HEARTSONG OF THE PHOENIX

by NIAMH O' BRIEN RHIANNON

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released May 29, 2012

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Track Name: BREATHE AGAIN
"BREATHE AGAIN" by Niamh O Brien Rhiannon

Laying Old Ghosts to rest in the stable
The Morning I found out that I was able
To Breathe Again, Freely Given …
Breathe Again … some kind of beautiful Heaven
Mmmmmmm … Heaven

Beautiful Sigh as the Morning opens
His wide eyes and suddenly sees Her
Revealed again and breathing… Freely given…
Oooh some kind of beautiful Heaven

Changing the Bones of the Past
And jumping out the window
Of a Rainbow that was passing by…
It caught my eye
And I decided there and then…
To Breathe Again…

I must lay my Ghosts to rest in the stable
The Horse has bolted and now I’m able
To Breathe Again, Freely given…
Breathe again… oooh…some kind of beautiful Heaven…

Hide away and you’ll rot to clay
Be a Bone Singing, Night and Day
Never knowing how to get the dirt
From underneath your fingernails of Light
(That’s right)
He’s over there, bright eyes
And the darkest curly hair, don’t stare!
Faces Glow. You know they understand…
The Touch of Open things
The Butterfly Wings are near and dear to her…


She’s wearing thin and His Skin
Is a colour from a different place
And His Face….oooooh
And I know Why…I….


I must lay my Ghosts to rest in the Stable
The Horse has Bolted and now I am able
To Breathe Again…freely given…breathe again…
Some kind of Warm Heaven..
Mmmmm….
Breathe Him in….mmmmm….
Breathe Again…..(repeat to fade)
(spoken) “Breathe”
Track Name: COYOTE KISSES
"COYOTE KISSES" by Niamh O'Brien Rhiannon

Coyote comes calling me in the night
I hear his familiar wolf cry through the lamplight
And he knows I’m wide open, my guard is off
And my life’s a token of his affection

*Chorus

He will break every bone in your body
He will crack you inside your shell
Under your skin, you’ll let him in
And he will take you down

The joker is always wild in the pack
He ruffles you and then he deals you right off the track
He dogs your day and he trails your night
His paw prints under your skin…he scratches you
Yet you let him in
I had no control, whatever was in my soul
I wanted him and he reeled me in
And he took me down

Coyote Kisses on my neck, my blood heats to red
I am not running as he claws my path into his bed
Full Moon lights up his room as we howl in the night
Passion’s awake…Coyote Takes me….
In his velvet paws
His hidden claws…
He takes me down.

*Chorus

And He will take every sigh of your body
He will crack you inside your shell
Under your skin
You’ll let him in
Beware of the Coyote frown

He will break every home in your body
He will crack you inside your shell…..
Under my skin
I let him in
And he took me down
This man he took me down
Coyote takes you down.
Track Name: STICKWOMAN
"STICKWOMAN" by Niamh O Brien Rhiannon

Stickwoman, Stickwoman lives in a tree
Hides among the branches so others cannot see
Her eyes are wide, her hair is dark, like shadows of the night
Her face is still a child’s, lit up by candlelight.
And on the tree she lays her dreams, each one a leafy sigh
And far beneath she whispers low to people passing by…

*Chorus

“ I am the Stickwoman, Voice of the Free
Laughing in the Wood Rings, within the Singing Tree
Touching and tasting the scented oozing bark
For I live on green sap, joyful as a Lark
I own the hollow where fledglings nestle in
I am Stickwoman…the wish beneath their skin.”


Stickwoman sings beyond the raggedy way
Within her own harmony…her voice knows the clay
She weaves her cloths with silken strands from out the spider’s web
And plucks the down from pigeon’s breasts as pillows for her head
And for her path she follows forth,
A Skyroad full of Dreams
The Stickwoman truly is…
Everything she seems…

Stickwoman, Stickwoman lives in a tree
Hides among the branches so others cannot see
Her eyes are wide, her hair is dark, like shadows of the night
Her face is still a child’s, lit up by candlelight
And on the tree she lays her dreams, each one a leafy sigh
And far beneath she whispers low to people passing by…

“I am Stickwoman…Voice of the Free…”
Track Name: NIAMH O BRIEN RHIANNON - SEALSONG ON RATHLIN ISLAND
"SEALSONG ON RATHLIN ISLAND" by Niamh O'Brien Rhiannon

On a Summer’s Eve on Rathlin Island
Walking down by the shore
There was a strange stilly moment
Filled with Wild Sea-Lore

A fisherman went casting nets on a still Summer’s day
A floating girl swimming by was curious to see
What man he might be…
The nets were full, he dragged them in and saw a lock of hair…
Two eyes bright in the sea light, he fell in love with her.
“Come with me and be my wife, leave the sea behind.”
And dripping wet she lay with him, a baby there to find.

