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lyrics

A Thousand Ships
Lyrics: Juliane Honisch, Music: Katy Droege

From the mirror looking back at me
is the face that launched a thousand ships
and the smile that in the glass I see
trembles nervously upon those lips.
And unlike my mirror image I
can hear sounds of dusky darkness fall.
Perhaps tonight will be the night I die
fenced in by those mighty Trojan walls.

Choices were for others, not for me.
I was never asked my wish or will.
So an old man's wife I came to be
Golden toy to him, but faithful still,
till an honoured guest did touch my soul
taught me smiles that duly reached my eyes.
But my sweet smiles were not all he stole
For his love was reckless and not wise.

And again of me no one did ask
Whether I would want to start a war,
whether I'd fulfil my fate-set task,
whether I did truly wish for more.
Now the master of my fate is young.
He has brought me to the walls of Troy.
When the deeds of war are fin'lly sung
Who will call him selfish, lovesick boy?

Battle drums I hear within my mind
Fire arrows pierce me to the core.
Everyone is - like Cassandra - blind,
hatred lives on both sides of the door.
And the image in my mirror cries
Red-hot tears run down to wrinkling lips.
I've grown old while everybody dies
For the face that launched a thousand ships.

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from IV - A View to a Filk, released February 1, 2004
Lyrics: Juliane Honisch, Music: Katy Droege

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Ju Honisch & Katy Droege-Macdonald Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

Ju & Katy have been partners in musical crime ever since 1991 when they met at a German Star Trek convention at the late night filk circle.
When not filking, Ju writes fantasy novels. More about her writing can be found at www.juhonisch.de
If Katy is not travelling or trying to learn a new instrument, she also sings the filkish version of barbershop with the German filk quartet "Barbership".
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