Songs of English Magic

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Music inspired by the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and the novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

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released December 29, 2015

All vocals, instruments, lyrics (except where otherwise noted), arrangements, recording, and production by Errand of Mercy.

Cover and inside photography by Errand of Mercy.

Recorded and mixed at Spinner's End Studios in Rochester, NY.

Errand would like to thank:
All of the authors, music makers, and dreamers of dreams who have so kindly lent me their characters and worlds to play with, the denizens of the Internet who have offered me so much support and encouragement to do the thing, my iPad for taking everything I could throw at it (sometimes literally) and producing not-terrible recordings, and everyone who creates, remixes, and transforms great stories into new marvels in the beautiful alchemy that is fandom.

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Hi, I'm errandofmercy! I am 26 years old and I live in upstate NY. I write music inspired by literature, film, television, and, occasionally, real life. My fandoms include Harry Potter, Tolkien's works, Star Trek, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and a host of others!

I write, arrange, and produce all my own tracks. Tracks that are covers or use borrowed materials are available free of charge.
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Track Name: The Sword
A withered hand rests on the table
It doesn’t shock me anymore
Another victim of the darkness
Locked beneath it in a drawer

You speak to me of sacrifices
Of all the pain your choice prevents
You sling the yoke around my shoulders
Your death my inheritance

But you were supposed to save my soul
You were supposed to make me whole again
I trusted you with everything and this is my reward
To hold it steady
While you fall upon the sword

Don’t think the irony is wasted
You’ve paid the price for guilt and pride
You always told me not to pity the dead
But the living, dead inside

What would your sister have to tell you
If she could see you as you are?
(would she say) Your strategy is flawed
And once again you’re playing God
But this time you’ve gone too far


You were supposed to save my soul
You were supposed to make me whole again
I trusted you with everything and this is my reward
To hold it steady
While you fall upon the sword

You promised me I’d find redemption
I should have known you weren’t sincere
I spied for you, I lied for you, I crossed so many lines for you
But now it’s all too clear

(that) No one is going to save my soul
No one could ever make me whole again
No matter what I say or do, I’ll never be restored
So when you are ready, I will hold it steady
I will hold it steady, while you fall upon the sword
Track Name: Hogwarts Never Ends
Seven years, you’d think for sure
That’s all you’ve got to endure
All the pureblood pricks on their new broomsticks
So superficial, so immature

Then when you graduate
You take a look around and you say HEY WAIT
This is the same as where I just came from
I thought it was over - oh, that’s just great

The Wizarding world is just as bewitched
With whose blood is pure and who caught the Snitch,
Who‘s in the Prophet, who’s in the closet,
Who‘s got the gold and who scored a witch

And I still don’t have the right look
And I don’t have the right friends
Nothing changes but the faces, the names, and the trends
Hogwarts never ends

Check out the popular kids
You’ll never guess what Bellatrix did
Lucius got caught at a Muggle wig shop
And poor Professor Lupin finally got the chop

And the only thing that matters
Is climbing up that social ladder
Still care about your robes and the broom you ride
Doesn’t matter if you’re sixteen or thirty-five

Lily Evans, she’s the prom queen
James Potter, captain of the Quidditch team
Wormtail, the clown, Padfoot, the quarterback
I’ve seen it all before - I want my money back!

The Wizarding world is just as bewitched
With whose blood is pure and who caught the Snitch,
Who’s undercover Dumbledore’s lover,
Who cast a Dark Mark on the Quidditch pitch

And I still don’t have the right look
And I don’t have the right friends
And I still have to take the same shit I did back then
Hogwarts never ends

The Wizarding world is just as bewitched
With whose blood is pure and who caught the Snitch,
Who‘s in the Prophet, who’s in the closet,
Who‘s got the gold and who scored a witch

And I still don’t have the right look
And I don't have any friends
And I'm pretty much the same as I was back then
Hogwarts never ends
Hogwarts never ends
Here we go again...
Track Name: Penseive.Purgative (forgetting Lily)
Memories like wisps of smoke
Curl around my fingertips
Find the truth for which I grope
As the sand beneath me slips


In this silver bowl of mist
I leave my life with you behind
Far away from those who wander
The dark pathways of my mind