Years passed by and in the fisherman’s eye all was bright and fair
But the woman’s hair had darkened and her face hollowed in despair..
“I need the Sea!” she sang to him, “the Waves upon my Skin.”
But he had hidden her very Self, Her Soul, he kept with him.

And Time fell round and some they say a change they had seen
Upon the bright and happy girl who now was gaunt and lean.
(Spoken) “One night ,her child had a dream, he ran to the mountainside
There his Mother called his name and he dreamt she cried:”
“Find My Treasure! My Seal, My Skin, he has hidden it from me…
Bring it, child, my own sweet boy, I’ll Swim into the Sea…..”

The boy he went and found Her Pelt. All wrapped in fisher’s net
He ran to her and clung against her Skin, so soft and wet…
Then they both ran, into the Waves and dived down out of sight…
Two Seals, on Rathlin Island seen upon that Summer’s Night.

Many a traveller who has walked along the shore since then
Say they hear two Seals A Singing and see them Swim again….
Track Name: THE LAST SUNSET
"THE LAST SUNSET" by Niamh OBrien Rhiannon

Before the Shattering
The Fracturing of Light
Before the Smashing
The Splitting of Trust
Shouting and Silence
Ignoring and Shutting Out
The Weapon of Broken Promises

A Fragment of care
Turning of backs
Pretending to be blind…
The Yellowing of Trust
The Broken Shards
Thrown in Shadows
Between us…

The Ripping of Words
Unravelling…
Dropped, Suddenly…
The Stamping of the Loudest Voice
A Cold Wind of Hard Ice
Chapping of Lips
Stolen Kisses
That Smudge the Air
The Lover’s Lie
That Cuts the Truth, Stark in the Sunlight…
The Longest Walk Away…

The Shattering…
Of the Last Sunset
In Our Sky…

(Spoken) “Goodbye”
Track Name: CHASE IN THE MOONLIGHT
CHASE IN THE MOONLIGHT / WOMAN I LONG TO BE by Niamh O' Brien Rhiannon

Chase in the Moonlight
Down a country lane
Your hand around mine
Close to my heart
Safe as a circle
Turning in Home

Breaking the ties
Of all that I’ve Known
Clearing the earth
Away from the stone
Your eyes upon me
Revealing….
The girl in me
The woman (I long to be)

Doors are opening lips
Full as a baby’s kiss
Soft and slowly
Our voices beginning
To sing you into my land
My Sea… my Freedom to
Hear you again
Playing music on my skin
Weaving…Revealing…
The girl in me
The woman (I long to be)
Reaching….
Track Name: OVER THE BRIM
"OVER THE BRIM" by Niamh O Brien Rhiannon


You weren’t very nice, you weren’t very true
You didn’t act at all like you …

You went over the brim
And all because of him
And all because of him

Why did you stay so long?
Why didn’t you walk out the door?
Go down to the seashore…
Just go…out into the night
Leave it all behind …
Just leave it all behind ...

Chorus

But I was caged in
Caged in … caged in … in my love for him
And I dived over the brim …
And all because … I was caged
Caged in …
Bound to him …
Over the brim …
Track Name: DREAMTIME
"DREAMTIME" by Niamh O Brien Rhiannon


A world away, beyond time or thought
A realm of possibilities …
A bare stage to dream upon
A world of freedom, innocence and play …

*Chorus

Guard these dreaming spaces
These sacred hallowed places
These animated faces of character’s within

These guardians of soul lands
Where our spirits sing
These guides from our tender dreams
Guarding our hopes and our treasures
And our love of all things magical, full and innocent …

*Chorus

These dreams let my spirit sing, free and wild
“I am full of tunes and spoons”, laughs the dream child
To live a life full of moon … ripe and full …

*Chorus

To dream is to live the magic you believe
To dream is to live the magic you believe
To dream is to live the magic you believe
Believe ... Dreamtime …..
Track Name: RISING FROM THE ASHES
"RISING FROM THE ASHES" by Niamh O Brien Rhiannon


Round and Round inside my head
Like a flame…your name flickers in the candlelight
Keeping me awake tonight…burning…
Wondering where you are and who you’re with?
Outside the lights around the bay hang like a necklace
That hugs the land and boats are sailing in…

I remember the touch of your hand
But where do we go from here?
Does the night descend and do you disappear…?
I pace the room and speak your name
Wide awake and watching…
Don’t want to sleep alone ‘neath a half moon without you…
What in the world must I do now?
What web have you spun?
I’m wrapped in your threads
Bound by your voice and your soft caress
I long to swim the whole night through
Wrapped inside of you….

But the night is long and the embers glow
And deep down I think I know…
That when the candle flickers out
The curling smoke will fill the room
And beyond the shadow of the flame
Your image appearing will soothe the pain
And the Flame in me burns on…

What in the world must I do now?
What web have you spun?

