This was ENTRY 64: March 5, 2007. That was the year that I blogged every day for a year on starwars.com. I made some great friends through that. Some I have met, many I haven’t, but this was a great exercise. I also wrote one for The Empire Strikes Back (to come soon) and I have most of the one for Return Of The Jedi on paper somewhere. I need to find it and finish it.
In the Outer Rim world of Tatooine
Lived a boy that would rather just not be seen.
He lived all his days looking far far away
He didn’t know his father had once been a slave.
He wandered the same areas as his father before him
He’d never known the Jedi called Qui-Gon Jin.
He never knew why he was watched over by Ben
He never knew the Jedi would rise once again.
To Anchorhead he would daily report
To hang out with his friends in this outer world port.
His best friend in the world was a fellow named Biggs
A moisture farm is where Luke called his digs
Living out there with Owen and Beru
It didn’t seem odd drinking milk that was blue
Along came the droids to help out with the chores
But with all that help he’d still have to stay just one season more.
A glitch within R2 and the holograph shone
Other desperates out there, he wasn’t alone
The image pleaded for help from a Jedi back when
He then said aloud, “I wonder if she means old Ben”
R2 went roaming to find Obi-Wan
If not found, his troubles would be more than a ton
Across the vast wastelands went the boy and his droid
In his landspeeder they quickly crossed over the void
Finding the little droid marked in their scope
3PO and his new master gathered new hope
The feeling of dread shot into his nerves
As he spotted the Bantha of the Tusken Raiders
One sprung up before him no one else was around
The force of its hit sent 3PO to the ground
They dragged Luke back to the speeder to start looking for goods
They hadn’t looked but a minute when a sound changed their mood
The call of the dragon from far over there
Was a threat that none of the Tuskens could bear
The source of the sound made R2 look once, then again
For over the landscape came none other than the old hermit Ben.
He checked on the boy said hello to the droid
He helped Luke back up and then grew paranoid
The Tuskens are easily frightened you see
But they’ll return soon in numbers far greater than three
Back to Ben’s dwelling they went along course
It was there Luke first heard of the Ways Of The Force
His father had once been a grand Jedi warrior
Until he was cut down by another who had changed his behavior
Darth Vader destroyed the last of the Jedi
It was during this crusade Obi-Wan had to hide
Come with me and learn the Force and its ways
This was your fathers weapon from more civilized days
Luke hit the button, the blade sprung with a hum
This weapon is powerful, be careful young one.
You must come with me, to Alderan, of course
I will teach you and show you the ways of the Force.
Alderan is still such a long ways away
My uncle, he needs me, this is where I must stay
I can take you to Anchorhead it’s close by, you’ll see
There you can get transport in to Mos Eisley.
You must do what you feel must seem right, but of course
No one can go against the will of the Force
As they left old Ben’s cavern a sight filled Luke with dread
The Jawas that sold them the droids were now dead
If they traced the droids to the Jawas they’d soon be at Luke’s home
When he arrived he found he was truly alone
Owen and Beru lay dead on the ground
The terror so vast, Luke could not make a sound
Everyone’s gone. There’s nothing left for me here
I’ll come with you and help fight and show that I care
To Mos Eisley we’ll go watch your step, it’s quite violent
That’s our best bet for a ship and it’s pilot
In the streets the Empire is fast at its chore
But these aren’t the droids that you’re looking for
The Force can be used to make senses blinded
Especially on those who are known as weakminded
In the bar Luke encountered beasts of all kinds
But one pair hid not what they felt in their minds
Diplomatic at first to keep Luke out of harm
Soon igniting the weapon, the pair Ben did disarm
The Wookiee Chewbacca led them back to a table
We need passage to Alderaan if your ship is quite able
You never heard of the Falcon old man?
It’ll get you ‘cross systems faster than any ship can.
I’ll meet you at Docking Bay Number 94
Best get going we’ve got Imp Troopers at the door.
