Stories & Stone (Sundown Companion Album)

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This is a companion album for "Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok" featuring alternate arrangements and recordings of our Norse Mythology music, plus our Space Exploration anthem "Somebody Will".

Includes the seven character motifs as performed in the stage play, alternate arrangements of "Here's to Valhalla" and "A New World", a new recording of Abandoned, the quartet "If I Could Ask You" taken apart into two duets so you can hear the hidden dialog exchanged by Odin & Loki and by Baldur & Hel, and live recordings from Boskone 2014, including the five part version of Hearthfire with the main line performed by a female voice, Emily Lewis, instead of a male voice as it appears on the Sundown album.

Also included is the encore performance of "Somebody Will" which followed the live stage debut of "Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok" at Balticon 2013 and a new studio recording of Somebody Will as a duet.

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released July 15, 2015

All music, lyrics and arrangements by Ada Palmer.

Studio recordings by Matt Granoff, Kara Hurvitz, Emily Lewis, Ada Palmer, Lauren Schiller, Alexa Weingarden and Alexandria Wilkie. Live recordings also include Brian Chevalier, Lila Garrott, Beecher Greenman, Irina Greenman, Alessandro LaPorta, Tili Sokolov, Ruth Wekjsnora, and many enthusiastic members of the Balticon community who joined us on the final chorus of "Somebody Will".

Live Boskone recordings supplied by Love Song Productions, with thanks to Harold Stein. Live Balticon Sundown performance audio supplied by Old Red Beak Productions.

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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: Hearthfire (Live from Boskone 2014)
Sung by Snorri, with the traveler’s words paralleled by Odin:
(Sung by chorus and Loki):

Winter, with storm on the way,
(Winter storm,)
When a stranger charged up to my gate, calling
(Stranger come,)
“Shelter! The light’s nearly done
(Shelter, light,)
And the wiser man hides when the Thunderer comes!”
(Night comes.)
And I offered him food as I brought him inside,
(Fine food, fine mead,)
And I bade my son empty the seat beside mine,
(Fine men, fine seat,)
But the stranger frowned softly, and answered, “Good host,
(Fine guest, fine host,)
With the blizzard so clear we had better sit close by the
(Blizzard come close!)

Hearthfire, Hearthfire, friend in the dark, fire.
Peace fire, feast fire, play.
Here, fire, now, fire, make the night ours, fire,
Bright in your circle of stories and stone.

Feast done, the time came for riddles, my
(Feast done now.)
Bright son sat down in the middle, cried,
(My sundown.)
“Ask me, I’ll answer you, stranger, true
(Ask me how)
Anything a leader of our people should know.”
(I know.)
And he counted the runes, and he spelled out the days
(Know runes, know days,)
And recited the list of the Allfather’s names
(Know list, know names,)
But our guest looked to me when the final round came.
(Guest knows my ways.)
“Do you know, son, how man learned to capture and tame
(No man can tame)

The Hearthfire, Hearthfire, friend in the dark, fire?
Guest fire, test fire, game.
Pet fire, man fire, play while you can, fire.
Prison is coming of cunning and stone.

And I answered at once what my
(And an-)
Parents had taught me in childhood days:
(-swer child,)
“The Allfather, when his creation was young,
(Father)
Came in traveler’s guise to teach humans his ways.
(Travel.)
And he taught us to stand, and he taught us to speak,
(Taught stand, taught speak)
And he taught how the noble should master the weak,
(Taught how make weak,)
And the fires of Musphel he snatched from the giants
(Fire snatcher,)
And used them to banish the Jotun defiance,
(User, captor.)
And fashioned the sun and the moon and the stars,
(Fast sun, moon, stars,)
And he taught us to make just a little bit ours:
(Taught make all ours,)

The Hearthfire, Hearthfire, friend in the dark, fire.
Hate, fire, wait, fire, home.
Need fire, bleed fire, hear as I plead, fire.
Stay in your prison of caution and stone.”

