Not so long ago
It's hard to remember
That books used to make me smile.
When we knew they were unreal
They could still fill our hearts with zeal
And maybe we'd claim we were in denial

But the eighty-seventh was the year
That made us all succumb to fear
Bad news through the fissure
I stopped being a wisher

It felt like a stab with a knife
When I read the note meant for his wife
I can't remember what I learned
The day the pages turned.

So bye bye, Mr. Mystical Guy
It's not funny trapped in Dunny
Don't give Dunny a try
And bad young boys with a gleam in their eye
Saying "This'll be the Link to D'ni.
This'll be the link to D'ni."

Did you write the book of Myst?
And do you have faith it will exist
For another day or so?
Do you believe in paper and pen?
Can stories tell you about when
They were just that, not of real men?

Well, I know that he still loves you so
Much he sent me, I had to go
We both knew of the risk
At least my assault was brisk

I was a lonely kid who got "the look"
When my nose was stuck in a book
But I'd never be off the hook
The day the pages turned.

I started singing:
Bye bye, Mr. Mystical Guy
It's not funny trapped in Dunny
Don't give Dunny a try
And bad young boys with a gleam in their eye
Saying "This'll be the Link to D'ni.
This'll be the link to D'ni."

Now for Ages I've been puzzling
And cheating would be a simple thing
But that's never how I could play
I'll swear and suffer and I'll sweat
Out water from Channelwood pipes, so wet
That I'd drown if there another day

Oh, and while Atrus was looking down
The brothers burned his work of crown
The library was black
There was no going back

And while I read his final note
The pleading message that he wrote
I stared out at the Stoneship boat
The day the pages turned.

We were singing:
Bye bye, Mr. Mystical Guy
It's not funny trapped in Dunny
Don't give Dunny a try
And bad young boys with a gleam in their eye
Saying "This'll be the Link to D'ni.
This'll be the link to D'ni."

Helter-skelter, I half want to pelt her
She, not me, should be in this shelter
Fifty-nine volts and flying free
The spaceship never got to land
The book spit me out on the sand
With my next moves a mystery.

Now the air was scalding like a dune
While the computer spit out a tune
I tried to drive the car
Oh, but I didn't get too far

Cause the ends were dead, I felt the same
Refused to call that mess a game
Do you recall who took the blame
The day the pages turned?

We were singing:
Bye bye, Mr. Mystical Guy
It's not funny trapped in Dunny
Don't give Dunny a try
And bad young boys with a gleam in their eye
Saying "This'll be the Link to D'ni.
This'll be the link to D'ni."

Oh, there it was, no chance of grace
Touching the book lost in space
With no time left to consider
So let's get this over with, make it quick
Solve the puzzle of Selenitic
Cause Atrus is a first-class riddler

Oh, and as I watched him write his tome
I stared at his prison, his home
I knew if he could tell
He'd say "it's just as well".

But Channelwood's hologram showed
Images that quite simply blowed
My mind-how Achenar had crowed
The day the pages turned.

He was singing:
Bye bye, Mr. Mystical Guy
It's not funny trapped in Dunny
Don't give Dunny a try
And bad young boys with a gleam in their eye
Saying "This'll be the Link to D'ni.
This'll be the link to D'ni."

I saw a helicopter-Gehn
Had let someone live in Riven
But it took flight and went away.
I went up to his pentagon
Where his journal was, but he was gone.
The book in the middle had nothing to say.

I searched for meaning in the pages
The remnants of some long-lost ages
But there wasn't a rhyme
Two-forty didn't chime

And the three men I admire least
Achenar, Sirrus, and Gehn (the beast)
They caught the last link to the feast
The day the pages turned.

And they were singing:
Bye bye, Mr. Mystical Guy
It's not funny trapped in Dunny
Don't give Dunny a try
And bad young boys with a gleam in their eye
Saying "This'll be the Link to D'ni.
This'll be the link to D'ni."

They were singing:
Bye bye, Mr. Mystical Guy
It's not funny trapped in Dunny
Don't give Dunny a try
And bad young boys with a gleam in their eye
Saying "This'll be the Link to D'ni.
This'll be the link to D'ni."