Sylph & Salamander

from by Francesca Baines

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Sylph & Salamander is about the dance between two souls; wind and fire. I was in-love with a man, and whenever he was beside me it felt like wave of wind blew across my chest and brightened the flames of my heart. This song is for him, and was written in sunny Uli Alto. Again Jeremy brought his lyrical style of drumming to the track, evoking the fluttering streams of swirling smoke, and Rik brought out great warmth and air in the guitar and vocals.


The first time you blew across my neck
Your shudders flew through me
And from a flickering light
A bright fire grew in me

I shiver a dance with your breath

However cooling your breeze
You aliven the blaze, within me
No ember lies asleep

With every flutter of air, Zephyr,
You raise a flare radiant and wild
And I go climbing like a child
Will I die back down?

I am burning by you

I'm rising, a crackling heat
Is roaring in your sigh, so sweet
sparks bluster glowing a gust turning us
spiralling soaring into a gale-force

Could you howl in a tempest to blow me out,
To quell the tongues of my hungry heart?
Because I am searing ascending desire
And its you who ignited this pyre
from a spark
I am burning by you

Wind and Fire
A Salamander and a Sylph


from VelA, released October 21, 2012
Francesca Baines: voice, guitar
Jeremy Baines: djembe & high-sock, bougarabou


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