UnSeelie Self

by Alexander James Adams

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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: It's Halloween!
IT'S HALLOWEEN!
Lyrics: Alexander James Adams
Music: Variation on a theme of Bach's Tocatta in Gm-
by Alexander James Adams

It's Halloween, oh, have you seen
A fearsome sight? Enormous fright?
Come from the gloom into your room to doom you with a bite?

Flies through the air, Oh what a scare!
Looks in your eye, you think you'll die!
No one will come into your home to answer to your cry!

HALLOWEEN! IT'S HALLOWEEN!

A midnight cat, a vampire bat,
A horseman's head that's bathed in red,
All these you'll meet upon the street if you don't stay in bed!

Knock on the door! Hands from the floor!
From ceiling beam you'll hear a scream!
From blood you'll feint! It's just red paint!
Things aren't what they might seem!

HALLOWEEN! IT'S HALLOWEEN!

Trick or treat is not so sweet
If you can't make out real from fake
To sift and sieve what to believe, reality's at stake!

A clammy grip will make you trip,
The fear you feel will make you squeal!
You'll never know what's real on Halloween!

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Track Name: Samhain
SAMHAIN!
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

As the sun bleeds through the murk
'Tis the last day we shall work-
For the veil is thin and the spirit wild,
The crone is carrying Harvest's child!

SAMHAIN! TURN AWAY!
RUN YE BACK TO THE LIGHT OF DAY!
SAMHAIN! HOPE AND PRAY!
ALL YE MEET ARE THE GENTLE FAE!

Burn the fields and dry the corn,
Feel the breath of Winter born!
Stow the grain 'gainst season's flood,
Spill the last of the livestock's blood-

Let the feasting now begin,
Careful who you welcome in!
The table's set with a stranger's place,
Don't stare openly at his face!

Stranger do you have a name?
Tell us all from whence you came-
You seem more like god than man,
Has curse or blessing come to this clan?

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Track Name: King Henry-Black Nag
KING HENRY: Traditional Childe Ballad
BLACK NAG: Traditional English Dance Tune

Let never a man a woo-ing wend
who lackith things a-three,
A store of gold, an open heart
And full of charity
This was said of King Henry
As he lay quite alone
For he's taken him to a haunted hall
Seven miles from the town

Oh he has driven him deer before,
The doe down by the glen
'Till the fattest buck in all the flock
King Henry, he has slain
His huntsmen followed him to the hall
To make them burly cheer
When loud the wind was heard to howl
And an earthquake rocked the floor!

As darkness covered all the hall
As they sat at their meat,
The greyhounds, yowling, left their food
And crept to Henry's feet
And louder howled the rising wind
That burst the fastened door
And in there came a grisly ghost
Stamping across the floor!

Her head hit the roof top of the house
Her middle you could not span!
Each frightened huntsman fled the hall
And left the king alone
Her teeth were the tether stakes,
Her nose, a club or mell
And nothing less she seemed to be
Than a fiend that comes from Hell!

"Some meat! Some meat!
Ya King Henry, some meat ya bring to me!
Go kill your horse, ya King Henry
And bring some meat to me!"
He has slain his berry brown steed,
It made his heart full sore,
For she's eaten it up all skin and bone
Left nothing but hide and hair!

"More meat! More meat!
Ya King Henry, more meat ya bring to me!
Go kill your greyhounds, King Henry
And bring some meat to me!"
He has slain his good greyhounds,
It made his heart full sore,
For she's eaten them up all skin and bone
Left nothing but hide and hair!

"More meat! More meat!
Ya King Henry, more meat ya bring to me!
Go kill your goshawks King Henry
And bring some meat to me!"
He has slain his good goshawks,
It made his heart full sore,
For she's eaten them up all skin and bone
Left nothing but feathers bare!

"Some drink! Some drink!
Ya King Henry, some drink ya give to me!
Sew up your horse hide, King Henry
And bring some drink to me!"
He has sewn the bloody hide,
A pipe of wine put in,
And she's drank it down all in one drop
Left never a drop therein!

"A bed! A bed!
Ya King Henry, a bed ya make for me!
Oh, you must pull the heather green,
And make it soft for me!"
He has pulled the heather green,
And made for her a bed,
And taken has he, his good mantle
And over it he has spread!

"Take off your clothes now, King Henry,
And lay down by my side!
Oh swear, oh swear, ya King Henry,
To take me as your bride!"
"God forbid!" says King Henry,
"That ever the like betide!
That ever a fiend that comes from Hell
Should stretch down by my side!"

