Midsummer

by Heather Alexander

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    This 3rd album features songs from a time of thoughtful innocence concerning the romancing of both love and war, and the constructions of dreams and deceptions.

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released May 1, 1997

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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: The Hunt is On
The HUNT IS ON
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

SOUND THE HORN LOUDLY,
CALL THE HOUNDS-
WE WILL RIDE PROUDLY,
THROUGH HUNTING GROUNDS-
WHO SHALL WIN?
BLESSED STAG OR MORTAL KIN?

Fast through the winding woods we push,
Flash of a tail within the bush-
For the Stag is swift and the Stag is fleet,
And he hears the sound of thundering feet-
HERE THEN GONE!,
CLANSMEN CRY, “THE HUNT IS ON!”

It is more than sport ‘tween beast and man,
For the Stag is sacred to our clan-
And we dare not risk the forest’s ire,
For if we can’t kill then we’d best not fire-
HERE THEN GONE!,
CLANSMEN CRY, “THE HUNT IS ON!”


Let the death be clean as life’s released,
So we show our honour to the beast-
For your own death you will understand,
When you hold Life’s blood within your hand-
HERE THEN GONE!,
CLANSMEN CRY, “THE HUNT IS ON!”

Though we draw a bow and we wield a blade,
We respect the code that Nature made-
For we know not when the shadows fall,
And the Huntsman comes to take us all-
HERE THEN GONE!,
CLANSMEN CRY, “THE HUNT IS ON!”

WE ARE BORN THEN GONE!,
CLANSMEN CRY, “THE HUNT IS ON!”

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Track Name: Wolfen One
WOLFEN ONE
Music and Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Wolfen one,
You are my midday moon and I, your midnight sun-
Wolfen one,
Our journey’s at an end but life has just begun-

When first we met, I thought
That what I felt could not be true-
But through the sharing of our hearts
There now is one where there was two-

Left to right,
The meeting of the darkened day and dawning night-
Drum to tune,
The joining of the shining sun and silver moon-

I knew the risk I took
When down beside you I had laid,
And lo, the breath of two new lives
Was well worth the price I paid-

Wolfen one,
Come dance with me and gaze back at which we have done-
Wolfen one,
We’ve sown the threads by which the future shall be spun-
Wolfen one,
You are my midday moon and I, your midnight sun-
Wolfen one-

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Track Name: Only the Music
ONLY THE MUSIC
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

The swirling of dresses,
The scuffing of shoes-
“Should my hair be in tresses?”
“What tie do I choose?”-
As the hall fills with dancers,
And the strings start to sound-
We will take that first step,
And we won’t touch the ground!

FOR THERE'S ONLY THE MUSIC,
THAT PLAYS ON AND ON-
YES, THERE'S ONLY THE MUSIC,
THE HEARTACHES ARE GONE-
WE CAN STAND CLOSE TOGETHER,
WHILE THE WORLD DANCES BY-
'CAUSE THERE'S ONLY THE MUSIC,
BETWEEN YOU AND I-
YES, THERE'S ONLY THE MUSIC,
BETWEEN YOU AND I!

A head on a shoulder,
An arm ‘round a waist,
If the weather gets colder,
We both will be braced-
For whatever the trouble,
We still have a chance-
If we hold hands together,
And take time to dance-


The clock hours bending,
The hands spinning ‘round-
From beginning to ending,
As dancers we’re bound-
With the memories like treasures,
All safe in their vaults-
When we hear the last measures,
We’ll dance the grand waltz-

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Track Name: Smoke Filled Pictures
SMOKE FILLED PICTURES
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander


Smoke fills the room,
With castles in the air-
I weave them all upon a silver loom,
Look up if you dare-

I WONDER WHERE I'M GOING?
AND WHERE I BELONG?
WHAT THIS PLASTIC CAN OFFER ME?
THE ONLY TRUTH I UNDERSTAND,
IS THAT WITHIN MY SONG-
AND IN THE SMOKE FILLED PICTURES THAT I SEE-

Threads without any ends,
Tangle in the chandelier-
Within the smoky corners are my friends,
And no one knows they’re here-

Music floats to the ground,
Dragons fly on the wing-
And in their dance, they whirl the whole room ‘round,
Above the heads of those to whom I sing-

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1997
Track Name: Brannigan's Special Ale
BRANNIGAN'S SPECIAL ALE
Lyrics & Music: Heather Alexander

Within the town of Sutter Down,
There is a tavern tale-
You never do think you to take a small drink you,
Of Brannigan’s Special Ale-
Start seein’ things real funny,
And given half a chance,
Start swirling around and you’ll then tumble down,
And the mice on your head will all dance!

