Mythcreants

by Tricky Pixie

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Ready for some gypsy celtic folk rock for naughty punk faeries?

Mythcreants is the first studio music release from Tricky Pixie, a fey fusion of three well-loved, whimsical talents who fearlessly tread the boards and the twilight roads alike, using a wealth of instruments to guide themselves and their listeners along, including all manner of strings, voices, and drums.

Tricky Pixie is:
* S.J. Tucker - female lead vocals, guitars, djembe, bells, zills, chickies, giggles, and raccoons
* Alexander James Adams - male lead vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bodhran, doumbek, faerie bells, frogs, and reptiles
* Betsy Tinney - cello, djembe, backing vocals, cats and squeaks

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released 01 August 2009

Tracks 1, 4, 8, and 9 - words and music Copyright SeaFire productions, used by permission.
Track 2 - song and this recording Copyright S. J. Tucker and Betsy Tinney; all rights reserved.
Tracks 3, 5, 7, 11, and 12 - songs and/or arrangement and this recording Copyright S. J. Tucker; all rights reserved.
Tracks 6, 10, and 12 - songs and this recording Copyright Betsy Tinney; all rights reserved.

Tough Titty Cupcakes, Daughter of the Glade, Tam Lin, and Ballad of the Boy Cat tracked by Ginger Doss at Eagle Audio, Austin TX and by Alexander James Adams at PhantaSea Studios, Banks OR
All other songs tracked by Alexander James Adams at PhantaSea Studios, Banks OR
Preliminary mixes by Alexander James Adams at PhantaSea Studios, Banks OR
Final mixes by Ginger Doss, Eagle Audio On The Road
Mastered by Mark Yoshida, Audiographic Masterworks, Memphis TN
Album art by Matt Hawk, Great Scot Productions
Final design and layout by Kevin K' Wiley
Printing and replication by Audiographic Masterworks, Memphis TN

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Track Name: Alligator in the House
There's an alligator in the house
A toothy grin appears beneath my chair
A scaly tail goes sliding out of sight
Now it's gone - was it ever there?
Something odd has moved into the house
Reptilian tracks lead underneath our bed
And all the cats are tasty, fat, and scared
Though I doubt we've lost any yet

CHORUS
So what's the big deal? Doesn't everyone
Have an alligator somewhere, somehow?
And maybe this one has always been here,
But I never noticed it till now.

There's an alligator in the house
Just caught her napping in the living room
She was dozing on the velvet couch
And the cats were sleeping there too
There's an alligator in the house
No one seems to mind except for me
Well, at least she doesn't eat the cats
I suspect she'd rather eat me

There's an alligator in the pit
she is dancing wildly with the snakes
to win them over to her cause
she will do whatever it takes
They think I don't see their little smiles
as they plan a reptilian overthrow
but I hear them talking in my dreams
they will not be sad to see me go!

CHORUS

I've begun to worry 'bout my toes
The alligator seems to think they're nice
I've counted all of them a hundred times
But I never got the same answer twice

There's an alligator in my bed
she is not a master of disguise
just a pillow waiting for my head
soft and sweet and hungrily she lies

There's an alligator in the house
Today she joined me for a spot of tea
She helped herself to raspberries and cream
And she didn't leave any for me

Well I thought that I had seen it all
but this alligator proved me wrong
like a lady as she drank her tea
she sang to me this little song:

ALLIGATOR'S CHORUS:
"so what's the big deal, doesn't everyone
have an alligator somewhere somehow?
I know you'd miss me if I went away
though you never noticed until now!"

CHORUS
Track Name: Taglio!
Lithe-limbed boys with secrets in your eyes
come and dance where you'll be understood
Dancing maid, leave your golden ball
forgotten in the dark of the wood!
Moon and moor and fire and fen
we hunt in the night for a song,
black hooves flashing as the flames fly high-
you will know us well by the dawn.
If you dare try the tune sing along!

