The Cage and The King Must Die – Videos 18 & 19 – Album “Elton John”

31 07 2010

Alas!  Another Elton John “Daily” Piano Cover Vlog!!!  And a double whammy at that.  Today’s videos are the last two tracks on the Elton John album, The Cage and The King Must Die. 

These two tracks both have some kind of medieval feeling to me.  The King Must Die for obvious reasons and The Cage just creates this medieval imagery for me…not sure why, it just does.  So I suppose it makes sense to combine these two in one vlog!  I also feel they provide an excellent contrast to each other.

So without much further ado, please enjoy my versions of the King Must Die and The Cage.  I’ve decided to start shortening the blogs and making it more about the music.  I’ve had to cut it down because I’m not creating videos at the rate I wanted to.  So I figure if I cut out a little of the busy-work and start cranking out videos, things will run more smoothly.  Also, now that I’ve finished out the Elton John album, I’m tossing around the idea of jumping around to different albums rather than running in straight chronological order.  I think it will spice things up and plus I’ve got an itch to play stuff from Songs From the West Coast, Peachtree Road and The Captain and the Kid.  Any thoughts?!

Thanks as always for your support!

Have you ever lived in a cage
Where you live to be whipped and be tamed
For I’ve never loved in a cage
Or talked to a friend or just waved

Well I walk while they talk about virtue
Just raised on my back legs and snarled
Watched you kiss your old daddy with passion
And tell dirty jokes as he died

But I’m damned when I really care there
For the cellar’s the room in your lives
Where you lace yourself with bad whiskey
And close the cage doors on your life

Well I pray while you bathe in bad water
Sing songs that I learnt as a boy
Then break all the bones in my body
On the bars you can never destroy

© 1969 Dick James Music, Inc.

No man’s a jester playing Shakespeare
Round your throne room floor
While the juggler’s act is danced upon
The crown that you once wore

And sooner or later
Everybody’s kingdom must end
And I’m so afraid your courtiers
Cannot be called best friends

Caesar’s had your troubles
Widows had to cry
While mercenaries in cloisters sing
And the king must die

Some men are better staying sailors
Take my word and go
But tell the ostler that his name was
The very first they chose

And if my hands are stained forever
And the altar should refuse me
Would you let me in, would you let me in, would you let me in
Should I cry sanctuary

No man’s a jester playing Shakespeare
Round your throne room floor
While the juggler’s act is danced upon
The crown that you once wore

The king is dead, the king is dead
The king is dead, the king is dead
Long live the king

© 1969 Dick James Music, Inc.

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