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Jak o’ Shadow - Take III

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Feel free to post your verses! Band members and non-Band members are free to post their attempts! 

 

An Analysis of Jak O' the Shadows 

By Mushuganna, Lieutenant-Captain of the Infantry

 

One might think that writing a verse of the famed Jak o' the Shadows would be easy. Just think of a few words that rhyme, put them together, and there you go. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Finally, after hundreds of verses (most of them really good) have been written by our own Band members, the true art of writing a JOS verse is being revealed. 

 

First, one must look at the original Jak O' the Shadows verses written by Robert Jordan himself, in Lord of Chaos. As sung by the Band of the Red Hand, one of the verses goes as follows: 

 

"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." 

 

Now, you can see, the first three lines have 8 syllables each (except the first, but the "the" after "till" is not meant to be accented, so it counts as 8 anyways). Also, they rhyme. So it looks like the verse follows the form "A, A, A, B", with the first three lines having 8 syllables each, and the last line ending in "Jak O' the Shadows". Now let us look at another verse:

 

"We'll dance all night while 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."

 

Now, the syllabic interpretation gets a little confusing. The first line has 9 syllables, and the second 10, and the third 8. But, when put into a Iambic rhythm, it makes perfect sense:

 

"We'll dance all night while the moon runs free

And dandle the lasses upon our knee" etc.

 

So, the Jak O' the Shadows verses are written in "A, A, A, B" form, with the first three lines being in Iambic Tetrameter (four sets of alternating unstressed then stressed syllables), and the last line being "To _____ with Jak O' the Shadows" (the blank being an accented word). This last line can be changed according to the circumstances, as long as it fits into the meter. 

 

Basically, if you can sing it, (easily), then you're ok.

Edited by Cairos

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We raise a glass and shout Mats name,
lasses settle us down but we can't be tame,
as tomorrow we fight, so ready our tome
To dance with Jak o' the Shadows!
 

Now off with thee, warn your daughter and mum
Trollocs will be on us when I finish my rum
But wait(!) Lord Mat is off to kick out their bum,
To dance with Jak o' the Shadows!
 

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Been awhile since Zander wrote JoTs

Tho still better then Dice by lots

My JoTs include many mic drops

To own Jak O' the Shadows 

 

My verses are literally gold

Zander never does as he's told

My words are beautifully bold

To write Jak O' The Shadows

 

The Bands full of many great peeps

And reading their JoTs is a treat 

But my lyrical skill cant be beat

To become Jak O' Shadows

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No Redarm can ever catch me

To stop my law breaking spree

My drunken antics set me free 

To spill brew with Jak O' The Shadows

 

One day ill be your Commander 

Cause im a cleaver ole Bander

Till then Dice gets hits by Zander

To strike a superior with Jak O the Shadows 

 

I think its time to see the world 

Tear is quite lovely Ive heard

Open a Gateway with just a word 

To channel with Jak O' The Shadows.

 

 

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I know a guy who thinks he's cool

That hes smarter then all us fools

And he thinks he makes all the rules 

To be delusional with Jak 'O the Shadows 

 

Dice hails from the land of Aussie

And comes across as quite bossy

A dingo crew is his posse

To be down under with Jak 'O the Shadows

 

To be fair hes not a bad guy

Slightly old but still a bit sly

This silly Spotfine made me sigh

To be free again with Jak 'O the Shadows

 

 

 

 

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It's been a long time since I've been here

But back I come, to friends so dear,

I'll bring the grog, so never you fear -

Let's drink with Jak o' the Shadows!

 

So many members there do be,

Besides myself, there's thirty-three!

Some kindred souls I'm glad to see,

Let's dance with Jak o' the Shadows!

 

I miss the times we had of old,

With banter and laughter and hearts of gold,

And jousts with Dice, who ne'er will fold (@dicetosser1),

We grin at Jak o' the Shadows!

 

@Cairos, I see, my shiny knight, 

Is still MG, as fair and right -

He'll lead us true right through the night,

Straight past ol' Jak o' the Shadows!

 

@Jeannaisais's name, it made me blink

Cos she's been gone beyond a wink,

But since she's here, let's grab a drink

We'll cheer 'spite Jak o' the Shadows!

 

(The stoopid tag button/thingy-command

Has just now stopped working, Shadow be damned 

Just know that I'd tag you, if I could, by hand

SMH at Jak o' the Shadows

 

Oh look, it's back and working now

I swear, it broke, I don't know how

This tech, it makes me furrow my brow

I fume at Jak o' the Shadows)

 

But @Nynaeve 's still here, all spunk and sass,

A witty and funny and caring lass

She really makes a happy Cass

Runs rings round Jak o' the Shadows

 

And then there's @Soohbear, bright as can be,

With Pizza and Snuppa both up a tree

And biscuits she baked, so darn yum-mee!

We'll roast ol' Jak o' the Shadows

 

Zander, my crazy brain-soul twin ( @Zanatron )

Whatever is doing, he's insta- /IN!

