Strangers at the Gate

by Stranger Ways

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released 15 January 2011

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Track Name: Cold Atlantic Shore
The first time that I met you your hair framed your face
Like the halo of an angel in that dreary hell of a place
And when our eyes first met, you stole away my heart
The day you said you would be mine, I swore nothing would tear us apart

CHORUS:
No tears, no tears my love, no tears should you shed for me
No tears no tears my love when my body rises from the sea
No tears, no tears my love for you were the one who left me

I knew that you were leaving half a year from when we met
I told you I would take every moment I could get
I said that if you’d let me I would follow in your ways
When you told me yes, I didn’t touch the ground for days

The months we spent together were like heaven come to earth
There was more comfort in your arms than I had known since birth
I dreaded the day you’d leave the time I’d spend alone
But I knew that in the end I’d have you for my own

CHORUS

With every letter that you sent you told me how you longed
To have me there beside you but I know now they were wrong
Every time I saw you there was distance in your eyes
And the reasons that you gave to me were excuses and lies

CHORUS

In the end I pried it out three weeks from when I came
You told me I had lost your heart things would not be the same
You swore that you loved me still, but said that we must part
Well darling if you loved me, you would leave me with my heart

So I make you no promises of what I plan to do
As long as you have my heart I never will leave you
This creaky dock is writhing from the cold Atlantic Shore
And if you’ve heard this song, I’m not sitting here* no more

CHORUS

* [sic]. The lyric as written by Susan is "there", but we sang "here" on the album. Sorry!
Track Name: Boys of Bedlam
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: Happily Ever After
I knew my prince would come someday
The one who would carry me far away
Away from the dreary everyday
Happily ever after

My prince found me at the junior dance
Tuxedo jacket and denim pants
I saw the future in his glance
Happily ever after

Love is fairy tale
Shining armor, dragon scale
Leave behind a breadcrumb trail
to happily ever after

He drove me home in his charger white
The perfect end to the perfect night
Rest in his arms till morning light
Happily ever after

He said “Won’t you come away with me
I know a place where we’ll be free
Away from your broken family
to Happily ever after

Love is a fairy tale
Searching for a golden grail
A sacred quest that’s doomed to fail
Happily ever after

So away to find a priest
And once the revelry has ceased
Every beauty must find her beast
Happily ever after

We sat down to eat one dreadful night
I dropped the wine, we had a fight
A beast has claws and teeth that bite
A dungeon in every castle

My chains are made of one gold ring
Still for him I’d do anything
He may be a beast but he’s my king
Happily ever after

Love is a fairy tale
Living in the sweetest jail
Trapped behind thorns, growing pale
Happily ever after
Track Name: Two Corbies
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: Week Exchange
CHORUS:
I'd like to trade this week in
It didn't suit my needs one bit
Only had it a week, it's already wearing thin
And I'm pretty sure it never really fit

Monday wasn't bad, but it was Monday
Tuesday, well, it rained the whole day long
Wednesday, I'd trade in for any one day
Where any ten fewer things went wrong

CHORUS

I could never get the hang of Thursdays
And Friday I can't say that things improved
Saturday, I know that I've had worse days
As Sunday most assuredly proved

CHORUS (repeat last line)
Track Name: Fhear A Bhata
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 plaid, that silken gown
That ring of gold with thy hair and portrait
That gown and ring I will never own?

CHORUS
Track Name: Perfect Love
There’s nothing quite like first love
That trembling first kiss
There’s nothing quite like first love
And that’s nothing like this
There’s nothing quite like first love
There’s nothing quite the same
Quinine’s just as bitter
By any other name
There’s nothing quite like first love
That rushing, crashing scream
There’s nothing quite like first love
For crushing your dreams
So please don’t tell me stories about first love tonight
That was then, this is now so turn off the light

There’s nothing quite like fast love
Live love at first sight
There’s nothing quite like fast love
When everything feels right
There’s nothing quite like fast love
There’s nothing quite like that
A wrong note repeated
Still sounds just as flat
There’s nothing quite like fast love
A rollercoaster whirl
There’s nothing quite like fast love
For making me hurl
So please don’t tell me stories about love at first sight
That was then, this is now so turn off the light

There’s nothing quite like new love
Pure and pristine
There’s nothing quite like new love
Just making the scene
There’s nothing quite like new love
Nothing can compare
The purest of methane
Isn’t breathable air
There’s nothing quite like new love
Broken from the start
There’s nothing quite like new love
For breaking your heart
So please don’t try to tell me our love feels new tonight
That was then, this is now so turn off the light
Track Name: Safe Again
It's over
It's been over for years
Past the angry accusations
Past the painful memories and tears

CHORUS
And it's safe again, hold me tight
We weren't made for forever, we were made for tonight
And everything is gonna be all right
If we leave before the morning light

I was careless
You were clingy, you were needy
You turned into a chore
I got smothered I got greedy

CHORUS

I remember
Falling in love with you
It was never
What I meant to do
I met you at a temporary place
And I fell for your body, your hair, your face

You're beautiful
I can't keep my hands away
And I'd love to spend some time with you
Just please don't ask me to stay

CHORUS
Track Name: La Llorona: A ghost story
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: Always Seventeen
My grandpa says he's only seventeen
At eighteen they shipped him off to war
Now if he stays always seventeen
They can't do that anymore

My grandpa he doesn't breathe too well
He takes medicines and takes his time
He says that once breathe the fires of hell
Your lungs will never trust you down the line

My grandpa says he's only seventeen
At eighteen they shipped him off to war
Now if he stays always seventeen
They can't do that anymore
Track Name: Zombies Ahead!
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