She lost her love on a battlefield, three hundred years before.  Since then she had wandered through the years, life after life, searching.  Warrior, rice-maiden, horse-woman, noble and common, from one end of the country to the other she searched, and still she could not find him. 

Until now.

Now he was here, but now she was not free.  She had nothing but family...a family with other ideas about her goal, who demanded that she remain.  He had social standing but he did not remember her, after all these lives, all these years.  Now, the only way she could reach him and remind him of their past, the only way she could hope to rekindle his love, was through a song.  With tears in her heart she raised her voice and told him:

 

Ninety Nine Steps

   I've spent centuries, lost without a clue
   Traveled the whole world over, trying to find you

   But now I've found you, you are so far above
   Climbed up nine and ninety steps, tryin' to win your love.

   With one last step I reached for you but I stumbled to the ground,
   Ninety-nine steps to reach your heart and one step to fall down.

(chorus:duet) You and I both know we'll never make it in this town,
   Ninety-nine steps up to your heart and only one step to fall down.

   When I finally saw your face, it almost broke my heart
   Oh, you're so far above me, we'll always be apart

   The chances that I'll share your love are looking very pale,
   Only one way to win your heart and ninety-nine ways to fail.

   And so, I know, our love is letters written in the sand,
   With shadows on the ground between us you can't understand.

(chorus:duet)

   I've shown my heart but you don't stop and I tumble like a clown
   Ninety-nine steps to win your love but only one step to fall down.

   So I sing my songs and hide my heart and travel with my band
   'Cause there's shadows on the ground between us you don't understand.

   You and I both know we'll never make it in this town,
   With nine and ninety steps to climb and only one step to fall down.

(chorus:duet)

   I just can't go on this way, seeing you around, but....
   It's ninety-nine steps to win your love and only one step to fall down.

 


Note: I've heard it said that 'love is a battlefield.' When you love someone you are vulnerable to the slightest nuance of word or glance, you know that you can go through ninety-nine social rituals and still make that one single mis-step that will crush your hopes for a relationship.  You fear that one step far more than you do flubbing any of the other ninety-nine, for that one is fatal.  This is what I was hoping to say with this song.