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Lyr Req: The Queen and the Soldier (Suzanne Vega)

GUEST,AJ 27 May 00 - 09:26 AM
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Subject: 'The Soldier and the Queen'
From: GUEST,AJ
Date: 27 May 00 - 09:26 AM

Does anyone know the words to "The Soldier and the Queen"? Not sure who it's by?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'The Soldier and the Queen'
From: Pene Azul
Date: 27 May 00 - 02:41 PM

Would that be "The Queen and the Soldier" by Suzanne Vega? If so, the lyrics are here (click.).

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE QUEEN AND THE SOLDIER (Suzanne Vega)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 02:14 PM

Lyrics copied from http://www.vega.net/svlyr.htm#queen

THE QUEEN AND THE SOLDIER
(Suzanne Vega)

The soldier came knocking upon the queen's door.
He said, "I am not fighting for you any more."
The queen knew she'd seen his face someplace before,
And slowly she let him inside.

He said, "I've watched your palace up here on the hill,
And I've wondered who's the woman for whom we all kill;
But I am leaving tomorrow and you can do what you will.
Only first I am asking you why."

Down in the long narrow hall he was led,
Into her rooms with her tapestries red,
And she never once took the crown from her head.
She asked him there to sit down.

He said, "I see you now, and you are so very young,
But I've seen more battles lost than I have battles won,
And I've got this intuition, says it's all for your fun.
And now will you tell me why?"

The young queen, she fixed him with an arrogant eye.
She said, "You won't understand, and you may as well not try."
But her face was a child's, and he thought she would cry,
But she closed herself up like a fan.

And she said, "I've swallowed a secret burning thread.
It cuts me inside, and often I've bled."
He laid his hand then on top of her head,
And he bowed her down to the ground.

"Tell me how hungry are you? How weak you must feel,
As you are living here alone, and you are never revealed.
But I won't march again on your battlefield."
And he took her to the window to see.

And the sun, it was gold, though the sky, it was gray,
And she wanted more than she ever could say,
But she knew how it frightened her, and she turned away,
And would not look at his face again.

And he said, "I want to live as an honest man,
To get all I deserve, and to give all I can;
And to love a young woman who I don't understand.
Your highness, your ways are very strange."

But the crown, it had fallen, and she thought she would break,
And she stood there, ashamed of the way her heart ached.
She took him to the doorstep and she asked him to wait.
She would only be a moment inside.

Out in the distance her order was heard,
And the soldier was killed, still waiting for her word,
And while the queen went on strangling in the solitude she preferred.
The battle continued on.

[Recorded by Suzanne Vega on her eponymous album, 1985; and by Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts on their eponymous album, 1995.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Queen and the Soldier (Suzanne Vega)
From: alanabit
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 03:58 PM

I think this is based on a play - possibly a German one - because I have vague memories of seeing it on German TV in the eighties. Can any of you erudite Mudcatters enlighten me further?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Queen and the Soldier (Suzanne Vega)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 30 Jul 13 - 10:48 AM

A fine song, several round here sing it.

The Queen and the Soldier


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Queen and the Soldier (Suzanne Vega)
From: michaelr
Date: 30 Jul 13 - 07:25 PM

Very evocative, but what does it mean?

Can anyone tell what tuning she's using?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Queen and the Soldier (Suzanne Vega)
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 13 - 03:59 PM

http://www.guitaretab.com/v/vega-suzanne/20255.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Queen and the Soldier (Suzanne Vega)
From: michaelr
Date: 02 Aug 13 - 07:59 PM

Thanks, Guest, but that appears to be a rendering into standard tuning. From the video, I don't think it's what SV uses - for one thing, the low E is dropped to D.


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