Album art by Rykarda. Self-released 2009/2010

Poppies denote sleep, rest, repose, beauty, and eternal life. The Egyptians included poppies at funerals and in burial tombs. In modern times, poppies have been associated with opiates and in addition, is state flower of California - all connected to this album. The follow-up to Parasol's "Our Hearts First Meet", Parasol once again based her songs directly from her life. "For Blood and Wine" marked a return to California from Texas. The defiant pose turns its back, but soon, like the nods towards William Hogarth (back cover) and Oscar Wilde (title), the downward spiral of the reckless rake takes shape. Parasol captures the essence of old San Francisco's Barbary Coast and Beatnik eras while her present-day life narrative streams out all things blood and wine.

 

For Blood and Wine:

 

"He did not wear his scarlet coat,
For blood and wine are red,
And blood and wine were on his hands
When they found him with the dead."
- Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol.


Fantastic album covers 2009. "It's certainly rewarding when musicians create their own album art and are able to bridge the gap between their music and visuals." - Redefine Magazine

Please do not reprint any lyrics without the author's permission.

 

The Road is Long

The road is long with treachery
And it winds just like a drunken snake
I walk the rue without care of bother
Though behind every bend I know
Evil follows me down

A Drinking Song

Let's all sing a song
A song along while we drink
A thinking song, a drinking song
For the ship we're on sinks
Lo life is short and life is sad
So let's carouse – we'll pretend we're glad
What so care we of some woe and hurt?
Girls let us come raise our skirts!

Oh men regale how our voices meld
For drink and song make a pretty pair
Shall you sing along aloud along -
To my itty bitty drinking song?
Yea, sing and drink with me.

Yo ho oh oh
Yo ho oh oh
Oh do lo da lo da li
Oh do lo da lo da lie

Whilst our beauty fades
They dig our graves and
And some wicked end rushes right this way
How silly to fret, now let us a forget
For what's to apprehend-
Except  for wasted days
Yes! Take a glass and laugh a laugh . Ha!
And let it splash in death's wretched visage
Sing and drink with me…

Yo ho oh oh
Yo ho oh oh
Oh do lo da lo da li
Oh do lo da lo da lie

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Widow in White

Married at twenty.
At twenty-one I was a widow
At twenty-two I cried into my pillow
But I never thought about
what my life should've been
I don't think about it now
I just keep on living
And so often that it can become the case -
The path you've set upon has suddenly changed.
Where once the trail was so clear and so prime,
The brush now overgrown track troublesome to find
The limbs entangle - they're hands bound to ensnare
Yet a beam or two illuminates the wooded walk
I talk of here ...

In lily white light
In lily white light

The ivory lace was woven as a crawler's web
The dress be bone though my sash was rose-ed red
White Henry in my hair and Sapporo Lily in my hand
At twenty and one hope is plenty -- unrest hard to fathom. 
And as so often that it can become the case --
Where Love once rested Freedom now takes her place!
In lily white light
In lily white light

Upon a time the trail was so clear and so prime
The brush is overgrown and more cumbersome to find
The trees entangle: their limbs overlap and sight is less clear
Yet in Lilium light shall I be bathed on the day
I've gone away from here!

In lily white light
In lily white light

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Maggie

I had a little secret I kept to myself
In a little black room, in a little black house
I drew the curtains closed and
cut off every spec of life
Affixed my little secret pinpoint precise
And the days grew dark just as night was dim
Should you care to notice there is no difference

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie
Maggie, Maggie, Maggie

I sung to the looms and the possums in the trees
Smoked my cigarettes and let their ashes fall on me
They'd fall on to the bed and on my neck as I lay
And I smile in amuse to know her burn left no pain

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie
Maggie, Maggie, Maggie

And what comes from sorrow made of black tar sin?
Body frail, been to jail, may never wake again
And some look on with pity and some with hate
But she looks on me now and my little blackheart breaks

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie
Maggie, Maggie, Maggie

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Hold Back the Night

The story never checked out
I heard too many versions
What truly happened that night?
There's no way of learning
Your friend said Abe was there too
And you had to cover his tracks
That was the time I realized
They'd gone and can't come back 

The family dropped the charges
They simply buried their son
They recognized, as we all did
Twas mostly a case of terrible luck

Two boys laid side beside
One now dead and the other half alive
You can try to back the night

And though I no longer loved him
I knew him as my brother
He seemed a goblin to me now
So I went and grabbed my lantern…

I said keep him busy
I'll be there less in than a day
We'll find him safety - maybe sanity
There really has to be a way

I plundered through every drawer of yours
To see if I could find my match
There she was - dark and mysterious
Wrapped in tin, she was quite a catch

I hated her for loving you
For soothing all your pain
For telling you I was the evil one
Only interested in my own gain

I knew you stood alone
Nothing I could do to fix
Doctor said expectations were too high
The boy needed me gone and quick

Two boys laid side beside
One now dead and the other half alive
You can try to hold the night back

Do you remember when I told you
I found Mrs. Zaracota dead?
She was sitting upright a Friday morning
Reading a book in bed
The night before she told me
She had still so many plans
Then I felt the soldier's shadow at my side
Drain all the blood from my hand

The blood was gone and my hand blue
The night I knew to make the call
The voice on the end of the phone
Told me what I soon saw:

Two boys laid side beside
One now dead and the other half alive
You can try to back the night
You can try to back the night

You can try to back the night
You can try to back the night

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Kindness, You're killing Me.

Kindness, listen to me
You've got me terribly wrong
This woman you speak of
Does not exist
I'm neither golden nor fair
I often sit alone in my chair
And stare off into silence

How can I be all that you say?
I know me a different way
You retreat when I reach.
For you have consciousness
To know that hearts pretend
And mine may lose its way.
How can I be all you confess
And be sick with loneliness
What is it you stand to gain?

