The Ballad of Anakin Skywalker
(Whose Side Are You On?)

Kenya Starflight

The vile arts of war since the dawn of time
Since mankind was spawned from primord'al grime
Have tarnished the cosmos with flak and gore
But none so much as the great Star War

The Republic was dying, the Jedi Order too
Dissention was breeding, the Sith Order grew
I knew none of this, for I was but a slave
Despite the Force-gift that fate, to me, gave

Who do you serve? Decide you must!
The Empire evil or Rebellion just
The lines of battle are clearly drawn
Choose one, choose now -- whose side are you on?

Once found by the Jedi, my Force powers bloomed
But once I loved Padme, my Knighthood was doomed
"A Jedi shall not know love" -- that isn't fair!
Disregarding that precept, I wed the Senator

The loss of my mother, the secret I kept
Awakened the darkness that within me slept
The dark side's lure beckoned, but could I betray
My friends and my love? What a dear price to pay!

Who did I serve? Decide I must!
The dark side's power I'd come to trust
But what of my wife and my friend Obi-wan?
I had to choose -- whose side was I on?

I chose the dark side, and curse Kenobi
Who in a black moment tried to dissuade me
He emerged from that battle no worse for the wear
But permanent are the scars my body will bear

Broken and ruined -- more machine than man
My humanity shattered -- but my master's plan
Shall more than avenge the betrayal that I
Have suffered -- Obi-wan and the Jedi shall die!

Who do you serve? Decide you must!
The Empire evil or Rebellion just
The lines of battle are clearly drawn
Choose one, choose now -- whose side are you on?

Human, Wookie, Hutt, Twi'leck, Bith --
Bow down before the Lords of the Sith!
Our rage shall consume the unloyal like fire
The Jedi are extinct! Long live the Empire!

But then some rose to protest our rule
Calling the Empire tyrannically cruel
The Rebel Alliance was their swift invention
We'll not tolerate this brazen dissention!

Who do you serve? Decide you must!
The Empire evil or Rebellion just
The lines of battle are clearly drawn
Choose one, choose now -- whose side are you on?

Young Princess Leia thought she could betray
The Empire without being caught in the fray
Gotcha, your Highness! Don't act so surprised!
Tell us where your precious Rebel base hides

Not even destroying her dear Alderaan
Brought forth a straight answer -- I sense Obi-wan!
He came with two young men to see Leia home
Escape's not his plan -- I must face him alone

Who do you serve? Decide you must!
The Empire evil or Rebellion just
The lines of battle are clearly drawn
Choose one, choose now -- whose side are you on?

I killed Obi-wan, but his student has fled
The Force is strong with him -- it fills me with dread
He single-handedly destroyed the Death Star!
Could this be my son, young Luke Skywalker?

The Rebels have fled to their icy Hoth base
We drove out Luke Skywalker's friends and gave chase
Wily Han Solo kept giving us the slip
Asteroids don't concern me -- I want that ship!

Who do you serve? Decide you must!
The Empire evil or Rebellion just
The lines of battle are clearly drawn
Choose one, choose now -- whose side are you on?

With aid from Han's friend Lado Calrissian
I captured the princess, Chewbacca, and Han
Rescue in mind, Luke traveled to Cloud City
But instead of his friends, Skywalker found me!

I am your father -- now come and join me!
"No!" he protests, but within I can see
Obi-wan has lied to him, telling him I
Betrayed his father and caused him to die

Who did he serve? Decide he must!
The beliefs he'd clung to were crumbling to dust
My offer was tempting -- we'll rule father and son
Over the Empire -- whose side was he on?

He refused and escaped through the air shaft
But tracked me down before the year had passed
"Come with me," he urged -- "Let go of your hate!"
I cannot go back, son -- for me, it's too late.

The Emperor sought to turn my son away
Just as he turned me on some long-ago day
I was torn 'twixt two fates, but I had to choose one --
Disobey my master or betray my son

Who do I serve? Decide now and here!
Conflicting emotions of love, hate, and fear
Do I fear my lord more than I love my son?
What a cruel choice to make -- whose side am I on?

My heart torn to pieces, tears in my eyes
I took Palpatine completely by surprise
With the last of my strength, the last of my hate
I flung my master toward a fiery fate

Palaptine is vanquished! But now I am dying...
My son, tell the galaxy... Luke, please stop crying...
Tell your sister... everyone... tell them you were right...
May the Force be with you... I go toward the light...

Who do you serve? Decide you must!
The Empire evil or Rebellion just
The battle still rages -- the dark side lives on
Choose one, choose now -- whose side are you on?