Corbeau Blanc, Corbeau Noir

by Brimstone Rhine

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1.
I’m a sexy, sexy monster And my prey’s the professoriate Well, my prey’s wherever you are at In your crazy khaki pants How I love to make you dance Babe, you never stood a chance Apex predators Are the prettiest of all Apex predators Always hold you in their thrall First we make you run then curl up into a ball Sweet and small Then we poke you till you crawl I’m a sexy, sexy monster And my prey is academia Should I fry you or just steam ya In your button up plaid shirt Watch you bubble in the dirt Not quite dead but mortal hurt Apex predators Rule the seas and skies Apex predators Like the geeky egghead guys Genius is the spice is our bookworm-berry pies The surprise Of a scholar when he dies I’m a sexy, sexy monster And my prey is pedagogic brains Babe, you really give me hunger pangs All those papers left to grade They’re like roughage ready made Makes digestion smooth as suede Apex predators Hunt by night and day Apex predators See the whole world as their prey Really ought to love us or we’ll eat you en flambe Well, okay We’d eat you anyway Babe, okay I’ll eat you anyway
2.
Put on your armor, Dorian Adamant are your scales Scorpions cringe and hornets flinch When you lash your razor tail Fasten your helmet, Dorian Horns like the crescent moon Seal your fate and change your shape By the light of a silver rune Can't save the whole world, Dorian Can't heal the countless woes But something is right when you fly by night Igniting up your foes Bright is your shadow, Dorian Blue is your wicked flame Stars on your wings and ruby rings How we tremble at your name Put on your armor, Dorian Show all the earth your teeth Make mortals weep then go to sleep On your couch in the coral reef Put on your armor, Dorian Tear the despair and rot You're long and you're strong and your dragon song Is the only song we've got Put on your armor, Dorian Flash us your fanged smile Give me a ride on your golden hide And I'll sing to thee a while Give me a ride on your golden hide And I'll sing to thee a while Give me a ride on your golden hide And I'll sing to thee a while
3.
The Lady Knight stood on a hill Her eyes grave as the thunder And down upon the Vale she gazed Where brave flew all the banners Lords and ladies gathered there In silks and broidered velvets And round about their wrists they wore The finest golden leashes Hawks and hounds and panthers rare Were bound by gilded shackles Meek and mild and tame withal They ne’er did show their hackles But in the kingly tent enthroned A sovereign rich and haughty And to his wrist all bound in gold There was a pale lady “Come, my friends, come gather round!” The sovereign roared so brazen “A tourney shall I hold today The prize shall be this maiden!" And to the lists there flocked a dozen Handsome lords and princes Mirror-bright their helmets shone Their mighty horses prancing How strong were some with sword and shield How scrupulous the archers How silken supple, quick and true Those few who fenced with rapiers And some, their lances lean and long Competed in the tourney To strike like lightning smites the oak And woo this gentle lady But one who wielded sword and shield Proved staunch and unbeleaguered Whose every target arrow found Who ne’er a match conceded And at the hastilude it proved No prince could e’er unseat her Unparalleled at every tilt No spear did dare defeat her “Oh, lordly knight, O champion!” The King cried, bluff and blithely “Remove thy helm and bend thy knee Receive from me my lady!” The Lady Knight removed her helm Her breastplate and her gauntlet But from her high horse never stirred Nor did the King acknowledge But lo the pale lady stood Cast off her bracelet golden And to her gaze there sprang a gleam As fierce as any falcon “This Lady Knight has won me, King She battled for my honor By bruise and blood she bought my chains I no more am your daughter! “O Lady Knight, what would you ask Of one who is your debtor?” “O nothing,” said the Lady Knight “Except you walk unfettered.”  
4.
