Solitaire

by Mama Gina

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Solitaire 04:44
Solitaire © G. LaMonte 11/2012 (written at FPG Samhein 2012) Wildings run and dark wings beat In reflected glow, the moon she speaks In semaphore flashes between the trees And I drive this road alone The owl takes wing and her pretty takes flight Hunting hounds and the doe’s eyes bright My full heart against darkening night And I drive this night alone Illusion conveys what the sunlight conceals The world’s silhouette and the mysteries revealed What they don’t know, they never can steal And I walk this path alone   The wind she blows and howls my name Candle wick, wax and flame Bone in my limbs and blood in my veins I dance this night alone Full moon shines on this circle of one The powers I bind will not be undone The secrets I keep with this solitaire’s tongue I am this night alone Beyond this time and space I’ll run Weft and warp ‘til weaving’s done I’ll give my heart, but hold my own And I dance this night alone Full moon shines on this circle of one The powers I bind will not be undone The secrets I keep with this solitaire’s tongue I am this night alone
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Blood Moon 03:58
Blood Moon © G. LaMonte 4/2014; written @ Raven’s Shire Coven Ren Faire & Beltane Festival in Pikeville, TN Standing ‘neath this crimson moon in a crystal clear sky Dogwood blooms like snow on her limbs Mother Moon asks me, “What is your wish child?” And I cry, “I don’t know where to begin.” I want to be more than I am without losing my soul Want to bend like a willow, I want to be harder than stone I want to dance in the rain from the tears in my eyes. I want to sing down this blood moon tonight Crimson moon shinin’ on the cold earth at my feet Water falls and melts away stone Mother Moon asks me, “What will your wish be?” And I say, “Can I have more than one?” I want to be brave when I’m frightened, and humbled when I’m wrong I want to love sweet, want to speak truth, want to be strong I want to be darker than shadow, and brighter than light I want to sing down this blood moon tonight I want to be more than I am without losing my soul Want to bend like a willow, I want to be harder than stone I want to dance in the rain from the tears in my eyes. I want to sing down this blood moon tonight I’m gonna pray for the right prayer, I’m gonna stand in her light I’m gonna sing down this blood moon tonight I’m gonna soul dive so deep, I’m gonna get this love right I’m gonna sing down this blood moon – sing down this blood moon – I’m gonna sing down this blood moon tonight
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Goddess Walking in This World © G. LaMonte 11/2013; written @ FPG Samhein 2013 Nothin' to repent, dear Nothin' to repay Nothin' to be sorry for You were never broken, anyway Let go what don't serve you And make a joyful sound You're the Goddess walking in this world Get up and stand your ground They say this world is evil And you were born in sin But they forgot that truth and light Is the best place to begin Love is the commandment And it’s the only one that counts You're the Goddess walking in this world Get up and stand your ground You're the Queen of all that's in your grasp Never want to see you on your knees Unless it's for your pleasure Then, it's anything you please There is no path before you But the one that you create So walk that stuff you're talkin' girl Get out of your own way You can walk the straight and narrow Or tread this circle round Anyway you choose Stand up and you can't lose You're the Goddess walking in this world Get up and stand your ground.
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Weed 05:46
Weed © G. LaMonte 6/2014; written in D. Lonsway’s back yard I feel like a wildflower no longer wild – I been planted in medians for mile after mile You want a crazy that you can predict – But I fly apart when I stand in the wind I fly apart when I stand in a breeze – You can call me your dandelion, baby, but I’m just a weed I know that you love me but you need me to change – I can’t live by your rules and I’m causin’ you pain You wanted crazy, but you don’t want this – Maybe, baby, I’m not here for you to fix I fly apart when I stand in a breeze – You can call me your dandelion, baby, but I’m just a weed You think that you’re here to help me ease my head – Maybe, baby, I’m here for your soul instead I’m pullin’ the poison right out of the ground – Why can’t you just love me and let me fall down I fly apart when I stand in a breeze – You can call me your dandelion, baby, but I’m just a weed Can’t put them petals back, just let me go – Let me be who I am and let that wind blow I’m ready to fall apart, I need you to see – I’m becoming more every day of what I’m supposed to be I promise you it won’t get better than this – And that’s the only promise you’re likely to get You see, I fly apart when I stand in a breeze – You can call me your dandelion, baby, but I’m just a weed
