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Posted: 24 Oct 04, 22:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I forgot to add the inspirational bits. I will edit those into the appropriate threads later. Again, and help (with evidence) appreciated. (No heresay please).

"My Fairy King", comes from Robert Browning's epic poem "The Pied Piper".

Here are the lyrics to "My Fairy King".

In the land where horses born with eagle wings
And honey bees have lost their stings
There's singing forever
Lions den with fallow deer
And rivers made from wines 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
Oooh 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 of 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 burning in hell with the cry of screaming rain
Son of heaven set me free and let me go
Sea turn dry no salt from sand
Seasons fly no helping hand
Teeth don't shine like pearls for poor man's eyes

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

Here is a link to the Robert Browning page - where you can see the whole "book"

http://www.indiana.edu/~librcsd/etext/piper/

Heer is a link to the "Fairy King" specific section of the poem.

http://www.indiana.edu/~librcsd/etext/piper/text.html


230 And when all were in to the very last,
231 The door in the mountain-side shut fast.
232 Did I say, all? No! One was lame,
233 And could not dance the whole of the way;
234 And in after years, if you would blame
235 His sadness, he was used to say, --
236 ``It's dull in our town since my playmates left!
237 ``I can't forget that I'm bereft
238 ``Of all the pleasant sights they see,
239 ``Which the Piper also promised me.
240 ``For he led us, he said, to a joyous land,
241 ``Joining the town and just at hand,
242 ``Where waters gushed and fruit-trees grew,
243 ``And flowers put forth a fairer hue,
244 ``And everything was strange and new;
245 ``The sparrows were brighter than peacocks here,
246 ``And their dogs outran our fallow deer,
247 ``And honey-bees had lost their stings,
248 ``And horses were born with eagles' wings;
249 ``And just as I became assured
250 ``My lame foot would be speedily cured,
251 ``The music stopped and I stood still,
252 ``And found myself outside the hill,
253 ``Left alone against my will,
254 ``To go now limping as before,
255 ``And never hear of that country more!''

"Fairy Feller's Master Stroke", was inspired by a painting by Richard Dadd.

This link will take you to the original inspiration behind "Fairy Feller's Master Stroke".

http://www.popsubculture.com/pop/bio_project/images/dadd2.jpg

This link relates Freddie's lyrics to the painting.

http://www.english.emory.edu/classes/Shakespeare_Illustrated/Dadd.Feller.html

Finally, Open this link to out more about the life of Richard Dadd.
http://www.popsubculture.com/pop/bio_project/richard_dadd.html

Who says that Freddie did not read!!!







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Posted: 25 Oct 04, 02:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree with you, bambam. I like them for the same reason.


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Posted: 25 Oct 04, 11:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I know they were all very well educated - but the point was to find such references in their music!


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Posted: 26 Oct 04, 15:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John, I am not sure, but is there no any connections between 'The Night Come Down' line 'Lucy was high' and the Beatles' song 'Lucy in the sky with diamonds'? I always thought it was.

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Posted: 26 Oct 04, 15:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Speaking of inspiration....

I had to write a ballad yesterday for my writing lab and I (obviously without plagerising) basically combined the idea behind the songs, "My Fairy King" and "The March of the Black Queen" into one poem for it. It's a bit short so I still need to make some adjustments to it.


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Posted: 26 Oct 04, 15:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I don't know but I've read somewhere about it. Why not? Who's this Lucy then? Anyway - just wanted to help, nothing more :-)

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Posted: 26 Oct 04, 16:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Serry Funster, I know I've read something that says Lucy in The Night Comes Down was inspired by Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, but I don't believe it was an actual quote from one of the band. So you're not totally off. :)


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Posted: 26 Oct 04, 16:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Kinda inspiration anyway...

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Posted: 27 Oct 04, 04:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sounds like he was just "playing" with quotes in the lyrics - the song starts with "When I was young..." like someone remembering something and it just fits - "and so was I". At the time he or she was high, high spirits or high on whatever. I think it's just a nice little quote. A reminiscence to "Lucy in the sky... " as the Beatles-track was always seen as a reference to LSD.
No deeper inspiration or connection to the track as such IMHO.



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Posted: 27 Oct 04, 15:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Okay, there is no inspiration, no connection etc.! I was wrong, sorry people.