Song of Chivalry [demo]

[Added October 2018]

A live version from Ian Semple’s radio show for CoastFM. I was using a guitar strung for Nashville tuning but using DAGDAD, hence the very treble-y sound.

David Harley, copyright 1986. Originally published as a poem in Vertical Images 2, 1987.  I waited 30+ years for the melody to turn up, and finally did a make-it-up-as-you-go-along job, complete with a rough draft of a possible arrangement. There should be a better version when I’ve learned the tune… But the updated version below has a better guitar part.

And yes, I know that it’s unlikely that M’Lord fought both at Crécy (1346) and Agincourt (1415). While the Black Death subsided in England from about 1350, outbreaks continued beyond the first half of the 15th century.

Song of Chivalry

When M’Lord returned
To his sheets of silk
And his gentle lady
Of musk and milk

The minstrels sang
In the gallery
Their songs of slaughter
And chivalry

The rafters roared
With laughter and boasting
Goblets were raised and drained
In toasting

The heroes of Crécy
And Agincourt
Or the madness
Of some holy war

The hawk is at rest
On the gauntlet once more
Savage of eye
And bloody of claw

Famine and fever
Are all the yield
Of the burnt-out barns
And wasted fields

The sun grins coldly
Through the trees
The children shiver
The widows grieve
And beg their bread
At the monastery door
Tell me then
Who won the war?

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Author: David Harley

Former Computer Security Author/Editor; Independent Antimalware Researcher/Author; guitarist/singer/songwriter

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