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12 Swords
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

Here I stand and alas
Of a warrior's class
Apprentice turned sorcerer I

I've seen many wars end
Made the battle my friend
None am I afraid to defy

I've done as I please
Yet I fall to my knees
Weak and bleeding sure that I'm through

And as I lay there to die
I can see the night sky
And suddenly I'm thinking of you

Does the crescent moon rise
By the light of your eyes
Can you see the star that I'm wishing on
And is it shining as bright
From where you see it tonight
And does the love that you feel keep you strong
On my twelve swords I'm yours
Till you need me no more
And I'll wish away till morning

Like a harvested husk
Another city sacked at dusk
The rampaging conquest goes well
But I cannot erase
The memory of our embrace
Without you I'd have died where I fell

And I must ask again
Is the battle my friend
What will my life and sorcery be

I only know this is true
That indeed I love you
And I ask by the first star I see

Does the crescent moon rise
By the light of your eyes
Can you see the star that I'm wishing on
And is it shining as bright
From where you see it tonight
And does the love that you feel keep you strong

Does the crescent moon rise
By the light of your eyes
Can you see the star that I'm wishing on
And is it shining as bright
From where you see it tonight
And does the love that you feel keep you strong

On my twelve swords I'm yours
Till you need me no more
And I'll wish away till morning
And I'll wish away till morning


First release: Decisions of the Sky: A Traveler's Tale of Sun And Storm
Released: 10/30/2000
Earliest time played: 03/13/1991
Last time played: 03/12/2004
Playing frequency:
  10 plays (see all shows)
  0.54% of shows in the database
  0.59% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  Formerly known as "By My 12 Swords"

Other recordings of "12 Swords":
  25, 2012


Can you see the star that I'm wishing on
Tradition says that if you make a wish upon a star, it will come true. The origin of this superstition is unknown, but it likely stems from the belief that the stars are signs of the supernatural. A common one is the nursery rhyme:
Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight
twelve swords
The concept of the Twelve Swords appears to come from Fred Saberhagen's "Lost Swords" series, written in the mid to late 80's; each sword stands for a different quality. In order, they are Chance, Justice, Heroes, Force, Vengeance, Mercy, Fealty, Stealth, Despair, Wisdom, Siege and Fury. More information on the books and swords can be found here.