CHORUS
Wiry gypsy boy, take my hand
and you'll not be found come mornin'.
Sham to splendor and back again
where the boot black hooves are shinin'.
Once and again 'round the leaping fire,
there's a secret some folk know:
offer sweet mutton and not your hand--
better hope that you're dancing with Taglio!
Better pray the Gaselli is Taglio

Do we kiss like poets imagine they do
'twixt the arms of the dusk and the dawn?
By the green you shall know us
and the boot-black hooves
whirling 'round with your heart in pavane.
We are drawn to your leaping fire
and you feast your mind on our song.
Bright eyes flash in the leaping light,
e'er the rising of the sun we are gone.
One or two of your number come along!

CHORUS
Wiry gypsy boy, take my hand
and you'll not be found come mornin'.
Sham to splendor and back again
where the boot black hooves are shinin'.
Once and again 'round the leaping fire,
there's a secret some folk know:
offer sweet mutton and not your arm,
better hope that you're dancing with Taglio!
Better pray the Gaselli is Taglio!

Last night, Alec drummed like a demon fell-
with the light, he is nowhere to be found
The lass in green who caught our Alec's eye
must've whisked him away without a sound!
Where young Bess danced like a fairy faun
not a trace, and you fear she is dead!
Bold Gaselli wear the green just so
and we'll dance you right out of your head,
and leave behind not a sole drop of red!

Bringers of grace and tenders of fire,
we dance to the beat of your drum.
Fret ye not about the boot-black hooves
in the corner of your eye, nay, it must've been the rum!
Just as well not to think of the feast that's to come-
saving poor Taglio, with a hunger we come!

CHORUS
Wiry gypsy boy, take my hand
and you'll not be found come mornin'.
Sham to splendor and back again
where the boot black hooves are shinin'.
Once and again 'round the leaping fire,
there's a secret some folk know:
offer sweet mutton and not your hand--
better hope that you're dancing with Taglio!
Better pray the Gaselli is Taglio
Better hope that his name is Taglio!
Track Name: Creature of the Wood
I Am A Creature Of The Wood,
Forsaken In My Solitude
My Song Is Pleasure And Is Pain,
My Song Can Drive A Man Insane
So Come With Me, My Pipes I'll Play,
And We Will Dance 'Till Break Of Day
I Shall Be Thy Lover

I've Been Alive Since Time Began,
Not Beast, Not God, And Yet Not Man
I Am The Music And The Dance,
I Am The Piper Who Enchants
So Loose All Ties To Mortal Kind,
My Pipes Shall Play Within Thy Mind
I Shall Be Thy Lover

Come Unto Me My Beauteous Maid,
I'll Lead Thee To The Hidden Glade
Thou Shalt Be Happy And Be Free,
When I Play, Thou Wilt Dance For Me
We'll Feast On Fruit Fresh From The Vine,
And I Will Sample The Fruit Of Thine
I Shall Be Thy Lover

Sweet Love I'll Make For Thee Alone,
And Show Thee Sights Before Unknown
I'll Be Thy Master And Thy Friend,
For I'm The Gold At Rainbow's End
I Am The Beast Within All Men,
I Am The Rhyme Past Mortal Ken
I Shall Be Thy Lover

BRIDGE:
I've Played My Pipes Before Man's Dawn,
Seen Maidens Ripe, Turn Pale And Wan
Taught Man The Art Of Song And Dance,
Yet Had To Part From Mortal Clans
I Must Return To Silent Dells,
No Fire Burns, And Nature Dwells
So Take Thy Rest Within The Shade,
And As The Evening Hours Fade
I'll Take Thee Deeper In The Glade,
My Cloven Hooves Through Heather Wade
I'll Teach Thee Things Man Has Forbade,
Our Souls Entwined And Unafraid
I Shall Be Thy Lover

I Am A Creature Of The Wood,
Forsaken In My Solitude
My Song Is Pleasure And Is Pain,
My Song Can Drive A Man Insane
So Come With Me, My Pipes I'll Play,
And We Will Dance 'Till Break Of Day
I Shall Be Thy Lover
Track Name: Daughter of the Glade
I am a daughter of the glade
never tamed to mortal ken.
goat feet and striking yellow gaze
the sultry voice of the summer maze
I am the beast beneath fair skin
with but a song your love I'll win

As you would a satyr when he roams,
Beware the faun who hunts alone,
a prowling spirit on her own
all spice and fire to the bone!
a thirsty chalice for thy blade!
Come now, to the daughter of the glade!

