Lancelot rode on a swayback mare
he won in a card game up north somewhere
He was bottom-out lonely, he was too tired to care,
staying one step ahead of the rain.

Well, he blew into Broken Bow late last year
Talkin at the vision of his lost Guinevere
But he couldn't tell a grail from a glass of beer,
so he settled for Lady Elaine

He sang, "Yodelay-hee, I ain't no untarnished Galahad,
down from Arcadia like a dream in your head.
But gentle lady, lend me the true heart I never had
And I'll wash the years from your bed
With all the salt tears I have shed."
Lancelot said.

Well, morning came sleepy and morning came slow
And the mirror revealed a face she didn't know
And the last autumn robins were packing to go
As another year slipped by the way.

So she rose and she dressed and she pushed back the night
Put up her hair by the dawn's early light
And the man in her bed was an eagle in flight
And a wicked old crow in the hay.

Singing, "Yodelay-hee, I ain't no untarnished Galahad
Down from Arcadia like a dream in your head
But gentle lady, lend me the true heart I never had,
And I'll stain the lavenders red
With all of this good blood I shed."
Lancelot said.

Well, bugles blow golden and banners fly blue
But these days the castle's just drywall and glue
And tiltin' at windmills is the best you can do
With the Black Knight of time on your lawn

So I wouldn't know if he left or he stayed
Prospered or faltered by the choices he made
Maybe he straggled and maybe he strayed
As the bright world went barrelling on.

Singing, "Yodelay-hee, I ain't no untarnished Galahad
Down from Arcadia like a dream in your head
But gentle lady, lend me the pure heart I never had
And I'll bring you roses and bread
And we'll fashion gold out of lead
With all the illusions we shed."
Lancelot said.


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