Guilt, Angst & Fairy Tales

by Stranger Ways

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    "Guilt, Angst & Fairy Tales" is the first release by the new Stranger Ways 2.0 lineup. It includes eight new studio recordings as well as six selections from our live concert at 6Pi-Con.

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credits

released 14 January 2012
Studio tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by Stranger Ways
Live tracks recorded by Harold Stein and mastered by Stranger Ways
Photos by Viktoriya Fuzaylova

Stranger Ways is:
Nat Budin - Guitar, Cello & Vocals
Jon Sagotsky - Electric Bass
Brad Smith - Percussion & Vocals
Alexandria Wilkie - Flute & Vocals

"Danny Boy" includes the sound "Wind Howling Nighttime" by Dynamiccell from freesound.org.

Special thanks to:
Susan Weiner, our founder and composer-in-repose
Michelle Dockrey, writer of fantastic songs
Peter Ellis, 6Pi-Con's music coordinator
Harold Stein, filk recordist extraordinaire
Love Song Productions, providers of sound gear for 6Pi-Con
David Silber, 6Pi-Con's audio engineer
Ben Deschamps, savior of concerts and all-around good guy
Kate Farb-Johnson, Pi-Con SMOF and friend of the band

And an extra-special thanks to everyone who has supported Stranger Ways. Thank you all!

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Track Name: The Changelings
I was born in fairyland, it's perfect here they say
Every child's dream but I just want to run away
I had a mother once; I can't recall her face
They stole me away from her and took me to this place

And I'm a stranger here
After everything I've tried
And they say the grass is greener somewhere
On the other side

On my own, far from fairy wild
Flesh and bone, trapped in a human child
I recall, there was a magic land
Far from human hand

And I'm a stranger here
After everything I've tried
And they say the grass is greener somewhere
On the other side

Why did you send me here and take my place away?
Why did you steal my family?
There's no place to be myself here (be myself here)
I want to go home

I was born in fairyland, it's perfect here they say
On my own, far from fairy wild
Every child's dream but I just want to run away
Flesh and bone, trapped in a human child
I had a mother once; I can't recall her face
I recall, there was a magic land
They stole me away from her and took me to this place
Far from human hand

And I'm a stranger here
After everything I've tried
And they say the grass is greener somewhere
On the other side

I packed up my knapsack and I headed for the door
Saw someone in the mirror who was never there before
My face in the mirror and carrying a pack
Just as trapped as I, and never coming back

And we're the strangers here
After everything we've tried
And they say the grass is greener somewhere
On the other side
And we're the strangers here
After everything we've tried
But I don't think the grass is any greener
On the other side
Track Name: La Llorona (flute/cello/bass version)
La llorona, La llorona, la llorona, weep for us

Hurt when her lover left for another
She turned on the only thing she could
Hurt dearly, crying sincerely
She took her children out in the wood

CHORUS
La llorona, La llorona
La llorona, weep for us
La llorona, La llorona
La llorona, weep for us

In the dark night, in the winter
By the river her children she drowned
Crying for the wrong that she’s done
What she’s lost can never more be found

CHORUS

Hear her weeping, on the battlefield
Hear her weeping in the streets of LA
Hear her weeping in New Orleans
Weeping for the children lost today

CHORUS
Track Name: Will You Come With Me?
A woman stood singing alone in her garden
Singing songs sweet as the air
She heard a sound, and when she turned around
A beautiful devil was there

Will you come with me, oh won’t you come with me
The beautiful devil he cried
Will you come with me, oh won’t you come with me
Come rule in hell by my side

I swore to my mother I never would marry
A man or a devil beside
It won’t change a thing, be you devil or king
I never will be no man’s bride

Will you come with me, oh won’t you come with me
I’ll drape you in jewels and in gold
Will you come with me, oh won’t you come with me
My palace is sweet to behold

I won’t have a man who is seeking to own me
You bind me I’ll wither and die
A chain made of gold is still made to hold
A palace a cage to my eye

