Rune Songs Volume 1

by Cathy McManamon

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    The first 12 of the 24 total songs written for the Rune Songs project. Four-panel full color jacket with artwork by Rebecca McManamon. Pre-orders of the physical CD include shipping and a free download code for the digital album.

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1.
When the evening comes and the stillness settles I think about my day I am alive, I'm breathing freely And I've got this music to play The food on my table, the family I'm born to And many dear ones I choose This shelter protects me, this land that I live on Too much treasure to lose And as I close my eyes I breathe a thankful sigh... For abundant blessings, abundant blessings Abundant blessings to share, to share with you Don't get me wrong, 'cause a few more dollars Would make life easier still But the wolf of deceit and the snake of destruction Are not worth paying that bill The gold in the earth and the pow'r over other Simply isn't my thing So don't try to tempt me, I won't play that game I am immune to your precious ring And as I close my eyes I breathe a thankful sigh... For abundant blessings, abundant blessings Abundant blessings to share, to share with you May the Golden Twins Continue blessing me and all that I see Pull up a chair, you are welcome here To share some cakes and mead And abundant blessings, abundant blessings Abundant blessings, abundant blessings I've got abundant blessings to share, to share with you.
2.
02:30
In the prehistoric forest Tracking the wisent 'cross the land My spear in hand This rite of initiation The horn-ed beast I hunt alone Courage in my blood and bone Ancestors from of old come join me in the quest Wisdom waits for victory -- aurochs is my test From the chaos of creation Comes the fierce fighter stamping through the moor May my valor yet endure I will not come through this fight unchanged Hostile force of nature must be tamed And I shall be renamed I shall take your mighty horns, a hero manifest Lined in silver and drink to aurochs as my test This shall not be A time of rest for me In the prehistoric forest Tracking the wisent 'cross the land My spear in hand...
3.
I was once but a foolish mortal I walked the ways of innocence and truth I fought all my fears from withing Which served me well for the challenge of youth But now as I walk through the briars of life Picking my way through the sharpest thorns The giants awake and they're coming for us But they don't know a fighter's been born Thor, heed my call... I ride on the winds with Kari Burn with the elemental fire of Loge Rise from the deep with fury of Ran And I stand with all the strength of Ymir's bones They might throw their walls in my way They might call down a mighty storm They cannot ken what I will become When their chaos causes me to transform Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned Who will stand and fight to the death to protect Her Midgard home and all that is dear I am not alone and they don't suspect Thor heeds my call I ride on the winds with Kari Burn with the elemental fire of Loge Rise from the deep with fury of Ran And I stand with all the strength of Ymir I ride on the winds with Kari Burn with the elemental fire of Loge Rise from the deep with fury of Ran And I stand with all the strength of Ymir I ride on the winds with Kari Burn with the elemental fire of Loge Rise from the deep with fury of Ran And I stand with all the strength of Ymir's bones.
4.
02:59
The word, the spell, the chant, the prayer, the breath... The word, the spell, the chant, the prayer, the breath... All-Father, I am listening For whispered secrets on the wind I search for wisdom and good counsel Knock at my door, I will let you in The word, the spell, the chant, the prayer, the breath... The word, the spell, the chant, the prayer, the breath... Let us share the mead of poetry And know the lore of every rune Teach us the seidr-magic willingly As the vardlokkar sings out the sacred tune The word, the spell, the chant, the prayer, the breath... The word, the spell, the chant, the prayer, the breath... May wise words flow freely from my mouth May inspiration fill the air May blessings flow from the mighty source We hear with hope songs already there The word, the spell, the chant, the prayer, the breath... The word, the spell, the chant, the prayer, the breath... The word, the spell, the chant, the prayer, the breath... The word, the spell, the chant, the prayer, the breath...
5.
03:35
A swift black horse pounds the flagstone path Astride I ride toward adventure I'll not stay safe behind the halls of home When out there lies all my future Some may choose to stay near a hearth well kept I do not deny them their safety I was not born for a simple life The road calls my blood; I answer bravely A swift black horse pounds the flagstone path Astride I ride toward adventure I'll not stay safe behind the halls of home When out there lies all my future Shiny Mane lights my way by day Mane of Frost will guide my night I journey far, living by my wits Rewarded in knowing I chose right A swift black horse pounds the flagstone path Astride I ride toward adventure I'll not stay safe behind the halls of home When out there lies all my future Many the faces well met on the way Some I've sadly left behind I cannot stay, this momentum drives me Onward to see what I can find A swift black horse pounds the flagstone path Astride I ride toward adventure I'll not stay safe behind the halls of home When out there lies all my future The rhythm of life with a dancer's grace I strive to stay in control I care not where I arrive at the end 'Tis the journey that makes me whole A swift black horse pounds the flagstone path Astride I ride toward adventure I'll not stay safe behind the halls of home When out there lies all my future A swift black horse pounds the flagstone path Astride I ride toward adventure I'll not stay safe behind the halls of home When out there lies all my future
6.
03:16
The torch, it brings us illumination Dancing flames are the heat of life Sacrifice for the forge and forming All creation is bathed in light Bonfires burn in the sacred woodland Fun'ral pyres 'cross the water glide Lovers join in their passion blinding All creation is bathed in light Candles burning Come, the initiated Feel your will to Shape all that is created
