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The Emperor, The Concubine & The Commoner

Words & Music by Clementine

Hundreds of years ago when emperors rule
The most beautiful girl was torn apart
An honour to her family but death to her heart
A mistress she will be, the emperor’s concubine.

I was a commoner, a slave to the rules
Inside the Forbidden City, I was rooted
With a glimpse of her peach blossom eyes
Caught, imprisoned and beaten
Oh, what a grave sin it is to stare at the emperor’s concubine

One gloomy night she came and brought some provisions
Completely forgetting the hunger and pain
As she parted her lips for a brief conversation
The visit has blossomed into romance
The beginning of a tragic affair with the emperor’s concubine

Upon release I go back to my woodcutting station
And under the new moon’s light to my lover’s temptation
Inside the forest, witnessed by the stars, we made love
Parting before the rituals begin in the palace of the emperor’s concubine

Fire in our eyes
Fire in our hearts
We have dared to defy imperial convention

Some good things never last, and for us it quickly came to pass
Like a Shakespearian sonnet, knocking at the doors of death
The emperor’s fury was conquered with love and mercy
To his concubine he said, “Remove the unwanted in your womb,
And your life will be spared.”

Fire in our eyes
Fire in our hearts
We have dared to defy imperial convention
Off with our heads
Off with our lives
We will wait till our next incarnation.



6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Arohbi #

    my top favorite song followed by solitary north star. when listening to this song it always make me imagine the story hahahaa…

    January 9, 2014
  2. chard #

    sir clem chords po nito please ^^, napanuod ko ung sa Baybeats, amazing performance talga.. iba ibang pag live.. galing.. thanks.

    October 1, 2010
  3. april #

    sir clem….balita ko itong kanta na ginawa nyo ay hango sa hidden scroll of china?tama po ba…pede malaman kung anung kwento un??hehehe curious kc ako eh…thanks

    February 3, 2010
  4. mark gregory #

    sana mauna tong kanta sa mga lalagyan nyo ng chords..thanks sa post ng chords ng markers of beautiful memories..lupet tlg

    December 20, 2009
  5. mark gregory #

    congrats sa show nyo sa libis ganda galing nyo pati juan pablo dream..ask ko lng ala kyo chords nitong kanta..paborito ko kc to
    tnx and more power

    December 18, 2009
    • thanks mark! will upload the chord sheet one by one in the lyrics section. come back from time to time. cheers!

      December 18, 2009

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