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~ By Courtesy of Others ~

The Harper and the Viking
Tune: Waltzing Matilda by A.B."Banjo" Paterson

Once a wand'ring harper caught a boat ride up a fjord,
stopped at a steading, the jarl to see.
"A skald!" cried the jarl. "Just what I've been waiting for.
You'll sing the Volsungasaga to me!"

Volsungasaga, Volsungasaga,
You'll sing the Volsungasaga to me.
"Skald!" cried the jarl. "You're what I've been waiting for.
You'll sing the Volsungasaga to me!"

Soon mead was flowing, folk were in the feasting hall.
Up spoke the jarl: "Here is your fee:
These three heavy gold rings here and now I give to you.
You'll sing the Volsungasaga to me!"

Volsungasaga, Volsungasaga,
You'll sing the Volsungasaga to me.
"These three heavy gold rings here and now I give to you
if you'll sing the Volsungasaga to me!"

The skald struck his harp and sang of heroes, doom, and death,
stopped for a drink at a quarter past three,
saying " 'Long about sunrise, we'll be nearly halfway done.
You'll sing the Volsungasaga to me!"

Volsungasaga, Volsungasaga,
You'll sing the Volsungasaga to me.
"Long about sunrise, we'll be nearly halfway done.
You'll sing the Volsungasaga to me!"

Up jumped the jarl, brandishing his battleaxe.
"Stop singing ose* or I'll kill you!" cried he...
And the ghost of that skald may be heard beside that icy fjord:
"You'll sing the Volsungasaga to me!"

Volsungasaga, Volsungasaga,
You'll sing the Volsungasaga to me.
And the ghost of that skald may be heard beside that icy fjord:
"You'll sing the Volsungasaga to me!"

Đ Copyright 1996 Mark A. Mandel

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* Authorīs Notes: 
ose: Music that is "ose, ose, and mor(e-)ose". Guaranteed to bring on clinical depression if an antidote (such as a cheerful or rousing song, or a real stinker of a pun) is not applied.

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