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"Pure Beauty in Music Form", iTunes Review
by Erich Von Metzger, April 20, 2013

"This is an otherworldly and darkly beautiful epic of love, loss, and devotion flavored with Irish and Russian mythology, told through angelic vocals, celtic harp, and cello. Hauntingly beautiful notes and voice open the album on "Morrigan," leading into the Portishead-like lyrics and melodic intrigue of "Alkonost."

Wistful Irish folksong nostalgia rings throughout particularly on "The Parting Glass," and the stark and icy "Starving." "Étain" is a seductive magic spell conjuring the innocent, strength, and mystery that makes up every woman- maiden, mother and crone.

The album is also not without its bright spots. Tracks like "Everything You Are," "Ophelia" and "Will You Love Me" shine like sunlight breaking through storm clouds.

Joy Shannon & The Beauty Marks also show off their -very particular set of skills- in moving tributes to the gentlemanly strength of Irish actor "Liam Neeson" and devout "Faramir" from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series in brilliant geek fandom turned elegant lyrical praise."

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released March 14, 2013

All songs written and performed by Joy Shannon on Celtic harp, cello, and vocals
except for "The Parting Glass" which is an Irish traditional song.
Lyrics for "Ophelia" from Hamlet by Shakespeare.
Lyrics for "Faramir" inspired by The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Tracked and mixed by Brian Frederick at Secret Hill Studios in Long Beach, CA.

Stand-up bass by Andy Zacharias
Percussion on "Alkonost" and "Dreams" by Brian Frederick
Guitar on "The Parting Glass," "Dreams," "Everything You Are," and "Will You Love Me" by Jon Zell
Guitar on "Alkonost," "Starving," and "Étain" by Luca Pino
Guitar on "The Coat" and "Faramir" by Jimmy Paul
Backing vocals on "The Parting Glass," "Dreams," and "Will You Love Me" by Rachel Star Albright
Backing vocals on "Liam Neeson" by the Dovelles (Jenny Stockdale, Alyssandra Nighswonger, Mary McKeever, and Tess Shapiro)
Violin on "The Parting Glass" and "Will You Love Me" by Laura Merryfield

Photography by Xun Chi

Design by Suzanne Walsh/Ashes in Orange Peels

www,joyshannonandthebeautymarks.com

© 2013 Joy Shannon. All Rights Reserved.

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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: Morrigan
I believe in Morrigan
cause her darkness is mine
I believe in Cliodhna
her painful howl is mine

so i howl
and i wail
and release
to no avail
and I plead
and I pray
and I fight
for another way


but here in my way
I fear I will stay
it's still the same
after all this change
my darkness in the way
my pain it will stay
like a wall in the way
from the womb to my dying day
Track Name: Alkonost
it's not you that I want
if you don't want me
like I want you

it's not you that I long for
it's not you that I ache for
if you don't ache for me

but he doesn't taste like you
he doesn't feel like you
no he doesn't kiss me like you
no ho doesn't love me like you

am I the alkonost
that sings of love's true kiss
that fear makes you miss

no she doesn't taste like me
she won't feel like me
no she won't kiss you like me
no she won't love you like me
no she won't want you like me
Track Name: The Coat
I once had a dream that I walked on dublin street
I wore a stunning dress and I was the most beautiful I've ever been
but it was nighttime so I grew cold
the man I walked with took off his coat and wrapped his love round my shoulders

oh where has my love gone
oh when will my true come along
and wrap his love around my shoulders

so many years gone by in every city but my home
so many hands I loved to hold I've had to let go

oh where has my love gone
oh when will my true come along
and wrap his love around my shoulders
Track Name: Dreams
my beautiful one you seem to be wise
I'd like to drowned in your eyes
do I have to look to find what must be found
or will it find me just when I think I've been let down
please tell me what I need to know
I am lost I don't know to go

don't let my dreams pass me by
like a stranger in the crowd
let me give let me live
my own dreams out loud

do I have to wait to find what I'm waiting for
and what do I do in the meantime
besides longing for more
I don't to be my father
who lost it all to selfish fire
when should I be satisfied
and ignore this desire
please tell me what I need to know
I am lost I don't know to go

don't let my dreams pass me by
like a stranger in the crowd
let me give let me live
my own dreams out loud
Track Name: Starving
I want to eat you like I was starving until you came
I want your hot breath in my ear worshiping my name
you've made my every pore a hand reaching for you
your body is the land I want to burrow into

you like a god standing over
you part my legs like the sea
and divided make me whole
whole again

