Carnival of the Poisoned Rose

by Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society

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A Thousand Delights We are unseen Misfits and freaks Monsters and beasts We are unknown The world is our home From London to Rome We are the sights We fill up your nights A thousand delights
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Carnival of the Poisoned Rose Spoken Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the Carnival of the Poisoned Rose. Before I introduce your hostess, I’d like to remind you that as you watch the show… Don’t look away Dancing bears and acrobats Tiny dwarfs with great big hats Lion tamers tigers too Elephants and petting zoos Sideshow folk and crazy clowns Horsemanship of great renown Games of skill and if you dare The fortune teller’s over there A trapeze act you won’t believe Such fearlessness you’ve never seen A strong man that could lift a house An ape and his pet cotton mouse Carnival has just begun Come on in and have some fun Admission is just twenty cents Buy a dream you won’t forget Spoken Bring your boys and girls, your sweethearts and your spouses May they never meet We have something for everyone! From low to high to high to low, from Madagascar to the fields of Wyoming We bring you the exotic Magic acts & sleight of hand A fire breather leads the band Dancing girls & tasty treats We’ve got it all so take your seats Carnival has just begun Come on in and have some fun Admission is just twenty cents Buy a dream you won’t forget We’ve traveled far and everywhere To find talent beyond compare We’re mystical, a little strange All of this for some pocket change Carnival has just begun Come on in and have some fun Admission is just twenty cents Buy a dream you won’t forget Spoken Ladies and Gentlemen, as promised It is my very great honor to present to you The owner and master of this most entertaining show on earth The lovely namesake of the carnival herself Rosie Now you’re here the curtains close Welcome to the poisoned rose We have delights don’t look away It’s time that we get underway Come and see the center ring The one that you’re all here to see (her) Name is Madame de la Vie The reigning queen of the trapeze
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Madame de la Vie Up and away on the flying trapeze Spin and twirl with the greatest of ease Work without a net, what if you fall? Work without a net, doesn’t matter at all Rename me Madame de la Vie Join the circus with me Madame de la Vie Packed in tight, a little clown car Cotton candy kiss and pop corn stale Laughing at danger Rename me Madame de la Vie Join the circus with me Madame de la Vie Ladies and gentlemen, in the center ring I bring to you Madame de la Vie See as she spins and twirls miles above the big top floor Notice there’s no pole for balance, no net All that stands between her and infinity is her skill and your dreams Rename me Madame de la Vie Join the circus with me Madame de la Vie Gasps and screams, she starts to fall Glitter on the ground and a broken doll Work without a net matters after all Work without a net matters after all See the broken angel fly
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All You Ladies Kiss him goodbye, he’s leaving Kiss him goodbye, curl in your hair Kiss him goodbye, he’s leaving Kiss him goodbye, wear your best dress All you ladies wait for letters All you ladies walk the floor All you ladies wait for letters All you ladies where’s you beaux? All you ladies wait for letters All you ladies walk the floor All you ladies wait for letters All you ladies mourn you boys Kiss him goodbye he’s leaving Kiss him goodbye gun in his hand Kiss him goodbye he’s leaving Kiss him goodbye, making his stand All you ladies wait for letters All you ladies walk the floor All you ladies wait for letters All you ladies where’s you beaux? All you ladies wait for letters All you ladies walk the floor All you ladies wait for letters All you ladies mourn you boys Kiss him goodbye he’s leaving Kiss him goodbye shrouded in black Kiss him goodbye he’s leaving Kiss him goodbye won’t come back
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Show Must Go On After the lights go down When the show is done After the lights go down She cried for what she’s done These poisoned roses Sweetest roses The show must go on Even though your heart is breaking The show must go on Love is for the taking All the makeup Hides the way she feels Like a poisoned rose In an empty field
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Curse of the Rose Once Upon a time I saw the sign Her family’s dreaded curse Innocence Pestilence The penitents Could never lift this from her mind Gypsy spawn Wander on Her parents gone It’s just a wonder she survived The curse descends Upon her friends There’s one defense As long as no one tries to fly Accidents Her inheritance The few relent Those who stay on stay alive Climb aboard And be adored You’re now a ward Of powers well beyond your mind
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I Will Fight 03:59
I Will Fight Our orders came through today, we march out at dawn There’s no one left to stand in the way. We won the battle Now the foe is either dead or gone We come upon an open field the captain drives us on Tension builds but he won’t yield. We’ll cut across Before we reach the end of dawn And I will fight Til the battle is through And I will die For the cause that is true And I will fight For the life that I knew And I’ll survive Til I come home to you Canon fire breaks the gloom. The men make for the trees A hundred rifles bark in tune. The dead in piles There’s no where left to flee I rally men in a drainage ditch, the fog covers our flight The screams reach a fevered pitch. We’ll all be dead We have to stand and fight We break away in groups of two. We’ve got to circle around The shadows part our aim is true. Attack the flank And drive them down into the ground Bullets fly and chaos reigns. Every one of them dies A shot fills me up with pain. I cry ‘Who’s left?’ And quietly I close my eyes