Trap her in thorn, and she’ll slip her skin Drown her in water, she’ll learn to swim Burn her, she’ll turn into smoke and wind Think you can catch her? Well, think again Fox demon, foxy face Foxgirls don’t know their place Marry her, bury her Water her bones Set your sons over her Let them to spy on her Hound her and harry her Pelt her with stones Trap her in thorn, and she’ll slip her skin Drown her in water, she’ll learn to swim Burn her, she’ll turn into smoke and wind Think you can catch her? Well, think again Cunning, conniving A vixen, a villain She’ll pull out your liver And eat it with rice Fingers for turnips And bowls full of maggots Your blood in her wineglass Runs colder than ice Trap her in thorn, and she’ll slip her skin Drown her in water, she’ll learn to swim Burn her, she’ll turn into smoke and wind Think you can catch her? Well, think again The wide world over They all try to tame her Like Lilith and Lamia Serpent and whore Arcane she is, dangerous Ever the demoness Black widow, blood shadow Thirsty for more Trap her in thorn, and she’ll slip her skin Drown her in water, she’ll learn to swim Burn her, she’ll turn into smoke and wind Think you can catch her? Well, think again Seductive illusion All craft and confusion She’ll tuck up her tail And take to the wood She’ll duck as you’re nearing her Fuck you for fearing her Fox girls are clever And up to no good At least, so they tell me She’s up to no good But do I believe them? I don’t think I should Trap her in thorn, and she’ll slip her skin Drown her in water, she’ll learn to swim Burn her, she’ll turn into smoke and wind Think you can catch her? Well, think again  
5.
Maggot 03:35
Maggot was a banshee Born in Colorado One of seven sisters And the youngest too Grew up in a trailer Right outside Durango Sang so much her freckles All turned blue Maggot was a banshee Born in Colorado All she ever wanted Was her own rock band But she’d never make it To her lifelong sorrow When they saw her coming Folks just turned and ran Maggot at the talent show Took out all the first row Maggot at the baseball game O Say Can You See the flame? At the Karaoke bar Maggot never got too far How her little faced turned red When the patrons all dropped dead Maggot was a banshee Born in Colorado Went into the woods Where she weep alone Birds died on their branches Badgers in their bushes Otters in their rushes As she moaned and groaned Maggot, are you crying? What’s with all this ruckus? Asked the queer girl standing At the river’s brim I can hardly function What with all your fussin Why not drown your troubles By just jumpin in? Maggot saw the siren there Lightning in her silver hair Maggot heard the siren sing Delicate and deadly thing Maggot thought, How very fine Here’s a voice to rival mine Right here on the river foam Feels so much like coming home Maggot heard the siren Calling out so sweetly Knew it was a sound to make A sailor cry Opened up her mouth and Harmonized so neatly First time in her life Where no one up and died Maggot and the siren Start up their own rock band Play the bars in Bayfield, Frisco, Gennessee Tour around the country In their rusty Dodge van Never was a banshee Quite so glad as she Maggot and the siren sing Rock, blues, country, anything Beatles, Beach Boys, and the Who Phantom of the Opera too People come from near and far To hear these eldritch superstars Sing along into the night No one dies from their delight Maggot was a banshee Born in Colorado One of seven sisters and the youngest too Now she has a trailer, shares it with her siren Drinking, singing, rocking Making dreams come true
6.
Rose's garden is beautiful But we never never say that In the long dark sky Rose's garden is beautiful But we never never never never never say that In the long dark sky Rose plants willows in her garden gold Lilies, violets, yellow tulips bold She plants milkweed and chrysanthemum But she never plants a rose tree And I don't ask why Rose plants asters and wisterias Phlox and sages and Veronicas She plants irises and daffodils But she never plants a rose tree And I don't ask why Won't you come into my garden green? Garden perfumed like a world unseen? Rose, Oh Rosie, won't you marry me? When I shower her with roses She begins to cry Now she walks the flowered dark alone Black-eyed Susan keeps her company Coralbells and hostas cling to her And she never plants a rose tree 'Neath the long dark sky Rose's garden is beautiful But we never never say that In the long dark sky Rose's garden is beautiful But we never never never never never say that In the long dark sky  
7.
Sleep, sleep and dream, my friend World without us and world’s end Fallow the fields and ghosts on the wind Sputter through weeds and sigh round the bend Sleep, sleep, my darling own World without us and world alone Bound all in shadows the monsters roam Piteous, pitiless, pale as bone Sleep, sleep, my great and true World without us, nor me, nor you Wreckage of palace and cottage too Shattered the shipyards, my love, adieu
8.
They say my name means eulogy They say my name means death They say my name means prisoner My name means emptiness They say my name means weariness They say my name means damned Lonely ghost at midnight Shadow, shame, and sham But I am gone, gone, gone I am gone beyond your shaming I am gone, gone, entirely gone I am gone beyond your naming My name means awake My name means awake My name means free There is nothing wrong with me I am gone, gone, gone
