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The Hazards of Love

Released March 2009

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  1. Prelude

    Prelude

    No Lyrics

  2. The Hazards Of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle The Thistles Undone)

    The Hazards Of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle The Thistles Undone)

    First voice:

    My true love went riding out
    In white and green and gray
    Past the pale of Offa.s Wall
    Where she was wont to stray

    And there she came upon
    A white and wounded fawn
    Singing: oh, the hazards of love

    She being full of charity
    A credit to her sex
    Sought to right the fawn.s hind legs
    When here her plans were vexed

    The taiga shifted strange
    The beast began to change
    Singing: oh, the hazards of love
    Oh, the hazards of love
    You.ll learn soon enough
    The prettiest whistles won.t wrestle the thistles undone
    Undone

    Fifteen lithesome maidens lay
    Along in their bower
    Fourteen occupations paid
    To pass the idle hour

    But Margaret heaves a sigh
    Her hands clasped to her thigh
    Singing: oh, the hazards of love
    Oh the hazards of love
    You.ll learn soon enough
    The prettiest whistles won.t wrestle the thistles undone
    Undone

  3. A Bower Scene

    A Bower Scene

    Second voice:

    .Thou unconsolable daughter,. said the sister
    .When wilt thou trouble the water in the cistern?
    And what irascible blackguard is the father?.

    And when young Margaret.s waistline grew wider
    The fruit of her amorous entwine inside her
    And so our heroine withdraws to the taiga

  4. Won’t Want For Love (Margaret In The Taiga)

    Won’t Want For Love (Margaret In The Taiga)

    Margaret: Gentle leaves, gentle leaves
    Please array a path for me
    The woods all growing thick and fast around

    Columbine, columbine
    Please alert this love of mine
    Let him know his Margaret comes along

    And all this stirring inside my belly
    Won.t quell my want for love
    And I may swoon from all this swelling
    But I won.t want for love

    Mistle thrush, mistle thrush
    Lay me down in the underbrush
    My naked feet grow weary with the dusk

    Willow boughs, willow boughs
    Make a bed to lay me down
    Let your branches bow to cradle us

  5. The Hazards Of Love 2 (Wager All)

    The Hazards Of Love 2 (Wager All)

    William: And here I am softer than a shower
    And here I am to garland you with flowers
    To lay you down in a clover bed
    The stars a roof above our heads

    And all my life I.ve never felt the tremor
    All my life . that now disturbs my fingers
    I.ll lay you down in a clover bed
    The stars a roof above our heads

    And we.ll lie .til the corncrake crows
    Bereft the weight of our summer clothes
    And I.d wager all
    The hazards of love
    The hazards of love

    Take my hand, cradle it in your hand
    Take my hand. Feel the pull. The quicksand.
    I.ll lay you down in a clover bed
    The stars a roof above our heads

  6. The Queen’s Approach

    The Queen’s Approach

    I’m
    Made of bones of the branches
    The boughs and the brow-beating light

    While my feet are the trunks
    And my head is the canopy high

    And my fingers extend
    To the leaves
    And the eaves
    And the (bright?)

    Might I shine?
    It’s my shine (child?)

    He
    Was a baby abandoned
    Entombed in a cradle of claim (clay?)

    And I was a soul
    Who took pity

  7. Isn’t It A Lovely Night?

    Isn’t It A Lovely Night?

    Margaret: Isn.t it a lovely night?
    And so alive with fireflies providing us their holy light
    And here we made a bed of boughs
    And thistledown to lay us down up the dewy ground

    And isn.t it a lovely way
    We got in from our play
    Isn.t it babe? A sweet little baby

    William: Wasn.t it a lovely breeze
    That swept the leaves of arbor eaves
    And bent to brush our blushing knees?

    M & W: And here we died our little deaths
    And we were left to catch our breaths
    So swiftly lifting from our chests

  8. The Wanting Comes In Waves / Repaid

    The Wanting Comes In Waves / Repaid

    Colin: Mother I can hear your foot-fall now
    Soft disturbance in the dead-fall how
    It proceeds you like a black smoke pall
    Still the wanting comes in waves

    And you delivered me from danger, then
    Pulled my cradle from the reedy glen
    Swore to save me from the world of men
    Still the wanting comes in waves

    In waves, and waves
    And the wanting comes in waves
    And the wanting comes in waves
    And I want this night
    And I want this night

    Queen:  How I made you
    I wrought you
    I pulled you
    From ore I labored you
    From cancer I cradled you

    And now: this is how I am repaid?
    This is how I am repaid?

  9. An Interlude

    An Interlude

    No Lyrics.