You’ll see unicorns and dragons,
And a castle made of gold-
A feast of all feasts with fantastical beasts,
Of the likes which you’ve never been told-
You’ll fly on a magic carpet,
On a purple sea you’ll sail-
You can talk to the fish because you had the wish,
To drink Brannigan’s Special Ale!

You may be a rich and noble king,
In a castle great and grand-
You dare not go to sleep when you’re counting the sheep,
Of all the herds in the land-
The count is on a parchment,
Which is stolen by a gale-
Losing count is quite dread, now you’re losing your head,
All from Brannigan’s Special Ale!

You may be powerful wizard,
And know every kind of spell-
You know all of the names of the demons in flames,
Even those who would never dare tell!
A beautiful lady seeks your craft,
To make her skin more pale-
But your spell has gone wrong, now her nose is too long!
All from Brannigan's Special Ale!

Perchance within this drunken dream,
You’ll think yourself a knight-
Whose been knocked off your horse, but it’s all in due course,
Your opponent has won the fight-
She strips off all her armor,
Removes her dress of mail-
Try hard not to stare because you took the dare,
To drink Brannigan’s Special Ale!

I’m telling you my young friends,
There’s not that can avail,
You’ll be lost forever, that’s why you should never
Drink Brannigan’s Special Ale!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1997
Track Name: Dance in the Circle
DANCE IN THE CIRCLE
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Out in the wood, there’s a band of small Faeries,
If you walk unwary at night-
They’re laughing and drinking, and soon you’ll be thinking,
That you’d come to join in their light-
If they see you, you know they’ll entreat you,
To come and join in their small friendly dance-
If you do then your soul will go too,
You will loose it with no second chance-

BUT PLEASE COME, JOIN, DANCE IN THE CIRCLE
THE VOICES WILL MAKE YOUR HEART BURN
TO PLEASE COME, JOIN, DANCE IN THE CIRCLE
BUT KNOW THAT YOU'LL NEVER RETURN!

They’ll promise you gold and silver a-plenty,
You’ll never be empty of love-
Beauty and pleasure, and time at your leisure,
All things that you’ve been dreaming of-

Success will be yours, through several doors,
What ever you wish, you will find you can do-
Beware of this prize, as a curse in disguise,
Since your mortal life soon will be through-

There is a way, as some folk would say,
To save you ‘til the dawn-
Denounce their kind, from your mind,
Then you’ll find they are gone-
Children’s tales, pirate sails,
Unicorns, dragons, sorcerers too,
They’re man conceived, make believe,
You know that they aren’t true-


And now I must tell, that I’m under their spell,
Though I know not for how long I’ve been-
And I love a man, though I know that I can
Never ever go see him again-

I went to the king, in his wise faerie-ring,
I asked him, “Oh what do you think I should do?”
He said, “You’ll be fine!”, took a large swill of wine,
And said, “Why don’cha have him join you?”

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1997
Track Name: Horsdanz/Macy's Jig/Heather's Hound
Three Original Fiddle Tunes
Composed and Arranged by Heather Alexander
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Track Name: Midsummer
MIDSUMMER
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Cool breeze, sheltering trees,
Deep within a glen-
All around, sound, on the ground,
Footsteps fall of little men-
Now look wise, in my eyes,
Tell me what you see,
Too late! By fate!
You belong to me!

Your wit slipped a bit,
Words have gone too far-
Now it’s true that I’ll turn you,
Straight into the ass you are-
By what right on this night,
Do I make my claim?
Mortal fool, know you
That Puck is my name!

FAERIES DANCE IN A FRENZIED RING!
ELVES PLAY PIPES AND THE GOBLINS SING!
ROBIN GOODFELLOW WILL TAKE HIS QUEEN
ONCE UPON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM!

Love’s fair potion rare,
Held within in my hand-
And with this thing I can bring,
Chaos into Faerie Land-
A warm drop from the top,
And we all will see,
As it cools, what fools
These mortals can be!

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Track Name: Shattered Glass
SHATTERED GLASS
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander


Land of dreams, cloaked in grey,
Rise again at dawn of day-
Thy new birth has come to pass,
Land of dreams, now shattered glass-

Thou hast survived we know not how,
None to care for thee till now-
None came by save to harass,
Broken land of shattered glass-

EARTH FOR DAME, SUN FOR SIRE
RISE FROM CANDLE TO A FIRE
WITH SKY OF BLUE AND GREEN OF GRASS
A LAND OF DREAMS FROM SHATTERED GLASS

Thy people now no longer roam,
We reclaim our broken home-
Bring thee from the dark impasse,
Free the land of shattered glass-

