Devils In The Details

by Randal Prater

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This was the final album by Creeping Myrtle. Sadly, it never got a proper release or farewell tour. But, it is available for digital download. I am quite proud of the songwriting and think it makes a nice final chapter.

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released December 31, 2003

All songs written by Randal Prater (BMI). Mastered by Graig Markel. Published by Doldrum (BMI).

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Track Name: Death The Bride
My soul burns within you
Sweet smells linger in your hair
Grey suns hide inside you
I don’t dare follow you there

In the night I call you
Candles are living light
Come to me won’t you
Secrets are safe in your smile

Girl, I’d like to paint your picture
It won’t keep ’til next season
Girl, these poppies are contagious
I think I’ll call you Death the Bride

Of course we’ll dress you all in black
A girlish hat for you
Smile that smile for me and wave
As you pass from this side

Girl, I’d like to paint your picture
(In this light)
It won’t keep ’til next season
(I can see it in your eyes - Death comes with the sunrise)
Girl, these poppies are contagious
(And to think)
That I would marry Death the Bride
I know you’d make a pretty picture

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Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Ebow, Tape Loops
Tim Stach - Bass, Keys, Guitars
Mike Troupe - Drums
Track Name: Ballad Of Isobel Gowdie
Fauns and Sylvans
Incubi
Cold as spring water
Inside of you

Isobel
Darkest light
Scotland
1662

What did he say?
What did you feel?
Ice and then fire
Ice and then fire

Fear in mourning
The burning times again
How many more burn
Along with you?

Horse and hattock
Gave you flight
Feline shapeshifter
Led you through

Mortal men
Said your eyes
Were the terrible
Doors of doom

What did they say?
What did you feel?
Ice and then fire
Ice and then fire

Fear, mourning…
Now how many more
Burn along with you?


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Ebow, Tape Loops
Tim Stach - Bass, Keys
Mike Troupe - Drums
Track Name: Vervaine
Drink this elixir
It tastes of vervaine
Lie back and close your eyes
My kiss will seal your fate

My mind spins and cries your name
Can’t you see
Just one magick night with you
Is what I need

Ghostly whispers bring me down
On my knees
Will you marry me
On one of the Saints Days

Your eyes swirl and fade in me
Please don’t cry
We will swim through oceans made
Of sweet vervaine

Sweet vervaine
Sweet vervaine


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars
Tim Stach - Bass, Guitars
Mike Troupe - Drums
Track Name: Nuclear Summer
It’s a nuclear summer
It’s a nuclear summer
Smiley face turned around
Take your dreams
Watch them burn down

It’s the spell that I’m under
It’s the spell that I’m under
Happy day in my mind
Can I stay?
Maybe next time

It’s a nuclear summer
It’s a nuclear summer
Lovely rays bleed on me
It’s a shame
Farewell, half-life


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars
Tim Stach - Bass, Guitars
Mike Troupe - Drums
Track Name: The End Of Me
She breathes in slow
Another day to tow
The Devil takes his toll
She swallows idle tears

Another yesterday
Becomes a runaway
And now today is long
Tomorrow never comes

The darkness that I see
Brings on a comfortable madness
No adorable sanity
Oh, fancy free
The gun was meant for me
To feel delightful sadness
In a trip of eternity
The end of me

Her fire flickers now
And coldness fills her fear
The dreaded aftermath
Will barely make a splash
It’s so very cold
It’s so very cold

The tunnel’s not so bright
They said there would be light
Oh, what have I done?
Oh, what have I done?

She sees that this is wrong
But, now it won’t be long
There’s nothing left to say
She does it anyway

The darkness that I see
Brings an unbearable lightness
To my spiritual hideaway
Oh, blessed be
The fear will set you free
You see I’m raping this fantasy
Of horrible ecstasy
Deliver me

The deed is done
What has she done?
The lamb lies sleeping
In silence

The darkness that I see
Will be the end of me


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Tape Loops
Tim Stach - Bass, Slide Guitar
Mike Troupe - Drums
Matt Frickelton - Tape Loops
Track Name: A Cooler Stream Of Heaven
Floating away
On such a lazy day
Will you join me
A cooler stream of heaven waits

Life in the clouds
Is half as high as you would like to be
Follow me
I will show you what it’s like to fly

And then we’ll get high
It’s all right
If the sleep takes you away

Dive right in - it’s easy
Swim until you drown with me
A saved life is a half life
A cooler stream of heaven

There’s a place I know
Where everything just flows
Won’t you take my hand as we
Watch the poppies grow

Dive right in - it’s easy
Swim until you drown with me
Half a trip is what I’m after
A cooler stream of heaven


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars
Simon Hinkler - Lead Guitar
Tim Stach - Bass, Keys
Mike Troupe - Drums
Track Name: Bliss & Magick
Bliss is the name I go by when I’m not blue
But, I only hear it when we’re two

Bliss & Magick is here to stay
If I had just one wish
I’d use it to keep you near
Live forever just for today

Magick is your name that I sing
Listen as the world sings along
Without you, there would be no song
Without you, there would be no song


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars
Tim Stach - Bass, Guitars
Mike Troupe - Drums
Track Name: In Surrey
Hello to all you lonely souls
Please listen to me
You’d best not follow slow
Or you might miss me

I’m sold - the river fills my low
I sing to the lonely
But don’t get used to me
My heart’s in Surrey

Come on - follow through the snow
The light’s not friendly
I feel you lose control
On my flight of fancy

Goodbye to all the deathly snows
Just keep away from me
If you’ve come to collect my soul
I’m very sorry

My heart’s in Surrey
My heart’s in Surrey


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars
Tim Stach - Bass, Guitars, Keys
Mike Troupe - Drums
Track Name: Welsh Witch Mistress
I’m on fire
My heart’s a blister
A Welsh witch mistress
Is what I need

Feel this fire
A lonely mister
Who trips on your love
All alone

I’m on fire
My heart’s a blister
A Welsh witch mistress
Will come for me


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars
Tim Stach - Bass, Guitars
Mike Troupe - Drums
Track Name: Glassworks
I know this tale
Of torment
Repression, tragedy
And love

Translucent glass
I wonder
If it represents
The lives

Of Oscar
And Lucinda
Oscar
Lucinda

He was frail and true
She had eyes so fair
A gaze beyond reflection
Behold this pitching pair

Oscar
Lucinda
Oscar
Lucinda

Prince Rupert’s drop
Was shattered long ago
Scatter all the devils
In the details

Death on Good Friday
Water was the fear
Unrequited was their love
Lucinda bathed in tears

But, that was long ago

Now, who can say
How Oscar
Feels beyond
The grave


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Tape Loops
Erin Claussen - Backing Voice
Tim Stach - Bass, Keys
Mike Troupe - Drums, Percussion