Death and Whimsy

by Carolyn Light

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1.
03:46
Chamber door, please hear me You’re the only one who will Tell my love I saw him weep Upon his window sill Chamber door, he sleeps now He can’t hear my song, I know But I have ridden winds to reach him I beg you, tell him so And I am here to take him home I’ve crossed miles o’er the water So he’d be my own And I have tread the world on weary feet, alone So let me take Take him home Chamber door I’m sorry I know I betrayed his heart Pulled his skin and burned him raw And forced him to depart Chamber door he needs me Though his love I could not hold But calloused hands have made me wise And love has made me bold And I am here to take him home I’ve crossed miles o’er the water So he’d be my own And I have tread the world on weary feet, alone So let me take Take him home Wake up, wake up, she’s here to take you home... Wake up, wake up, she’s here to take you home… What’s that sound I know that voice I think I think that I have been lost What’s that sound I know that voice I think I think that I have been lost
2.
Sweet little child, safe in bed I Watch you sleep, I guard your breath I’ll hold you soon inside my arms I’ll cradle you close to my breast Fly away from here Leave this place behind Live forever in the seams Of children’s shadows And mother’s dreams I can make you mine I can make you mine Dream little angel, spirits call you Lose yourself in inside our song Just sink into my melody And fade away with the dawn Come away with me Leave this world behind Sing in echos in between Words unspoken And wisps unseen I will make you mine I will make you mine Sweet little child, safe in bed I Watch you sleep, I guard your breath
3.
Fly away my heart I know you’re scared Just be brave my heart No one in this life’s prepared You have friends my heart They’ll you to your light They’ll keep you safe, my heart Burn bright So fly away Away Oh, fly away Away Oh Time’s no judge my heart It moves, it’s free Dreams don’t age my heart So be So fly away Away Oh, fly away Away Oh….. Come, come home my heart Remember who you are Be, be free my heart And soar Oh fly away Away Oh fly away Away
4.
03:23
“Oh, that’s just like you,” she said. “Finding all the darkness, hiding in the hollows” “Why not come with me?” she said. “Dance in colored spotlights, shimmer in the gleam” and I say Oh make me a mountain Oh make me a wall Plant my feet deep in the ground And let me never fall “Oh, you fear too well,” he said “Seeing only darkness, waiting for the sky fall” “Why not seek the sun?” he said “Burn like flying lanterns, leave the land behind” and I say Oh make me a mountain Oh make me a wall Plant my feet deep in the ground And let me never fall “Oh, I feel so lost,” I said “Hoping for what’s hopeless, terrified to reach out” “Why can’t I be brave,” I said “Walk the night with eyes lit, let my heartlight glow ” and she said Oh, you are a mountain Oh you are wall Let your voice outlast the wind howl You will never fall Oh, I am a mountain Oh I am a wall Let my voice outlast the wind howl and I will never fall I will never fall
5.
03:31
If the snow-soft footprints lead us far from here And the winter's brush strokes freeze our breath Will we hunt the warm glow of another hearth? Will we miss the home that we have left? Have your satchel ready, have your gaze set far The horizon's singing to our feet If we dare to chase the sun and find the spring The our hearts be full with every beat Hold on to the river's song Place your pockets 'round your hand Place in me all you hope to be And we'll rise, and we'll rise, and we'll rise When my childhood daydreams used to guide my way When my skin was still softer than bone I would climb the branches of ambitious trees I would claim the night sky as my own Now my skin is thickened and my hands are grown And my legs know burden in their pace Yet my heart's still sapling in its need for flight I still long to find another place Hold on to the river's song Place your pockets 'round your hand Place in me all you hope to be And we'll rise, and we'll rise, and we'll rise So we'll find our hollow in an old oak tree And we'll carve the heart-wood with our names Should others follow they can find them here They will know which way our journey came Hold on to the river's song Place your pockets round your hand I'll place in you all I hope to do And we'll rise, and we'll rise, and we'll rise We will rise, we will rise, we will rise.
6.
02:00
My lady calls to me She calls She beckons me To break free from these walls So she can hold me In her sway Here’s to my lady My lady The sea I long to be in her To sail To feel the kiss Of every stormy gail And for that freedom I will pray I sing my lady My lady The sea For she is wide And deep and unknown And in her waves Is where I find a home And as I wait upon the shore She’ll hold me heart forevermore
