Hobgoblin's Hat

by Allysen Callery

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"Allysen Callery might be the Tim Burton of folk music, her dark songs often transporting us to somewhere otherworldly. Allysen Callery has one of those unmistakable voices, soft and sometimes child-like, supported by fingerpicked nylon string guitar. Her songs lurk about in that airy, brooding, immaginitive space of tigers and kings, the stuff of fairytales. Reminds me of fellow New Englander Marissa Nadler's songs. Highly recommended" - Call It Folk (May 01, 2010)

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released February 14, 2010

Produced and recorded by Myles Baer at Black Hole Sound Studios
All songs written by Allysen Callery
Allysen Callery- vocals , nylon string guitar
Myles Baer- electric guitar, Hammond
Brendan Whipple- bass
Jared Smith- Moog

Hobgoblin's Hat was written for & inspired by the Finn/Swede writer Tove Jansson , who was a huge influence on me.

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Allysen Callery Rhode Island

" Her lilting voice and heartfelt lyrics are eerily close to the work of the late British songstress Sandy Denny, the highest compliment I could hand down to this brilliant artist."- Paste Magazine

Allysen Callery is a self-taught folk artist from Bristol, Rhode Island. Growing up she was heavily influenced by her parent's British Isles Folk Revival records of the late 60′s early 70′s .
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Track Name: Tiny Armageddon
1.Tiny Armageddon

Tiny Armageddon small enough
to fit inside your mouth
almost never
talk about it

there's a certain kind of forgiveness
reserve
for the soldier
given his eyes are appropriately weary
given that his body's burdened & broken

you don't ask questions

What did you see while standing
surrounded by death
curious to step
between the bodies & find
your own self laid out amongst them

I will see my own startled face
each day, when I awake
as each morning you must
breathe
place each foot carefully

in sock, in oxblood
leather
rise up slowly, comb your gold
thinning hair
walk into the world once more

Step outside into the world once more

Tiny Armageddon small enough
to fit inside your mouth
almost never
talk about it
Track Name: Jack Jumps Back
2. Jack Jumps Back

Jack jumped back
from the ledge we had met
when his lips had been humid
we walked in step
past the deer by the ocean
singing of sweet mead & selkies

& a touch on my forehead
meant a kiss
or it’s shadow

Jack jumped back
every word was a flower
he was heaping them deep
past my perfumed knees
were bruised by the blush
It was a rush
of blood
So I’d said walk it don’t run
but I’d weep for the loss
of what we’d begun

Jack jump back
through the bittersweet
nightshade
remember your dreams &
when you’re done
remember me

I swear on my life
No, I’ll stay still & quiet

velvet dusk brings you twilight
velvet dusk brings you twilight

remember me
singing sweet mead & selkies
remember me

Bruised by the blush it was
a rush of blood
Bruised by the blush it was
a rush of blood
Bruised by the blush it was
everything you ever wanted

Bruised by the blush it was
nothing much
Track Name: Hobgoblin's Hat
3.Hobgoblin’s Hat

You came into our valley

One Midsummer’s Day
or was it night

the children found your Hobgoblin’s Hat
floating in the water

The children found your Hobgoblin’s Hat
& they took it home

of course there were some
magical changes
mostly we enjoyed them

the drawing room became a jungle
where
I was a tiger there

We denied our own best friend
the King of California
& we made him cry

but then his mother knew him by his eyes
they were small
& kind

Up there on the moon,
what did it look like to you?

Riding on the back of a panther
with ruby red eyes
It was the most beautiful sight

If I could give you anything
I’d give
a queen for your king

If I could wish for anything
I’d wish
a king for your queen

Up there on the moon
what did it look like to you

we thought you thought
because it was so much
that it was just because
but it was just

the most beautiful sight
Track Name: Vincenzo Part II
4.Vincenzo Part II

Weep or willow you’ll taste my tears tonight
whatever breath I have flies helpless behind you
whatever light I’d find
dances in the dark mosaic pattern of your eyes
my house won’t home my heart
walks an empty street at night
sleeping in doorways without you

Vincenzo hold your wife tonight you have a happy home
flowers line the driveway die
to rise up in Spring
I won’t mention this again
it was just a dream roll over
roll it over go back to sleep

