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The Web We Weave

by Cathy McManamon

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1.
Family of blood, family of love Family of blood, family of love Family of birth Family of truth Family line Family life Family honor Family vow Family then Family now Family of blood, family of love Family of blood, family of love Family of destiny Family of chance Family of hearth Family of heart Family of spirit Family of path Family of present Family of past Family of blood, family of love Family of blood, family of love (spoken) Whether we are a family by birth Or a family by choice We are bound by our hearth and by our hearts By bonds stronger than iron We are a family of love... Family of blood, family of love Family of blood, family of love It's a family of love
2.
This Is Home 04:56
Your grains of sand have been my bed Your rocks have heard me cry Songs of gulls on the wind Echoing my sighs Refuge from the bitter days Solace in the night Came of age and found my way In your mystic water's sight The vast golden plains Don't feel like home to me And winter snows strip the leaves From trees that should be green The nights get so cold And the rain smells strange I'm itching to run It's time for a change, oh... Wrap me tightly in your healing, soothing arms Rock me gently in your waves Take me back to the child I used to be 'Cause this is home, this is me Now you know From where I came You've walked the shore That still calls my name The sun has set On many old decisions But the moon will rise when I return And fill me with new visions...
3.
Heartstrings 04:03
My memory is uncertain Calling up the moment we first met Like peering through a curtain So long on the outside looking in- To a secret place A hallowed hall where music fills the air Where promises are real And bound by the heartstrings that we feel I was hesitating To step into the shoes laid out for me Still anticipating A faerie glamor filled with tricks to Lead me far away from home And leave me hollow, but you proved me wrong Your promises were real And bound by the heartstrings that we feel Stepping boldly forward On the path that I can now see clear Moving ever onward Intertwining trails that teach us Things that we must say in songs Of wisdom learned and places we call home Where promises are real We're bound by the heartstrings that we feel
4.
Lady of the Hearth, Lady of the Flame Hear us as we call our dreams by name Lady of the Forge, Lady of the Fire Help us manifest our heart's desire (echo) Lady of the Hearth, Lady of the Flame Hear us as we call our dreams by name Lady of the Forge, Lady of the Flame Hear us as we call your name Lady of the Hearth Lady of the Flame Lady of the Forge Lady of the Fire Brigid, hear our call Brighd be welcome here Brigid, hear our cry Welcome, Brighd!
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(instrumental)
6.
Roots down deep, roots down deep Roots down deep, roots down deep. Seed is buried and after sleep Sends its roots down, roots down deep. Earth, Air, Water, Sun so bright Green Bloods grow up toward the sky. Green and Red Bloods gather here Ancient ties we do revere. One Earth family now to become Green and Red Bloods live as one.
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(instrumental)

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These songs were written with the idea of family and community, by whatever definition suits you to describe those ideas. This EP was funded through the generosity of my Patreon supporters.

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released March 5, 2021

All songs written and arranged by Cathy McManamon.
Music seed for "This Is Home" from Jason Neerenberg.
Cover photo by C. McManamon from Herrick Lake Forest Preserve.
Album art layout by Rebecca McManamon.

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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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