The Reader [Album version]

Blake Hodgetts

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I am the reader of SF and fantasy
Sit down beside me, I′ll tell you my tale
Far have I travelled and much have I chanced to see
Primed for adventure and setting full sail
For I've learned one truth, and there is no doubt
You just can′t stop reading until you see how it turns out
And then the dawn shall wake me
And then the dawn shall wake me
And then the dawn shall wake me and carry me home

I found a world in a globular cluster
A place where the suns never vanished from sight
Watched as the natives naïvely discussed
An approaching eclipse, with no knowledge of night
Till the hour arrives, and as the light runs
The sky is emblazoned by ten thousand mighty suns
And so the nightfall takes me
And so the nightfall takes me
Until the dawn shall wake me and carry me home.

There's an unfortunate team in Antarctica
Cursed with a visitor frozen in ice
Three flaming eyes and with waving blue tentacles
Ugly as Gorgon and not quite as nice
And soon they found, by one, by two and by three
That many among them were not what they seemed to be
And who goes there shall take me
And who goes there shall fake me
Until the dawn shall wake me and carry me home

I've been to Xanth and to Pern and to Dune
Sailed on the Space Beagle, mined on the Moon
Listened as Gafka′s folk fertilized fans with their tune

Once did I meet with a grief-stricken pilot
A courier who carried a precious vaccine
Tearful and tragic the tale that he told to me
All of a girl who had been just sixteen
When she′d stowed away on his tiny ship
Heedless that there was but limited fuel for the trip
And those equations take me
Those cold equations shake me
Until the dawn shall wake me and carry me home

You may have heard of that young biochemist
It seemed there was no puzzle he couldn't solve
Thanks to the people he called Neoterics
Whom he had invented and caused to evolve
And who lived with him inside of a pen
He built on a table set up with a dome in his den
Oh, microcosmic god, take me
And microcosmically make me
Until the dawn shall wake me and carry me home

Ixchel and Vogon and Strider and Gleep
Hurkle and Master and Scanner and Sheep
These shall attend me as I drift away to my sleep

A houseful of boarders were wrapped up in mystery
Nothing revealing of why they were there
Proved to be visiting moments in history
Touring through time with a nonchalant air
And they had no care for those who would die
Off on vacation, to ancient Rome they must fly
And vintage seasons take me
Those vintage seasons take me
Until the dawn shall wake me and carry me home

Pity Lloyd Cavanaugh, met Happy Hooligan
Caused an egregious linguistic snafu
Seems that humanity′s played for the fool again,
Swizzle-stick brain cells for me and for you,
And there's little hope for the power of speech
When all you can say is "Koeeg voh′pa navih maleech"
And Babel II shall take me
Egz Momish Dee lesh gov ru
Agkush no powg lesh fov ru egz vetu ru jair

I've purchased dragons at sidewalk bazaars
Found omnilingual citations on Mars
Even met Rhysling who scattered his songs to the stars

Now as I leave you, heed this invitational
Ye who would join me in singing this song
While your home planet continues rotational
Sing out your travels in verse loud and long
And your best-loved paths shall oft be rehearsed
And ever more lengthily shall be this melody versed
Until the dawn shall wake me
Until the dawn shall wake me
Until the dawn shall wake me and carry me home

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Written by: Blake Hodgetts

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