But I miss you
Like a flightless bird misses the sky where it has never flown
And I miss you
Like a sightless fish misses the sun which it has never known (never known)

Like a snake that sheds its skin
I will discard these sentiments
Cauterize my bleeding heart
This love my last impediment

But I miss you
Like a celibate misses the touch which he has never felt
And I miss you
Like an orphan child misses the home where he has never dwelt

(refrain)

(I miss the love I never knew
The kindness I’ve forgotten
The friendship that I threw away
The memories gone rotten)

I will rise from this ordeal
With a mind as clear as ice
Though these wounds may never heal
I will make the sacrifice
Track Name: Dark Arts
It’s no surprise
You’ve shown some curiosity
But you’d be wise
To take my words most soberly
The discipline of which I dare to speak
Is mercurial
Quite chimerical

Once you begin to trifle
With power that can choke and stifle
You may find, it’s hard to know
Who’s in control
And who is controlled

So you want to play with magic?
You’ll never get it back once your soul departs
Tell me, do you dare to do this?
Because there’s no defense against the Dark Arts
Will you be spared?
Or be ensnared?
When all your thoughts
turn shades of black

It’s quite the rush
How could it be a sin?
A gentle touch
A tattoo on your skin
But soon enough
You start to lose your grip
Your sense of right and wrong
Begins to slip

That which you try to sever
Grows back with more strength than ever
Like a beast with many heads
With every strike, it only spreads

So you want to play with magic?
This sorcery is not for the faint of heart
Tell me, do you dare to do this?
Because there’s no defense against the Dark Arts
Will you seize the power?
Or be devoured?
When darkness takes
Everything you’ve got

You might think you’re incorruptible
But the Dark Arts are indestructible
Take care what you set into motion
This magic is more potent than any charm or potion

You may fall under its spell, and at first things may go well
But all too late you’ll realize you’ve trapped yourself in hell
No matter what you do, there’s no escaping from this power
All the sweetness of your arrogance can turn so quickly sour

This magic never slumbers, It grows stronger with each mutation
The only way to overpower it is resisting the temptation
The Dark Arts are like a hydra, ever-changing and eternal
Cut off one head and a new one sprouts, more clever and infernal

So you want to play with magic?
You’ll never see the light once the spiral starts
Tell me, do you dare to do this?
Because there’s no defense against the Dark Arts
Will you prevail?
Or will you fail?
When you attempt
The unforgivable
Track Name: Unbreakable Vow
Figures huddle in the rain
A pale face awash with pain
Your sister mocks you for your desperation

Bated breath constricts your chest
You’ve come to me with one request
To spare your son humiliation

For you know I’ll stay
And I’ll find a way
To protect him somehow
But what I cannot say
Is I’ve already made
One unbreakable vow

Filaments of silver charm
Climb like cobwebs up my arm
Our fates forever intertwined

Like the other vow I’ve made
The ransom for your son is paid
With my blood this time

For you know I’ll stay
And I’ll find a way
To protect him somehow
But what I cannot say
Is I’ve already made
One unbreakable vow

Too many promises to keep
Too many miles to go before I sleep
And even if this plan succeeds
Someday soon
It will be me who bleeds

And I hope someday
They will find a way
To forgive me somehow
For though I want to escape
I cannot forsake
This unbreakable vow

(refrain)
Track Name: The Magician in York
Magicians gathered round in the Old Starre Inn
All on a winter's day
And they'd eat and they'd drink and their tales they'd spin
So the folks all say

They'd articles aplenty to brandish about
All on a winter's day
But of magic among them there was nowt
So the folks all say

Lai di di...

Til one night the youngest of their crew
All on a winter's day
Put a question to them made their faces turn blue
So the folks all say

He asked why magicians neglected their craft
All on a winter's day
And they laughed and they tutted and said he was daft
So the folks all say

Lai di di...

Well the young man went out, for an answer to seek
All on a winter's day
To old Hurtfew Abbey, all sober and bleak
So the folks all say

And inside the library of Mr. Norrell
All on a winter's day
A bargain was struck put an end to their quarrel
So the folks all say

Lai di di...

Then early one morning before the grey dawn
All on a winter's day
The magicians assembled, a doubting black throng
So the folks all say

They all signed away their right to do magic
All on a winter's day
Except John Segundus, who thought it too tragic
So the folks all say

Lai di di...

