Tavern Songs from Fantasy Novels
By William Eichler

always seem to have a happy ending.
The heroes defeat their frightening foe,
the world can get right back to mending,
and the heroes hang up their blades and bows. 

One goes home to his small quiet village,
and one goes off to marry the princess,
but the last is lost and never will age.
He’s gone, broken, torn into pieces.

The bards like to forget the gruesome bits,
and only tell of young folks and glory.
They erase the past in search of profit —
people don’t pay for gory stories. 

They just want to rest their head for a while.
Lay down and sleep, for home is not for miles.