In Song and Storm I came to life
By Hoof and Horn I came to be
I need no pipes to cast my spell
I am the tale no heroes tell!
hie to the woods, boy, you'll be glad you stayed.
Come now to the daughter of the glade!

Satyr, when thy mortal lovers fade,
I will take you, unafraid!
and here's your perfect chance to try
a lover bold and as sweet as I--
Dark and warm as winter wine!
You've never tasted fruits as fine!

I see you waste your golden song
on mortal maidens, dusk to dawn
Those virgin girls will ne'er be true
come taste a love as wild as you!
You'll meet your match when you meet my eyes!
but I'll allow you your surprise.

I am a daughter of the glade,
and I will make no man a wife!
By Hoof and Horn I came to be;
in Song and Storm I came to life!
Leave off thy chase! Thy prize is here!
and she will love you without fear!

I am a daughter of the glade
never tamed to mortal ken.
goat feet and striking yellow gaze
the sultry voice of the summer maze
I am the beast beneath fair skin
My song is done.
Thy love I've won.
Track Name: Tough Titty Cupcakes
Well I'm not really bad, I'm just drawn that way
and I didn't ask to look like a bandit
Just a single mother, got to feed my babes
And I've done pretty well, I've just got to hand it
to me…

Livin' on trash and berries and such
and the folks in the big house, they put out so much
food for their precious kitty cats
that me and my babes, we could get chubby
on that…

From my sneaky bandit face
to my hot bushy tail
I'm tough mean and crafty
Sharp of tooth and nail
Don't mess with me
Keep yer kitties outa sight
Cuz I'm lurkin' by day
And I rule the night

There's no wrong or right in what I do -
just protectin' my kids and findin' food
Get out o’ the hen house if you can't take the heat
Can I help it if your chickies are so tender n sweet?

Well that's what you get for livin' out in the boonies --
Gotta deal with a bunch of us no good raccoons!

I ain't got much but I do pretty well
Got m brains an my looks an my sense of smell
I'm just try'n'ta survive on a day to day
I'm not bad
I'm just drawn that way
Track Name: Carousel
you were the ink in my eyes black with blasphemy
from the night before
the sweet sacrifice that you offered was bitter
dark chocolate, savored it down to my core
where I smolder
no wonder
I am frozen today
The carousel runs on, and I hum along
Hum the morning away

Go on and tango the Gorgon to bed, my dear
best be prepared to get all that you bargained for
and when the curtain comes down
these decisions must be made
On the day that the carnival heads out of town
leaving no trace, just a music box melody running down
would you caravan at my side, my love, will you ride?

See how we smolder
no wonder
I am frozen today
The carousel runs on
and I sing along,
dance the morning away, hey

oh, don't trust the sideshow serpentina
shadows run fierce when the curtain comes down
but no fiercer than those you may find
looking into these eyes
Look into my eyes.

Oh, you were the truth of my running mascara
the moment my mask was no more
I offered me up sweet and bitter,
suspecting you'd courage to savor me down to my core
where I smolder
no wonder I am frozen today
the midway is breaking down
do I let this miracle stay, or do I cast it away
No wonder I am freezing, bleeding today
with the carnival I will leave town
like the melody running down
but darling for now
let the carousel play
running away

They will all say
don't trust the sideshow serpentina
shadows grow long when the curtain comes down
but no longer like those you may find
gazing into these eyes
Look into my eyes.
Track Name: Mushroom Song
Sleep of the Earth of the land of Faerie
Deep is the lore of Cnuic na Sidhe
Hail be to they of the Forest Gentry
Pale, dark spirits, help us free
White is the dust of the state of dreaming
Light is the mixture to make one still
Dark is the powder of Death's redeeming
Mark but that one pinch can kill

Sleep
Poison in your dreams
Some will not awake
Nothing's as it seems
Iron bonds will break
Hearts will be set free
Wrongs will be made right
Sleep and death will be
Justice in the night
Sleep will be
Justice in the night
Death will be
Justice in the night
Track Name: Water's in the Hold
Hear the rain fallin' from the mizzen mast
Feel the pain, knowin' that you cannot last
It's the song of siren screamin' in your head
(it's in your head boy)
Not too long and lad, you're gonna end up dead!

