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"After Midnight" is a very introspective song written by Herald Kris for his trainee, Herald Talia, in the winter of Herald-Trainee Talia's first Circuit. Partnered with Herald Kris, and trapped by a terrible blizzard in the middle of the Forest of Sorrows, Talia had to relearn how to control her magical powers, and rebuild self-esteem that had taken a terrible beating at Court. The song expresses the surprise that Herald Kris feels when he realizes the powerful bond between student and teacher reaches both ways. (from The Arrows of the Queen Concordance complied by Juanita Coulson)

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Lyrics Edit

In the dead dark hours after midnight

When the world seems to stop in its place 

You can see a little more clearly 

You can look your life in the face 


You can see the things that you have to 

Speak the words to true for the day 

In the dead dark hours after midnight 

Little friend will you listen and stay 


In the time when I never knew you 

I could view the world as my own 

I was God's own gift to his creatures 

And I wore an armor of stone 


I was wise and faithful and noble 

I was pompous, pious and cold 

I was cruel when I never meant it 

To cold to touch or to hold 


[Interlude] 


It was you who broke through my armor 

It was you who breached through the walls 

With your pain and your desperation 

How could I not answer your call 


How could I have guessed you would touch me 

And in ways I couldn't control 

How could I have known I would need you 

Or have guessed you have seen to my soul 


For as I taught you so you taught me 

How to love and why to care 

For your love had thawed my winter 

Taught me how to feel and dare 


When I looked tonight I discovered 

I could not against and oppose 

In the dead dark hours after midnight 

I learned that I owed you my heart

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