Hindsight

Words & Music by Leslie Fish

Listen as I tell you of my innocence and trust
Of my pity for a stranger welcomed as I thought I must
For these simple virtues made us bare our bellies to the knife
And they robbed me of my people and my family and my life
Never waste your pity on the snow     *     Always keep your caution for all you think you know
For as the world is beautiful likewise is it cruel     *     And death is always waiting for a fool
Oh, she seemed a harmless beggar when we met her at first snow
Asking only food and shelter, pray, how could we tell her "no"
So we brought her to our campsite and went innocent to sleep
But in the night she shifted shape and slaughtered us like sheep
Never waste your pity on the snow     *     Always keep your caution for all you think you know
For as the world is beautiful likewise is it cruel     *     And death is always waiting for a fool
We were scarcely half a dozen left of all our people dead
When we made it to the picket lines and took to horse and fled
Far too late in glancing backward truth was branded on our eyes
For a demon of the snow had been the beggar in disguise
Never waste your pity on the snow     *     Always keep your caution for all you think you know
For as the world is beautiful likewise is it cruel     *     And death is always waiting for a fool
There were me and my beloved left who swore the beast would die
So we went up to the Mountain and took sword oath she and I
All the winter spent in training there made all but memory drown
Then at equinox we came back home to hunt that demon down
Never waste your pity on the snow     *     Always keep your caution for all you think you know
For as the world is beautiful likewise is it cruel     *     And death is always waiting for a fool
So we stalked the beast and found it and attacked with sword and shield
And we fought like fiends all three who knew there was no point to yield
'Til my swordmate could distract the demon briefly with her skill
And I flung myself upon the beast for one fast chance to kill
Never waste your pity on the snow     *     Always keep your caution for all you think you know
For as the world is beautiful likewise is it cruel     *     And death is always waiting for a fool
Yes, I threw myself into its claws to strike it true and sound
And although the demon shredded me it tumbled to the ground
Aye, the Beast fell dead upon the stone and I upon the grass
So glad to see it die and sad to feel my spirit pass
Never waste your pity on the snow     *     Always keep your caution for all you think you know
For as the world is beautiful likewise is it cruel     *     And death is always waiting for a fool
But as I had taken Goddess Oath I was not free to fly
So now I walk the Earth at night, a spirit guide am I
And I pass among the Goddess Sworn wherever moonbeams burn
And I teach my hard earned lessons well to any who would learn
Never waste your pity on the snow     *     Always keep your caution for all you think you know
For as the world is beautiful likewise is it cruel     *     And death is always waiting for a fool
Yes, death is always waiting for a fool


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