The Nightingale: A Gothic Fairytale

by Valentine Wolfe

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Guard your passion as if your life depended on it, for well it might!


released May 1, 2015


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Valentine Wolfe Greenville, South Carolina

Two morbidly fascinated musicians combining ambient solo bass, brutal distortion, electronica, and 18th century opera to tell a story of the macabre.

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Track Name: Black Feathers
Black Feathers

Black feathers teasing the edge of my mind
Black feathers wrapping my body in sin
Black feathers whispering secrets to me
Black feathers winging my soul to the night

Beautiful song bird
Come to me now
Wrap me in pleasure
Say you’ll be mine

Beautiful song bird
I just might hurt you
I just might take you
I need what is mine!

My Nightingale sings for me
Like no one else can
Her voice whispers just for me
Of pleasures just out of reach

Belladonna has opened my eyes
To a world I don’t want to leave
Whatever the price to stay here
I’ll gladly pay
Track Name: Dark Desire
Dark Desire

She is my everything
She is my sin
She is my fantasy
My dark desire

The voice of an angel
Floating all around me
Enraptures and captivates me
My wanton desires

I’ve never encountered
An enchantress quite like this
Her beauty surrounds me
I drown in her bliss

A fragrance consumes me
And sends my thoughts reeling
I’m drowning in passion
Unquenchable thirst

I must possess this creature
She will not escape me
I’ll terrify and subdue her
I’ll tenderly make love
Track Name: The Place Where Evil Grows
The Place Where Evil Grows

Have you ever felt out of place?
Have you ever ended up
In a world you know is off limits?

We reach for what lies just beyond
The edge of tainted fingertips
Yearn for the blackness which comes
Past the edge of shadows

Where nothing ever quite makes sense
And all surrounding me is wrong
I can’t believe it might be true
That I have finally found a home

So give me the bloodroot whose juice is red
I’ll drink it down and lose myself
I’ll partake of the monkshood and as I burn
All my doubts will drift away

If home is the place where evil grows
If home will tear your heart to pieces
When home wraps you tight in her poisonous blooms
Where else can I choose to be

In seeking something we are not
What type of madness will we find
And if the rot has settled in
What new creations then unlock

I twist the key and close my eyes
Afraid of what lies just beyond
But nothing good is ever cheap
Tonight I know I’ll pay the price
Track Name: Inside My Nightmare
Inside My Nightmare

Inside their Poison Garden
Strangers come and go
Inside my Nightmare
The iron bars the way

Inside their Poison Garden
Terror grips my limbs
Inside my Nightmare
The stench of death is rife

What happenstance
What twist of fate
Has brought me to this place
I'm drowning in their nectar
I'm crumbling neath the weight

Blooms around me beautiful
Deadly one and all
Fragrance so insidious
Snares a gentle soul

Inside their Poison Garden
Twisted lilies bloom
Inside my Nightmare
No petal must I touch

Inside their Poison Garden
Trapped the weary heart
Inside my Nightmare
Forever I am lost

Inside their Poison Garden
Toxic lover's kiss
Inside my Nightmare
Where touches are remiss

Inside their Poison Garden
Plant a little seed
Inside my Nightmare
Then we'll see what grows
Track Name: Devil's Bane
Devil’s Bane

Devil’s Bane, Devil’s Bane
Shrieks are ringing through the night
Devil’s Bane, Devil’s Bane
Lips like honey spew nothing but lies

Cause the Devil’s coming after me
She’s turned a deaf ear to my pleas
I seek asylum for this night
I will look to Devil’s Bane

Her stinging touch
Her icy stare
Within her breast
No love found there

Vervain, vervain, my Devil’s Bane
Vervain, vervain, my Devil’s Bane
Track Name: Darkling, Listen
Darkling, Listen

Darkling, listen
For many a time
I have been half in love with easeful death

My heart is aching, drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk
Or emptied some dull opiate to drain
One minute past and Lethe-wards had sunk
Darkling, listen
For I will fly to thee

Where youth grows pale and spectre thin and dies
Where but to think is to be full of sorrow
Where beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes
Or new love pine at them beyond tomorrow
Darkling, listen
For I will fly to thee

