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Album Information – with tracks & CD Covers

Track List

1. Highland
2. Vagabond (Make A Princess of Me)
3. Journeyman (Vandraren)
4. Believe In Me
5. Sake of Song
6. Song & Dance
7. Celluloid Heroes
8. Keeper of the Flame
9. Night At Eggersberg
10. Strawberry Girl
11. All The Fun of the Faire
12. Darkness
13. Dance of the Darkness
14. Health to the Company
15. Barbara Allen

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Song & Dance

Written by Blackmore

Instrumental

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Celluloid Heroes

Written by Ray Davies (The Kinks)

This song originally by The Kinks has been covered by a number of other artists, including Bon Jovi and Joan Jet

Everybody’s a dreamer and everybody’s a star,
And everybody’s in movies, it doesn’t matter who you are.
There are stars in every city,
In every house and on every street,
And if you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Their names are written in concrete!

Don’t step on Greta Garbo as you walk down the Boulevard,
She looks so weak and fragile that’s why she tried to be so hard
But they turned her into a princess
And they sat her on a throne,
But she turned her back on stardom,
Because she wanted to be alone.

You can see all the stars
as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard,
Some that you recognise,
some that you’ve hardly even heard of,
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame,
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.

Rudolph Valentino, looks very much alive,
And he looks up ladies’ dresses as they sadly pass him by.
Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi
‘Cos he’s liable to turn and bite,
But stand close by Bette Davis
Because hers was such a lonely life.
If you covered him with garbage,
George Sanders would still have style,
And if you stamped on Mickey Rooney
He would still turn round and smile,
But please don’t tread on dearest Marilyn
‘Cos she’s not very tough,
She should have been made of iron or steel,
But she was only made of flesh and blood.

You can see all the stars as you
walk down Hollywood Boulevard,
Some that you recognise,
some that you’ve hardly even heard of.
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame,
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.

Everybody’s a dreamer and everybody’s a star
And everybody’s in show biz, it doesn’t matter who you are.

And those who are successful,
Be always on your guard,
Success walks hand in hand with failure
Along Hollywood Boulevard.

I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show,
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes,
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die.

You can see all the stars as you walk along Hollywood Boulevard,
Some that you recognise,
some that you’ve hardly even heard of,
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame,
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.

Oh celluloid heroes never feel any pain
Oh celluloid heroes never really die.

I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show,
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes,
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die.

original version

Blackmore’s Night version

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Keeper of the Flame

Written by Blackmore & Night

Once was a legend of old
In the time of days long ago
The clattering heat, of a horse on the street
He appeared from the fog like a ghost

I could feel him heading this way
A storm was filling the air
If the truth be told, when the winds blow cold
They are warning you to beware

No the wild cannot be tamed
Keeper of the flame

We wondered what devil is this
Who appears from out of the mist
With a crack of a whip, and a wave of his fist
He was cursed and I was bewitched

Haunted by seeing his face
Through the mirror the smoke and the haze
So hard to see, through the dark mystery
The illusion was part of the game

Be careful of what you wish for
And make sure when it knocks at your door
Ifs what you need, not some fantasy
That will haunt you forever more

Let it be what you need, not some fantasy
That will haunt you forever more

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Night At Eggersberg

Written by Blackmore

Instrumental

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Strawberry Girl

Written by Blackmore & Night

Through the long days of summer
Where the air was as sweet as perfume
We walked through the golden meadows
And danced by the light of the moon

She was a lonely angel
Sitting there by the side of the road
On the edge of the forest
That’s where the wild things grow

And blue skies of promise opened before us
There in her eyes are the dreams of the world
Blue skies of promise rained down upon us
Life is so sweet with a strawberry girl

In her hand was a basket
Sticks and branches were woven as one
She smiled bright like a child
Bright as the afternoon sun

It was filled with her treasures
A whole cradle of nature’s bounty
Wild flowers were chosen
To lay amongst the forest berries

And blue skies of promise opened before us
There in her eyes are the dreams of the world
Blue skies of promise rained down upon us
Life is so sweet with a strawberry girl

it’s a great day for a gatherer
You can say that I told you so
In these uncertain days
Ifs the simple things you need the most

And blue skies of promise opened before us
There in her eyes are the dreams of the world
Blue skies of promise rained down upon us
Life is so sweet with a strawberry girl

Blue skies of promise opened before us
There in her eyes are the dreams of the world
Blue skies of promise rained down upon us
Life is so sweet with a strawberry girl

