Tales of night and fires

by Edlynn

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A bunch of folk-pop songs with acoustic arrangements and some celtic influences, interpreted by a deep, soulful contralto voice.

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released 23 May 2013

All songs written by Edlynn (Francesca Cappelli) and arranged by Brotherhood (Iselin Bo, Damiano Bondi, Francesca Cappelli, Alessandro Ricci, Sergio Serges)

Edlynn: voice; additional guitar in Take me away; keyboards in Fire and Song
Alessandro Ricci: guitars
Damiano Bondi: keyboards; accordion
Iselin Bo: cello
Sergio Serges: percussions
Sandro Crippa: synth harp in Fire and Song
Giulia Focardi: soprano in Fire and Song
Ilaria Cariddi, Federica Caso, Valentina Galvini: voices in The first tale

Recorded at Azioni Musicali - Loppiano
Recording and mixing: Sandro Crippa
Mastering: Emanuele Chirco
Cover art: Igor Biddau (graphic), Giulio Bonatti (drawing), Giulia Basile (photo)

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Track Name: Entwined
Come here close, the night is cold
I swear I won’t hurt you, no weapon I hold
Come here closer, there’s nothing to fear
I’m scared of the distance, come and sit here
There’s nothing I want more than talking to you
Believing your words, believing in you
You see I’m here, nothing more than what you see
and I want to know you, and let you know me…
For when they say “don’t give your trust”
I feel it like a loss
And if I did, I did not trust I couldn’t recognize myself…

No reason, no good advice
can hold me back: now stop all these lies
No shield I need: I'm here, I'm here, I am what you see
Come, stay if you want
I’ll even take hurt
It’s better, it’s better than an empty world

Come here close, this train running slow
has a long way to go, I’ll tell you what I know
Come here and touch me, let me hear your voice
Just turn into order this world full of noise
Don’t lie ‘cause I’m helpless, don’t run and don’t scream
Just give me a chance and I’ll tell you my dream
I know how we’re made, we hurt and we run
But believe me, it’s better bleeding than alone…

No reason, no good advice
can hold me back: now stop all these lies
No shield I need: I'm here, I'm here, I am what you see
Come, stay if you want
I’ll even take hurt
It’s better, it’s better than an empty world

Closer, closer, just come closer, let me see you, hear you, feel you
Closer, closer, no more silence, no more cold, let me hold, let me hold you

Come, stay if you want
I’ll even take hurt
It’s better, it’s better than an empty world
Track Name: In our garden
In our garden there’s a monster,
and he’s waiting in the well
take your book, now, turn the pages
hold my hand and find the spell
In our garden there’s a passage
where the two trees join their arms
if a world alone is small
if a world is not enough
we know what to do

In our garden there’s a secret
we’re the ones who made it be
yet we long to know the answer
would you find the truth with me?
In our garden there is magic
is it dark or is it white?
It is dark but we are strong
it is white, and it is ours
we know what to do

In the twilight, in the twilight
when the day is saying goodbye
when a little fear comes in
it is then I love the most
to be with you, in our garden

And a thousand seasons
danced away from our little land
And a million stars
shined, burned and died in the end
Give me just some years to walk
and to see the world outside
Then we kept the promise:
we met again, at the right time
And we're still walking in our garden

In our garden there’s a secret
there’s a twisted mystery
it is not one of our stories
it’s a cold breath from the sea
It’s a nightmare, unexpected
but I'm sure you won't fall apart
Hold my hand now, trust our training
all those years have made you strong
take the book, now, you can use it
there’s a monster in the well
you don't have to be afraid
You still have our spell
Track Name: One of you
Through the streets in the dark,
through the storm and the snow,
with the rain like a mantle and the winds that blow
On the paths in the forest,
in the heat of the sand,
beneath gates of gold, from the sea to the land
When the sun claims his rights
I am coming

In the houses of stuff,
in the houses of stone,
in the palaces hosting a man all alone
In the worlds with no name
and no voice to cry out,
in the faith that is always grown by the doubts
In the stories you dream
I am coming

