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Selkie Bride

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Guitar Tab:

Human form she had
In crescent city
She showed me her pity
Lucky me

In a storm so bad
The worst of the autumn
She came from the bottom
Of the sea

Please won't you stay a while
And give your coat
Then we'll fall in love in my boat
You'll be my selkie bride

Please give me no denial
A promise I give
I'll forsake the life that I live
Now you're by my side

If you return again
I'll be the saddest man
My lips will burn your skin
If you return again
Please don't return again
Please don't return again
Please don't return again

Human form she had
In crescent city
She showed me her pity
Lucky me

On that day so sad
Breezy and sunny
She melted like honey
In the sea

"I've been trying to record it for years, tweaking the lyrics and doing whatever I could to make it feel right. Then at some point I read some of the words to my therapist, and she pointed out that they actually applied to events and people in my own life. It was only when I viewed the song from a more personal perspective that it made sense to me and I was able to finish it."
- Frank on recording Honeycomb - Night Times. 12/06/2005

"Even Selkie Bride which was a song about the mythical creature. I started writing it a few years ago and it wasn't a personal song. I was never quite happy with it and I brought it up to my therapist, read the lyric to her, and she said, 'Well, OK, here's what's going know who the Selkie Bride is, don't you?' And then she said, 'Now that you realise who the song is about, I think you can finish it.' And she was right!
- Frank Black interview - Comes With A Smile. Autumn 2005

Definitions and References:
Selkie (n.)
- Courtesy Wikipedia
Mythological creatures in Irish and Scottish folklore that can transform themselves from seals to humans. The legend apparently originated in the Orkney Islands, where "selkie" is simply the Orcadian word for "seal".

Selkies are able to become humans by shedding their seal skins, and can revert to seal form by putting the skins back on. Stories concerning selkies are generally romantic tragedies. A human and a selkie fall in love, but after a while the selkie becomes restless, and decides to return to the sea. Sometimes the human will not know that their lover is a selkie, and wakes to find them gone. Other times the human will hide the selkie's skin, thus preventing them from returning to seal form.

Further links about the legend of the Selkie can be found here.

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