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Old 07-31-2011, 04:02 AM   #4471 (permalink)
Liljagare
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Originally Posted by VEGANGELICA View Post
I like the song, but when I saw that video several months ago I strongly wished they would have made a different one that didn't have a melodramatic, cliche plot with the captured damsel and the man who gets killed at the end. I prefer the song without the video, which seems so preposterous to me that it interferes with appreciation of the music. The video is like a really, really, really bad romance novel.
But it is not a plot they came up with..it is an interpretation of Alfred Noyes's "Highwayman" poem. I actually like the music video since I read the poem before I saw the video (kind of like reading the book before the movie ).

"And still on a winter's night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
When the road is a gypsy's ribbon looping the purple moor,
The highwayman comes riding--
Riding--riding--
The highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door.

Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard,
He taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred,
He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter--
Bess, the landlord's daughter--
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair."
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