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music & lyrics: John Voorhees

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Make a mark on the wall, draw a line sharp and small
Just to show where it all first began
I was young, I was strong, I could never do no wrong
‘Til the day she came along to this land
There were many small embraces that got me through each day
And I thought there’d be no more I could desire
Lorelei then appeared in the autumn of the year
And my heart like the leaves caught afire

And every church bell was ringing and every baby did cry
And even the schoolboys were singing
Oh, Lorelee, Lorelei, with the devil in her eye
There’s no man can deny Lorelei
Lorelei, Lorelee, with your hair so wild and free
Won’t you spend some time on me, Lorelee?
For the wind blows strong and they say it won’t be long
‘Til the birds fly on to southern sky
But while they’re on the wing, to each other we can sing
Don’t you see, Lorelee, Lorelei?

Oh she cast quite a spell with the stories she did tell
And I swear that I fell all the way
What was truth? What was lie? Well I didn’t even try
So caught up in the games she did play
Well we walked on the meadow and we ran out on the pier
And we rolled for a time out of time
‘Til the time I did see she was just as cruel as me
And I knew that she never would be mine

And every church bell was ringing and every baby did cry
And even the schoolboys were singing
Oh, Lorelee, Lorelei, with the devil in her eye
There’s no man can deny Lorelei
Lorelei, Lorelee, with your hair so wild and free
Won’t you spend some time on me, Lorelee?
For the wind blows strong and they say it won’t be long
‘Til the birds fly on to southern sky
But while they’re on the wing, to each other we can sing
Don’t you see, Lorelee, Lorelei?
Now it’s been twenty year and I stand upon the pier
As the summer disappears into fall
And her face comes again and her hair as red as flame
And again brings me pain to recall
How the only love I knew didn’t know how to be true
And how long before spring she was gone
She just had to be free, she was such a lot like me
And I never had the strength to be strong

When all the alarm bells are ringing and every mother does cry
And even the soldiers are singing
Oh, Lorelee, Lorelei, with the devil in her eye
Did you have to say goodbye, Lorelei?
Lorelei, Lorelee, with your hair so wild and free
You’re the only girl for me, Lorelee
And the sun won’t shine till you swear that you’ll be mine
And the stars all will fall from the sky
For I know that it’s true, I will die for love of you
Don’t you see, Lorelee, Lorelei?

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from The Story Is Everything, released May 17, 2012
John and Tanya Voorhees: all vocals
John: acoustic 6-string guitar, bass, drums, tambourine, bell
Tanya: concertina, acoustic 12-string guitar, mandolin, tin whistle

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