Carnival of the Poisoned Rose

by Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society

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released June 17, 2014

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Track Name: A Thousand Delights
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
Track Name: Carnival of the Poisoned Rose
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
Track Name: Madam de la Vie
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
Track Name: All You Ladies
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
Track Name: Show Must Go On
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
Track Name: Curse of the Rose
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
Track Name: I Will Fight
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
Track Name: The Dark Persian
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
Track Name: In the Past
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
Track Name: Blink
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
Track Name: Hero's Welcome
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
Track Name: Whole
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
Track Name: Coming Up Rosie
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  
Track Name: Darkness & Light
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