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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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
6.
Danny Boy 03:02
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
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Resonance 05:36
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
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Welcome 00:48
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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."
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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
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Goodbye 00:22

credits

released January 14, 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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