Conflagrations

by Scaevola's Fire

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released August 11, 2016

Kasia Rybczyk: Lead/Backing Vocals
Ryan Sayko: Drums/Percussion
Nick Smolenski: Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Backing/Lead Vocals, Sitar, Percussion, Backwards/Slide Guitar
Mike Teixeira: Lead Guitar

Songwriting: Nicholas A. Smolenski ("Lady of the Sea": Music by N.A. Smolenski and Michael Teixeira, Words by N.A. Smolenski)

Recording: N.A. Smolenski
Recording Assistant: M. Teixeira

Mixing, Mastering, Production: N.A. Smolenski

Artwork: N.A. Smolenski

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Scaevola's Fire Syracuse, New York

Hailing from Syracuse, NY, Scaevola's Fire is a Hard Rock/Heavy Psych band consisting of primary songwriter and bassist, Nick Smolenski, drummer, Ryan Sayko, guitarist, Mike "Tex" Teixeira, and vocalist, Kasia Rybczyk.

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Track Name: Kindling [Intro]
One winter’s eve, in the burning cold
A new and wretched queen had taken hold
Gathering my wood for the evening fire
I saw the people’s health was growing dire
Rats in the streets, death in the air
And yet the people seemed so unaware
She’d brought the plague upon our town
And so I thought I’d burn her castle down
Track Name: Burn On, Hand of Glory!
Someone must’ve lit a hand of glory
I’ve been asleep for days
Someone must’ve lit a hand of glory
And stole my life away

Back in the morn when the sun was rising
Spices hid the rotten meat
I haven’t got a speck of bread to barter
now the sun beats down on me

How, so half-alive, might I subsist?
When I find that Cockaigne don’t exist?

When,
The hand keeps burning on
Burning on
The hand keeps burning on
Just for me!

That wheel keeps turning on
Turning on
That wheel keeps turning on
But not for me!

And it spins
Along

I think of what will come when the sun is falling,
And if that wheel will spin
And if it won’t, am I left here crying
Lost in my own chagrin?

Does the seed ever plan to grow?
And of its bearings could it ever know?

(A Capella)

When, the hand keeps burning on
Burning on
The hand keeps burning on
Just for me!

That wheel keeps turning on
Turning on
That wheel keeps turning on
But not for me!

And it spins
Along
Track Name: Piskeys on Selena Moor
Grace sat on Selena Moor
Not sure what she sat there for
‘Cause each day passed the same

And the pixies could change their face
But not the way they treated Grace
They played her like a game

And Ooh hoo
A mirage despite the years
And Ooh hoo
They were heartless it appears

Is she gonna fly away from them?
Is it all the same with other men?

A changeling feigned her demise
For the people of a child’s size
Who grew smaller with every change

Their powers were transferred
Grace would turn into a bird
And visit her old flame

Ooooooo
Ooooooo

And Ooh hoo
Is it only real to them?
And Ooh hoo
Could she live again?

Is she gonna fly away from them?
Is it all the same with other men?
Track Name: Queen of Evil
Now, Devil in disguise
Demons in her eyes
Panders you to prominence

She, dressing in despair
Midnight in her hair
Brings only empty promises

Hear me people, she’s cursed me well before
Nectar’s kiss for a heart that’s sore
Wicked woman, I see you’re back for more
And I know I know I know I know this is war

Cause she’s the
Queen of Evil
She’s made you blind
Queen of evil
So unkind
Queen of evil
She’s in your mind
Her spell, I feel it in the air
Dyin’
Til you don’t want to live no more

See, as time grows long
She’ll treat you wrong
But you’ll never leave who you adore

Listen people, I’m here to testify
She’ll say it’s love but it’s all a lie
Witchy woman will surely mystify
And I know I know I know I know I know why

Evil
Evil
Evil
Her evil’s in your minds
Her evil’s in our minds
Her evil’s in my mind

Cause she’s the
Queen of Evil
She’s made you blind
Queen of evil
So unkind
Queen of evil
She’s in your mind
Track Name: Blemmyae
Blemmyae have no heads, eyes upon their chests instead
Blemmyae make no friends, cannibals are how they’re bred
They say they’re really different
I think we’re all the same

In our minds
In our minds

They try to be so different
Beg to be unique
How much does it matter
When we’re six feet deep?

Blemmyae, one world known, choose with kin to stay alone
Illusions of skin and bone, the differences that they bemoan

What does it mean to be different
When we’re all the same?

Father Time is on my shoulder
Telling me that Nature’s king.
If our souls had no bodies
Would that really change a thing?

Mmmm who could say
Mm who could say
Mmm It wouldn’t be the same

We try to be so different
Beg to be unique
How much does it matter
When we’re six feet deep?
Track Name: There They Pick Nightshade
Silhouettes conceal the setting sun
Fool on a hillside heard by none
Am I lonesome?
You know that I am.
Am I lonesome?
You know that I am

Malady of mind makes me efface
Watching them pick nightshade at the base
Am I lonesome?
You know that I am.
Am I lonesome?
You know that I am.

There they pick nightshade
All while their days fade
There they pick nightshade
Follow a charade
There they pick nightshade
Nightshade
Nightshade
Nightshade
Track Name: Lady of the Sea
1000 days
out on the sea
We’ve lost the bay,
where could it be?

