Beyond the Town

by Vera Maleta

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"Beyond the Town" is a collection of 20th century witchcraft chants, mostly penned by British witch and poet Doreen Valiente (1922-1999). Daun Fields (Vera Maleta, Fat Shadow, Thee Open Sex) creates ethereal, meditative melodies inspired by Valiente's lyricism, and marries them with an improvisational, magical sitar played by Nick McGill (Sitar Outreach Ministry).

"Beyond the Town" is an archival project as well as an inspired creation of a magical working tool for witches. This sound recording was made with the intention of it being used in personal exploration and intentional workings.

Electric Early Music #001

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released November 1, 2013

Vocals: Daun Fields
Sitar: Nick McGill
Percussion: Bryce Martin
Cello: Patrick Jennings

Vocals on "Mill of Magic" and "Power of the Elements": Natalie Black, Laurelei Black, Liv Mershon, Angela LaMonica, Holly FireCat

Recorded July 2013 at Unseasonable Sound in Bloomington, Indiana by Patrick Jennings

Mixed & Mastered by Patrick Jennings

Special thanks to Chris Mott, Coven Caer Sidhe, Bubz, Kel$o, Sitar Outreach Ministry, and the Magic Mondays Hive

This album is dedicated to Ameth

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Contact veramaleta@hotmail.com

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Track Name: Mill of Magic
Fire flame and fire burn, make the Mill of Magic turn.
Work the Will for which we tread by the Black and White and Red.

Earth without and earth within, make the Mill of Magic spin.
Work the Will for which we tread by the Black and White and Red.

Water bubble, water boil, make the Mill of Magic toil.
Work the Will for which we tread by the Black and White and Red.

Air breathe and air blow, make the Mill of Magic go.
Work the Will for which we tread by the Black and White and Red.
Track Name: Witches Ballad
Oh, I have been beyond the town
Where nightshade black and mandrake grow
And I have heard and I have seen
What righteous folk would fear to know!
For I have heard, at still midnight
Upon the hilltop far, forlorn
With note that echoed through the dark
The winding of the heathen horn
And I have seen the fire aglow
And glinting from the magic sword
And with the inner eye beheld
The Horned One, the Sabbat's lord
We drank the wine, and broke the bread
And ate it in the Old One's name
We linked our hands to make the ring
And laughed and leaped the Sabbat game
Oh, little do the townsfolk reck
When dull they lie within their bed!
Beyond the streets, beneath the stars
A merry round the witches tread!
And round and round the circle spun
Until the gates swung wide ajar
That bar the boundaries of earth
From faery realms that shine afar
Oh, I have been and I have seen
In magic worlds of Otherwhere
For all this world may praise or blame
For ban or blessing naught I care
For I have been beyond the town
Where meadowsweet and roses grow
And there such music did I hear
As worldly-righteous never know
Track Name: Witches Rune
Darksome night and shining moon,
East, then south, west then north,
Hearken to the witches' rune

Earth and water, air and fire,
Wand, Pentacle, and Sword,
Work ye unto my desire.

Cords and Censer, Scourge and Knife,
Powers of the Witches Blade,
Waken all ye into life.

Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hell,
Horned Hunter of the Night,
Lend your power unto the spell.

By all the power of land and sea,
By all the might of moon and sun,
As I do will, so mote it be.

Here come I to call ye forth...
Track Name: Dryghten Prayer
In the name of Dryghtyn, the Ancient Providence,
Who was from the beginning and is for eternity,
Male and Female, the Original Source of all things;
all-knowing, all-pervading, all-powerful;
changeless, eternal.

In the name of the Lady of the Moon,
and the Lord of Death and Resurrection.

In the name of the Mighty Ones of the Four Quarters,
the Kings of the Elements.

Blessed be this place, and this time,
and they who are now with us.
Track Name: Lay of the Arthame
This is the Metal: it dropp’d from the sky,
A ferrous tear of the Fire-Drake’s eye,
That burned through cloud and seared the soil
and set the furious seas a boil,
That lay in ancient pores of earth,
Til Blacksmith’s brought it to birth,
Thrice-purified in Tubalo’s fire
It suffered the ordeal of the pyre; cast into waters, hissed it’s song,
The starry viper’s iron tongue was tempered on the anvil-stone,
Til radiant as changeless bone,
With whispered charge and wordless spell,
The gramarye of Azazel.
The edge was ground and thus was made,
The narrow road of sharpened blade.
This is the metal: ‘twas shaped by Cain
Who wrought the heavenly Arthame.
Track Name: Power of the Elements
Power of sky and power of wind and power of air the north doth send,
We tread the mill to work our spell, both by your breath and by our Will.

Power of spark and power of fire, power of all our hearts' desire,
We tread the mill to work our spell, both by your flame and by our Will.

Power of ice and water free and power that hides in depth of sea,
We tread the mill to work our spell, both by your wave and by our Will.

Power of stone and power of land and power of rich soil in our hands,
We tread the mill to work our spell, both by your earth and by our Will.