The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #52047   Message #3175285
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
23-Jun-11 - 01:48 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Lily Of The West
Subject: RE: Origins: Lily Of The West
Hi, Midchuck. I too heard Joan Baez sing this. The words I remember are:

I stepped up to my rival, my dagger in my hand.
I seized him by the collar and I boldly bade him stand.

(He probably seized him by the lapel, but that wouldn't scan.)

It's occurred to me how false and hypocritical these words are. The jerk has a knife, his rival is unarmed and taken by surprise, yet the jerk terms himself bold.

I've never liked this song.

What a blessing it would be if someone, somewhere, could find a cure for jealousy and possessiveness.