The video was the first time I put the lyrics in context of the whole Guinevere, Lancelot, King Arthur story. The books on the shelf were “Wales & Arthurian” and “Creatures, Fairies.”
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“Can you kneel before this king and say, ‘I’m clean'” really does make one think of Guinevere and Lancelot’s affair and breaking Arthur’s trust.
The affair between Guinevere and Lancelot is widely acknowledged as the catalyst for the downfall of King Arthur’s kingdom. The message, as you might already know, is that the strength of a people relies on trust and loyalty.
“Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life” is about this idea of trust and loyalty. The great thing about this phrase is the play on the word “truth.”
In Middle English, the word “trooth” has a double meaning. It means 1) fidelity, loyalty and/or 2) pledge or promise.
In the context of Guinevere and Arthur, we see that their “trooth” is about their pledge or promise to be true to each other.
“Being true to each other” is a phrase that gets thrown a lot. Didn’t realize until this year when I took a class on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales that truth is not just about being honest if you get caught cheating.
Truth is beyond being true to a person. It’s about being true to your word, your promise of being faithful. It’s ultimately about being true to yourself because your word is a reflection of you.
So when the end of the song goes “Lead me to the truth…” it’s once again about this notion of loyalty and trust. What’s great is that there are multiple layers of loyalty: between husband and wife, between King and Knight, one person to another, one person to a kingdom, a kingdom to its leader.
“Lead me to the truth…” can also simply be about a girl telling a guy that she loves him and makes the promise to be truthful/faithful to him. And because of this promise, the guy will be with her.
So what does “Her white blank page” mean? I think it has something to do with Guinevere being clean. Or maybe this line is out of the Arthurian context. Maybe it’s about a guy cheating on his lover and knowing that his lover was clean and did not do anything to be at fault.