He'll laugh like mad and set the spin,

We LOL!!!! at Jak o' the Shadows

 

And Lawbreaker, @Thane Vakarian,

has laughed at life since time began,

He gets mislynched, but I'm a fan -

Let's dice with Jak o' the Shadows

 

@The Bard Babe, I see, is still here too

Queenslander fo' real, and so True Blue

An Aussie mate, right through and through

Pokes fun at Jak o' the Shadows

 

@Nikonis, so staunch within the Band,

If you need help, he'll lend a hand

His skills at Hangman are usually grand,

He plays with Jak o' the Shadows

 

@Wildfire Sedai is WiFi to me

She's honest and good and true as can be

She unleashes her thoughts and lets them roam free

Sidestepps ol' Jak o' the Shadows

 

@Taymist's a Scot, with DM fame

Her spirit of fire you ne'er will tame

She keeps her head on right throughout the game

And messes with Jak o' the Shadows

 

@Shad_, the Shad, an int'resting lad

talks music and writing and being a Dad

He's especially good when he's being bad

He tricks ol' Jak o' the Shadows

 

@JenniferL is another old name

One I remember deserves some acclaim

Though I can't be sure why? (-my memory's to blame)

Let's vent at Jak o' the Shadows

 

And many more members that I'm yet to meet

Knowing you all would be quite a treat

S'if I don't know you yet, get outta your seat -

Let's dance with Jak o' the Shadows!

 

We'll party all night til the break of day

And won't allow Redarms or rules in the way

Oh yes, I'm back, and I just want to say

Hurrah! for Jak o' the Shadows!

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@Cass is a lass from Down Under

Just showed up and stole my thunder 

How to best her I now wonder

I ponder with Jak o' The Shadows

 

Think its time to step my game

Make sure you remember my name 

About to back up my bold claims 

I rap battle with Jak o' The Shadows 

 

Cavs walking round thinking thier tough 

Archers like peakcocks strut their stuff

Neither ofc are INFANTRY tough!!!!

I dig latrines with Jak o' The Shadows

 

It's an Aussie vs a Canuck

You're ABOOT to get Thunderstruck 

By this ole bearded lolin' schmuck

I throw down with Jak 'o The Shadows 

 

And if you step up you will fall

Only I get those curtin calls

Zander's the greatest of them all 

I reign OVER Jak 'o The Shadows

 

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@Cass is a lass from Down Under

Just showed up and stole my thunder 

How to best her I now wonder

I ponder with Jak o' The Shadows

 

Think its time to step my game

Make sure you remember my name 

About to back up my bold claims 

I rap battle with Jak o' The Shadows 

 

Cavs walking round thinking thier tough 

Archers like peakcocks strut their stuff

Neither ofc are INFANTRY tough!!!!

I dig latrines with Jak o' The Shadows

 

It's an Aussie vs a Canuck

You're ABOOT to get Thunderstruck 

By this ole bearded lolin' schmuck

I throw down with Jak 'o The Shadows 

 

And if you step up you will fall

Only I get those curtin calls

Zander's the greatest of them all 

I reign OVER Jak 'o The Shadows

 

You want this butt whopping to end?

Then your surrender you must send

No mercy for Wolfy ENFP twin

I win with Jak 'o The Shadows 

 

Challenge issued to everyone 

No doubt Cavs 'n archers will run

This pure ownage has just begun 

I AM JAK O' THE SHADOWS!!!

 

 

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So, oh, here's the deal, dear Zander

I dunno jus' to whom you pander

The truth is that any ol' Bander

can dance with Jak o' the Shadows!

 

The Aussie against the Canuck?

Z, I think that you're pushing your luck!

Perhaps all my stables you'll muck?

Clear out, like Jak o' the Shadows!

 

You know I was trotting the JoTing

Before you were WoTing?

And my skills they aren't rotting

I roll like Jak o' the Shadows

 

And

 

A whopping here I do not see,

(at least not one leveled at me)

MY rhythm and lyrics run free

I rise past Jak o' the Shadows

 

Seems your JoTing, however, in sections

Contains quite a few misdirections

So here's just a few wee corrections

Shape up with Jak o' the Shadows

 

See,

 

Cavs walking 'round knowing *they're* tough

Cos we've got a tight rein on our stuff 

I'm sorry, don't mean to be rough

Infant messed with Jak o' the Shadows!

 

And you boast that you dig latrines?

Oh man, that's so gross and obscene

There really ain't no in between

Full stink, like Jak o' the Shadows!

 

Still, Z-man, I'm happy to see

That someone loves JoTing like me

Just watch out, you're full of foll-y

No chance you're Jak o' the Shadows!

