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Posted: 12 Jan 04, 23:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was going through various Queen lyrics today and I was so clueless about the lyric of My Fairy King.

Here is the lyric:

In the land where horses born with eagle wings
And honey bees have lost their stings
There's singing forever
Lion's den with fellow deer
And rivers made from wine so clear
Flow on and on forever
Dragons fly like sparrows thru' the air
And baby lambs where Samson dares
To go on on on on on on

My fairy king can see things
He rules the air and turns the tides
That are not there for you and me
Oh yeah he guides the winds

My fairy king can do right and nothing wrong
Then came man to savage in the night
To run like thieves and to kill like knives
To take away the power from the magic hand
To bring about the ruin to the promised land

They turn the milk into sour
Like the blue in the blood of my veins
Why can't you see it
Fire burnin' in hell with the cry of screaming pain
Son of heaven set me free and let me go
Sea turn dry no salt from sand
Teeth don't shine like pearls for the poor man's eyes

Someone someone has drained the colour from my wings
Broken my fairy circle ring
And shamed the king in all his pride
Changed the winds and wronged the tides
Mother mercury (mercury)
Look what they've done to me
I cannot run I cannot hide



I do have some of my opinions... but just want to know what everyone thinks about the lyric... -_- I'm so puzzled... (even a speculation will help)


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Posted: 13 Jan 04, 13:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Okay. I'm not one to agree with sharing song interpretation, but perhaps a few comments will help you understand this gem.


"In the land where horses born with eagle wings
And honey bees have lost their stings
There's singing forever
Lion's den with fellow deer
And rivers made from wine so clear
Flow on and on forever
Dragons fly like sparrows thru' the air
And baby lambs where Samson dares
To go on on on on on on"

(Sounds like a paradise, where even natural enemies live among each other)

"My fairy king can see things
He rules the air and turns the tides
That are not there for you and me
Oh yeah he guides the winds "

(Who the Fairy King is...)

"My fairy king can do right and nothing wrong
Then came man to savage in the night
To run like thieves and to kill like knives
To take away the power from the magic hand
To bring about the ruin to the promised land"

(Man comes, and what happens?)

They turn the milk into sour
Like the blue in the blood of my veins
Why can't you see it
Fire burnin' in hell with the cry of screaming pain
Son of heaven set me free and let me go
Sea turn dry no salt from sand
Teeth don't shine like pearls for the poor man's eyes

(Uh-ohs happening in the Fairy world.)

Someone someone has drained the colour from my wings
Broken my fairy circle ring
And shamed the king in all his pride
Changed the winds and wronged the tides
Mother mercury (mercury)
Look what they've done to me
I cannot run I cannot hide"

(And the main character's power is gone)

Yes... I hope that helps you understand this song more clearly. Pay close attention to the lyrics and whatnot.


You lead a fairytale existance,

But into every life a litte

Rain must fall.
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Posted: 13 Jan 04, 13:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Some of the lyrics are lifted wholesale from the Pied Piper.

For a really interesting opinion read this http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Alley/4425/mfk.html

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Posted: 13 Jan 04, 13:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Interesting interpretation of Delilah...


You lead a fairytale existance,

But into every life a litte

Rain must fall.
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Posted: 13 Jan 04, 13:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

HA Ha Ha. Fuck I could read this site all day. I don't want to spoil your enjoyment of it. So just a few snippets below.



"To me, Another One Bites The Dust seems to be about a man - Steve - who has been kicked out of the house"

You know what I mean there's a lot of space between your ears

This sounds like we’re listening to a parent, teacher, or someone else from the adolescent’s direct environment. It might even be the songwriter who is giving an example of how the adolescent’s environment is talking about him. But anyhow, this sentence is open to two kinds of explanation. First, you can read it as if it says "you know what I mean: there's a lot of space between your ears" (notice the colon ":"). In that case, the speaker is accusing the adolescent of having no brains, being stupid, or simply not listening: a disobedient teenager. A second interpretation is to read, "you know what I mean ALTHOUGH there's a lot of space between your ears". In that case, the speaker says that he knows that the kid does understand him, even though the kid must understand that at his young age he doesn’t know anything about the real world yet, and that he still has a lot to learn. In other words: the speaker is an older person, who knows that he is wiser and more mature, but who is nevertheless able to put himself in the kid’s situation. Personally, I prefer this last interpretation
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Is it raining in heaven
Do you want us to cry

