Iron and Rough

by Stranger Ways

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You don't understand You stand on the brink of a changing world But your kind never does When the world was young, it was covered in a veil of darkness And the sun didn’t shine and the plants didn’t grow And the waters were cold and the barren stone cursed the sky And the stone’s stark cry struck a hole in the sky just a tiny thing at first But that hole in the sky let the first magic in and the world began to thirst And the magic formed a bubble, a womb for the first faerie And the faerie was born and the magic made more to join in its revelry The selkies moved on the waters and tides and the leprechauns weaved light The dryads’ trees drank from shellycoat ponds and the wisp-lights filled the night And the faeries fed on the magic of the world and our numbers grew as the magic was gobbled up And our reign was long and the air filled with song until that dismal day when the well of magic dried up And that day saw the birth of something new on the earth, neither animal nor fae Something born when the world couldn't muster enough magic and creation went astray A beast called man, born deaf, dumb, and blind, too sad to be humorous But the world was starved and it couldn’t do better and they soon outnumbered us And the colors slowly faded, like a sunset after dust And the faeries fled to hidden courts in a world of iron and rust But we faeries are full of mischief; we’re unseen, but far from done We have made a world that they don’t deserve - in exchange they’re ours for fun Pluck a child from under her bed, or a lover full of sighs Steal them away to the courts of the fae, we'll trade music for their Cries, and they'll be playthings, or curiosities Small price to pay to be guests among the fae; they alone get to see what life can be When the world was young, it was covered in a veil of darkness Now the darkness returns but there will come a day when our glory is restored When our will finds a way to set man’s world ablaze by the ruse or by the sword
Tom (Rough) 03:28
It started like a lot of days, the sky was gray as my town With a sound like a train the rain began to fall I trudged along without a word, and ducked into the mall, Which I blame, in part, for the drain that keeps this place tame But freaks are here, and freaks peddle Dust And Dust is what I want Dealers and weirdos belong in the shadows, but these aren’t your usual fare. Find the gaudiest neon glare and there they stare, In rev’rent revelry; aware of something I can’t see But will... The deal is quick, and I score, and I soar, and finally relax Hallelujah for the fae! Buck up, little guys, your loss has made my day And now the rain is colorful, and even this town makes sense I can hear every stone down in my bones and they all scream, ‘Get thee hence!’ ‘Quicken your pace! Leave this place before it sucks you dry.’ So I wandered deep into the woods at the edge of the town If Mama knew, she’d be so afraid But I was beyond fear And then I saw the craziest thing I wasn’t alone, somebody was singing! Somebody else as hazed up as me pranced and sang to an old willow tree Well hell, this day just keeps getting better I’m not the only one out here unfettered I laughed and I joined in the crazy dance Feeling too good to not take a chance I thought “Maybe I’ll hate my self in the morning But I’ll do that regardless, so why be boring”? I walked right up to that willow tree What fools, what fools we mortals be
Echo (Rough) 03:08
Oh, a merry fae went wandering to see what lay outside, and I know this tale is true because that merry fae was I. They say that magic’s dead beyond the hedge’s hidden walls But I think that wonder doesn’t die, it hides when shadows fall. And wondrous are the places small and hidden I will find For I’m sure I’ve but to listen and the earth will hum in kind They have tried to tell me do not go, for badly I will fare, they may be right, I’ve heard about the men that rule out there They say they're taking those who stray too far and aren't smart They’re vile, voracious, vicious things with iron in their hearts Oh, these tales are so exciting! Did they think I’d be afraid? ...well maybe just a little, but I won’t be scared away. I've always wanderlusted; I will take hold of my fate for how much worth is safety when you’re stuck behind a gate? And so I went a-wandering, to see what lay outside, and I sang with crickets and starlings, even made the old willow sigh. This world is just as wondrous as I knew that it could be; So many creatures big and small to greet, befriend, and see… I’m glad I went a-wandering and meandered down the path That rambles through these woods without a sign of iron wrath Perhaps I will find dangers still within the realm of men But I can’t seem to believe that; all this world's a peaceful glen But lo, what's this I merry see? A figure further down Infused with magic just like me; this must be kin I've found! Oh joy to have found suddenly a fellow fae as free as me! The stories we’ll share of how we’ve fared will become history!
“Hey now get your hands off me!” / “What is this supposed to be?” “Stop! You’re hurting me” “Hey now, where you taking me?” and then I begin to see Oh, please no not this There’s a Rift not far from here, what they intend is crystal clear I’m dead to them now. Might as well Toss me into faerieland, let me suffer at their hands And laugh all the while I’ll be kicked out of my home, left here all alone I’m thrown by my fortune to places unknown I’m shunned by my race, kicked out on my face They left me to die in disgrace Will my mother shed a tear if I don’t get out of here? Please don’t forget me How could they have been so cruel; how could I be such a fool Why did I set them free? Spent my life believing they were nothing but deceiving fae We paid them in kind, but when she Found out what I really was, terrified of me because Oh! I’ve been so blind And just what did I think my new friend would infer When she found I'd consumed other folk just like her? She ran and was caught, I couldn’t stand by But now for my troubles am I gonna die? They started it first, yes they started this fight So why should they care if I tried to do right? I’ve heard all the tales, what they’ve done to good men So why do I feel like I’d do it again? I’m kicked out of my home, in the fae realm, alone To follow my conscience to places unknown She ran away; should I do the same? If I try to talk then will I get the blame for it all?
