Follow the Falcon

by Fay Brotherhood

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1.
The Downs 04:45
No place of man lies here, The downs strike awe to me, We have come so far now, And much we've loved, But this. True churches of England lie, Breathing in ev'ry down, White horses and stones tell me, Do not fear, For we are ever here, We won't suffer the land to change. And the downs roll on, And our fathers watch. Never heard this silence, Hear the breathing of the spirits here, In the wind, Well it seems wrong to speak, Do not think - don't question, Just let yourself be. No place I know like this, So strange from all I know, Passing the barrows my heart, Leaps with a feeling of home, I'm home. And before me a kestrel flies, About me the crops are gold, White horses and stones tell me Do not fear, For we are ever here, We won't suffer the land to change. And the downs roll on, And our fathers watch, And the downs roll on, And our fathers watch, And the downs roll on.
2.
I can't bear your memories, And I can't keep your soul, I am not your personal healer, And I am nothing good. Hang the hare from a silken thread, And cast forth the boar, Ignorance is pretty bliss and where you're coming from, And I cannot see where you come from, And you cannot see where I go, You believe you know all there can be, To know about me But you don't. I'll never give you anything, And I can only take, I'll bend you to my bubblegum chain, Before I'll set you free. You carve your demons out of stone, And I'm bound to shoot them down, But I am blessed with my contempt and I will shoot you down, Hang the hare from a silken thread, And cast forth the boar, Ignorance is pretty bliss and where you're coming from. And I cannot see where you come from, And you cannot see where I go, You believe you know all there can be, To know about me But you don't. No you don't, No you don't. No you don't, No you don't To know all there can be....
3.
Born from the stardust I know, I mean nothing to the world, Neurons fire electric need and mental geometry screams. Shapes shift, Worlds collide, Dying for one look inside, Into something, Worth my while, Nothing matters - I don't care. Don't take me (Shape shifting circle seeking) Fear for free , Let me go (Where can I go?) Let me stay! And human fear betrays me, I'm mocked again. Mental geometric rights, Cauterize my will, To survive, to fight, to care, to love, And I am nothing now. Don't take me (Shape shifting circle seeking) Fear for free , Let me go (Where can I go?) Let me stay! Don't take me (Shape shifting circle seeking) Fear for free , Let me go (Where can I go?) Let me stay! And human fear betrays me, I'm mocked again. You took me somewhere I should never have been, And it did more damage than you'll ever know (x3)
4.
Talons for fortune I'll have to leave, Follow the falcon and live for the wind, Call her name - will she answer my calling? Go with her - and flee, Freedom in the tree line, Hatred in dark cages, Governed by the sun, with sight to see through pain, Their words cease to sting, Hawks wing by free fall, by wonder and peace, Fly with the falcon - be still let her teach, In her talon take slaughter for calling, In your name I'll fight, Freedom chasing blue skies, May you ever fly on, Governed by the sun I'll strive to reach your heights, In your name I'll fight. Steel backed and sickle winged, death on the wind, Power and beauty, far sighted eyes keen, Knowing all knowing the secrets you keep, In beauty of death, the skies nobility Horus's tribute, be still let her teach, Take flight. Freedom in the tree line, Hatred in dark cages, Governed by the sun with sight to see through pain, In your name I'll fight, In your name I'll fight, In your name I'll fight
5.
His death we mourn and honour his parting, But his flame still here remains, His crown worn yellow by sycamore, His cape worn red by the apple bough, And in his dying rays the woods are golden, My feet sink deep within these jewels, But the mother comes swift to the throne now, And the dark of the year brings its chill, I saw the last swallow leave today, And the field fare came then to the ploughlands, As copper leaves, flutter from dark boughs, And the frost tells us time now for sleep As the dark Samhain night once again now upon us, In darkness the wheel turns the year, We honour our loved ones life partings, And the trees and the year and our pasts The fire burns higher beneath the bright starlight, With