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Riding A Tiger

Lyrics and melody © 2000 by Catherine Faber
Arrangement © 2000 by Arlene "Callie" Hills

The People's Republic of Haven, is it all that you hoped to attain?
The glories that shone in your daydreams, are they dimmed by the blood of the slain?
While yesterday's shining successes get harder and harder to top.
Rob, you are riding a tiger. How are you going to stop?

The Proles only follow a leader who will keep them well feted and fed,
With trial and war for your circus, you'd better not run out of bread!
The curs that have fawned at your fingers will tear out your throat if you drop.
Rob, you are riding a tiger. How are you going to stop?

The fields you have sown with betrayal, and watered with innocent's tears
That falsehood has fenced and defended, by the ruin of lives and careers
Are choked with the fruits of your labors. How will you harvest your crop?
Rob, you are riding a tiger. How are you going to stop?

For the sake of our dying Republic, and an end to an honorless war,
For the sake of my childhood friend Robbin, though I fear he will greet me no more,
In the chill of the guillotine's shadow, as the heavy blade's drawn to the top,
I say "Rob, you are riding a tiger. How are you going to stop?"


This song was inspired by the novel Ashes of Victory by David M. Weber.

Characters and situations from the Honor Harrington series by David M. Weber.
Used by permission of the author and Baen Books.

The URL of this page is http://www.echoschildren.org/CDlyrics/RidingATiger.html
It was created by Cat Faber (cat(at)echoschildren.org). It is maintained by Arlene "Callie" Hills (callie(at)echoschildren.org).