Discography

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Album Information
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Mythalogue

Mythalogue
Beta-lactam Ring Records, May 1, 2013
Available formats: Special Limited Art Edition, and regular CD (both book-bound gatefold sleeve with fold-out mini poster), & download

Stars Fall On Me

Stars Fall On Me (Live at Orion Studios)
ReR USA, 2009
Available formats: Download

Fossil Eyes

Fossil Eyes
ReR USA, 2008
Available formats: CD & Download

Feathers for Flesh

Feathers for Flesh
Big Balloon Music, 2004
Available formats: CD & Pay-What-You-Want Download

Victoria and the Haruspex

Victoria and the Haruspex
Big Balloon Music, 2002
Available formats: Pay-What-You-Want Download

Death of the Red Masque EP

Death of the Red Masque EP
Big Balloon Music, 2001
Available formats: Pay-What-You-Want Download



Song Library
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Lyrics
All lyrics, unless otherwise indicated, are copyright © Lynnette Shelley
"The Anti-Man (Not Afraid)"
I am not afraid of this human blight
Perverted pestilence
We breed in the heat and feed on the night
Antennae reaching for our savior
Antennae reaching for the sky
Claiming our ancient birthright
On your flesh we multiply
Antennae cannot die!
i can feel my heart is beating
I can see foot soldiers are crawling by
off to war their lives are fleeting
freedom is the right to die
exoskeletal ancient enmity
your ancestral fears converge
I can hear the millions calling in contagious battle urge
we love the demiurge
You think your brain preserves you
But your skull case only holds
The ambitions of a dying race
(Anti-Man)
You feed us poison
But we have antibodies
(Anti-Body-Man)
Anti-Man he is our hero
Anti-Man he is our god
We give you entropy for your enthalpy
(Anti-Man)
We give you chaos for your confusion
(Anti-Man)
Antennae cannot die!

Lyrics by Brandon Lord Ross, Lynnette Shelley & Vonorn
Album: Fossil Eyes (2008)
"A Moon Falls"
A moon falls and is gone
The sand stretches
in seas before me
The rolling desert waves
I sink in delirium
I drink of the sun
Let its fiery temperament
Soothe me
I burn with a dream
All exile is freedom
If one can only live through it
Let the flames consume
Convert into ash
Let the winds scatter each alone
There is much still unknown
But, yet, wrapped in stranger's guise,
I know you, I knew you
Each solitary footstep
Sends ripples in the sand
A pebble rolls, turns avalanche
To destroy or create at will
The desert wind erases my past
To the future I walk blind
A moon falls and is gone
Untrod footsteps stretch before me
The rolling desert waves
Such joy and pain
In undulating swing
I divine and choose
I offer myself, body and soul, again
I invent myself whole again
I chart the endless sands
Navigate by inner star
I may choose
And in choosing, go far
I burn with a dream.

Lyrics by Lynnette Shelley
Album: Death of the Red Masque EP (2001)
"Afterloss"
Then hate me when thou wilt. If ever, now,
Now while the world is bent my deeds to cross,
Join with the spite of fortune, make me bow,
And do not drop in for an afterloss.
Ah, do not, when my heart hath 'scaped this sorrow,
Come in the rearward of a conquered woe.
Give not a windy night a rainy morrow,
To linger out a purposed overthrow.
If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last,
When other petty griefs have done their spite,
But in the onset come. So shall I taste
At first the very worst of fortune's might,
And other strains of woe, which now seem woe,
Compared with loss of thee will not seem so.

From Sonnet 90 by William Shakespeare
Album: Victoria & the Harsuspex (2002)
"Beggars & Thieves"
The lady in white rides through the night
Darkness and leaves
King's crown of light
The favorite queen, she
And beggars and thieves are we
Softly she cries, fades from our eyes
Darkness and leaves
She's lost in the trees
The king's favored, she
And beggars and thieves are we

A hunt through the wood, we did all we could
Bitter taste of fear
Dogs run like deer
The missing queen, she
And beggars and thieves are we
King's anger and might, he searches the night
Bitter taste of fear
His madness is clear
See the gallow tree
And beggars and thieves are we

Silver he's paid, this man in the shade
The moment now is near
Dogs howl in fear
The mourners cry for she
And beggars and thieves are we
Innocent as babes, we go to our graves
Doves in the trees
Darkness and leaves
We die for such as these
And beggars and thieves are we

Lyrics by Lynnette Shelley
Album: Feathers for Flesh (2004)
"Birdbrain"
I, poor captive bird
From thy narrow cage
Pour such music
That it might assuage
The rugged hearts that imprison thee
Were they not deaf to all melody

