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The English Curse Songfacts states that this song tells the story of William II (c.1056 – 2 August 1100) who was killed in a hunting accident. There is a legend which claims that the king died because locals had placed a curse on him for stealing their land.

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Many years back when these old oaks were young,
not long after the north men had come
a low and evil deed was done
in the dark of the new forest

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  • Can't unhear 'fecking' instead of 'fair king'.
  • This is epic beyond words!
  • I think the subtle xylophone in the background really adds to the atmosphere on this track.
  • This song is perfect
  • too bloody right!
  • Fantastic when performed live
  • best on new album?
  • i wish frank had taught me history.
  • such a powerful voice
  • Such an awesome riff

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