C F G King Arthur's knights they filled the table round, F G Save for one who stood before them. C G For once without a weapon, F G For once he stood in shame. C F The trial's charge was treason, Dm G And betrayal of an oath. C F And should his guilt be proven, Dm G Death would fall on traitors both. C F G The knights would counsel Arthur's hard decision. C F And Lancelot, his head held high said, Dm G "I'm tried for love of Guinevere. C My crime was love." C F G The first to speak was Kay with sharpest tongue: F G "He is a man like any other. C G The word of Kings command him, F G His heart does not obey. C F For all his strength and boldness, Dm F This knight's spirit is too weak. C F His crime has no excuses, Dm G And no favours may he seek. C F G The laws of Kings don't bend and can't be broken." C F And Lancelot, his head held high said, Dm G "I stand for love of Guinevere. C For pride in love." C F G "I know this knight right well," spoke bold Gawain, F G "And he has ever stood beside me. C G With steel he's answered insults, F G Defended chivalry. C F And oft this man contended Dm F For the honour of your wife. C F His actions were not proper, Dm G But should not cost him his life. C F G His service past should earn of you some mercy." C F And Lancelot his head held high said, Dm G "I fought for love of Guinevere. C I'll fight for love." C F G Sir Tristan spoke, "I love my uncle's wife. C F For her I gladly suffer, G She is my heart's delight. F C Isolde, the one who tempts me, F G And she for whom I'm pure. F C My love for her confounds me, Dm G And is all of which I'm sure. C F G I understand my brother's contradictions." C F And Lancelot, his head held high said, Dm G "I cry my love for Guinevere. C I've cried for love." C F G Spoke Galahad, the purest of them all: F G "Have no fear of predilection. C G For though he is my father, F G He is my source of shame. C F He joined in sinful union Dm F With my unbeguiling mother. C F And for all his claim at virtue, Dm G He has gone and bed another. C F G The laws of God declare this act damnation." C F And Lancelot, his head held high said, Dm G "I lie in love with Guinevere. C I've lied for love." C F G As Arthur wept, he called the wrath of heaven F G On the lovers who'd betrayed him. C G On the knight he had called 'brother' F G Thought worthy of his trust. C F On the queen who'd hid deception, Dm F Yet could say she loved him still. C F For lost innocence and beauty, Dm G And in justice for their guilt. C F G King Arthur knew the only price for treason. C F And Lancelot, his head held high said, Dm G "I'll die in love with Guinevere. C I'd die for love."