CHORUS:
So drive it through the water
A few feet more, you got her!
Just ram into the rock
And then feel it pitch and shock
'til your blood is pumping cold
Laddie, then there's water
Water's in the hold!

Touch of bubbles on your salted skin
(your salted skin, ah)
No more troubles as you drift on in
(drift on in, hey)
Breath is leaving, you don't need that air
(don't need that air, no)
Death ain't grievin' and she just don't care!

Hold her close, hold her fast
Make this dark and wet night last
Water's in the hold!

Wrapped in ocean, you belong to she
(you belong to me now)
Trapped in motion now, you can't get free
(don't you go nowhere)
In her grips it seems you have to stay
(stay right there, ah)
Kiss her lips 'cause lad, it's best that way!
Track Name: Dryad's Promise
The ghost of a dryad haunts an old wooden schooner
She clings to the mainmast like mist in the trees
Mourning his death after so many years
She weaves her grief into the breeze

Singing
Blow, you ocean wind, blow
Blow this ship back to the forested shore
For these foamy green hills are but saltwater desert
And I yearn to see woodland once more

And sometimes at full moon, the sailors can see her
Her misty grey figure glides silently past
But when the storms howl, you can hear her heart weeping
And see her blue glow round the mast

Crying
Blow, you ocean storm, blow
Blow this ship back to the forested shore
For your wet whipping winds bring no life to my lost love
And I yearn to see woodland once more

Warm summer breezes remind Pitys’ daughter
Of seasons and cent-u-ries spent merged with her pine
When sap of his heartwood ran warm with her laughter
Her voice in his branches entwined

Whispering
Grow, sweet conifer, grow
Reach for the sun, leave the green earth behind
For whatever happens, my tallest of princes
I never shall leave my white pine.

On the deck of the schooner, surrounded by ocean
The towering mast stands, so lifeless yet strong
And the ghost of the dryad, cool shade in his shadow
Renews her promise alone

Singing
Blow, you summer breeze, blow
You help me remember why I stay behind
Though alone and adrift on this great leafless ocean
I still cannot leave my white pine --
No, I never will leave my white pine.
Track Name: Tam Lin
refrain:
I forbid ye maidens all
who let fly your lovely hair
to go down to Carterhaugh
for young Tam Lin is there

Janet tied her kirtle green
above her knee and not below
and she's gone to carterhaugh
just as fast as she can go

She's come to the roses growing wild
she's pulled a single one
when a wild young man appears
and cries 'O, lady, let alone!

'How dare you pull my roses out,
How dare you break my tree
How dare you run in these green woods
Without asking leave of me?'

Says Janet fair 'this wood's my own
My father gave it me
And I can pluck myself a rose
Without asking leave of thee.'

Bold as brass, he takes her hand
and color rises to her skin
She looks the young man in the eye
and knows him now for young Tam Lin.

**refrain**

Janet holds her petticoats
well above her dirty knee
and she's gone to her father's hall
just as fast as she can hie.

All the ladies of the court
at their play turn red as rose
except for Janet, fainting fast,
green as growing grass she goes

Out then speaks her father dear,
doting, caring, meek and mild.
'Janet, darling daughter mine,
I fear you go with child.'

'Father, if I be with child,
be sure myself shall bear the blame.
There's not a knight within your hall
shall get the baby's name.
Father, if I be with child,
'twill prove a wondrous birth
for well I swear it's not the get
of any mortal man on earth.'

