SFF Song of the Week: Nicole Peeler

Regular listeners to this feature – which I would argue is the only science fiction and fantasy radio station in the world! – will have marvelled a while ago at the wonderful song by Feist chosen by the urban fantasist and meteoric talent Nicole Peeler. Now Nicole is back, and she’s chosen another mesmerising piece one of my favourite songs ever, which I’ve just been listening to on my iPod whilst running through Crystal Palace Park with my hound. (I’ve trained myself not to sing along, that was getting embarrassing.

Enough nonsense from me; over to Nicole!

No, I’m still here. Just to say – I meant to post this on Wednesday of this week, which is the regular day for the SFF Song of the Week, but, er, I didn’t. So now I’ll run this for ten days and start back on the Wednesday slot after that. I’ve got song more FABULOUS song choices coming up from Ricardo Punto, Ian Whates and Robert Jackson Bennett, and many others pledged and on their way. So listen to this space!

Nicole Peeler writes:

When I first heard “Rabbit Heart” I was just about to begin writing Jane True Book 3, Tempest’s Legacy. To be honest I couldn’t believe my ears…it was like I’d requested a song to be written that summarized what I wanted Book 3 to be about, and there it was.

This song is such a great UF song in general, however. It’s chock full of allusions to both myth (Midas etc) and to fantastical fiction (Alice in Wonderland etc.) and it’s all about that moment when the hero/heroine says, “Oh shit, I really am living in interesting times.”

And that’s what made it perfect for my book 3. Jane began the series an “everywoman” heroine, but like all heroic journeys, there comes a time she has to confront herself and grow into her destiny. She must become, as Flo bleats so appealingl, the “lion-hearted girl”.

Not always easy, for someone who was born half-selkie.

The looking glass, so shiny and new
How quickly the glamor fades
I start spinning slipping out of time
Was that the wrong pill to take (Raise it up)
You made a deal, and now it seems you have to offer up
But will it ever be enough
(Raise it up, raise it up)
It’s not enough
(Raise it up, raise it up)

Here I am, a rabbit hearted girl
Frozen in the headlights
It seems I’ve made the final sacrifice

We raise it up, this offering
We raise it up

This is a gift, it comes with a price
Who is the lamb and who is the knife
Midas is king and he holds me so tight
And turns me to gold in the sunlight

I look around, but I can’t find you
(raise it up)
If only I could see your face
(raise it up)
Instead of rushing towards the skyline
(raise it up)
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I wish that I could just be brave

I must become a lion hearted girl
Ready for a fight
Before I make the final sacrifice

We raise it up, this offering
We raise it up

This is a gift, it comes with a price
Who is the lamb and who is the knife
Midas is king and he holds me so tight
And turns me to gold in the sunlight

Raise it up, raise it up
(repeat)

And in the spring I shed my skin
And it blows away with the changing wind
The waters turn from blue to red
As towards the sky I offer it

This is a gift, it comes with a price
Who is the lamb and who is the knife
Midas is king and he holds me so tight
And turns me to gold in the sunlight
(repeat)

This is a gift

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