I still come in your streets
on your feast of the sun
I don't want to be king, I just want to become
one of you where you are standing
when you're trying to change the ending
when you're burning with desire and you cannot understand it
one of you when you're asking for mercy
When you say "Have mercy on us"

In the rooms filled with fire
where the laughter is warm,
in the cold of the self-made hells, full of storm
In the homes of the waiting,
on the eve of a fight,
on the wings of an echo of legends, tonight
in the dreams of the lost
I am coming

I still come in your streets
on your feast of the sun
I don't want to be king, I just want to become
one of you where you are standing
when you're trying to change the ending
when you're burning with desire and you cannot understand it
one of you when you're asking for mercy
When you say "Have mercy on us"

In this world that was never
made to be the same,
there are different people and different names
In this place that was made
to be so many things,
it will blossom one day if you'll take care of it
it's your garden and here
I am coming

Till the end of the times
there will be many songs
there will be many ways, and I will walk my road
to come down where you are standing
when you're trying to change the ending
when you're burning with desire and you cannot understand it
I'll come down with the pilgrims of time
and I'll join your voice when you sing
Track Name: Following the river
If the water has just one way
if I'm following the river
if the night is cold and silent
and I'm left outside to shiver
if I know where I am going
for there is no other way
if the clouds above me gather
and the light they take away

If my mind is like the water
if my mind goes with the river
there is just one way to go
and the road will always be there
If I take the words that come to me
as the first strikes of a war
if the light is shining brightly
but I can't see it anymore

You've got to teach me before the lies can reach me
teach me how to listen to the truth I' missing
And then you've got to tell me the names of those beside me
Come, take me away, show me there's a way
and then there is another
Come and speak to the water,
make it disappear.
I'm still waiting here
for your words that always get me
to the other side of the river in my mind

In the middle of the real world
I'm still following my river
but the things will be all right
if you just agree to be there
and to tolerate the flow of words
all the words I will get wrong
you can skip the words and read the sound
to find truth into their core

You've got to teach me before the lies can reach me
teach me how to listen to the truth I' missing
And then you've got to tell me the names of those beside me
Come, take me away, show me there's a way
and then there is another
Come and speak to the water,
make it disappear.
I'm still waiting here
for your words that always get me
to the other side of the river in my mind

This is not a world for those who are not good when it comes to words
too much, too loud, too harsh, too strange or always not enough
So I count on you to come close to me and to whisper the right answer
and the true names of the things

You've got to teach me before the lies can reach me
teach me how to listen to the truth I' missing
And then you've got to tell me the names of those beside me
Come, take me away, show me there's a way
and then there is another
Come and speak to the water,
make it disappear.
I'm still waiting here
for your words that always get me
to the other side of the river in my mind
Track Name: Fire and Song
Fire fire burning bright
in the dark rooms of the night
show the ones without direction
where's your shelter and protection
show the ones who lost their way
where their rest is, far away
show us all the hidden face
of this living, endless place

Fire fire, blessed flame
in the dark you call my name
I was roaming, lost and frail
when I saw your blessed trail
Then I followed your strange call
piercing through this fading soul
till that window came in sight
where your children share your light

Fire fire burning bright
beating heart of this dark night
in this world that's full of shouts
there are those who close their mouths
you are born inside their gaze
in their patient, silent days
you're the sign upon the door
you're the haven and the shore

Fire fire, blessed flame
here I am, covered in shame
while this awful, endless sound
makes me circle, round and round
Let the darkness be more clear
give me peace enough to hear
a new voice that whispers close
and my secret tongue it knows

Fire fire burning bright
in the alleys of the night
there are many with no name
lighting up your silent flame
show the ones who must retreat
there's a victory in defeat
draw the map of a new land
for the ones who reached the end

Fire fire, blessed flame
all my enemies proclaim
that I'm lost, I'm out of time
will you give me just a rhyme?
You can save me with one verse.
In this living universe
when I've learnt your holy song
with your light I'll sing along

