Camelot Revisited

from by Anne Lister

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I wrote this song when I was 17. All these years later, here it is again.

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Go and tell King Arthur Camelot is found
And Avalon has no apples, or caves underground
And all of chivalry is just a romantic dream
Lancelot was no knight at all, Guenevere was no queen.

Oh I’ve sought the Holy Grail, mile after mile and yard after yard
And everyone just said to me, you know you needn’t look so hard
The lost innocence of time, that’s what it represents, oh yes I know
And is that why when I stretch out my hand I touch the Grail and let it go.

Gawain, Perceval and all, where is the cave where you lie asleep
For faith and charity are words we use, but somehow no longer believe
Merlin now we need your wand to turn time back again and round and round
Now that time is all twisted up, twisted up and upside down

Excalibur was a magic sword. By using it you’d make injustice cease
But now we’ve all come to realise you can’t have a war for peace
The lost innocence of time, that’s what it represents, oh yes I know
And is that why when I stretched out my hand, I touched the Grail but let it go.

credits

from Astrolabe, released December 28, 2019
Mike O'Connor: Anglo concertina

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Anne Lister Wales, UK

Anne is best known for her song "Icarus", recorded and performed by a number of different singers, including Martin Simpson and Nic Jones. "Astrolabe" is her ninth solo album.

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