I cannot see what flowers are at my feet
Nor what soft incense hangs upon the boughs
You make me beg or crawl upon my knees
Just for a taste, a decadent perusal
Darkling, listen
For I will fly to thee
Track Name: Twisted Melody
Twisted Melody

Twisted melody
Work your magic over me
Twisted melody
Captivate the errant heart

Let me drink it in
I will rise again
From her ashes
Beauty for the night

Nothing in this world can stop me
There’s no price I wouldn’t pay
I will have it all
I will get my way

The Song will be mine
The night will bow to me
Such enthralling, captivating splendor all for me

Twisted melody
Work your magic over me
Twisted melody
Captivate the errant heart
Track Name: Precious Moments
Precious Moments

Precious moments
All I have
When the night is dark
Making music
For the night
Sadness from my heart

Fate has brought me to this place I never thought to be
I wrap my arms around myself to try to give me peace
But any feelings bubbling up from deep inside of me
Must explode so quietly that no one else can see

Precious moments
When my heart beats
To the rhythm
Of the darkest night
Precious moments
All alone now
No one sharing
My forlorn melody

I don’t want them knowing what this place has done to me
I won’t let them see how much their ways are killing me
I wasn’t meant to live this way and now the truth comes out
I’m thinking thoughts too dark to let the light back in my mind

The path of least resistance will not ever set me free
The power to take action is so deep inside of me
It’s time for me to let it loose and set that darkness free
To work its wicked magic on this twisted poisoned world
Track Name: Moonlight Prayer
Moonlight Prayer

Why me?
Why now?
The sweat is dripping off my brow...
Why this?
Why indeed?
No one will answer this for me!

Moonlight, now wash over me
Moonlight, you must comfort me
Let my earthly cares fade into nothingness this night
I will sing until my breath
leaves me at the last moment
I will cling to shadows till the end

So little time left to me
So many dreams left undreamed
So much pain is welling up
Inside my heart tonight

This treachery from within
Undoing all my hopes
Leaving me bereft
Leaving me to die

Thou wast not born for death
Immortal bird or waking dream
Fled is that music
Do I wake or sleep
Track Name: Belladonna, Deadly Nightshade
Belladonna, Deadly Nightshade

Six small berries
So innocent in size
And yet they can send me to my grave
Six little berries
And if I consume them
No euphoria will carry me away

Belladonna, Deadly Nightshade
Take me away
Belladonna, Deadly Nightshade
Please end my sorrow

Death has beckoned, and I must follow
Is my hand being forced in this strange world
Savior, killer (what a lovely taste)
Maybe my pain is neverending

They slip past my lips
Roll over my tongue
Now so deep inside me
What have I begun
A brand new beginning
An end to this night
Six little solutions
My pupils to dilate

Belladonna, Deadly Nightshade
Take me away
Belladonna, Deadly Nightshade
Please end my sorrow
Track Name: You Could Never Have My Heart
You Could Never Have My Heart

My last night has come too soon
So much work is left undone
So many songs I had yet to sing
And tales I longed to tell

But the light is quickly fading
My breath is leaving me
I have strength for one more curse
I’ll let my captors know

You could never have my heart
Never touch my soul
You never even came this close
To finding the real me

You can keep your poisoned lies
Your poisoned thieving hands
I’ve got a one way ticket
To leave your poisoned hell

A dark shadow welcomes me
Into his close embrace
He whispers just beside my ear
Tonight I will be safe

With this curse I’ll leave you wretched
Flailing useless after me
Hearing just a fragment now
But never my full song

If my shade can haunt this garden
If I leave something behind
As the saying goes
May you get what you desire
Track Name: Ghost of Her Self
Ghost of Her Self

What was lost will all come back
Changed yet so familiar
Differences all wiped away
Her song my heartsick mirror

Dancing lonely once again
Waiting breathless for her signal
Ghostly reveries now beckon
Of her sleep eternal

Whispers in shadows
Fragments of a ruined song
Whispers in shadows
Tendrils snake around my face
Filling all my senses
With memories of her
Ghost of Her Self

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