Let Me Go Singing

by Karen Aldain

For Helena Shepherd, my friend, what more can I say? I cannot sum up the person you were in these few, few lines.
And for Henrietta Forage, a squire who had been with us only 2 days. I liked and admired her quickly, and wish I could have known her.
When Xiv’s construct Achillean took them captive, they laughed, they sang, they shouted at us not to yield, not to give him the Wonder, they faced their deaths with such courage, and with such passion, determined not to be afraid, to give those who tried to save them heart. I will not forget them.

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The Lions write their histories in the songs we still hear now
Tales of heroes who walk by our sides to war
Will we follow in their footsteps – be their shadow or their shade,
Add new verses to the sagas of before?
We’re a people who stand fighting for the things which we hold dear
Freedom truth and justice pave our path
But the price of freedom’s high and it’s a price that must be paid:
What will you choose to be your epitah?

When I go let me go singing
I’ll be strong and unafraid
Facing the enemy
Like Helena and Henry
Laughing to the end
Face the enemy like them
Singing as I go
Let me be brave

We stood and forged a wonder, bent destruction to our will
Forged a hammer from the aspect of the isle
But Xiv he fought to claim it, sent his pet Achillean
Who took captives when his constructs were futile.
Helena, a shepherdess, served the Lions as a scout
Always singing, always joking with her friends
Henry was the Order of Celestial’s newest squire
Always strong in her convictions to the end.
When I go let me go singing
I’ll be strong and unafraid
Facing the enemy
Like Helena and Henry
Laughing to the end
Face the enemy like them
Singing as I go
Let me be brave

Well Xiv he didn’t care about the lives that he would take
We took the field to stop his avatar
We had to keep the hammer, couldn’t trade it for their lives
They were executed even as we charged.
But even to the end they were singing out defiant
Songs of honour and of darkness overthrown
Oh they heard our battle cry as it echoed ‘cross the sky
And though they died, they didn’t die alone.

When I go let me go singing
I’ll be strong and unafraid
Facing the enemy
Like Helena and Henry
Laughing to the end
Face the enemy like them
Singing as I go
Let me be brave

Singing as I go
Let me be brave

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