Destroying Angel

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The forest in Sweden is a dangerous place, it always has been. Not just because you can get lost, robbed or murdered, but because it is a place of temptation. Many tales were told about a beautiful woman you might meet on a lonely path, beware, it could be the spirit called Skogsrå who has seduced many a willing victim.
The Destroying Angel is the beautiful but deadly fungi, Amanita Virosa. Should you be tempted to taste the white flesh, it will kill you slowly as the enzymes dissolve your heart and liver. The old Gods, elves and sprites have vanished now, but temptation remains.

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Destroying Angel
(Ray Cooper)

Destroying Angel...

I met you in the forrest
At the fading of the day
You looked so sweet and innocent
You were so innocent
I thought that I could dally
I thought that I could play
Pure and almost holy
I almost prayed

Destroying Angel, dressed in white
You tempt destruction with every bite
Oh fair deceiver, you wait and call
Dissolving hearts, the willing fall

You stood there in the twilight
With a smile upon your face
You'd waited for a century
For some fool to fall from grace
Mirror to my weakness
I tried to cry or run
I felt my liver melting
I knew what I had done

Destroying Angel etc.

I never thought that I would do that
But I knew that I could fall
Oh I never thought that I would do that
But I knew that I could fall

Is it me that brings corruption
To this quiet wooded glade?
To curse the fair deceiver
And try and pass the blame?
I knew what I was doing
To taste the flesh so white
I knew that it would take me
As I took the second bite

Destroying Angel etc.

I never thought that I would do that
But I knew that I could fall
Oh I never thought that I would do that
What else could I have done?
Well I guess I should have run

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from Palace of Tears, released August 29, 2014

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Ray Cooper UK

Ray Cooper is a singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist currently residing in the depths of Sweden where he moved in 2000. He left Oysterband in 2013 after a year in which they picked up 3 BBC2 Folk Awards and appeared live on the "Later..with Jools Holland' show. Since then he has carved out a successful solo career. ... more

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