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Mama Gaia's Goin' Through Menopause She's hot and gettin' hotter And her mood is set to swing We all run for cover 'Cause any little thing Will get her hot and bothered And make her bare her claws Mama Gaia's changin' Yeah, Mama's rearrangin' Mama Gaia's goin' through menopause You can call it global warmin' Or blame it on the man Cuttin' down the forests And pavin' what we can I'm tellin' you get ready No matter what the cause 'Cause Mama Gaia's sweatin' And there ain't no forgettin' Mama Gaia's goin' through menopause I'm goin' through the change myself It's my advice to give You will do what Mama says If you want to live I've had me some night sweats And I will tell you true There ain't enough St. John's Wort on this whole wide planet, baby For what she's goin' through She's rockin' out them solar flares She's crankin' up the storms She's meltin' down a bit each day And, hey, it's gettin' warm Get ready for the summer That never seems to pause I say we take our clothes off And violate some laws 'Cause Mama Gaia's heatin' up The temperature is creepin' up And Mama Gaia's goin' through menopause Mama Gaia's changin' Yeah, Mama's rearrangin' Mama Gaia's goin' through menopause
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A Prayer to Morpheus © G. LaMonte 7/2014 I blew out the candle and lay myself down and prayed to the King of Dreams My soul was weary and I’d lost my ground; I prayed for one peaceful night’s sleep I ran through the house all hallways and doors, pursued by something unseen Every childhood nightmare and ghost from my past was inside the inside of my dream Morpheus, King of Dreams – Hold your lover near We’ll shimmer in starlight, no shadow to cast – Let me sleep past my fear I shaped the key to my hand with a thought, and I followed the thread to his lair The key to the lock, and I stepped in the room, and I found my Drowsy King there Was a silver-eyed, silver-haired God of my dreams, as my fingertips touched his disguise He smiled, “We are not here to make love, my sweet. We are here to bring your dreams to light.” Grey-eyed Warrior, Grey-winged Love – You could be flawless, but you know me well enough To leave every scar of change and time upon your skin – Spider-web thin He kissed my third eye as I slipped in the sheets; I heard his voice as I drifted “You must wake thrice and you must wake true. Sweet dreams.” And the spell was lifted. I woke once in fear and I knew it was false – I woke once in tears with salt on my tongue I woke last in daylight and all was not lost, but the fear that would fade in the Sun Morpheus, King of Dreams – Hold your lover near We’ll shimmer in starlight, no shadow to cast – Let me sleep past my fear (2x)
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Selah 04:44
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Ravens of the Nine Worlds © 9/2014 G. LaMonte – Huginn and Muninn chased me all the way to Meren’s house in Asheville, NC Ebon wings are chasing me down highway and back road And even when I stop to get my fill They are perched upon the neon, daring me ignore The sign upon the sign, if you will / The sign upon the sign, if you will Black wings, they are flying, one goes left and one goes right I feel their wicked talons ‘pon my skin I name them Rock and Hard Place, and they cry with all they know And I’m daring them to let it all sink in / I’m dizzy as I let it all sink in CHORUS: Ravens of the Nine Worlds, come whisper in my ear And I will listen like the very gods of old You’re my thought and my desire, you’re the lyric and the chord And between the two is where my song will grow / Between the two is where my song will grow Bring me every dead thing; bring me every seed Bring me all that lives and all that dies Tell me all I need to know and just a little more And I’ll release you, I’ll release you to the sky / For the ravens of the nine worlds, they must fly CHORUS: Ravens of the Nine Worlds, come whisper in my ear And I will listen like the very gods of old You’re my thought and my desire, you’re the lyric and the chord And between the two is where my song will grow / Between the two is where my song will grow BRIDGE: Sometimes their gift is dark and sweet Sometimes it’s bright as fire Sometimes those Ravens make me laugh And as they circle higher Sometimes they leave me far too long I fear they’ll not return Raven halves of mine own soul To me! With every word Bring me every dead thing; bring me every seed Bring me all that lives and all that dies Tell me all I need to know and just a little more And I’ll release you, I’ll release you to the sky / For the ravens of the nine worlds, they must fly CHORUS
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Old Ways 06:25
Old Ways © G. LaMonte 4/2014; written @ DragonzWylde before Maiden Awakens They say that the Fae have left this land, but I’ve seen the wildflowers grow In gardens forgotten and there on the side of the road I hear that the old gods have left us, and new ones are taking their place But I still see in every tree a face And I will keep the old ways – always They say that the old ones are silent, but I’ve heard the whippoorwill At 4 am he calls and I hear him still I hear that the stars are all fadin’ – we’re making our own kind of light But I know a dark road I can travel and still see the night And I will keep the old ways – always The flame and the passion - The blood and the ocean The sky and the notion - That all is Divine The good Earth that grows me - The Mother she holds me My spirit flies free - And the prayer that is mine I will keep the old ways – always They say that there’s nothin’ worth saving; The magic has already flown But I’ll keep the flame and I know that I don’t stand alone And we will keep the old ways - always
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One Tribe 07:20
ONE TRIBE CHANT © LaMonte 5/2011; written for MPF Main Ritual Many flames Many hearts Many ways Many hands ONE TRIBE \ ONE TRIBE Build the flame Share each heart Teach the ways Lend all hands ONE TRIBE \ ONE TRIBE