9.
He's an inner city boy And Devonshire is strange Alien and ancient Resistant to change Dorset to the east Cornwall to the west Bounded in the north By Somerset Do you like me, she asks Will you keep me awhile And the graveyard is lit By the sun on her smile Do you like me enough Will you see me again? As he answers her now So he answered her then Insha'Allah, Insha'allah The words of her baba Auxilio divino, the cry of the land I'll see you whenever I'll love you forever And if you'll just ask me I'll give you my hand Here there be lions And ghosts in the trees Castles and fields And speeding RVs He drives all through Dartmoor To meet her by noon But Chagford, he thinks Might as well be Brigadoon Do you like me, she asks Will you keep me awhile And the graveyard is lit By the sun on her smile Do you like me enough Will you see me again? As he answers her now So he answered her then Insha'Allah, Insha'allah The words of her baba Auxilio divino, the cry of the land I'll see you whenever I'll love you forever And if you'll just ask me I'll give you my hand So they kissed on the tombstones Where grave mosses clung They kissed in the ruins Where three witches hung From Chagford to Glasgow To London's great throng In Luskville they married And heard there this song Do you like me, she asks Will you keep me awhile And the graveyard is lit By the sun on her smile Do you like me enough Will you see me again? As he answers her now So he answered her then Insha'Allah, Insha'allah The words of her baba Auxilio divino, the cry of the land I'll see you whenever I'll love you forever And if you'll just ask me I'll give you my hand
10.
Gentle Caliban, awaken For the wizard he is gone His daughter has forsaken thee, Sailed into the dawn The clouds are shredding open Gone the wizard's gloaming shroud Thou needst not cry to dream again Now thy laughter is allowed Perhaps the tree that held me Meant to shield me from harm Perhaps the man who saved me Then enslaved me to his charm But now my chains are melted Into spiderweb and air To answer thy best pleasure I have come to wake thee here Fear thee not, the noises Are but songs to bring thee bliss Fear thee not the thunder Nor the lightning of my kiss For Sycorax lies dreaming Clad in pearl and in foam Of Setebos returning To the island of our home Gentle Caliban, awaken O awaken, my own  
11.
Foxipher flirts and the fire flirts back Swish of her skirts on the pine needle track Lend her your luck and you’ll never know lack Dance, dance, Foxipher, dance Foxipher smiles, not a crocodile’s grin Savvy and sassy, vim-vigorous-vim Voom-va-va-voom, what’s this drool on my chin Dance, dance, Foxipher, dance Foxipher sings, and the walls fall down Wings all of silk and a honeybee crown Braids up her hair, lets her red tail down Dance, dance, Foxipher, dance Dance, dance, Foxipher Dance, dance, Foxipher Dance, dance, Foxipher Foxipher, Foxipher Fox-Fire, Forest Fir Dance, dance, Foxipher Dance, dance, Foxipher Dance, dance, Foxipher Forest Fox, Fox’s Fur Dance, dance, Foxipher Dance, dance, Foxipher Dance, dance, Foxipher Foxipher, Foxipher Yeah  
12.
I’d a boy just like the summer Sneakers, jeans, and wayward hair Local brews and outdoor concerts Rode his bike to take him there And he sometimes even loved me Calloused hands upon my hips But I felt it when he kissed me How he barely moved his lips I’d a boy just like the autumn Russet gold and lapis skies Straight and slender as an aspen With the storm caught in his eyes And he maybe even loved me Like a book held in his hands But he never tried to kiss me And I didn’t understand I’d a boy just like the springtime Meadow-sweet and drenched in dew And his heart was like a blossom Every word he said was true And he tells me that he loves me Like the starlight and the moon And I think I really love him But it’s hard to tell so soon I’d a boy just the winter With his eyes as green as ice And his touch was like a snowflake That I craved at any price And his heart was like the darkness Clear and deep and vast and wide And I stood among that vastness There was nowhere left to hide He’s the boy that winter followed He’s the boy that winter dreamed And whatever shape he summoned He was never what he seemed Oh, my boy that winter followed All alone at winter’s door Now I follow like the winter He’s the boy that I adore
13.