**refrain**

Janet's tied her kirtle green
When near nine months are gone
And she's away to Carterhaugh,
To speak with young Tam Lin.

But young Tam Lin will not be found
and Janet's in despair
to the forest floor she falls
and swift her lover catches her

Janet asks 'Tam Lin, my love,
why is it in these woods you hide?'
'The queen of faeries stole me hence,
alas, when I was but a child.

'My lordly sire was a skillful man
and hunting he loved well
but I was prey for the faerie Queen
when from my horse I fell.

'Ever since, in yon green hill,
with the Queen I'm bound to dwell
I'd never tire of living there
for Faerie does me well

'But at the end of seven years,
the queen doth pay a tithe to hell
I am so fair and full of flesh,
I fear 'twill be myself.'

**refrain**

Tonight's the night of Halloween,
and the fairy court will ride;
And she that would her true love win
at Miles Cross must bide.

'But how shall I thee ken, Tam-lin?
Or how shall I thee know?
Amang a troupe of faerie knights,
The like I never saw?'

'First let pass the horses black
then let pass the brown
Run ye to the milk white steed
and pull that rider down.

'They will change me in your arms
into a deadly adder
but hold me fast and fear me not
I am the baby's father

'They will change me in your arms
into a bear or lion bold
but hold me fast and fear me not
I am the father of your child

'At last they'll change me in your arms
into a naked knight.
Then cast your mantle over me
and keep me out of sight.'

**refrain**

Gloomy, gloomy, was the night,
And eery was the way,
As Janet in her mantle green
To Miles Cross did hie.

The heavens dressed in baleful black
and all was silent as the grave,
But Janet waited in the dark
Her own true love to save.

Betwixt the hour of twelve and one,
the north wind blew and tore and rent
she heard the elfin bridles ring
upon the wind where e'er it went

Janet stood, with mind unmoved,
The gloomy heath upon,
And louder, louder rang the bells,
As the fairy court came riding on.

And first rode by the night black steeds
and then went by the brown;
then up she ran to the charger pale
and pulled her lover down.

They changed him in her arms to all
the beasts and flames and hateful things,
but she did all that her lover bade
and young Tam Lin she won.

Up then spoke the Faery Queen
An angry queen was she.
'Woe betide the wretch who's ta'en
the best knight of Our company.

'Had I but known, Tam-Lin, she said
What defeat this night I'd see
I'd've stolen both thine eyes
and changed thee fast into a tree.

'Had I but known, Tam-lin, she said
before we left this night to roam,
I'd've et thy heart of flesh
and left thee with a heart of stone!'

**refrain**

Janet tied her kirtle green
above her knee and not below
and she's off to Carterhaugh
as fast as love can go.
Track Name: Ballad of the Boy Cat
Our boy kitty Callan is overly male
He howls and he struts and he calls
Testosterone poisoning has turned off his brain
So now he just thinks with his balls.

Oh yow, ow, row-row-ow ow
Hey baby, come here and I’ll jump you
If it moves then I’ll screw it
There’s just nothin’ to it
If it don’t move, it’s easier still

Poor Callan’s so desperate for someone to love
That he doesn’t care much about gender
As long as it’s feline, he gives it a try
And implores them with words strong and tender:

Oh yow, ow, ow-row-row ow
Hey buddy, you mind if I jump you?
If it moves then I’ll screw it
There’s just nothin’ to it
If it don’t move, it’s easier still

Now Callan’s quit eating, his mind is on sex
He’s singing love songs to the sofa
Stuffed animals cringe when he enters the room
And he calls to them over and over:

Oh yow, ow, ow-row-row ow
Hey Teddy, stay put and I’ll jump you
If it moves then I’ll screw it
There’s just nothin’ to it
If it don’t move, it’s easier still

When a girl comes to visit, he turns on the charm
And he woos her with bravado and song
Then his hormones kick in and he jumps on her neck
Like a caveman he drags her along

Oh yow, row, ow-ow-row row
He sings with his mouth full of girl fur
Hey babe, just you wait
This is gonna be great
Don’t blink or you’ll miss the big moment --