El​-​ahrairah

by Jacob Earl

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released February 29, 2016

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Track Name: Frith
Ancestor, El-ahrairah
Prince, a thousand enemies

Lapine myth and wonder
A million tales to the seas

Frith, She made the world
We were all the same
She gave us all gifts

Life is a game
Some of us predator
Some of us prey

Thirst for blood, cursed to run
Crafty as we came

Ancestor, El-ahrairah
Prince of our souls

From the marshes of Kelfazin
To the meadows of Fenlo

Frith, She watches over us
Holds our destiny in hand

She made us with speed and wit
Rulers of the land

But also gave us fear
Paralyzing dread

So many elil
Want to see us dead

Ancestor, El-ahrairah
Prince, a thousand enemies

Lapine myth and wonder
A million tales to the seas
Track Name: Fiver's Lament
This is not a safe place anymore
The men, the men
The men are coming
The men are coming

Threarah don't believe me
Old ways won't keep you safe
You will die
You will die, you will die

This is not a safe place anymore
We must leave tonight
We must take flight
Find a new home

I am not a leader, but I know
I feel it in my bones
This hollow, all these burrows
This warren is our tombstones

This is not a safe place anymore
The men, the men
The men are coming
Burning white sticks

Gather together brothers
Before the moonlight
We journey tonight
Set off through the gloam

I am not a Owsla, but listen to me
We have to leave our home
Get away alive
Those who stay won't survive

This is not a safe place anymore
The men, the men
The men are coming
Burning white sticks
Poison in their midst

This is not a safe place anymore
The men, the men
The men are coming
The men are coming
Track Name: Hazel's Rebellion
I wanted a better chance
Meadowsweet with larks
And clover
Cowslip endlessly
Growing over downs

The hrududu encroaching
Lights and sounds
Men willing to kill
Just cuz they can

Leave Sandleford
Before they raze the land

That upstart spreading lies
Stop his slander
Cuff his ears til he cries
We've been safe for so long
Why does he think we're all wrong?

Arrest this rebellion
Before it starts
When the youth get wind
They'll be impressed by this lout

Leave Sandleford?
Why would we want to get out?

There's no better night than tonight
We leave with the moon
Avoid the fight
Slip through the ditch past the stream
We're trusting Fiver's dream

Leave Sandleford
Before we regret being free
Track Name: Bigwig
I'm Bigwig yo, I'm Bigwig
I'm Bigwig yo, I'm Bigwig
I got big ears I'm scary
I'm big and tall and hairy

I'll kill 'em all, I'll kill 'em all
I'll kill 'em all, I'll kill 'em all
Protect you from
The rot and fall
I'll kill 'em all, I'll kill 'em all

I'll kill 'em all, I'll kill 'em all
I'll kill 'em all, I'll kill 'em all
Hurt my friends
They got some gall
I'll kill 'em all, I'll kill 'em all

Cowslip and Silverweed
Left me snared
To die, to bleed
The mistake they made
They'll all pay
I'll kill 'em all, I'll kill 'em all!

No problem is too big
Steal does, Break a leg
I'll kill u hrair elil
Liberate Efrafa, wounds and tears

I'll kill 'em all, I'll kill 'em all
I'll kill 'em all, I'll kill 'em all
No snare keeps me long
No elil dare does me wrong

Protect you from
The General
Let you silflay
'Til you're full
I'll kill 'em all, I'll kill 'em all
I'll kill 'em all, I'll kill 'em all
Track Name: Splendid Fellows
They forgot all the clever tricks
Forged under Frith
And El-ahrairah the Prince

Traded in cunning for song
Don't know what they lost
Forgotten once it's gone

Willing to sacrifice freedom
To fatten for food
A promise too good (to be true)

They are not our people in this den
They are not people, they are men

They are all sad and resigned
Splendid fellows,
Pretend everything is fine

But everyone is lying
These shapes are not natural
El-ahrairah is crying

This place is an abattoir
Quiet with horror and shining wire
A warren built on gore and dead liars
Burn it to the ground with cold fire

They are not our people in this den
They are not people, they are men
Track Name: O Zorn
O Zorn I didn't want to die

The black rabbit of Inlé cries
O Zorn
Zorn
Despair, we're all destroyed
O Zorn

Oh no oh no
It's no ghost
It's just Captain Holly
Dripping blood to his toes

O Zorn
Zorn
What is he saying
Sandleford has fallen
How did he escape?
How did he escape?

"Men will never rest
till they’ve spoiled the earth"
Poisoned all the people
Living underneath

Holly and Bluebell
The only two escaped
Sandleford is dead
Watership awaits

O Zorn
What is he saying?

Sandleford has fallen
Remember this day
This cold, black dream
The black rabbit screams
He is death
He cares not for our deeds

O Zorn
Track Name: Nuthanger
You were an island
You were an island
I was coming to save you

You were an island
You were an island
I was coming to save you

Freedom is illusion
Freedom is allusion
Safety in numbers
Safety is a ruse too

The rain came down
For so many days

The rain came down
For so many days
Frith had to go
She went far away

Man built a floating
Hutch on the seas
But you were an island

You were and island
You were and island
I am so sorry

You were an island
I was coming to save you
Freedom is illusion

Nuthanger farm
Is a trap, a lure
I think I am clever
I was tricked for sure

Nothing good
Can come of this
I was coming to save you
But I ignored all the risk

Shots ring out
Staccato noise
The searing hot pain
Electrifying my brain

Crawl to the drain
Inlé awaits me
I was coming to save you
But who will save me?

You were an island
You were an island
I was coming to save you

You were an island
You were an island
I was coming to save you

Freedom is illusion
Freedom is allusion
Safety in numbers
Safety is a ruse too
Track Name: Woundwort
"Blood and fighting and killing
Were all just part of the day’s work"
I don't listen to excuses
Cross me, I go berserk

“Animals don’t behave like men,”
But I'm the General, this is my warren
Animals don’t behave like men
But I am not your friend
Yes

"Blood and fighting and killing
Were all just part of the day’s work"
"Blood and fighting and killing
Were all just part of the day’s work"

"Blood and fighting and killing
Were all just part of the day’s work"
You're not trapped but you can never leave
My Council will ensure

Animals don’t behave like men
But this is now your home
Soon you'll learn to fit in
No one is ever alone

"Blood and fighting and killing
Were all just part of the day’s work"
This is my cross to bear
I am General Woundwort
Track Name: Free Efrafa
Through Bradley Wood,
On across the downs
Past Silchester
Lies a haunted rabbit town
Hidden from sight and sound

Trickery, deceit
Will it make us free?
"the bird flew away and now my heart is dark"

The warren Efrafa
Immense and strong
Ruled with an iron paw
Something can go wrong
We can't face 'em head on

Trickery, deceit
Will it make us free?
"the bird flew away and now my heart is dark"

El-ahrairah grant us
All your clever tricks
Go like lightening into the sedge
Hidden from foes in the hedge

Trickery, deceit
Will it make us free?
"the bird flew away and now my heart is dark"

We bite the rope
And off we go
Woundwort doesn't know
Water rabbits take his does
Where Owsla cannot go

Trickery, deceit
Will it make us free?
"the bird flew away and now my heart is dark"
Track Name: The Downs
In darkness, in day
The downs aren't the same
We picture what we see
Under Frith a daydream

The moon is inconstant
Waxes and wanes
I'm happy we burrowed here
I'm happy we came

"O Slug-a-Moon,
O Slug-a-Moon,
O grant thy faithful
Hedgehog’s boon!"

Watership welcomed us
We built the honeycomb
This is the place for us
This is our new home

In darkness