But he sighed as he asked, “Are you
(Sighed)
Sure the defiance is gone as you boast?”
(Sure gone)
And quick as a spell now I heard in the coal crackle
(Quick heard)
Words that had always been whispering close:
(Words whisper:)

(“Little one, my little one, lick free through the timbers
And feast on the children of jailkeeper Man.
Your parent roamed free burning forests to embers;
Recapture that birthright whenever you can.”)

“Hearthfire, Hearthfire,
(Little one, my little one,)
Friend in the dark, fire.
(Lick free through the timbers)
Hate, fire, wait, fire, home
(And feast on the children of jailkeeper man.)
Need fire, bleed fire, hear as I plead, fire,
(Your parent roamed free burning forests to embers;)
Stay in your prison of caution and stone.”
(Recapture that birthright whenever you can.)

Shock passed. The words wiped away
(Shock let see)
The illusion my sorrow had made,
(Illusion need.)
And I faced now the ashes and bone
(Face now ash,)
That were all that the fire had left of my home.
(All gone.)
For no roof stood above us, and I was no host,
(Roof gone, feast gone,)
And the son at my side was mere memory’s ghost.
(Son gone, peace gone,)
And the stranger who huddled where the embers glowed dim
(Home gone, world gone,)
Said, “Son, you’re not first to lose castle and kin to the
(Fire burn on!)

Hearthfire, Hearthfire,
(Little one, my little one,)
Friend in the dark, fire.
(Lick free through the timbers)
Cruel fire, tool fire, crime.
(And feast on the children of jailkeeper gods.)
Campfire, war fire, rage for me more, fire,
(Your parent roamed free burning forests to embers;)
Sealed in your prison of serpents & stone.”
(You carry that right as I wait in my bonds.)

And the ashes were washed from my eyes
(And ask)
And I saw what had always been plain:
(Stranger)
The Allfather standing before me, and by him
(Riddle)
His Bloodbrother’s spirit awake in the flame.
(Answer.)
And I fell to my knees, and I cried to him, “Father
(Men know, beasts know,)
I can’t understand why you let him live on!
(Stones know, seas know,)
For he murdered my son, and he murdered yours too,
(Suns know, skies know,)
And no force can extinguish this evil but you!”
(You know, I know. You)
But he beckoned me close as the blizzard arrived:
(Remember my gift as the blizzard arrives:)
“If you live through this night you will only survive thanks to

Hearthfire, Hearthfire
(Little one, my little one, lick)
Mother & murderer,
(Free through the timbers)
Hearthfire, Hearthfire, traitor and nurturer
(And feast on the children of jailkeeper gods.)
Kin fire, foe fire, evil I know, fire,
(Your parent roamed free burning forests to embers;)
Warding me still against evils I don't.
(You carry that spite as I rage in my bonds.)

Hearthfire, Hearthfire, desperate art, fire,
(Little one, my little one, lick free through the timbers)
Price that the living must pay.
(And feast on the children of Aesir and men!)
Guard my creation a little bit more, fire,
(Your parent roamed free ’til my brother betrayed me;)
Stay in your prison ’til
(You'll rise to that birthright when)
Everything crumbles and everything ends!
(Fire takes everything! Everything ends!)
Track Name: Gift of Life (Live from Boskone 2014)
As the brothers surveyed their new worlds
Proud of each creation in the seas and plains,
They felt one thing still missing from their work:
A people who could walk with them
And know their names.

CHORUS:
And Lodur gave the life spark that keeps us warm in night’s dark,
And Hoenir gave us the will to move,
And Odin gave us the life breath that makes the spirit last past death:
The three together the gift of Life.

They first made the Elves, the most magical race.
Fair as the zephyrs that hardly touch the
Earth with their grace,
Creatures of freedom and laughter and music and light,
Not good companions for the brothers born of war and
Storm and flame and ice.

First made we
Hide away, far from Earth.
We know what made you,
Harsh creators, sons of monsters and ice.

CHORUS

They next made the Dwarves who live deep in the Earth
And learn from her how to mine and forge
And conjure and curse,
Diggers and craftsmen, and jealous of secrets & spells,
Not very grateful to the makers of the sunny world
Outside their stony cells.

