"I Had A King" as written by and Mitchell....
I had a king in a tenement castle
Lately he's taken to painting the pastel walls brown
He's taken the curtains down
He's swept with the broom of contempt
And the rooms have an empty ring
He's cleaned with the tears
Of an actor who fears for the laughter's sting-

I can't go back there anymore
You know my keys won't fit the door
You know my thoughts don't fit the man
They never can they never can

I had a king dressed in drip-dry and paisley
Lately he's taken to saying I'm crazy and blind
He lives in another time
Ladies in gingham still blush
While he sings them of wars and wine
But I in my leather and lace
I can never become that kind


I had a king in a salt-rusted carriage
Who carried me off to his country for marriage too soon
Beware of the power of moons
There's no one to blame
No there's no one to name as a traitor here
The king's on the road
And the queen's in the grove till the end of the year-


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"I Had a King" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General Commentahhh the line of beauty: "there is no one to blame, no there's no one to name as a traitor here..." blessed understanding!
    beepstreetbiscuiton July 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbeware of the power of moons!

    Oh, but sometimes the light
    Can be so hard to find
    At least the moon at the window
    The thieves left that behind.
    silverybearon March 29, 2011   Link
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    My Interpretation"The king's on the road
    And the queen's in the grove till the end of the year"

    Here's another line that just grabs me. The word 'grove' brings up a peaceful and restorative image. So she's recovering from the broken relationship in her grove, but come the "end of the year" she'll be back at it, despite her frustrations.
    Dionysuson April 18, 2014   Link

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