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Uploaded on Apr 2, 2008

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This is my 2nd original WoW tune to be published. The first was "Big Blue Dress". This song was inspired by the "Darrowshire" quest line in the Eastern Plaguelands:

http://wow.allakhazam.com/db/quest.ht...

Here is what I had to say on my blog about the song when I released it:

My next song, "Darrowshire", was inspired by the quest in the Eastern Plaguelands. The story is a heart-breaker as you find a little girl named Pamela wandering around in the Eastern Plaguelands looking for her family. Your quest is to set things right, which my brother, Tydup, did with style while filming this movie. There are many such stories in the "World of Warcraft", some of which I've tucked away in the back of my mind to write songs about some day.

I wrote this song on vacation last summer with a Martin backpack guitar, sitting in a folding chair at the mouth of beautiful Lake Chelan in a little town called Stehekin. The town can only be reached by ferry. No Internet access or phone in the cabin where we stayed. Perfect for writing music. I highly recommend it if you need to just get away.

I had been wanting to write "Darrowshire" ever since I first experienced this quest in roughly early 2005. The little girl's story grabbed my attention, and as the song says, "will not let me go". What I didn't know was that by making the movie, I'd be exposed to lore that probably most people never see. For example, I had been trying to figure out how to create a scene where father and daughter are reunited. I figured I'd have to use the model viewer to composite this scene. What I found, however, by having to repeat the quest several times to get the necessary footage for the movie, was that the scene was already in-game - I just had to capture it. You just have to hang around town for a few minutes after completing the final stage of the quest to see it. As the movie shows, the father walks up to their home, summons Pamela, she comes running out, and the two are reunited.

Here are the lyrics to "Darrowshire":

I've seen a great many things that cause a man to wonder
I've seen a great many things that can tear a man's heart asunder
But the day that will not let me go, it haunts me to my burning soul
Is the day I found Pamela wandering in Darrowshire

Can you help me find my dolly? I left her by the window sill
Have you seen my daddy? I think he went off to war
And can you tell my family I've been missing them for oh so very long
Ask them why'd they leave me here alone in Darrowshire

I bring word from your sister, she's alive and well in Winterspring
Here I found your dolly, it's up to you to keep her safe
And your father's coming home again. The war for him is over
And your spirits once again may be at rest in Darrowshire

Note that the 3 gnomes, Ei, Ohi, and Fahrenheit from "Big Blue Dress" are singing the backup vocals in this song too. I was planning on putting them in the movie, but when I did, they sorta trivialized the drama of the story. Don't worry though. You'll be seeing them again soon.

I dedicate this song to the lore masters. Enjoy!

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