The dark is gone, the day has come,
The sunlight fills the hall
The fairest lady that ever was seen
Lay 'twixt him and the wall
"I've laid with many a gentle knight,
that gave me such a thrill-
Ah, but never before with a perfect knight
That gave me all my will!"

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Track Name: Wild Hunt
WILD HUNT
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Ride with wind, through the fields and the trees
O'er the hills with your kin, 'til you can't feel your knees!
On a steed that won't hear, though you wail and you cry
For your legs will not steer, and you never will die!

COME AND RIDE! COME AND RIDE!
MYSTIFIED BY OUR POWERS!
COME AND RIDE! COME AND RIDE!
SOUL DENIED! YOU ARE OURS!
COME AND RIDE!

Come, join the hunt for the fox running fast,
We will ride in the front, you will take up the last-
Through the night and the cold, through the mist without rest,
Cursed by magic of old, you will never be blessed!

You'll be aching with grief for the light of the day,
For your lack of belief, it's the price that you pay!
You've forgotten our ways and refused to hold true!
'Tis the ending of days! 'Tis the ending of you!

Sea Fire Productions Inc. c&p 2006, 2010
Track Name: Ichabod Crane
ICHABOD CRANE
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Walkin' through the town in a fancy learned way,
Talk is goin' 'round and now we're bettin' you don't stay!
The Horseman's out for glory and your head you cannot keep
If you don't believe the stories when the hollow is asleep!

Such a tasty morsel, but you cannot have her yet!
Don't act in haste, of course, because she's someone else's pet!
Teacher, I beseech you now to try to keep your head,
And don't tumble with Van Tassel in a fluffy feather bed!

ICHABOD CRANE, DON'T GO RIDIN' TONIGHT!
THERE'S A BRIGHT, BLOODY STAININ' ON THE PALE MOONLIGHT!
BULL FROG CRYIN' OUT A WICKED REFRAIN,
ARE YOU LISTENIN' TO HIM SINGIN'
“ICHABOD CRANE!”?

The Horseman rides a stallion that's as black as Winter's night,
Courses through the valley in attempt to give us fright-
If you think of midnight strollin' better think upon it twice,
'Cause your head 'll go a rollin' just as smooth as loaded dice!

Now don't 'cha be forgettin' that they say he cannot fail!
Not a soul that's met him and has lived to tell the tale!
He'll decapitate you quick and dead, and never show remorse,
And he'll gather up your severed head and feed it to his horse!

So if you're out at evening, and you see a head of flame,
To late to start believin' you have just yourself to blame!
Your safety lies within a chance that only happens when
You hastily cross the covered bridge and not return again!

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Track Name: Black Unicorn - White Unicorn
BLACK UNICORN
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

I am he that knocks on your windowpane!
I am he that stalks the night!
I am he with silver shot through my mane!
You'll dream of me with fire eyes bright!
If you ever meet me standing there,
You'll wish that you were never born!
I'll seize your soul and strip it bare!
I am the black unicorn!

My horn is forged of silver fire!
My shoulders bear leatheren wings!
I am the nightmare of your own desire!
I am the song that the Devil sings!
Hellfire dancing in my eyes!
My coat is as black as coal!
Mortals are so quick to hypnotize,
And then, I merely take your soul!

Teeth sharp as daggers cooled in the snow,
And hooves that burn through the ground!
Follow me not where I lead you to go,
For then your soul will be Devil-bound!
There is but one who rides my back
And keeps his soul ever free!
His heart is cold and will not crack,
And he is as cursed as me!


WHITE UNICORN
Lyrics: Bob Kenefsky
Music: Heather Alexander

I am he that's stuck to your windowpane!
I am he that haunts your days!
I am he that maidens once sought in vain,
Long dead, and now the latest craze!
When you get letters from your friends,
Each page of them I will adorn!
My reign of cuteness never ends!
I am the white unicorn!

My horn of silvery tinsel is honed!
My shoulders bear butterfly wings!
I am the teddy bear you never owned!
I'm the song that the Smurf's all sing!
One look into my big brown eyes,
No deeper than a children's poem-
Adults are so quick to hypnotize!
You'll buy me and you'll take me home!

My coat is white as the purist snow!
My face is too cute to hide!
Prison me not in that box with a bow!
I'm scared! It may be dark inside!
Oh, what a cruel blow you have dealt!
You gave me to a child of three!
Her heart's too pure and will not melt!
And she is as cute as me!

