"English Fire" as written by Daniel Lloyd Davey, Paul James Allender, Adrian Paul Erlandsson, Martin F. Powell and David John Pybus....
Seven brides serve me seven sins
Seven seas writhe for me
From Orient gates to R'lyeh
Abydos to Thessaly
And Sirens sing from stern
But now I cease to play
For I yearn to return
To woodland ferns
Where Herne and his wild huntress lay

Now the tidal are turning
Spurning the darkness
The great purgations of distinguished tours
Are but stills in time
To the thrill that I'm
Once more
Heading to the bedding
Of her English shores

The wind bickered in Satanic mill sails
Eyes flickered in deep thickets of trees
And mists clung tight in panic to vales
When Brigantia spoke her soul to me

From Imbolg to Bealtaine
Lughnasadh to Samhain feasts
I heard her lament as season's blent
Together a chimerical beast

Now the tidal are turning
Churning in darkness
The celebrations of extinguished wars
Are but stills in time
To the chill that climbs
Once more
Dreading the red weddings
On her English shores

Gone are the rustic summers of my youth
Cruel winter cut their sacred throats
With polished scythes that reap worldwide
Pitch black skies and forest smoke

And the hosts that I saw there
Drones of carrion law
Drove the ghosts of my forbears
To rove and rally once more

One of her sons from the vast far-flung
Come home to rebuild
The rampant line of the Leonine
Risen over pestilent fields

Now the tidal are turning
Burning in darkness
The salvation of her hungry sword
Shalt spill like wine
From the hills to chines
That pour
Spreading her beheadings
On these English shores

For the hosts that I saw there
Drones of carrion law
Drove the ghosts of my forbears
To rove and rally once more

This is a waking for England
From it's reticent doze
This is a waking for England
Lest hope and glory are regarded as foes


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"English Fire" as written by Daniel Lloyd Davey Adrian Paul Erlandsson

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    General CommentBeutiful Song. 'Nuff said.
    CaseyRamone138on November 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love the piano in this song
    Dying_In_Vainon January 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits about the revival of the old ways.
    "From Imbolg to Bealtaine
    Lughnasadh to Samhain feasts"
    Bealtaine, Lughnasadh, and Samhain are all feast days in the celtic callender. I'll asume imbolg is an British celtic one, because i havn't heard of it in ireland.
    erudite strangeron February 15, 2005   Link
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    General Comment(i wish R'lyeh was real)
    Just did some research on Herne:
    Apparently he was the equivalent of the hound of the baskerbilles for Great Windsor Park, a private hunting ground established by Henry IV(?). Herne the hunter, pictured a bit like a satyr, was falsely connected to Satan (puritan fucks) and became a bit of a local legend
    cylent watcheron February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentR'lyeh is the sunken city on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean where Cthulhu slumbers in his ancient tomb.
    Abydos is the holy city of the god Osiris.
    Thessaly is a region in Ancient Greece where The Cult of the White Goddess originated.
    Herne(as cylent watcher said) is the spirit of a hunter that guards travelers through Windsor Great Park.
    Brigantia is the Celtic goddess of war, wisdom, and crafts.
    erudite stranger pretty much told what Lughnasadh and Samhain were.
    Imbolg is the Celtic festival of lights, also known as Candlemas.
    And finally, Leonine is the British lion, which is a symbol of the Colonial Empire.
    Man! I bet you're all wondering where I got all that information! Well, even if you aren't, I'm going to tell you anyway!
    I, being the educated genius that I am, looked up every single freakin' bit of it!
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    mrsdanifilth73on February 21, 2005   Link
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    mrsdanifilth73on March 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis amazing song is about all the lost cities (such as Atlantis) rising from the ocean. That would be damn cool if they rose
    River Wolfon September 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song, sounds like it's refering to paganism re-waking in the British Isles.
    It mentions the four fire festivals of paganism, and herne is the hunter, half stag half man..which is another representation of the pagan god of the hunt, cernunnous.
    A.Mon March 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe 4 cities mentioned in the songs represent the 4 ends of all the grand Eroupian Empires. Rome, Charlemane (sp?), and other conquerors. England never had anything to do with any of it...

    the 4 feasts mentioned are feasts making the season changes as they are generally viewed in europe...

    What I think this song is saying is that England needs to finally take charge and control something instead of sit back and watch everyone else do it. They tried with America, but look what happens. America gets of it's feet and says fuck you we got it and dumps england off ot the side.,

    I think what Dani is saying here is that England has just been withheld throughout history, and that even on it's attepmts to take charge has failed. England has nothing to it's name, and has nothing looking up for it in the future and Dani thinks that they should try and do something to give england some hope and glory for the future.
    Siyanon April 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's more focused on the glory of the old ways IMO.
    England was before rome came, a pagan isle, along with Ireland etc.

    "Now the tidal are turning
    Churning in darkness
    The celebrations of extinguished wars
    Are but stills in time"

    That says that the status quo is changing, which could be paganism and christianity, the celebration of rome's victory over england is forgotten and the old ways are overtaking christianity.

    And yes, the four fire festivals are about changing seasons, but also have certain deities attributed with them and themes.
    Imbolg is spring and sacred to Brighid, Beltaine is the sabbat of fertility and sexuality, Lughnasadh is the first and main harvest festival and Samhain is the festival of the dead and the brand new year according to Celtic Lore.
    A.Mon April 03, 2006   Link

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