As Han started to leave he was forced to sit back down
By Greedo a soldier for the big man in town
Greedo started to push just a little too much
To be safe Han pulled the blaster so used to his touch.
The threats came along in quick short little bursts
But we all know that Han Solo really shot first.
At the bay with his ship, Jabba stood with his men
He wouldn’t let Solo get away once again.
But the promise of money much more than was owed
Made Jabba glaze over but a threat he bestowed
If I don’t get my money a price on your head
Makes no difference to me if you’re alive or you’re dead
Han bowed as he left to start boarding his ship
When Stormtroopers came in to stop this little trip
They blasted their way out into space
It was there that the Imperials started their chase.
Can’t you out run them you said this was a fast ship
I’m calculating lightspeed, kid, so button your lip.
As they flew through the stars Han took repair notes
Luke was with Ben trying to fend off a remote
With the blast shield down he could not see a thing
When he’d get hit with a bolt, you just knew it would sting
They flew and he practiced who knows for how long
When Ben had to sit down as he felt something was wrong
A pain as though thousands in anguish cried out
Something terrible has happened there can’t be any doubt
On with your practices, Ben said with a smile
Learning the Force isn’t easy, it does takes a while.
As the alarms started beeping, Han slowed down with care
When they came out of hyperspace, Alderan was not there.
We’ve hit meteors but they shouldn’t be here
They’re not on the map, am I making it clear?
Alderan isn’t here, it’s been blown away
I’m tellin’ you something, here I’ll not stay.
A TIE fighter trying to get back to its base.
How did it end up alone out in space?
It’s heading for that moon! What in tarnation?
That thing’s not a moon it’s a giant space station!
Han tried to reverse but the ship wouldn’t go
We’re caught in their tractor beam, they have us in tow.
They’re not going to get me without a good fight
I’m shuttin’ her down, everyone hold on tight.
Would you fight if you knew it’s a fight you can’t win
Some things are too strong you must simply give in.
You are a smuggler you’re fast on your feet
We don’t have to surrender nor do we retreat.
The smuggling compartments look just like the floors
I’ll hide with my friends and you hide there with yours
Tell Chewbacca not to growl or breathe very hard
With fortune we’ll catch the Imperials off guard.
The searchers found nothing but a false log on the shelf
I never thought I’d use these for smuggling myself.
The second team came with their heavy equipment
They were caught unaware by the uncovered shipment
Hey down there can you give us a hand
The scanners so heavy we need at least one more man.
Two went aboard what happened next we’re not sure
Out came Luke and Han in their Stormtrooper armor
In to the gantry they took the guards down
They took off their helmets and looked all around.
R2 came up with the tractor beam grid
It told how to disarm it, well, 3PO did.
Ben went off looking for the tractor beam tower
He hoped it would be easy as a lever named Power.
When R2 found the princess the computer did say
She’s in 1-1-3-8 and they’re going to kill her today.
To rescue the princess, Luke came up with a plan
I’ll put these on Chewbacca or perhaps you should Han.
Don’t worry Chewie I see what’s in his mind
Marching into the detention block won’t be a good time.
Where are you taking this thing asked the guard
With that Chewie broke loose and hit him quite hard.
They shot all the crew, the cameras and more
Luke ran up the cellblock to find her prison door.
Aren’t you much shorter than a trooper should be?
I’m here with your droids and Ben Kenobi!
You’ve managed to cut off our only escape route
Get out of here flyboy and into the chute.
A garbage chute princess what a wonderful smell
I’m thinkin’ we should have left you back up in your cell.
Something grabbed Luke and pulled him under the water
Help me look, princess, you’ll be my spotter.
It just let him go Han said with a grin
It didn’t last long as the walls moved on in.
As Luke called for the droids 3PO looked disheveled
Shut down all the mashers on the detention level.
Once out of the peril the captives did run
You came in that thing she said spotting the Falcon
You are certainly brave, braver more than I thought
I’m sorry it’s a freighter, princess, not a royal yacht.
As Han chased after some stormies, Luke and Leia ran
Ben was sneaking to the tower as only Ben can.
