by Pandemonaeon

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    Our debut album combines Middle-Eastern themes with dark trancy rock to create a tribal mood most often compared with Dead can Dance. Often called "music for bellydancers in combat boots".

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Music from this album was used in "Cry for the Forest"(Earthfilms, 1998, a short film about Julia Butterfly's Luna tree-sit) & the 2009 feature film "The Commune."


released May 5, 2001

All songs (c) (p) 1997 - 2000 by Trance Jam Records, Binassyr Publishing, ASCAP.
Produced by Joey Swails & Pandemonaeon. Recorded at the House of Music, Trance Jam Studios, & the Little Easy. Engineered, mixed, & mastered by Joey Swails. Additional engineering by Winter & Robert Beley.

Art design by Miles Kurland, Kurland Digital.
Logo treatment by Zack Darling, Greenfield Graphix.
Photography by Charles Gatewood.

Thanx 2: the Crescent Hellions, Grassroots Entertainment, Joey & Angela Swails, Miles Kurland, Paul & Sunny Nordin, Robin & Teresa, and to all the members of our know who you are.



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Pandemonaeon Oakland, California

Pandemonaeon is an American independent progressive folk metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area founded in 1996 by the Celtic singer Sharon Knight & her long-time musical collaborator, Winter. They incorporate such folk instruments as violin, oud, saz, mandocello, & flute, as well as many ethnic hand percussion instruments like dumbek, djembe, tar, & riqq. ... more

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Track Name: This Night I Ride
This Night I Ride
(Words/Music by Knight/Winter)

Aaaih, this night I ride
Aaaih, to etch my will upon the tide

With perfect poise and piercing heat
I charge with fire at my feet
I ride to court the Faery Queen
And win her salty grail

Bur when I reached her jeweled gate
My grand intentions there to state
She laughed and shook her burnished hair
And mocked me to my core

“What rare pride.” she said, “my girl
To think you’re worthy of my pearls”
She dashed my dreams upon the rock
And told me to go home

Lady, lend an ear at least
for I ‘m a knight who would be priest
Before you cast me from this place
Pray do indulge me in a race

My life I give if you outride
My chariot till eventide
But should I prove the swifter one
Your grail of wisdom I’ll have won

At dusk my horse it took the lead
The lady filled my grail with mead
Wisdom won not through the race
But the willingness to ride
Track Name: Lamplight
(Words & Music by Sharon Knight & Winter)

Wait by the window & see
See what haunts me
Spark of some distant desire
Fanned into fire

What vision of freedom is this
Arising from blackest abyss
A flame that burns steady & true
Lighting my way back to you

Oooh, solace comes when the mind is free
Blazing free, enflaming me
I burn for life, love, & liberty

What kisses my passion bestows
On another who knows
Yet deeper we tangle our hearts
Weave our love into art

Within the depths of my heart
There lies a lamp of great art
Alighting the jewel in the stone
Remember what we’ve always known

Track Name: Serpentina
(Words/Music by Sharon Knight)

Serpentina strolls through spring showers
Licking drops of rain from face
Hair all matted down with flowers
Dress clings damp in fond embrace

Twisting blades of grass twixt fingertips
Eyes half crazed in siren swoon
Soaking stones in streams of storm’s linger drips
Lifts her voice in crimson croon

She is lilting, lilting, lilting,
Leading lovers’ hearts astray
I could give her pearls of wisdom
If she but turn her head my way

I would wrap her in wreaths of goldenrod
Bathe her in the morning dew
Tasting sweetly the pleasures of olden gods
Weaving old loves into new

We would bathe in moonlit meadows
Share our secrets under the moon
Dine on cakes and tea made from red rose
Drunk on a madness that ends too son

She is lilting, lilting, lilting,
Leading lovers’ hearts astray
she could give me pearls of wisdom
If I’d but understand her way


She is lilting, lilting, lilting,
Leading my poor hear astray
she could give me pearls of wisdom
If I’d but understand her way

Track Name: The Shimmering Sheen
The Shimmering Sheen
(Words & Music by Winter)

The queen she longed to see
The waters, sail the sea
And on her journey be
Unrecognized as she

The water’s shimmering sheen
It seemed a dazzling scheme
All that she could have been
She would know with a dream
She was not as she seemed

I did follow her down to the water alone
Both she and it shone
In a hollow of stone lay a boat on the foam
Then she was in it and gone

