May I Be

from by Phil Mills

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While reading Seanan McGuire's “October Daye” series, I became fascinated by the idea of a single-purpose character who has to find new meaning.


I'm the one who shares your face
And walks the streets without the grace to hide it.
I'm the one who knows your mind,
The taunting fragments that you find inside it.
My life is yours; your passing, mine.
I'd like to be more than a warning sign.
May I be?

The time you've known's the world to me
And curious how carelessly you'd leave it.
Time goes on, our paths divide;
One whisper that I'm free and I'd believe it.
I cut my hair; I change my clothes.
I'd like to be someone who learns and grows.
May I be?

Fated, yes, and fatal, though deserving of no blame,
First I promise sweetness then deliver flame.
Don't know if it's a question or a name:
"May I be".

If I should love while in this shape,
Is that enough to part the fates that mingle?
If you should bleed 'til blood has drained,
Could I exist, then, unconstrained and single?
I wish no ill but understand
The best life I can hope for's second-hand.
May I be?


May I be?


from Mix Until Absurd, released July 1, 2014
Karen Linsley – lead vocal
Phil Mills – 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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