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A faerie queen of the Otherworld falls in love with an Ulster hero, and he with her, but his wife intervenes and the lovers are driven apart, mad with longing. To end their suffering he drinks a draught of forgetfulness, while the queen’s husband shakes his magic cloak between them, parting them for eternity.

Story’s country of origin – Ireland

Based on the myth “The Only Jealousy of Emer,” as translated by Jeffrey Gantz, Early Irish Myths and Sagas (London: Penguin Books, 1981), pp 155-178; and the Dover republication Celtic Myths and Legends (NY: Dover Pub. Ltd., 1990) of the translation by T.W. Rolleston, Myths & Legends of the Celtic Race (London: G.L. Harrap & Co., 1911), pp 226-228.

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Verse 1
I fell in love with an ideal
But I believed with all my heart that it was real
And when we met he felt the same
There in the light of love, true lovers we became

Verse 2
Our other lives melted away
We had no care but for ourselves from day to day
We were consumed by our desire
Of our embrace we promised never we would tire

Lift
Until the moment she reminded you
Who you had first been promised to

Chorus
Farewell, my love
You have turned your back
Without you, love
I am painted black
My greatest loss
I am torn from bliss
You’ve chosen, love
Abandon this

Verse 3
I will embrace oblivion
The only place where you and I can be undone
And when the veil between us falls
We will be deaf to one another’s calls

Verse 4
I could only say, “It will always be this way”
I could only hope against inevitable slope
I could only live with giving all I had to give
I could only show the love I wanted you to know

Lift
A line that’s permanent divides us now
Yet life goes on, some way, somehow

Chorus
Farewell, my love
You have turned your back
Without you, love
I am painted black
My greatest loss
I am torn from bliss
You’ve chosen, love
Abandon this

Outro
Be happy, love
As you forget me
We may be broken, love
But we are free

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from The Wanderlings Volume One, released April 16, 2015

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Leslie Hudson Stratford, Ontario

Leslie Hudson is a Canadian singer songwriter and pianist. Her albums range from storytelling styles to bluesy bar rock to dialed-up, full-band homages to pop culture. With lyrical piano skills and a voice that cuts through the crowd, her songs dive deep into archetype and folklore, modernizing ancient voices as she shines a spotlight on the shadowy paths we walk through life, myth and media. ... more

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