A question from the remaining three, on behalf of all of us, to Freddie: are you OK up there, and does the fact that we are mourning make you cry? (the rain in heaven)
This of course also brings up memories of Eric Clapton's song Tears In Heaven, which he wrote for his three years old son who died in a terrible accident. As we know, Brian admires Eric Clapton a lot (he dedicated the track Bluesbreaker from his Star Fleet Project to the man!), so this (indirectly) might have had some influence on him.

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Posted: 13 Jan 04, 15:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In my opinion My Fairy King was inspired by Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience by William Blake.
You know, the child, the lamb... childhood is innocence, adultness is experience...
And then of course the same theme was resumed by all the Romantic poets, as well as Robert Browning.

Anyway I doubt the line of No One But You was inspired by Tears In Heaven. I like to think it's just a fruit of Brian's mind: Freddie is in heaven, so when Brian asks if it's raining in heaven he means to ask if Freddie is crying. Then he asks if he wants them to cry too, but that's a rhetorical question since the understood answer is no (it is also shown in the video when Freddie says no with his finger).


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Posted: 13 Jan 04, 16:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That was Do'ro being poignant again. That bit where Freddie shakes his finger after "do you want us to cry" is the worst thing Do'ro have ever, ever done it makes me feel sick and makes my blood curdle. Horrible, horrible. It totally destroys the song.

Better to hear the song without Do'ro awful touch. Still thanks to Simon Lupton it seems that Queen/Do'ro are finished. Good riddance.


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Posted: 13 Jan 04, 16:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Damn, I was hoping to get a video montage of Queen's entire back catalogue using pre-existing and previously released footage.

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Posted: 13 Jan 04, 17:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, but it's however evident that Brian's understood answer is no.

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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 08:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hahaha lol @ that stupid website.

They could add my vision of TMOTBQ.

It is about a fat black woman, who is baking a cake,

Come on, it's obvious isn't it!

-Black Queen
-little nigger sugar
-oil
-she boils and she bakes
-sugar baby
-honey chile
-now i've got a belly full
-tattoos all her pies


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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 09:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

All I know is the part where he sings 'Mother Mercury' is the moment (according to Brian) when he decided to change his name to Mercury. The Mother in the song is his own, again according to Brian.


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Posted: 15 Jan 04, 07:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Someone someone has drained the colour from my wings
Broken my fairy circle ring" I found out a few years ago what a fairy ring was...so for any of you that don't know here ya go....."Fairies often dance in circles in the grass which are called fairie rings and this spells danger for the human passerby. The wild enchantment of the fairie music can lead him inexorably towards the ring which, like a fairie kiss or fairie food and drink, can lead to captivity for ever in the world of fairie. if a human steps into the ring he is compelled to join the fairies in their wild prancing. The dance might seem to last only minutes, or an hour or two, or even at most a whole night but in fact the normal duration would be seven years by our time and sometimes longer. The unfortunate captive can be rescued by a friend who, with others holding his coat-tails, follows the fairie music, reaches into the ring (keeping one foot firmly outside) and pulls the dancer out." from the book "Fairies" by brian fround and alan lee


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Posted: 15 Jan 04, 17:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i agree with you man on the prowl...besides being influenced by that genre of literature, i can relate "white queen" a bit to john keats' "la belle dame sans merci" white queen is such a poetic gorgeous song...it could easily fall into that style of poetry

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Posted: 16 Jan 04, 11:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wen I did Keats for A-level English I also thought of White Queen when I read La Belle....etc. I wonder if it was an influence for Brian?


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Posted: 16 Jan 04, 11:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i think possibly so! after all it's an enchanting poem as well as a gorgeous painting depicted by john william waterhouse...fantasy and folklore was predominant that era of art...i am still amazed every time i listen to Fairy Feller...to think freddie was inspired just by looking at the richard dadd painting...i wonder if any other pieces of art or literature influenced songs such as ogre battle or motbq...or the ideas just came out of thin air for freddie...