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The Nightingale

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Based on the novel The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey

You came to me in fire,
Great Kami! Cruel Kami!
And gave me a cherrywood flute to play,
To steal the Emperor's heart away.

I am the nightingale, I sing sorrow's song.
The glories you promised are tarnished and wrong
For the Lord of the Sun has stolen my heart
And I cannot play so treacherous a part.

You came then to my mirror,
Great Kami! Cruel Kami!
And said for a wrong countless years gone by
At the hand of my son, my lord must die.

I am the nightingale, I spurn duty's call.
If such is my future, I want none at all.
And I never will bear the Emperor a son,
If he will then do what you would have done.

Ah... ah... ah..!

You vent your rage with storming
Great Kami! Cruel Kami!
Your flute lies shattered, my song has fled;
But I'll find me another to play instead

I am the nightingale! I sing with my all,
My music will waken my lord from your thrall.
Your magic will wither, your vengeance will fail.
The nightingale's song again will prevail.

Your magic will wither, your vengeance will fail.
The nightingale's song again will prevail!

Copyright © 2000 Michelle Bottorff



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