"Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" as written by and Dio Blackmore....
It's only been an hour
Since he locked her in the tower
The time has come
He must be undone
By the morning

Many times before
The tyrant's opened up the door
Then someone cries
Still we close our eyes
Not again

Meet me when the sun is in the western skies
The fighting must begin before another someone dies
Cross bows in the fire light
Green sleeves waving
Madmen raving
Through the shattered night
Yeah yeah yeah

Flames are getting higher
Make it leap unto the spire
Draw bridge down
Cut it to the ground
We shall dance around the fire

No more night
We have seen the light
Let it shine on bright
Hang him higher, higher

Draw bridge down
Cut it to the ground
We shall dance all around the fire, around the fire

No more night
we've seen the light
let it shine on bright

Hang him higher, higher
Put the man on the fire

Draw bridge down
Cut it to the ground
We gotta dance around the fire, the fire, the fire


Lyrics submitted by Lizziely, edited by Jahus

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    General CommentFrom what I can gather, Sixteenth Century Greensleeves tells the story of an army that gathers enough courage to save a woman from an evil man who's captured her. The first couple stanzas indicate that the woman has been captured and that it's time to rescue her. The third stanza highlights the battle fought over her, and the last two seem to emphasize a victory celebration on the part of the army. The evil being who captured the woman is probably the one being hanged ("Hang him higher").

    This song has such great imagery, and a great rock beat to boot. I was just wondering if anyone knows who the greensleeves are? The lyrics also need to be adjusted; the fourth stanza ahould read "Drawbridge down," not "Draw bright down."
    kirbstaon May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom what I know Greensleeves is probably the woman they are trying to rescue. I think it is a description of the actual greensleeves of the woman's dress, like the ones worn in the Renaissance. Also, there's the song "My Lady Greensleeves", so I figure it is a woman.

    Great song btw!
    Dreamergirlon August 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm almost 100% certain it goes:

    Many times before
    The tyrant opened up the door
    Someone cries
    Still we close our eyes
    Not again

    Also this song rules! Rainbow is much too underrated.
    Gumballthechewyon July 30, 2013   Link

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