For those of you following my previous post, here are my final words.
The lyrics to the song are definitely part of what made it such a huge success. While the song starts with the chorus, the second verse is what gives the song its first hint that it is about the Arthurian tale. The verse states, “And I’ll be wearing white when I come into your kingdom. I’m as green as the ring on my little cold finger. I’ve never known the loving of a man, but it sure felt nice when he was holding my hand.” In the Malory story with Lancelot and the second Elaine, she floats into Camelot, which would be the kingdom in the song. The next lyric can be interpreted as jealousy, sometimes using green as a synonym, which could have led her to the downfall. In the legend, Elaine was jealous of Guinevere because of Lancelot’s affection for her and so when he left she was so hurt she stopped functioning which led to her death. The next half of the verse where it states she’s never known the loving of a man directly relates to the story as well, because Elaine thought she and Lancelot were meant for each other and would live happily ever after, especially after she had his child. While he was there with her, she was very happy and overjoyed because it seemed like her fantasies had a chance at becoming a reality. When he left, everything crashed down and she realized, as the song said, she had never known the loving of a man. It was all just a big tease in a way. Continue reading “King Arthur In Music Continued…”