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David Banach, The Magick Jukebox Podcast reviewing for witchesandpagans.com says this: "It's hard to believe that Mama Gina is still a relatively new artist in the world of Pagan music. With her third album, Solitaire, due to be released very soon, she is soon to be no longer be known as the new kid on the block, but rather take her place in the pantheon of Pagan music royalty.

Solitaire has depth and character. Gina'a soulful voice shines in this well mixed and engineered album. The addition of backup players and singers brings a 1970's pop feel to her song "Goddess Walking". I honestly was reminded of the band America. Since they are one of my favorites, that's a good thing. "Old Ways" takes an intimate look at the spirituality in modern times. "Weed" shows off her bluesy side while telling a great tale. She gets to her tribal roots with the powerful "Old Snake Woman" and gives the listener a smile with "Mama Gaia's Going Through Menopause".

Solitaire is a strong album, and a must for your collection. It's combination of blues, folk and pop songs make for a listening experience that is as diverse and deep as you want it to be.

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Mama Gina talks about "Solitaire": My spirituality is so deeply personal … I walk this road alone. And yet, my spirit is linked to each and every one, and this connection sustains me in ways that I am only now beginning to understand. This is my journey … never a straight line, but a dance. Sometimes I move alone; sometimes I revel with my tribe. Between the first step and the last, I find myself drawing down the moon, acknowledging the Divine in my own heart and others. I fall apart, shed my skin, change, rest, rise, listen, learn, and remember.

Funny that a CD entitled “Solitaire” should be the one that took a community to create. My deepest gratitude to John Seda at Rising Sun Music who went above and beyond … I hear things in my head … he helped me shake those things out of my head, out of my heart, and into the world. Sachiko, thank you for always having a beautiful smile and cup of coffee at the ready. Big thanks to Diane, Meren, ESA ESP, and the Songdogs for inspirational and quiet spaces where songs were born. A great big thank you to Courtney for helping me find my marbles! And thank you to each and every one of you who host and attend the concerts, gatherings, and festivals; purchase the CDs and the digital downloads; let me sleep on your couch; and who support this independent original musician. This Bardic journey would not be possible without your love, enthusiasm and support.

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released January 1, 2015

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Mama Gina Tampa, Florida

Award winning singer/songwriter & wanderlust ... fearless story-telling ... bluesy vocals ... humor ... straight-ahead, rhythmic, 12 string acoustic guitar ... djembe ... frame drums ... all weft and warp of the soul of this bard

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