The Day the Pattern Died

Annotations by Lord Franich, Keeper of the Royal Archives and Court Historian to Queen Leoness of Chaos, in the nine hundred and ninety-ninth year of her reign.

A long, long time ago...
I can still remember how
That sorcery used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance,
That I could make my siblings dance,
And maybe I'd rule Amber in a while.

But Primal Chaos made me shiver,
With every lynchpin I'd deliver,
Bad news at the deathbed...
I couldn't take one more step.
I can't remember if I cried
When I took a Logrus Knife for his widowed bride

But something touched me deep inside,
The day the Pattern died.



Bye bye to the Serpent's Eye,
Flew my zepplins to the city, but the city done died
Them good ol' boys were sipping logrus and rye
Singing "This'll be the day that I die,
This'll be the day that I die."

(Verse 2)

Did you get the Narwhale's love,
And do you have faith in the Alicorn above,
If De Vermis Mysteris tells you so?
Now do you believe in Elvis and rock'n'roll?
Can you read by Ember's fading glow?
And can you teach me how to fast-time my shadow?

Well I know that you're in league with him
'Cause I spied on you with this Gem
The explosion blew off both my shoes
But my advisor knew just what to use
I was a severed sorcerous fez-wearing head
With a velvet glove and power to raise the dead
But I knew that I was out of Stuff
The day the Pattern died
I started singing...


(Verse 3)

Now for ten centuries, Rebma's been on its own
And Ynell sits pretty on her throne
But that's not how it used to be
When Sakura tried to kill the King and Queen
With a knife she borrowed from James Dean
While I fought back with Outsider Sorcery

Oh, and while bits of King were raining down
Loader and I stole his golden crown
The will reading was adjourned,
No verdict was returned.
And while Harpo scried with trumps from Marx,
Eregnor terrorists practiced in the park
And our siblings died in the dark
The day the Pattern died.
We were singing...


(Verse 4)

Helter Skelter in an Emberan swelter
The Pyricorn tried to provide some shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It turned Ember to a bowl of glass

The siblings tried for a deadly blow
Before Amber sank 'neath water and snow
Now the acid rain was sweet perfume
While Makoto and Lina fell to their doom
Harpo's Pattern, Leoness wanted to erase
To wipe that smile off his face.
And the Unicorn tried to take the field,
But the Commiecorn refused to yield.
Do you recall what was revealed,
The day the Pattern died?
We started singing


(Verse 5)

And there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on Narwhale be nimble, Narwhale be quick
One eyed Serpent, play your trick
'Cause Leoness is the Serpent's new best friend

And as I watched him in the sky
I feared that it was time to die
No Pattern's Avatar born in flame,
Could stop Yenll's calling on the Serpent's name
And as the Patterns boiled away into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw the Serpent laughing with delight
The day the Pattern died
He was singing...


(Verse 6)

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred shadow
Where I'd learned my sorcery years before
But the man there said the Pattern wouldn't work
And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The Elemental Patterns all were broken

And the three People I admire most
My Father, Mother, and the Pattern-Ghost
They caught the last blimp for the coast
The day the Pattern died
And they were singing...

Refrain (2x)