each passing spirit who comes, Relinquish our weapons to the fire, To begin in the circle anew, I saw the last swallow leave today, And the field fare came then to the ploughlands, As copper leaves, flutter from dark boughs, And the frost tells us time now for sleep. The time is urgent now, For all who are denizen to earth, To make precious the gifts of the golden and prepare for the cold hand of night, As the sparrows dance in the hawthorn, In dispute in a dance for a seed, And the fox watches now for the sickly, And the ones who fall foul to the cold. I saw the last swallow leave today, And the field fare came then to the ploughlands, Autumns copper leaves, flutter from dark boughs, And the frost tells us time now for sleep. I saw the last swallow leave today, And the field fare came then to the farmland, With a pheasant in hand dressed in autumns bright flame, Autumn bares naught but wonder for me.
6.
Disguise 03:23
Child of the dark world why are you hiding? Watching the twilight come into our lives, And the hawks, and the hawks cannot tell reason from writing, And they cannot tell me where you hide from yourself, Why do you still cry, 'Neath your disguise? Holding you near I can feel your blood running, Why is it I can taste ice in your veins? Moon in your eyes wear the dreamers disguise, Your hand grips mine tight and something's not right. Why do you still cry, 'Neath your disguise? Hiding my lies beneath courtesies disguise, Oh I can play the fox as well as you do, While blood still flows and wounds they are still picked, Oh I can still love you, And I do. Holding you near I can feel your blood running, Tell me why can I taste ice in your veins, Moon in your eyes wear the dreamers disguise, Your hand grips mine so ever tight. Why do you still cry, 'Neath your disguise?
7.
Don't you know how blue can go, Sea struck to silence, Don't you know how she died? Don't you know how to talk? East wind swept in rough on the beach, Oh concern yourself with spirits and false angels, And transparencies mask, Or don't. Never trust an air sign, And don't look at ladies too long, Or tears on your pillows, lighting your face, Tell too many stories, Tell me too much, How much do I want to know? Really want to know? Well we're under anaesthetic rights, Don't you know how to lie? Don't you know how to die? West wind swept in sweet on my cheek, Explicit riches to cry for into ruin, And trancing your fire sign, For now. Never trust the west wind, And the sparkle of the star dance, Or blood on your pillow, drowing your fear, Will make pretty pictures, Discov'ring your name, How much do I want to know? Really want to know? Never trust an air sign, And don't look at ladies too long Or tears on your pillows, lighting your face, Tell too many stories, Tell me too much, How much do I want to know? Really want to know?
8.
Swansong 03:34
My blade held by my side I walk this road alone, I wait in stillness for you I hold a swan feather for you, Then wait imprisonment, as swans sing let the sea glow, In riches and in anger, In troubles mercy, Pity you. The sword is vengeful now, fair play to all that die, By summers fateful tide with winters coming swan song dies, Your play is pitiful, Your words unspoken now, We stand before your being, And kiss your hand, With subtle smiles. Let the swan die, Let the swan die, The sequel is the same and we will never learn, Appropriately dressed but inappropriately said, Then clip those great white wings, Take sky and take to water, Hear melodies in minor, Sweet harmony, Ring o'er the snow, Let the swan die, Let the swan die, For faith you cry, For greed you died, We are the same, We're all to blame, My courage in my breast is all I'm holding now, In taking of the wing I sing of swan feathers for you, Then wait imprisonment, As swans sing let the sea glow, In riches and in greed, On natures mercy, Pity you, Let the swan die, Let the swan die.
9.
The Beech 02:58
