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The Headless Bride

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C.S.E. Cooney

 

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Brimstone Rhine’s THE HEADLESS BRIDE Lyrics by C. S. E. Cooney 1. O Loathly Ones 2. Can of Worms 3. Lavender’s Darling 4. Mockingbird and Kestrel Girl 5. Chevalier 6. The Headless Bride 7. Black Widow’s Waltz 8. Barrow Brine

 

1. O LOATHLY ONES ladies in peril in pallid apparel arrayed and displayed in long chains made of beryl and silver and pearl, white ladies, dark maidens your lidded eyes hidden, a silken seam sews them shut up like a treasure box sleeping you’re sleeping i’m keeping you safe i am reaping a harvest of all who would rescue you, blessèd and saintly knights riding from every realm mirrors of moonlight, with helms all of silver deliver themselves to me deftly so sweetly, o see how you summon them maidens, my ladies my loathly and deathly ones demons, my dreaming ones dreaming you draw them here dreaming you grin

 

2. CAN OF WORMS all those years i drifted bottled up inside my prison jar didn't think the dark could burn so bright just like a dying star hold my hand ’cause baby all the world is gonna go to bone did you think I'd let you jump alone? No you opened up a can of worms you sliced right open, dug right in opened up this can, now open wide i’ll help you swallow them opened up a can and never asked a single why or how i hope they feel so good now going down, down, down, down open up your eyes, surprise come see what you have done seven signs and seven seals you tore right through each one didn't mama ever tell you look but touch it not if you break it, buy it—baby i am what you bought you opened up a can of worms you sliced right open, dug right in opened up this can, now open wide i’ll help you swallow them opened up a can and never asked a single why or how i hope they feel so good now going down, down, down, down see what you’ve done see what you’ve done blotted out the sun see what you’ve done see what you’ve done blotted out the sun...

 

3. LAVENDER’S DARLING her kiss is a lavender hiss is a rattlesnake bite, is delight is the apple of eden she’ll feed you, she'll eat you she’ll break you right open her trophy, her token her pretty young plaything she's lavender’s darling a she-wolf, a starling as cold as the winter as wild as hinterland slither, come hither she’ll dare you to love her her love it will smother you love if you dare

 

4. MOCKINGBIRD AND KESTREL GIRL Said the Mockingbird to the Kestrel Girl I’ve a game we two can play If you’ll just hold still It’s your blood I’ll spill And I’ll bathe in it all day, all day I will bathe in it all day For I want your eyes more than cherry pies And he preens his dandy wings For they light the night They’re so big and bright And I like a shining thing, a thing Yes, I like a shining thing Said the Mockingbird to the Kestrel Girl Won’t you touch this beak of mine? For it’s as hard as bone And it’s sharp as stone And I’ve honed it good and fine, so fine I have honed it good and fine For your eyes they glow like a circus show O the pretty bird he sings And there ain’t no doubt That I’ll pluck them out And I’ll wear them in my rings, my rings I will wear them in my rings Said the Kestrel Girl to the Mockingbird Sir, you cannot be denied Come and take my claw Hope into my maw And I’ll open red and wide, so wide I will open red and wide Won’t you settle in where it’s warm and dim Rest a moment if you dare ’Cause you’re sweet as rain If a featherbrain And I like my birdies rare, so rare Yes, I like my birdies rare

 

5. CHEVALIER Sweet Chevalier My Gilles de Rais My bloody butcher boy My right-hand man My one-man band My faithful friend My holy angel toy You never heard the bells, the bells But loved the blood they promised you The scrape of blade to bone to blade You said they played a music too Sweet Chevalier I went away You dreamed that night of flame And every night And every day You prayed one word You prayed upon my name You always wanted much, too much You touched the things you thought were pure That tender flesh, that cinder fresh Their ashes only stained you more Sweet Chevalier They'll hunt you down They'll hound you right into the ground (Where you belong) Chevalier, they'll hang you up They'll hang you high And I won't say they're wrong Sweet Chevalier My Gilles de Rais I'll come to you, my friend Listen, don't you hear The bells so clear So never fear We'll never fall again

 

6. THE HEADLESS BRIDE Here is a crossroads Oh, what have we come to? Here is a willow tree Woe is me, woe is you Here is a woman Oh, what is that weeping? Wound up in linen Oh, sweetheart adieu Here is a golden ring Oh, what have we come to? Here is a wedding veil Woe is me, woe is you Here is a slipper Oh, what is that wailing? Here is a dagger Oh, sweetheart, adieu Here is a bridal bed Oh, what have we come to? Here is my maidenhead Woe is me, who is you Here is a bloodstain Oh, dark it is spreading Here is a gravestone Oh, sweetheart adieu Here is a crossroads Oh, what have we come to? Here she comes walking Woe is me, woe is you She's looking right at me Oh, dark her eyes staring Her head she is holding Oh, sweetheart, adieu

 

7. BLACK WIDOW’S WALTZ Black is her spider web Black are her widow’s weeds Black is her collar And black are her mourning beads Black is her baby grand Black is her lace-gloved hand Black is her casket All woven of reeds Red is her hourglass Red is her windowpane Red are her pupils And red is her lipstick stain Red is her reckless sting Red is her ruby ring Red is her bonfire A pyre in the rain Black are her widow’s weeds Red is her windowpane Black are her mourning beads Red is her lipstick stain Black is the blood she seeps Red are the tears she weeps Black are her pleasures And red is her pain

 

8. BARROW BRINE Bury me, o bury me Down in the barrow brine Lay me low and drag me down Down in the barrow brine Down in the barrow brine, my love Down in the barrow brine Where the shark dreams in the dark Down in the barrow brine When this fever cools, my love Down in the barrow brine When my blood runs cold, my love Down in the barrow brine Take my kiss, my braided hair Down in the barrow brine Take this tarnished ring I wear Down in the barrow brine Keep my laughter, keep my skies Down in the barrow brine Salt my lips and pearl my eyes Down in the barrow brine Rags my canvas, bone my crew Down in the barrow brine White the winding sheet I flew Down in the barrow brine Far from harbor, far from town Down in the barrow brine I’ll be there to sing you down Down in the barrow brine

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All lyrics for “The Headless Bride” copyright © 2015 by C.S.E. Cooney. All rights reserved. These lyrics may not be reproduced in any form without the author’s express written permission.