El​-​ahrairah

by Jacob Earl

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1.
Frith 03:14
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Bigwig 04:15
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
5.
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
6.
O Zorn 05:19
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
7.
Nuthanger 03:29
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
8.
Woundwort 03:36
"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
9.
Free Efrafa 02:53
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"
10.
The Downs 02:45
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

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released February 29, 2016

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Jacob Earl Ottawa, Ontario

Independent DIY queer producer/songwriter/photog.

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