DESMOND: Once there was a time for laughter Once there was a time for play But there must come a time when we must draw the line Because that time is over today Once there was a time for faeries And magic, and wonder, and lore But we must take a stand to defend human land Because now it is the time for war I have come to raise the alarm We must stand, hold the line, take up arms We shall not yield to our enemy We are strong, we are proud, we are free So god damn all sprites, elves and faeries And god damn the songs that they sing We’ll pillage their homes and we’ll smash their queen’s throne And we’ll burn down the faery ring MONARCH: The world once was young and all faeries were one We fae and our magic were free But you beast-men instead, clumsy and overbred, Have taken the world from me Lurking in every dark alley Waiting, we’ve always been here Complacent no more, here to settle the score We are your deepest fear Come, my friends! Let us stand as one The dawn of the fae has begun The world’s ablaze, by our magic, rise On this night, by the sword mankind dies Ready for battle, my legions Take back the world for the fae Together we’ll fight, we will triumph this night We’ll right the world gone astray DESMOND AND MONARCH: Join me in glorious battle Together we will make them pay We'll take none alive And our people will thrive They’ll not live to rue the day You know our cause is righteous You know our faith is true We must now stop their lot Kill them all; let them rot They'd do no less to you Curse the fae! They will steal your kin In return they will burn for their sin Curse all men! They’re our world’s decline Prove your worth and the earth shall be thine March through the rift on my order My friends, we are destined to win Our triumph draws near We will teach them to fear Let their destruction begin
Two ancient enemies arrive here today Your people praying for salvation I’ve seen the madness and the vengeance in your eyes That way leads to annihilation You’ve ignited the fuse, now you cannot but lose You lead your own men into slaughter When the battle is done, you will fall to the gun The end is nigh, the war that cannot be won Two ancient enemies have been kept apart Their worlds completely separated But over time the wall has been chipped away The hedge between them desecrated It was better before we kicked open the door We’ve proven we can’t live together Separation a gift now destroyed by this rift I’ve got to end this war that cannot be won Tom, if you are thinking that which I suspect you’re thinking Then maybe there’s a way, but such a cost Tom, if you are asking that which I suspect you’re asking The power must arise from something lost Your queen could throw away a hundred thousand of my people But for her that would be no sacrifice The willing death of just one human holds more power Than the slaughter she would use to pay the price Two ancient enemies that met in the wood And found their fates woven together Until today I only cared for myself So we can do the queen one better Never thought that a friend would deliver my end My virtue the death of my conscience We must give human life to the will of the knife To save us from the war that cannot Be they human or fae, I will curse those I save Our worlds must be parted forever So now take up the blade, blood and tears will be paid We won’t let you fight the war that cannot be won
I took a walk down by the stream today I sat alone and let time just slip away There was a path here winding through the wood I used to play there, but now it’s gone for good I met a stranger there who looked like me But then he showed me how cruel the world could be My friend is gone now, but the Rift is too I wonder is this really what he had to do? But now I know that it’s part of our nature Doesn’t matter how we try I know that nothing good can last, and we are why Could we have found a way to coexist? Why wonder now that it’s over, chances missed? Are we that different from them after all? Or why did He need to die to build this wall? But it was time, there was just no solution Didn’t matter how we tried I know that nothing good can last, and we are why They said the world was ours, and we believed For all our hubris, what did we achieve? Now we have a world all to ourselves, and nothing more And they a world of rust and iron won, If both had looked to the future, what could we have done? Instead we Fought over grudges back to ancient times Drunken on old mem’ries that had aged like wine And I have learned history can be poison It enthralls us in its spell So maybe "nothing good can last" is just as well We gods of old and we youthful rivals Pray these words outlive ourselves Our story’s done, but not alone upon the shelves


Iron and Rough is a preview EP of our upcoming concept album, "Iron and Rust." It's rough edits of 7 of the tracks that will eventually be on the full album.


released January 17, 2016

Nat Budin as Desmond
Kara Hurvitz as Echo
Brad Smith as Tom
Alexandria Wilkie as the Faerie Queen

Nat Budin: guitar
Jon Sagotsky: bass
Brad Smith: percussion
Alexandria Wilkie: flute

All songs composed by Stranger Ways.
Recorded, edited and mastered by the band.


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