The Pegasus Awards

A Toast For Unknown Heroes

Leslie Fish

Pegasus Award

Award Year Category
1999 Best Hero Song

Pegasus Nominations

Year Category
1992 Best Tribute
Leslie is one of the truly legendary figures of filk. Much of her recorded music has gone out of print; but there is still much available (including the songbook The Incomplete Leslie Fish) from Random Factors.

Toast for Unsung Heroes

Copyright © by Leslie Fish
Copyright assigned to Random Factors
Lyrics posted by permission

chorus tune: "Step by Step," UMW
verse tune: "Bonnie Ship the Diamond"

A man is walking on the moon with his eyes turned up toward space
And the bright blue world that watches him reflected on his face.
The whole world sees the hero there and the module crew also.
But few can see the guiding team that guards him from below.

Step by step the longest march, can be won, can be won.
Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none.
And together what we will can be accomplished still,
Many drops can turn a mill, singly none, singly none.

Here's a health to the man who walked the moon, and the module crew above,
And the team that watches from the sky with worry, joy, and love.
To all who blazed the sky-trail come raise your glasses 'round;
And a health to the unknown heroes, too, who never left the ground.

Here's a health to the ship's designers, and the welders of her seams,
And all who man the radar-scan to watch our dawning dreams.
For all the unknown heroes, sing out to every shore:
"What makes one step a giant leap is all the steps before


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