While out surfing today I found a site that listed their top 10 vampire songs of all time. In addition to their top ten there was a listing of probably 50 other vampire songs. It was striking that the best vampire song of all time was missing. Before Edward & Bella’s love story in Twilight, and before the dark, swampy saga of True Blood, there was Hannah Fury‘s “The Vampire Waltz”.

Not only is “Vampire Waltz” an amazing and beautiful song but the story behind it is equally so. I will attempt to retell the story from memory. I apologize for any inaccuracies but this is to the best of my recollection. The story was told in one of the interviews with Hannah……

When Hannah was in high school she had no thought of making music. The thought that she was capable of musical creation was just not something that occurred to her.  During this period the song “Vampire Waltz” just “came” to her pretty much in its entirety. Its appearance was something quite moving to Hannah but what was she to do? She played no instrument and so it seemed this vision had no outlet but somehow she knew that it had to find release. So Hannah secretly taught herself to play the piano. The thought is amusing to me…. a young Hannah waiting for everyone to leave the house so she could rush to the piano to teach herself to play.  Years later Hannah’s mom commented on how she doesn’t really understand when Hannah learned to play the piano. Lol I have hid many a thing from my mother but never something so beautiful. The rest is history as they say and we are all so much richer because of it. “The Vampire Waltz” finally finished its vision and mission with the inclusion on Hannah’s “The Thing That Feels” CD which was released in the year 2000 on her own Mellow Traumatic Recordings label. I said the songs journey was finished but I do not really believe that. The song is timeless and I believe there will come a day when it will find a new home in a motion picture. It will have to be a great picture to be worthy of the song.

The Vampire Waltz

The light in your eyes beckons to me
It beckons so quietly, but I hear it clearly
You start walking towards me
Taking my breath and fearlessly setting me free
Oh, I feel it being drawn out
The blood flowing steadily into your mouth
This dark night, cruel and cold
You whisper softly, “Honey, you’ll never grow old”
Looking back at the crowd
Back at the party
I step outside and disappear swiftly
Oh, I feel it being drawn out
The pain of life fading, going down south
Lost in the wake of my wedding
And caught here at these old crossroads
I can never leave
I think I’ve been fooled
Why am I not dressed in white?
With eyes full of glory and wine
I’ll be your eternal bride
I’ll be here forever
Here, on this night
Why am I not dressed in white?
I need you near me
I think I’ve been fooled
I need you near me
I think I’ve been fooled
You carry me over the crossroads
And I’m lost on this cold, dark night
Why am I not dressed in white?
I carry a mandrake in my bouquet
And I shiver when it screams
I carry a mandrake in my bouquet
And I shiver when it screams
The light in your eyes is still calling to me
Taking my whole world and setting it spinning
Knowing my weakness, the spark lies in the sand
Taking my hand, you lead me into the dance
Oh, I feel it being drawn out
My soul is rushing right into your mouth
How could you take me away from the party?
I think I’ve been fooled
How could you take me away from the party?
I think I’ve been fooled
I need you near me
I think I’ve been fooled
I carry a mandrake in my bouquet
And I shiver when it screams
I need you near me
I think I’ve been fooled
I carry a mandrake in my bouquet
And I shiver when it screams
With eyes full of lust and light
I’ll be your eternal bride
I’ll be here forever
Here, on this night
Oh, why am I not dressed in white?
Something is not right
Will the light spark?

“The Vampire Waltz” courtesy of mellowtraumatic.com

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