Red and Terrible and Red (A Clash of Kings)

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Inspired by the character Melisandre, priestess of R'hllor, in George R. R. Martin's A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, book 2), performed live in the Bushwick Book Club at Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NY, on April 26, 2012.

www.bushwickbookclub.com

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She wears red head to heel
A long loose gown
Of silk as bright as fire
Copper hair and scarlet eyes
Make men mad with desire
Many call her beautiful.
She is not beautiful -- instead
She is red and terrible and red

The night is dark and full of terrors
Lord of light protect you
Too much light can hurt the eyes
But fire burns to cleanse you
The ruby pulsing at her throat
It fills your mind with dread
She is red and terrible and red

Chorus:
Do not cross her
The red woman
Will grind your bones
To make her bread
She won’t think twice
She’ll throw you on the pyre
Do not trust her
The sorceress
Is terrible and red red red
The only thing she
Loves is holy fire

The shadows come to dance my lord
Dance my lord dance my lord
The shadows come to dance my lord
Dance my lord dance
The shadows come to stay my lord
Stay my lord stay my lord
The shadows come to stay my lord
Stay my lord stay

Watch the fire tonight
You’ll know some lights
Can cast more than one shadow
It doesn’t take much more than that
To make woman a widow
Blood red velvet robes reveal
You’re just as good as dead
She is red and terrible and red

(Chorus)

Her god is bright and dangerous
He’ll burn you to a cinder
She’ll take your carven idols
Smash into a million splinters
She’ll bring about your downfall
Heavy doom upon your head
She is red and terrible and red

(Chorus)

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from Songs About Books (selections from the Bushwick Book Club), released August 10, 2013
Ellia Bisker - vocals + ukulele

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Sweet Soubrette Brooklyn, New York

Sweet Soubrette features the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker, whose dark, edgy love songs have won fans' hearts and critical praise since the release of debut album Siren Song. She is joined by a talented backing band, often featuring as many as 8 musicians onstage. Sweet Soubrette's third album, Burning City, releases November 24, 2013. ... more

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