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Wolf - The Wolf Chronicles (part one)

by The Wicc

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    Original artwork by Mirona Mara. Layout by Carol Keogh.

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1.
Wolf 04:54
I woke up beside a wolf, I never let him in I never let him in Let's record the conversation The swallows are leaving now Wish they could take me with them somehow When I woke beside the wolf he never let me speak He never let me speak He just chose his destination The swallows have flown away Hope they can take me with them someday I was cutting flowers To make the place a home I offered him some flowers But he didn't want to know He has no use for this trousseau He's just a wolf who tried to kill me years ago I woke up beside a wolf, I never let him in I never let him in Stop hunting me Stop hurting me Physic heal thyself
2.
The wolf has moved on I woke up and he was gone I heard he found a washerwoman in a fishing town And she has a great big barrel For washing out his sheep's apparel I must find a pen and page and put this burden down And to beg the question Who would have thought I'd miss a wolf Like waking up in Stockholm and thinking I'm in love The wolf has moved on The wind is picking up again It's picking up again Wild blows the wind from this hillside Wild blows the wind It's blowing down to the town Where the fish are brought in Finding the wolf One push to the chest and his back to the barrel Thrust under the chin and he's in No chance to clamber out Black water up his snout The wolf has moved on I woke up and he was gone This is the sound of the Wicc And the people of the town came down and bore the corpse away In a grave procession to the market square And there they tore asunder The victualler took the entrails And fed them to the dogs And the tailor tacked the tail upon the town wall The mayor felt the pelt should be preserved for ceremony And the fishermen rowed out Hung his head from a gibbet on a rock out at sea With the skulls of the boneyard wreckers What of the bones? She took the bones She took the bones She took the bones and ground them down Oh oh the Wicc is awake Wild blows the wind
3.
Here come the wind up from the cliff that is tumbling into the sea An accidental hit or a mute policy? And it killed him, it killed him, it killed him Him
4.
Powder 04:41
The people euphoric made a pyre of the bones They danced in a ring till the flames turned to cinders The revelry stopped, the people went home And she crept from the hollow in the wall where she'd hidden And gathered the ash, the chalk and the carbon In a vessel held under her cloak And the smoke rose from the bowl and curled round her fingers She grimaced and choked all the way to the door of her home And she ground him into powder Oh widow of nature she crushed in a mortar A wolf incantation to summon her daughters the weather And the wind did howl and the wind did moan And the wraith rose up from the white ash bone And the wind did howl, and the wind did moan And she ground him into powder Oh what is this spirit I'm swallowing whole? I feel it in my sinews, it dowses my bones It's making me strange I'm changing It's making me strange I'm changing
5.
The Wind 06:15
The wind might be your friend or foe Depending on the arrows in its quiver Let it blow some poison your way And the wind is picking up its bow (Let it blow some) Arrows tipped with toxin, oh Let it blow some poison your way And the wind begins to huff and blow (Think you know the wind?) Oh it will deliver Pricking its venom into your veins (Injecting something new) Your sanity is marked And the wind can be your friend or foe (Thinking you're in for the same) Depending on the arrows (old weather) in its quiver You may think you know the ind The way that it will blow But you don't know (You don't know what I know) No you don't know May it blow some poison your way (Blow wind blow) The delivery is made And the wind can be your friend or foe Depending on the arrows in its quiver
6.
Appetite 04:35
What I feel more than anything is a change of appetite Subtle changes in the pigmentation of my skin And I'm told at times I'm more inclined to fly off the handle Which handle? Perhaps my cooking pot or sweeping broom And when the moon is full I find hair developing where it never grew before And at times there's a quickening from this change of appetite Thickening the hips and haws, the oohs and aws of blood That runs a redder shade A grade of biothermal energy is palpate in me And the heat will bring the howl And the bugger of the growl When the moon is full I wake up with the traces of journeys to places I don't recall making Hmm When the moon is full Something makes me wriggle in the bed Something makes me funny in the head Animorphosa, amnesiac Crypto-zoo Canis lupis Whooo Who is she?
7.
Big Bad 05:42
Who's afraid of the big bad? Boo Who's afraid of the big bad (entre chien et loup)? Who's afraid of the big bad - who? There is talking in the village In the warehouse, the bathhouse and whorehouse And by the home fires Cause they don't know what she is and what they are becoming There's a change that settles on the town When Helios is setting down his carriage Entre temps Who's afraid of the big bad (entre chien et loup)? Who's afraid of the big bad? Boo There is rancour in the village People begging for alms at the poorhouse And by the graveyard And they think of those who have accrued More than anyone can use Imagining the piggy snouts and wind to blow their houses down With huff and puff Oui enfant Who's afraid of the big bad (entre chien et loup)? Who's afraid of the big bad - who? Winds carry alarm Things wishing us harm There are beggars at the gates and monsters in the mansions There's a woman on the hill And with her we take no chances Cause she seems to have no need of anything Who's afraid of the big bad? Entre chien et loup
8.
Pyre 02:49
The folk proceeded one by one To bring the grisly skeleton Down to the water's edge Down to the water She followed like a shadow on the flock Till she slid into a nook Along the harbour wall They never noticed her They never noticed her at all They built the pyre They built it up higher
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10.
In the Fold 04:04
You'll find me in the fold Escaping their attention As summer lights on skin We wander in between the trees And a lonely spit of land Witches finger of sand at the Raven It's better in the fold It's why I'm in the fold They'll sense me in the fold But be too scared to mention Witnessing the plastic debris cast into the sea and away To its forever home A convergence zone in the Doldrums It's why I'm in the fold It's better in the fold Till the rise in the mercury Brings me down to a glittering sea With a necklace of clams To dance on the sand Before a swelling tide With nothing moving inside Suddenly summer Suddenly summer comes (to the fold) It's better in the fold Suddenly summer Suddenly summer comes It's why I'm in the fold
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Bone Ash 01:02

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released March 22, 2022

Written, arranged, performed and recorded by Carol Keogh, except:
Drums on Sheep's Clothing, Big Bad and In the Fold played & recorded by Jay Oglesby
Strings on Wolf and Sheep's Clothing recorded by Gavin at Orphan Recording
Violins, Lynda O'Connor and Paul O'Hanlon
Viola, Beth McMinch. Cello, Jenny Dowdall
Bassoon on Sheep's Clothing by Geraldine Mahon
Score by Carol Keogh. Score transcription, Ruth O'Mahony-Brady
Additional string mixing on Wolf, Simon Quigley
Mastered by Dunk Murphy
Cover image © Mirona Mara. Layout, Carol Keogh

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Carol Keogh Ireland

THE WICC album one - WOLF will be released on 22nd March 2022.

Carol Keogh, has written and sung with a number of bands including The Plague Monkeys, The Tycho Brahe, The Natural History Museum (with Dunk Murphy) and Autamata.
Keogh's first solo release (backed by The City Fathers), "Mongrel City", was released in 2014.
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