Can you hear it?
We’re drawing near it!
Must be the Lady of the sea!
Yeah!

Lady of the Sea
Mesmerizing me
Always bringing death to my life

Take the wheel!
I’m gonna crash!
Tie me up
To the mast!

We’re getting closer!
The rocks enclose her
Woah, that Lady of the sea!

Yea!

Lady of the Sea
Mesmerizing me
Always bringing death to my life
Track Name: The Baron Green
O, below is Farmer Tom, toiling at his till
That before his father gave to him against his will
As Baron Green’s wagon disappears into the night
Yearning for his easel, Tom turns unto to his wife
and says

Don’t you ever think we could be the same?
If I’d been born like him, I could have acclaim!
‘Cause

Money has the poor man crowned
Money makes the world go round and round and
Money does my life confound
Money makes the world go ‘round and ‘round and ‘round

Accompanied by avarice, Green grasps to understand
Superficiality, the women of his land
Fancying a farmer’s wife, in barren fields below
Watching out his window, whispers sad and soft and low

Don’t you ever think we could be the same?
If I’d been born like him, she could speak my name…
But

Money has the poor man crowned
Money makes the world go round and round and
Money does my life confound
Money makes the world go ‘round and ‘round and ‘round

Money has the poor man crowned
Money makes the world go round and round and
Money does my life confound
Money makes the world go ‘round and ‘round and ‘round

And Round
And Round
And Round
And Round
Track Name: A Specter Has Taken Shape
My wick was shrinking as the sun went down
Voices in the castle walls
My heart tumbled as I turned around
And viewed his visage fall

Cuz everywhere I go I can’t be free
Everywhere I go I see him
Everywhere I go he follows me
Yeah!

Can you hear him?
I hear him loud
He’s passed on
But he’s here right now
Is there no escape?

I can still feel
the things he’d say
Though his body’s
passed away
A specter’s taken shape

Yeah
His face appears in paintings in my halls
Where it hadn’t been before
Swirling headache and muffled calls
Footsteps fumble ‘cross the floor

In everything I do I hear his name
Everything I do it hurts me
Everything I do it just won’t change
Alright!

Can you hear him?
I hear him loud
He’s passed on
But he’s here right now
Is there no escape?

I can still feel
the things he’d say
Though his body’s
passed away
A specter’s taken shape
Track Name: Query for the Apothecary
Turn me to an ostrich
And I’ll leave my eggs behind
I’ll see the stars above me
And focus on the sky

So please,
Fill my cup
Your potions, mix them up
See, my bile’s black
And I’ve had enough

Grab your herbs
I need more than words
See, the way I’ve been
Is more than absurd

Can you cure me
Apothecary?

Turn me to an eagle
And I’ll gaze unto the sun
Soar away from my mind
Or at least the things it’s done

I felt my demise
That sat in disguise
As the problems of every day

My head in the sand
The reigns in your hand
And only you may allay

So please,
Fill my cup
Your potions, mix them up
See, my bile’s black
And I’ve had enough

Grab your herbs
I need more than words
See, the way I’ve been
Is more than absurd

So please,
Fill my cup
Your potions, mix them up
See, my bile’s black
And I’ve had enough

Grab your herbs
I need more than words
See, the way I’ve been
Is more than absurd
Track Name: Firebreathers
Dragons in their keep
The village is asleep
Hypnotized, the townsfolk give up
Money to their heaps

The towers in the cards
Not a knight or bard
The rumor that they’ve passed on
Feels more than a canard

All my life I thought that knights would
Carry on the good
But chivalry has died and I
Had misunderstood
I’ll grab Ascalon
Find the scaly ones and say

Firebreathers
What you gonna do?
I see you puffin smoke
Cause now your reign is through

Firebreathers
What you gonna say?
I’ve got the sword
And I’ll have you on your way

The serpents in the knoll
Promoting vitriol
Do it all for power
And the glory of the gold

To add to their insult
Fear is the result
People follow faithfully
In the dragons’ cult

How has no one vanquished them?
I pray for heaven’s sake
I watch the buildings crumble and
The land is filled with snakes
What can I do?
What can I say?
I’ll say

Firebreathers
What you gonna do?
I see you puffin smoke
Cause now your reign is through

Firebreathers
What you gonna say?
I’ve got the sword
And I’ll have you on your way

Firebreathers
What you gonna do?
I see you puffin smoke
Cause now your reign is through

Firebreathers
What you gonna say?
I’ve got the sword
And I’ll have you on your way
Track Name: Woodwose
Manor’s new escapee
‘Cause I’ve
Had enough had enough had enough
Of peasantry

They stand speaking, like the Feast of Fools
With no meaning, just oppressive rules

Woodwose that lives beyond this wall
I can hear your trees and rivers call

Runs in the family
They
Chose this life chose this life chose this life
For me

The lord tells me he’s everything I need
But I’m stuck here when he’s livin’ free

Woodwose that lives beyond this wall
I can hear your trees and rivers call
Track Name: Cinders [Outro]
The skies blazed red
As the castle burned in flame
And the rats were dead
As the village was reclaimed
They awoke from the spell
The queen had placed on them
They rejoiced in the streets
For they were free again