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Let sleeping tricksters lie...

This is a cover of Doug McArthur's 'Merlin', heavily based on Valerie Housden's choral arrangement that Nat used to perform when part of the nMC choir.


It's not so dark in the cave tonight
Just over here there's a crack of light
Tomorrow’s the day

I heard the workmen talking through the wall
They're digging for a brand-new shopping mall
Just knocked off for the day

Now it's late at night and the stars are deep
I don’t mind, I don't need sleep
I've been sleeping for quite some time

And I'm ready to dance with the Devil's daughter
And I don't need to walk on water
‘Cause I know
I can run on wine!

There's voices humming through the ground
Spirits that kick old bones around
And the winds pick up again

And the ocean slows its tides to wait
The lions roar at Heaven's gate
The forest people call my name

(Emrys Lailoken)

They called my name and never understood
That I am the spirit of the wind and wood
And I am the name in the writing on the wall

(Come, come! Come to us!
We call you!
Emrys Lailoken)

And I don't know when, I don't know how
I do know I'm much stronger now
And I wouldn’a woke if I hadn't heard you call!

(Emrys come!
Come wild man in the wood
Your people call you
Emrys Lailoken)

Well, I remember when they put me here
The workmen wrapped in masks of fear
Slowly rolling in that stone

(Dona nobis!
Dona nobis!
Dona nobis pacem!)

They nailed my hands to the Rowan tree
They burned my body, they blinded me
They buried me here alone

(Dona nobis pacem!

And Arthur kissed my bloody eyes
Said, "You will live, we will die
But you will harm nobody here."

(Please leave us in peace!)

And over his shoulder, high on the hill
I see her watching, laughing still
The lovely Guinevere

But Arthur cursed when he saw me smile
The sun went dark, the wind went wild
And they put me in this place

For years I've slept in this holy park
Slowly healing in the dark
I can hardly wait
To see that workman's face


from Going through Changes, released October 21, 2019
Lyrics and melody copyright Doug McArthur, used with permission.
Countersong copyright Valerie Housden, used with permission.
Cello and soprano vocals guest performed by Jane Cameron.
Lead vocals and flute performed by Nat Titman
Countersong vocals performed by Jenny Hackett and Nat Titman.
Bodhran drum sequence arranged by Valerie.
All other synth instruments arranged by Jenny.
Instrumental melodies composed by Jenny, based on Valerie's choral arrangement.
Produced by Jenny, and recorded, mixed and edited by Jenny and Nat.


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Quarries & Corridors Nottingham, UK

Quarries & Corridors are Aly Thymia and Jenny Hackett, a musical duo based in Nottingham, UK.

Their debut album, Going through Changes, released in October 2019 and features 55 minutes of new music over 11 tracks.

An eclectic mix of folk and synthpop, inspired by life's struggles and the fantasy fiction that gets us through them.
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