MYTHOS

by Oh Foot

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released 01 December 2011

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Track Name: Argonautica
Loose the string, the arrow sings and reservations tire
The heart is a boon when her blood boils
Can a mortal hand restrain the emanating fires
And scatter the teeth over gods’ soil?

Be all anointed!

Penetrate the grove and let the foreign hand be idle
The guardian’s restless and wide-eyed
Will the song of Hypnos bring us what we are entitled?
Call for the queen when the sprig’s plied

The serpent slumbers!
The serpent slumbers!
Illumination
The prize is taken
Track Name: Paul Bunyan
Paul, Paul Bunyan
Such a strong man
Paul, Paul Bunyan
Such a strong man

Cut his teeth on a peavey pole
Wore his dad’s clothes at five days old
His bassinet was a lumber wagon
The Coast of Maine was his own big playpen

Slept on the sea, and the waves were crashin’
It took a canon to stop him nappin’
Paul the giant got an axe and
Became the world’s greatest lumberjack!

And the East
Was too small
For the beast
who was Paul

Paul Bunyan
Paul, Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan, he loved his pancakes
Ate fifty in just one minute
Paul Bunyan, he loved his pancakes
Ate fifty in just one minute!

Cause he’s
Paul, Paul Bunyan
Paul, Paul Bunyan

And Babe, His companion
Pulled the weight
Of his wagon
And the day
They both died
They were one
with the mountains

Paul, Paul Bunyan
Such a strong man
Paul, Paul Bunyan
Such a strong man
Track Name: David and Goliath
Oh Saul, what's there to fear in a bold call or a strong hand
When we've God in our land?
There's no need for the armor and sword though, for it's His fight
I'll be all right
Oh, come to carry the stone
Oh, I've come to carry the stone
When the lion drew
One from multitudes
I found his roar a ruse
Can the same be said of you?
Bird and beast come for the feast
When all your armies have fallen to their knees
Nowhere to flee—now do you see?
It wasn’t chance that delivered your life unto me
Oh, come to carry the stone
Oh, I’ve come to carry the stone
Track Name: Selkie
I shed my skin and was a woman once
I had four kids and had a husband once
But this whole life of land and sun just wadn’t for me
I needed to be back in my home beneath the sea

In my oiled coat he hid so long from me
My flippers flappin on the waves
Glossed eyes open wide in the water


And though I terribly miss my family
I miss my man and all the crazy things he’d do to me
Land life just wadn’t where I wanted to be
For I cannot betray my first marriage to the sea
Track Name: Orpheus and the Underworld
I was your bride, underneath you
If I were alive, we’d have children
Vipers got the best of me, but
in Elysium, we’re all happy

You were the groom, such a genius,
And I was alone, underneath the
Tidal waves of the River Styx

And you came to save me,
But now I’m happy

In Elysium, there’s no sadness,
Just waiting around for the rest of us
Don’t let me drag you down, Orpheus, ‘cause
If I come back up, it won’t be the best for us

Don’t let me drag you down, Orpheus, ‘cause
If I come back up, it won’t be the best for us
Track Name: Tortoise and Hare
So, you’ve got the legs
But can you bear ‘em with the right mind-set?
Effervescent faith
Is all it takes to make the great far less

Oh, a lesson is due
To make you small for a while
So, I’ll win the day, if only to say
It gave you pause for a while

So, you set the pace
And yet deliver up the lead in jest
Where’s your pride of place
When all your glory culminates in rest?

Oh, a lesson is due
To make you small for a while
So, I’ll win the day, if only to say
It gave you pause for a while
Track Name: La Llorona
La Llorona listlessly weeps in her bed
Deep beneath the river so wide--

for there is no language to describe
a Mother whose babies have died.
Track Name: Yael and Sisera
Honor killing in the sand
Sisera, my brother, lay dead
Yael crept up while he slept
And stabbed him in the head

Adonai, Adonai
A woman’s done your dirty work
Adonai
Sisera’s blood in the dirt, Adonai
Track Name: Theseus
Named the Aegean Sea
Named the Aegean Sea

If the sandal fits and the weapon’s fine
I’ll resurrect the king’s line
If the road is long, I’m the more inclined
To lay a claim to what’s mine
But oh, many are the
Men who’d run you through
I can only venerate the true
Someone had to give ‘em what was long due

Recognize what the scabbard hides
What the scabbard hides
Spill the wine in the nick of time
In the nick of time

Named the Aegean Sea
Named the Aegean Sea

When the Cretan calls for the young and bright
I’ll lend a hand to do right
Mark returning sails: if they billow white
They herald in a good fight
But hey, who’s the
Little lady come my way?
Never hesitating to convey
Everything the architect could not say

Tethered fast to a thread attached
To a thread attached
Though it’s rash, let the die be cast
Let the die be cast
Track Name: Pecos Bill
Pecos Bill, king of the West
King of the West
Pecos Bill, king of the West
King of the West

Raised by Coyotes in the desert
Bill rode a horse named Widow-Maker
But sometimes rode a mountain lion
Or a tornado like a buckin’ bronco

That Pecos Bill, king of the West
King of the West
Pecos Bill, king of the West
King of the West

Slue-Foot Sue, his old lady
Cooked him dynamite for breakfast
She rode a catfish down the Rio Grande
And her love for him was thick and true

Pecos Bill, king of the West
King of the West
Track Name: Coyote Steals Fire
Winter’s come, and it won’t be long
Many have passed and the herd is thinning
But there’s hope in Coyote’s song
Leading us back up the river, grinning

See those fingers of fire burn
Flickering out through the pines to greet us?
We’ve a right to the light in turn
Holy flame, like a god—relieve us!

Fleet of foot follows sleight of hand
Faces colored and captivated
Take no heed of the burning brand
Borne away to be celebrated
Track Name: Avalon
She was a healer
A healer on the island of Avalon
And her brother
Brother Arthur stole the sword Excalibur

Oh, Le Fay
Oh, Le Fay

She’s got her wounds
And her romances
But on the sea in Sicily
Oh, how she dances

Oh, Le Fay
Oh, Le Fay

And the waves were rushing
And the waves were rushing
And the waves were rushing
And the waves were rushing
Track Name: Flight of Icarus
Icarus, you’ll learn
That the body is a weight
For the soul to spurn
When a vision ill-fated
Makes a martyr of you

Icarus, you’ve heard
That the loftiest can fail
But the heart is spurred
And the heat of youth prevails
With a father’s cries deferred
Heaven opens for you
Track Name: Daphne
Two arrows shot in stereo A planned misunderstanding One man left magnetic and wanting One woman left running
“Change my form,” you begged to me, “Get me out of this body Open the earth to enclose me Let my hands be branches
Let my hair be leaves Let me get away from the danger This body’s brought me.”
And you became a laurel tree Immortal and everlasting