Monday, August 27, 2012

Ballad of Richard III

Is it just me, or can you see the resemblance?
The best way to remember anything is to put it to song!  So here are the lyrics to a song about the true story of Richard III that I've just found in my web travels.

Please visit the King Richard Armitage website for more articles about the King Richard III and the long struggle to clear his name.  We hope that we may hear soon about Richard Armitage's involvement in a new film production about the monarch.

From The Mudcat Cafe

When good King Richard, that's Richard of Gloucester
Ascended the throne did he
He made good his promise to lower the taxes
And set all the debtors free

Now kindly King Richard was called Dicky Crookback
By Henry of Richmond, did he
Till all of his subjects had heard the foul rumor
From Dover to Anglesey

cho: Henry of Richmond, he wanted the crown
To wear on his bonny Welsh head
But Henry the Seventh he'd never be
Till Richard the Third was dead

You've heard of the princes who died in the tower
The Tower of London, you've heard
T'was Henry of Richmond who blamed his foul murders
On goodly King Richard the Third

With plotting and pledges an army was raised
To force our fair Richard to yield
And the Wars of the Roses than came to an ending
At the Battle of Bosworth Field

(Chorus here and after every two verses)
The Bishop of Ely, he blessed our King Richard
And promised to help in the fights
But even before Richard came to the battle
John Morton gave him last rites

The proud Rhys ap Thomas and handsome Will Stanley
They promised their swords to their liege
But shortly these bastards went over to Henry
And even helped plan his siege

The list of the traitors is too long to mention
And the names of the faithful are few
For Henry of Richmond vowed gold to the rebels
And death to the loyal and true

Now Henry of Richmond was crowned King of England
Some say he was Arthur returned
But Arthur Pendragon, ne'er once had he murdered
Nor looted, nor plundered, nor burned

Now you may be thinking my story's told falsely
Because you have read the bard's play
About Dicky Crookback, who murdered his brother
All on St. Bartholemew's Day

But the truth is elusive (t'was true then as now)
And falsehoods are easily spread
For some men became saints while some became monsters
Because of what Will Shakespeare said

Please click here to hear the tune and see the sheet music.


Anonymous said...

A brilliant discovery! Love it.


JaneGS said...

Nothing like propaganda to ruin a reputation! Great song--would love to hear a version of it...

Gratiana Lovelace said...

A great find!

Faboamanto said...

This is great! Maybe RA could sing it.
Happy KRA Week!

Phylly3 said...

@fitzg - Thank you very much. I was thrilled to find it!

@JaneGS - If you click on the link you can hear a bit of the tune anyway. So perhaps we can sing along! :)

@Gratiana - Thanks so much - glad you like it!

@Faboamanto - Wow! That WOULD be fantastic! I'd love to hear him sing it too! (or anything really!)

Maria Grazia said...

Great! Thanks for sharing this, Phylly.

Phylly3 said...

@Maria Grazia -- You are so welcome! ASAP glad to help in any way I can.

Phylly3 said...

Hah! Silly IPhone corrector -- that shouldn't say ASAP -- just "So". If you know me -- as soon as possible isn't very soon at all! ;)