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The Quaddie Ballet

Lyrics © 2002 by Catherine Faber, melody inspired by "The Ballad of the Hunley" by John Huff

At a nexus deep in Quaddie space I tumbled off my ship,
My first time out on station on an interstellar trip.
I had orders to find culture, so I went to find a way,
And this weird old guy suggested I should see their ballet.

I was staring right and leftward, I was gawking up and down,
Like those dumb Dendarii hillfolk on their first trip to town.
I had only thought to visit here, but now I want to stay.
I lost my heart forever at the Quaddie ballet.

Now these folks are pretty different; they've got hands instead of feet.
It's "handy" in free fall, but it's startling to meet.
But they're poetry in motion, if you ever have a chance
You owe it to yourself to come and see how they dance.

That was how I saw her, like the dancer of the dawn,
Shining like a comet's tail and soaring like a swan.
My heart broke into pieces at the sight of her soul,
And miracles were granted when her love made me whole.

My captain didn't like it and my messmates made it stick.
They said mutants made on purpose were just spooky and sick.
When they dragged me from her arms, the bastards put her in a cast.
I just don't understand how things went crazy so fast.

She is strength and grace and power; she is beauty given life.
And I'll have to leave my home if I would have her for my wife.
For Barrayar hates mutants and that's all that they would see.
I'll stay with her I love, because she can't come with me.

This song refers to the novel Diplomatic Immunity, by Lois McMaster Bujold

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

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