Bill Roper (billroper) wrote,
Bill Roper


I've been thinking that it was about time to write something else for the musical that I've been kicking around, given that I haven't written anything for it since, oh, January of 2006. So I figured that I'd start thinking about the big production number near the beginning of the show.

Somebody had other ideas.

And I do like a villain who enjoys his work.

Our villain (who desperately needs a name, as do all of the other characters in this little musical) is a character that you may remember from Power. The victim in that particular song, just as in this one, is our heroine's overprotective older brother -- occasionally known in our plotting as "that nit of a tenor". The villain arrives in town, spots the brother as the wonderful, but inept, power source that he is and hires him. This is good, as no one else in town will hire either of our two "odd" siblings, odd because they're both good potential -- but untrained -- magicians. This is bad, because our heroine recognizes that her brother is not quite himself.

There is an old magician out in the forest who everyone stays away from. Our heroine figures that she's got about one chance to bust her brother loose from what she recognizes as magic, so off to the woods she goes where she asks the magician to train her in magic so she can whack her brother upside the head and get him out of the villain's influence. He tries to scare her off, but Look At Me doesn't do it. After a bit of dialogue, he agrees to train her.

Slightly later in the sequence, we get into why the old magician is hiding out in the woods. He's sitting here to watch the wall described in Shades of Gray. There is a lot of dark power caught up in the wall there, so someone's got to keep an eye on it. Most specifically, the Big Bad is caught in the wall. Fortunately, there's really no way for him to get out. More or less...

As training continues, we'll pass through our heroine's song, Behind the Mask, and the magician's response, Illusions. Yes, we have a communications problem here.

Meanwhile, our villain has been keeping an eye on things and decides that it's now time to kick things up a notch by casting our nit of a tenor into the wall from "Shades of Gray". That's the new song. And here we are.

Words and Music: Bill Roper
Copyright 2008


My pattern’s drawn in water.
My pattern’s drawn in night.
All the things that he has taught her
Will not help her in this fight.
You thought that I would aid you,
But you’re bound now to my will
And by all the powers that made you,
You are much too good to kill.

Let the pattern wrap around you.
Let the pattern draw you in.
As you feel the cold surround you,
I am saving you for sin.
For a trap is best when baited
So it’s here that you will stay
With these others who’ve long waited
All wrapped up in shades of gray.

It’s a pattern wove of danger
That is mine and mine alone.
And a fool who trusts a stranger
Is much easier to own.
And I’m happy that I found you
And I saw the power within.
And I’m sure it would astound you
Just how strong you might have been.

My pattern’s drawn in blue
And my pattern’s drawn in black.
And the pattern that entangles you
Means you’re not coming back.
There’s just one way to free you
And I’m waiting for the spell,
So the next time that I see you
You’ll see me unleashing hell.

(Chorus twice to coda)
All wrapped up in shades of gray.
All wrapped up in shades of gray.
Tags: filk, lyrics, musings

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