Queen And The Soldier

Suzanne Vega

 AmAmFF
The soldier came knocking upon the queen's door
 Cadd9GCadd9G
He said, "I am not fighting for you anymore"
 AmAmF
And the queen knew she'd seen his face    someplace before
 CGCadd9
And slowly she let him inside

 AmAmFF
He said, "I've watched your palace up here on the hill
 Cadd9GCadd9G
And I've wondered who's the woman for whom we all kill
 AmAmFF
But I am leaving tomorrow, and you can do what you will
 CGCadd9
Only first I am asking you why"

 FFC9C9
Down the long narrow hall he was led
 D7sus4D7sus4D7Dm
 Into her room with her tapestries red
 AmAmFF
And she never once took the crown from her head
 CGCadd9
She asked him there to sit down

 AmAmFF
He said, "I see you now and you are so very young
 Cadd9GCadd9G
But I've seen more battles lost than I have battles won
 AmAmFF
And I've got this intuition says it's all for your fun
 CGCadd9
And now will you tell me why?"

 AmAmFF
Well the young queen, she fixed him with an arrogant eye   
 Cadd9GCadd9G
She said, "You won't understand, and you may as well not try"
 AmAmFF
But her face was a child's, and he thought she would cry
 CGCadd9
But she closed herself up like a fan

 FFC9C9
And she said, "I have swallowed a secret burning thread
 D7sus4D7sus4D7Dm
It cuts me inside and often I've bled"
 AmAmFF
And he laid his hand then on the top of her head
 CGCadd9
And he bowed her down to the ground

 D7Dm
OooooooooooooH
 Cadd9
OooooooooooooooH

 AmAmFF
"Tell me how hungry are you, how weak you must feel
 Cadd9GCadd9G
As you are living here alone and you are never revealed
 AmAmFF
But I won't march again on your battlefield"
 CGCadd9
And he took her to the window to see

 AmAmFF
And the sun it was gold, though the sky it was grey
 Cadd9GCadd9G
And she wanted more than she ever could say
 AmAmFF
But she knew how it frightened her and she turned away
 CGCadd9
And would not look at his face again

 FFC9C9
He said, "I want to live as an honest man
 D7sus4D7sus4D7Dm
To get all I deserve and to give all I can
 AmAnFF
And to love a young woman whom I don't understand
 CGCadd9
Your highness, your ways are very strange"

 AmAmFF
But the crown, it had fallen, and she thought she would break
 Cadd9GCadd9G
And she stood there ashamed of the way her heart ached
 AmAmFF
And she took him to the doorstep and she asked him to wait
 CGCadd9
She would only be a moment inside

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 AmAmFF
 Out in the distance her order was heard
 CGCG
And the soldier was killed still waiting for her word
 F
And while the queen went on strangling in the solitude she preferred
 CGCG
The battle       continued on      

 D7Dm
Ooooooooooooooooh
 Cadd9
Oooooooooooooooooh

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