Alecto! Alecto!

by Brimstone Rhine

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8 Songs of Myth and Legend: Witches, Queens, Nymphs, Fiends. You know. People just like us.

From Blues to Lit-Hop, Waltz to Rock, the musical styles are as varied as the myths they perpetuate.

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released July 11, 2015

Lyrics: C. S. E. Cooney
Music: C. S. E. Cooney and Glenn Kendzia
Vocals: C. S. E. Cooney and Glenn Kendzia
Piano and Guitar: Glenn Kendzia
Bass: Jack Hanlon
Drums/Percussion: Matt McLaren

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Brimstone Rhine Westerly, Rhode Island

Brimstone Rhine is an imaginary rockstar. She is also the alter-ego of fantasy writer and audiobook narrator C. S. E. Cooney.

Glenn Kendzia, Jack Hanlon, and Matt McLaren are all real-life rockstars. Check out "Wild Sun" on BandCamp if you want to hear more of Glenn's own work!
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Track Name: Alecto! Alecto!
ALECTO! ALECTO!

And I do not take it kindly
Dark Alecto, O my darling
That my love for you will blind me
Dig my fingernails in
I have lost all my direction
O Alecto, don’t forsake me
I am open to suggestion
I am tearing at my skin

You are brittle, you are perfect
Dark Alecto, arms akimbo
Part electric, all reactive
Grin like lightning meets the knife
Prolonged contact is distracting
I am gobsmacked and torpedoed
I am skittish as a Titan
I’m in danger of my life

And I don’t know why you want me
For a perfume or a plaything
Would you kill me or distill me
Wear me wet upon your wrists?
Boil my blood in your cucurbit
Let it rise to the alembic
Then condense me, dark Alecto
Tip the flask up to your lips

Is this war or castigation
My implacable Alecto?
Your temptation is my takedown
Won’t you rake me through and through?
You reward me, make me raving
With your forcefulness and torchlight
Be my heaven, be my breakdown
No one breaks me like you do
Track Name: Medea's Dragon
MEDEA’S DRAGON


Medea, I have loved you
Since the moment that I saw you
When you tore out all my teeth and
Put them in your apron pocket
I never minded violence
When your poison drove me senseless
Then I came to understand that
I would never want another

Medea, you look tired
All your fingers thick with venom
And the bloodstains on your apron
Are your brother and your children
I never minded murder
It's the act of a survivor
Now I've grown out all my teeth back
Far more splendid than the last set

Medea, you are golden
Like your grandfather in heaven
Who is sunlight and the daylight
And whose chariot is fire
All the heroes who betray you
Who abandon and discard you
Are as shadows in the shadow
That your shining casts behind you

Medea, I am ready
And my back is broad and golden
I have polished all my talons
And my treasure's yours for taking
I have searched the world over
For a priestess and enchantress
Who will set her bare foot roughly
In the hollow of my shoulder

Medea, won't you ride me
I can only give you skyline
But I'll give it all and gladly
And I'll fly you high and freely
I will never try to tame you
If you take me and you claim me
We'll survive the sun together
And I'll never want another
Track Name: Cootchie Cootchie, Medusa Baby
COOTCHIE COOTCHIE, MEDUSA BABY

Some girls like their apples gold

Tossed beneath their feet

Me, I like to turn to stone

If stones could feel heat

REFRAIN
So cootchie-cootchie, baby

Medusa, you're a prize

Come and scratch this itch I got here
Look into my eyes

Helen ain't got nothing

Aphrodite pales

When I take a look, a look-a
At your serpent scales


Trojans had their horsey

Achilles had his heel

I got this thing for Gorgons, darlin

Makes me rock and reel

REFRAIN
So cootchie-cootchie, baby…

They tell me how it's dire

Lookin like you do

Better far the flame and fire

Than sing these Gorgon blues


Every time I look at you
I'm pretty sure I die

Andromeda in all her chains

Never caught my eye

REFRAIN
So cootchie-cootchie, baby…

Your daddy was a danger
Hidden in the deep
Your mama was a monster, baby
Made those heroes weep

So here's my mirrored shield
My winged sandals too
Take my helmet, honey
‘Cause I wanna look at you

FINAL REFRAIN
So cootchie-cootchie, baby

Medusa, you're a prize

Come and scratch this itch I got here
Look into my eyes

So cootchie-cootchie, baby

Medusa, you're a prize

Come and scratch this itch I got here
Right between my thighs

So cootchie-cootchie, baby

Medusa, you're a prize

Come and scratch this itch I got here
Look into my eyes
Track Name: Dido in Effigy
DIDO IN EFFIGY


Dido, what is this I see?
Queen Dido, for the life of me
I don’t know why you’re set today
On self-death by auto-da-fé
Sure he took you and he used you
It’s a hard thing but we all knew
That wine and bread and candlelight
Your breast to rest his head at night
Were too much to refuse
But then he had to choose

Dido, let that tinder fall
You don’t need kindling after all
Why not stop and look around?
Hop down off that pyre, Dido
Find firm ground

Stand up, Dido, straight and tall
You built your country on a skull
I get it—how you love to give
But give too much, your will to live
Will wither and diminish
You adored him but it’s finished
All the bliss and burn and ecstasy
Is no more than a memory
Oh, Dido, don’t despair
I think we’ve all been there

