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Jim Dixon Lyr Req: Michael Fagan / Palace Prowler (15) Lyr Add: THE QUEEN'S BED 08 Jun 20

These are my transcriptions. I found the first version on Spotify:


I. As recorded by Paul O'Reilly on "The Poet's Dream" (2009)

1. I once sat down for to write a song with a foolscap sheet and my pencil bare.
I scratched my head for God knows how long but not a more(?) subject I found there.
I allowed my mind to ramble free through heroes bold and ladies fair.
'Twas then I got my inspiration from Charles Mitchel o'er the air.

CHORUS: Who was the man sittin' in the queen's bed? How many times was he there before?
If he wasn't gettin' somethin' nice, why did he keep goin' back for more?

2. They say he asked her for a fag but he only meant a cigarette,
So she stepped in to somehow drag and rang the bodyguard to get,
But the bloody bell was out of order and hadn't worked for quite some time.
Now I don't know if they've fixed it yet, but I hear they've locked up all the wine.

3. The question that was posed by many: where was Phillip on that morn?
Some say he hadn't slept with her since the last young prince to her was born.
But I think she still was fond of Fagan, for she never screamed or hollered "Thief!"
If a woman can't get home assistance she must get total(?) relief.

4. Well, there isn't very many reasons a man would be in a woman's bed.
He was either tired an' sleepin' or searchin' for the maidenhead;
But we're not supposed to talk like that, for after all she is the queen,
But I wouldn't put me walkin'-stick in the place where poor old Fagan's been.

II. As sung by Tim Quan on YouTube.

No significant differences from the above, except:

Verse 1, lines 2-3:

I struggled for some inspiration; nothin' unto me appeared.
I thought of kings and queens of ancient, and common folk just to compare.

Verse 2 line 2:
She went through and somehow ragged(?)….

Verse 3 line 3:
Still I think she was kind of fond of Fagan….

Verse 4 line 2:
He's either settlin' down for sleep….

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I am still not satisfied with verse 3 line 4. I don't think the word is "total" but I can't make out what it is. I suspect it is some term from the Irish welfare or health care system.

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