Selkie Dreaming

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Seals by day, selkies shed their pelts and dance on the shore at night in human form. If a passing fisherman steals a selkie’s pelt she has to live with him and be his wife, but woe betide the fisherman when she finds it again.

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Moonlight scatters on the shore
I was just a boy, not much more
The most beautiful woman was dancing there
And the moonlight shone on her selkie hair

I watched them dance round and round
Their pelts were scattered on the ground
She stole my heart with a glance
So I stole her pelt, she had no chance

A selkie’s freedom is her life
You stole my pelt and made me your wife
I will serve, I have no choice
A selkie’s freedom is her voice

We settled on that rocky beach
Life was hard, but we had each other
I caught the fish, you baked the bread
I thought you’d stay, that’s what you said

But then one night the waves were rough
You heard the call and it was too much
You found your pelt, hidden there
And the moonlight shone on your selkie hair

The waves were calling to the sea
The selkies sing their songs to me
I will not serve, I’ve made my choice
A selkie’s freedom is her voice

Now I stand alone on the shore
Now I am old, there’s not much more
So I spend my days waiting here
To see the moon on selkie hair

credits

from The Wayfarer, released January 31, 2014
Megan Thom – vocals, guitar
Christopher Herbst – vocals, dobro
Alex Rempel – bass, mandolin

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Megan Thom Vancouver, British Columbia

Megan Thom is a versatile singer-songwriter who honed her talent in the pubs of Galway, Ireland, the lodges of Churchill, Manitoba and the shoe stores of rural Switzerland. Her music draws from her diverse musical training that includes soul, jazz, bluegrass, celtic folk songs, gospel, klezmer and opera. ... more

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