A Familiar Promise

by Alexander James Adams

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Lia Graf Fav tracks, more like. Storyteller and Close Your Eyes. When things are darkest, I think of these songs, the tiny spark to keep things lit. I know that sounds campy, but it's true. Heather's and now Alex's music help with my clinical anxiety and depression, and I need all I can get.
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Silberwolf It's just such a wonderful album full of emotions. Especially "Familiar's Promise" moves me to tears time and again. Favorite track: Familiar's Promise.
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    A heartfelt album revisiting the music of Heather Alexander featuring love songs of all kinds plus two new songs of magical romance and personal self empowerment.

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released April 1, 2008

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Alexander James Adams Muskogee, Oklahoma

From the Land of Fae comes the Faerie Tale Minstrel with songs and stories of days gone by and futures yet to come. Guitar and fiddle support a voice that enchants the ear and comforts the heart. Jigs and reels, lust and lullabye, the magic and music are there for those that believe. ... more

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Track Name: Close Your Eyes
ONLY THE MUSIC
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

The swirling of dresses,
The scuffing of shoes-
“Should my hair be in tresses?”
“What tie do I choose?”-
As the hall fills with dancers,
And the strings start to sound-
We will take that first step,
And we won’t touch the ground

FOR THERE'S ONLY THE MUSIC
THAT PLAYS ON AND ON
YES, THERE'S ONLY THE MUSIC
THE HEARTACHES ARE GONE
WE CAN STAND CLOSE TOGETHER
WHILE THE WORLD DANCES BY
'CAUSE THERE'S ONLY THE MUSIC
BETWEEN YOU AND I
YES, THERE'S ONLY THE MUSIC
BETWEEN YOU AND I

A head on a shoulder,
An arm ‘round a waist,
If the weather gets colder,
We both will be braced-
For whatever the trouble,
We still have a chance-
If we hold hands together,
And take time to dance-


The clock hours bending,
The hands spinning ‘round-
From beginning to ending,
As dancers we’re bound-
With the memories like treasures,
All safe in their vaults-
When we hear the last measures,
We’ll dance the grand waltz-

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1997
Track Name: Familiar's Promise
Familiar’s Promise
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

I can feel your heart burning
With tears that you hide
I will walk without turning
Ever close by your side
I will guard you at night
And alert you to harm
Then will snuggle up tight
Just to keep us both warm

LAY YOUR HAND ON MY HEAD
AS THE FIRELIGHT DIES
AND BELIEVE WHAT I’VE SAID
FOR THIS LOVE NEVER LIES

I’ll inspire you to laugh
I’ll release you to cry
I’m the strong silent half
Of what we unify
I will give you my heart
If you give me your hand
And it’s never we’ll part
Whilst beside you I stand

If it’s courage you seek
I am yours to command
I don’t outwardly speak
But I still understand
Through your joy and your strife
I’ll attempt any task
I will lay down my life
All you needs do is ask

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2006
Track Name: First Rising Tide
First Rising Tide
Music & Lyrics: Alexander James Adams

I was born in the ocean, in it’s cold arms to sleep
My soft selkie coat I was happy to keep
Then I saw you go walking on a wild distant shore
I thought I would watch you a few moments more-

You sat on a rock and you gazed out to sea
And ever so often, your sights fell on me
You laughed and you smiled and my heart gave to rise
I found myself staring deep into your eyes-

LET ME SHED OFF MY COAT AND COME WALK BY YOUR SIDE
WE WILL LIE DOWN TOGETHER,
I WILL BE YOURS FOREVER,
‘TIL THE NEXT BRIGHT, ROUND MOON
WITH IT'S FIRST RISING TIDE-

You stood up to leave, so I swam to the shore
I rose to my feet, a great selkie no more
Just a pale naked man who could speak not a word
But you still knew my heart when it spoke, and you heard-

We laughed and we touched while each night the moon grew
My watery secret still hidden from you
Til one evening at dusk, I was not to be found
For the ocean had called and to Her I was bound-


I heard you call out from that wild distant shore
My heart started aching, my spirit grew sore
I longed for the days that beside you I’d laid
But to give up the sea, I was still too afraid-

By the dark of the moon, I could not stand the pain
My heart I would loose, but your love I would gain
So I came up to meet you on that wild distant shore
A selkie I’d been , but a selkie no more

