Gallavally was officially recognized as a canton in the Kingdom of Caid, Society for Creative
Anachronism (SCA), on 21 May 1989, which by the SCA calendar is May 21, 23 AS. At a revel after
the event that recognized them, the people of Gallavally composed a rather spurious song. For those
who weren't there at the time, here's some background so you'll understand the song's references.
(For more on the SCA, go to Eldwin Nightowl or the SCA homepage.)
Their Majesties got lost on the way to the event, with some blame, deserved or not, going to the map
in the Crown Prints (C.P., the kingdom newsletter). St. Corrigan was named the canton's saint
inspired by a pilot named Corrigan who years before had gotten completely and famously lost. Indio
is a desert city several miles from the area covered by Gallavally, which is located in Southern
I was honored to be the person who recorded the lyrics, but deserve no more credit--or blame--than
anyone else in the group. I don't think we ever decided on a formal title for the song, so I've used the
|(Sung to the tune of "Scarborough Faire"
with apologies to Master Paul Simon and
Master Arthur Garfunkel)
Is this the way to Gallavally?
Is there a turn that we do not know?
How did we end up so far from home?
What are we doing in Indio?
The sun is too hot and the road is too long
On the way to Gallavally.
Is this the way, or did we go wrong?
Is there a sign that we did not see?
Corrigan guide us for we must be lost
On our way to Gallavally.
This map isn't worth the five bucks it cost.
When we get home we'll burn our C.P.
The subjects are anxious and the fighters are cooked
Waiting there in Gallavally,
They knew we were coming howe'er long it took
Whether by land, or whether by sea.
Our reign just might end before we arrive
At the site in Gallavally.
This trip may take the rest of our lives,
Dear St. Corrigan please hear our plea.
(repeat last line of Chorus)
|Is This The Way to Gallavally?
by The People of Gallavally
Lyrics copyright 1989 by The Canton of Gallavally.
Used by the permission I gave myself as one of the
writers (actually, I doubt anyone would mind if you
posted this on your site for non-commerical
purposes--you certainly have my permission. And it
definitely is available for any SCA publication that
really wants to use it for non-profit or not-for-profit
purposes). The tune, of course, does not belong to
us. The wallpaper was created by The Loveshade
Family, and is released into the public domain.