The Girl with the Secret Fire

by Death of the Maiden

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1.
Horses 05:04
Walking keep walking, down by the river. Night time is falling, I feel a shiver. Is it the ground that shakes? Is it my mind that shakes? I see dark horses they're headed towards us. Their eyes are like sharp knives hurtling forwards. There is no other path, their hooves are beating fast. We’ll throw ourselves in the water, or fall at the stampede. On the other side there are wolves, and they want to destroy us. How will we succeed? Back on the land we’re cold and we’re useless, Listening for sounds of the danger around us. The light is getting low, why does the moon not show? Far in the distance the horses keep coming. The river demons roaring, the wolves they keep howling. There is no place to hide, I can feel them at my side. We’ll throw ourselves in the water, or fall at the stampede. On the other side there are wolves, and they want to destroy us. How will we succeed? The horses they come, they hit me they hit me. One after one, they hit me they hit me. Into the river, spinning and drowning Pulls me down under, chokes me and spins me Dragged out by the wolves, seething and growling. Their claws in my back, then into the water. One after one, they hit me they hit me. The horses they come, they hit me they hit me.
2.
Tess 03:58
A poor man’s child with a nobleman’s name; I’ve toiled this earth for the wealthy man’s gain. A good soul at heart with a beauty so fair; Handsome and lovely, handsome and lovely But he with that two face, he beckoned me in. Made me feel humbled, he tricked me he tricked me, He ruined my life! He ruined my life! Spoiled my innocence forever trapped me. See, I had a baby and I named him sorrow, Let me hold him tonight and I’ll bury him tomorrow, But it won’t be in the graveyard ‘cos I had me a bastard child. I’ll dig him a hole and I’ll pray for him after. But where is my Angel, who promised to save me? Who made me feel loved and called me a lady? He who is blameless and I with the sin. Mother, you didn’t warn me of the danger of men. The Dairy, oh The Dairy, where I lived so long; Where I would rise, healthy and strong. He watched me all day to the clock’s slow beat. He whispered so softly, sweet words to me. But I was the one who finished us both; Caused us such sadness, I who he loved the most. I struck the blow and it ruined my life! Look to your wife, Sir, look to your wife See I had a baby and I named him sorrow Let me hold him tonight and I’ll bury him tomorrow But it won’t be in the graveyard ‘cos I had me a bastard child I’ll dig him a hole and I’ll pray for him after But where is my Angel who promised to save me? Who made me feel loved and called me a lady? He who is blameless and I with the sin. Mother you didn’t warn me of the danger of men.
3.
I dreamt of you falling again. Woke this time before I Your hair still sticks to your pillow I swear I’ve washed it a dozen times Are you thinner now? Are you feeling better in yourself? Do you still cry from the stomach? Like the world is climbing out? Of all the noise of our winds in combat, It’s a wonder, I can hear you smiling. Hear you smiling. Come with me I will make you, make you quietly high. Come with me I will make you, make you quietly, quietly. I thought that you and he would be happy by now. Thought that maybe I was the heel. My numbness becomes an addiction, And I can hear your soft teeth calling, calling Come with me I will make you, make you violently high. Come with me I will make you, make you violently, violently. It’s not your problem anymore But sometimes my ribs they still catch. What is a poet when his words are gone? A chewed-out throat in the mud In the mud In the mud Where I landed I heard your love calling. I will make you, make you quietly high. Come with me I will make you, make you silently high. Come with me I will make you, make you violently high. Come with me I will make you, make you quietly Quietly.
4.
Elfi, don’t you love me? Don’t you love me? I’m the same boy you knew. Elfi, when I said marry. You smiled “marry?” That was the girl I knew Hide me, for your love it came to early I was a child to you. He’s the Knight of midnight, with his own light. He says he loves me too A pair of blue eyes, oh how they disguise A pair of blue eyes, the girl who was betrothed to me A pair of blue eyes, oh how they disguise A pair of blue eyes the girl who was betrothed to me to me I have been to far lands. Made myself a man; I did it all for you for you. Now I’m a man with money, but all this money Means nothing without you. Can’t you see I’m confused? The day I saved him, that was the day I knew. News of our past engagement has made him angry and now I’m sad and alone Sad and alone. A pair of blue eyes, oh how they disguise A pair of blue eyes, the girl who was betrothed to me A pair of blue eyes, oh how they disguise A pair of blue eyes the girl who was betrothed to me, to me. Elfi, how I loved you. How could I leave you? I feel I am to blame. My sweet love how I wished we’d married. Now you’re dead and buried. Three hearts broken in your name. A pair of blue eyes, oh how they disguise A pair of blue eyes, the girl who was betrothed to me A pair of blueeyes, oh how they disguise A pair of blue eyes the girl who was betrothed to me, to me.
5.
Here, here I am my love I’ve waited oh. I’ve crossed these seas, passed the Cyclades I’ve heard all of what’s been told. I’ve sunk five ships for you and drowned their crew. I’ve passed through here before I’m sure I’ve seen these shores The Mermen too look so familiar as they call I’m sure. That one over there, he’s got your stare your white hair, and your claws. He tempts me in to the cold dark sea, he wants to take me. Did you know I was here? Waiting for you. To take me out of this dark place, in to the blue. Stormy nights, I’ve seen a few I’ve watched the sun go down. And when it’s up, it’s really up, but when it’s down it’s down. It winked at me across the sea became the moon and fled. I followed it with heart but I forgot my head A hundred days, a hundred nights I chased that fiery ball. ‘til it evaded me and I could chase no more Have you seen the moon? Have you seen the moon? Have you seen the moon? Do you know that I’m here? Waiting for you. To take me out of this dark place, in to the blue.