I'm following your call
The darkness swallows all
I thought that I had lost my voice, that I could only fall
Yet you're still burning bright
you answer with your light
I see them lighting up every corner of the night

I'm joining in your song
that's burning all night long
I thought that all the world was lost, but then I was proved wrong
Those worn-out words like “light”
that get lost in the fight
I want to make you see them when my window is alight
Track Name: Snow and spring
Go now, see this endless world
all around you, then just turn and see me
There’s no key to your door
but the one you imagine it’s there
Fly now, find all your dreams
build a city of glimmering words
There’s no wall for your soul and no end to this road if you want

And I’ll be waiting, I’ll be here standing
You’re such a beautiful butterfly
to miss you as you start to fly

All the world crashes down
and you know what it feels like to fall in the dark
still you whisper the words of a spell
and you’re still going on
When you lose, when you cry
you believe that the light is still there, in some place
like there’s hope in the hands of a winter
You know what is the name of your spring

Go on, keep telling your tales
there’s a ghost in the rooms of an old house
and the snow, and the cold, and the memories now broken that stay
Tell me, if you were there
would you fall in the spires of her nightmare?
If you were in a tale, with your words you could rewrite the end

And I am listening, I am here standing
Sorrow is with us whenever we talk
but you welcome it, and then you go on

All the world crashes down
and you know what it feels like to fall in the dark
still you whisper the words of a spell
and you’re still going on
When you lose, when you cry
you believe that the light is still there, in some place
like there’s hope in the hands of a winter
You know what is the name of your spring

Thousands of promises, our voices are promises
they're in my heart, and I won't lie to you
Show them the face of a dream with no measure
of our song in the darkness, of our snow and our spring

All the world crashes down
and you know what it feels like to fall in the dark
still you whisper the words of a spell
and you’re still going on
When you lose, when you cry
you believe that the light is still there, in some place
like there’s hope in the hands of a winter
You know what is the name of your spring
Track Name: Take me away
Find me in my night, I’ve been waiting for so much time
Locked inside these walls I’ve been waiting, I’ve weaved my dream to fly
So now... Take me to the other side of the world, into the light
I long for the never-ending warmth that with you I find

Touch my frozen heart, there’s a world there but now it’s closed
Show my soul a way out of this sad cage where I am trapped
And then take my hand and lead me far away, where we should go
Whisper to me words of innocence and beauty that no-one knows

I'm already there, dreaming I am there, I'm already there

Guide me all the way, I will follow your sweet steps
Tell me of the land we will find beyond this night of pain
So... I will be the voice of all our songs, on the way
I will draw the road to all our visions, our dawn of day

I'm already there, dreaming I am there, I'm already there

A whole life in waiting – this time I am leaving
Be my wings and help me to fight with my prison

I'm already there, dreaming I am there, I'm already there

Take me with you out of the heart of the night
to some place of light
Take me with you where I can breathe
where I can believe
Take me to the end of the night
to the city of the light
Take me with you, take me away
Track Name: The first tale
All the world was asleep
until somebody spoke
and the first word
that ever was heard
it shook the sky and woke

Woke up the sleeping men
turned all the dark to gold
cities would grow
rivers would flow
when the first tale was told

Born from a song of love
Children of earth and sound
our voices hide
a power inside:
our tales make the world go round

With words we're weaving worlds
those living worlds that strive
and dance and fight
explode in the night
our words keep them alive

And if the words are real
and if the tale is true
it burns in your soul,
reminder and call.
You told it and it tells you
Track Name: At the end of the world
I remember that
I was all alone
I was on my way
and I met a storm
In the open space
looking for a place
to endure the storm
I came at that door

“Welcome wanderer, whoever you are
Come and sit, ‘till the end of the storm
you can’t go away”
So I said “I’ll stay”
And they said “Let the stories begin...”

