"A Past And Future Secret" as written by and Hans Juergen/olbrich Kuersch....
Oh, I haven't been here for a while
In blindness and decay
The circle's been closed, now

My song of the end
I've seen it all

Listen crowd
I'll tell you everything
Though I have to say
I don't know much
Talking about a past
And future secret
Most called him once
And future king
Far back in the past
I saw his ending
Long before it started
I knew his name
He's the one who took the sword
Out of the stone
It's how that ancient tale began
I hear it in the cold winds

My song of the end
I had seen it in my dreams
My song of the end
I can't stop the darkening clouds

I feel cold
When I cry out for the bark
Take him back to Avalon
Dwell on for a new age
So long sleep well my friend
Take him back to Avalon
I will wait and guard
The future king's crown

My song of the end
It was nice but now it's gone
My song of the end
It was fixed the whole time
My song of the end
I saw it all


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"A Past and Future Secret" as written by Andre Olbrich Hans Juergen Kuersch

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about Merlin's Prophesy about King Arthur's rise and fall.
    Strongholdon September 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a song about the legendary King Arthur.
    Mordredon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Merlin's Prophesy about King Arthur's rise and fall.
    Strongholdon September 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe only thing in your guess wrong: singer is not Merlin. He's perhaps sir Bedwyr, the last man who seen Arthur alive, or just a bard, common BG character.
    Gareth Beaumainon December 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually, this song is based first and foremost off of "The Once and Future King," by T. H. White, its namesake. The song most likely takes the point-of-view of Sir Bedivere, who, as Gareth mentioned, was the last one to to see Arthur alive. "When I cry out for the bark, take him back to Avalon" describes the magical boat that brings Arthur to the forging place of Excalibur, where the three witches, including Morgan le Fay, are to take care of him until he is once again needed (Reincarnated).
    Mordionon May 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best BG songs!!
    Anraon October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'My song of the end' ....its haunting!
    Sreejithon February 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe speaker is probably just Hansi himself. He's the bard :)
    elvin_wizardon September 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat do they mean by "it was fixed the whole time"?
    Raunoon December 29, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI've always loved this song, having recently read Le Morte D'Arthur I feel I understand it a bit better now and have a new found appreciation for the song. As someone mentioned it is through the viewpoint of Merlin, and others as Bedivere / Bedwyr the last with Arthur alive aside from his brother Lucan who died shortly before. I believe the song to be through the viewpoint of both Merlin and Bedivere, as well as Arthur, however sung by the story teller aka "bard" being Hansi himself and BG as it is clearly not entirely through the view of one character. If it is based upon this book or the One and Future King itself doesn't matter much as the source for the latter was the first. That being said on to my interpretation and breakdown.

    "Oh, I haven't been here for a while
    In blindness and decay
    The circle's been closed, now
    My song of the end
    I've seen it all"

    Either Arthur or Merlin, or maybe more so both. I haven't been here for awhile referring to Arthur's return to Avalon, the circle closing, the end. My song of the end could be either Merlin's Prophesy, or the dream Arthur himself had the night before his death at Mordred's hands where Gawaine had warned him not to do battle that day. Hence "my song" of the end, being blind and decayed meaning he knew what was to come but acted anyway.

    "Listen crowd
    I'll tell you everything
    Though I have to say
    I don't know much
    Talking about a past
    And future secret
    Most called him once
    And future king
    Far back in the past
    I saw his ending
    Long before it started
    I knew his name
    He's the one who took the sword
    Out of the stone
    It's how that ancient tale began
    I hear it in the cold winds"

    To me this almost has to be Merlin voiced by again the bard telling the story as is all parts, it couldn't be Bedivere regardless of him being the last person with Arthur alive. Merlin was seer and had the ability of all knowledge as he aged backwards etc. The key part being "Far back in the past I saw his ending Long before it started I knew his name" - this cannot be Bedivere.

    "My song of the end
    I had seen it in my dreams
    My song of the end
    I can't stop the darkening clouds"

    Again Arthur and/or Merlin perhaps both. The both had dreams of Arthur's death, Arthur the night before the event, and Merlin as he warned him of all the events aforehand. Merlin warned him against many things that would ultimately be his undoing, the first of which wedding Guinevere which was the catalyst for all events leading to his death, Guinevere and Lancelot, the battles in France, Mored claiming the throne, Gawaine's death and Arthur's avision of his ghost warning his death. I think that part at least is his, "I can't stop the darkening clouds" Regardless of his warnings it all had to be played out. Either that or even with the avision when Arthur had the opportunity to kill Mordred even knowing it was his undoing he had to act.

    "I feel cold
    When I cry out for the bark"

    This to me is more likely Arthur than Bedivere. The reason being that Arthur sent him to throw Excalibur into the lake and he failed twice because he didn't want to throw such a great sword to the lake to be forgotten forever, only on the third time he actually threw the sword and the Lady claimed it. Then when he brought Arthur to the lake the barge was waiting. Morgana asked why Arthur was so long as his wound was "cold", to me it was Arthur feeling his death upon him crying out for the barge while Bedivere failed to do as he asked twice.

    "Take him back to Avalon
    Dwell on for a new age
    So long sleep well my friend
    Take him back to Avalon
    I will wait and guard
    The future king's crown"

    This may be the only part spoken by neither of the three aforementioned. Possibly being Morgana that said to take him back to Avalon. At this time Arthur said to Bedivere he would be taken to Avalon to be healed. The remaining part clearly being Bedivere,"So long sleep well my friend Take him back to Avalon I will wait and guard The future king's crown"

    The closing being the hardest to decide on for me even though generally it is the chorus.

    "My song of the end
    It was nice but now it's gone"

    Bedivere saying his goodbyes, it was nice but now it's over, everyone was dead but him.

    "My song of the end
    It was fixed the whole time
    My song of the end
    I saw it all"

    Again, more than likely Merlin, and/or the storyteller/bard aka Hansi himself.

    But only one person saw it from beginning to end before it ever happened, and that was Merlin.

    It was fixed the whole time referring to regardless of warning Arthur's fate was for the most part sealed.

    I saw it all, clearly well, he saw it all.

    And that is my take on it. I've always felt it was more so Merlin's Prophesy because some parts could not be Bedivere, specifally those of visions that Merlin had or Arthur's avision of his death the night before. The remainder clearly fits with Bedivere. So overall I agree it is the bard and Hansi's tale, but parts of which are the viewpoint of Merlin, Arthur and Bedivere.

    I'll be reading The Once and Future King next so we'll see if that changes my view, regardless this song is amazing and even more so to me now.

    Peace.
    JinLi3105on February 17, 2013   Link

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