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Filk: The Errantry Anthem

Very belatedly posted; I premiered this at OryCon this past November.

Errantry Anthem

words: © 2015 John C. Bunnell
music: “Don’t Slay That Potato” (Tom Paxton)

Inspired by Diane Duane’s “Young Wizards” novels (and some of the fanworks that have drawn on them). 

Oh, magic, they say, is a game for the young, that’s played for the ultimate stake.
It comes with a language unique and complete, and a vow ev’ry wizard must take;
There’s also a guidebook with useful advice; still, there is no guarantee
That wizardry’s gift will ensure you survive first contact with your Enemy….

‘Ware, now, the Fairest and Fallen, Death in its pocket again;
A Choice it proposes, its voice wine and roses,
Its offer beguiling, its countenance smiling;
But wizards well know, if down that road you go
From Death you cannot turn aside;
‘Ware, then, the Lone One’s temptation; instead in Life’s service abide!

Stories are told of three kids from New York who’ve had an astonishing run.
They’ve taken the Lone One down time after time, and still seem to think that it’s fun;
They’ve traveled the spaceways, brought planets to life, and saved us from Martian attack;
And even their friends who have died for the cause still seem to find ways to come back….

REFRAIN

The thing about this sort of magic: it spreads, and rumors, of course soon ensue
That all sorts of people have gotten the Book and taken up wizardry too;
Black Widow and Falcon, we rather suspect, might prove decent hands at the Art,
But a certain small boy with a tiger of plush?  The thought puts a chill in our heart….

REFRAIN

The Powers are fickle, and choose whom They will; don’t fret that they haven’t picked you.
Not all They select will survive their Ordeals, and Death takes all too many who do;
But magic’s not needed to live by the Oath, so if that commitment you’d make,
Then wizard or not, simply live by these words: “In Life’s name and for all Life’s sake….”

REFRAIN

Crossposted from my mirror-journal on Dreamwidth (at http://djonn.dreamwidth.org/43135.html); feel free to comment here or there.

Comments

( 3 comments — Agree, disagree, kibitz )
alpha_strike
Jul. 11th, 2016 03:10 am (UTC)
That's great filk! I know it is because, as with puns, I'm not sure whether I should stand up and cheer, or throw you back down into the virtual basement from whence you came.

Or am I just jealous?
djonn
Jul. 11th, 2016 03:23 am (UTC)
I know which of those I'd vote for....

Mind you, I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the idea of Calvin with a wizard's manual. :-)
alpha_strike
Jul. 15th, 2016 02:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, the "tiger of plush" gave me pause. Lord help Susie Derkins, you know?
( 3 comments — Agree, disagree, kibitz )

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