For you have reached the place out of time
where you wait for the end of the storm
Where you drink and get warm, and you meet some good strangers
you listen to stories and tell yours in return
Words, tonight, melt into colours
in the stories you’ll hear there's all your life
Raise the glass, make a toast
to the Lord of all Stories
and forget the flowing of time

So the light goes dim
and the tale begins
it’s a tale of dreams
of a city’s dreams
Then a fairy folk
tells about his luck
A young sailor tells
of sea wonders
And these strangers
coming from afar
they are talking of death and of life
And I listened all night
and I laughed and cried
and I told my story too

For you have reached the place out of time
where you wait for the end of the storm
Where you drink and get warm, and you meet some good strangers
you listen to stories and tell yours in return
Words, tonight, melt into colours
in the stories you’ll hear there's all your life
Raise the glass, make a toast
to the Lord of all Stories
and forget the flowing of time

So the storm was gone
and the sky had become
like a road of stars
And then from afar
we saw them in flight
breaking through the night:
a procession with
tears and mystery

Were they vision or real,
Figures in a dream?
Then I met the gaze of a girl, in the end
“Give a tear, a goodbye”
Silently I cried
and my song faded into the night
Track Name: The songs were right
The first time it came to me I was alone in there
in the hall filled with noise, and nightmares and ghosts to share
Three chords and just one word in a language I didn't know
but it truly felt like I'd finally won the war

And I stayed and I sang and it seemed that the world wasn't really such a still place
at the end of the hall if I went through the wall I could reach an endless space

Lost in a blizzard storm, they came from all the way
waving flags of a truce I didn't know that day
I thought I'd heard the tunes, how this old song should go
but they painted all the rooms with colours I didn't know

Dancing on the edge of these flaming nights
Searching for the words, misreading all the signs
I will say no if they say must, but I will wait if you say trust
But, oh, all the iron-clad and weak, they melt if you just sit and speak

And I know, and I know: we can't be free from storms, and the night is about to fall
But if we squeeze our hearts, all the engines restart and there's lots of rooms for all
Before my story ends I want to build a stair
it doesn't matter when, I know I'll see you there
we'll have our wounds to show, and stories of the long fight
Then I'll take a bow and go: I've proved that the songs were right

Stay here awhile, let's give the earth another name
Making up new words, tracing lines upon the face
of this old world that will be new, behind its mask the smile of truth
And stories written on the stone, they'll last and tell that we have won
We have won
Track Name: La lanterna
C'è un'ombra che sussurra
e sulla soglia sta
un mondo che ti chiama e aspetta qui
Non sai dove ti porta,
ma di notte splenderà
la tua finestra, se rispondi “sì”

Noi sospesi tra più mondi,
noi curiosi viaggiatori,
non ci basta il nostro tetto né sopravvivere da soli
Prima ancora di capire
abbiamo scelto dove andare
Qui tra ombre sconosciute
resta fermo ad ascoltare

Voglio essere qualcuno che ha
mille case e mai, mai si fermerà
Voglio essere qualcuno che sa
nel silenzio raccogliere la verità

Quel che darai ritornerà
e il cuore guarirà

C'è un mondo prigioniero
del mondo attorno a noi
splendore e fango dell'umanità
C'è una lanterna accesa
alla mia finestra, vuoi
entrare, stare fino all'alba qua?

Questa è una ricerca folle
e una strada senza fine
un viaggio tra le ombre
esistenza su un confine
Raccogliendo volti e storie
sfidi ogni oscurità
Dai un nome a tutti quelli
che la tua strada ti darà

Voglio essere qualcuno che ha
mille case e mai, mai si fermerà
Voglio essere qualcuno che sa
nel silenzio raccogliere la verità

Quel che darai ritornerà
e il cuore guarirà

Prima ancora di capire
abbiamo scelto dove andare
Qui tra ombre che conosci
resta fermo ad ascoltare

Voglio essere qualcuno che ha
mille case e mai da solo si sentirà
Voglio essere una casa per te
sciogliere i nodi del buio
vincere il mondo con te