I am he that's stuck to a candy-cane!
Off-white, and with a bright blue patch!
I am he with chocolate smeared through my mane!
By gosh! I think I met my match!
How could you leave me in her care,
So mistreated and forlorn!
Her grubby hands clenched in my hair!
One shabby white unicorn!


Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2010
Track Name: A Rogue's Return
A ROGUE'S RETURN
Lyrics: Master Shakaar
Music: Alexander James Adams

He rides his steed in the dead of night
In search of a window with candle bright
Of a lady who signals to spend the night
With the rogue known as Black Jack Davy
He whisks her off on the back of his steed
She is thrilled by his power, strength & speed
Heart and soul she’d give if he'd fill her need
To be had by the Black Jack Davy

HE SINGS, “I’M BLACK JACK DAVY,
THE FASTEST ROGUE AROUND!
BUT I AM CURSED BY A RED-HAIRED GIRL
WHO WILL LAY ME IN THE COLD HARD GROUND!”
He smiles like a cat when his deed is done
She whispers to him, “You are bested by none!”
But night is shattered just before the sun
By the cry of the Black Jack’s Lady

“How’d she find me here?” hisses thru his teeth
As he quickly gets dressed and springs to his feet
Cause he knows that her sword can never be beat
It’s the blade of the Black Jack’s Lady

SHE CRIES, “OH BLACK JACK DAVY!
TURN THAT STEED AROUND!”
HE SAYS, “I WOULD BE CRAZY FOR YOU WOULD
LAY ME IN THE COLD HARD GROUND!”

He hides in a cave and sleeps thru the day
At nightfall then, he is up and away
The Ancient Ones will then hear him pray,
“Keep me safe from the Black Jack’s Lady!”

And he rides his steed in the dead of the night
In search of that window with candle bright
of another lady who will spend the night
With the rogue known as Black Jack Davy

“I’M BLACK JACK DAVY!
THE “BESTEST” ROGUE AROUND!
I SWEAR THAT RED-HAIRED GIRL WILL NOT CATCH ME
NOR LAY ME IN THE COLD HARD GROUND!”

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Track Name: Gruagach!
GRUAGACH!
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

Deep within the forest dark,
Lies a beast with baleful bark!
Feasting on an infant's soul,
Cross its path and pay the toll!

ARA'! GRUAGACH!
ARA'! GRUAGACH!

Pass not through the village gate!
Sun is set and day is late!
If you walk alone at night,
You meet black and grey and white!

Crouched upon a rock or tree,
It eats either you or me!
It needs neither knife nor bowl,
Drink your blood out of your skull!

Eyes that blaze a fearful red!
Claws that rend a body dead!
Teeth that strip your white bones bare!
They knit mittens from your hair!

They will tan your hide for shoes!
Boil your fat to grease their stews!
Singing shanties to your groans!
Playing pipes of hollowed bones!

Run! Hide! Stay inside!
Listen unto me!
Dark sport is the court
of the Un-Seelie!

These words I have saved 'til last!
Learn them well and hold them fast!
Never venture from your bed!
Else your very soul is dead!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2002, 2010
Track Name: Warlock's Oath
WARLOCK'S OATH
Music & Lyrics: Alexander James Adams


I swear to do what’s right for me
I swear to keep my spirit free
To not hold true what feels like lies
To not be bound by others ties

I’ll know deception through and through
I’ll find it myself and you
I’ll do what’s right ‘gainst what is writ
And not just go along with it

I will be what I need to be
To tread the dark when none can see
To listen to the winds of change
The words of war I will exchange

I swear to risk all bonds of Clan
If they forbid free will in Man
I'll stand against my Chieftain tall
If what is sworn endangers all

BROKEN WORD,
TRAITOROUS SIGN
HAVE YOU HEARD THE NAME THAT’S MINE?

I will use any power I need
To challenge any Holy Rede
Oath or promise I will break
If Higher Truth is at the stake

I pledge to nothing held too tight
For what was wrong may now be right
I vow to never bind or tie
For as things change, then so must I

We swear our promises with all our heart
But when things change they tend to fall apart
Sometimes with Truth and Honour
One cannot have both
Sometimes there’s call to take a Warlock’s Oath

BROKEN WORD,
TRAITEROUS SIGN
NOW YOU’VE HEARD THE NAME THAT’S MINE!
TRUTH OR HONOUR:
YOU CAN’T HAVE BOTH
SO ON THESE GROUNDS I CALL THE WARLOCK’S OATH!
WITHIN THESE BOUNDS I SPEAK THE WARLOCK’S OATH!
FREE WILL RESOUNDS WITHIN THE WARLOCK’S OATH!

