The Haunting of Mary Shelley

by Valentine Wolfe

Released 2018
Released 2018
  • 06:05 Lyrics A Voice in the Dark

    “How slowly the time passes here, encompassed as I am by frost and snow… 
    So strange an accident has happened to us, that I cannot forbear recording it…” 

    Effusions entrance my soul 
    My hopes must fluctuate 
    My spirits are oft distressed 
    You’ll see me soon, 
    Or nevermore 

    A Voice in the Dark 

    How slowly time passes here 
    Encompassed as I am 
    By frost and by snow 
    I am as fixed as fate 

    I have scarce an idea 
    Beyond the rope and the shroud 
    I can’t stop 
    Or turn back now 
    I’ve too much left unsaid 

    I am your voice in the dark 
    No light shines upon my lips 
    They whisper unheard 
    Unseen and unfelt 
    I have no friend 

    “We perceived a low carriage fixed on a sledge and drawn by dogs pass on towards the north. A being which had the shape of a man, but apparently of gigantic stature…”

  • 04:03 Lyrics On the Education of Daughters

    Smile sweetly 
    Think carefully 
    Don’t say that 
    Don’t say much of anything at all 

    They will try to 
    Cut you up 
    They will put you 
    Back together wrong 
    So very, very wrong 

    A vessel can have many uses 
    Decoration lends a purpose 
    Learn this on your first time breaking 
    You can be remade 

    Hold on 
    To my voice at night 
    Listen 
    To these insanities 
    Subversive whisperings 

    I can 
    Tell you how to find 
    Answers for every single time 
    They take away your voice 

    A vessel can have many uses 
    Decoration lends a purpose 
    Learn this on your first time breaking 
    You can be remade 

    Revel 
    In the decadence 
    As they wallow 
    In their ignorance 
    You will have all the knowledge 
    They foolishly squandered away 
    You won’t ever be alone again 
    If you find your cornerstone 

    A vessel can have many uses 
    Decoration lends a purpose 
    Learn this on your first time breaking 
    You can be remade

  • 04:33 Lyrics Song for Justine

    Roaming the nocturnal streets 
    You can hear her anguished cries 
    Searching, hunting, frantic, pleading, 
    Your compassion makes you perfect 
    So perfect 

    I know what you seek 
    I know why you cry 
    I know your breaking heart 
    I know how you'll die 

    Sins of the Father 
    Absolved by that woman 
    Discard. Erase. Replace. 

    Justine was as a daughter 
    Just like family so it's quite unthinkable 
    Smiling, leading, frantic, killing, 
    We thought that your compassion made you perfect 
    So perfect 

    I know what you seek 
    I know why you cry 
    I know your breaking heart 
    I know how you'll die 

    Sins of the Father 
    Absolved by that woman 
    Discard. Erase. Replace.

  • 04:16 Lyrics Soulgiver

    Soulgiver 
    Dreamstealer 
    Lifecrusher 
    Deathmaker 

    The shadowed window pane 
    Offers a ghostly glimpse 
    Into your paradise 
    Of domestic bliss 
    Where is my place in this? 
    No hearth to call my own 
    No home to rest my head 
    I have no friend 

    “We rest; a dream has power to poison sleep. 
    We rise; one wandering thought pollutes the day. 
    We feel, conceive, or reason; laugh or weep, 
    Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away 
    It is the same; for, be it joy or sorrow 
    The path of its departure still is free. 
    Man’s yesterday may never be like his tomorrow, 
    Naught may endure but mutability.” 

    An endless wanderer 
    Upon this land 
    A Maker’s thoughtless touch 
    Why am I so alone? 
    You never stooped so low 
    To chase away my fears 
    To ease the banishment 
    My tears must burn with rage

  • 04:37 Lyrics Hours of Sorrow

    Lashing out in anger, my soul is fractured fragments 
    This haunted world is littered with the ghosts of the past 
    Everywhere I turn there’s a part of me in all of them 
    Eventide reflection sings the Hours of Sorrow 

    Rejection 
    They say we all need a tribe and I should know 
    There’s so much of you in all of me 
    You’d think I could never feel alone 
    But I don’t fit 
    I don’t fit 
    Then sorrow shall follow behind me as my bridal train 
    Even when you are kind and you reach into the light 
    All that is happy and good recoil and run 
    It’s a mystery I never understood 

