Etarlis

by Mermaid Kiss

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credits

released July 17, 2007

Evelyn Downing: vocals, flute.
Jamie Field: acoustic guitars, occasional electric guitar and backing vocals.
Andrew Garman: keyboards, bass, drums, percussion.
Nigel Hooton: lead and rhythm electric and acoustic guitars.

With: Kate Belcher: lead vocals on Nowhere To Hide, Siren Song & Shadow Girl.
Wendy Marks: cor anglais, oboe, recorders.
Guests: Troy Donockley - uilleann pipes on The Running Tide
Jonathan Edwards - keyboard solo on Slide And Sway

Prelude - A Different Sky - Walking With Ghosts - Dark Cover -
Nowhere To Hide - Siren Song - A Sea Change (The Lighthouse - The Running Tide - In Deep - Slide And Sway - In Deep Reprise) - Shadow Girl - Beat The Drum - Crayola Skies - The City Of Clouds (Qway-Lin)

Recorded and engineered by Andrew Garman at The Goatshed
Produced by Andrew Garman, Evelyn Downing & Jamie Field.

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Track Name: A Different Sky
There is a whisper in the wind, there is a shadow on the sun,
There is a shiver in your soul, does something wicked this way come?

There is such fear in your eyes, it leaves your heart and body numb,
There is such darkness in your soul, does something wicked this way come?

Beneath the pale Etarlan sun, the light of life is dimming.
So hard to trust in anyone, while your head’s still spinning.

There is a whisper in the wind, half-heard, half-seen and half-believed.
There is a shadow in your mind, we walk beneath a different sky.
Track Name: Walking With Ghosts
I lie awake, embraced by sea, it comforts me.
Deep in the night, it’s so bizarre, there are no stars.
And I know, I know why, yes, I know, I know why.
Blue sky ignites, a cloud of flame weeps burning rain.
Air without waves, no picture show, no radio.
And I know, I know why, yes, I know, I know why.

And I’m walking with ghosts, I don’t feel so vulnerable,
Walking with ghosts, I don’t feel so invisible,
Walking with ghosts, through this quiet earth.

This blinding sun, floating free, entrances me.
Dark ocean burns, cracks and quakes, evaporates.
And I know, I know why, yes, I know, I know why.

And I’m walking with ghosts, I don’t feel so vulnerable,
Walking with ghosts, I don’t feel so invisible,
Walking with ghosts, through this quiet earth.
Track Name: Dark Cover
Something screaming out in the night,
Dark cover for the dreams of the haunted.

Something wailing in the hours before light,
Dark cover for the dreams of the hunted.

When will I see you, when will I see you,
When will I see you, when will I,
See you again, see you again,
See you again, see you again.
Track Name: Nowhere To Hide
Their boats arrived this morning, so the look-out said,
They’d given us no warning, we’d not crept from our beds.
But the men have not yet landed, they are waiting for the tide,
And the village waits for strangers from a distant countryside.

We are watching from our windows, nowhere to hide.
We are watching from our windows, nowhere to hide.

Will they land at daybreak to take us by surprise?
Or will they come at midnight, cloaked in night’s disguise?
Will they burn our crops and houses? Will they kill our men?
Will they leave us then forever or will they come again?

We are watching from our windows, nowhere to hide.
We are watching from our windows, nowhere to hide.
Track Name: Siren Song
Adrift on the ebbing tide, half asleep, just alive,
Fading away and so comfortably numb.
The arms of an ocean girl, the whisper of soundless words,
Your name upon her tongue, your name upon her tongue.

She rolls with the dancing waves, sinuous slide and sway,
Child of the water, that sense can’t deny.
Necklace of shells and bone, she moves with the undertow,
The sea is in her eyes, the sea is in her eyes.

The sweetest voice pure and clear, no sense of pain or fear,
Kiss to remember or kiss to forget.
Drawn by the siren sound, spiralling slowly down,
Into the chilling depths, into the chilling depths.
Track Name: A Sea Change (Parts 1 to 5)
i. The Lighthouse (words Jamie Field. music: Jamie Field & Andrew Garman)
Across the waves of the star-crossed sea,
In the shivering hours of night.
To hold at bay the base and strange,
Sweeps the stare of the glass-eyed light.