High spirit winged heart who forever
Beat these unfeeling bars with vain endeavor
Sweet benediction and eternal curse
Veiled glory of this lampless universe
Thy moon behind the clouds
Thy living form among the dead

Words by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Album: Victoria and the Haruspex (2002)
"The Blessing"
Instrumental

On the forthcoming album Mythalogue (2013)
"Carbon 13"
(Improvisation)

Leaving silvery trails in whorled shells
The snails heavy with possession
A slow march in labored procession
Fat snakes coiled and green
Glistening upon the path
Strike first and listen last
The sharp smell of smoke in watered eyes and rasping throat
The world lies curled under its own shell
Which way will the black plume curl and blow?
Our bones burn in the heat
We are brothers
We breathe fire over a golden horde
Heavy with possession, a slow march in labored procession
Which way will the black smoke curl and blow?
Which way will we blow?

Words by Lynnette Shelley
Album: Fossil Eyes (2008)
"Carbon 14"
Struggling in the black pit
I am not alone
All the animals wail and moan
I scream against inertia
Black words in my mouth
One second stretches as a dream
An eternity tested by carbon 14
Those who fight sink in even deeper
Other float upon the tepid surface
Death is stagnation; I shall cease to act
I shall lie face down in a pool of black
Scavengers waiting for an easy meal
Fly caught in tree sap
Death is stagnation; I shall cease to act
The Blood that pours so easily
Just as easily shall congeal
Insects feed upon my head
A wasp is caged, restless
Behind the socket of my eye
I feel his wings vibrate against my mind
Struggling in the dark abyss
a negative space, the light amiss
Polyphemus fossilized
Fossil eyes — I cannot see
I sink into my dream.

Words by Lynnette Shelley
Album: Fossil Eyes (2008)
"The Curse"
I can't see you
Under the ocean blue
Salt the earth
And burn whatever's left behind

I can't hear you
Your lips are ashen-hued
Salt the earth
And whatever's left is mine

Words by Lynnette Shelley
On the forthcoming new album "Mythalogue"
(2013)
"Das Snail"
Am I driftwood shaped by currents
And phases of the moon
Worn hollow and smooth

Do I twist and turn
Disjointed in opposition
To wind and rain

Crawling upwards
Clinging vine to reach
The lighted sky

Do I serpentine
In self-absorption and abasement
To spiral narrowly
Into a point of convergence
Between matter and air
Only to find an empty lair
Broken shells all around me

I am a snake — I bite my own tail
I am a spider — I draw patterns on the air
I am a fish — You shall feed on my flesh
I am a vine — To seek the sun I climb
I am a snail — I carry the world upon my back

What is my construction
My internal logic and shape
My own portion of the shadow

Shall I shimmer like quicksilver
Racing faster down the slope
Rising upwards in the heat
Or shall I come undone
And glitter in multiple parts
To divide and join together again

Who are you to define me?
Who are you to confine me?

Words by Lynnette Shelley
Album: Fossil Eyes (2008)
"The Dark Salt Sea"
Once there was a mountain
Once were hills, shapely green
All fell into cataclysm
Under the waves of the sea
Once there were a people
Once their cities brightly gleamed
All fell into cataclysm
Under the depths of the sea

I see the sun, set in red and gold
Under the ocean, its colors cold
Softly the tides now swell and roll
All is quiet, as above so below.

The sky and sea
Undulate in blue and green
What dark pearls are made
Under such salty shade?

Once there was a mountain
Once were hills, shapely green
Once there were a people
Once their cities brightly gleamed
All fell into cataclysm
Into the arms of the sea

Eventide, the dark sea
Eventide, the salt sea

Now only seagulls dance
In the luminous and cold moonlight
Above the waves of the dark salt sea

Words by Lynnette Shelley
On the forthcoming new album "Mythalogue" (2013)
"Ended Ways"
Improvisation

Album: Death of the Red Masque EP (2001)
"Fathomless"
Here we are at the end of it all
There's no more to be said
But we can't stop our swimming
Hunger drives us on (and on)

The scent of blood in the dark water
We don't want to make waves
With our black eyes we shall seek
All others give way to our need
Fathomless need

Be still and let me drown
Stop swimming, let me sink
Fathomless and fearless
The darkness bleeds

There is no empathy
There is no relief
Just blood in the water
And the frenzy of beasts
The tides go on and on

Be still and let me drown
Stop swimming, let me sink
Fathomless and fearless
The darkness bleeds

We hold on to our emptiness
We hold onto our greed
We're sharpening our teeth....