Ben scooted across the small narrow ridge
While Luke had just blasted the controls to the bridge.
Here is a kiss, a kiss for good luck
Let’s swing across and hope the rope stuck.
They ran to the Falcon, the princess, he’d saved her
But he looked to one side to see Ben fighting Darth Vader.
A duel between forces one good and one bad
Luke had no idea Ben was fighting his dad.
Ben looked at Luke and with a sly cocked smile
He knew he had succeeded keeping Darth busy a while.
Luke shot several troopers he really had no other choice
When he heard Run Luke Run but it was Ben’s voice.
He got in the Falcon the pain tearing inside
No time for mourning, here came the next tide.
TIE fighters approaching, here they come
Hurry up kid get up to your guns
They shot down one and then two, three and four
Before they knew had happened, the TIEs were no more.
Let’s get these droids to your Rebel friends
I can’t wait for this mission to come to an end
What are they carrying, Han motioned to ‘R’
Inside are the plans to that horrid Death Star.
I only hope that a weakness soon can be found
Or else the Empire will keep gaining ground.
Let’s head off to Yavin, the fourth of its moons
We’re based in the remains of an old temple’s ruins.
Hello Captain we’ve no time for our sorrow
I hope inside of R2 some time we can borrow.
Look over the readouts and all of the plans
We must be ready to do all that we can.
So you got your reward and you’re off now, that ends it
What good is a reward if you ain’t around to spend it.
Come with us kid, you’re pretty good in a fight
I have to stay here, Han, I know this is right.
As Luke left Han shouted, May the Force Be With You
I hope it looks over you and all that you do.
As Luke continued to walk he saw Biggs, his best friend
I told you I’d make someday in the end!
Oh Biggs have I stories, so many to tell,
The conversation was cut short by the new Rebel Yell
All crew to your ships, right now do report
We’ve got to get out there and protect the fort
I’ll hear all your stories when we’re done with our fight
I’ll stay up and I’ll listen to those stories all night.
The ships they all lifted on up to the skies
The ships named after letters, the Xs and Ys.
Red Group Gold Group please report in
We’re attacking the Death Star though our chances are slim.
We’ll give them a fight like they’ve never seen
We’ll take it right to them and that b@$t@rd machine.
They’re defenses are made for a full scale attack
Our snub nose fighters are much smaller than that
They can’t fend us off using standard warfare
They must come to us, face to face, up here in the air.
They’re taking us down, we’ve lost Tiree, lost Dutch
Our damage to the Death Star isn’t amounting to much.
Into the trench, we must soon reach our mark
More star systems will join us if this erupts into sparks.
Flying the trench the target’s in sight
Looks like they’ve got nothing they’re not going to fight
Then back in the distance Darth Vader appears
Taking out all three Y-Wings, you know he did sneer.
It’s now up to the X-Wings, Well, Luke don’t you know
He sped toward the trench in the surface below.
Into the trench Luke had no real choice
Then all at once he heard old Ben’s voice.
Trust your feelings my young one this I say to you
Though the target is only a meter times two.
Don’t trust your eyes, let the Force be your guide
Your aim will be true you will not be denied.
With Vader approaching too quick from the rear
Wedge if you’re hit then go, get out of here
Leave it to me and to Biggs my dear friend
The two flaming stars will bring this to an end.
Vader downed Biggs and then R2 was hit
Luke stared more intent, this was going to be it.
Just when Vader had him dead to his rights
There came a blast from above, but still out of sight
You really can’t think I’d let you go it alone
Now blast this thing kid so we all can go home
The planet’s in range, commander, fire at will
The Rebellion will be wiped out with this massive kill
Luke’s proton torpedoes flew straight and flew true
Luke, remember, the Force will always be with you.
Right to the shaft the torpedo went in
The day of the Empire had come to an end
The Rebellion was saved and the heroes were honored
Darth Vader flew off, this defeat he must ponder.
One small individual, the Rebellion he saved
In that galaxy we know, far, far away.