7.
04:15
You took a chance and asked me to dance And the spark of our new life was lighted Then you gave me your name, to the world we proclaimed That our journey was one and the same I played a song and you played along Discovering harmony's sweetness We took to the road and our stories we told Now neither of us need walk alone The gifts that we give keep spinning the web So be generous, trusting, and don't be misled There's honor well found in exchange of ourselves Sharing our gifts is a sacred call We reached out our hands, perhaps more than we planned And discovered that we both dance in darkness But we balance with light every day as we fight And we give back some hope and a perfect trust The earth gives us life, and life gives us love And so many gifts rain down from above To have and to hold, more precious than gold We repay all the gods when we give away The gifts that we give keep spinning the web So be generous, trusting, and don't be misled There's honor well found in exchange of ourselves Sharing our gifts is a sacred call The gifts that we give keep spinning the web So be generous, trusting, and don't be misled There's honor well found in exchange of ourselves Sharing our gifts is a sacred call
8.
03:18
Kickin' and screamin' ain't no way to live Gotta learn to forget, gotta learn to forgive Moving along, letting go of the past Smelling the roses, 'cause they don't last Reduce and recycle, give stuff away Wake up each morning ready to play I want to tell you this I found my bliss I found it high in the mountains And deep in the sea And in the arms of a loved one surrounding me Weighed down with worry is not really wise Sometimes the joy is right there in disguise If you open your eyes and look in the cracks You'll find all the Multiverse giving back So don't be afraid and just let yourself go It's the most wonderful feeling you'll ever know I want to tell you this I found my bliss I found it down by the seashore And up in the trees And in the eyes of a child making faces at me All things in balance, then we have enough To share with our neighbors when things get tough Some hugs and some healing and maybe a song We'll toast 'round the campfire when evenings get long Find the beauty in humans, love with no strings With whomever you choose - it's not about rings I want to tell you this I found my bliss In the stillness of moonlight And the buzzing of bees Down by the seashore And up in the trees High in the mountains And deep in the sea And in the arms of my family surrounding me
9.
04:08
This is not the life I expected This is not where I thought I'd be Disruption, delay, unforeseen the frustration Misfortune twisting my life's concentration Shelter eludes me but I must get out of this storm This is not the harvest I planted This is not the crop that I sowed Hailstones have blighted the farm and the field Lifeless they lay, they have nothing to yield How can I go on with my sustenance taken away? This is not my magic I'm feeling This is not the power I know All of my shields have been battered away The night is so dark I cannot find the day How can I live when there is no more music to play? This is not the end of the cycle This is not the cut of my cord My tears will flow and melt hailstones to water I call on the Disir to guard well their daughter The matrix regenerates all that I am and will be The matrix regenerates all that I am and will be The matrix regenerates all that I am and will be
10.
What is my challenge today? What must I get out of my way? What can I help and what can I heal? Remember to listen to things that I feel Need to create, need to explore Need to feel deeply, yet want something more Believe in my worth right down to my core And know what my life is for It's a karmic challenge... Friction will lead to the fire Dancing my way to desire This need will bring healing to my careworn sould Patience picking out knots with perfect control Need to be free, need to be fine Need to know I have plenty of time Know I'm not always the last one in line And its okay for my light to shine Need to breathe fresh air, need to have dreams Know I'm not alone in the things I have seen Need to soar among stars and swim in the sea Feel it all connect in me It's a karmic challenge to heal your soul And what it takes only you can know...
11.
02:09
Green and growing, living Blanketed beneath snow Waiting, wanting, watching For springtime's warming glow Ice will turn to water Sacred source, earth's lifeblood Flow again to free the life here.
12.
04:37
The winter was harsh And the snow blocked the sun But the ice fin'lly melted away So the rivers could run The springtime was slow And the frost lingered long But the sun slowly warmed the soil New life started to grow The summer was warm As we toiled in the fields So carefully tending the land Looking forward to its yield And the harvest is plenty And the baskets are full Time to bring in the bounty For the Earth shares her gifts with us all The Earth is alive And she knows all you need You can reap all the good she can give But you must plant the seed So tend to the dreams that you sow And feed them with love They flower in your tender care And the rain and the snow from above For the harvest is plenty And the baskets are full Time to bring in the bounty For the Earth shares her gifts with us all And the harvest is plenty And the baskets are full Time to bring in the bounty For the Earth shares her gifts with us all

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released February 1, 2019

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Cathy McManamon Chicago, Illinois

Cathy is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/drummer in Chicago.

She occasionally performs solo, but more often in the Pegasus Award-winning trio Random Fractions (with Jason Neerenberg and Daniel Gunderson), and she is the drummer for the filk rock band Toyboat.

Cathy also facilitates monthly public drum/rhythm jam circles as an Artist in Residence at Life Force Arts Center in Chicago.
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