Lyrics by Lynnette Shelley
Not Yet Recorded (2015)
"Gliese 138"
Instrumental

Album: Fossil Eyes (2008)
"The Hallowed"
Flesh is Golden, Flesh is Bright
We're all hallowed, in the Nameless Light
Smiling Serpents, With Eyes That Hear
Are inserted to eat your Fear!

Words by Brandon Lord Ross
On the forthcoming album Mythalogue (2013)
"Haruspex"
Improvisation

Album: Victoria and the Haruspex (2002)
"The Hive"
Instrumental / wordless vocal

Album: Fossil Eyes (2008)
"House of Ash"
I live in the House of Ash
With my feathered cloak
I haunt the mortal soil (mortal coil)
Feasting on dirt and clay
I am forbidden the taste of flesh (feathers for flesh)
All is dust in my marrow
All is dust that I eat
Dry bones will not speak
Only the worm shall know me
Only the worm shall know me now
For I am king in the House of Ash
None who enters ever leaves
And here I dwell in darkness
Whose are these hands of sinew and bone?
My limbs float as vaporous as a feather
No mote of light
Once I tasted honey
Now my lips are parched with dust
In this house forevermore
I am King
Only the worms shall know me
As they crawl upon my feet
I sink into the soft clay
And wish for time to bury me
Strip my bones bare and clean
Erase the path of my decay
What have I become
Oh let me lie in darkness
Send me into an endless dream

Words by Lynnette Shelley

Album: Feathers for Flesh (2004)
"The Labyrinth"
With a scorpoin's tail
And the head of a bull
He wore my own Death Mask
As the moon was over full
Flooded and in deepest utterance
The thirteen strangest voices spoke
My face is the vortex
My portals are stairs
Black and white is your science
Arranged now in pairs
The shame of the hermit
The craze of the girl
The one who stands defiant
At the end of the world
Before the blazing sun
In the dark
On the last storming sea
Will you not heed the call of the void
The empty insane king
In the center of nothing
Must absorb his seeds
To oblivion's bliss and a serpent's kiss
But I said
I am the real
I am the structure
I am Omega Personae
End this derangement
Come to us and die
Merge with me and live
We are the same

Lyrics by Brandon Lord Ross
On the forthcoming album "Mythalogue" (2013)
"Lost in the Petrified Forest"
Instrumental / Improvisation / Wordless vocal

Album: Fossil Eyes (2008)
"Malum"
Winding coil to scale the tree
Clinging vine, seeking eternity
In the light, we shall shine
To see the sun, we will climb
Bright eyes, hidden evergreen
I track the stars that move over me
The cosmos is waiting
And I see everything

Below, tangled roots
Above, the twisting serpent tree
I taste the apple, I scent my path
Ripening fruit, malum
Swelling poison, malum
Bursting in this heat
Clinging vine, to the stars I climb

To taste the sun, to feel this heat
I'd give everything
Sin-eater, starry-eyed, serpentine
I'll absorb it in my skin
Swelling fruit within
I'll consume it to keep you clean

Lyrics by Lynnette Shelley
Not Yet Recorded (2016)
"Metamorphosis"
Song Mash-Up

Album: Fossil Eyes (2008)
"The Minotaur"
Lost behind labyrinths of stone
The beast he stands, he stands alone
Staring above the storm tossed sea
No more violent than he
With a taurean toss of his horn-crowned head
The Starry One raises his eyes of dread
To far above in his gilded castle cage
The cursed king in his beastly rage
Sacrifice of fairest flower
To which the minotaur devours
On the island home he scorns
No man can bear his crown of horns

'Til the king's daughter betrayed
her father, her monster
For the princely favor
She wished to savor
Can he save her?

As the waves of the sea
And the silence surrounds him
He lays his broken head down
In the silence he will drown
Broken, Broken, Broken Head Drown....