THE ONE TO THEE AT LAST RETURNS
EYES OF STEEL AND HEART THAT BURNS
TO BUILD A LAND WHICH NONE SURPASS
A RAINBOW WORLD FROM SHATTERED GLASS

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Track Name: Tomorrow I Leave for Battle
TOMORROW I LEAVE FOR BATTLE
Lyrics: Philip Obermarck
Music: Heather Alexander


Love me one more time,
Make this night last forever,
For on the morrow, I leave for battle-

I may survive,
And I shall return to you,
But come the morrow, I leave for battle-

AND IF I DIE JUST REMEMBER I LOVE YOU
AND YOU'LL ALWAYS BE MINE
LET US WARM UP THIS COLD NIGHT TOGETHER
COME THE MORROW, I LEAVE FOR BATTLE

Until tomorrow,
Let me love you forever,
For come the morrow, I leave for battle-

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Track Name: March of Cambreadth
MARCH OF CAMBREADTH
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Axes flash, broadsword swing!
Shining armor's piercing ring!
Horses run with polished shield!
Fight those bastards 'till they yield!
Midnight mare and blood red roan
Fight to keep this land your own!
Sound the horn and call the cry:
"HOW MANY OF THEM CAN WE MAKE DIE!"

Follow orders as you're told
Make their yellow blood run cold!
Fight until you die or drop!
A force like ours is hard to stop!
Close your mind to stress and pain!
Fight 'til you're no longer sane!
Let not one damn cur pass by!
"HOW MANY OF THEM CAN WE MAKE DIE!"

Guard your women and children well!
Send these bastards back to Hell!
We'll teach them the ways of war!
They won't come here any more!
Use your shield and use your head!
Fight 'til everyone is dead!
Raise the flag up to the sky!
"HOW MANY OF THEM CAN WE MAKE DIE!"

Dawn is broke, the time has come-
Move your feet to a marching drum!
We'll win the war and pay the toll-
Fight as one in heart and soul!
Midnight mare and blood red roan
Fight to keep this land your own!
Sound the horn and call the cry:
"HOW MANY OF THEM CAN WE MAKE DIE!"

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Track Name: Courage Knows no Bounds
COURAGE KNOWS NO BOUNDS
Lyrics: Philip Obermarck
Music: Heather Alexander

I looked across the battlefield,
Blood seeping from my wounds-
My comrades, they did never yield,
For courage knows no bounds-
And yet, I thought as I stood there,
Of all that it had cost-
For what we gained, it seemed not fair,
For all that we had lost-

They spoke of honour, faith and pride,
Defending for our home-
Through honour all my friends have died,
Their faith left me alone-
We fought for greed, we fought for fame,
We killed too much to tell-
The Devil and God were both the same,
We worshipped only Hell-

We fought it seemed for a thousand years,
A million nights and days-
Sharing one laugh with a hundred tears,
Seeing clearly through a haze-
Then came that day I know not when,
Beneath a blood red sun,
Atop a pile of dying men,
They said that we had won-

Another tract of land is all
The territory gained-
Will that ever pay for all
The lives here lost or maimed?
Bodies lying all around,
Blood bathing them in red,
Their white eyes staring at the sun,
These, the countless dead?

I looked across the battlefield,
Blood seeping from my wounds-
My comrades, they did never yield,
For courage knows no bounds-

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Track Name: Flesh Against the Thorn
FLESH AGAINST THE THORN
Lyrics & Music: Heather Alexander

You gave me all that I would need,
And made my wishes true-
And every night to me you’d plead,
And I decline to you-
You’d stand there pale and acrid eyed,
Yet softly say good night,
Turn and walk once more denied,
And so would fade the light

THE BLUE ROSE RARE, ONE CANNOT GAIN
IF GLOVE OR GUARD BE WORN
'TIS ONLY WHEN ONE RISKS THE PAIN
OF FLESH AGAINST THE THORN

Our world was warm and full of play,
Yet I was not content-
And voices strong led me astray,
And far from you I went-
So swayed was I by other’s view,
And fear it all would end-
That I forgot to think of you,
My one and only friend-

A broken promise cannot die,
In dreams it always burned-
And when I heard your anguished cry,
To you I soon returned-
But must it take your world to fall,
To find where truth may lie-
You are not the beast at all,
I fear my lord,‘tis I-

A LOVE THIS RARE, ONE CANNOT GAIN
IF TRUTH IS NOT YET SWORN
IT'S ONLY WHEN WE RISK THE PAIN
OF FLESH AGAINST THE THORN

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1997
Track Name: Close Your Eyes
CLOSE YOUR EYES
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander


Close your eyes, forget your every care,
Picture faerie castles in the air-
Magic is in store for you,
You may find your dreams come true,
When you wake your wishes may be there-

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