Sep 2, 2017

The Ballad of the Ivory Lass: Music in World-Building

In case you wanted another reason to read Mouse Guard, David Petersen recently reshared one of the clearest examples of his dedication to building the world of Lockhaven, posting a recording of "The Ballad of the Ivory Lass." This song first appeared in Mouse Guard: Winter 1152, specifically the fourth issue:



Go ahead and download the song here, then pull out your copy of Mouse Guard and listen to it while reading along to the scene. It's a pretty good track too.

And here are the lyrics:

On a long journey to Glenn-Stone
I sailed right into its shade
There before me she proudly shone
My decision was already made 
A lass who bore the light of the town
Her fur of ivory thread
How she danced is stuck in my crown
And back to this glen my boat led 
Twenty some seasons have since passed
Since her eyes and mine both met
Through lands unnamed and wildly vast
My blade slaying every threat. 
Wolf, hawk, fox, and snake
Can't stand in my way.
My body is weak and it may break
Though not today 
Living in blackness wrought with fright
My steel shattered facing the foes
Dusks and dawns darker than night
My fallen companions in rows 
Life spilled past me staining the ground
My limbs growing ever so cold
Above villains let out a cackling sound
Telling me I'd never grow old 
One dance and one mouse played in my mind
Calling me back from the doom
The courage to carry on I did find
To raise me out of my tomb 
Wolf, hawk, fox, and snake
Can't stand in my way.
My body is weak and it may break
Though not today 
Battered and bruised I stood to my paws
Raising what little I owned
Predators growled caring not for my cause
Of the mouse that shone light off Glenn-Stone 
Seasons I fought them till all were slain
And all that was left was me
The battle took a crew's life in vain
Now from foreign shores I sail free 
Amidst the loss and sorrow I've spent
Was it all worth the cost?
Back into Glenn-Stone my ship I sent
For an ivory lass that I lost 
Wolf, hawk, fox, and snake
Can't stand in my way.
My body is weak and it may break
Though not today



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