I'm neither great nor grand
I'm only here as I stand
Am neither no more or less than I be.

Kindness can't make sense of you
I'm tired sick and blue
I'll stay in bed for weeks.

Some want rings
Some want flings
Some want everything
I don't dare to dream any longer.

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Je Suis Une Fleur

Je sens poisson
Ou est le parfum d'orange?
Tout le monde parle de moi:
Cette filles sent le fromage!

Mais mon amoureux
C'est le meilleur
Il ne peut pas sentir
Alors, il pense que Je suis une fleur!

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One for Joy!

One for joy!
And one for sorrow
one for the hand that takes mine tomorrow
One for the passing stranger
And one for all of us who loves us
A little danger!

La la la, La la la

And what for those who scoff at our fun?
Well for them there shall be none
And only some for those who save and never spend
For why shall they have when they don't care
For the little things they get
And lest they be slow to take what's so graciously offered
Well there's only more for us, for we're the ones who bother

La la la, La la la

One for joy!
and one for sorrow
one for the hand that takes's mine tomorrow
One for the passing stranger
And one for all of us who loves us
A little danger!

La la la, La la la

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Covenant

I thought we had a deal
You were never gonna feel
Let them take and steal
Your heart would remain in tact

I've pulled a few fast ones
Made love without abandon
You wanna know what happened?
Hear the sad one singing in your ear

Never meant to be a bad guy
Can't say I never thieved or lied
They try and pin ya dead or alive
Mostly… I make out like a bandit

But I thought he had a plan
Gonna seal it with the blood of a lamb
Load the barrel and get the sacred man -
So sure we'd never look back

He placed me on the bed
Pushed his hand through my hair and said:
Wine and blood are both red
And neither do a thing for me at all

I just lay there and I wept
He climbed off and got dressed
Next time if ever again
I'll bring you a rose

You can see it on my face
Life has left her trace
I'm a much colder place
Along with a broken pact

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Oh My Blood

Switchblade, switchblade, my lovely friend.
I held you so close we two till the bitter end.
One pierce, one cut, one was one too much.
For you, my love, I offer my blood.

Pen knife, pen knife, C'mon all cheer!
For the words we sing conjures tears.
One word, a mutter, with such restrain.
For me, my love, scribe me your pain.

Stiletto, my stiletto!
Will I, may I see you again tomorrow?
One on one: we two in your room.
We need not be bride or groom.

One pierce, one cut, one was one too much.
For you, my love, I offer my blood.

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My Spirit Lives in Shadows

Midnight, midnight
It's not right
What I do
Be untrue, I be untrue
To a love like you
It's just what I do:

My spirit lives in shadows
And places hard to reach
If I believe the lie
Then I know you'll believe along with me
And we can break each other one more time
See the damage I can do
When I'm in his arms
Sweet Dreams to you

Blackbird call, blackbird call
Did you heart fall
When you heard the news
Be untrue, I be untrue
It's just what I do
I'm no good:

My spirit lives in shadows
And places hard to reach
If I believe the lie
I know you'll believe along with me
And we can break each other one more time
See the damage we can do
While I'm in his arms
In my dreams I think of you

Never again, never again
That's what I said
But I lied.

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You Cast A Spell On Me

I'm a jam tart
I'm bargain basement
I'm a work of art
I'm someone's replacement
A wine cellar, a villanelle
An answering machine
A Romeo, a windowless room
Do you know what I mean?
I'm a shady spot, a tater tot,
I'm a woman' who bleeds
I'm a can
I don't know what I am
You've cast a spell on me

I'm a strip show
I'm always on ready
I'm a garden hose
I'm an ear of a Getty
A loaner, an owner
A Lincoln's grill
A sourpuss, a mismatch
The lonely hunter's kill
I'm the county fair,
The unwelcome stranger, the KGB
A sham
I don't know what I am
You've cast a spell on me
      
The boys and girls are one tonight
They undo themselves and lock in time
They need each other to rise like bread
Tonight alone

I'm a cannon
I'm a forgotten epistle
I'm Black Jack gum
I'm Scandinavian crystal
A digest reader, a royal bleeder
A euphemism
A cheap motel, a child's hell
A feather in the wind
I'm a bit too much, a bad girls touch
A letter to thee
A lamb
I don't know what I am
You've cast a spell on me

The boys and girls are one tonight
They undo themselves and lock in time
They need each other to rise like bread
Tonight alone

I'm a prison break
And soul letting leaches
I'm an addicts' intake
I'm Sherman picking peaches
I'm amoral; I'm sort of scared
I'm a thinker's thug
A minuet, an oil rig
A big bear hug
I'm the tell tale sign
The test of time
An afternoon tea
Hot damn
I don't know what I am
You've cast a spell on me
You've cast a spell on me
You've cast a spell on me

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No Sir (Ain't No Man Gonna)

You and I used to meet on the crowded street
High on absinthe and all distilled so sweet
Under a doorway lit by a single bulb
You asked me if I could give you my love
Sir I cannot give what I do not feel
So don't ask and ask you wax me ill

Yet I should think there a girl who might take pity on you
Who'd love you like you know I could never do -
Nell or Nan won't give you trouble like you know I would
Their love is free, which I'm sure you deserve

Now let's shake hands and call ourselves friend
For all things start and all things must end
I shall say our time together was that most pleasant
Remember me well and harbor no resentment

But why you go ‘round and say that I have no heart?
It don't make sense - you want what you say I ain't got

Now I said I could not love you and that I mean
Ain't no man gonna put a rope around me.
Ain't no man gonna put a rope around me.
            She ain't said never better wait and see.
Ain't no man gonna put a rope around me.
            She ain't said never better wait and see.

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