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For S I wrote one of the songs mentioned in Song for the Wilds. Since I can’t actually write songs, what I mean is I wrote the lyrics to a song mentioned in the book. In fact, because I couldn’t even do that without humming so I knew how to treat the rhythm, etc, I used an existing song as a base.

So, if you know the song Byker Hill, you can sort of imagine this song as a darker, slower version with completely different lyrics. Gently Goes the Harborman is supposed to be a dark lullaby, one that Caliebb knows how to play because it’s sung often in his country. Also, leys as in ley lines—using creative license here.

Gently Goes the Harborman

Ripples dodge the keels over
down beyond the broken pier
twice as many men have gone
none the way they all have feared

The ocean wakes, the harbor quakes
to hear the maidens’ tortured souls
tearing out across the waters
wafting in their misty shoals

Dip your oar and blind your eyes
to see the ocean astral leys
catch the wind and shift your heading
to where the misty maidens play

As listless ships arrive in sorrow
grind the anchors through the sand
tell the master the tide is turning
the mist is easing onto land

Dip your oar and blind your eyes
to see the ocean astral leys
catch the wind and shift your heading
to where the misty maidens play

Strip your roots and cut your moorings
breathe the dusk and evenings tide
then step beyond your fading harbor
with fractured moonlight as your guide

Dip your oar and blind your eyes
to see the ocean astral leys
catch the wind and shift your heading
to where the misty maidens play

So habormen, born in shelter
take your bearings, keep them close
never listen to the tales or
the promises of hapless ghosts

For if you hear the water’s lies
and see the ocean astral leys
you’ll be the one to shift your heading
to where the misty maidens play

You’ll gently sail beyond the harbor
to where the misty maidens prey

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