The Mermaid's Lament

by Jess Ward

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Anita Botman
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Anita Botman This album came as a very nice surprise. I was drawn to the lovely artwork and I wasn't disappointed by the music. On the contrary, this album is a gem. It's enchanting, but it has an edge to it. A one woman show that is a delight to listen to and keeps you interested every single second.
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Donna Scourfield Oh my.. what a mesmerising song.. so beautiful..My wedding song for sure Favorite track: Longing.
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released September 21, 2014

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Jess Ward Wales, UK

I come from Pembrokeshire in West Wales where I have been lucky to live all my life in a land of crashing waves, rugged cliffs, mirrored pools, twisting oaks, windswept thorn and peeping primrose.
After many years performing and creating with my guitar I have now found my dream instrument in the Celtic lever harp.
I play a Telor model, made at Telynau Teifi, The Harp Centre of Wales in Llandysul.
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Track Name: Ravenwing
Ravenwing, Ravenwing, soft on your face
Lights up your beauty in suffering grace
Calmly accepting you cast your eyes down
And I feel your pain as though it were my own

One step, two step, I will hold you
One step, two step, God see you through
One step, two step, here's what to do
One step, two step, just let me hold you

And I'm waltzing with you
And God will see us through
Waltzing with you
And God will see us through

Ravenwing, Ravenwing, falling so fair
On to the warm jewelled colours you wear
Glowing like rubies so fiery bold
Under your wing lovely flashes of gold

One step, two step, I will hold you
One step, two step, God see you through
One step, two step, here's what to do
One step, two step, just let me hold you

And I'm waltzing with you
And God will see us through
Waltzing with you
And God will see us through

Ravenwing, Ravenwing, poised now for flight
Into the rain and the dark of the night
With a heart that is sinking and sensing the end
Sudden, in sympathy I am your friend

And I'm waltzing with you
And God will see us through
Waltzing with you
And God will see us through
Track Name: 3 Leaves
What did you do to enchant me?
Did you take 3 leaves from the old oak tree?
Did you take 3 hairs from the billy goat?
3 drops of nectar from the humming bird's throat?

Lavender, culeb berries and cloves
Tied in the bag with buds of rose
Worn on the body and warmed on your skin
Until every woman is drawn in

Billy - O - Billy - O - Billy - O - Billy
Lie with me under the old oak tree

Did you draw a circle on the cottage floor?
Did you hang sweet thyme up over the door?
Did you cover the bed with the yellow primrose?
And prick your finger on the briar rose?

3 bright drops of your own red blood
3 white feathers from a turtle dove
Powdered patchouli in the mortar stone
Pounded together with a wishing bone

O - Billy - O - Billy - O - Billy
Lie with me under the old oak tree

3 green leaves from the acorn tree
You bound me up in love with thee
3 green leaves from the boughs above
You bound me up in the arms of love

Did you fashion my likeness in a puppet of wax?
Did you twine me to you with a length of flax?
Did you tie my hair in a plait of reeds?
And sprinkle me over with caraway seeds?

Oh, what did you do to enchant me?
All I can do is think on thee
What did you do to enchant me?
You took 3 leaves from the green oak tree

O - Billy - O - Billy - O - Billy - O - Billy
Lie with me under the old oak tree
O - Billy - O - Billy - O - Billy - O - Billy
Lie with me under the old oak tree
Track Name: The Mermaid's Lament
If you only knew
What I feel for you
And if you only knew
How I dream about you

Oh you cast your net too wide
And missed the treasure caught inside
Now I am caffled in the mesh
Amongst the seaweed and the fish
My hair is twisted in the rope
And now you leave me losing hope
I'm losing hope, I'm losing hope
I'm losing hope, I'm losing hope

While you make good with another love
One you never even told me of
We the fishes in the sea
None so completely caught as me

Everyone a little hooked
With here a word and there a look
With every step and every beat
You love to flirt you love to cheat

Then a rhythm now a touch
But none has loved you quite so much
Of all the fishes in the sea
No one has loved as deep, as deep as me

And you missed my beauty fair
The gleaming lustre of my hair
The shining fire in my eyes
The fleshy power of my thighs
The silk and supple of my skin
The flutter and the beat within
The warmth and moisture of my breath
The rising, falling of my breast

And how you broke the heart inside
Because you cast your net too wide
Now I am caffled in the mesh
Amongst the seaweed and the fish
My hair is twisted in the rope
And now you leave me losing hope
I'm losing hope, I'm losing hope
I'm losing hope, I'm losing hope

Busy with your earthly love
A soft and greyling feathered dove
Coo - cooing so gently at your breast
In the warm and cosy feathered nest

But take warning, pay me heed
For I could still a siren be
And still enchant you with my song
And make her see where you belong
How I could lure you to the depths
Where all the sunken souls obsess
But I have chosen not to speak
And I have chosen to be meek
And grant you another chance
As you take the final dance

But if you only knew
How I feel about you
And if you only knew
How I dream about you
Track Name: Heartbroken Man
There is a heartbroken man
Out sailing the weather
Doing all that he can
To keep it together
And it was always his plan
To love her and keep her
But he's sad and he's scared
That he'll lose her forever

He is a soft spoken man
And he never will shake her
Always holding his tongue
He does nothing to break her
Or make her come back
To the earth where she stands
All he can do
Is hold out his hands

He is a hardworking man
Out earning a living
And when he comes home
He just carries on giving
His love to the children
And his back to the work
His hope for some healing
And an end to the hurt
Of a heartbroken man
Doing all that he can

He is a longsuffering man
And he doesn't deserve it
And he can't understand
He can only observe it
And stand in dismay
As she loses her way
Waiting all night
For the words he can't say

And so the heartbroken man
Goes out sailing the river
Doing all that he can
To get through the bad weather
And he wants to believe
He could always forgive her
But he's sad and he's scared
That he'll lose her forever
Track Name: Over & Over
The heaving sea
Drowns over me
The lilting swell
Rocks me well

My body turns over and over
My body learns the green underwater
She cradles me, curled like a sleeper
She quenches me, cooling my fever
Nearly consumed, I am Venus' daughter
Ocean perfumed, I am washed in saltwater

See how I shine
Drenched, deep in divine
Flame is my keeper
Eros my teacher

My body turns over and over
My body burns, lost in my lover
He cradles me, curled like a sleeper
He quenches me, cooling my fever
My body turns, over and over
My body burns, lost in my lover
Track Name: Longing
This is where I am supposed to be
Here, where I'm with you and you're with me
How can such a wonderment be wrong?
When my heart knows you're the place where I belong
And my body knows the sound, the smell, the feel
And my mind knows the impossible is real
From the first look, my soul has recognised
The star-crossed answer, here, where eyes meet eyes

With palms upturned and waiting to be filled
My breathing sighs a rising to be stilled
Though you hear the breath, you never make the move
Are you waiting for me yet my love to prove?
Is it God or is it blood that stays my hand?
Though my ears roar with the screaming "Make a stand!"
And with all that's left undone, you drive away
And the night delivers me another day