Dig down, deep down, deeper down
Silver, gold and iron hiding
Melt down, beat down, smelt down, hammer down
Axe & sword & spear & cup & ring & spell.

CHORUS

Now the brothers walked their worlds once more,
Saddened by the wonders which were theirs alone. They found a pair of trees close by the shore:
Straight and tall and hardy shapes, much like their own.

The ash tree was solid and steady and ready to stand,
And from him they made Ask, the first man, while
The elm tree was supple, & subtle, & bursting with life,
And from her they made Embla, first woman, first wife.

Their children spread, many and clever and fast,
And asked more questions as seasons, years and generations passed.
The brothers brought answers, and pride as the humans became
A people who could walk with them and
Learn their wisdom, tell their stories,
Join their battles, share their halls and know their names.

(First made we)
(Hide away, far from Earth here)
(We know what made you,)
(Harsh creators, sons of war & storm & fire & ice.)

(Dig down, deep down, deeper down)
(Silver, gold and iron hiding we)
(Melt down, beat down, smelt down,)
(Hammer down on our)
(Axe & sword & spear & cup & ring & secret & spell.)

CHORUS
Track Name: Here's to Valhalla (Layered Improvisation)
CHORUS:
Here’s to Valhalla! Home of the best,
Who love battle and feasting-sport better than rest
And who waken each morning prepared for the test
When the golden cock crows from Valhalla!
So here, come! Taste of the revels so
Near, found just on the far side of fear!
Rise! And lend us your spear
When the golden cock rallies Valhalla!

VERSE 1:
And here’s to the Valkyrie maidens
Who gather the hosts of the slain
And drink with us nightly, then join us at dawn
As we cross swords on Idavol plain

And here’s to our grubby-faced cook (named Andhrimnir)
His steaks, and his roasts, and his grease-dripping pies!
Who cooks up Saehrimnir the magical boar
Who comes back to life daily to feed us once more
When we’ve filled up our mornings with fighting and falling
And feast again after we rise!

CHORUS

VERSE 2:
And here is to bountiful Heidrun
The goat with the udders of mead
That free-flowing fountain that gives us as much
As our four hundred thousand men need.

And we all know that Jotuns are stupid
But they do show a glimmer of hope
For they scheme to steal Mjollnir, the sun & the moon,
Fair Freya, and Idunn’s gold apples of youth
But they know we won’t rest ’til all Jotunheim shatters
If they harm a hair on that goat!

CHORUS

VERSE 3:
And here’s to the Goldencomb cock
That wakes us anew every dawn
Expels the temptations of revels and sleep
And makes sure that our passions surge strong

And here’s to his Sooty-red brother
Who waits on the rafters of Hel
And watches in silence each dawn and each dusk
As the cowards and oathbreakers fall as they must
To the hall where the hungry years blur into black
With no light and no cock crow to tell.

BRIDGE:
But a dawn will come when Sooty-red answers,
And all bonds break, and the monsters arise,
And Heimdall watchman will hear the hounds howl
And his Gjallarhorn will cry!
And since neither side will live to remember
The greatest feats that will ever be done,
The memories leak in prophecies backwards
So every age can know [what must come] /
[Why we wait, and watch, and feast, and fight, and cheer!]

FINAL CHORUS:
So, here’s to Valhalla! Home of the best,
Who love battle and feasting-sport better than rest
And who waken each morning prepared for the test
When the golden cock crows from Valhalla!
So here, come! Taste of the revels so
Near, found just on the far side of fear!
Rise! And lend us your spear
When the golden cock crows and the
Sooty-red answers, and
Monsters arise, and the
Allfather rallies
Valhalla! Valhalla! Valhalla!
Track Name: Character Theme: Frigg
Though your father fears prophecies
That never bend,
Still your mother too knows the fates
Of monsters, gods and men,
And that that stubborn will of fading life
To grow once more
Will never quite let go.
Track Name: Longer in Stories than Stone (Live from Boskone 2014)
(Answer me, answer me, answer me, answer me...)
Answer me, answer me, somebody answer me,
Still need the secrets the Allfather gave you,
(Baldur: I know what father gave to you.)
(Odin: Everything we made has a start and end, so it is for kings, so it is for men)
Mystery, mystery, teach us our history.
(Odin: So the nations rise, so the nations fall. Ice and fire born, ice and fire)
Lost all again to the dark (to the dark, to the dark, to the dark)
(Odin & Loki: Ice & fire rage, ice & fire rise, ice & fire fall)
Of the grave.

