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Kestrel's Song

by The Petite Amberite

Rat-ta-tat, rat-ta-ta-tat
Put your best foot forward, Captain Kestrel
Here's steel on steel to make you dance
Rat-ta-ta-tat, rat-ta-tat.

You're sent to sea today, Ladyhawk's Cap
'Gain Reis' coat and cutlass or all is lost.'
Sweet Queen Elaine commands.

Rat-ta-tat, rat-ta-ta-tat
Put your best foot forward, Captain Kestrel
Heavy winds agin' you, every mischance!
Rat-ta-ta-tat, rat-ta-tat.

Will you walk a plank today,
Or win that famous blade,
At the Queen's foot to lay?

Rat-ta-tat, rat-ta-ta-tat
If you should lose an arm, Captain Kestrel,
Fight on despite! With Death itself you dance!
Rat-ta-ta-tat, rat-ta-tat.

Her arm lay cut, upon the boards
When she kicked her own flesh up,
To knit together once more!

Rat-ta-tat, rat-ta-ta-tat
For your honor and your Queen,
Captain Kestrel, take your chance!
Rat-ta-tat, rat-ta-ta-tat

Homeward bound, mission done,
The Kestrel sails, ever on,

If any here doubt this song,
Mark only the scar the Kestrel bears
A perfect circle 'round her arm.