Other Side Of The River

from by Phil Mills

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Michelle Sagara wrote a wonderful series of fantasy books called “The Chronicles of Elantra”. This references her main character.


Turned thirteen, so I'd learned the rules
And a sharp disdain for dreaming fools
Who thought that they'd escape the streets and go
To live in the city where immortals reign,
Where a human life is a moment's pain
And the lords in their towers ignore the crowd below.
I wondered...

How do they live on the other side of the river,
With no one to say who dies or who should survive?
Who'd want a home on the other side of the river?
They don't even teach their children to fight for their lives.

I saw guards on the bridge to keep
Kids like me off the rich folk's streets
And I knew how much it cost to turn their eyes:
Sometimes a share of a good night's take
Or a tip when their bosses had a case to break
Or a pretty child who hadn't yet got wise.
I wondered...


Seven years since I was that thief
And I feel old fear when I'm in the fief.
The marks I wear say I'm still owned
By those I hate and those unknown
But I've earned the right; I'm free to walk
With the Lion, Dragon, Wolf, and Hawk.
Now I ask...

How do they live on that other side of the river,
With someone who says who dies and who may survive?
Who'd want a home on that other side of the river,
Where children teach other children to fight for their lives?
Children teach other children to fight for their lives?


from Mix Until Absurd, released July 1, 2014
Phil Mills – lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Deborah Linden – backing vocal


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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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