6.
Soon 04:26
Soon Will it happen soon? Soon like tomorrow? Or must we have sorrow? Oh this sorrow It moves right through Turns me black and blue Cuts my heart in two Two me and you Will it do? Will “I do”? My eyes are almost sunken in. My skin feels thin and my hair needs a trim You said, I’m “still looking for him” Looking for him The truths in And how did I do? Did I prove us true? Did I? Did I? DID I? Now? Will it happen now? Now that it’s out? Now that it’s out Something keeps testing me If this year wasn’t hard enough when will I be free? Are my eyes so far back I can’t see? Why can’t I see (you)? Blue. So Blue. That night I told you It was blue. Soon. Will it happen soon? Soon like tomorrow.
7.
Soldier 03:44
I'm going to war. I don't need no weapons I just need a cause 'Cos I, I just want to fight; use my body, lose my mind. But if I fought a war for you. Would it hurt enough? Would you want me to? Give me something to endure. Do you want me to die for you? Is that what I'm fighting for? This war that I'm ‘all in’ for you. It's full of infidels dressed up in good suits Drinking good wine and taking their time. Singing their prayers as they fall from the light. The value of losing your mind; makes a powerful soldier And I'm a powerful soldier But if I fought a war for you. Would it hurt enough? Would you want me to? Give me something to endure. Do you want me to die for you? Is that what I'm fighting for? Oh the value of losing your mind; makes a powerful soldier. And I'm a powerful soldier. I'm a powerful soldier
8.
Seventeen ships set sail that day The sea dull green the sky was gray I wish I’d seen you before I slept I dreamt about you as darkness crept in On my eyes that strained to creep Around your body weighed down by sleep I heard the canon I saw the spark I knew hard iron would splinter our bark But only fragments of you I saw Pennies on eyes I counted four Fourteen sailors came fourteen dead Fifteen the gull cries of you in my head Why do you weep? You’ll feel love again Well up your tears for living men Why do you weep? You’ll feel love again Heard I the gush and the hull was rent That day to darkness I was sent down Down through the blue that became the black I saw you sitting my heart grew slack I saw you sipping a glass through a straw from a bowl full of lemons sat down on the floor But your ears were deaf to my bubbles of breath I fearful inhaled a forgetful death I loved you more than even my sight I loved you more Why do you weep? You’ll feel love again Well up your tears for living men Why do you weep? You’ll feel love again Seventeen ships set sail that day The sea dull green the sky was gray I wish I’d seen you before I slept I dreamt about you when darkness crept in
9.
His House 05:03
I heard you in the Chapel where the glass was all stained My eyes were stained, my heart was stained The panes let the light through and it coloured us red Your hands were my hands, but my lips were lead The sounds of you then still lingers here now And if I want to get out, How will I get out? The roof it was creaking, like the sound of God speaking He begged us and willed us to take it outside. Then heard I voice that came out from your mouth But it wasn’t your voice, it came out too loud It filled me with sadness and the need to keep on On with the right path, far away from the Long But as you continued, with only me there to sing to The strength of your song, it took me too far And now there’s no path and my feet follow nothing Dancing in madness and lost in the dark His house, is our house Our sanctuary from the ones that we tire His House, we cling to For nothing, but the ones we desire. Take me from Turl and away to soft pavements Where only the sun kisses me strong Pull me apart from my own set of madness Out of this solitude and in to the throng Bury me early and dig up my grave Fill it with music and steal me away Send me to sleep on a boat made of Angels Push me out sailing and bring me back free But there in the Chapel my heart remains Obsessed with a song that won’t go away And if I don’t sing it, can I un-think it? Dispel the fear and put out the flame The sounds of you then still lingers here now And if I want to sing out, how will I sing out? The roof it was creaking like the sound of God speaking He begged us and willed us, to sing it again and again and again…
10.
I swam out to sea I wanted to know if you would still save me? I turned to wave at you But you turned and walked in to the wind You didn’t see me I start swimming and swimming and swimming so hard Swimming and swimming and swimming so hard Swimming and swimming and swimming so hard I could see your scarf It was red and my eyes were red And the water felt hard I tried to swim back But the current pulled me sideways So I just lay flat Feeling so trapped Swimming and swimming and swimming so hard Swimming and swimming and swimming so hard Swimming and swimming and swimming so hard to you What could I do? The water is closing in I can feel my breathing thin I see your silhouette Your figure disappears as I sink down You let me drown I had a dream of drowning I had a dream I was drowning Couldn’t you see me drowning? Why couldn’t you see I was drowning? I kept swimming and swimming and swimming so hard Swimming and swimming and swimming so hard Swimming and swimming and swimming so hard to you What could I do? What could I do? What else could I do? What could I do… Swimming and swimming and swimming so hard