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The Dark Persian Welcome back to my business The Persian’s talent never sleeps You understand I’m rather busy The war has kept me on my feet I’m looking down upon this poor wretch Broken body, empty flesh There’s really nothing I can’t fix Even when it’s laid to rest Oh, it’s midnight now What have you lost? Your desperate pride Will pay the post People trading spirit For their luxury and mounds of gold The Persian wouldn’t dream of taking Paltry sums from one so bold Oh, it’s midnight now I’m reaching for her soul This child’s life Will be made whole Welcome back my darling girl The Great Madame de la Vie Soon you’ll be spinning round again Just don’t forget to think of me Oh, it’s midnight now My work here is done Just live your life And forget the sum
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In the Past 04:25
In the Past Here we set the stage, another time & place A little mystery and war across the sea Come upon the scene is Madame de la Vie Running from her past. A carnival outcast Wanderers and Players Soldiers and Saviors Monsters and Outcasts Stories in the past There’s other players still. Their names are on the bill Each and every one has something to outrun James has gone to war. It shook him to the core He’s quite the hero now. He’s done his family proud Wanderers and Players Soldiers and Saviors Monsters and Outcasts Stories in the past The curtains rise again to show off someone’s sin A warning to you all of how far we can fall Rosie’s charm ensures the carnival’s allure It’s just a little curse it could be so much worse Wanderers and Players Soldiers and Saviors Monsters and Outcasts Stories in the past There’s something in the dark it lurks within the heart It haunts our little play. There’s really no escape A man without a name, a Persian of some fame There’s nothing he can’t do. His price could ruin you
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Blink 04:07
Blink If I had waited for you Would you have changed my life? If I had waited for you Would I be your wife? Chorus Life slips from our hands In the blink of an eye It reshapes our destiny And all the tears we've cried I was a foolish child I always searched for fame Playing make believe And changing my name Chorus Life slips from our hands In the blink of an eye It reshapes our destiny And all the tears we've cried Bridge Life slips from our hands In the blink of an eye It reshapes our destiny And all the tears we've cried Now from darkness I return To gaze into your eyes I reach to take your hand And start our simpler life
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Hero’s Welcome You should be proud of what you've done You should be proud of what you've won They're all here to sing your praise young man They're all here to shake a hero's hand You should try to leave your past behind You should try to ease your troubled mind They believe that you can do no wrong They believe that you were always strong The roaring crowds and taper parade seem to me to be insane. The man I was wouldn't warrant this and the man I am should not exist. You should know this town is in your hand You should know its time to take a stand They all need a stronger guiding force They all need a man to set the course Why should you walk away from All of this well earned fame? The lives you took were not in vain The lives you lost can be replaced They’re crying out for their bright star Begging you to take them far Grab it now, this is your fate Standing tall, you’ll never be the same Welcome home
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Whole 03:55
Whole Toss & turn, I hear the voices Of friends dead & gone The guilty burn from my choices No wonder I’m withdrawn The rain comes down in sheets Lightning sears the sky The storm seems to speak I have to get outside We’re together forever meant to be Our love could set you free Come with me and we’ll leave this broken home Our love could part you from the rose Then I fall head over heels Standing tall when your gaze is on me A world of woe made right in your glow Take my soul in your light I’m whole I woke from hell, the mists were parted Something broke the gloom A churchyard bell, for the departed But no one’s in the tomb Then she comes to me A vision out of time An angel from a dream From a world before mankind We’re together forever meant to be Our love could set you free Come with me and we’ll leave this broken home Our love could part you from the rose
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Coming up Rosie We had a good run We had a time You were like family But all good things must die We were on top Just watch us fly Never thought we'd fall It's time to say goodbye We are unseen Misfits and freaks Monsters and beasts We walked in the sun Didn't we shine Blooming like cursed roses Withering on the vine I thought I’d escaped My family's curse I've tried to protect but It's only made things worse We wandered so far We've traveled so long I'll miss you all Tomorrow this all be gone I'll strike a match Light up our world They say fire cleanses That its good for the soul Burn the circus down Down to the ground Down to the ground Burn baby burn See what we've learned  
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Darkness & Light James: Darkness surrounds us Our light is power We can resist him We can’t be timid now Vie: I’m so frightened It could all go wrong His power surrounds us He’s too strong James: The Persian stalks us To claim his favor He doesn’t know us How we’re together now Vie: I have waited So long for you I have watched I have been true James: He knows your glory He knows your past life Madam de la Vie Will you be my wife now? The Persian: Your love warms this old Persian’s heart Pity that you were so long apart Here’s something I can’t fix or give The power to mend, to be and to live Vie: I’ll walk the aisle I’ll take the vow It’s our time We’ll be together now We have waited For so long We have grown Now we are strong James: Come take my hand now My soul’s awakened I give you my vow I’ll be your haven Vie: I’ll stand beside you Now and forever It’s where we belong Two of us together now James & Vie: We’ll write our story This our new chapter The past was costly It’s not our master

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released June 17, 2014

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Founded by Robert Hazelton, formerly of Abney Park, and Erica Hazelton, DNBS is a steampunk project in touch with their Goth roots.

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