"Cartouche" as written by and Ritchie/night Blackmore....
If I share this with you never speak a word
They would never understand if they ever heard
Gemini, Capricorn, rising in the east
Dancing through the witchwood we began to sing

In between dark and light in the underworld
Wrapped around your finger like a string of pearls
Smiling face, empty hand, 7 golden rings
Dancing through the starlight we began to sing

Ahh, still I hear the whisper "Cartouche"
Caramel colored leaves spiral in the air
Diving right into the ground 'round the winding stair
Stories carved out of wood, jester and the king
Dancing through the moonlight, we began to sing

Ahh, still I hear the whisper "Cartouche"
Memories, black and white, hide behind the glass
In the mirrors and the smoke, its all fading fast
Written word, turn the card winter into spring
Dancing through the witchwood we began to sing


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"Cartouche" as written by Ritchie Blackmore Candice Night

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    Song MeaningCartouche was the name of a french bandit from the 18th century. Together with his gang he roamed the area around Paris and got famous - and popular - by his clever way of stealing: Whenever he robbed somebody he made sure he amused this person by jokes and pranks because Cartouche knew he'd be likely forgiven if he was the "amusing" thief and not the "scary" one. Thus noblemen and citizens liked him a lot and eagerly listened to the descriptions of his robberies.

    Unfortunately the magistrates didn't like him at all, so Cartouche was sentenced to death 1721.

    I think this song is about the spirit of "Cartouche" still roaming the forests around Paris, celebrating the last clever run on a noble's townhouse, counting the money, fooling around with other stuff he stole, while the campfire sends smokey trails through the summernight.
    Natszeraszaon June 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentGorgeous song.
    HorFinatOron July 09, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningFound an interview with Blackmore and Night, here's the meaning of this song from Candice Night herself:

    "Cartouche tends to be a part of a Salvador Dali painting in words. We had some incredible times at a place in Prague called Cartouche which inspired this song. It is underground and they call themselves the Black Kitchen of the 1600ʼs. They always allow us to play and sing there until the wee hours of the morning. So this is a collection of all the magical times spent at Cartouche".
    Makshowon May 10, 2015   Link

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