Round and round inside my mind…your name…
Mythical Bird Born of Sacred Flame…
Keeping me awake …Burning…
Keeping me awake…..Burning…
Burning …
Burning…
Burning…
Track Name: HUNGER
"HUNGER" by NIamh O Brien Rhiannon

Hunger, Hunger like you’ve never known…
Hunger, Hunger like you’ve never known

Was a walk she shouldn’t have taken
A thought she shouldn’t have had
A story she shouldn’t have played in
A voice screaming in her head.

Angels and Warriors…
A battle behind her eyes
Warrior against warrior
No one to defend who I really am.
A girl tumbling in…down deeper inside
A girl screaming to be seen
Whom everybody hides
Tumbling down, down, down,
Deeper down the stairway of her mind
Wide eyed and starving…
Hungry for Life.

Now they are afraid to look at her
For she is hardly there
A bag of bones is all they see
With long bedraggled hair

Hunger, eats you up, leaves you colder than you’ve ever known
It gnaws, it chews, it bites you through
And spits you out as bone

It begets a madness and flips your mind around
And when you hear the wolves inside
You know you’re Hunger Bound…

Be yourself girl and dare to go your own way
And if the wolves they howl at you
On some dark lonely night
Keep going girl, you will be alright
For your Warrior is deep inside
He’s strong enough to fight
And just like you
He is Hungry…
Hungry for life…
Hungry for life…
Hungry for Love…
Hungry for life…
For love…
For life, for love, for life…
Hungry for Life…
Track Name: WILDSEAHORSE
"WILDSEAHORSE" by NIAMH O BRIEN RHIANNON

He moved so softly, he skimmed the air
And he had the brightest eyes and the darkest hair
He reached his hands out to me, gently I took them so easily
Not a word was spoken between him and I
But I felt something new blowing by
A strange wind from a hot, hot land
And he smiled and said, “Come, take my hand, take my hand”

*Chorus

Butterfly change beating his wing
Against my breast as my body begins to sing
With colours I never knew before
I move like water…shining on the dance floor
I move like water….

He placed a ring of shells upon my hand
Whiter than the African sand
Two children then came into my mind
They were lands apart, but they still could find…
The path to be…
To be together, to be free…
To dance as lovers…
For a time you were mine…

You made your promises to me
The love I gave you was complete
But world’s apart, Different ways
Came to part us… on a June Summer’s Day…

A tiny Sea Horse held my Heart
As my Soul was Torn and Tossed
And the Waves Drenched me
As I Dived Beneath…
To Turquoise Blue…
Swimming Back to Myself…Without you… x 3
Track Name: MOONCLAN
"MOONCLAN" by NIamh O Brien Rhiannon

(Rill a diddle diddle, dum a diddle dum a diddle
Dum a da, dumma dumma da) x 2

Cradled by the Stars above, hung in a tented Sky of deepest blue
Rounded by an Orange Peel Moon so full and Ripe with hue
In the company of an Irish Clan…invited by the Bogman

(Chorus)

Music lifted my Spirit as the tunes began
Joy poured upon the wing and my Heart bloomed to sing
My eyes danced with smiles and the air filled with song
And my Soul whispered…”I finally belong….”

…To the Music, to the Night and to the Glow
That throws its Golden Shadows on the faces here below
I belong to the Storyteller’s lilt and turn of phrase
And the fiddler’s wild bowing and his consecrated gaze…

(Chorus)

As the Night breezes rustled, the Clan gathered in
To huddle by the firefly sparks as they curled and grinned
And story and song filled each other’s thirst for a sense of earthen place
And you surprised me with the kindness in your face…

(Chorus)

My eyes danced with smiles and the air filled with song
And my Soul whispered …
“I finally belong …”

And Our Music Sings my Soul up far into the Sky
As the Dawn Chorus Sings me Lullaby….
Track Name: TO AND FRO
"TO AND FRO" by Niamh O Brien Rhiannon

Each day the world spins ‘round
Each day you’re found anew
And every little thing you need is right here right now…
Within you

I’ve a story book upon my skin, she said
Each furrow drawn can now be read,
Each laughter line sketched by time has its own memory
Unfurling … me
Soon I’ll join my family tree … become the dreaming part of me
Leave behind my vulnerability. At last my spirit will …
Go free …

Chorus

When the storm winds blow our way, the gentle reed begins to sway
And dances, whirling through the night, gathering glimpses of the lovelight
And as the rain bows her down to the ground, there is no stronger love to be found
She passed on many years ago, now her spirit moves to and fro
She hears you sigh when you are low
And when you try … she smiles awhile …
Watching you grow
And she says …

There is a gift in every day, if only you won’t hide away
Face the sun, step outside the crowd
And you may find … realising your dreams…
Is allowed

Chorus

When sadness bows you down and you feel like you’re drowning
Rise to the surface one last time, gasp for precious air, for hope, for life
For the will to survive, for the beauty you hold inside
Each day the world spins ’round
Each day you’re found anew
And every little thing you need is right here, right now …
Within you …