"Corpus Christi Carol" as written by Luciano Lamanna, Duccio Barker, Corrado Ferrarese and Davide Giuseppe Di Paola....
He bear her off, he bear her down
He bear her into an orchard ground
Lu li lu lay
Lu li lu lay
The falcon hath bourne my mate away

And in that orchard there was a hold
That was hanged with purple and gold
And in that hold there was a bed
And it was hanged with gold so red

Lu li lu lay, lu li lu lay
The falcon hath bourne my mate away

On this bed there lyeth a knight
His wound is bleeding day and night
By his bedside kneeleth a maid
And she weepeth both night and day

Lu li lu lay, lu li lu lay
The falcon hath bourne my mate away

By his bedside standeth a stone
Corpus Christi written thereon.


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"Corpus Christi Carol" as written by Simon Lole Steve Abbott

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    General CommentCorpus Christi is a city near Galveston in Texas. It has a beach, and it's one of the few beaches in Texas. I live in Texas, that's why I know this. Every body here laughs sarcastically when we mention Corpis Christi, because it's a pretty pathetic, ugly beach, with green water, and trash dumped around every where, but it's all we've got that's the closest to a beach, so there you go.
    Phrogexon May 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAnd on this bed there lyeth a knight
    His wound is bleeding day and night
    By his bedside kneeleth a maid
    And she weepeth both night and day

    Obviously, this is talking about Christ's body. Yes, we know Corpus Christi is also a city in Texas, but that's not what this is about. It's a religious parallel.
    BlackBasilSupplyon June 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcorpus christi means "Christ's body" in latin
    PiKueloon April 20, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcorpus christi is also a city in texas.
    HannahOrange7on June 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentFor christ's sake.. no one cares that a city in texas is called Corpus Christie! As 'sebastian guilt' mentioned, it is a very old song about Christ. A beautiful song, it is really overlooked by most people when discussing the amazing album, Grace
    podson October 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's dedicated to Roy, a friend of his who got him into classical and operatic pieces
    Jonsion December 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is an age old story of a woman, who is carried into an orchard and is taken to the body of christ. "opn this bed there lyeth a knight, his wounds are bleeding day and night
    Hetfieldon February 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh also, from Jeff himself: "The "Carol" is a fairytale about a falcon who takes the beloved of the singer to an orchard. The singer goes looking for her and arrives at a chamber where his beloved lies next to a bleeding knight and a tomb with Christ's body in it. My friend Roy introduced me to the song when I was still in high-school and now I'm singing it for him."

    (From here: jeffbuckley.com/rfuller/buckley/faq/…)
    sephereniaon March 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat else can I say but damn... I love this song. Beautiful in it's simplicities and intricacies.(sp?)
    Nickel4YourThoughtson July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does corpus christi actually mean?
    universalsolideron April 17, 2003   Link

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