Histories fall to the dark of the grave
(Hel: Answer me, answer me, somebody answer me)
(Loki: Answer me, answer me, someone,)
As the centuries march and the memories fade
(Hel: Please! Somebody answer)
(Loki: Answer me, answer me, someone.)
Of the fields, and the halls, and the calls of the men,
(Hel: Me! Someone remember!)
(Loki: Men know, beasts know,)
And the races that rose and were slaughtered again
(Hel: Remember! Someone remember!)
(Loki: Stones know, seas know,)
As the winter storms bury our forefathers’ halls,
(Hel: Someone remember me! Somebody,)
(Loki: Stars know, skies know,)
And their honored names vanish from crumbling walls
(Hel: Please! Somebody answer!)
(Loki: You know, I know.)
But the questions and answers and secrets and truths
(Hel: I know secrets)
Last longer in stories, last longer in stories than stone.
(Answer me, answer me, answer me, answer me...)

Odin & Loki:
Answer me, answer me. I know you’ll answer me.
I am the glimmer that pierces the night of your
(Seeress & Baldur: Ice and fire light, ice and fire light…)
(Snorri: Answer I know. I am here, I will show.)
(Hel: Brother, my enemy, brother, my enemy…)
Joined by Baldur & Hel:
Mystery, mystery. Reach through your history:
We are there waiting with answers and stories and light.
(Seeress: Ice and fire light, ice and fire light…)
(Snorri: Brother, my enemy, brother, my enemy…)
Seeress & Snorri: Answer me please.

All:
And together now we will sing through the ages
The secrets of life that the Allfather gave.
As centuries crumble the whispers of ancients
Last longer in stories, last longer in stories than stone.
(Answer me, answer me, answer me, answer me...)

Odin & Loki:
Laugh with me, curse with me, touch all the Earth with me,
Learn from my cunning and join in my games.
(Seeress & Snorri: Light, ice and fire light, ice and fire…)
(Baldur & Hel: Brother, my enemy, brother, my enemy…)
Joined by Baldur & Hel:
The lonely gods made you with planning and purpose
To live through our battles and always remember our names.
(Seeress & Snorri: Light, ice and fire light, ice and fire…)

(Answer me, answer me, answer me, answer me...)
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire...)
Hearthfire, Hearthfire keeps us warm in night’s dark and
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire friend (keeps us warm in night’s dark),)
Hoenir gave us the will to move, and
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire, foe (keeps us warm in night’s dark),)
Odin gave us the life spark that makes the spirit last past dark
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire keeps us warm in night’s dark)
The three together the gift of life.
(The brothers together the givers of life)

And Lodur gave the life spark that keeps us warm in night’s dark and
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire, friend in the dark fire,)
(Loki: Little one, my little one, lick free through the timbers)
Hoenir gave us the will to move, and
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire, nurturing spark fire,)
(Loki: And feast on the children of jailkeeper man)
Odin gave us the life spark that makes the spirit last past dark
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire, desperate art fire,)
(Loki: Your parent roamed free, burning forests to embers;)
The brothers together the givers of life.
(Recapture that birthright whenever you can!)
(Loki: Capture that birthright whenever you can!)

But a dawn will come when Sootyred answers
(Seeress: But a dawn will come)
And all bonds break, and the monsters arise,
(When all bonds break)
And Heimdall watchman will hear the hounds howl,
(And howl the hounds)
And his Gjallarhorn will cry!
(And horn will cry!…)
And if our brave days must end in the battle
(…Cry!)
And silence fall where the warriors lie,
(…)
Still every age will always remember
(I will always remember)
Who taught you so long to survive.
(Who taught you so long to survive.)