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Track Name: Undertakers from Hell
UNDERTAKERS FROM HELL
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

(Traditional Childrens' Song)
Have you seen the ghost of Tom?
Long white bones with the flesh all gone!
Ooooo! Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin on?


STEP BY STEP, WE WALK IN THE DARKNESS!
WINK AND BLINK, WE SQUINT AT THE LIGHT!
BLACK AND BLACKER, LOVING OUR STARKNESS!
KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT!

Dreams your dreams, we'll turn them to nightmares!
Sing your songs, we'll change 'em to cries!
Tell your tale when no-one in sight cares!
End them all when everyone dies!

We can change a friend to an enemy!
We can turn a family to foe!
Fear can send your soul to condemnity!
There you'll scream and no-one will know!

Fear can make you see your iniquity!
Sear your heart and shatter your soul!
Freeze your mind for all of Antiquity!
Slice you up and you'll never be whole!

Don't answer that bell!
Never, ever let us in!
We're undertakers from Hell!
And we're here to take you in!

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2006, 2010
Track Name: Lost
LOST
Music & Lyrics: Alexander James Adams

I am lost, I am lost-
And I cannot hear the rain-
Dumb and blind, I can’t find
My own pathway home again-
Floating in fog, stripped of all my cognizance
And known reality-
Just a song and rhyme, falling out of time
Afraid to even breath-
I don’t know the right from wrong,
I can’t tell the truth from lies-
If you ask me what I need,
I’m looking for it in your eyes-

I am lost, I am lost-
But they say it’s up to me-
In my hand, my command
To change the way I see-
My own choice to make, my own step to take
To bring me closer to the light-
But every time I start, I’m just torn apart
By something hidden in the night-
How am I to ever see
Beyond the darkness of my head?
The only light I had was you
I turned that off, and now I’m dead-

Lost and wild, a broken child
That must run headlong thru the night-
Ripped and torn by nightmares born
From the fears he will not fight-
Running ever from his light!

I am lost, I am lost-
And I cannot seem to change-
For too long, I’ve been wrong
Love and hope are out of range-
Hitting a hard wall, should I try at all?
If the answer’s still the same?
Thought my plan was new, yet it still fell thru
And I have myself to blame-
Is there anyone out there
Who can shine the light for me?
I’ve been crying for so long
Now I have no eyes to see-
Is there anyone out there?
Is there anyone out there?

Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2010
Track Name: Fang into Vein
FANG INTO VEIN
Music & Lyrics: Alexander James Adams

I sit here alone in the dark of the storm
You stand in the entrance-way, pulsing and warm-
You fled from your fears, you came to my hall,
I smell your hot tears, so I answer your call-

“How may I serve you, my Lady so fair?
There’s food and there’s drink and I’ve shelter to spare-
Your face is so pale, your body so weak,
There's tears in your eyes and blood on your cheek!

COME INTO MY HOME, YES, PLEASE COME THRU MY DOOR!
YOU'LL LEAVE ALL THE LIFE THAT YOU KNEW ONCE BEFORE-
COME LAY BACK YOUR HEAD, IT MEANS NOTHING TO ME-
I WILL GIVE YOU A KISS OF MY OWN IMMORTALITY!
PAIN YOU STILL FEAR WHILE FOR PLEASURE YOU LUST-
WE'LL SEE HOW YOU FEEL WHEN YOUR BLOOD TURNS TO DUST!

I walk through the night and I pass a young lad,
In chain and in leather, and anger he’s clad-
Forsaken by Love, he's turned from Its light,
So I bring him back home to my hall for the night-


I exist for sweetness of fang into vein!
The marching of Time is an endless refrain!
The years of experience come take their toll,
I know the sensation of losing my soul!
It’s not “Life forever”, it’s not a quick mend,
This “gift” that I offer is Death without end!

Think carefully, Child, before coming to me,
I’ve forgotten the Truth of what living can be!
You can’t great know of pleasure and not know of pain,
You can’t live forever and not go insane!


YOU'LL SURRENDER WHAT'S REAL
TO BECOME ONE OF US!

Sea Fire Productions Inc. c&p 2010
Track Name: Daughters of Angels
DAUGHTERS OF ANGELS
Music & Lyrics: Alexander James Adams

Indented quotes extracted from the Book of Enoch

The daughters of Eve were a beauteous sight,
They captured the hearts of the Angels of Light-
Thus came the coupling of Heaven aqnd Earth,
And with it, the blessings of love and new birth-

The offspring were taller, empowered and strong,
They were taught all the secrets in Nature’s great song-
They were given the knowledge of root, earth and stone,
But knowledge of metal was best left alone-

"Those who were before us thought it good to speak,
Let not us, who come after, obstruct the beginning of Wisdom."

