King of Elfland's Daughter

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This song is copyright 1989 Mark Ungar and originally recorded on the album Keepers of the Flame by Phoenix. Used with permission.
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lyrics

"Who are you?" He said, to the woman before his eyes
"I did not see you coming, and so I am surprised
To find that I can see the sky when looking in your eyes"

"I came across the void" said she, "and I'm a stranger here,
And I have need this moment to whisper in your ear
A favor I must ask of thee, and so will you draw near?"

She breathed herself like whiskey into his waiting brain
And in a startled voice he asked the lady of her name
"You know me from your waking dreams of when you were a boy,
I am the King of Elfland's daughter"

"Now friend will you drop everything and come away with me?
Along the rocky cliffs so high and then across the sea
Come and join our fairy band as we dance under the tree."

"I will" he said, and shook her hand, and so they journeyed far
And called the dance together between the daylight and the dark
And if you should go seeking them, you'll find them dancing still

She breathed herself like whiskey into his waiting heart
But in the end it mattered not, they came from worlds apart
He a mortal man and she quite something else again
She was the King of Elfland's daughter!

credits

from Mine to Love, released June 22, 2013
Shanti Singleton: vocals
Alexander James Adams: guitar, vocals, fiddle, percussion
Betsy Tinney: cellp

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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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