My Brother, My Enemy: Teaching Collection

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"My Brother My Enemy" is one of the centerpieces of Sundown, a duet for Odin and Loki, in which they describe how they first met and became blood-brothers, then the events and changes that made them become enemies.

This collection contains the complete song (the same recording which appears on the "Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok" CD), plus two additional tracks re-balanced to highlight each part, so you can listen primarily to Loki's line or primarily to Odin's, hearing subtleties and quiet harmonies that are hidden when both sing together. This collection is ideal for getting to know the song and characters better, and for learning to sing the piece yourself.

The album also includes a package of digital downloads including:

1) An EPUB version of the sheet music, for use on e-readers
2) A PDF of the sheet music
3) A PDF lyrics sheet
4) A MIDI file of the song
5) A PDF containing two pages of original notes by the composer treating the song's themes and sources, mythological references in the lyrics, and the relationship between Loki and fire in the myths and the music. (Notes also appear in the Libretto.)

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released September 25, 2013

Performers: Ada Palmer as Loki and Lauren Schiller as Odin. Cover photo from Balticon performance (2013) by Brian Chin.

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Sassafrass performs Ada Palmer's original a cappella polyphonic folk music, complex pieces with lively narratives and fantasy, mythology or science fiction themes.

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Track Name: My Brother, My Enemy: Loki
When all nine worlds stood bare before you,
you came for me…

You
Banished all my ancient race to
Ice and stone and harsher borders, but
I survived and carved my place where
Gods would never dare to wander
Through, ’til you
Watched from your forbidden
Throne, a single eye
Like fire in the dark.

As borders spread I shared with no one,
Wars raised kings, I bowed to no one, for
None among my race could match me,
Thought for thought or plan for plan,

’Til you came down, the
Prayers of men made flesh before me.
I’d never been terrified by anyone before.

And when you asked to make us brothers
And to share all that we were,
How could anyone resist becoming
You?

But as your blood coursed through me
I could feel our powers mix.
Your sight, my burn, your sacrifice,
The fears of men, the rage of ice,
Your wisdom, cunning, hunger, heart,
Your secret plans and secret arts.

CHORUS:
My brother, my enemy, don’t dare say the word destiny,
I offered you the best of me, you turned it into this!
My traitor, oathbreaker, don’t say you had no choice!
He was my son; it was your promise.
There are things I can’t forgive and this is one.
And though this world may burn I’ll see my justice done.

My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy.

My kingdom I left and
Chose you over all my race,
So treat me like a brother
And a brother I will be.

You came to me for something new.
Was that too much for you to handle?
I opened mountain doors for you.
At first you weren’t so slow to follow
Through. You knew we
Both had secrets.

Did you never wonder what it
Was I plotted for?
It wasn’t war.

At least not in those early
Days.
It wasn’t me that changed.

My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy.

My son and heir you banished from
The kingdom you had me abandon,
An island prison, not enough.
You sent your faithful sons to bind him
Fast.
With cunning and magic and
Lies.
The first crime wasn’t mine. But you did
More, dear Uncle,
Took my second son,
My daughter too.
You can’t blame me

If
I pay you back one for
Three. Don’t say
There was no other way!

And when you asked,
And when I answered,
How could anyone
Resist?

CHORUS:
My brother, my enemy,
Don’t dare say the word destiny,
I offered you the best of me,
You turned it into this!
My traitor, oathbreaker,
Don’t say you had no choice!
He was my son; it was your promise.
There are things I can’t forgive of anyone.
Why did you have to do the only one?

My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy.

My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy.

You knew I had my reasons; it’s
Not my fault if you can’t see them. You
Gave your sacred word to me;
That promise doesn’t end!

Did you forget who taught you to mix
Cunning with magic and
Lies? You knew that I was
Fire in the dark!

Was I so wrong to
Act as you do?
And send your precious son to join my
Daughter in the dark?

And when you asked me to release him
And to shed repentant tears,
How dare you demand from me what you would
Not give in a thousand years?

CHORUS:
My brother, my enemy,
don’t dare say the word destiny,
I offered you the best of me,
you turned it into this!

You chased me,
You found me,
You beat me,
You bound me,
Shrieking in my shackles as you
Watched for heartless centuries.

My captor, my enemy,
My captor, my enemy.
Did you never wonder what it
Is I’m praying to?
It isn’t you!

For in the deep there’s a dragon who listens.
And with time we will crack every prison.
And there’s a sickness that creeps
Through the rot that you’ve sown
In the tree that deserves to come down!

Dare you bind me?
Time will find me.
Men know,
Beasts know,
Stones know,
Seas know,
Stars know,
Skies know,
You know,
I know.
Never justice, never peace,
But
Vengeance! Vengeance!
Vengeance! Vengeance!

My brother, my enemy,
Don’t dare say one more word to me!
We should have had eternity,
You had to make it end!
Deceiver, corruptor;
My captor, jailer, tormenter.
Treat me like a monster
And a monster I will be!
My traitor, Oathbreaker,
Don’t say you had no choice!
He was my son; it was your promise.
There are things I can’t forgive, nor you
And those are all that’s left of me!
I’ll burn this world to see my justice
Done!
Track Name: My Brother, My Enemy: Odin
The view from above has no start and no end,
Just the fields & the halls & the calls of the men
And the races that rise and get slaughtered again and
Barely leave their mark.

