Man Behind the Bow

from by Michael Kelly

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The oldest of my original works. A comment on the sometimes
difficult realities of fame, and both the hard truth that
there will always be many that can never look past one's
title or appearance to know the true person beneath.. and,
more hearteningly, that there are a precious few who always
will. On a lighter note, I owe this song's creation in large
part to a Robin Hood themed music competition that I wanted
to attend, and to my knowing not a single Robin Hood themed
song at the time.


The deeds of Sherwood's outlaw band
Are felt by all within this land
And, far and wide, the tales are told
Of the man who wields the bow

The Norman soldiers fear your name
With every act, they cast the blame
On you, for all the sheriff's woes,
The man who wields the bow

The peasants hail you, brave Robin
The heart and soul of your merry men
But, as figurehead, how can they know
The man behind the bow?

For, the fame of hero, bard, or king
Will them eclipse, with its shadow
The eyes of men too charmed to see
The man behind the bow

But there is one whose eyes are clear
A noble maid, of Norman birth
Who sees the man within the legend
More than any on this earth
So Robin, cast your bow aside
Your robber's hood, leave with your men
Tonight, you're not outlaw and maid
Just Robin and Marion,
Just Robin and Marion

Give all your love, true as your aim
And you will find hers is the same
If you but turn to her and show
The heart behind the bow

For, when your heart feels her love's touch
It will be pierced, but so made whole
And you will find it's -you- she loves,
The man behind the bow


from Fields of the North, released February 1, 2003
Guitar, Vocals, Melody, Lyrics - Michael Kelly



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