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Dice was drinking and had no fear, 

in the world he had not a single care,
Guinfantry all night and day,
to drink with Jak O' the shadows
 
Then life was changed with a major crash,
cause in came Lava on Rainbow Dash,
glitter dancing up in the air,
to sparkle with Jak O' the shadows
 
Fair little miss Lava is surely a bonnie,
And that is why Dicey fell of his "ponnie",
Bandy is flying everywhere,
to spill with Jak O' the shadows
 
Now Dice's smile is turned upside down,
yelling spotfine at lava with major frown,
Lava think it is all unfair,
to pout with Jak O'the shadows
 
The last drink was clearly a flaming shot,
all over poor horsies tush spilled it got,
Bunyan's farting rainbows now,
to paint with Jak O' the shadows 
 
Now maybe his hair turns a little bit gray, 
but life without Lava, what can I say?
Unicorns are a'lots of fun,
to party with Jak O' the shadows
 
 
Edited by Lavandula

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Rhyme scheme is 

 

 

A-8 SYLLABLES

A-8 SYLLABLES 

A-8 SYLLABLES 

SOMETHING WITH JAK O THE SHADOWS 

 

 

 

 

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Just now, Zanatron said:

Rhyme scheme is 

 

 

A-8 SYLLABLES

A-8 SYLLABLES 

A-8 SYLLABLES 

SOMETHING WITH JAK O THE SHADOWS

 

Last word of each of the 1st 3 lines all have to rhyme with each other.

 

 

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*looks around* you talking to me?

https://reflectionsofsound.bandcamp.com/track/jak-o-the-shadows-a-memory-of-light-version

Firstly it's singable in same melody as the original verses.

Secondly read cairos' explanations again:

On 7/18/2019 at 6:18 PM, Cairos said:

Now, the syllabic interpretation gets a little confusing. The first line has 9 syllables, and the second 10, and the third 8. But, when put into a Iambic rhythm, it makes perfect sense:

Thirdly yes I see what you mean about the rhyme, but I wont do it over, you'll just have to take it or leave it. ?

Edited by Lavandula

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I was just trying to help...lol.

 

Ya Dice growls about my syllable usage to sonits prolly just my charming Canadian way of saying words...lol.

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Sigh..sowwy..lava just tired, and we can't all be masterminds like zan zan..lava working really hard..lol *huggles zan for helping*

Meeeh..dicey always growls..prolly a down under thing. constantly hearing people trampling around in upper floor, will drive you a little cookoo.. ? 

(And also : Hi Cass!)

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ITs her first go Zander    with the amount of Jots YOUVE written you are expected to get it right!

Oh and Lav? I drink Bandy  not Guinfantry   thats for itty bitty infants.

 

 

 

Good job tho

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Time to write some truths 'bout the Band.

And in this truth Zans the main man

The drunk n high hero loved thru the land.

I'm higher then Jak O the Shadows

 

Well 1st up we got us some Cavs

Thinking about the glory they cant have 

So take a stroll down know your role Ave

I drop flows with Jak O the Shadows.

 

Up next here the Archers come

Until they see a fight and run

Need us Infants to see fights won

I fight battles with Jak o the Shadows 

 

Well now, how much more can I say

Infants up front saving the day.

Owning noobs up the Infantry way.

I win with Jak O the Shadows.

 

Whats that you want to hear some more??

No prob, dropping JoTs aint no chore

Love watching your jaws hit the floor

I pimp smack Jack o the Shadows.

 

So maybe you disagree with whats said 

Tho being wrongs better then being dead

Stepup n meet the pointy end

I drop the mic with Jak o the Shadows

 

More dangerous then Gen Grievous.

Come at me and you'll see this

Afterwards u be looking real hideous

I Am Jak o the Shadows.

 

 

 

 

 

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On 9/26/2019 at 5:47 PM, Cass said:

It's been a long time since I've been here

But back I come, to friends so dear,

I'll bring the grog, so never you fear -

Let's drink with Jak o' the Shadows!

 

 

*APPLAUDS LOUDLY*

woooooooo team Australia, that was a really fun read ?

 

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Zan y'know that you'll always be

A supersweeeeeeeeeeeeet ENFP

Although you still smell Infantry

Let's dance with Jak o' the Shadows

 

And Maera I'm glad you enjoy

JoT verses of OI! OI! OI!

All Banders should give it a Try*

This dance with Jak o' the Shadows!

 

 

*

To be read in a Kath and Kim accent** 



 

** DISCLAIMER

? (This can - and probably should, at some point- be discussed/debated/ridiculed elsewhere ?)

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Cass youre the best thing down under

Dice wants to be but he blunders

Babe eatin' dingo steal your thunder

Im rocking silverchair with Jak o the shadows

 

"Although you still smell Infantry"

Ironic from poop scoop Calvary

Careful steppin to Band Royalty 

I rule over Jak o the Shadows 

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As long as you're not rocking with 'Straight Lines',

Cos man that song was worth Spot Fines!

Watched them open with that once - some true crimes!

Freaking out ol' Jak o' the Shadows!

 

 

 

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Come on now Cass dont Abuse Me

Were just living in Cemetery,

That Daniel Johns sure is dreamy

Im in a Freakshow with Jak O the Shadows.

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