Voiceless

from by Leannan Sidhe

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Some things are easier to sing about if you wrap them in a fairy tale first. Even though this song focuses on women, it goes out to anyone who's ever felt like they couldn't speak up or wouldn't be heard if they did. My heart goes out to all of you, and I hope you find your voices soon if they've gotten lost.

lyrics

Chorus: Words trapped within can be poison
Sinking us into dark and despair
We build demons formed of all the things we don't say
Convincing us no one will care

And we are the voiceless, the silent, the mute
All the things we could say, someone else could refute
And we all must stay silent to save someone else
So we never speak up to rescue ourselves

The mermaid sought love, but it came with a price
She gave up her voice and she never asked twice
Who made her believe that was all she could do?
Who told her that silence makes loving come true?

The swan maid spun nettles and said naught a word
Hands covered with blisters, her brothers were birds
And I can't help but wonder what she would have said
If the curse were reversed and she flew in their stead

A mother was tested and told not to speak
Her worth lay in how well a secret could keep
Her silence meant more than her poor children's lives
And so we are trained to be good silent wives

I watch you fall silent as others speak out
Fallen prey to their scorn and to your own self doubt
And as they steal your voice, let me scream and shout
"Stand fast and don't let them all shove you about!"
But my voice is long gone and no words will come out

credits

from Mine to Love, released June 22, 2013
Shanti SIngleton: vocals
Mickey Phoenix: guitar
Wednesday Phoenix: vocals, guitar
Jeri Lynn Cornish: vocals, cello
Sunnie Larson: vocals, violin
Dara Korra'ti: effects

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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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