Song Of The Stars

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The chorus is elvish, from Tolkein, with my best guess at the pronounciation.

This song was written about 1981 for my first Science Fiction Convention (an OryCon, if I remember right). I was under the impression that I was supposed to make up a character to "come as," so I did; this song was part of her story. The chorus is a lullaby her mother used to sing her; she doesn't understand the words, but they're something about waking up to see the stars overhead, as the first of her line woke for the first time to see the glory of the midnight sky.


Some love the temper of well crowded streets
In dark smoky taverns they brag of their feats
Some love the bustle of stalls and bazaars,
But mine are the stars, I've always loved the stars...

Tara nole, e-leni, celeblin dae
Rill quivien, nimirie din lome.

The blaze of the cities despoils the night
Shaming the sky with the stain of their light
But my mother's people love twilight's reply
Thousands of stars, caught in a brilliant sky.

And I've seen the ship rising, a phoenix in flight
To the stars I knew only as sharp points of light.
And the snarl of power can't muffle the sound
The songs of the stars, calling to those on the ground.

And my heritage calls me away from my home
To see wonders unspoke-of in legend or tome
To fly in the lady's predestined design
To look to the stars, to know that the stars are mine.

It would dazzle my mother to know where I've run
There are billions of worlds and each star is a sun.
But I think it would please her to see the ship rise,
To know that the stars have dazzled her daughter's eyes.


from As Good As Any, released April 1, 1999



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In 1995 Cat Faber and Callie Hills teamed up to form Echo's Children, a duo known for well crafted harmonies and interesting lyrics about science fiction and fantasy subjects. They worked together until 2003, when Cat Faber moved to Tennessee and the group broke up. ... more

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