A goddess embodied in beech dryad form, Alone on the hill where the yew dared not tread, You've stood free to grow through the storms and the fires, Respect you command from each travellers gaze. Skin still smooth and grey in your great girth of age, Your branches alone - the width of your kin, There's a wisdom in your ancient company, And peace to be had in the bed of your root, At the roots of the beech, There I'll lie, I'll wait for peace, Your smooth arms shelter me, Oh oak sister beech. Not your brother the oak, or even the yew, Could mark your girth or the height of your reach, Clean spread of your boughs or the reach of your root, Not even a mark from the fire of the storms, No creature of earth can I find in your boughs, Seems to me in respect, not a claw on your skin, Not a mark on your body from spray can or knife. You command respect even from the lowest of man. I'd stay here forever if the choice would be mine, Oh the things you could teach in the wisdom of age, But the darks on her way and the paths are not clear, I'll be back here tomorrow to marvel again, At the roots of the beech, There I'll lie, I'll wait for peace, Your smooth arms shelter me, Oh oak sister beech.
10.
May the pale lady crave blame upon the name, As silence lies upon the wing and all you'll never know, Shadows of an evetide rise ghostly of a time, Tendrils of the mist weave spirals, carved upon the stone, In glitter crystal on the web in amber ruby lit, They walk the tracks carved bright in white, Some meaning for to seek. Alone amidst the circle I stand grieving for the loss, Of all that mattered to a kin, of feathers on a breath. Each mottled hue, the lark in lay, the circles in her name, And as we walk above the scarp, arms raised against the dark, Tendrils of the mist weave spirals, carved upon the stone, In gold they weave about our feet into the valleys sink, The grey in day takes to the chalk, Our voices of the land. How may one day the world awake (to crave again the truth?) How may once more the works arise (all for to gain the right) How may one day the world arise (to claim the truth and right?) Of all that hides about the mist, lain grey among the turf, The sheep cropped downs, the chalk hill blue, the skies alightening, Alone amidst the circle i stand grieving for the loss, Of all that mattered to our kin, of sickles in a hand. Each mottled hue, the lark in lay, the circles in her name, And as we walk above the scarp, arms raised against the dark, The ghosts arrive, on satire ride and vow to feed the fight, In glitter crystal on the web in amber ruby lit, The grey in day takes to the chalk our voices of the land, How may one day the world awake oh for to claim the truth? How may one day the world arise, oh for to claim the right? How can one day the world one day to halt each quiet loss, How can one day the world awake oh for the claim the truth and right? We look around, the fields are empty, who is left to fight?
11.
How long will you make me wonder, Waiting in the rain? How long must I go on fighting? How long must I wait? I'd leave tomorrow, If I ruled my own life, With or without your victory run, Listen to the songs and the calling, You'll know in time, what your dreams are for,} I will go home now - back to the place I know, By tree, blade and thorn I swear I'll know, By tree, blade and thorn I swear I'll know. Lost I'll be and lost I'll stay, If I ignore my dreams. To the lime, down by the blackthorn, Hold faith to your dreams, Lugh and Rhiannon, The horses the horned god, Ravens of war circle o'er my head. Listen to the songs and the calling, You'll know in time, what your dreams are for,} I will go home now - back to the place I know, By tree, blade and thorn I swear I'll know, Live for the wild I swear you'll know. Sow the seeds of a maple leaf, by the woodcock's lie, where the wild boar sleeps, Sing for the seagull - go my way, Execute your swift escape, Day tripper on the breeze, Life in each shade of green, Day tripper on the breeze, Life in each shade of green White sow of night, Cerridwen give us sight White sow of night, Cerridwen give us sight, Listen to the songs and the calling, You'll know in time, what your dreams are for,} I will go home now - back to the place I know, By tree, blade and thorn I swear I'll know, Live for the wild I swear you'll know.

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The second album by Fay Brotherhood, exploring experiences of the seasons, nature, pagan traditions and people gleaned during a bicycle ride from Coalville, through Avebury, to Somerset back in 2003!

Contains a free download of All There Can Be!

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released November 6, 2004

All music and lyrics Fay Brotherhood, 2004
All artwork Fay Brotherhood, 2011

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Pagan folk songs of myth, magic and mother nature from the lead singer of Spriggan Mist.

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