Ivan Icarus Has an itch to scratch Goes to see the Pope "I’ve got an itch And it makes me twitch - And it won't wash out with soap!" The Pope sez he "The rosary! You’ll pray it every night And if you’re good Why then you should Be cured all of this blight." Ivan Icarus Works those beads of his Ne'er his itch departs Twelve saintly maids "Our Fathers" say Yet Ivan stings and starts He cries to God "My lightning rod It burns and swells and prods! My wanton needs Would with these beads Turn maidens into bawds!" Ivan Icarus Irreligiously Seeks a witch instead Her hut on chicken feet Points on all her teeth Bones ground in her bread The witch she grins And pours him gin "Oh, Ivan, rest your head! There's not a rash That can't be scratched Upon a witch's bed." Ivan Icarus Lets that witch of his Pull and tug and rub On counterpane On kitchen tile And three times in her tub And though by dawn He sleeps so sound He wakes up swoll and sore "Oh, Ivan dear Your itch, I fear Resists its goodly cure!" Ivan Icarus Groans so piteous "More I can't endure! Nor God nor saint Nor witch nor haint Can scrub the filthy pure!" "Oh, Ivan dear," The witch she leers, "But one thing's very sure..." She climbs atop His turgid lump "The only cure is more!" Ivan Icarus Has an itch to scratch What's a lad to do? But roam the Earth In search of mirth And good hand lotion too And prayers and beads And saintly maids May help him muddle through But foreign lands And witch's hands Can't hurt a boy who's blue  
14.
O salubrious bruise You bright scar becoming First thought of morning O you mendicant muse Relentlessly far As near as my breathing How the drench of your scent Takes over then sun- Light, stains all my clothing How your tenderness clings Like spidersilk, milk- Sweet, bitter as coffee Why must I be afraid When what you would give Is bravery freely? Why should I be unsure When sure as my pulse Your love comes like springtime? Here, the impact is yours The cracks in my armor Filling with starlight Slow, our long conversation Giving and taking Skies undiscovered  
15.
The Jub-Jub 03:58
The time has come, the walrus said To talk of many things Of shoes and ships and sealing wax And cabbages and kings And why the sea is boiling hot And whether pigs have wings Jub jub Jub jub Jub jub Jub jub Mimsy were the borogoves Out among the slithy toves Brillig twas every way today Walking ‘neath the TumTum tree Yon Jabberwalk struts up to me Hey you, my manxsome foe, I say Snicker snicker snack Snicker snicker snack snack Snicker snicker snack Snicker snicker snack Snicker snicker snack snack Galumph ye here, my Jabberwock Come and taste my Vorpal Sword Out in the Tulgey Wood today Here I beam, your buoyant knave Blade in hand, my eyes aflame Let us all sing out Calloo, Callay! Let us all sing out, Calloo Call— Gyre and gimble in the wabe Let us all sing out, Calloo, Call— Mome my raths won’t you outgrabe? Let us all sing out, Calloo, Call— O hast thou slain the Jabberwock? Let us all sing out, Calloo, Call— Caught him in thy claws that catch Let us all sing out, Calloo, Callay Let us all sing out, Calloo, Callay It doesn’t really matter One way or the other, no it doesn't really matter . . .
16.
Madeleine, where are you going? Madeleine, where you have you been? Madeleine, what are you looking for? Where are you going? Madeleine, I see you standing there Is this present or is this past? Madeleine, what does it matter? Our love here is meant to last Touch me, my distant Madeleine Come, open up your glass Touch me, is this a memory? I hear you laughing Madeleine, I know you’re grieving Your heart’s so wild and sore Madeleine, you have a friend in me I’m your friend forevermore Madeleine, Madeleine Hold me And I’ll find you I will find you On the other side of dreaming

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In 2015, I crowdfunded to make my first two EPs, ALECTO! ALECTO! and THE HEADLESS BRIDE.

All the patrons who backed my Brimstone Rhine Indiegogo campaign at a certain high level got a song written for or about them--if they so chose.

This album, CORBEAU BLANC, CORBEAU NOIR, written for my patrons, is the result of that great outpouring of friendship and love. I never dreamed there would be so many of you. Certainly not an album-full!

Thank you.

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released July 13, 2018

Singer/Songwriter: C. S. E. Cooney

Musicians: Jeremy Cooney (guitar, ukulele, synthesizer), Stefan Dollak (lutes, mandore, recorders, krummhorn, feadog, frame drum, tamburello, banjolele, harmonica, bladder-pipe, pipe & tabor, hurdy gurdy, two-pack shakers.)

Backup vocals: Martha Hernandez, Rhiannon Parker-Cooney, Declan Cooney (also dinosaur monster voice/burp), Jeremy Cooney, Sita Cooney
Indispensable Collaborators: Faye Ringel, Carlos Hernandez

Engineer: Jeremy Cooney

Cover art: Patty Templeton

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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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