  10. The Rake’s Song

    The Rake’s Song

    Rake: I had entered into a marriage
    In the summer of my twenty-first year
    And the bells rang for our wedding
    Only now do I remember it clear

    All right, all right, all right!

    No more a rake and no more a bachelor
    I was wedded and it whetted my thirst
    Until her womb started spilling out babies
    Only then did I reckon my curse

    All right, all right, all right!

    First came Isaiah with his crinkled little fingers
    Then came Charlotte and that wretched girl Dawn
    Ugly Myfanwy died on delivery
    Mercifully taking her mother along

    All right, all right, all right!

  11. The Abduction Of Margaret

    The Abduction Of Margaret

    First voice: And all the while whispering arbors provide cover
    What previous witnessed ardors of our lovers
    Our heroine here falls prey to her abductor!

    All a.gallop with Margaret slung rude .cross withers
    Having clamped her innocent fingers in fetters
    This villain must calculate crossing the wild river!

  12. The Queen’s Rebuke / The Crossing

    The Queen’s Rebuke / The Crossing

    Queen: I.m made of bones of the branches, the boughs, and the brow-beating light
    While my feet are the trunks and my head is the canopy high
    And my fingers extend to the leaves and the eaves and the bright
    Brightest shine, it.s my shine

    And he was a baby abandoned, entombed in a cradle of clay
    And I was the soul who took pity and stole him away
    And gave him the form of a fawn to inhabit by day
    Brightest day, it.s my day

    And you have removed this temptation that.s troubled my innocent child
    To abduct and abuse and to render her rift and defiled
    But the river is deep to the banks and the water is wild
    But I will fly you the far side

  13. Annan Water

    Annan Water

    William: Annan water, you loom so deep and wide
    I would cross over if you would stem the tide
    Or build a boat that I might ford the other side
    To reach the farther shore where my true love lies in wait for me
    In wait for me

    O gray river, your waters ramble wild
    The horses shiver and bite against the bridle
    But I will cross if mine own horse is pulled from me
    Though my mother cries that if I try I sure will drowned be
    Drowned be

    But if you calm and let me pass
    You may render me a wreck when I come back

    So calm your waves and slow the churn
    And you may have my precious bones on my return

    Annan water, oh hear my true love call
    Hear her holler above your water.s pall
    God that I could, that my two arms could give me wing

  14. Margaret In Captivity

    Margaret In Captivity

    Rake: I have snipped your wingspan
    My precious captive swan
    Here all clipped of kickstand
    You spirit won.t last long

    Don.t you lift a finger
    Don.t you snap and jaw
    Limber limbs akimbo
    Rest .til rubbing raw

    Margaret: O my own true love
    O my own true love

    Can you hear me love
    Can you hear me love?

    Rake: Don.t hold out for rescue
    None can hear your call
    .Til I have wrest and wrecked you
    Behind these fortress walls

  15. The Hazards Of Love 3 (Revenge!)

    The Hazards Of Love 3 (Revenge!)

    Charlotte: Father I.m not feeling well, the flowers me you fed
    Tasted spoiled for suddenly I find that I am dead
    But father don.t you fear
    Your children all are here
    Singing: O the hazards of love!

    Dawn: Papa turn the water down, the basin.s overflown
    The water covers everything and me left all alone
    But Papa here in death
    I have regained my breath
    To sing: O the hazards of love!

    Isaiah: Spare the rod, you.ll spoil the child but I.d prefer the lash
    My sisters drowned and poisoned, all, and me reduced to ash
    And buried in an urn
    But father, I return
    Singing: O the hazards of love

  16. The Wanting Comes in Waves (Reprise)

    The Wanting Comes in Waves (Reprise)

    William: And here come the waves!
    And the wanting comes in waves
    And the wanting comes in waves
    And the wanting comes in waves!

    And I want this night.

  17. The Hazards Of Love 4 (The Drowned)

    The Hazards Of Love 4 (The Drowned)

    William: Margaret, array the rocks around the hole before we.re sinking
    A million stones, a million bones, a million holes within the chinking

    And painting rings around your eyes, these peppered holes
    So filled with crying
    A whisper-weight upon the tattered down where you and I
    Were lying.

    So tell me now, O tell me this: a river.s son, a forest.s daughter
    A willow wand, a will-o-wisp, our ghosts will wander all of the water

    W & M: So let.s married here today, these rushing waves to bear our witness
    And we will lie like river stones, rolling only where it takes us

    But I pulled you and I called you here
    (Didn.t I, didn.t I, didn.t I)
    And I caught you and I brought you here
    (Didn.t I, didn.t I, didn.t I)
    But these hazards of love
    Never more will trouble us