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Death of the Maiden are
Tamara Parsons-Baker
Hannah Bruce
Emma Coombs
Jenny Oliver

Note from Tamara:
Richard Neuberg is quite possibly the most wonderfully talented person you could ever hope to meet and work on an album with. Thank you for bringing alive and sharing the vision of this work. For believing in its creation and working tireless hours to construct, what I feel is, a bloody awesome album. I am so proud of what we have achieved and so grateful for all your hard work. You are a gifted artist, a crucial friend, and a wise navigator of sounds.

Note from the band:
Special thanks to everyone who pledged on our Kickstarter campaign and helped us raise the final funds needed to finish this album. We are so grateful to you. Thank you to everyone who has come to a gig, bought a t-shirt, sent us a kind message, sang ‘badges’ with us and just generally been awesome. We love making music together; it is a beautiful chemistry, a vital therapy and most importantly, enormous fun.

Super-duper special thanks to everyone who has played on this album and contributed original ideas that complement the songs bringing their stories to life. You are all most wonderful artists and we salute you!

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released March 29, 2019

Produced by: Tamara Parsons-Baker and Richard Neuberg
Mixed and Engineered by: Richard Neuberg
Mastered by: Tim Turan
Album Artwork: Millie Rawicz @millierawicz
Recorded at: Strawhouse, Oxford, www.strawhousestudios.com
All songs written by Tamara Parsons-Baker, lyrics for The Walls are Wider and The Love of Phlebas were taken from poems written by Henry Stead

To find out who played what on which track, select individual tracks:
Vocals & Acoustic Guitar: Tamara Parsons-Baker
Electric Guitar: Hannah Bruce, Richard Neuberg
Lap Steel & Ebow: Richard Neuberg
Bass: Mhairi Erskine, Tom Rawicz
Drums: Emma Coombs, Tommy Longfellow
Piano: Ben Walker
Violin: Ben Heaney

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Death of the Maiden produce gothy baroque-pop, post-punk music. If that description makes you want to vomit 1) yeah, it should 2) swallow it.

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