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Tonight is her night, and the city holds is breath,
Caught twixt life and death, as she rolls in from the suburbs,
The garrison flees and the city will burn.
Corinna rides like Boadicea tonight.
London town trembles at the sight.
Because tonight is her night.
And the youth course through the streets to lay down at her feet,
And she runs a regal eye to choose who lives and decide who dies.
Corinna rides like Boadicea tonight.
The fearful crowds part ways without a fight.
Corinna rides like Boadicea tonight.
London town trembles at the sight.
She keeps her counsel, smiles when she speaks now, from ear to ear.
She's getting married, or so they tell me, when the spring is here.
She hums a tune from a song she knows from warm summers past,
A song that was sung by kids around campfires in the quiet southwest.

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    UnregisteredJun 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm
    Corinna was an ancient greek poet. Hardly any of her work was ever found. I think that frank turner is adding to his collection of songs with references to the power of words. He is saying that, like boadicea, words are -eventually- futile and all records of spoken word will eventually be lost. Turner may be providing himself with a reason to write poetry and music to allow his memory to cling to this world for as long as possible. His desperation to be remembered is obvious in the song 'one foot before the other' from his new album.
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    UnregisteredSep 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    I love this song! Both for the beauty of the music and the depth of the lyrics. Frank Tunrner is obviously referencing the uprisings of 61-63 AD lead by Boadicea, queen of the Iceni (Briton) tribe agains several Roman towns in southern England. Boadicea is in many ways the embodiment of fierce rebellion against oppressive forces and determination. For several years she lead her tribe agains the forces of a giant Empire and almost won! Boadicea and the Iceni were fighting for their territory and also their pride, as the rebellions began after Boadicea herself was publically beaten by Roman soldiers and her daughters raped. Turner's use of words associated with violence and primeival warfare throughout the song fosters a vivid image in the mind of the listener...he almost takes us back to the 1st century AD and shows us breif clips of the battle. Turner focuses on the strength of this historical figure by portraying her througout the song as being in the midst of victory: "tonight is her night". I love the contrast of the last few lines with the rest of the song. The song ends with the calm image of children around a campfire. For me, this brings the listener back to the present day and reminds us that these events have been spoken of for centuries. In the end, though Boadicea was defeated, she is ultimately victorious because the stories of her deeds have kept her alive in the memory of her countrymen for almost 2,000 years.
    ...and that is what I get out of this song.

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