Lyrics by Lynnette Shelley
On the forthcoming new album "Mythalogue"
(2013)
"Passage"
Star shine on shoe shine
Dark bright midnight light
Walk through wet streets and leave no tracks
Empty avenues full of forlorn ghosts
The night air presses heavy
With its empathy
Silence save the lonely cry of seagulls
Down a deep well, a plover's cry
That is all
Quiet light, subtle and insidious
Creeps like kitten's claws
This quiet night encompasses all
I can no longer see moonlight
On the tops of my toes
Draw out bare flesh like peeling apple skins
Lost feathers float on the wind
And I dive in
The shock of salt and sea
And icy hands surround me
I spread my fingers
Like starfish arms
Catching bands of silver moon mirrors
Clutching strands of seaweed
Stretching 'cross the waves
Unbroken by the days
I am guided home
By the night's silver-fingered rays

Lyrics by Lynnette Shelley
Album: Feathers for Flesh (2004)
"Polyphemus"
I spot polyphemus eye spot
Unblinking on the window ledge
Dapple grey and shades of rust
Subtle moth shivers in the shade
Skyscrapers dozing in the dusk
Sensing antennae quiver in the moonlight
In moth shadows the cool gloom of forest
Trees gallows green and sleeping
I sense the hawk's downward plunge
In a vision unblinking
My feathered antennae like exclamations
Voiceless lamentations
On the edge of firmament the future's indeterminate
I circle slowly 'round the flame
I am watching, I am waiting, with my eyes wide open
The steel sky is deepening
The gallows green and sleeping
Soon the moth shall turn to dust
Its ashes scattered on windy gust

Words by Lynnette Shelley
Album: Fossil Eyes (2008)
"The Ruins of the Palace of Minos"
Instrumental

On the forthcoming album Mythalogue (2013)
"Scarlet Experiment"
Split the Lark — and you'll find the Music —
Bulb after Bulb, in Silver rolled —
Scantily dealt to the Summer Morning
Saved for your Ear when Lutes be old.
Loose the Flood — you shall find it patent —
Gush after Gush, reserved for you —
Scarlet Experiment! Skeptic Thomas!
Now, do you doubt that your Bird was true?

From "Split the Lark" by Emily Dickinson
Album: Feathers for Flesh (2004)
"The Shallows"
Drifting into water, ripples moving
Your blank gaze does not turn
To watch the herons glide away
Their shadows dark in the dusk
You do not turn your head
Nor shiver as the hawks take flight
And collide in the sky above you
Entangled in instinct
Bright-eyed with need
You drift in the wind
You float in the shallows
Tame and tepid
Dead wood to the living reed

No senses touch you
Nor thrill of fight or flight
No pumping heart, no rising tempo
No final crescendo at close of day
No claws to rend nor teeth to tear
No keen hunger slavers at the bone

You're just a pale imitation
You're just a pale ghost
Shallow

The wind is dying now
No song to play, no wild melody
No ripples reaching out to touch you
Calm and silent, no passion seen
The hawks, they turn their eyes away
The herons left at close of day
You will never lose control
You will never feel this need
Your dark eyes do not see
Dead wood to the living reed

You're just a pale imitation
You're just a pale ghost
Shallow

Lyrics by Lynnette Shelley
Not Yet Recorded (2016)
"The Sirens and the Snakes"
Instrumental / Wordless vocals

On the forthcoming album "Mythalogue"
(2013)
"Song for Icarus"
Flaming heart burns in my breast
Arms are raised to catch
From a great height
All the singed feathers
That fall down around me
Into the dark ocean I will go
Broken and burned
A lesson in humility
All I ever wanted
Was to touch the sun
To sing the song of eagles
To sing the song of one
Whose eyes are raised in rapture
and illumination
Instead this cold dark sea
Shall wash over me
If I were a phoenix bird
I'd take this flame
Inside of me
I would rival the sun
It would not outshine me
From a great height
I would burn

Lyrics by Lynnette Shelley
On the forthcoming new album "Mythalogue"
(2013)
"The Spider is the Web"
Creeping spider crawl to me
for I would weave a web
Incandescent for all to see
Torrential firmament
Let snaking threads uncurl
They lash about my knees
And grand design exposed for all its sophistry
The spider is the web
And I the fly with eye multi-faceted
The wind that rushes in the dark
Grey compression
Thunderous suppression
I am denied
The gutters overflow
Flood in the burrows
The rats are swimming
The rain falls down in spite
I dream the sun, I dream the moon
The clouds roll over sleeping sky
Creeping spider crawl to me for I would weave a web
For all to see
Plotting each silvered thread
Parabola, spiral and arc
The wind that rushes in the dark
The rain shall fall
The heads shall roll
The poison paralyze
My heart is beating
But my blood is growing cold
The storm clouds part
For the wind that rushes
Grey compression
Thunderous suppression
I am denied
The spider is the web
And I the multi-faceted

