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Dance with Jak o' the Shadows is song usually sung by Matrim Cauthon and the Band of the Red Hand. According to Mat, it has not been heard since Aldeshar fell to Artur Hawkwing 1,000 years before.

LyricsEdit

We'll drink the wine till the cup is dry,
And kiss the girls so they'll not cry,
And toss the dice until we fly,
To dance with Jak o' the Shadows.

We'll dance all night until the moon runs free,
And dandle the lasses upon our knee,
And then you'll ride along with me,
To dance with Jak o' the Shadows.

We'll sing all night, and drink all day,
And on the girls we'll spend our pay,
And when it's gone, then we'll away,
To dance with Jak o' the Shadows.

There's some delight in ale and wine,
And some in girls with ankles fine,
But my delight, yes, always mine,
Is to dance with Jak o' the Shadows. [1]

The third verse was sung differently in LOC 5. Below are the different lyrics.

We drink all night and dance all day,
and on the girls we spend our pay,
and when we're done, then we'll away,
to dance with Jak o' the Shadows.

Extra stanzasEdit

Two extra stanzas were added by the Band of the Red Hand. One was added after the defeat of the Shaido at Cairhien in honor of Mat:

We'll toss the dice however they fall,
And snuggle the girls be they short or tall,
Then follow young Mat whenever he calls,
To dance with Jak o' the Shadows.

Some time after adding the extra stanza, the Band changed "young" to "Lord," much to Mat's annoyance.

The second extra stanza was added by the Band's dragoners during the Last Battle:

We'll give a yell with a bloody curse,
And hug the maids, it could be worse,
As we ride away with the Dark One's purse,
To dance with Jak o' the Shadows!

ReferenceEdit

It is noted that Jak o' the Shadows refers to death or the Dark One.

ParallelsEdit

It has been noted in various online forums that the tune to "GarryOwen" works for this song, and that it may have been Robert Jordan's inspiration. It is also the United States 7th Cavalry regimental marching song, with modified lyrics. [2] [3]

Jack of Shadows is a novel combining elements of both science fiction and fantasy written by American author Roger Zelazny.

NotesEdit

  1. The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 45
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZTQ0C8dxx GarryOwen
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcrMlVABQsQ Dance with Jak o' the Shadows

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