a halloween love song

bring my billy home she cried
don’t take my love from me
and though i heard her plaintive cry
still was i lost at sea

a sennight since the storm blew up
and dragged us to our grave
my spirit stands outwith her door
and begs my love be brave

you will not see my eyes of blue
nor yet my golden hair
they were lost beneath the waves
to Davy Jones’s care

you will not feel my gentle hand
or taste my lover’s kiss
for i am done with all such things
that once gave me such bliss

but when the wind blows high and hard
then will i come to thee
to bring you to a couch beside
the one reserved for me

and we shall rest forever more
where mankind’s eyes are blind
and there we’ll take such comfort as
our corpses yet may find



lay me down and call me mother
wake me up when i am dead
pull the other one my darling
watch me turn a crimson red
it is time that we were leaving
for the halls and hearths of home
seldom have we been so lordly
since we walked the streets of rome
but of course i know your secrets
i wrote the book on how to scry
in the course of but one moment
how could we see eye to eye
let me hold your furry paw dear
in the rues of old bordeaux
where the nights of sweet debauchery
are all we need or want to know
i will never be so lonesome
as that time before we met
curses on that passing moment
that brings with it regret
life is hard for those who need it
harder still for those that pray
cordons drawn around the crypt are
where i think we’re meant to stay
shallow breaths are taken slowly
our hearts lie on the plate
i would sing to you of customs
that were old before this date
seperate but still together
all the while i hold you tight
put your favourite verb here darling
and we’ll do it every night

billy dog

billy dog came to me from the mountain
claimed that he knew all there was to know
swore he’d fought in three world wars and counting
told me that he’d never let me go

but i am not so young and i have magic
curses flow from me like sweet plum wine
and many is the man who tried to claim me
i may be his but he would not be mine

and in the gardens there there grew a willow
weeping for the ones who’d gone before
those who gave their names and all their honour
lost in some forgotten nameless war

but billy dog did not seek competition
so chased the ghosts away into the dark
burnt on them a sigil of perdition
said that i would wear a matching mark

i have no fears left this much i told him
for i know fate though he does not know me
i’ve ridden with the devil on the dark hunt
and death would only set my spirit free

so do your worst or leave me to my vices
let silence fall again upon this land
there’s nothing you can do to make me love you
and i will never gentle ‘neath your hand


Brangwyn sang the pretty songs
the ones I wrote for her alone
for every verse of mine she sang
she’d sing another of her own

she sang of love and of desire
sang of beauty ‘neath the skin
of how one kept the other out
and how one let the lover in

Brangwyn sang with all her might
and how I loved to hear the sound
but Brangwyn left me not by choice
to sleep forever in the ground

Brangwyn sang the pretty songs
and I would sing in harmony
now my voice is cracked and broken
who will sing my songs with me


a wondrous kind of beauty, she
would lounge around in front of me
and whisper words of love and life
and how someday she’d be my wife
oh how her beauty caught my eye
I watched her as the days flew by
and silly as it sometimes seems
I bought into her pretty dreams
but in the end just as I feared
she broke my heart and disappeared

love story

I loved him when the sun stood high
and when the moon was in the sky
I loved him with a love so true
I cannot speak its depth to you
I loved him when he held me tight
he was my heart and my delight
I loved him with a passion’s flame
oh you would have done just the same
I loved him more with every breath
and swore I’d love him ’til my death
I loved him so the stories say
but that was on another day


shadows take us haunting when the moon is in your eyes
and sad and sallow creatures beguile us with their lies
who would take a summer’s night and hold it in their hand
would find the weird and wonderful lie far beyond command

and summer love is you and I and all the myriad here
dressed in dark disguises and caparisoned with fear
we feel the night time flowing though we have no hope to hold
our souls have been discarded and our futures have been sold

but come with me my pretty one and rest your weary bones
upon a bed of marble a pillow made of stones
we’ll play no more as dilettantes the time for that has gone
the world welcomes disaster though our memory lingers on


I couldn’t be what you wanted of me
I couldn’t follow the thread
all I could do was trail after you
and pretend to myself I was dead

there were times I would rail and my cornering fail
as I danced to the music you played
and each little flaw was a foot in the door
another false step I had made

yet what is a man if he has not a plan
and what good is love to a jerk
when everything’s lost at too high a cost
and nothing he tries seems to work

lord you could ask or take me to task
why did I let it begin
when each little word never meant to be heard
would scratch like a nail on my skin

so here I will stay as my life slides away
and all that is left is my pain
and though I cry out there can be no doubt
I would do it all over again

big bang

I could grieve alone forever at the parting of our ways
or lift you up to heaven on a tide of fulsome praise
I could turn the world around you to keep you in the light
and all I ask is just one kiss to see me through this night

I could share with you the secrets that are buried in my past
tear the shackles from you to set you free at last
love you ’til the sun burns out and the universe has gone
and then kickstart another so my love for you lives on


the customary marks I leave upon your tortured brow
and curl your pretty ringlets but it’s not enough somehow
I’ll turn you inside out I think, and play upon your fears
then just in time to say goodbye I’ll brush away your tears

I’m sure you are a messenger from heaven up above
a living testimonial, an avatar of love
if nothing else you transcend all the limits that I knew
how can it be I lived so long before I first met you

the days and nights we spend apart seem to deplete my soul
only when I’m touching you do I feel in control
the sacrifices that I made to bring us to this place
are written in the suffering so plain upon your face

when everybody feels as I the world will be complete
and I will lay me down to sing hosannas at your feet
until that day arrives though I have little choice but wait
and play upon your foolish fears and hope I’m not too late