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Parthenogenesis Lyrics

PARTHENOGENESIS
Words and Music by Ruth Barrett

Can you see her wading near the shoreline?
Can you see her wading near the shore?
Arms raised to the evening chill in midnight
Goose-bump flesh and white foam meet the roar

Legs parted to the sea
Legs parted to the sea
What is she doing in the sea foam?
What is she doing?

She is giving birth to herself

Dance of joy to the stars
Loved by the silvery ocean
She is born in waves of pleasure and emotion

Stepping into icy waves of motion
She balances entwined around the kelp
Translucent cells are pulling in her stillness
The very will of Life creates itself

Legs parted to the sea
Legs parted to the sea
Life is her lover, Earth is her home
Life is her lover

Dance of joy to the stars …

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CRONE
Words by Ruth Barrett, Music by Ruth Barrett and Cyntia Smith

Untie a knot, tie a new knot
Bind it and set it free
Untie a knot, tie a new knot
Bind it and set it free

Take me in your twisted hand, old woman
With each wrinkle I am yours in the end
Twist the twine weaver of time
Your destiny is mine

I raise my eyes into my eyes

And there I see you beckoning
Conspirator, adventurer
Upon the spiral way
Whose approach is creamed away in lies
You are not refused in me
Whose whisper now is deafening
I watch you weaving patiently

Untie a knot …

Holy Mother of the Web,
Widow of the spider’s tread
Sister spinners, weavers all,
Dance upon the harpy’s claw
Fill the void with sacred rage,
Rattle the bars and free the cage
Shatter silence with your cries
Sister flyers, pierce the skies

Untie a knot …

Like the snake that sheds its skin,
Letting transformation take me
The golden chrysalis hangs by a thread
As I look within
Where one leaves off and the next begins,
In your chaos will I bide
Shadow spinster, Moerae,
Guide me to the other side

Untie a knot …

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DANU
Original words by Ruth Barrett, adapted from traditional Scots "MacCrimmon’s Lament."
Melody traditional.

Round Coolin’s Peak the moon is gleaming
The banshee wails her note of keening
And my blue ‘een with sorrow are streaming
For Danu is grieving, the Mother is leaving

No more, no more, no more forever
Will her gift of wild roses be taken
No more, no more, no more forever
Beloved of her people, forsaken

The breeze on the brae is mournfully moaning
The brook in the harrow is plaintively groaning
And my blue ‘een with sorrow are streaming
For Danu is ridden, the Mother forbidden

No more, no more, no more forever
No more do Her children remember
No more, no more, no more forever
Do hearts and minds invoke Her

I whisper her name upon the mountain
Her voice calls to me through the fountain
And my blue ‘een with gladness are streaming
For Danu is giving, the Mother is living

No more, no more, no more forever
No more will Her children deny Her
We dawn the new day that ends the burning
The Mother is once more returning

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KADISTU (HOLY WOMAN)
Words and Music by Ruth Barrett

Raven-haired Kadistu, full lipped, and spicy wet.
Circle my body in your radiance.
Circle my body in your radiance.

Dark eyes to journey deep, separate one, full one,
Savor her gentleness when the world grows cold.
Savor her gentleness when the world grows cold.

Abandon your fears in her embrace,
And find the embodiment of heaven and earth.

Petalled labyrinth to secret pathways of the heart.
Queen of Love, whose kiss is life.
Queen of Love, whose kiss is life.

Breathing, releasing, the sigh of the universe,
Smiling, she’s opening, and births a new star.
Smiling, she’s opening, and births a new star.

Shudder of awe awakens each cell.
Pulse of time where time knows no end.

Rocking the sea, a tidal wave of salt spray.
Pouring herself into each quake.
Pouring herself into each quake.

I love, she loves, tasting of mysteries,
The dawn’s silky dew.

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INVOCATION TO FREE WOMEN
Words by Ruth Barrett and Felicity A. Flowers
Traditional Melody Adapted by Ruth Barrett

It wasn't very long ago in the early morning
I dreamt of women wild and free, or slavery unknowing
I awoke, I awoke to distant voices fading
The vision of what might have been
Dissolved in slumber's waning

Hecate, Hecate, Wise One of the Crossroads
Guide our path through darkest night
To the truth within us

It wasn't very long ago, my senses can remember
They tore the baby from the breast, and then refused to feed her
Crying, crying, through countless wars and plunder
They took our Goddess, and our lives, our bodies torn asunder

Kali, Kali, Queen of Storms and Rages
Pierce through lies of mind and heart
As we bring the changes

We have come and we were born to do our own myth making
To turn the tide and end the tears, long centuries of waiting
Turn again, turn again, turn again the stories
That rendered us invisible in history's pale glories

Gaia, Gaia, Mother of the Living
Heal our bodies, and our souls
Grant us new beginnings

Women come together to move in one direction
To stop the raping of the world and give the Earth protection
Rising, rising, the sacred woman soul
In us the present and the past, the future we unfold

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SISTER’S EYES
Words by Ruth Barrett, Music by Su Livingston

In my sister’s eyes is the darkness of centuries lost
In my sister’s eyes there’s a buried treasure beneath the frost
In my sister’s eyes memories of her pride
In my sister’s eyes are dreams of flight

She rattles your doors in the deepest night
And wakes you from sleep, her eyes burning bright
You cannot escape them, can’t overtake them,
Try as you might

In my sister’s eyes, rage, betrayal and lies
In my sister’s eyes, there’s a warning of danger, no disguise
In my sister’s eyes, the mirror of those who would try
In my sister’s eyes, lives the spirit that will not die

She rattles your doors …

In my sister’s eyes stir the ashes of the revived
In my sister’s eyes, Phoenix rising into the skies

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MIDSUMMER MADNESS / RISE MOON
Words and Music by Ruth Barrett

In the twilight time when the colors turn
Hidden eyes within the leaves peer out unobserved
Will you walk the path that you can see?
Or slip away between the trees?

Rustling forest sounds, like voices from the deep
Turning round you look again in disbelief
Silent figures move in misty form
Your head is light, your blood is warm

Voices call you close, and your body’s yearning
Eyes of wonder as a child gaze as they turn
If invited in, will you join the dance?
Or step away within your trance?

Is this all a dream? Or midsummer madness?
Apparitions of the mind? Or Nature’s own?
Questions of the night ask if it’s so
The dawn brings what we’ll never know.

And when I quiet myself and my history
I can hear the music wisdom in everything

Rise moon, with streaming hair,
Touch this weary human care,
Lighten us to mystery,
To darkness, to change, eternally

Forest pulse and pull me into the living world
Creatures are of Her unquestioning, simply being

Enveloped by the tree,
I take you to me willingly,
Whispers flicker endlessly,
In voices of an ancient sea
Rise Moon …

In the twilight time when the colors turn
Hidden eyes within the leaves peer out unobserved
Will you walk the path that you can see?
Or slip away between the trees?

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