The water’s shimmering sheen
It seemed a dazzling scheme
And the wind blowing keen
All that she cold have been
She would know with a dream
She was not as she seemed

She had lived on this ground
Without love having found
And water surround
And a life without love
Wasn’t worth her renown
Thus had she found

So she took to the sea, abandoned all fear
To make the far near
It was the one way to be to find her a peer
That was made clear

Track Name: Black Snake
Black Snake
(Words & Music Knight/Winter)

Wait, listen, I hear the enemy rising
Black poison, serpent of ugliness inside me
Waiting for my weakest hour
My certainty for to devour
What was ours, what was ours, what was ours

I am poised at the edge of desire
My madness is leaking
And coloring the tips of my hair purple
Spilling out into forever
Telling me that I’ll never know love like ours again

I look for the glimmer
Nectar of my salvation
Quench my thirsting
Drinking without hesitation
Filling me up with rainbows
Reminding me what my brain knows
That I’ll never, I’ll never be thirsty again

Black snake dissolving
And suddenly I taste heaven
My slinky dancing
Waking the goddess eleven
Shake loose all my grieving
Telling me you’re not leaving
Me ever, me ever again.
Track Name: Sunny Simone
Sunny Simone
(Words/Music by Knight/Winter)

She is wearing red on sunday
Has that woman got no shame
Your eyes reflect pious scorning
But you know your heart’s aflame
Would she do it for a dollar
Would she do it for a dime
Would she do you nice and slowly
If you paid her for her time

What a show of bold irreverence
That she turns your mind from god
And the rise beneath your zipper
Rips apart your cool facade

Now she’s sitting here beside you
Man you know you’d better pray
Keep your eyes on the scheduled program
Better turn your head away
Better guard your place in heaven
Cause your body will betray
You know you should be listening but imagination does stray

Give it up, give it up, give it up, you know
That a sexless body’s an impossible goal
Since when do we believe in the status quo
That says to crucify your body’s gonna save your soul
Give me a boy, give me a girl
Give me black leather and a head full of curls
Surrender to your sex and you might find love
And a taste of the wisdom spilling out from above

Pity those tormented souls
Who slay themselves on heaven’s wrath
Doomed they are forevermore
To split their bodies, souls in half
We defy not deify a god who turns away
From delicious celebration of our inborn will to play
Track Name: Word of Honor
Word of Honor
(Words & Music by Sharon Knight & Winter)

A promise kept, & a pact is made
Stones of truth are laid
To build our fortress strong & proud
Strength she sings aloud
Edge of time, & the word was said
Creation come to life
Gods awake from their starry beds
And take the fury to wife
Song of the soul is a lonesome cry
But have you any choice?
There’s no sweeter lullaby
Than truthfulness of voice
Word of the will is an aching need
No rest until she’s filled
No richer fruit than from the seed
On which your honor is spilled

Chant the spell & be it done
Word & will are one
Raise the cry for all to hear
Illusions come undone

I gave my word & I saw it through
Dreams they all come true
I reign from my fortress stong & proud
Strength I sing aloud
Song of the soul in splendor grows
In the light of the starry dew
Blossom of love from the heart it grows
To your own self stay true

Same as Ch1

Chant the spell & be it done
Word & deed are one
Walk the talk within the heart
Freedom’s prize is won
Track Name: Born to Let Our Brilliance Shine
Born to Let Our Brilliance Shine
(Words/Music by Knight/Winter)

It’s not that we fear our weakness
Fear that we’re not enough
It’s our power terrifies us
Stark fierceness of our love

Voice ot truth that echoes through us
Nothing that we can’t become
Taste ot limitless creation
Seeker and the muse are one

We were born to let our brilliance shine
Deeper than daydream
Dayglow my heart screams
We were born to let our brilliance shine

Yes, humility is noble
Humbly we are deceived
Who am I to be amazing
This is what I once believed

Playing small won’t serve the world
Nor will it save our souls
Life lived in screaming colors
This my most noble goal

We were born to let our brilliance shine
Deeper than daydream
Dayglow my heart screams
We were born to let our brilliance shine
Track Name: Until Then
Until Then
(Words/music by Winter)

Riding on bodies through time
Linking yours up with mine
I will look for your sign

When shall we two meet again
Every now, every then
Clothed as women and men

I saw the light that shines through
your eyes and I knew

I will meet you again
Until then
I will meet you again
Until then