Still the view from above has no start and no end,
Just the fields and the halls and the calls of the men and The races that rise and get slaughtered again and barely Leave their mark. Past the
Stones and the ice and the oceans of gray, in the
Land where the frost never yields to the day, with the
Brutes all around you I spotted your blaze
Like fire in the dark.

n those early days I shared with no one, an
Allfather’s questions I bared to no one, for
None of my brothers or sons could match me,
Thought for thought or plan for plan.

What the gods couldn’t give I could feel inside you, a
Fire too bright for the ice to hide you.
I’d never been terrified by anyone before.

And when I asked to make us brothers
And to share all that we were,
How could anyone resist becoming
Part of what I thought you were?

But as your blood coursed through me
I could feel our powers mix.
My sight, your burn, my sacrifice,
The fears of men, the rage of ice,
My wisdom, cunning, hunger, heart,
Your secret plans and secret arts.

CHORUS:
My brother, my enemy, don’t dare say the word destiny,
I offered you the best of me, you turned it into this!
My traitor, oathbreaker, don’t say you had no choice!
He was my son; it was your promise.
There are things I can’t forgive and this is one.
And though this world may burn I’ll see my justice done.

Where’s the brother I wanted and thought that I knew?
Where’s the love and the oath that I traded with you?
There was poison at work in the ice where you grew
And where you should have stayed.

I gave you my family, my power, my pride, shared the Food at my table, the seat at my side,
So treat me like a brother and I
Wouldn’t be your enemy.

My brother, my enemy,
my brother, my enemy,
my brother, my enemy,
my brother, my enemy.
I realized too late what I’d taken as kin, with your
plots and your smiles and the harshness within.

You had nothing
Left to gain.

Where’s the brother I wanted and thought that I knew?
Where’s the love and the oath that I traded with you?
If you’d kept on pretending it could have stayed true,
At least for me.

The monsters you bred were a danger to all,
First the wolf that would smother the sun in its jaws,
The serpent that strangles the world in its coils,
The witch as hard as death.

My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy,
My brother, my enemy.

These worlds are my duty to guard and protect.
Your children were my enemies.
I can’t make exceptions before such a threat.
Your children were my enemies. Since the
Monsters you bred were a danger to all,
First the wolf that will crush even me in its jaws;
Then the serpent whose poison will topple my sons;
The witch who calls the hosts.

You know I can see what the future will be,
I told you what happens if those three go free. These
Worlds are my duty to guard and protect,
There was no other way.

And when I asked to make us brothers and to
Share all that we were, how could
Anyone resist creating what I thought
We’d make the world?

CHORUS:
My brother, my enemy,
Don’t dare say the word destiny,
I offered you the best of me,
You turned it into this!
My traitor, oathbreaker,
Don’t say you had no choice!
He was my son; it was your promise.
There are things I can’t forgive of anyone.
Why did you have to do the only one?

The gods up above and the men below
Have a single sun to part the snow,
And a single crime we can’t forget:
You ripped him from the skies.

Your silence pretends you have cause to conceal
Some higher agenda you couldn’t reveal.
Don’t think I can’t see jealousy
Transparent in your eyes!

You made yourself my enemy. You
Made yourself my enemy. You
Gave your sacred word to me, you
Made yourself my enemy.

The gods up above and the men
Below have a single sun to part the snow.
You couldn’t stand to see a brighter
Fire in the dark!

I gave you my family, my power, my pride,
Shared the food at my table, the seat at my side.
You sent my precious son to join the
Shadows in the dark.

And when I asked,
And when you answered,
How could anyone
Forgive?

CHORUS:
My brother, my enemy,
don’t dare say the word destiny,
I offered you the best of me,
you turned it into this!

You
Ran and you
Hid and you
Fought and you
Cursed and you
Struggled in your shackles as I
Watched for lonely centuries.

From my throne up above I can see you there,
Serene now like a child at prayer,
Waiting;
I am
Waiting too.

My riddle, monster, slaughter, whisper
Asker, question, answer.
The sickness creeps through
Just as you do,
Poison dripping down.

There’s a sickness, it’s true, that is spreading.
And there’s a sin that takes root in my worlds.
For every
Child, every man, every
Root, every tree, every
Stone, every mountain is
Crying to me that this
Life’s not worth facing, its
Wars and its plagues, without the
Comfort and sunlight that
You took away, and they
Pray not for justice, forgiveness, or peace
But for
Vengeance! Vengeance!
Vengeance! Vengeance!

My brother, my enemy,
Don’t dare say one more word to me!
We should have had eternity,
You had to make it end!
Deceiver, corruptor,
My prisoner, my tormenter. So,
Treat me like a brother
And I wouldn’t be your enemy.
My traitor, Oathbreaker,
Don’t say you had no choice!
He was my son; it was your promise.
There are things I can’t forgive, and this is
One. And though this
World will burn I’ll see my justice
Done!