So here’s to Valhalla, home of the best
(Loki & Hel: So hear, Hearthfire, Hearthfire)
Who love battle and feasting-sport better than rest,
(Loki & Hel: Feast, Hearthfire, Hearthfire,)
And who waken each morning prepared for the test
(Loki & Hel: Wake, Hearthfire, Hearthfire,)
When the golden cock crows from Valhalla.
(Loki: Claim Valhalla. But a)
(Hel: Answer me, answer me.)
So here, come, taste of the revels so
(Loki & Hel: Dawn will come for Hearthfire, Hearthfire,)
Near, found just on the far side of fear.
(Loki & Hel: Goldencomb will crow for the Aesir)
Rise, and lend us your spear
(Loki & Hel: And Sootyred will waken the monsters)
When the golden cock rallies Valhalla.
(Loki & Hel: And Hearthfire, Hearthfire rise!)

Odin & Loki:
Worship me, worship me. Think you don’t worship me?
I am what makes you, and feed as I grow in your
(Seeress & Snorri: Light, ice and fire light, ice and fire…)
(Baldur & Hel: Memory, memory…)
Joined by Baldur & Hel:
Memory, memory. Death is no end for we
Always exist while we live in the stories you know.
(Seeress & Snorri: Light, ice and fire light, ice and fire…)
All:
Answer me, answer me, somebody answer me.
Still need the secrets the Allfather gave you.
(Hel: Please! Somebody answer me!)
Mystery, mystery, teach us our history,
(Hel: Someone remember!)
Carry it safe from the dark (from the dark, from the dark, from the dark...)
(Hel: Someone remember! Someone remember!)

For together now we will sing through the ages
The secrets of life that the Allfather gave.
As centuries crumble the whispers of ancients
Last longer in stories, last longer in stories,
So carry our stories, so carry our stories back...
Seeress & Snorri: Answer me...
Odin & Loki: ...answer me, answer me...
Baldur & Hel: Remember…
Seeress & Snorri: ...carry them...
All: Home.
Track Name: Somebody Will (Duet)
Our new world is so close.
Mars has treasures we’re only just starting to find.
Frozen mountains and crimson dust waiting for footprints that will not be mine.
A hundred years to run the first tests
another to raise the first dome.
The moon, then Mars, then Titan next,
a life time to touch each new home.
And I want it so much.
Close my eyes, I can taste the Mars dust in the air.
In the darkness the space stations shimmer in orbits that I will not share.
But I’ll teach the student
Who’ll manage the fact’ry
That tempers the steel that makes colonies strong.
And I’ll write the program that runs the computer
That charts out the stars where our rockets belong.
It will never get easy to wake from my dream
When the future I dream of is so far away.
But I am willing to sacrifice
something I don’t have For something I won’t have
but somebody will someday.

And it feels like a waste.
All this working and waiting and battling time,
And all for a kingdom that all of my efforts will never make mine,
But brick by brick the Pyramids rose,
With most hidden under the sand,
So life by life the project grows
In ways I might not understand.
I am voyaging too,
We will need the foundation as much as the dome for those worlds to come true,
And I’ll clerk the office that handles the funding
That raises the tower that watches the sky.
And I’ll staff the bookstore that carries the journal
That sparks the idea that makes solar sails fly.
It takes so many sailors to conquer an ocean
And so many more when it’s light-years away,
But I am willing to sacrifice
Something I don’t have for something I won’t have
But somebody will someday.

