Fragile Dreams

by Leannan Sidhe

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released 16 July 2011
Leannan Sidhe - Songwriter/composer/lead vocals/album art
Alexander James Adams/PhantaSea studios - Guitar/backing vocals/mandolin/fiddle/djembe/bodhrain/fairy bells/synth/effects/engineer
Betsy Tinney - Cello
Sunnie Larson - Violin
Glenn Falkenberg - Harp
Darlisa Black - Flute/album photographer
Doc Adams/Phantom Sounds Studio - Mastering
Kevin Wiley - Final Album layout

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Leannan Sidhe Seattle, Washington

Leannan Sidhe is a fey musician with wandering gypsy feet, a shimmering soprano voice, and writes music that tends to the bittersweet. She performs mostly in the Pacific Northwest, but will happily travel further abroad if the opportunity is provided.

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Track Name: Dragon Wagon
The Pied Piper called me out to play
I still can hear his songs today
Seek and hide in shadows
The world’s a joyful place

CHORUS: In a brown wagon pulled by dragons
Their painted wings spread wide
We traveled all the world ’round
An owl kept watch inside
It was Home…. It was Home.

Whispered stories only just begun
Fading out before they’re done
Catching hold I find a world
That I can make my own

CHORUS: In a brown wagon pulled by dragons
Their painted wings spread wide
We traveled all the world ’round
An owl kept watch inside
It was Home…. It was Home.

Fairies hide behind each rock and tree
I learned to look that I might see
All those thing that disappear
When you disbelieve

CHORUS: In a brown wagon pulled by dragons
Their painted wings spread wide
We traveled all the world ’round
An owl kept watch inside
It was Home…. It was Home.

Oh the day was dark and fraught with tears
We left that home I’d loved for years
No more the roads to wander
When we said goodbye

CHORUS: In a brown wagon pulled by dragons
Their painted wings spread wide
We traveled all the world ’round
An owl kept watch inside
It was Home…. It was Home.

Now that I am grown and on my own
I find I’ve made the world my own
All the magic of those childhood days
Still living on within

CHORUS: In a brown wagon pulled by dragons
Their painted wings spread wide
We traveled all the world ’round
An owl kept watch inside
It was Home…. It was Home.
It was Home.
Track Name: Ways of the Tide
CHORUS: The tide rolls in, the tide rolls out
It holds no care for you hope or doubt
But heed you well the rant and roar
As the waves crash down upon the shore

Pray all you like to the Gods of the Sea
But if you want to succeed then take warning by me
Know better than breath the ways of the tide
Or you’ll earn an early grave by the ocean side

Wish all you like on the stars in the sky
But if you can not read them its swift then you’ll die
For the stars are our compass, our map and our guide
As the oceans we sail and the ship’s deck we ride

Dream all you will of the freedom in store
But if you’re seeking freedom then stay on the shore
For the ship is our chain and our Mistress the sea
It cares not that its made slaves of dreamers like me

But if you’re struck with longing and you know how to work
And if you promise never your duties to shirk
And your death it means nothing next to wind, sea and sky
Then we’ll take you on board where you’ll live till you die.
Track Name: True Hearts
There’s more to joy than laughter, it isn’t always loud
And you can feel alone although you’re welcomed by the crowd
To mask your sorrows with a smile is not an easy task
And when you find it slipping, you’re afraid someone will ask

My friends make merry through the night as I slip out unseen
A quiet song upon my lips, alone into the green
And as I long for company, a voice that’s not my own
Says “So this is where the singer is, my friend, you’re not alone.”

CHORUS:True hearts may not be parted by distance or by time
The love will stay though memory fades and all that’s left is rhyme
And through one life into the next, true hearts will know their own
And when they finally meet again, its like to coming home

“I see I’m not the only one to seek a quiet place,
Sometimes people get too much for even me to face
But quiet song beneath a tree is everything I need
So come and sit with me awhile and let our hearts be freed”

CHORUS

The night sped far too swiftly by, twas time for me to go
And how I wished there was a way to tell you so you’d know
Just what your presence meant to me, it felt so much like home
And I know I’m not the only one who sometimes feel alone

CHORUS
And when we finally meet again, its like to coming home
Track Name: Dream With Me
Wind whispers through the shadowed trees, and its calling out my name
I turn away to watch the stars come out and my answer's still the same
Come if you can and close your eyes
And look deep within your dreams 'till you come out the other side
Oh dream with me...

Leaves shiver as the haunted breeze goes on its way again
The time is past to seek out hidden things or to watch new ones begin
Stay if you will and rest your ears
Upon the gentle earth as her heart beats out your fears
Oh sleep with me...

