIN MY HAND
BRING MY BROTHER TO ME!
BRING BACK MY BROTHER TO ME!

I miss the sound of his footsteps
The sparkle in his eye
I miss the sound of him calling my name
God, I can't let him die!

I can still feel his heartbeat
Though his blood's cold as stone
I won't let them take him!
He shan't die alone!

I take a blade forged of silver
Split the mark on my hand
The blood flows like the tears from my eyes
They both fall to the sand

I watch the sun set before me
While darkness blankets the sky
The waves as they break on the beach
Muffle the sounds as I cry

(BY THE BLOOD WITHIN MY HAND)

The waves cease their crashing
And dawn lightens the sky
I hear the sound of him whispering my name
There's a sparkle in his eye!

HAIL TO THE FOUR QUARTERS OF THE EARTH!
SING TO THE FOUR WINDS OF THE SEA!
BY THE SCARS WE SHARE IN OUR HANDS
YOU'VE SENT BACK MY BROTHER TO ME!
MY BROTHER HAS COME BACK TO ME!

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Track Name: Creature of the Wood
CREATURE OF THE WOOD
Lyrics: Philip Obermarck
Music:Heather Alexander

I am a creature of the wood,
Forsaken in my solitude
My song is pleasure and is pain
My song can drive a man insane
So come with me, my pipes I’ll play
And we will dance ’til break of day!
I shall be thy lover!

I’ve been alive since time began
Not beast, not God and yet not man
I am the music and the dance
I am the piper who enchants
So loose all ties to Mortal kind
My pipes shall play within thy mind!
I shall be thy lover!

Come unto me, my beauteous maid
I’ll lead thee to the hidden glade
Thou shalt be happy and be free
When I play, thou wilt dance for me
We’ll feast on fruit fresh from the vine
And I will sample the fruits of thine!
I shall be thy lover!

Sweet love I’ll make for thee alone
And show thee sights before unknown
I’ll be thy master and thy friend
For I’m the gold at Rainbow’s End
I am the beast within all men
I am the rhyme past Mortal ken!
I shall be thy lover!

I’ve played my pipes before Man’s dawn
Seen maidens ripe turn pale and wan
Taught Man the art of song and dance
Yet had to part from Mortal clans
I must return to silent dells
No fire burns, and Nature dwells!

So take thy rest within the shade
And as the evening hours fade
I’ll take thee deeper in the glade
My cloven hooves through heather wade
I’ll teach thee things Man has forbade
Our souls entwined and unafraid
I shall be thy lover!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1996
Track Name: The Garden
THE GARDEN
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

I woke up one morning
To a crystal castle all alone
Looked outside
And there lay before me
A garden of dreams all my own

Barefoot I walked by its sparkling stream
Smiled to the fish swimming there
Said "Hello"
To the frog on his rock
Flew with the birds in the air

EACH MAN BUILDS HIS OWN GARDEN
BY WHAT HIS HEART SAYS IS TRUE
AND MINE IS SO VERY SPECIAL TO ME
CAN I TRUST IT WITH YOU?

Well, my love, here's the key to the garden
Tread soft as you travel its lands
Walk with bare feet
Say "Hello" to the frog
And drink from the stream with your hands

I remember you smiled, and said
"You know, I've seen this before."
And the wind sang a love song so sweet
The flowers bowed down
Their heads as you passed
And the grass sparkled under your feet

EACH MAN BUILDS HIS OWN GARDEN
BY WHAT HIS HEART SAYS IS TRUE
AND MINE IS SO VERY SPECIAL TO ME
BUT IT SEEMS I CAN SHARE IT WITH YOU

We reached the end of the garden
You said, "You know, this will work out just fine!"
"The reason it seemed
So familiar to me,
Is that yours is built right next to mine!"

TOGETHER WE BUILT THE SAME GARDEN
THE VERY SAME STREAM RUNNING THROUGH
AND I THINK THE WALLS BETWEEN US SHOULD FALL
SO THAT THERE'LL BE ONE GARDEN FOR TWO

EACH MAN BUILDS HIS OWN GARDEN
BY WHAT HIS HEART SAYS IS TRUE
AND I THANK THE STARS THAT WATCH OVER ME
BECAUSE OURS IS A GARDEN FOR TWO
OURS IS A GARDEN FOR TWO

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Track Name: Lifetime of Song
LIFETIME OF SONG
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

How great is the need for the toys of mankind
If you learn how to feed from the joys you can find?
When a smile and a wink and a snippet of song
Is good trade for a drink and a place to belong?

What gift can I find in return for this prize?
All the genuine kindness I see in your eyes?
I can learn of your dreams and this much I can do
For this moment, it seems, I can give them to you

I WILL FASHION A RHYME
WITH A TWIST OF MY TONGUE
I WILL TURN BACK THE TIME
TO WHEN ALL THINGS WERE YOUNG
I WILL GIVE TO THIS EARTH,
OF MY SELF, RIGHT OR WRONG
FOR YOUR KINDNESS IS WORTH
MY LIFETIME OF SONG

I confront all your fears so for you they will die
I can cry all the tears that you tough boys won’t cry
All the words you can’t speak will be my common speech
All the answers you seek, I can help you to reach

This vow that I make, for my lifetime will stay
For the music you take, you can give what you may
A green paper eagle, or a smile when we part
All tender is legal when sent from the heart!

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