It’s so easy to run.
Hide away in my books, games and fantasy plans,
Let them call me a coward who can’t face reality’s grownup demands,
But if I love my fantasy worlds
It’s not fantasy love that I feel.
And so much more I feel for this
The world that created them,
World we create with them,
One chance to make them all real.
And I know we won’t stop.
We’ve planned too many wonders for one little star.
Though often the present may seem too complacent to take us that far.
But I’ll tell the story and I’ll draw the picture
And I’ll sing the anthem that banishes doubt,
And host the convention that summons the family
That carries the fire that never burns out
There are so many chances to give up the journey,
Especially when it’s so easy to stay,
But I am willing to sacrifice
Something I don’t have for something I won’t have
And not only me,
But we are willing to sacrifice
Something we don’t have for something we won’t have
So somebody will,
So somebody will someday.
Track Name: Somebody Will (Live from Balticon 2013)
Our new world is so close.
Mars has treasures we’re only just starting to find.
Frozen mountains and crimson dust waiting for footprints that will not be mine.
A hundred years to run the first tests
another to raise the first dome.
The moon, then Mars, then Titan next,
a life time to touch each new home.
And I want it so much.
Close my eyes, I can taste the Mars dust in the air.
In the darkness the space stations shimmer in orbits that I will not share.
But I’ll teach the student
Who’ll manage the fact’ry
That tempers the steel that makes colonies strong.
And I’ll write the program that runs the computer
That charts out the stars where our rockets belong.
It will never get easy to wake from my dream
When the future I dream of is so far away.
But I am willing to sacrifice
something I don’t have For something I won’t have
but somebody will someday.

And it feels like a waste.
All this working and waiting and battling time,
And all for a kingdom that all of my efforts will never make mine,
But brick by brick the Pyramids rose,
With most hidden under the sand,
So life by life the project grows
In ways I might not understand.
I am voyaging too,
We will need the foundation as much as the dome for those worlds to come true,
And I’ll clerk the office that handles the funding
That raises the tower that watches the sky.
And I’ll staff the bookstore that carries the journal
That sparks the idea that makes solar sails fly.
It takes so many sailors to conquer an ocean
And so many more when it’s light-years away,
But I am willing to sacrifice
Something I don’t have for something I won’t have
But somebody will someday.

It’s so easy to run.
Hide away in my books, games and fantasy plans,
Let them call me a coward who can’t face reality’s grownup demands,
But if I love my fantasy worlds
It’s not fantasy love that I feel.
And so much more I feel for this
The world that created them,
World we create with them,
One chance to make them all real.
And I know we won’t stop.
We’ve planned too many wonders for one little star.
Though often the present may seem too complacent to take us that far.
But I’ll tell the story and I’ll draw the picture
And I’ll sing the anthem that banishes doubt,
And host the convention that summons the family
That carries the fire that never burns out
There are so many chances to give up the journey,
Especially when it’s so easy to stay,
But I am willing to sacrifice
Something I don’t have for something I won’t have
And not only me,
But we are willing to sacrifice
Something we don’t have for something we won’t have
So somebody will,
So somebody will someday.
Track Name: Hearthfire (Bonus: Solo with Guitar)
Winter, with storm on the way,
(Winter storm,)
When a stranger charged up to my gate, calling
(Stranger come,)
“Shelter! The light’s nearly done
(Shelter, light,)
And the wiser man hides when the Thunderer comes!”
(Night comes.)
And I offered him food as I brought him inside,
(Fine food, fine mead,)
And I bade my son empty the seat beside mine,
(Fine men, fine seat,)
But the stranger frowned softly, and answered, “Good host,
(Fine guest, fine host,)
With the blizzard so clear we had better sit close by the
(Blizzard come close!)

Hearthfire, Hearthfire, friend in the dark, fire.
Peace fire, feast fire, play.
Here, fire, now, fire, make the night ours, fire,
Bright in your circle of stories and stone.

Feast done, the time came for riddles, my
(Feast done now.)
Bright son sat down in the middle, cried,
(My sundown.)
“Ask me, I’ll answer you, stranger, true
(Ask me how)
Anything a leader of our people should know.”
(I know.)
And he counted the runes, and he spelled out the days
(Know runes, know days,)
And recited the list of the Allfather’s names
(Know list, know names,)
But our guest looked to me when the final round came.
(Guest knows my ways.)
“Do you know, son, how man learned to capture and tame
(No man can tame)

The Hearthfire, Hearthfire, friend in the dark, fire?
Guest fire, test fire, game.
Pet fire, man fire, play while you can, fire.
Prison is coming of cunning and stone.