Far off in Hurtfew, a storm it was brewing
All on a winter's day
Norrell his scandalous magic was doing
So the folks all say

From inside York Minster came cries of fright
All on a winter's day
For the statues inside it had all come to life
So the folks all say

They sang lai di di...

With tongues of dry stone, they all told their stories
All on a winter's day
Of past thieves and murderers, conquests and glories
So the folks all say

Segundus was stunned, and he put pen to paper
All on a winter's day
To tell the whole world of the York Minster caper
So the folks all say

Lai di di...

So if ever you stand in the minster of York
All on a winter's day
And hear a strange sound, like a stone that can talk
So the folks all say

Remember the tale of old Mr. Norrell
All on a winter's day
For with real magicians it does not do to quarrel
So the folks all say!
Track Name: The Raven King
For lyrics, you'll need to purchase a copy of the novel - but I promise you won't regret it!
Track Name: The Only One Who Knows
It’s been so long since I could close my eyes
It’s been so long since I could sleep
It’s been so long since I could recognize
The face in the mirror staring back at me

And you’re the only one who knows
Who can see beyond this rose at my mouth
The only one who feels the same
The only reason I still believe I’m sane

It’s been so long since I did not ache everywhere
It’s been so long since I could feel
I have forgotten why I used to care
I cannot tell the dream from what is real

And you’re the only one who knows
Who lives in a hell you never chose
The only one who shares the dance
The only reason why I still might have a chance

You’re the only one
You’re the only one
Who knows

It’s been so long since we have spoken, my dear friend
But this reunion only leaves me heartbroken
Another poor soul joins our company
Doomed to rot here for eternity

Still you’re the only one who knows
The secret world we never can disclose
But when the puppeteer grows tired
What will become of the toys he once desired?

You’re the only one
You’re the only one
Who knows
Track Name: To The Sea
To the sea, to the sea
The white gulls are crying
The wind is blowing
The white foam is flying
West, west away, the round sun is falling
Grey ship, Grey ship
Do you hear them calling?

I will leave, I will leave
The Greenwood that bore me
To follow the voices of those gone before me
To Erresëa, to fair Elven halls
Where my people dwell ever
And the leaves do not fall

To the sea, to the sea
Your longing will steer you
Far away from the mortals
Who love and revere you
Oh, I wish you joy, but alas for me!
Twice now my axe has sought the wrong tree

To the sea, to the sea
I wish I could follow
But there’s no fate for me
Save to pine and to wallow
Oh, pity the poor Dwarf who survived Dwarrow-delf
To harrow his heart o’er a wayfaring Elf!

Mellonamin, uuma dela
Put your grief to an end
Come with me, you shall sail
Side by side with a friend
We will journey together, at the Lady’s behest
Come with me, Gimli, into the West!

To the sea, to the sea (to the sea)
The white gulls are crying (together)
The wind is blowing (we will be)
The white foam is flying (forever)
West, west away, the round sun is falling (see the sun, setting West)
Grey ship (fair ship), grey ship (our ship)
I can hear them calling!

Gi melin, naugrim…
Oh, stop it, you great sap!
Never!
Track Name: The Ballad of Gimli and Legolas
Like a jewel buried deep beneath the ground
My love gave off no light and made no sound
It lay untouched for a century
Til miner’s hands came and set it free
And to your fate my soul was ever bound

For years I walked the forest’s paths alone
Among my father’s kin the seeds were sown
The malice I was taught to bear
My people’s callous lack of care
Were washed away like ocean-polished stone

Oh, a’maelamin
You have proved the folly of my kin
Oh, ai atar
Your spirit shines as bright as any star

At first I found it difficult to trust
My people’s ill opinions all seemed just
But as we tread the thorny path
And fought to stave off evil’s wrath
Our wariness soon crumbled all to dust

In Lorien beneath the Mallorn trees
The radiant Lady brought you to your knees
To see the love within your eyes
Awoke in me a sweet surprise
A firm devotion that would never cease

Mela en coriamin
I'll stay beside you til your eyes grow dim
Oh, spangaer
With you I’d board the fair grey ships and sail away
Away...