Song of Chivalry [demo]

David Harley, copyright 1986. Published in Vertical Images 2, 1987.  I waited 30+ years for the melody to turn up, and finally it did after we moved to Cornwall. And yes, I know that it’s unlikely that M’Lord fought at Crécy (1346) and Agincourt (1415). While the Black Death subsided in England from about 1350, but outbreaks continued right through the first half of the 15th century and well beyond.

Conventional version, in standard DADGAD, combined with an instrumental version of The Holy Well:


Version in Nashville tuning:


Also in Nashville tuning, but live version from Ian Semple’s radio show for Coast FM:


Also on SoundCloud:


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
Beakers 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 glove 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?

Author: David Harley

Musician/singer/songwriter; independent author/editor

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