LET ME GIVE YOU MY COAT, AND MY HEART DEEP INSIDE
WE WIIL LIE DOWN TOGETHER,
I WILL BE YOURS FOREVER,
PAST THE BRIGHT, ROUND MOON,
WITH IT'S FIRST RISING TIDE!-

Sea Fire Productions, Inc c&p 2008
Track Name: Dance in a Circle
DANCE IN A CIRCLE
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Out in the wood, there’s a band of small Faeries,
If you walk unwary at night-
They’re laughing and drinking, and soon you’ll be thinking,
That you’d come to join in their light-
If they see you, you know they’ll entreat you,
To come and join in their small friendly dance-
If you do then your soul will go too,
You will loose it with no second chance-

BUT PLEASE COME, JOIN, DANCE IN A CIRCLE
THE VOICES WILL MAKE YOUR HEART BURN
TO PLEASE COME, JOIN, DANCE IN A CIRCLE
BUT KNOW THAT YOU'LL NEVER RETURN!

They’ll promise you gold and silver a-plenty,
You’ll never be empty of love-
Beauty and pleasure, and time at your leisure,
All things that you’ve been dreaming of-

Success will be yours, through several doors,
What ever you wish, you will find you can do-
Beware of this prize, as a curse in disguise,
Since your mortal life soon will be through-

There is a way, as some folk would say,
To save you ‘til the dawn-
Denounce their kind, from your mind,
Then you’ll find they are gone-
Children’s tales, pirate sails,
Unicorns, dragons, sorcerers too,
They’re man conceived, make believe,
You know that they aren’t true-


And now I must tell, that I’m under their spell,
Though I know not for how long I’ve been-
And I love a lass though I know can't pass
Back to Mortal lands ever again-

I went to the king, in his wise faerie-ring,
I asked him, “Oh what do you think I should do?”
He said, “You’ll be fine!”, took a large swill of wine,
And said, “Why don’cha have her join you?”

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1997
Track Name: Broom of the Cowdenknowes
Broom of the Cowdenknowes
Traditional Scottish song

How blythe was I, each morn' ta see
My lassie come o'er yon hill
She leapt the bairn and she ran ta me
I met her wi' good will

OH THE BROOM, THE BONNEY, BONNEY BROOM
THE BROOM OF THE COWDENKNOWES
'FAIN WOULD I BE IN MY AINE COUNTRY
GUARDIN' HER FATHER'S YOWES

Hard the fate, that I should banished be
Gang wearily and mourn
Because I lo'ed the fairest lass
That ever yet was born

Fare will, ye Cowdeknowes, fare will
Fare will, all the pleasures there
Ta wander by her side again
Is all I crave or care
Track Name: Storyteller
Storyteller
Lyrics & Music: Heather Alexander

I spin tales each day of this world full of wonder
I hear people say you can harvest the plunder
But as I reach out with a trembling hand
All the gold coins just turn into sand

I feel very weary, my temper is biting
I know I've grown leary and tired of the fighting
I pray every day that is all will be grand
But I sure could use help of your kind, friendly hand

PLEASE, STORYTELLER,
PULL A TALE FROM YOUR POCKET
SPIN ME A STORY FROM YOU COAT TAIL SO BARE
MY HEART HAS TURNED COLD
MY DREAMS ARE TOO OLD
AND I NEED TO KNOW MAGIC'S STILL THERE

My own coat's too thin and I'm down to the lining
The spirit within, on it's self is entwining
My colours are faded, my cuffs are both worn
And the seam down the back is all tattered and torn

I walk through your door, see the smile that won't tire
I sit on the floor with your dog by the fire
You guide me on walkways where the faerie lights burn
And I hope that I never return

Who'll keep the firelight bright when you're gone?
Who has the insight to help me go on?
You've taught me that stories once told can come true
And I hope that I tell them with magic like you

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 1994
Track Name: Star of May Morning
THE STAR OF MAY MORNING
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

On a bright Beltaine morning, I rise from my sleep,
And softly go walking where the dark is yet deep-
And the tall eastern mountain, with it’s stretch to the sky,
Casts a luminous shadow where my true love doth lie-

I follow that shadow to where morning dew gleams,
I’ll ne’er wake my love from her innocent dreams-
Rather stand there in silence and watch for a while,
For I’d ne’er wake her slumber, or trouble that smile-

But passion soon takes me, my will then turns weak,
And ever so gently, I kiss her fair cheek-
So soft it that touch, she knows not I suppose,
And upon her side pillow, I place one thorn-less rose

