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Sonic Legends

Hi. Check this LARP music site out: www.sonic-legends.com

There's no actual music posted there yet... it's supposed to launch in the spring of 2009. But it looks pretty cool, I thought.

The Queen and the Soldier

This is a beautiful piece that Leland taught me a couple of years back. It's been performed by lots of people, first I believe by Suzanne Vega, then a beautiful fully orchestrated duet between Kate Rusby and Kathryn Roberts, and then a more folky/emo-ish version by Joni Minstrel.

The Queen and the Soldier
The soldier came knocking upon the queen's door
He said, "I am not fighting for you any more"
The queen knew she'd seen his face someplace before
And slowly she let him inside.

He said, "I've watched your palace up here on the hill
And I've wondered who's the woman for whom we all kill
But I am leaving tomorrow and you can do what you will
Only first I am asking you why."

Down in the long narrow hall he was led
Into her rooms with her tapestries red
And she never once took the crown from her head
She asked him there to sit down.

He said, "I see you now, and you are so very young
But I've seen more battles lost than I have battles won
And I've got this intuition, says it's all for your fun
And now will you tell me why?"

The young queen, she fixed him with an arrogant eye
She said, "You won't understand, and you may as well not try"
But her face was a child's, and he thought she would cry
But she closed herself up like a fan.

And she said, "I've swallowed a secret burning thread
It cuts me inside, and often I've bled"
He laid his hand then on top of her head
And he bowed her down to the ground.

"Tell me how hungry are you? How weak you must feel
As you are living here alone, and you are never revealed
But I won't march again on your battlefield"
And he took her to the window to see.

And the sun, it was gold, though the sky, it was gray
And she wanted more than she ever could say
But she knew how it frightened her, and she turned away
And would not look at his face again.

And he said, "I want to live as an honest man
To get all I deserve and to give all I can
And to love a young woman who I don't understand
Your highness, your ways are very strange."

But the crown, it had fallen, and she thought she would break
And she stood there, ashamed of the way her heart ached
She took him to the doorstep and she asked him to wait
She would only be a moment inside.

Out in the distance her order was heard
And the soldier was killed, still waiting for her word
And while the queen went on strangeling in the solitude she preferred
The battle continued on

Seven Drunken Nights

A bawdy classic for any tavern. Best when sung as a male-female duet.

Recordings: The Dubliners, Arrr!, The Pogues have a modernized version, I'm sure there are many more

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Here be some musical treasure

Some bands to look into and some super-useful websites.

Brobdingnagian Bards' Celtic Lyric Directory - Delicious lyrics for all occasions
Cantaria: The Bards - List of artists with links to lyrics and song samples
Ireland First! Irish Song Lyrics Archive - Mostly lyrics, MIDIs attached to some
Lesley Nelson's Folk Music - Largest lyric and MIDI database I've found thus far

Arrr! - Brown University's pirate acapella group. What they lack in technical ability they make up for with sheer enthusiasm
Atwater-Donnelly - Husband-wife duet out of Rhode Island with some gorgeous harmonies
Blackmore's Night - Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple decides to make Renaissance-style music with his wife Candice Night. It is a good thing
Clan Du - New England celtic rock with some gorgeous renditions of traditional tunes
Flogging Molly - Rollicking punk madness. Most of their songs have very modern lyrics but some ('Devil's Dance Floor' for example), with some editing, are definitely LARP-worthy
Gaelic Storm - One of the greatest names in the celtic music world. Nuff said.
Great Big Sea - Newfoundland folk rock, both traditional and self-written
Inkubus Sukkubus - Neo-pagan folk music, lots of songs about faeries and magic
The Irish Rovers - Originally Canadian and now world-famous, traditional and original tunes
Jason Webley - Accordion-playing gypsy pirate; endlessly, delightfully bizarre
The Jolly Rogers - Pirate band originally from the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, also featured on the Cantaria website
Luminescent Orchestrii - New York-based band with elements of Balkan, klezmer, latin and Romanian Gypsy melodies. Some fabulous instrumental tracks
Silly Sisters - A duet comprised of folk greats Maddy Prior and June Tabor (from the late 70's, not a lot of info available)
Silly Wizard - Scottish folk group active for nearly seventeen years and responsible for "The Ramblin' Rover" among others
Voltaire - Contemporary of Jason Webley, goth gypsy punk with some fabulously funny songs about death, revenge and demon-slaying
Wood's Tea Company - More mad celtic New England folk, this time based out of Vermont


Introductions, introductions

Welcome to larptunes!

This community is the brainchild of youthculture and myself. We were sitting online trying to share our vast amounts of music before an upcoming event and suddenly we realized, "Why don't we just put it all in one place for everyone to see?" And thus, our treasure chest was born.

Here you will find the names of bands, links to websites, videos, lyrics and mp3s of songs ready to be sung in-game at a fantasy LARP. Some of them can be used verbatim, some have been edited to make them more game-worthy. And if you've written any yourself... Feel free to post them!

As for me, I'm Samara, your friendly moderator. I play two Alliance chapters (Caldaria and Syraandor/Deadlands) and perhaps more to come, occasionally SOLAR Clanthia if I'm visiting friends in the south, and I'm a race developer for Sidereus. Preferred races are Gypsies, sea elves and dark elves. Rock on.


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