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Alys' Lullabye

Lyrics and melody © 2000 by Catherine Faber
Arrangment © 2000 by Catherine Faber and Arlene "Callie" Hills

Your memory chip's damaged, it cannot be quelled.
It's dumping at random the data it held
And only the peers you've trusted for years
Can stop you responding to threats long-dispelled.

Men will war and women will weep
Midnight flows sullenly, chilly and deep*
I'll sing you a song when you stir in your sleep
And wait by your side till the dawn.

I speak reassurance, while under my eye
Reacting to crises three decades gone by
Your face shows again the man you were then
Breaking my heart with the pain you deny.

Love I that I reach for I can't seem to keep*

Bleary and hoarse, two cold hands gripping tight,
Strength I'd forgotten recalled for this fight
Secrets we keep we now have to reap
Old fears and old sorrows squirm out to the light.

All that I buried I now have to reap*

In the span of a night I have known you for years
In the heights of your triumphs, the depths of your fears
Each lesson and scar that shaped who you are
And shy as a blossom new insight appears.

Though men will war and women will weep
Yet spring and the sunrise still stubbornly creep*
I'll sing you a song when you stir in your sleep
And wait by your side till the dawn.


*This line of the chorus changes each time.

This song was inspired by the novel Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Characters and situations from the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Used by permission of the author and Baen Books.

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