Copyright © Jamie Field & Andrew Garman 2007 All rights reserved.

ii. The Running Tide (music: Andrew Garman)
Copyright © Andrew Garman 2007 All rights reserved.

iii. In Deep (words: Jamie Field & Evelyn Downing. music: Jamie Field, Evelyn Downing & Andrew Garman)
I am the sea,
Deep mystery.
I am the sea,
Come unto me.
Down, down, down, down.
Down, down, down, down.

Copyright © Jamie Field, Evelyn Downing & Andrew Garman 2007 All rights reserved.

iv. Slide And Sway (music: Andrew Garman)
Copyright © Andrew Garman 2007 All rights reserved.

v. In Deep (Reprise) (words: Jamie Field & Evelyn Downing. music: Jamie Field, Evelyn Downing & Andrew Garman)
I am the sea,
Deep mystery.
I am the sea,
Come unto me.
Track Name: Shadow Girl
Out in the dark, moon-hunting and shooting stars,
Beneath the sky, a pale shadow girl in white-light camouflage.

Out on the beach, sky-walking, moon-touched, star-kissed,
She’s in control, the pale shadow girl, the white-light terrorist.

All the beauty of the night, creeps in and fades away.
All the beauty of the night, creeps in then fades away.

And in the dawn, exhausted, the sky blood-red,
She turns for home, this pale shadow girl, to sleep among the dead.

All the beauty of the night, creeps in and fades away.
All the beauty of the night, creeps in then fades away.
Track Name: Beat The Drum
The watchman paces nervously,
The talk is all of war,
Inside the hollow mountain’s Hall of Stone.
Blade and bow as sharp as fear,
Dark whispers haunt the atmosphere,
And waiting side by side, we stand alone.

And we’ll march on down from the Halls of Fable,
March, march, march cross the quaking land,
We’ll march on down from the Halls of Fable,
On the Fields of Rhianna we make our stand.
And we’ll march on down from the Halls of Fable,
March, march, march cross the quaking land,
We’ll march on down from the Halls of Fable,
On the Fields of Rhianna we’ll make our stand.

Will they come? Will they come?

You beat the drum for martyrdom,
As you sent us all to war,
Invoking gods and godless spirits of the past.
You wave the flag, the trumpets sound,
The roar of thousands shakes the ground,
Prepared to die if that is what you ask.

And we’ll march on down from the Halls of Fable,
March, march, march cross the quaking land,
We’ll march on down from the Halls of Fable,
On the Fields of Rhianna we make our stand.
And we’ll march on down from the Halls of Fable,
March, march, march cross the quaking land,
We’ll march on down from the Halls of Fable,
On the Fields of Rhianna we’ll make our stand.
Track Name: Crayola Skies
The heartless sun is beating a slow dark rhythm in our souls,
We’re chasing out the demons, but they keep coming back for more.
In the fear and rising clamour, it’s not easy to stand tall,
And we’re counting, counting hundreds, counting thousands as they fall.

Out on the endless burning plain they cry,
The voices of the lost souls scream into the sky.
And what you’ve gained is hard to quantify,
It’s such a hollow victory beneath crayola skies.

The blushing sun is falling, the sky’s a spreading stain,
Hollow clouds are bleeding endless showers of crimson rain.
With the dying breath of battle, comes the need for someone to blame,
And down among the dead men, they are whispering your name.

Out on the endless shadowed plain they lie,
The requiem of dying, the losers’ lullaby.
And what you’ve gained is hard to quantify,
It’s such a hollow victory beneath crayola skies.
Track Name: The City Of Clouds (Qway-Lin)
Deep wintertime, soaked and snow-blind,
Step after step through mountains we climb,
No path to follow, no reason, no rhyme,
Lost in these mountains that border on time.
We search for Qway-Lin, we search for Qway-Lin.

Stories foretold, walls of silver and gold,
Of nightmares and dreams, of lives bought and sold.
Iced heart and iced skin, we search for Qway-Lin,
The City Of Clouds, the City Of Clouds.
We search for Qway-Lin, we search for Qway-Lin.

It’s just a myth I hear you say.
It’s just a game that children play.
Instinct trusted or betrayed?
Follow now or walk away.

“Do you not think they are the most beautiful things you have ever seen?” he asked of her one night.
“More beautiful even than I?” Saleena answered.
He gave the matter some thought.
“What would you have me do?”
“Banish the stars from the heavens so that I am the only star in your eyes.”