The Black Madonna

by Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks

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released January 25, 2010

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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: Nothing
Nothing

there's so many voices I can recall
so many faces and I love them all
and no one is left who still knows them
'cause of them stayed and no one's the same

they left me
nothing
they left me
nothing

i try to believe you love me now
but I've no memory of knowing how
when I look inside where love should be
I find a void they left me nothing

they left me
nothing
they left me
nothing

I want nothing more
than to feel your love
and you're finally here
the one I dreamed of
Track Name: Walls
Walls

everything they said was love
wasn't at all
everything my heart dreamed of
only met a wall
so I built my own
brick by brick
'cause it was safer
'cause it was safer
but they still came in
and they tore me down
it was never safe there
it was never safe there

I left with my life
what kind of life do I speak of
with a heart so hurt
I can barely feel loved

everything they taught me
I've had to unlearn
but I'm left with these open wounds
that just burn and burn
I want myself who I was born to be
to come back to me
I want everything you took from me
to come back to me

I left with my life
what kind of life do I speak of
with a heart so hurt
I can barely feel loved
Track Name: Hecate
Hecate

oh you're at a crossroads
and how do you know which way to go
with all that pain on your shoulders
and those burdensome wounds
surrender your weapons
hold your out hands to me
you're blind in the darkness
but it's here that I see
trust me

oh we're at a crossroad
and only one way goes home
but in these moments of darkness
we are never alone
surrender your weapons
hold your out hands to me
you can't fight the darkness
you must trust in me
surrender your weapons
hold your hands out to me
you're not alone in the darkness
here you'll set your fears free
trust me

here you forgot me
I don't forget you
trust me
Track Name: No Witness
No Witness

your song's, your song's like a window
it lets in light and air
your eyes like a cool breeze
the fingers through my hair
I used to live in the basement
but now I can't stop rising
I dreamt that I saw this world end
and a new one begin

and all all there was
was love like you wouldn't believe
and though we know it exists
we don't need a witness

your eyes your eyes like a daydream
makes the old world go away
and all of my cruel past
is erased
I used to have the best conversations
with a mirror
but all I ever longed for
was to have you here

and all all we have
is love like you wouldn't believe
and though we know it exists
we don't need a witness
Track Name: Silence
Silence

sometimes it's more than memories
they left inside of me
I'm sorry you can feel my rain
your love puts them to shame

silence it killed me
your love it hears me

one day they'll all be gone
from my head and my heart
you'll have put thousands of days
of your love in their place

silence it killed me
your love it hears me
silence it killed me
your love it heals me

and I waited for your
and I waiter for your
and I waited for your love

and I waited to be
and I wanted to be
and I waited to be loved

and I sing to be free
Track Name: Ghost Dance
Ghost Dance

One day, one day like magic
my rain dance opened up the sky
and it poured down, oh how it poured down
and I couldn't remember it as dry

You showed me that some dreams end up like they should
and some nightmares turn a corner and they end, they end for good
for good

One day my ghost dance
brought all my ancestors to me
and they sang loud, oh how they sang loud
and they opened, they opened doors for me

You showed me that some dreams end up like they should
and some nightmares turn a corner and they end, they end for good
for good
Track Name: Alone
Alone

no fine ring is on my finger
does that make me alone
he once said that I'm the singer
and the road is my home
yes I can do it on my own
but i don't want to anymore
I want someone to call my home
the songs don't feed me anymore

all I dreamed of like a carrot
and I feel like the mule
my heart aches like it always did
but now I'm breaking the old rules
cause i was taught to be alone
but I won't do it anymore
I want real love in home
I won't live their way anymore
I don't want to be alone
but I want to be known
I want you to be my home
the songs won't feed me on their own
I can do it on my own
but I want to be known
and i want to make a home
cause you make me not want to be alone
Track Name: I Want It All
I Want it All

he cracked me open like a brittle teardrop
that never had rained before
and it burst forth with joy and sorrow
that I had never loved before
and I want it all
and I want him all

they lied to me about one more thing
that I cannot be loved
but there's no peace now that I have seen
the one that I could love
and I want it all
and I want him all

one day I will find
in joy I left them behind
with their hate I'll replace
your love and your beautiful face
and all I will find
is you by my side
it's all one day at a time
just help me walk this line
Track Name: Afe Paquian
Afe Paquian

tooku afe paquian
purani jeu toi nanunhe mi lacac
afe paquian

(God thank you
for this earth
because without it we would not be here)