From ‘RoseWar’ the Musical
(Penultimate number, dying on battlefield – spotlight, centre or front of stage, carnage all around)
(Minor key, reflective but dramatic)
A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!
I won’t be beaten, won’t be slain,
I’ll be up on a horse again.
This land, this land, I’ve tried my best to rule,
They cannot take it now from me,
I won’t be made a fool.
I’ve loved this country with a passion, fought to keep it from my foes.
I’ve had a taste of glory, but I’ve suffered too – God only knows.
If this is my undoing, oh they’ll tell so many lies of me.
The truth will be forgotten, as they write a different history.
Though fate may see me as a clown,
I know I’m worthy of this crown.
There has not been a better man
To own this land,
Since this long war began.
A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.
I cannot die here, not today,
Dear God, it cannot end this way.
The boys, the boys,
I wish they were alive,
For they would know, through everything,
And they could tell the world
That I was not – an evil king.