Will you come with me, oh won’t you come with me
I’ll feed you on sugars and sweets
Will you come with me, oh won’t you come with me
You’ll eat from the choicest of meats

There’s no fruit sweeter than what’s in my garden
Hell’s sweets would be bitter to me
The eggs from my hen are far choicer than
Your meat could possibly be

The devil he turned and the devil he cursed her
How dare you refuse me, he said
The devil he turned and the devil he cursed her
I’ll wait until after you’re dead

Oh you’ll never get me or you wouldn’t be here
Why trade for what you’ll get for free?
I’ll tend my plants and I’ll take my chances
And after it’s over I’ll see

Will you come with me, oh won’t you come with me
The beautiful devil he said
The woman replied with a gleam in her eye
I’d rather go nowhere instead
Track Name: Captain Coulston
Come all you loyal countrymen, you heroes stout and brave,
That do intend to cross the sea, your country for to leave;
Come join with Captain Coulston, that hero brave and fast,
Who fought his way all on the sea and battled to the last

The passengers, we numbered three hundred sixty-two;
And we were all teetotallers, excepting one or two,
From Dublin Bay we made our way, the journey seven weeks
All bound for New York City, our fortunes for to seek

The captain and his Sarah were seen on deck each day
To crown our hearts with merriment while sailing on our way.
The weather was as charming as ever you saw before;
For twenty days of pleasure we never thought of shore.

Come all you loyal countrymen, you heroes stout and brave,
That do intend to cross the sea, your country for to leave;
Come join with Captain Coulston, that hero brave and fast,
Who fought his way all on the sea and battled to the last

It was on the twelfth of April, just at the fall of night
Our captain went around his ship to see if all was right.
He said, ‘Brave boys, do not go down, you need not think of sleep
For in a few short moments we’ll be slumbering in the deep.

‘I’ve spied the pirate Osborne from o’er the western sea,
I fear they’re bearing down to rob us of our property.’
Osborne’s ship she then came up, and ordered us to stand:
‘Your gold and precious cargo this moment I demand.

Your gold and all your property resign to me this day
Or no one will be left alive when you get to New York Bay!’
Then out spoke Captain Coulston, unto his jovial crew
‘We’ll fight until we die; for we’ve got nothing else to do.’

There was a young man on the deck, his true love by his side
With courage bold they fought their way along the bulwark side.
The battle it raged on, me boys, and blood in streams did flow
We fought the pirates bravely but could not them overthrow

“God take them all,” cried Coulston, “we’ve nearly lost the fight -
“But if we must go down, we’ll go down doing what was right!”
Then up from in the forecastle, we saw the captain’s wife
With one shot of her pistol, she took old Osborne’s life

The pirates were defeated, we only lost but two
And I was left alive today to sing this tale to you
We took the pirates to the brig in irons, every one
As we sailed westward to New York into the setting sun

So come all you loyal countrymen, you heroes stout and brave,
That do intend to cross the sea, your country for to leave;
Come join with Sarah Coulston, that hero brave and fast,
Who fought her way all on the sea and battled to the last.
Track Name: I'm Judging You
When you tell that stupid joke about the rabbi and the Pope
Puns fall flat, what was that?
Though it’s awkward, don’t you fuss, happens to the best of us
I fail too; yes, it’s true
But I’m judging you

When you honk and flash your brights, then you pass me on the right
I’m judging you, I’m judging you
In a mile I’ll see you stopped, getting chewed out by a cop
Couldn’t wait, now you’re late
I’m judging you

It’s a hard and lonely world out there, we all deserve a break
And no one should have to answer for their every last mistake
And true friendship can be rare, it seems politeness is so fake
But I swear, I’ll be there
Judging you

When you speak of Mother Earth, chart the star signs of your birth
I’m judging you, I’m judging you
Crystals that can heal your knee, classes to unblock your chi
Magic tea, phone reiki
I’m judging you

When you’re in the supermarket and you’re yelling at your child
You don’t think that I can hear you, cause there’s no one in the aisle
But your dignity is crumbling as I hear him running wild
Turning red, hang your head
We’re all judging you

When you tweet about your food, your ex-boyfriend or your mood
I’m judging you, I’m judging you
When you’re writing fic all day, Voldemort slash George Takei
You’re not eight, punctuate
Anyway, I’m judging you

It’s a hard and lonely world out there, we all deserve a break
And no one should have to answer for their every last mistake
And true friendship can be rare, it seems politeness is so fake
But I swear, I’ll be there
Judging you
Yes my friend, till the end
I’ll be judging you
Track Name: Danny Boy
Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and cross the mountain side
The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying
‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow
‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.

