The songs listed on this CD tells of Gawain’s struggle with the Green Knight, and the adventure that takes place along the way. The songs listed are “In the End” by Linkin Park, “It’s my Life” by Bon Jovi, “All the Small Things” by Blink 182, “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees, and “The Game” by Disturbed. Each plays a part on his quest, ranging from the fear of the Green Knight’s axe, to the temptation of the Lady in which house he stayed. This CD will appeal to all audiences, as it is a clean collection of music with references to the epic poem written by the “Pearl Poet”.
“In the End” – Linkin Park
Sir Gawain, the nephew of King Arthur, takes up the challenge of the Green Knight, and fells a beheading blow to the knight’s neck. This starts the “winter game” the Green Knight proposed to King Arthur’s court. The blow shall be returned in “one year and one day” (160).
Gawain begins counting down the days before he embarks on his trek to receive his blow from the Green Knight. Within the song “In the End”, the first verse tells of how time goes by so quickly, and how time itself is in direct accordance with life. “Time is a valuable thing, Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings,
watch it count down to the end of the day, The clock ticks life away, It’s so unreal” (7-10).
The valiant knight Gawain fears his own death, and looks forward to the oncoming days forebodingly.
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“It’s My Life” – Bon Jovi
The knight of King Arthur’s court reaches the Green Chapel, awaiting his returned blow. After conversing with the Green Knight, he kneels down, and exposes his neck, awaiting the final blow. The Green Knight swings once, and Gawain flinches. He swings a second time, testing Gawain’s courage. The chorus for “It’s My Life” gives a good example of what must have been running through Gawain’s mind as he sat there, awaiting the blow to befall him. “It’s my life, It’s now or never, I ain’t gonna live forever, I just want to live while I’m alive” (7-9).
The chorus lines sung here depicts what Gawain was thinking, especially after the Green Knight teased him with the second swing of the axe.
“All the Small Things” – Blink 182
King Arthur states before the feasting may begin during the holiday times, there must be games played and stories told. The Green Knight entered and offered a Christmas game to the court of King Arthur. Gawain offered to play the game, and thus severs the Green Knight’s head from his body. After the predicament, Arthur states that enough games had been played. Gawain stands there, still holding the bloodied axe, and King Arthur tries to calm him down, his nephew, stating that the “axe had hewn enough today” (160).
“Keep your head still, I’ll be your thrill, the night will go on” (27-30).
King Arthur’s words calm down Gawain, and the night’s festivities continue.
“I’m a Believer” – Monkees
The entire quest Sir Gawain embarked upon, was a test of his knightly stature. His strength, honesty, and virtues were all included in his quest of testing. At the end of the epic story, Gawain stood in front of all of the members of King Arthur’s court, stating his dishonesty during the final act of his test. After he stated his fallacy, King Arthur told everyone of the Court that Gawain was teaching everyone, not harming anyone, nor Gawain himself. Arthur states that Gawain is strong, and a perfect knight, bringing forth to others what he had done during his test. In the song “I’m a Believer”, the lyrics “Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer, not a trace, of doubt in my mind. I’m in love, I’m a believer! I couldn’t leave her if I tried” (7-9), appeals to Gawain’s love of being a knight, and how he could never leave knighthood or his religion behind.
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“The Game” – Disturbed
One of Gawain’s tests was to resist the temptation of the Lady of the house in which he stayed. She visited his quarters multiple times, each day trying win his heart. The lyrics in “The Game” tell of similar situation, “Tell me exactly what am I supposed to do? Now that I have allowed you to beat me! Do you think that we could play another game? Maybe I can win this time?” (1-7).
Gawain was playing an unwinnable game with the Lady of the house, as she tempted him each day, the only way he could win was resisting her urge. During the third day of his stay, though, he gave into her will, and accepted a sash she offered. With the game Gawain and the Lord was playing, he was to give him all he won in the home. With him not upholding his end of the deal, he lost.