The Girl Whose Hair Was On Fire

from by Tereza Tomek

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Written for my dear friend Eva Markvoort, who was born with a genetic disorder called Cystic Fibrosis, when she recieved a life-saving double lung transplant at the age of 23. To learn more about Eva and her causes check out the amazing documentary “65 Red Roses” or her blog


There once was a girl her hair was on fire
And her eyes were alive with unquenched desire
She was given a bad apple so she swallowed the seeds
They settled inside her and grew into trees

Now the grandest of these settled in her heart
And wouldn’t stop growing love once it had start
Her brain tree budded creativity
And let her see things that others couldn’t see

Long giving branches rose from her palms
To extend the inspired reach of her arms
From the tree on her tongue there were leaves that blew
On her voice to spread words both eloquent and true

But two of these seeds were as bad as they come
And they settled themselves deep into her lungs
Their roots ran deep and they tried to choke out
The life from the tree growing in her heart

Now there was a boy somewhere far away
Whose lung trees were growing stronger each day
But unfortunately he suddenly found
His grand heart tree had been chopped down

He cried when he knew that the end was near
But then suddenly he had an idea
He said “Find me a girl whose hair is on fire
And whose eyes are alive with unquenched desire
Uproot these beings that give me breath
And plant them into her chest”

“Then tell that girl with the flame anew
To go out and live her life for two
And whatever may happen know that this is true
I lived a little longer because of you”

There once was a girl eyes alight with desire
And nothing could stop her spreading fire


from Cryptozoology, track released November 29, 2013
Tereza Tomek: Songwriter, Guitar, Voice
Corwin Fox: Banjo, Background Vocals
Archie Pateman: Double Bass
Jack Roland: Fiddle
Joline Baylis: Background Vocals



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