Words: Bill Roper
Music: Bill Roper
Dark I grew in the house of my Uncle.
Dark I grew in his presence so black.
Dark I grew as the years they passed by me.
Dark I grew 'til there 'twas no turning back.
Chorus: I am the destroyer!
I, the wrecker of worlds!
I, the rider of lightning,
As the storm around me swirls,
Came the day when I saw what was hidden.
Came the day when I learned of my power;
Used it's force and drove my sister from me,
Breaking her heart in the very same hour.
I went out and I cruised on the star lanes,
Bending my power to my chosen career,
Silver-tongued, I peered into a man's soul
To tear him apart with the things he held dear,
I walked many worlds as I worked as a newsman,
And I came to New Earth to cover their war.
Found my sister's husband there among the drafted levies,
And swore I'd repay her for the things I'd done before.
I worked my will upon his commander
And had young David assigned as my aide.
At my side he'd be safe from the battle.
A small gift from me to the sister I'd betrayed,
Our air car down, we found a group of soldiers
And stayed with them as they fought the Friendly foe,
But a shot through my knee left me half-crazed and crippled,
And I could not stay with them when the time came to go.
The Friendlies found us and they took David prisoner,
But I was a newsman, so I was safe from harm,
And that damned Friendly groupman massacred the prisoners
And he left David with me to die in my arms.
I went to my sister to tell her what had happened,
But she just stared through me and she sent me away,
Though it 'twas not my fault, she called me Destroyer,
And I lost the last thing that I loved on that day.
And I've thought long on the mad dogs of the Friendlies,
And then I knew, in my power, I held the key;
To take revenge, and smash the Friendly culture
If I shall not have love, then Destroyer I shall be!
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