Stories to Light the Dark

by Jenni Cargill-Strong

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'Stories to Light the Dark' encompasses original stories and songs, plus traditional ballads and stories, all re-interpreted for a modern audience.

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released April 20, 2007

Recorded at Nomad Digital, Engineered and mastered by Michael Bates.
Produced by Jenni Cargill-Strong and Michael Bates.
Artwork and Cover design by Utopia Design.
Portrait photograph by Christabelle Baranay.

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The Story Tree Company Mullumbimby, Australia

Jenni Cargill is an Australian storyteller with unbridled enthusiasm and passion for her art and four award-winning recordings to her name. Jenni employs a wide repertoire of dramatic skills and a beautiful singing voice to hold her audience. Jenni now lives in the vibrant town of Mullumbimby, near beautiful Byron Bay with her partner Max (aka Salty Pete the Pirate) and her two children ... more

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Track Name: Mr Fox
Outside Mr Fox’s garden, three maids playing with a golden ball
Jenni threw it up and Susan caught it
Mary bounced it over the wall.
The wall is high,
Mr Fox has a little red eye.

In she ran to fetch her ball again
The garden gate stood open wide.
It silently closed and locked behind her.
Mr Fox stood just inside.
The wall is high,
His smile is cruel and his eyes are sly

He says I’ll keep this golden ball Miss Mary.
I shall have it and here you will stay.
You will keep my house and be my servant,
Never stir out for a year and a day.
The wall is high
The grasses shiver and the tall trees sigh

Spring and Summer passed like shadows
She watched the green leaves fade and fall
She walked alone in the empty garden
Mr Fox said nothing at all.
The wall is high
Never a soul came near nor by.

But three strange things he did forbid her
“Never touch my iron box.
Never go near the thirteenth bedroom
Nor near the bed”, said Mr Fox.
The wall is high
Mary don’t you dare ask why

Mary, she rose up one morning.
Found an iron box on the shelf,
But of all the rooms of Mr Fox’s
Bedrooms there were only twelve.
The wall is high
Mary don’t you peep or pry.

One day, Mr Fox went walking
In that box she found a key
It fitted a door she’d never unfastened
and when she opened it, what did she see?
The wall is high.
The door said Run and the key said Fly!

In Mr Fox’s thirteenth bedroom
A naked sword hung on the wall
On a silver bowl on the beds black counterpane
there she saw her golden ball.
The wall is high, the bed said
“Come” and the sword said “Die”!
In she ran to fetch her ball again
To snatch it off that great black bed.
Out jumped Mr Fox and leapt out at her.
His teeth flashed white and his eyes burned red.
The wall is high.
Track Name: Stories to Light the Dark
Chorus:
Stories to light the dark
Stories to light our hearts
Stories to light up our way (x2)

Verse 1
We’ll take these tales and we’ll go within
To that strange and mystical land
Where dreams and myths are born
Songs and poetry are formed
And wondrous adventures abound
Chorus

Break
Oh let’s just imagine
And see where the wind takes us
Feel the endless horizon
When our hearts are singing in tune
Chorus

Verse 2
Let’s close our eyes and we’ll go within
To the place where wisdom unfolds
We’ll take these ancient threads
With our hearts and our heads
We’ll weave a new Myth of our Own

Chorus

Break
Oh let’s just imagine
And see where the wind takes us
Feel the endless horizon
When our hearts are singing in tune