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"Magic Power" by Triumph (Allied Forces, 1980)

Melody & Yaeko Dress for the Concert: Illustration by KJH Cardinalis





Magic Power

Triumph




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Somethin''s at the edge of your mind, you don't know what it is

Somethin' you were hopin' to find; you're not sure what it is

Then you hear the music and it all comes crystal clear

The music does the talkin', says the things you want to hear


I'm young, I'm wild, and I'm free

I got the magic power of the music in me

I'm young, I'm wild, and I'm free

I got the magic power of the music in me


She climbs into bed, she pulls the covers overhead, and she turns her little radio on

She's had a rotten day, so she hopes the DJ's gonna play her favorite song

It makes her feel much better, brings her closer to her dreams

A little magic power makes it better that it seems


She's young now, she's wild now, she wants to be free

She gets the magic power of the music from me

She's young now, she's wild now, she wants to be free

She gets the magic power of the music from me


You're thinkin' it over but you just can't sort it out

Do you want someone to tell you what they think it's all about

Are you the one and only who's sad and lonely, you're reachin' for the top

Well the music keeps you goin' and it's never gonna stop

It's never gonna stop!

It's never gonna, never gonna,

Never gonna, never gonna stop!


The world is full of compromise, the infinite red tape

But the music's got the magic, it's your one chance for escape

Turn me on - turn me up - it's your turn to dream!

A little magic power makes it better than it seems


I'm young now, I'm wild now, I want to be free

I got the magic power of the music in me

I'm young now, I'm wild ... and I'm free!

I got the magic power of the music, I got the music ...

In me




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This, to me, is Melody's theme song.

She's the pretty girl on the right in KJH's lovely illustration.

It's so perfect for her that I often forget just

how powerful this song has been for me personally.

Its unabashed optimism, its "chin up" attitude,

its message of hope and persistence,

its imagination, its timelessness, its unapologetic innocence ...

when the shit really hit the fan for me--

and Christ, has it so many times in my life--

this song more than almost any other

has seen me through to the other side.


This day and age, music like this,

from groups like Triumph,

is needed more than ever.

Especially today, as girls' and womens'

rights over their own bodies

are under existential threat,

when the world threatens to become

unlivable due to global climate change

wrought by hypercapitalism and the

totalitarian perversion of unshackled corporate power.


Imagination is a holy thing.

William Blake believed that;

I do too.

This song captures that sense of the sacred

playfully and innocently.

It will always be one of my most treasured

and favorite tunes.




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Illustration: Melody and Yaeko Dress for the Concert

by KJH Cardinalis




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