Greensleeves is a traditional English folk song in the form of romanesca. The tune can be traced back to its first registration in September, 1580, at the London Station's Company. The song has been widely played and rearranged since then including the popular Christmas carol, "What Child Is This?"
- 1 Games
- 1.1 Cliff Hanger (C64)
- 1.2 Creative Music System (DOS)
- 1.3 King's Quest: Quest For the Crown (DOS)
- 1.4 King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne (DOS)
- 1.5 King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (DOS)
- 1.6 King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (AMI)
- 1.7 King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (AST)
- 1.8 King of Kings: The Early Years (NES)
- 1.9 Magic Jewelry (NES)
- 2 Sheet Music
- 3 Lyrics
- 4 Links
Cliff Hanger (C64)
Creative Music System (DOS)
One of the songs bundled in with the sound card is titled Lovely Greensleeves and is a rendition of the traditional tune. The song plays through two SAA1099 chips. The file name is GRNSLEEV.CMS.
King's Quest: Quest For the Crown (DOS)
Greensleeves retroactively replaced the game's title music to match the earlier King's Quest II release. The tune can be heard for both the 3 voice chip, and the PC speaker. The title tune is Sound.000 in the game's data files.
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne (DOS)
Greensleeves reprises its role as the game's title music. The bootloader version needs to be checked to see if KQ2 started the Greensleeves trend. The title tune is Sound.000 in the game's data files.
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (DOS)
Greensleeves makes a reappearance in King's Quest 4 as a song played by the wandering minstrel the third time you ask him to play a song. Unfortunately, he's not very skilled at playing and messes up halfway through the first few bars, repeats them, and then hurries to the end. These mistakes are not as pronounced in the lower-fidelity versions of the song. The song can be played on five different types of output. The song is Sound.015 in the game's data files.
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (AMI)
The Amiga port plays the song on the built-in 8364 audio chip.
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (AST)
The Atari ST port included at least two types of output, one for Roland devices and one for the system's built-in YM2149 audio chip. Since the Roland output is the same as the DOS release, it will not be recorded.
King of Kings: The Early Years (NES)
Magic Jewelry (NES)
The lyrics to Greensleeves have been changed and expanded over the years.
Alas, my love, you do me wrong, To cast me off discourteously. For I have loved you well and long, Delighting in your company. Chorus: Greensleeves was all my joy Greensleeves was my delight, Greensleeves was my heart of gold, And who but my lady greensleeves. Alas, my love, that you should own A heart of wanton vanity, So I must meditate alone Upon your insincerity. (Chorus) Your vows you've broken, like my heart, Oh, why did you so enrapture me? Now I remain in a world apart But my heart remains in captivity. (Chorus) I have been ready at your hand, To grant whatever you would crave, I have both wagered life and land, Your love and good-will for to have. (Chorus) If you intend thus to disdain, It does the more enrapture me, And even so, I still remain A lover in captivity. (Chorus) My men were clothed all in green, And they did ever wait on thee; All this was gallant to be seen, And yet thou wouldst not love me. (Chorus) Thou couldst desire no earthly thing, but still thou hadst it readily. Thy music still to play and sing; And yet thou wouldst not love me. (Chorus) Well, I will pray to God on high, that thou my constancy mayst see, And that yet once before I die, Thou wilt vouchsafe to love me. (Chorus) Ah, Greensleeves, now farewell, adieu, To God I pray to prosper thee, For I am still thy lover true, Come once again and love me. (Chorus)
Alas my loue, ye do me wrong, to cast me off discurteously: And I haue loued you so long Delighting in your companie. Chorus: Greensleeues was all my ioy, Greensleeues was my delight: Greensleeues was my heart of gold, And who but Ladie Greensleeues. I haue been readie at your hand, to grant what euer you would craue. I haue both waged life and land, your loue and good will for to haue. (Chorus) I bought three kerchers to thy head, that were wrought fine and gallantly: I kept thee both boord and bed, Which cost my purse wel fauouredly. (Chorus) I bought thee peticotes of the best, the cloth so fine as might be: I gaue thee iewels for thy chest, and all this cost I spent on thee. (Chorus) Thy smock of silk, both faire and white, with gold embrodered gorgeously: Thy peticote of Sendall right: and thus I bought thee gladly. (Chorus) Thy smock of gold so crimson red, with pearles bedecked sumptuously: The like no other lasses had, and yet thou wouldst not loue me, (Chorus) Thy purse and eke thy gay guilt kniues, thy pincase gallant to the eie: No better wore the Burgesse wiues, and yet thou wouldst not loue me. (Chorus) Thy crimson stockings all of silk, with golde all wrought aboue the knee, Thy pumps as white as was the milk, and yet thou wouldst not loue me. (Chorus) Thy gown was of the grossie green, thy sleeues of Satten hanging by: Which made thee be our haruest Queen, and yet thou wouldst not loue me. (Chorus) Thy garters fringed with the golde, And siluer aglets hanging by, Which made thee blithe for to beholde, And yet thou wouldst not loue me. (Chorus) My gayest gelding I thee gaue, To ride where euer liked thee, No Ladie euer was so braue, And yet thou wouldst not loue me. (Chorus) My men were clothed all in green, And they did euer wait on thee: Al this was gallant to be seen, and yet thou wouldst not loue me. (Chorus) They set thee vp, they took thee downe, they serued thee with humilitie, Thy foote might not once touch the ground, and yet thou wouldst not loue me. (Chorus) For euerie morning when thou rose, I sent thee dainties orderly: To cheare thy stomack from all woes, and yet thou wouldst not loue me. (Chorus) Thou couldst desire no earthly thing. But stil thou hadst it readily: Thy musicke still to play and sing, And yet thou wouldst not loue me. (Chorus) And who did pay for all this geare, that thou didst spend when pleased thee? Euen I that am reiected here, and thou disdainst to loue me. (Chorus) Wel, I wil pray to God on hie, that thou my constancie maist see: And that yet once before I die, thou wilt vouchsafe to loue me. (Chorus) Greensleeues now farewel adue, God I pray to prosper thee: For I am stil thy louer true, come once againe and loue me.