HEARTSONG OF THE PHOENIX

by NIAMH O' BRIEN RHIANNON

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"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”
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"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.
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STICKWOMAN 03:50
"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…”
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"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….
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"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”
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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….
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"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 …
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DREAMTIME 03:03
"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 …..
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"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…
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HUNGER 02:52
"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…
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WILDSEAHORSE 03:49
"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
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MOONCLAN 04:36
"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….
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TO AND FRO 04:08
"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 …

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released May 29, 2012

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