The morning makes rainbows upon the white walls,
Far off in the forest, the summer lark calls-
Though the sun has now risen, one star I yet see,
‘Tis the Star of May Morning, my true love to me-

She’s the Star of May Morning, my true love to me-

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2001
Track Name: Sailor's Advice
SAILOR'S ADVICE
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Many’s the port and many’s the town
Many’s a soft place to lay your head down-
But finding the right one’s a hard thing to do
Chart your course as you may, but you might not pull through-

You may find her pretty, you may find her dear
Many’s the time that you held her quite near
But if life at the helm is where you place your hand
Then you can’t take her with you, if she’s wed to the land-

AFTER ALL THAT'S BEEN SAID, & ALL THAT'S BEEN DONE
YOU MAY FIND INSTEAD THAT SHE'S NOT THE RIGHT ONE
SO IT'S SMILES & A WINK, & IT'S “ANCHOR'S A-WEIGH”
AND GIVE THANKS FOR THE LOVE THAT YOU'VE HAD 'TIL TODAY!

Many’s the island you find out at sea
Many’s the shoreline where you’d like to be-
Hold fast to that dock for a year and a day
Let your heart then decide if you set sail or stay-

If your heart has been claimed by the wild ocean blue
Then sweet silent waters will not be for you-
Set your sights on the storm and the wind and the gale
And marry the one who will billow your sail!

AFTER ALL THAT'S BEEN SAID, & ALL THAT'S BEEN DONE
YOU MAY FIND INSTEAD YOU DON'T SEE THE RIGHT ONE
'CAUSE SHE'S WILD & SHE'S WILLFULL & FIGHTS YOU IN PLAY
BUT THAT LOVE THAT YOU STEER BY WILL FIND YOU YOUR WAY!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2006
Track Name: Come with Me, Sir
COME WITH ME, SIR
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

I walked out one balmy summer day
A beautiful lady soon appeared in my way
I met her ey, my heart began to fly
And this is what I heard the lass to say:

REMEMBER! REMEMBER OF ME!
WILL YOU ONLY COME WITH ME, SIR?
TAKE MY HAND?
WALK BY THE SEA THROUGH THE SPARKLING SAND
FORGET NOT ME OR WHAT HAS COME TO BE
ON THIS BRIGHT DAY SO WARM AND GRAND!

I walked with her through the hours of the day
She made me feel in a wondrous way
I asked her name but her words were just the same
She'd kiss me once and this is what she'd say:

The sun had set and night was drawing near
She nestled close and I held her so dear
I woke at dawn, but my lady, she was gone
She left a kiss and the words I'll always hear:

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2001
Track Name: The Garden
THE GARDEN
Music and Lyrics by Heather Alexander

I woke up one morning,
To a crystal castle, all alone-
Looked outside, and there lay before me
A garden of dreams all my own-

Barefoot I walked by it’s sparkling stream,
Smiled to the fish swimming there-
Said “Hello” to the frog on his rock,
Flew with the birds in the air-

(chorus 1)
Each man builds his own garden,
By what his heart says is true-
And mine is so very special to me,
Can I trust it with you-

Well my love, here’s the key to the garden,
Tread soft as you travel it’s lands-
Walk with bare feet, say “Hello” to the frog,
And drink from the stream with your hands-

I remember you smiled and said “You know, I’ve seen this before”
And the wind sang a love song so sweet-
The flowers bowed down their heads as you passed,
And the grass sparkled under your feet-

(chorus 2)
Each man builds his own garden,
By what his heart says is true-
And mine is so very special to me,
But it seems I can share it with you-


We reached the end of the garden,
You said “You know, this will work out just fine”
“The reason it seemed so familiar to me,
Is that yours is built right next to mine.”

“Together we’ve built the same garden,
The very same stream running through-
And I think the walls between us should fall,
So that there’ll be one garden for two.”

