The album is written by Mercedes Lackey, but the music is performed by Margie Butler from Golden Bough, Shandeen from Falls Road, Cecilia Eng, Bill Roper, Steve Einhorn, Paul Espinoza, Florie Brown & Richard Ferry. This is "The Cost Of The Crown" from "Lovers, Lore & Loss". Enjoy... Album available at…7_44&products_id=56Lyrics thanks to +drtoonie: LYRICS: The stars are very beautiful, above the palace walls, They shine with equal splendor, still above far humbler halls. I watch them from my window, but their bright entrancing glow, Reminds me of the freedom I gave up so long ago. The royal circlet of bright gold rests lightly on my brow, I once thought only of the rights this circlet would endow. But once I took the crown to which I had been schooled and bred, I found it heavy on the heart, though light upon the head. Although I am the head of state, in truth I am the least, The true Queen knows her people fed, before she sits to feast. The good Queen knows her people safe, before she takes her rest, Thinks twice and thrice and yet again, before she makes request. For they are all my children, all that I swore to defend, It is my duty to become both Queen and trusted friend— And of my children high and low, from beggar to above, The dearest are my Heralds, who return my care with love. The dearest are my Heralds, swift to spring at my command. Who give me aid and fellowship, who always understand That land and people first have needs that I can't deny— So I must send my dearest friends to danger—and to die. A friend, a love, a child—it matters not, I know indeed, That I must sacrifice them all if there should be the need. They know, and they forgive me—doing more than I require, With willing minds and loving hearts go straight to grasp the fire. These tears that burn my eyes are all the tears the Queen can't shed, The tears I weep in silence are for all my Heralds dead. To God who dwells beyond the stars, if you can hear my cry— And if you have compassion—let me send no more to die!