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The Question Song was a song written during the Eighth Interval. It was composed by MasterHarper Creline[1].

Lyrics

Gone away, gone ahead,

Echoes roll unanswered.

Empty, open, dusty, dead.

Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together?

Leaving Weyrs to wind and weather?

Setting heardbeasts free of tether?

Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?


Have they flown to some new Weyr

Where cruel Thread some others fear?

Are they worlds away from here?

Why, oh, why, the empty Weyr?

Background

The Question Song was composed in the Eighth Interval following the disappearance of five of the six Weyrs. It was widely considered to be an uneasy song, which may have led to its removal as a Teaching Ballad. The song was found in the Archives by Robinton while copying some worm-eaten records under Master Archives Ogolly. Robinton sang it at Benden Hold which made the then Weyrleader S'loner recall learning it as a weyrling. Master Singer Merelan was unable to find the song in the Hold large archives. F'lon would mention that maybe G'ranad ,the former Weyrleader, had removed it.

As the Ninth Interval began, the Question Song came back into use, as Robinton remembered it when the sole remaining Weyr, Benden Weyr, asked for the assistance of the Holds and Crafts in dealing with the return of Thread. Lessa, Benden's Weyrwoman, would realize that the song held clues as to the whereabouts of the missing Weyrs, and believed that they had come to the future to help combat Thread. Lessa would travel into the past, and request the Weyrs' assistance. Before leaving, Lessa would commission the Question Song to provide the clues she would need.


Notes and More

In Dragonflight, the second line is:

"Echoes away, gone unanswered."

[2] Image of

Appearances

External Links

  1. http://pern.srellim.org/time.htm
  2. http://www.opland-freeman.com/harperhall/images/questionthread.gif