Dido, put that match away
Who wants a cookout anyway?
Why not torch a wicker queen instead?
Take another, better lover
To your bed

He loved you just a little
But a little’s not enough
To set a brand to branches
And turn martyr for your love

So get up, Dido, laugh and scoff
This smoke’s enough to make me cough
Take my hand and take a stand
And let’s be off

Dido, it’s all right you know
To face the dawn
He loved you just a little
Now move on
Track Name: Lysistrata, Strut Your Stuff
LYSISTRATA, STRUT YOUR STUFF


Once a comic playwright name of Aristophanes
Wrote about a woman who united Ancient Greece
Stopped the war with Sparta, Lysistrata was her name
Teasing was her tactic, provocation was her game

Strut, strut, strut, Lysistrata
Make the boys gasp like a fish outta water
Show them all you’re more than just a mere inamorata
Strut, strut, strut, Lysistrata

Gathered all her girls together, dressed in her best clothes
Even sent for women war decreed to be her foes
Told them, “Too much combat lays a grievous waste to man
Have to stop this killing, girls, I think I got a plan.”

Strut, strut, strut, Lysistrata
Refuse to make his coffee or his favorite frittata
Renounce this war or be denounced persona non grata
Strut, strut, strut, Lysistrata

“First we seize their treasure house, refuse the boys their coins
Then we cross our legs and put embargo on our loins
Assume a gown of yellow silk, perfume yourself to please
Then grab him by his battle lance and bring him to his knees.”

Strut, strut, strut, Lysistrata
Like the other Homer said, “Ooh, boy, why I oughtta!”
Get it through his skull and his medulla oblongata
Strut, strut, strut, Lysistrata

“The oracle has spoken, it is written in the stars
If we can join our forces then this victory is ours
Hold the course and help us save our lovers and our land
Pave the way for others who might need a helping hand.”

Strut, strut, strut, Lysistrata
Inciting all this passion is igniting up our ardor
But if our way is hard, be sure the men’ll be harder
Strut, strut, strut, Lysistrata

Now it’s a new millennium and still it seems to me
Not all that much has changed since four-eleven B.C.E.
So if you got a war to stop and wanna win the day
Skin down to your negligee the Lysistrata way

Strut, strut, my sisters and my brothers
Transmen and transwomen, genderqueer and all the others
Shy flowers, world powers, throw back all your covers
Unite in revolutionizing fighters into lovers

Strut, strut, strut ‘cause you gotta
Strut for truce and armistice
And strut for Lysistrata
Track Name: Calypso’s Calypso
CALYPSO’S CALYPSO

My lover wanted water, I gave him water
My lover wanted wine, I gave him that too
Lover, tell me why you want to depart from
This sacred island of our rendezvous

My lover is so lonely sailing the sea
My lover is a shipwreck washed up to me
Lover, you are sad, your journey is long
Come and find me sweetly singing my song

My lover wanted water, I gave him water
My lover wanted wine, I gave him that too
Lover, tell me why you want to depart from
This sacred island of our rendezvous

My lover wanted water, I gave him water
My lover wanted kisses, wet and so deep
Volcano kisses, hissing like lava
Till the eruption rocked him to sleep

They say I will deceive you if you will stay
Never let you leave and grieve you all day
Lover, you believe that boy over me?
Maybe good you go right back to the sea

My lover wanted water, I gave him water
My lover wanted wine, I gave him that too
Lover, tell me why you want to depart from
This sacred island of our rendezvous

My lover wanted water, I gave him water
My lover wanted bread so he can be gone
So long, my lover, wish you good journey
I’ll still be right here, singing my song
I’ll still be right here, singing my song
I’ll still be right here, singing my song
Track Name: Scylla on the Rocks
SCYLLA ON THE ROCKS

Maybe I’ve slain a few heroes
Maybe I’ve sucked at their bones
Gods know that I wrecked a few vessels
To keep from despairing alone

Can’t blame a lady for crying
Fate sure has dealt me some knocks
Strife may be better than dying
But life left me here on the rocks

Could be I made a few rivals
Might have insulted a witch
Quite possibly risked my survival
To have an affair with a fish

Can’t really say what induced me
It isn’t the way that he talks
See how that fish-guy reduced me?
His love left me here on the rocks

Now it’s just me and my cat’s tail
My four eyes and twelve legs in all
And that’s not to mention my dog heads
On six necks so slender and tall

Some girls are ravished by swan men
Some are seduced by the ox
Some will be wooed by the North Wind
‘Twas a fish left me here on the rocks
Track Name: Circe
CIRCE

This Circe who is she?
She’ll whisper Resist me
And ambush her enemy
With nightshade and sorcery
With dark wine
And honey

Then Circe unmans them
They come to her mansion
She feeds them a potion
Her poison transforms them
As gentle
As lions

And Circe she won’t stop
You bring her a snowdrop
And try not to sleepwalk
Awake from the drug fog
No longer
Her lapdog

But Circe grows weary
Of living in mystery
Of nightshade and sorcery
She gazes austerely
Toward freedom and
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