Gather Day

©1986 Steve Macdonald

The day begins dark-
Hear the horns- Hark!
Soon the wagons will bring delight.

Through misty morn
A clear blowing horn
Heralds the start of a new day.

It’s coming
Will you be there?

Come and see the fair!
Come from everywhere!
Come and see the fair!
Oh la la la la la!

For just a small fee
You, too, can see
Scenes to bewilder and betray!

Magicians galore!
And minstrels what’s more
Scenes to dazzle and delight!

Yes, Gather Day is drawing near
Look at the sights, and make it all clear.
Poets and painters to see for your coin
Jugglers and Gypsies will show you the way—


There’s Lions, it’ true!
Unicorns too!
Gryphons and elephants for you to see!

But hurry, my friend!
For soon, it will end!
Before the week is over, we will be gone. . .

It’s here, today
Will you come my way?

The direct inspiration for this piece was the fairs, or ‘gather days’, held at the various Holds during the summer season. The lyric did end up much more fantasy oriented, but I could not leave Unicorns out of the song, just because they did not exist on Pern.