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Bardic Arts

The Wind-O

Colin MacLear
Westermark Madness, July, AS XXXV (2000)

Did you go to the last West An-Tir War?
to fight our northern foe?
We’d weather fair and sunshine rare,
no sign of rain nor snow
But this blessing was not meant to last,
and shortly it did go
The wind-o, the wind-o, it blew away in the wind-o
We’d weather fair and sunshine rare
but it blew away in the wind-o
Did you see the merchant’s wares so grand?
Did you trade them all your gold?
For clothing fine or jewels sublime
or a cloak to ward the cold?
If you did then you got there early on
before their tents were rolled
The wind-o, the wind-o, they blew away in the wind-o
They’d clothing fine and jewels sublime
but they blew away in the wind-o
Were you there on the field when our own king Jade
did challenge Rex An-Tir?
They took off their crowns and set them down
and neither one showed fear
With a mighty blow was An-Tir dispatched
but the cost was very dear
The wind-o, the wind-o, they blew away in the wind-o
They took off their crowns and set them down,
and they blew away in the wind-o
Did you see the archers, swift and fell,
as their gray goose shafts rained down?
Their arrows are the bane of war
in field or bridge or town
But an archer needs to trust the air
to send his message ‘round
The wind-o, the wind-o, they blew away in the wind-o
Their arrows are the bane of war
but they blew away in the wind-o
Did you play in the grand casino
sponsored by the Misty Prince?
Where the dice did dance in games
of chance, its like I’ve not seen since
I blinked three times and my coin
was gone at a rate that made me wince
The wind-o, the wind-o, it blew away in the wind-o
The dice did dance in games of chance
but they blew away in the wind-o
Did you go to the Western evening court
to see the laureling?
They’d come that day from far away
her praises for to sing
Alas, dear Dagmar, slight of frame,
did thereupon take wing
The wind-o, the wind-o she blew away in the wind-o
They’d come that day from far away
but she blew away in the wind-o
We travel north to war each year
in rain or sun or snow
To sing and boast and raise
a toast with friend alike as foe
Though nature have the victory sure
and send her wind to blow
The wind-o, the wind-o, we’ll blow away in the wind-o
And sing and boast and raise a toast
as we blow away in the wind-o


This is from Colin's CD and accompanying booklet "Bardic Fire", which contains pieces that Colin created and performed during his tenure as Bard of the West.


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