The Girl with the Secret Fire

by Death of the Maiden

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

Note from Tamara:
Special love and thanks to Tom Rawicz who listened to countless mixes, whose expert ear brought clarity, resolution and valuable insight.

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!

credits

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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Track Name: Horses
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.
Track Name: Tess
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.
Track Name: The Walls are Wider
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.
Track Name: A Pair of Blue Eyes
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.
Track Name: Waiting for You
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.
Track Name: Soon
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.
Track Name: Soldier
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
Track Name: The Love of Phlebas
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
Track Name: His House
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…
Track Name: Dream of Drowning
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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