the mustard musketeers
travelled the world calming the fears
of the ladies in waiting
'twas a glorious time
swords and swoons and magic harpoons
and white horseback riding

the mustard musketeers
huffed and puffed 'til they puffed away
everyone's sorrows
then they rode away
into directionless dust
and no one could say
where they'd end up tomorrow

the time went by and
they got older
skies got hotter and
days got colder
it's paper or plastic...

so the mustard musketeers
scaled their last castle wall
and went in undercover
one went in dressed like a priest
one went as a gardener
and one went in as a flower


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    General CommentOne of my favorites. The way I see it, it's about some little kids who used to play together and pretend to be the three musketeers and then grew up and went their separate ways. To me, the ending suggests that they were still "musketeers" at heart. Musketeers with a day job, if you will. :D
    just_old_lighton April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love the way she sings "Where they'd end up tomorrow".

    I really like like your take on it, just_old_light.
    GoodbyeGorgeouson December 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree that it's about kids playing together and then growing up.
    paper of plastic represents the choices they have to make in their lives.
    and the last musketeer definitely died....his body went underground where all the flower seeds grow......
    can't have a regina song without a reference to death! lol
    chelswildfloweron April 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentpaper OR plastic.....whatever.
    chelswildfloweron April 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcould someone please please please tell me where to download this song? I'll do anything. Really. Justtttt let me know. I'm dying.
    porcupinegloveson April 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThanks, GoodbyeGorgeous :D.

    And porcupinegloves, I found it on an Index of Regina someone compiled, but is now defunct. I don't know if it's on there for sure, but your best bet is to check reginaspektor.net for it; that site's a gold mine of rare/live tracks.
    just_old_lighton May 04, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningHave any other fans of this song read The Three Musketeers? I have, and I can't help but compare the book with this song (I adore both, by the way). Here are the similarities I found:

    -The priest is Aramis, because of his decision to become a man of God
    -Athos is the gardener, because of his new land and desire to be alone
    -Porthos is the lover (or flower, if that's the way you hear it), for in the epilogue, it mentions him marrying the Duchess, and he always was the ladies' man
    -The lady in waiting is Madame Bonacieux, for that is her occupation in the book, and she is certainly rescued.
    -Swords and swoons were definitely present, though I'm not sure about magic harpoons.
    -Perhaps the wild/white horseback riding refers to all of the changing horses as a result of their gambling.

    I think that being a musketeer was the childhood dream of many young men, and that when they grew up, they realised that they needed to shift priorities, which makes sense with them going 'undercover'. Similarly, the 'last castle wall' is like their future, and they are ultimately given the decision whether to pursue their first career or move on to something more substantial (paper or plastic?). Paper could refer to all of things grown ups do, such as paperwork and reading. Think of Aramis and how his decision to join the church will require him to write a thesis. Plastic doesn't directly play into the story, but since it's what most childhood toys are made of, maybe it means that they had to choose whether to become mature.
    I'm not positive how the title plays in, though D'Artagnan's original horse is described as being a strange yellow color.

    Those are my thoughts. Does anyone else see parallels between the two works?
    Ishouldpeddlebutterflieson September 28, 2009   Link

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