(chorus 3)
Each man builds his own garden,
By what his heart says is true-
And I thank the stars that watch over me
Because ours is a garden for two-

Ours is a garden for two-

Sea Fire Productions, Inc c&p 1996
Track Name: Maiden of Spring
MAIDEN OF SPRING
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Come Lady, play with me
All of the day with me
Let me come lay with thee
Maiden of spring
Please let me dance with thee
Gambol and prance with thee
Let this romancing be
Our song to sing

I will adorn with you
Flowers new-born with you
‘til we have worn them through
into the night
You have now heard my song
Every last word is strong
Like a wild bird along
It’s morning flight

Let us pick flowers where
We can spend hours there
And all the powers dare
As we first kiss
Held tight within my arms
Protected here from harms
Moonlight to lend its charms
Quickening our bliss

If we stay tarrying
Here in this faerie ring
We will be carrying
Love’s specials seal
Hand to hand let us be
Free but forgetlessly
Ever to blessed be
Part of life’s wheel

Come Lady, play with me
All of the day with me
Let me come lay with thee
MAIDEN OF SPRING!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2006
Track Name: She is Mine
SHE IS MINE
Music & Lyrics: Alexander James Adams

Once again I hear
A song sung especially for me
She whispers it soft in my ear
Like a call from the sea
That voice cuts through any dark storm
As do bells when they chime
The tune wraps around me so warm
And rocks to the rhythm of time
Soon a chorus of three words will form:
“She is Mine!”

Hand in hand we walk
Down the roads of future and past
Present flies on the wings of a hawk
Yet our bond forever will last
At times tears between us will fall
Or a smile quick to shine
A gold dust envelops it all
Around us to gently entwine
These things give me strength to stand tall
“She is Mine!”

She is softness inside my own heart
She is the faith from which I cannot part
She is the light in my life when it’s dark
And I can’t find my way-

Magick fills my day,
Secrets from dusk until dawn
She helps keep my troubles at bay
All the shadows are gone
I look the mirror each night
And trace each crease and line
Her eyes gaze back at me so bright
Saying, “It all will be fine!”
“If we’re bonded our life will go right.”
“She is Mine!”

She will be mine to the end of our days
We can combine two sparks into one blaze
Both will align then to balance and
Raise up our life as a sign
“She is Mine!”
“She is Mine!”
“She is Mine!”

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2008
Track Name: New Northwest
NEW NORTHWEST
Music &Lyrics by Heather Alexander


Here I stand, a free man, I
Finding it too hard to lie
Your regard pleads me to stay
Yet still I must make my way

God has answered my one plea
I will walk forever free
We must part, heart to heart, though still we will always be

ROCK AND WATER, FISH AND TREE,
CALLING LOUD AND LONG FOR ME!
FROM THE LAND WHERE I'LL BE BLESSED,
A HOME WITHIN THE NEW NORTHWEST!


From the truth we cannot hide
I cannot stay by your side
You will have to let me go
Knowing all that I now know

Secrets we both have a few
This one I have told to you
Salt and loam, hearth and home, will give to me life anew

There’s a time I know not when
Separate paths may cross again
Eyes will meet and hands will clasp
Pain this day will loose it’s grasp

We’ll both have our lives and still
Of this bond not have our fill
Trust my friend, in the end, it’s all up to heaven’s will


There’s the land where I’ll be blessed!
My home within the New Northwest!

Sea Fire Productions c p 2001
Track Name: The Bow's Turned Back
THE BOW’S TURNED BACK
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

When the night turns lonely, I think of you only
As I’m rocked on waves of the storm
Your arms around me, your charms astound me
You kiss is keeping me warm-
I’ve heard the cry from the crow’s nest high
That we’re homeward bound straight and true-
Just a few more nights, and I’ll see the lights
That will bring me back home to you-


FOR THE WIND IS BLOWIN' THE SEA IS ROLLIN'’
THE DOLPHINS DANCE IN THE FOAM-
TEH SEAGULL'S SINGIN' IN THE HIGHEST RIGGIN'
AND THE BOW'S TURNED BACK TO MY HOME-


It’s been a long travel,enough to unravel
The strongest sailor adrift-
As the dreams take o’er me, you appear before me
In not but a simple white shift-
To be so far from you when I finally come to
Is far more than I can stand-
When I touch the shore you will be at the door
With a tall, warm drink for my hand-


The sea is a creature of whimsical feature
A lady fair so they’ve said
But she’ll aim hard to take you, make you or break you
And wash you up soon then for dead
Her love, it is fickle, a silvery sickle
That twists and turns ‘round on you fast
Just ask any sailor, he’ll say without failure
The best of the trip is last-

Keep a light burnin’
I am returnin’
I’ll be home by the three quarter moon-
I’ll be in your arms very soon-
With every tall wave that we breach
I come that much closer to your loving reach-