"D'Artagnan's Theme" as written by and Clarence Greenwood....
I've been sinning
I've been livin'
I've been beaten
By Saturdays
On a diamond
I lay on a diamond
On a diamond
I lay awake
D'Artagnan
Good ol' D'Artagnan
He ain't got a thing on me
I've been minding
To my field of timing
Too bad your time in
It just never came

Well I don't know how else to say it
In a different way
But why don't you just fade away
'Cause there's a battle going on
Down south of Babylon
So why don't you just fade away

I've been dealing
I've been healing
I've been dealing
A crooked game
Thieving pirates


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"D'Artagnan's Theme" as written by Clarence Greenwood

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    General Commentickmusic.com/2007/08/23/citizen-cope-dartagnans-theme/

    D'Artagnan was the lieutenant of the Grey Musketeers, one of King Louis' elite units. The King held the highest trust and faith in D'Artagnan, often entrusting him to deliver secret messages and guard high profile prisoners. The lyric reads, "out of gold that they stole from the queen...stole from a man...whose favorite hand...is one that he will always land." The gold was stole from the Queen (wife of the King). A man who's "favorite hand" is one that D'Artagnan "will always land."

    Unlike much of the fables of the 3 musketeers, D'Artagnan was an actual person. The French hold him in high regards as a symbol of fidelity, much like Robin Hood. He is believed to be buried in an "unmarked grave" near the Saint Peter and Paul church in Wolder, Netherlands (Wolder is a suburb of Maastricht....google map it if you don't believe me). His grave is believed to have been discovered in November 2008:
    .canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/…


    He died in the siege of Maarsicht of a musket slug to the throat in 1673. The siege occured the night of Saturday, June 25. The Citizen Cope lyric goes, "I've been beaten...by Saturdays."

    His wife, who was from a very wealthy family, bore him 2 children. However she was unhappy with the relationship and even hired spies to watch D'Artagnan when he was away. She left D'Artagnan after a brief marriage amongst many rumors of his exploits with other women while away. I can't really pick out any lyrics to reference D'Artagnan's love life (or the many fables which surround it)

    This song is definitely written with D'Artagnan the musketeer in mind. I think Mr. Greenwood (aka Citizen Cope) is using the values which D'Artagnan represents to describe someone whom he knows, possibly even himself at one time. I don't think its written as a metaphor to today's wars or soldiers.
    clhatch13on February 08, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionIn no way do I give my interpretation as fact, but I think you are all wrong. I don't believe this song has anything to do with the wars America is involved in. I believe this song is about a woman. Its about loving a woman he cannot be with. I don't believe every song an artist writes has direct literal meaning to the words they use. When Cope talks about "Babylon" I believe he's speaking about a woman who he is in love with who lives in New York City. Take Cope's background of living in NYC and D.C. and his hip hop background. I am an hip hop head. I have been for over 20 years. In the hip hop world many hip hop artists refer to NYC as "Babylon." They refer to New Jersey as "New Jerusalem."

    This song speaks to me as the song writer is very lonesome for an woman who either left him, or left her, and he can't get her out of his head. I know for myself that there is a certain woman in my life that things are incomplete, we are on 2 different sides of the nation, and no matter how much I try to get her out of my head, the battle continues. I've tried dating other women, I've tried sleeping with other women, boozing to forget her, working vigorously to forget her, and nothing works. I wish she would fade away. She was my diamond that I still lay awake for. I do believe the song writer is comparing his love to D'Artaganan, but not in the since of American wars, but war of the heart for a woman he still loves but cannot have.

    The lyrics, "I've been minding, To my field of timing,Too bad your timing, It just never came." these are key to understanding this song as a song about lost love.

    Just my opinion though. Interpret the song however you like.
    VisualArteon July 17, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthese lyrics are incomplete. the rest:

    i'm thieving pirates
    out of gold that they stole from the queen
    stole from a man
    whose favorite hand
    is one that he will always land

    well, i'm building this levee
    by the mississippi
    before i die in an unmarked grave

    well, i don't know how else to say it
    in a different way
    why don't you just fade away
    'cause there's a battle going on
    down south of babylon
    so why don't you just fade away

    yeah, i don't know how else to say it
    in a different way
    but why don't you just fade away
    'cause there's a battle going on
    down south of babylon
    so why don't you just fade away
    cheeseburgerson May 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat great great song. I've listened to this one three times in a row now.
    SageSoulon September 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentd'artagnan is a character in the three musketeers. don't see a connection, though.
    finechildon September 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes no connection. but this song is amazing.
    racch7395on October 28, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationFirstly, i think this is the best song on the album; it's beautiful.
    I'm not sure if i interpreted it right but here goes...
    D'Artagnan was one of the Three Musketeers, and he died in battle. At the end of the song you hear choppers and what sounds like a bus or something...I'm guessin this is a soldiers' song, kind of a modern day D'Artagnan...

    well, i don't know how else to say it
    in a different way
    why don't you just fade away
    'cause there's a battle going on
    down south of babylon
    so why don't you just fade away

    i think he is talking to a loved one, like a parent, friend or girlfriend and telling them that he has to go to war and he knows they are going to miss him, so he asks them to not worry about him, basically to let him fade out of their lives because he cares too much about them to hurt them. And the Babylon reference could be religious or a reference to the fighting in the Middle East...
    ...but this is just me, i could be completely wrong.
    thelighthousestaleon January 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentok, here's my final idea. the first verse and chorus is D'Artagnan's wife speaking to/of D'Artagnan. The second verse and chorus is his reply to her. i still don't understand the south of Babylon reference though.
    clhatch13on February 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commentokay i have an idea of what i think this is all about. D'artagnan is from the three msketeers but he was also real. he was trusted by the queen and thats where the line "out of gold that they stole from the queen" comes in. anyways when he says that d'artagnan doesnt have anything on him i think is a modern idea. like citzen cope is singing of a modern day soldier that is trusted a.k.a D'artagnan. thats why at the end of the song you hear helocopters and stuff.

    i could be completley off though
    meaningsman001on December 13, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI believe that the song might talk about a soldier who is comaparing himself with D'artagnan. And when it says "well, i don't know how else to say it in a different way, why don't you just fade away...'cause there's a battle going on down south of babylon...so why don't you just fade away" He might be talking about the fear of going to the battle field, like he wants to be as good as d'artagnan or better than him, and maybe that's why it says "well, i'm building this levee by the mississippi before i die in an unmarked grave" (because d'artagnan died in an unmarked grave) and this soldier might want to be recognised as the faithful soldier he is.
    what do u think?
    josefinaon December 27, 2009   Link

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