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    The Queen And The Soldier

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    The Queen And The Soldier
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      About "The Queen And The Soldier"

      Lyrics for Suzanne Vega - "The Queen And The Soldier"

      The soldier came knocking upon the queen's door
      He said, "I am not fighting for you any more"
      The queen knew she'd seen his face someplace before
      And slowly she let him inside.

      He said, "I've watched your palace up here on the hill
      And I've wondered who's the woman for whom we all kill
      But I am leaving tomorrow and you can do what you will
      Only first I am asking you why."

      Down in the long narrow hall he was led
      Into her rooms with her tapestries red
      And she never once took the crown from her head
      She asked him there to sit down.

      He said, "I see you now, and you are so very young
      But I've seen more battles lost than I have battles won
      And I've got this intuition, says it's all for your fun
      And now will you tell me why?"

      Well the young queen, she fixed him with an arrogant eye
      She said, "You won't understand, and you may as well not try"
      But her face was a child's, and he thought she would cry
      But she closed herself up like a fan.

      And she said, "I have swallowed a secret burning thread
      It cuts me inside, and often I've bled"
      He laid his hand then on top of her head
      And he bowed her down to the ground.

      "Tell me how hungry are you? How weak you must feel
      As you are living here alone, and you are never revealed
      But I won't march again on your battlefield"
      And he took her to the window to see.

      And the sun, it was gold, though the sky, it was gray
      And she wanted more than she ever could say
      But she knew how it frightened her, and she turned away
      And would not look at his face again.

      And he said, "I want to live as an honest man
      To get all I deserve and to give all I can
      And to love a young woman who I don't understand
      Your highness, your ways are very strange."

      But the crown, it had fallen, and she thought she would break
      And she stood there, ashamed of the way her heart ached
      She took him to the doorstep and she asked him to wait
      She would only be a moment inside.

      Out in the distance her order was heard
      And the soldier was killed, still waiting for her word
      And while the queen went on strangling in the solitude she preferred
      The battle continued on.

      SONGWRITERS:
      VEGA, SUZANNE
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