    Lashing out in anger, my soul is fractured fragments 
    This haunted world is littered with the ghosts of the past 
    Everywhere I turn there’s a part of me in all of them 
    Eventide reflection sings the Hours of Sorrow

  • 04:24 Lyrics It's Not Your Story to Tell

    It’s not your story 
    It’s not your pain 
    These lies you feed yourself 
    It’s not your story to tell 

    Never knew her mother 
    Yet her voice was always there 
    Tracing every letter 
    Upon that graveyard stone 
    She learned to read 
    She learned of loss 
    Her mother’s fierce female words 
    She kept them near her heart 

    It’s not your story 
    It’s not your pain 
    These lies you feed yourself 
    It’s not your story to tell 

    If only the good doctor 
    Had taken better care 
    To imbue his new creation 
    With a Mother’s Love 

    What malice might have been misplaced 
    What horrors may have been averted 
    This author knew her subject well 
    It’s not your story to tell

  • 04:30 Lyrics I Will Be with You on Your Wedding Night

    All men hate the wretched 
    How then must I be hated 
    Your actions have wronged me 
    I must have revenge 

    I am miserable 
    beyond all living things 
    Make me happy 
    I shall again be virtuous 

    Rage inside 
    Terror outside 
    What flows out must pour back in 
    Oscillation of awful pain 

    I will be with you on your wedding night 

    I will glut myself on your shrieks 
    I will revel in your misery 
    I bear a hell within me 
    I will loose it all upon you 

    Sick impotence of despair 
    Cannot lead to calm inaction 
    You will learn to dread misfortune 
    You will learn the agony 

    I will work at your destruction 
    I will desolate your heart 
    The death knell shall be rung 
    Each toll a stake into your heart

  • 04:28 Lyrics Victor's Confession

    In the halls of silence 
    Electric genius cursed me 
    I remember when I wondered 
    What if no one had to die 
    No more farewells 
    Vale of tears abandoned 
    What if no one had to die 

    In the halls of emptiness 
    Past the point of no return 
    I remember I decided 
    Then that no one had to die 
    No death, no birth 
    No vale of tears surrounded 
    You will never have to die 

    In the halls of madness 
    Tormented both night and day 
    I remember I created 
    It was not what I’d intended 
    No man born that way 
    Will escape the vale of tears 
    We all in the end must die 

    In the halls of lost hope 
    Nevermore to find you 
    I was only ever meant to 
    Live alone until the end 
    No love for me 
    Understanding came too late 
    Death is now a welcome guest

  • 04:02 Lyrics Doomed to Live

    The pages turn 
    The book never ends 
    The story grows cold 
    Inside my head 
    Forever alone 
    No one sees these tears 

    I only ever wanted to help 
    The echo of you will never be enough 
    As long as the black veil separates us 
    Even stretched on your grave, I’m not close enough 

    Alone 
    Not doomed to live 
    But the reaper is a friend 
    Death’s kiss is a gift 
    And when I dissolve 
    My right is to be gone 

    You took from me 
    My agency 
    And now I’m just a whisper in a shadow 
    There is no me, I’m alone with all of us 
    When I close my eyes 
    I can hear your spare parts screaming 

    Alone 
    Not doomed to live 
    The reaper was my friend 
    Death’s kisses denied 
    We all departed 
    By rights we should be gone 

    The pages turn 
    The book never ends 
    The story grows cold 
    Inside my head 
    Forever alone 
    No one sees these tears 
    Alone 
    Not doomed to live

  • 03:52 Lyrics What Lies Beyond

    I am leaving this world behind 
    Do not search for me in Heaven 
    I will follow 
    The man whose heart I bear 
    He was atypical 
    In his custom and belief 
    Yet I am bound to him 
    Through what lies beyond 

    What lies beyond 
    What lies you tell 
    Are lies invisible 
    If we know ourselves 

    A somewhat sweet and sickly smell 
    Of burned and burning flesh 
    The pyre blazed so very bright 
    On the beach that night 
    Grimly, they all stood around 
    But for one who waited 
    With a heart of stone 
    in the carriage 

    They would slander and decry 
    That which they don’t understand 
    Ignorance will lead to fear 
    Especially if it runs unchecked 
    The only way to fight the dark 
    Is by lighting up the truth 
    Never once to back away 
    From what lies beyond 

    What lies beyond 
    What lies you tell 
    Your lies can’t hurt me now 
    That I know myself

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