One Salt Sea

from by Cat Faber

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This song was inspired by the book of the same name by Seanan McGuire.

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One Salt Sea
lyrics and melody by Catherine Faber, 2011

The Hollow Hill's a stew it seems, cats have manned the walls
Bogies cling to ceiling beams, pixies roam the halls
Quarter-bloods don't shiver, changelings mingle free
As every rushing river runs to one salt sea.

Blood to blood is calling, salt and water flow,
Closer to the sea as farther back in time we go--
Blood for blood is calling; tears more tears decree
As every rushing river runs to one salt sea.

The past in all its starkness—the traces lay it plain:
Children trapped in darkness, boxes full of pain,
A single silver sliver, to paint the scene for me--
As every rushing river runs to one salt sea.

The kingdoms gird for slaughter, this won't be done in play.
Lives are spilled like water, in war among the fae.
All eagerness, they quiver, deaf to wisdom's plea,
As every rushing river runs to one salt sea.

Two the ocean races that of one blood remain;
A single skin encases the slayers and the slain,
But blood will blood deliver, though later comes the fee,
As every rushing river runs to one salt sea.

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from The King's Lute, released July 28, 2012

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Cat Faber Tennessee

I write music about science fiction and fantasy subjects, commonly referred to as "filk."

I write much faster than I can record. Recent songs may be found at my website--the URL is given below.

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