7.
02:40
O, Death. O, Death. Won't you spare me over 'til another year? Well, what is this that I can't see With ice cold hands takin' hold of me Well I am death, none can excel I'll open the door to heaven or hell The children prayed, the preacher preached Time and mercy is out of your reach I'll fix your feet 'til you can't walk I'll lock your jaw 'til you can't talk O, Death. O, Death. Won't you spare me over 'til another year? My mother came to my bed Placed a cold towel upon my head My head is warm my feet are cold Death is a-movin' upon my soul Oh death please consider my age Please don't take me at this stage My wealth is all at your command If you will move your icy hand O, Death. O, Death. Won't you spare me over 'til another year? I'll close your eyes so you can't see This very hour, come and go with me No wealth, no land, no silver no gold Nothing satisfies me but your soul O, Death. O, Death. Won't you spare me over 'til another year?
8.
05:03
Arm yourself Arm your heart with walls of iron Arm your eyes with jaded lines that have seen it all Are surprised by nothing But as you face the wither Every wall will fall Every stone grows soft And lets the love back in And while you face the wither Hardened eyes will melt Hardened lips will quake To let the love come home Just once more Hold your own Hold your independence dear Hold back pain with rage that keeps you safe That prevents your weakness But when you face the wither Let your arms fall weak Let your anger pass And let the love back in And if you face the wither Don’t hold on to strength Let your heart fall free To let the love come home Just once more Just once more Just once more Just once So now you face the wither And I watch you weep And I watch you sink Into your love again Now that you face the wither Don’t forget my name Don’t forget I’m here To watch your love come home Just once more Throw your heart high, throw Now that her song is gone you still live whole Let her hold you in her soul Watch the sunrise and know Beyond this weary story love grow It’s alright now to let go Throw down your sorrow Upon the altar where you hide Throw down your weary soul, love Let the light inside
9.
01:54
Follow me down to the river Follow me to the water’s edge Your bones they creep Your bones they seek My wicked heart, come rest with me Follow me down to the river Follow me down to the water Sink into the deep, the cold, the black My bones they’ll reach My bones they’ll teach Your naive heart, come rest with me Follow me down to the river And sink with me my dear Beyond the brink, I’ll still be here In my embrace you’ll find a place So lie down Follow me Follow Follow me down to the river Follow me to the water’s edge Your bones they creep Your bones they seek My wicked heart, come rest with me Follow me down to the river
10.
00:36
Where am I now? I think I’m lost Got here somehow Don’t know the cost Where is my path I don’t know this sky I think in circles now Oh, where am I?
11.
03:34
And so I wait to be found Reach my eyes toward the sun But plant in the ground If you could raise me Help me see Scrape me clean of doubt and worry Set me free of all I know Let me see the sky beyond the clouds Help me go Help me go Sow my dreams Sow my dreams Sow my garden Let it grow Let grow Still I wait to be found Reach my heart toward the moon But hands earthly bound If you could raise now Help me see Take me far past the horizon Set me free of all I know Can’t you see my tear-fall crash the stone Help me go Help me go Sow my dreams Sow my dreams Sow my garden Let it grow Let grow Ahhhhh….. Sow my dreams Sow my dreams Sow my garden Let it grow Let grow

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Inspired by dark fairy tales, painful memories, and persistent dreams, Death and Whimsy tackles the deepest pain through the lens of the most insistent hope.

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released September 18, 2015

Written and produced by Carolyn Light
Co-produced by Frank Marra
Recorded by: Treehouse Sound
Mixed by Frank Marra
Mastered by Mike Flannery

Vocals and Banjo: Carolyn Light
Guitar: Daniel Pierce
Percussion: Jimmy Lopez
Piano and Accordion: David Ribyat
Bass and Cello: Jack Beslin
Backup Vocals: Morgan Hille Refakis
Guitar and Banjotar: Glen Coleman

Design: Brynne Overton
Cover Illustration: Shoshana Shellans

Special thanks to Frank Ippolito and the members of the Spaghetti Sessions for invaluable feedback on my music throughout the years.

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