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All The Fun Of The Fayre

Written by Blackmore & Night

In and out of a thousand stories
Here stand somewhere in between
Kings and queens knights and glory
Flash before my eyes unseen

Laughing and loving and living for summer
Dancing romancing the moon like a lover
Secrets and mysteries kept undercover
All in the fun of the faire

I have entered through the gates
To see the queen in her finery
Playing chess with the king of spades
Ifs all part of the fantasy

Painted ladies with haunted eyes
Dance for you as they hypnotize
I can feel your heart beat faster
When the gypsy becomes your master

I see you but you’re not the same
The eye can see what it wants to see
Through the veil anything can change
You can be what you want to be

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Darkness

Traditional – Blackmore & Night

Once upon a dark autumn night
I was so very far from sleep
I longed to walk beneath the stars
Into the wood so dark and deep-

Neither myth nor fairy tale
could keep me from the path to the maze
But eyes upon me I could feel
Hidden in the shadows watching always-

Something in the darkness pulled me deeper
Something in the madness eased my mind
Was I awake or was I dreaming
Cut the strings that bind me to mankind-

Once while I was sitting in my room
One cold and silver winter’s day I could hear another worldly
call try as I might I couldn’t turn away
Something in the darkness pulled me deeper
Something in the madness eased my mind

Was I awake or was I dreaming
Cut the strings that bind me to mankind
Once while I was sitting in my room
One cold and silver winter’s day
I could hear another worldly call
try as I might I couldn’t turn away-

Something in the darkness pulled me deeper
Something in the madness eased my mind
Was I awake or was I dreaming
Cut the strings that hind me to mankind

Somewhere in between the moss and the stone
The wind and the wood became my home
I laid myself down upon the green
when the ivy overgrew I could never leave

Something in the darkness pulled me deeper
Something in the madness eased my mind
Was I awake or was I dreaming
Cut the strings that hind me to mankind

Something in the darkness pulled me deeper
Something in the madness eased my mind
Was I awake or was I dreaming
Cut the strings that hind me to mankind

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Dance of Darkness

Traditional / Blackmore

Instrumental

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Health to the Company

Traditional / Blackmore

“Here’s a Health” is an Irish traditional song. The song is based around the long history of emigration from Ireland. The song has been recorded by many artists, most notably by Irish singer Cara Dillon.
The tune has been used for many Irish traditional songs, and “The Liberty Song”.

Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme
Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine
Let us drink and be merry all grief to refrain
For we mayor might never meet here again

Here’s a health to the company and one to my lass
Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let us drink and be merry all grief to refrain
For we mayor might never meet here again

Our ship lies at harbour she’s ready to dock
I wish her safe landing without any shock
And if we should meet again by land or by sea
I will always remember your kindness tome

My footsteps may falter my wit it may fail
My course may be challenged by November gale
Ere fortune shall prove to be friend or foe
You will always be with me wherever I go

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Barbara Allen

Traditional / Blackmore

“The Ballad of Barbara Allen”, also known as “Barbara Ellen,” “Barbara Allan,” “Barb’ry Allen,” “Barbriallen,” etc., is a folk song known in dozens of versions. It has been classified as Child Ballad 84 and Roud 54. The author is unknown, but the song may have originated in England or Scotland[1]. The earliest known mention of the song is in Samuel Pepys’ diary[1] for January 2. 1666 (ed. Robert Latham & William Matthews, Vol. vii, London: [1972], p. 1.) where he refers to the “little Scotch song of ‘Barbary Allen'”.
The song has been covered by a large number of artists.

Twas in the merry month of May
When green buds all were swelling
Sweet William on his death bed lay
For love of Barbara Allen

He sent his servant to the town
To the place where she was dwelling
Saying you must come to my master dear
If your name be Barbara Allen

So slowly slowly she got up
And slowly she drew nigh him
And the only words to him did say
Young man I think you’re dying

As she walked slowly o’er the field
She heard the death bells knelling
And with every stroke it seemed to say
Hard hearted Barbara Allen

Oh mother, oh mother make by bed
Make it both long and narrow
Sweet William died for me today
And I will die for him tomorrow

They buried her in the old churchyard
They buried him beside her
And from his grave grew a red red rose
And from her grave a green briar

They grew and grew to the steeple top
Till they could grow no higher
And there they tied a true love’s knot
Red rose around green briar

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Various Promo / Collectible Versions of this album

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