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!!!
"Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."