Water dances through the darkened wood heeding its own inner call
Owls fly caught in the gentle arms of night that will not let them fall
Sing if you wish as though the night itself gives voice
Know in this as well you will always have a choice
Oh sing with me...

Fire gleams as a bright star falls granting wishes in the night
It starts a blaze hot at your feet and its calling to the light
Dance if you dare to the beating of your heart
Cast loose the fears that keep your shadow bound apart
Oh dance with me...

Wind whispers through the shadowed trees, and its calling out my name
My answer changes in the falling night for I am no longer tame
I'll come to you and close my eyes
And look deep within my dreams'till I come out the other side
I'll dream with you...
I’ll dream with you
Track Name: Recognition Denied
CHORUS:
Of Earth is the wolf that is standing before me
Of Air is the song that at my heart pulls
Of Water the tears that too oft wash my eyes
But its Fire, hot Fire that is searing my soul

Before me the Wolf, I am pinned by his eyes
Strange and warm they engulf me and strip my soul bare
Recognition strikes hard and I see it too late
And I am bound who was unwilling to care

BRIDGE: Close your eyes, release my heart
Say goodbye before we start
Close your ears and do not hear
How my heart calls for you
CHORUS

With shadows you dance and I can’t help but join you
The light in your eyes seems to drive back the dark
I hunt and am hunted in turn through night’s dreaming
Oh Wolf of my dreams will you listen and hark?
BRIDGE/CHORUS

With shadows and light we have woven a pattern
With music and dance we have shaped both our lives
Together, apart the distance is growing
The recognition we share remains unsatisfied
BRIDGE/CHORUS:

The most difficult path now unrolling before me
To speak and watch hope as it whither and dies
I stand on the threshold twixt daylight and dreaming
The goodbyes I would make… are stilled by your eyes
BRIDGE/CHORUS
Track Name: Dreams
What dreams may come bereft of sleep,
That soft within our windows creep?
And seizing hold of minds still waking
Envelop them the truth forsaking?

What dreams are born to those who hide,
Who ever fear to look inside?
Who will not rest from night till morn
To such as these what dreams are born?

And what becomes of such as I
Who dreaming lives until I die?
Who fights the call to simply sleep
Surrendered to the dreaming deep

For dreaming is both balm and bane
It soothes the soul and brings it pain
Its colors vivid, touches true
Can often seem more real than you

It clouds your mind, opens your heart
And tears your world and all apart
But what you found of what you’d lost
May in the end be worth the cost

So gently droops the nodding head
So warm, inviting is the bed
So swiftly does the dream unfurl
So easy lost the waking world
Track Name: Footsteps
Footsteps creeping down the hall
Shadows reaching from the wall
Children crying lost and small
And no one is there to hear

CHORUS:
Lost and alone and dark is the night
Old are the terrors that stalk the light
Harden your hearts to what may appear
This is no place for the children
This is a place full of fear

Shadows reach and slither free
Children crying hopelessly
The darkness gathers hungrily
And no one who cares can hear

Children crying all alone
As the dark begins to moan
Nowhere’s safe, not even home
When no one is there to see

CHORUS

As the dark inflicts its pain
Nowhere’s safe or even sane
Nothing will be right again
For blind are the ones who see

Nowhere’s safe enough to trust
Nothing’s right or even just
Footsteps creeping as they must
And no one knows why you fear

CHORUS
Nothing’s just or good or right
Footsteps creeping in the night
Shadows reaching with delight
And no one cares that you fear

Footsteps creeping down the hall
Shadows reaching from the wall
Children crying lost and small
And no one is there to hear
Track Name: Breaking Skies
The sky beats out the rhythm of a breaking heart
Flashes of lightning turning away the dark
And the thunder growls around
And the lightning strikes the ground
And the sky lights up and everywhere the sound of clashing skies

The sky beats out the rhythm of a breaking heart
Flashes of lightning turning away the dark
And the rain comes pouring down
Adding teardrops to the sound of the breaking skies

The sky beats out the rhythm of a breaking heart
Flashes of lightning burning away the dark
And the sky lights up and everywhere I turn I see
That it’s called the dance and the dance has called out to me

And the thunder growls around
And the lightning strikes the ground
And the sky beats out the sound
Track Name: Faerie Tales
Snow White, Rose Red,
Sleeping Beauty almost dead
Little girl sent for flowers in the snow
Where did you all go?
Red Hood, clever ruse
Wearing out twelve sets of shoes
Golden hair, tumbling down
Too high the cost of a golden crown

They gave you happily ever-afters
But they never let you choose
And when the heroes fought your monsters
Did you ever wish that they would lose?

