Instrument Of Wind

from by Phil Mills

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The first recorded filk I heard was “The Dragon and the Maiden” by Karen Linsley. I thought the characters should have their stories continue.


The scales along the trailing edge of my wings
Vibrate with the passing of the breeze
And the song they play's heard faintly in the valley
Where all claim it's caused by the cliffs and some of them believe.
Today, my flight is slow, the music softer,
For dancing on the air would make a din.
No voice of choir ever breathed so solemn
As I, the watcher in the skies and instrument of wind.

There's drumming from the horse hooves far below me
Pulling a black carriage past the plain
Where once upon a time I seized a maiden
And where, to test the strength of love, I brought her home again.
Though long the years that passed by common counting,
Each seemed a fleeting note to such as I.
A creature of the earth, she would but seldom
Stand entranced and swaying to the music of the sky.

Back on that day she'd found herself set free,
What sounded like the pipes of war was me.
I set, before I let the maid depart,
A challenge to the one who held her heart:
What I demand, what I take as your vow,
Is: you love her life-long as you claim that you do now.

To the one who hears a dirge and nothing sweeter:
Your adversary honours where it's due.
Take comfort in the knowledge, you were chosen;
Take pride in knowing that your judge decrees that you were true.
The only thought remaining for the coda
Of wing-song as I climb to search for kin:
She lived her life inside a tangled love song
Serenaded always by an instrument of wind.


from Mix Until Absurd, released July 1, 2014
Phil Mills - lead vocal, electric 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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