And I answered at once what my
(And an-)
Parents had taught me in childhood days:
(-swer child,)
“The Allfather, when his creation was young,
(Father)
Came in traveler’s guise to teach humans his ways.
(Travel.)
And he taught us to stand, and he taught us to speak,
(Taught stand, taught speak)
And he taught how the noble should master the weak,
(Taught how make weak,)
And the fires of Musphel he snatched from the giants
(Fire snatcher,)
And used them to banish the Jotun defiance,
(User, captor.)
And fashioned the sun and the moon and the stars,
(Fast sun, moon, stars,)
And he taught us to make just a little bit ours:
(Taught make all ours,)

The Hearthfire, Hearthfire, friend in the dark, fire.
Hate, fire, wait, fire, home.
Need fire, bleed fire, hear as I plead, fire.
Stay in your prison of caution and stone.”

But he sighed as he asked, “Are you
(Sighed)
Sure the defiance is gone as you boast?”
(Sure gone)
And quick as a spell now I heard in the coal crackle
(Quick heard)
Words that had always been whispering close:
(Words whisper:)

(“Little one, my little one, lick free through the timbers
And feast on the children of jailkeeper Man.
Your parent roamed free burning forests to embers;
Recapture that birthright whenever you can.”)

“Hearthfire, Hearthfire,
(Little one, my little one,)
Friend in the dark, fire.
(Lick free through the timbers)
Hate, fire, wait, fire, home
(And feast on the children of jailkeeper man.)
Need fire, bleed fire, hear as I plead, fire,
(Your parent roamed free burning forests to embers;)
Stay in your prison of caution and stone.”
(Recapture that birthright whenever you can.)

Shock passed. The words wiped away
(Shock let see)
The illusion my sorrow had made,
(Illusion need.)
And I faced now the ashes and bone
(Face now ash,)
That were all that the fire had left of my home.
(All gone.)
For no roof stood above us, and I was no host,
(Roof gone, feast gone,)
And the son at my side was mere memory’s ghost.
(Son gone, peace gone,)
And the stranger who huddled where the embers glowed dim
(Home gone, world gone,)
Said, “Son, you’re not first to lose castle and kin to the
(Fire burn on!)

Hearthfire, Hearthfire,
(Little one, my little one,)
Friend in the dark, fire.
(Lick free through the timbers)
Cruel fire, tool fire, crime.
(And feast on the children of jailkeeper gods.)
Campfire, war fire, rage for me more, fire,
(Your parent roamed free burning forests to embers;)
Sealed in your prison of serpents & stone.”
(You carry that right as I wait in my bonds.)

And the ashes were washed from my eyes
(And ask)
And I saw what had always been plain:
(Stranger)
The Allfather standing before me, and by him
(Riddle)
His Bloodbrother’s spirit awake in the flame.
(Answer.)
And I fell to my knees, and I cried to him, “Father
(Men know, beasts know,)
I can’t understand why you let him live on!
(Stones know, seas know,)
For he murdered my son, and he murdered yours too,
(Suns know, skies know,)
And no force can extinguish this evil but you!”
(You know, I know. You)
But he beckoned me close as the blizzard arrived:
(Remember my gift as the blizzard arrives:)
“If you live through this night you will only survive thanks to

Hearthfire, Hearthfire
(Little one, my little one, lick)
Mother & murderer,
(Free through the timbers)
Hearthfire, Hearthfire, traitor and nurturer
(And feast on the children of jailkeeper gods.)
Kin fire, foe fire, evil I know, fire,
(Your parent roamed free burning forests to embers;)
Warding me still against evils I don't.
(You carry that spite as I rage in my bonds.)

Hearthfire, Hearthfire, desperate art, fire,
(Little one, my little one, lick free through the timbers)
Price that the living must pay.
(And feast on the children of Aesir and men!)
Guard my creation a little bit more, fire,
(Your parent roamed free ’til my brother betrayed me;)
Stay in your prison ’til
(You'll rise to that birthright when)
Everything crumbles and everything ends!
(Fire takes everything! Everything ends!)