Sometimes we wish to face our demons
To know we've got the strength to win
And where the other girls see endings
We know its here that we begin

Stole a rose, left the sea
Bird of fire in an apple tree
On a lake lived an enchanted swan
Where have you all gone?
Golden ball, gingerbread
Remember what your mother said
Pumpkin coach fled through the town
Too high the cost of a golden crown

They gave you all your ever-afters
But they never let you chose
If that is where you'd end your story
If its not your choice than whose?

Sometimes we wish to face our demons
To know we've got the strength to win
And where the other girls see endings
We know its here that we begin

Weave your shirts, don’t make a sound
Half your life spent underground
Spin straw to gold to please a king
Where have you all been?
Don’t peek at night, don’t use the key
To prove your worth sleep on a pea
Mirror shards come snowing down
Too high the cost of a golden crown

There’s more to life than ever-afters
And its up to you to choose
If you’ll save yourself from monsters
Or let yourself be used

Sometimes its time to face our demons
And know we’ve got the strength to win
And where other girls see endings
We know its here that we begin
Track Name: Step out of the Shadows
In the darkness where you’re hiding
Let me be your guiding star
Let my smiles and my laughter
Lift you up and take you far

CHORUS: Step out of the shadows
Step into your dreams
Look into tomorrow
Hear the nightingale sing

I can hear the aching silence
I can see how deep you’ve gone
As the darkness folds around you
Pulling you forever on
CHORUS

Let my song pierce through the silence
Let its warmth cut through the cold
Let its joy drive back the anguish
Let your battered wings unfold
CHORUS

In the stillness and the silence
Let me be the breath of air
That lifts you up and sets you soaring
Ever higher if you dare
CHORUS

And as the morning light awakens
You remember how to sing
Let the shadows fall behind you
As you race the sun with windswept wings
CHORUS 2x
Hear the nightingale sing
Hear the nightingale sing
Track Name: Leannan Sidhe's Challenge
Heart meeting heart in the darkness
Like meeting like in the night
Eyes meeting eyes from the shadows
I recognize and I challenge as my right

The Elven Lord and the dancing Leannan Sidhe
He saying “Never will I dance.”
She only smiles and keeps dancing
“Even you” she says “must someday take a chance.”

She spins away on the dance floor
And dances from her heart
Twisting and turning she dances
‘Til even Elven Lords must wish that they were part

“Away” she says “I must go now,
But ere I go think on this…”
In her eyes taunting promise
Of all the passion that not dancing made him miss

“Oh such a small and charming challenge,
But did you win or did you lose?
And even now is it over?
I wonder when we meet again, what will you choose?”
Track Name: In the Darkness
F:Sometimes in the darkness, I can hear your song
Sometimes in the darkness, it doesn’t feel so wrong
And sometimes, when you call out my name
I can feel desire rise like a fire in my veins
Sometimes as I dance through the night
I feel you holding me so tight

M:Don’t hold back so much, I can sense your fear
Don’t turn away from me, nothing can harm you here
You close your eyes as I kiss your hand
There’s fire in my softest touch a burn you will withstand
Sometimes as I dance through your dreams
I feel you fraying at the seams

F: Sometimes in the darkness, I can sense you’re there
And sometimes in the darkness, I wonder who you are
And sometimes I wish I would not wake
For I can feel the passion rise and I'm dancing with the flame
Sometimes as I lie awake in bed
I feel you laughing in my head

M: Sometimes from the shadows I hear you ask my name
And sometimes I whisper the same haunting refrain
Close your eyes and I’ll take you away
To where the passion burns so bright it changes night to day
Sometimes as that fire’s at its height
I’ll leave you waking in the night

F: Sometimes I wonder if I am blessed or cursed
And sometimes in the darkness, I wonder which is worse
To feel your touch and to then have you gone
Or to never feel that fire dance inside me with your song
Sometimes you’re enchantment’s greatest call
And sometimes you’re not there at all

F&M: Standing in the darkness, I can see your eyes
And what I see within them has caught me by surprise
The warmth of your smile, the love that I see
Is more than all the passion there between yourself and me
In my dreams I reach out my hand
And know you somehow understand
Track Name: Silence
CHORUS:Silence…
Vast and echoing silence…
Like a teardrop in the rain,
passing unnoticed then its gone

There’s an empty space on the horizon
And though I search, the stars give no reply
Nothing is found, no answer given
From lonely earth or far distant sky

CHORUS
There is only one face in the mirror
There is only one voice that I hear and that is mine
There’s only one place at the table
And nothing passes here but time

CHORUS

Dreams melt away as daylight reveals
The truth in which I now reside
And though I have learned to believe in myself
Still its lonely without you by my side

CHORUS

There’s an empty space on the horizon
And though I search, the stars give no reply
Nothing is found, no answer given
From lonely earth or far distant sky