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released March 20, 2015

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Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks Long Beach, California

Joy Shannon & the Beauty Marks are a Celtic pagan dark folk band fronted by vocalist, Celtic harpist and cellist Joy Shannon. The Beauty Marks have recorded 7 albums together: “As in the Wilderness” (2008), “The Opium Wars or Love in Lieu of Laudanum” (2009), “The Black Madonna” (2010), “Out of My Dreams and Into My Arms” (2011), "The Oracle" (2013), "Mo Anam Cara" (2015) and "Aes Sídhe" (2017) ... more

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Track Name: The Winds of Hel
if I let go
would the wind blow
would I be tossed to and fro
or would the wind know

if I let go
would the wind howl
would the wolves prowl
if I let go now
Track Name: Samhain
don't be afraid
don't let your demons of doubt out and play
it feels like an end
but a new day a new year a new life will begin

aphado ni (follow me)
halthan le (i protect you)
Ugrogan ci (i don't fear you)
Firin an le (I'll die for you)


don't be afraid
it's just Hel guiding the way
there's no light without dark there's no life without death
there's no love without pain, no sound without silent breath

(whispers)
Siniath iaur peda en firid (old tidings speak of death)
mi nin linnad, girig (in my singing you shudder)
Minnam i morn dineb (we enter the silent darkness)
hai uen, gortheb a tirweg (they are monsters, horrible and watchful)
Track Name: Midwinter Ghost
I won't let go of your ghost in my mind like a moon shining out long past the break of day
I won't forget your touch even after your gone I won't let your apparition fade
it's in the night that we'll come wrapped in darkness and doubt
you're my light when all others have gone out
you're my light when all others have gone out

I won't let go of this specter of love that haunts my dreams through the dawn
come to me as you are wrapped in darkness and doubt
I'll be your light when all others have gone out
I'll be your light when all others have gone out

will you love me in my darkness
as I love you in yours
I'm not afraid of your darkness
i can only love you more
don't be afraid of my darkness
I'm not afraid of yours
just love me in my darkness
as I love you in yours
Track Name: Imbolc Invocation to Brighid
I bleed for spring that will never come
I fear I have a barren Imbolc
the frost it has taken it it's toll

come in your bed is ready
rest now your head and your heart are heavy

Chugat a thána’ mé ag gearán mo scéil chugat
(It is to you I have come making my complaint)
a Bhrighid Naofa
(O Holy Brighid)

I bleed for spring that will never come
I fear I have a barren Imbolc
doesn't the frost know something i don't

come in your bed is ready
I'd love you if you would let me

Chugat a thána’ mé ag gearán mo scéil chugat
(It is to you I have come making my complaint)
a Bhrighid Naofa
(O Holy Brighid)
Track Name: Ostara Blodeuwedd
born of flowers, born of song
I was made for you to right past wrongs
Arianrhod lit up the sky
when I came to you no one heard me cry

mourn with me for the spring
and the arms I've dreamed of
I feel autumn comes
all dies with my love

I was changed forever when I saw his face
autumn came to us when I fell from grace
so forever I'll haunt the night sky
you will hear my mournful cry

mourn with me for the spring
and the arms I've dreamed of
I feel autumn comes
all dies with my love
Track Name: The Fires of Beltaine
I came in already burning for you
the beacons were lit in memory of you
no dimmer light could catch my eye from the start
no cooler fire could touch the depths of my heart
I want to go back from whence we came
and be consumed by the fires of Beltaine
no one's burned bright enough (Til you)
no one's burned long enough (Til you)
no one's burned light enough (Til you)
no one's burned strong enough (Til you)
Track Name: Midsummer Witch Hunt
I felt you coming in my chest
it wasn't me who needed to confess
I never cursed before
your hypocrisy spilled on my floor

you forced your steaming words in my mouth
you filled me so I couldn't cry out
I never cursed before
all the faults you've blamed me for

you can take this body
you can take this world
you can keep your god
I would rather burn

my Satan's mark is my beauty mark

my ashes will be in every ounce of soil
every last grain of wheat you harvest will be spoiled
no well spring will ever be free of my ashes
your memories will be filled by your fears and these lashes
and every time you come, yes every time you come
you'll feel the weight and the guilt of everything you've done
yes every time you come, yes every time you come
you'll feel the guilt of what you've done
Track Name: Lughnasadh Maeve: The One Who Intoxicates
I can feel my scent like the ocean
seeping out of my pores to you
I can feel your tongues religious devotion
lapping onto my shores from you
Once I saw you I'll never waver
You're the one I choose, the one I'll have
if you can be with me without fear,
and love all of me, not just one half

I'm Maeve
I'm the one who intoxicates
follow me to your dreams, drink of me if you're brave

I exalt like the Black Madonna
an emanation that reaches your heart and soul
drink of my blood in holy communion
I'll heal your heart with my sacred own

I intoxicate like the whore of Babylon
with sacrificial blood on my thighs
I'll have your head between my legs
with your gaze locked deep in my eyes

I'm Maeve
I'm the one who intoxicates
follow me to your dreams, drink of me if you're brave
Track Name: Finduilas
he said he loved you in his way
but it was not enough
you withered like a flower
that tried to grow on a barren rock
i was too young to show you how much I loved you, I never knew
it's been half my life
and I still feel the absence of you

Finduilas you left a night
but the stars still shine their light
on my heart and mind
when it's too dark
and it's too much time
without you

they said a new star formed when we first met
to light our way, your eyes were enough
they said when you died the heavens opened and you were embraced
and you shine on
all i know is
Guren níniatha n'i lû n'i a-govenitham
(My heart shall weep until I see you again)

Finduilas you left a night
but the stars still shine their light
on my heart and mind
when it's too dark
and it's too much time
without you
Track Name: Mabon: Airmid Bring Back the Dead
the wolves sing their song
I'll sing along
as the wolves sing their song

the wind it howls as the wolves they prowl
like breath of Hel through the trees
letting you go felt like every last hope
I kept safe in my heart brought me to my knees
all this year yields is an empty field
Airmid bring the dead back please

beyond the mists of time
beyond this winter's frost
all that once was mine
waits there it was never lost
our love was there all this time
no it was never lost
beyond the mists of time
under this winter's frost
out of the mists of time
under this winter's frost
all that once was mine
waits there it was never lost