Weep or willow you’ll taste my tears tonight
whatever breath I have flies helpless behind you
Track Name: Button Boots
5.Button Boots

They whisper with
the heads together
wearing black in the Winter
brown in the Summer

Pomegranates & alabaster
behind a cupped hand
trickled laughter

the great
hooded snake
slithered hither
to taste
the soft place
behind an ankle…

he was soon crushed underfoot,
one of them was wearing
buttoned boots

They’d whisper with
their heads together
stiff as a board
light as a feather

lighting candles with wooden matches
red is the color of desire
green for wealth & blue
communion

If there was a wolf
they didn’t know him

If ever was a bear
they’d never own him

One found a silver mirror
given by an old friend
it was then they’d never
speak again…..
Track Name: Vincenzo Part I
6.Vincenzo Part I

Vincenzo come to me
without your necktie
do you think you’re fooling
anyone (that is not your real name)
when you were a baby they stole
your name they held it shining in the light
deciding it too beautiful too bright
they wrapped it tight in rushes & reeds
pushed it in dark waters

Somewhere a prince plays with your name
he doesn’t know you & will never know you
like I do, I hardly know you at all

Once in a million years we fall
once in a million years too late
too late I fall
& I’d fall again

So I watch you through the glass as Tantalus
& you are all the world to me
all the wine the bread the flesh & sweet
sweet these things I’ve never tasted

& I’d say Oh my nameless one
tragedy is beautiful under the stars
under your breath whisper to me
so she can’t hear you

Vincenzo come to me without your necktie
I’ll come to you in shadow
across all stars & roses come to you
across a million years

& in each life I’ll love you without trying
simple as breathing long to kiss you
until I was dead
it’s there in that fleeting instance between
the darkness and the light
I will learn your name then forget
everything
Track Name: Little Star
7.Little Star

Shine down little star
show me where you
want to go
over the hillside
& through the woods we will go

listen little star
tell me what you want to know

there it was a red red rose
there it was the red red fox
where he goes

& the red red heart
how it broke

seemed like rain but the snow it came
instead

in the dead of dark
a guiding light,
that’s bright

& my candle hands will
fill with light
Track Name: Mr. Moonlight
8. Mr. Moonlight

Oh I should be sleeping
but you keep on speaking
to me Mr. Moonlight
I can’t close my eyes
I can’t close my mind
to you Mr. Moonlight

1 AM I stumble to bed
the ivy makes shadows that crawl across the ceiling
your voice in my head & all left unsaid
still what I’d heard was not quite what I’d wanted

Mr. Moonlight I can’t close my mind to you

3:00 I can see in the dark
we play cat & mouse now
but I hold the phone call
your voice in my head & all left unsaid
everyone on my street will have troubled dreams tonight

Mr. Moonlight you push me pull me look right through me
& never care to care about me

5 AM & I take a ride
I tell myself I’m going looking for the sunrise
see your car parked where it should be
& for that one moment I’m almost happy
turn off the road I turn on the dial
& it’s Patsy Cline singing I’m crazy

Crazy for feeling so lonely crazy for feeling so blue

It’s always the same sometimes
got a different name always a different face
but it’s always you
Mr. Moonlight
Track Name: Grey Wolf
9. Grey Wolf

I don’t know exactly when
I met the grey wolf
came loping in sideways
from the empty night
empty but for one quiet star
in the sky
& the grey wolf he sang to me
by the song he sang I knew him intrinsically
& when I looked into his eyes I saw
that he knew me very well
Within the empty night with it’s one quiet star
in the sky
I stroked the grey wolf
& he leaned in close to me

Now the birds have stopped their scolding
& the dumbstruck sun surrenders
not to greyness or to night
but into nothing

I don’t know exactly when
I met the grey wolf
came loping in sideways
from the empty night
empty but for one quiet star
Track Name: A Ring Around The Moon
10.A Ring Around The Moon

When you awake read the letters they’d sent
only to wait for the rose
from the only One
standing barefoot in the sunlit room

polish the silver amulet
or the moonstone earrings but never a ring
say rings make your fingers ache
rings make the heart constrict but
a ring around the moon means
I love you

where you lay your head
it’s your chest I am breathing in
the sleep of little children in the woods

A ring around the moon
& I love you