I want you to love me like the sun rising everyday
like you you are never done and I'm never contained
I've found the glory of this world in your body
I never want to let you go I want you in me

you like a god standing over
you part my legs like the sea
and divided make me whole
whole again
Track Name: Everything You Are
you said you only know what I tell you
about what I see in you
you must trust I've no illusions left here
cause I've known and loved you so many years

you've amazed me
constantly
you always inspire me
so deeply
I know the ways that you aren't perfect
but you are perfect for me

and I love you for everything you are
and I love you for everything you're not
cause you're everything I need by far
and you're everything I want

all our fears and doubts
are nothing to what life would be without
giving a love so great a try
so you don't regret letting me pass by

and I trust you
because you earned it
and I love you
because you're worth it
and I know we're both
not perfect
but I know I'm perfect for you
Track Name: Liam Neeson
there are a million songs about this
how you can't force love with a wish
I know I'm alone in the pain
of not finding love again and again
you can't make it work when it won't
you can't let it make you give up hope

may be I need a Liam Neeson
with a set of skills
I never met nobody who could enough
but somebody will
I never comprised before and I
I never will
so may be i need a Liam Neeson
and his set of skills

I'm a woman
everything I'd said I'd do I've done
I need to live what I believe
where's the man who'll live this way with me

may be I need a Liam Neeson
with a set of skills
i never met nobody who could enough
but somebody will
I never comprised before and I
I never will
so may be i need a Liam Neeson
and his set of skills

I'm holding onto love
I'm holding out for love
Track Name: Ophelia
how should I true love tell
you from another one
by your cockle hat and your staff
and your sandal shoon
say you
nay pray you
he's dead and gone
oh at his head is green grass turf
at his heals a stone
a stone

larded with the sweetest of all flowers
which bewept to his grave did go true love showers
say you
nay pray you
he's dead and gone
oh at his head is green grass turf
at his heals a stone
a stone

he's dead and gone you say
he's dead and gone you say
he's dead and gone you say
he's dead and gone you say
he's dead and gone you say
he's dead and gone you say
at his head is green grass turf
and at his heals a stone
a stone
Track Name: Étain
it's in the earth I love with all my heart
it's in the sky I breathed in from the start
it's in the sea that our love alone could part

my body is already home and my mind has always known
and our spirits have never been alone
in love

I am new I wax and wane and bloom
I am full I fade, I swell, I swoon
I am the maiden, mother and the crone I'm the moon

my body is already one with you and my mind has always had deja vu
and our spirits have never been unglued
in love
in love
Track Name: Will You Love Me
my whole body wants to merge with you
my whole heart longs to walk through doors
I've never been through
with you
you're all I ever wanted
but never knew
till now I've held back my heart
till you penetrated my every part
oh how I want you
no one less will do
with ever fiber
I want to be with you
so when you're ready to love again
will you love me?
'cause you're not only my every dream
you're my reality
all I wanted
always been
all I wanted
when I chased the wrong men
so when you're ready to love again
will you love me?

I give my hopes out to the wind
in the unknown i'm surrendered in
all I want is
that you're happy
even if it's
not with me
I wish my love song could your mind
and let you know how I've loved you all this time
how you've healed me
more than you know
how you've helped me
to grow
so when you're ready to love again
will you love me?
'cause you're not only my every dream
you're my reality
all I wanted
my dear friend
all I wanted
when I chased the wrong men
so when you're ready to love again
will you love me?
Track Name: Faramir
I say to you
you are beautiful
there are no flowers more fair
and none so sorrowful
walk with me a while
while the sun still shines
before the world goes dark
let our hearts be light
for I would not have the world end now
and lose so soon what I have found
the end of days used to be on my mind
but with you my limbs are light
you're a joy not denied
I know that you wished to be loved to be another
who only gave pity
and no love in return
but I would give all the world if I could now
to always love who I have found
your beautiful fist used to hold a shield
but let's make a garden and both be healed
so I say to you you are beautiful
and I love you
can you love me?