Don't Call It Magic

from by Phil Mills

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Here's another song from the universe that I invented for “Powders And Signs”, explaining a bit more about the witch girl who is mentioned in that song.


Nettles by the roadside,
Burdock in the ditch.
For love and looks and sweet dreams
It's "Go and ask the witch".
Night must give her magic
For she whiles away her days,
Sitting on a stone pile,
Watching cattle as they graze.

Call it knowledge; call it power,
Kinship with each beast and flower.
Call it pulse of stars and ocean,
Mystery or foolish notion,
Call it what you like...
Don't call it magic.

Morgan Lock will lie dead
When first snow comes down.
With all Meg's red-haired children,
The next one will have brown.
Prophecy is magic
For she has no way to know,
Lazing in the town square,
Watching people come and go.


Magic forces changes. Magic seeks control.
Magic bends the universe, dominion as its goal.
But touch the flow of nature, strength that lives within
A leaf that feels the current, a cloud that sees the wind.


Call it what you like; don't call it magic.


from Mix Until Absurd, released July 1, 2014
Jane Garthson – lead vocal
Phil Mills – lead vocal, acoustic guitar


tags: pop filk Toronto


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Phil Mills Toronto, Ontario

Phil Mills writes songs of science fiction and fantasy fandom: filk.

He released the CD "Rain on the Sand" in 2009, containing all original material, mixing funny and serious treatments. That approach has continued, as does his writing.

He has become an avid promoter of the FAWM and 50/90 online song-writing communities, using those as inspiration sources for yet more songs.
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