Wise Hands

from The King's Lute by Cat Faber

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Peter Alway sent me this melody saying the verses should be about the cares of everyday life and the chorus should be about a bold sea adventure. I sent a version back explaining that the verses were actually about the trials of building a canoe and the chorus about the joy of paddling it. We compromised on this version.


Wise Hands
lyrics by Catherine Faber, 2011
melody by Peter Alway, 2011

Partly wood and mostly care
Boats must ever be tight, and fair--
Staunch to answer the storm's demands.
The crew's first guardian ever stands--wise hands!

The captain intrepid, the crew that will dare
Shall heed the adventurer's call
The boat-builder's craftsmanship, born of her care
Unseen, is a partner in all.
Beyond the horizon new worlds to explore--
New winds and new currents run free;
The skill of the builder runs ever before
The root and the heart of the tree, shall sail the sea.

Every plank must be true of grain
Fitted tightly with saw and plane
To brace the hull I will sand and shave
Decks and gunwales to help her brave--the wave

Run the rigging and step the mast;
Stays in tension will hold it fast.
Shape the rudder a course to hold;
Bright at morning the sails dawn gold—unfold!


from The King's Lute, released July 28, 2012
lyrics by Cat Faber
music by Peter Alway




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I write music about science fiction and fantasy subjects, commonly referred to as "filk."

I write much faster than I can record. Recent songs may be found at my website--the URL is given below.

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