And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You’ll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me.

And I shall hear, though soft ye tread above me
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
If you’ll not fail to tell me that you love me
I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me
Track Name: Resonance
I wake up in an unfamiliar bed
The dark confusion clearing from my head
And I feel that you are near me
And I hope, hope you won’t fear me
Cause I know that you can hear me
In your mind

You stand before me hanging by a thread
By every right I think I should be dead
Who are you? I don’t remember
Who am I? I don’t remember
Where are we? I don’t remember
Anything

Oh, this resonance between us
Searing from your eyes into my brain
Our connection that I’m feeling
The one thing that protects me from the pain

And as I stare into your eyes I see
The distant flicker of a memory
Then I hear the turning of keys and
Then I fall down on my knees and
Then I know we both know the reason
Why we’re here

Oh, this resonance between us
Searing from your eyes into my brain
Our connection that I’m feeling
The one thing that protects me from the pain

When we open up the door and stare out, blinded by the sun
Will we revel in our triumph or atone for what we’ve done?
When our vision clears will you recall the world that I once knew
Or is it all some fairy tale to you?

My life, my friends, my work, my family
Becoming nothing now but history
Won’t resist when they come to kill me
For the dark future that will be
For I know that I am guilty
Of it all

Oh, this resonance between us
Searing from your eyes into my brain
Our connection that I’m feeling
The one thing that protects me from the pain
The one thing that protects me from the pain
The one thing that protects me from the pain
Track Name: Boys of Bedlam (Live)
For to see mad Tom of Bedlam
Ten thousand miles I'd travel
Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes
For to save her shoes from gravel

CHORUS:
Still I sing bonnie boys, bonnie mad boys
Bedlam boys are bonnie,
For they all go bare and they live by the air
And they want no drink nor money

I went down to Satan's kitchen
For to get me food one morning
And there I got souls piping hot
All on the spit a-turning

CHORUS

Me staff has murdered giants
And me bag a long knife carries
For to cut mince pies from children's thighs
With which to feed the fairies

CHORUS

For to see mad Tom of Bedlam
Ten thousand years I'd travel
Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes
For to save her shoes from gravel

CHORUS
Track Name: Zombies Ahead! (Live)
In Austin, Texas one morning
The residents woke to a scare
Road signs were giving the warning
That the new invasion was there

Zombies ahead!
Zombies ahead!
Pack up your jerky and run
Zombies ahead!
Zombies ahead!
Zombies coming in from Highway 1

Zombies are driving in humvees
Zombies are running red lights
Zombies are talking on cell phones
Zombies don't use their lights at night!

In Austin, watch out on the street
'Cause you don't know what you might meet
That jerk creeping past in the right lane
Is really just cruising for brains!
(Brains, brains, brains...)

Zombies ahead!
Zombies ahead!
Pack up your chainsaw and run
Zombies ahead!
Zombies ahead!
Zombies coming in from Highway 1

I've heard they've spread out from Austin
A plague spreading from sea to sea
I've heard they're coming to Boston
So the next one you see could be me!

Zombies ahead!
Zombies ahead!
Pack up your left arm and run
Zombies ahead!
Zombies ahead!
Zombies coming in from Highway 1
Zombies coming in from Highway 1
Track Name: Fhear a Bhata (Live)
How often haunting the highest hilltops
I scan the ocean, a sail to see
Will it come tonight, love, will it come tomorrow
Will it ever come, love, to comfort me?

