"The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight" as written by and Andre/kuersch Olbrich....
The faithful crowd is gathered here
Soon they'll appear
The high and mighty show up
The king is in doubts
"Apart from this beggar here
There's no one like you my dear
Tasting my lips
No one but you and him"
Round the fire everyone should sing
And praise the gracious queen
Round the fire everyone should dance
And we praise the handsome knight
Forever and ever we both will be one
The maiden, the fair and the young fell in love

Will you still wait for me
Will you still cry for me
Come and take my hand
Will you still wait for me
Will you still cry for me
Come and take my hand

There's a moment in life
When all the years will pass by
And the eyes filled with tears
We once shed
We recognize failures
The desperate cries
Of the ones who believed in our lies

Wherever I'll go you'll be with me
My first though and my last though
We'll depart in bitterness
One day you'll understand
Carry on, beloved maiden, mine
Cary on or we have to pay the price

Will you still wait for me
Will you still cry for me
Come and take my hand
Will you still wait for me
Will you still cry for me
Come and take my hand

Yesterday's memories
And melodies
Are gone with the wind so sad
Snow-white her hands and golden her hair
But she's not the one out in the emptiness
Where everything's pale
There is no sign of you
I'm alone
How I wish you should be here
I'm alone
Telling me it's alright
Come rest your head
Come rest your head
Come rest your head
Come rest your head
I'm alone and sadness
Reigns in my heart
As long as we live
It won't go away
We are one
But torn apart

Will you still wait for me
Will you still cry for me
Come and take my hand
Will you still wait for me
Will you still cry for me
Come and take my hand

Proudly it stands
Until the worlds end
The victorious banner of love


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"The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight" as written by Hans Juergen Kuersch Andre Olbrich

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is about the tale of Tristan and Isolde. It's a medieval story when chivalrey and the knight's code are very strong themes. In the story Tristan kills Isolde's finacee and takes her on a ship to Ireland to marry his uncle. She makes life hard for Tristan on the voyage until she realises that he was the one who killed her fiance, she hates him so much, but then he looks lovingly into her eyes and so she takes pity on him. Her mother had taught her to make potions, so she prepares a poison. She asks Tristan for an appology for killing her betrothed, and he offers her his sword, but she says it will violate both of their beliefs, so she offers that they drink to peace, hoping the poison will kill them both. Instead, they fall madly in love with each other... her companion switched the potions.

    They meet in the secrets of night where they can be together. Unfortunately King Marke (the guy who was supposed to marry Isolde) finds out and he's pretty mad about it, because Tristan was the one who urged him to seek out a bride and is angered at what disgrace Tristan brought him. So he sets out to find Tristan. Tristan asks Isolde if she will join him in the next life, and she agrees. I think she gives him a potion to keep him alive until she can be with him again, but I'm not sure what happens there. Anyhoo, Marke stabs Tristan, and he is mortally wounded. He dies, but then awakens again because he promised not to go without Isolde. She is the only one who can save him. Marke sees what has happened and decides to bless them. But when Tristan sees Isolde, he tears off his bandages and collapses into her arms. She begs him to stay alive so they can be together a bit longer. However, he dies. So she feels that he is calling her from another world and dies also. Marke gets there too late to help them.

    It's a tragic love story and Blind Guardian did a beautiful job capturing it.
    RainbowDemonon January 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know there are differnt versions of the tale and the one posted above is probably one of the more well known versions. Anyway, to clear up a little about the story as the version above leaves out parts that are obviously in the song. So I thought I would tell the tail a little more complete as it referes to the song.

    The basic jist of the story has been told above so Ill get straight to the song.

    "The faithful crowd is gathered here
    Soon they'll appear
    The high and mighty show up the king
    Is in doubts
    "Apart from this beggar here
    There's no one like you my dear
    Tasting my lips
    No one but you and him"

    Basically whats happening here is after Tristan and Isolde are susppected of adultry, Isolde is to take an oath and swear to Mark that she has had no man between her legs other than Tristan. On the way to the court, Tristan, desquised as a beggar carries, Isolde on his back with her legs around her and carries her across the muddy river to keep her from getting wet. This way when she tells her oath, techinaclly she wount be lying cause the only person shes been with was the beggar (who was also tristan so sayin shes only been between the beggars legs was true). Isolde then appears before Mark, the nobel men and king arthur and his knights and swears her oath.

    "Round the fire everyone should sing
    And praise the gracious queen
    Round the fire everyone should dance
    And we praise the handsome knight"

    Well, the Mark (though still doubtful)and people trust Isolde and so everyone I guess is praising the gracious queen... she did no wrong as they suspected. Praise the handsome knight... they falsely accused him too so they hail him as well for no dishonoring the Kings marrage.

    "There's a moment in life when all the years will pass by
    And the eyes filled with tears we once shed
    We recognize failures, the desperate cries
    Of the ones who believed in our lies

    Whenever I'll go you'll be with me
    My first though and my last
    Though we'll depart in bitterness
    One day you'll understand

    Carry on
    Beloved maiden, mine
    Carry on
    Or we have to pay the price"

    The king tired of bearing doubt banishes Tristan and Idolse to the forest. He discovers that they are living together and finds them in bed with thier clothes on and conclude he must have made a mistake and decides to reconcile with Isolde. Tristan and Isolde feel guilty and think its best that they go thier seprate ways... Tristan leaves in exile, Isolde returns to Mark...

    "Yesterday's memories and melodies
    Are gone with the wind, so sad
    Snow-white her hands and golden her hair
    But she's not the one
    Out in the emptiness where everything's pale
    There is no sign of you, I'm alone
    How I wish you would be here, I'm alone
    Telling me it's alright, come rest (your hand)"

    Tristan marries another woman named Isolde AKA Isolde of the White Hands. Tristan is wonded in battle calles for the true Isolde to heal him cause she is gifted in healing. White sails means shes on the ship coming to him, black, shes not. When the ships come into view, Isolde of the White Hands, out of spite, tells him the sails are black and he dies of dispair.

    Isolde eventually gets there and finds him dead and also dies of dispair.

    Awesome song, great story, Blind Guardian is awesome.
    Mischief_3lfon July 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the wonderful things about this song is the ending. It wonderfully represents the story:

    Tristan and Iseult die, the music fades.

    But then, two trees grow from their graves, intertwining their branches, a sign of eternal love.

    Trumpets, choir - "Proudly it stands, until the worlds end - the victorious banner of love".

    Perfect.
    edainon April 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentANATO I think is an under appreciated BG album and this song is yet another example why. A masterpiece in my opinion everything in this song is there for a reason and placed and performed perfectly.
    ramack333on June 15, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentFantastic song, Blind Guardian is the best!
    rufimaniacon September 14, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIndeed, Blind Guardian's first every original love song. I love the gap the end before the last three lines come crashing in, and then crash out. Beautifully created.
    Arolason March 30, 2003   Link
  • -1
    General CommentHmm its always reminded me of the story the princes and the goblin, it was the first mention of goblins in folk lore written down
    WickermanTheThirdon October 16, 2009   Link

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