Lyrics by Lynnette Shelley
Album: Fossil Eyes (2008)
"Tidal"
Now the wheel is set in motion
All the gold on your fingers
Drag you down to the bottom of the ocean
And a horrendous howl
Issues from a hollow jowl
In a city, in a crypt
That lies beneath the sea
Drowned by a wave
Down to the grave
There's nothing to save
You from the tentacles grasping in motion
Now the wheel is set in motion
Now drowns a city beneath the ocean
Now comes the moon to bring down the sky
So dark, so stark
Beyond infinity
Dead space, cold space
Stars fall on me
Now the wheel is set in motion
Your ancestral halls
Echo siren's calls
A salted pillar stands where you did fall
In a ruin times forgot
That lies 10,000 leagues
Coral crusted bower
Anemone gravestone's flower
There's nothing to save
You from the tentacles grasping in motion
Now the wheel is set in motion
Now drowns a city beneath the ocean
Now comes the moon to bring down the sky
So dark, so stark
Beyond infinity
Dead space, cold space
Stars fall on me
Now the wheel is set in motion
You glittered bright
The starry night
Now your silver
Your silvered eyes
Stare up from the bottom of the sea
Your riches have not bought you amnesty
Now the wheel is set in motion
You glittered bright
The starry night
Now your silver
Your silvered eyes
Stare up from the bottom of the sea

Lyrics by Brandon Lord Ross & Lynnette Shelley
Album: Death of the Red Masque EP (2001)
"The Wendigo"
Running through the frozen forest grove
Burning feet of fire
Breath of ice with sighing wind
And cold white limb
The wendigo howls alone in the dark

Clutching at the souls of men
Lost in graves of icy frost
Its hunger only ever grows
The more the north wind stirs and blows
For those who wander in the dark
Stranded in a world so cold
They fear they'll never see the light
For Death walks robed in snow so white

Nature red in tooth and claw
Ravenous the spirits possess(ion)
Cannibal consume in human guise
The wendigo howls alone in the dark

Inside the skin of trees
The forest hides its mysteries
In petrified anomalies

He brings the dying of the light
The last faint star in sight
The wolf shall hide its yellow eyes
The raven circles empty skies

Words by Lynnette Shelley
On the forthcoming new album "Mythalogue"
(2013)
"Where Once Were Rivers"
Where once were rivers
Now there is only stone
The fossil shoals are showing us their bones

The trilobites lie beneath the earth
Cries from the distant past
The future just won't last
We're leaving this world en masse

You leave nothing
You take everything
You leave nothing
You take everything
Show your bones to me

When the desert turns to sea
When the seas shall cease to be
When the animals lie beneath the dirt

You leave nothing
You take everything
You leave nothing
You take everything
Show your bones to me

Once we built our castles made of sand
They stretched across this ruined poisoned land
Now there is only bitter dying sea
The land has been washed of all humanity

Homeless we wander
Home is no longer
We'll wear your bones now

Homeless we wander
Home is no longer
We'll wear your bones now
We'll wear your bones....

When the desert turns to sea
When the seas shall cease to be
When the animals lie beneath the dirt

When the desert turns to sea
When the seas shall cease to be
When the animals lie beneath the dirt
Show your bones to me

Lyrics Lynnette Shelley
Not Yet Recorded (2016)
"The Worm"
Instrumental / Wordless vocal

Album: Fossil Eyes (2008)
"Yellow Are His Opening Eyes"
Tigers pace the flat ivory square
Snails crawl across cold and bare
Toes pale as a worm
Plotting the fleeing moon
From portico to indigo to yellowing glow
White froth and cream, strawberry
The morning sun I breakfast
Golden and immense the belly of the tiger
Devours the day
A cycle, a circle, a spiral, a helix, a crescent's curve
A hand on her belly
The lover bears fruition
The tiger with the yellow eyes
Feel the heat
The warmth inside the shell
The embryonic sac
I crack the yolk between sharp teeth
And gold lays pooled at my feet
Tie feathers to my fingertips
Feathers for flesh - The Phoenix
I am fire in the sun
Ash to eggshell, feather to flame, solar to lunar
I slip under the wave
The cold scales of my belly
Gone flat and pale
I am silver salmon red
Cold and bare, I am hungry for the worm
Mouth open, I swallow the dangling tiger's tail
Hooked and clawed
Now a feast, I am tiger's meat
In the circle of her belly
I am cycle, I am recycled
Golden and immense, the belly of the tiger
Devours the day
I am milk to cub
Yellow are his opening eyes.
Sunrise.

Lyrics by Lynnette Shelley
Album: Feathers for Flesh (2004)