CHORUS
Fhear a' bhàta, na hóro eile
Fhear a' bhàta, na hóro eile
Fhear a' bhàta, na hóro eile
O fare the well, love, where e'er thee be

They call thee fickle, they call thee false one
And seek to change me, but all in vain
For thou art my dream yet through the dark night
And every morning, I watch the main

CHORUS

There's not a hamlet, too well I know it
Where you go wand'ring or stay awhile
But all its old folk you win with talking
And charm its maidens with song and smile

CHORUS

Dost thou remember the promise made me?
That tartan plaidie, that silken gown
That ring of gold with thy hair and portrait
That gown and ring I will never own?

CHORUS
Track Name: I'm Judging You (Live)
When you tell that stupid joke about the rabbi and the Pope
Puns fall flat, what was that?
Though it’s awkward, don’t you fuss, happens to the best of us
I fail too; yes, it’s true
But I’m judging you

When you honk and flash your brights, then you pass me on the right
I’m judging you, I’m judging you
In a mile I’ll see you stopped, getting chewed out by a cop
Couldn’t wait, now you’re late
I’m judging you

It’s a hard and lonely world out there, we all deserve a break
And no one should have to answer for their every last mistake
And true friendship can be rare, it seems politeness is so fake
But I swear, I’ll be there
Judging you

When you speak of Mother Earth, chart the star signs of your birth
I’m judging you, I’m judging you
Crystals that can heal your knee, classes to unblock your chi
Magic tea, phone reiki
I’m judging you

When you’re in the supermarket and you’re yelling at your child
You don’t think that I can hear you, cause there’s no one in the aisle
But your dignity is crumbling as I hear him running wild
Turning red, hang your head
We’re all judging you

When you tweet about your food, your ex-boyfriend or your mood
I’m judging you, I’m judging you
When you’re writing fic all day, Voldemort slash George Takei
You’re not eight, punctuate
Anyway, I’m judging you

It’s a hard and lonely world out there, we all deserve a break
And no one should have to answer for their every last mistake
And true friendship can be rare, it seems politeness is so fake
But I swear, I’ll be there
Judging you
Yes my friend, till the end
I’ll be judging you
Track Name: Two Corbies (Live)
As all alone one night I walked
I heard two ravens, how they talked

One raven to the other did say 

"Where shall we go and dine today?"

"I know the place a soldier fell
A man of honor, mark it well

And no one knows that he lies there,

But his hawk, his hound and his lady fair."

"His hound has gone to hunt alone,

His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl home,

His lady's found another mate,

So we may have our dinner date."

"You'll dine upon his meaty thighs,

And I'll peck out his hazel eyes;

With one lock of his golden hair 

We'll thatch our nest when it grows bare."

"Many a one for him will cry,

But no one knows where he does lie;

Over his bones, once they're picked clean
The lonesome wind shall wail and keen."
Track Name: Resonance (Live)
wake up in an unfamiliar bed
The dark confusion clearing from my head
And I feel that you are near me
And I hope, hope you won’t fear me
Cause I know that you can hear me
In your mind

You stand before me hanging by a thread
By every right I think I should be dead
Who are you? I don’t remember
Who am I? I don’t remember
Where are we? I don’t remember
Anything

Oh, this resonance between us
Searing from your eyes into my brain
Our connection that I’m feeling
The one thing that protects me from the pain

And as I stare into your eyes I see
The distant flicker of a memory
Then I hear the turning of keys and
Then I fall down on my knees and
Then I know we both know the reason
Why we’re here

Oh, this resonance between us
Searing from your eyes into my brain
Our connection that I’m feeling
The one thing that protects me from the pain

When we open up the door and stare out, blinded by the sun
Will we revel in our triumph or atone for what we’ve done?
When our vision clears will you recall the world that I once knew
Or is it all some fairy tale to you?

My life, my friends, my work, my family
Becoming nothing now but history
Won’t resist when they come to kill me
For the dark future that will be
For I know that I am guilty
Of it all

Oh, this resonance between us
Searing from your eyes into my brain
Our connection that I’m feeling
The one thing that protects me from the pain
The one thing that protects me from the pain
The one thing that protects me from the pain