Shapes of Shadow


Reprinted from Songworm 1
This parody was sung by Heather Alexander on Tapeworm 1

Parody of “Shades of Shadow”, words by Mercedes Lackey , music by Leslie Fish

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Parody lyrics ©11/22/87 by Bob Kanefsky. All rights reserved. The copyright of the original lyrics and music remain with the holder(s) of the original copyright.

Am
Past 
where patterned D
path
ways lie, 
Am
Mag
ic works, and G
there 
workE
I
Am
Scaf
fold boards left D
far 
behind, 
Am
I
mold F
forms 
inD
side 
my Am
mind
C
Forms 
that kill, and D
forms 
that cure. 
F
Forms 
to teach, or D
to 
obscure. 
Am
Forms 
in which the F
mind
s eye D
delves
F
Forms 
for G
for
ming Em
forms 
themAm
selves
.

Chorus:
D
You 
build worlds with Am
steel 
and stone. 
C
build worlds with D
words 
aEm
lone
Am
Skilled 
tradespeople, G
long 
years Em
taught
C
You 
shape Am
mat
ter. Em
I
shape Am
thought
.

Soft, where your works rigid stand, 
My works change as times demand. 
Yours take years to redesign; 
One night s thought can alter mine. 
For you must stop to forge new tools. 
I need only change my rules. 
You discard old stock in stores; 
I discard old metaphors.

(Chorus)

Some would say my work exists 
In the mindless maze s twists.
They confuse their beer and gin 
With the glass they buy them in. 
The second s made to hold the first,
And, empty, cannot quench your thirst.
Like the poet s scroll and ink:
Less important than you think.

(Chorus)

Softly through the fertile night,
My work sheds its own clear light.
You still let your lives be run
By the dictates of the sun.
Fearful caveman that you are,
Scurry to your home or bar!
Long before your brain need tire,
Huddle  round your neon fire.

(Chorus)