Weapons they fashioned, warfare they wrought,
Respect was forgotten for what they were taught-
Heaven’s sons died and all women wept,
Wisdom was lost and Knowledge ill kept-

"You shall behold the destruction of your beloved sons;
You shall not possess them,
but they shall fall before you by the sword."

DAUGHTERS OF ANGELS, IT'S NOW UP TO YOU-
YOU'RE ALL THAT IS LEFT OF THE WAY THAT IS TRUE-
THE KNOWLEDGE MAN HAD IS FORGOTTEN OR BENT-
ONLY YOU HOLD THE WISDOM THAT WAS ONCE HEAVEN SENT-

The Heavens cried out and those tears filled the land,
All then was flooded both humble and grand-
Few men survived to continue the way,
And women were silenced to this very day-

"Wisdom went forth to dwell among the sons of men,
but she obtained not a habitation.
Wisdom returned to her place,
and seated herself in the midst of the angels."

And now we repeat what has once gone before,
Great knowledge is ours but we hunger for more-
We poison our oceans, our air and our land,
We kill or destroy what we can’t understand-

"Purify the earth from all oppression,
from all injustice, from all crime,
from all impiety,
and from all the pollution which is committed upon it.
Exterminate them from the earth."

Man has forgotten what women still know,
We’re all linked as one in the ebb and the flow-
The women kept knowledge of root, earth and stone,
And they have the strength to leave metal alone-

Brothers, lay down all your metal in hand,
Let women speak now for the health of this land-
While we possess knowledge of Heavens above,
Survival depends on Her wisdom and love-

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Track Name: What are We Doing?
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
Music & Lyrics: Alexander James Adams

What are we doing?
With our ears plugged in sound?
We cancel out Nature & the world all around-
What are we doing?
With our eyes blind light?
From a screen on a table that dims stars in the night-

WE TAKE WHAT WE WANT FROM THIS LIFE
BUT WHAT HAVE WE RETURNED?
OUR SKIES ARE NOW BLACKENED BY SMOKE
& OUR OCEANS ARE BURNED-
OUR MOUNTAINS ARE FLATTENED & BROKEN
FROM ABOVE & BELOW
GREAT WORDS OF CONCERN HAVE BEEN SPOKEN
BUT VERY FEW DEEDS OF TRUE LOVE
HAVE WE TO SHOW-

What are we doing?
With the tales we are told?
We talk & we worry & invest in pure gold
What are we doing?
When we choose not to walk?
When we trash not recycle? When we twitter not talk?


What are we doing?
When our words fill the air?
We boost up our ratings, does it prove that we care?
What are we doing?
When we kneel down to pray?
Do we beg for God’s mercy, and yet not change our way?


What are we doing?
With our cities so tall?
Our laws so extending & our hearts still so small?
What are we doing?
For the person we see?
Do we crank up our earphones & turn on that TV?

Our birds die of oil, our fish die of air
Our water is poisoned, our forests laid bare
But we still wear our crystals & pray on bent knee
& we still gladly kill you when you disagree!

Sea Fire Productions Inc. c&p 2010
Track Name: UnSeelie Self
UNSEELIE SELF
Music & Lyrics: Alexander James Adams


All things come from Darkness,
Returning is their goal-
I hold this dark in times between,
Foundation of my soul-
Once I lit a candle but then I put it out-
Now what remains is Hate and Fear,
And ever lasting Doubt-

No words to romance Darkness,
No music to extol-
There’s nothing good about this place;
Being broken and un-whole-

No bravery will heal it,
No courage seems to mend-
My actions turn against me,
Intentions twist and bend-

My hands won’t grasp my self control,
Can’t open to receive-
They hold tight to my hate and fear,
In Darkness they believe-

The candle that in past burnt bright
Was never really me-
It kept me from my inner truth,
The one I “wished” to see-

But now, without that firelight,
There’s nothing left but ice-
Black and cold and dangerous,
With Darkness as it’s vice-

My inner truth; abused and bent-
Not gentle Fae or elf-
But hard and cruel,
And careless thought-
My dark Un-Seelie Self-

Yet in this bitter Darkness,
I will search once more to find
A tiny spark of inner fire
That might be left behind-
A little ember burning bright,
A glint upon a shelf,
A guiding flash of spirit’s light,
In my Un-Seelie self-

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