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"Take Me to the Fair" is a song featured in the 1967 film Camelot with music written by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. In the song, Guinevere (Vanessa Redgrave), who initially dislikes Lancelot (Franco Nero), incites three of the best knights – Sir Lionel (Gray Marshal), Sir Sagramore (Peter Bromilow), and Sir Dinadan (Anthony Rogers) – to challenge him to a joust.

Lyrics

Guinevere:
Sir Lionel!
Do you recall the other night
That I distinctly said you might
Serve as my escort at the next town fair?
Well, I'm afraid there's someone who
I must invite in place of you
Someone who plainly is beyond compare
That Frenchman's power is more tremendous
Than I have e'er seen anywhere
And when a man is that stupendous
He, by right, should take me to the fair

Sir Lionel:
Your majesty, let me tilt with him and smite him!
Don't refuse me so abruptly, I implore!
Oh, give me the opportunity to fight him
And Gaul will be divided once more!

Guinevere:
You will bash and thrash him?

Sir Lionel:
I'll smash and mash him

Guinevere:
You'll give him trouble?

Sir Lionel:
He will be rubble

Guinevere:
A mighty whack?

Sir Lionel:
His skull will crack

Guinevere:
Well...
Then you may take me to the fair
If you do all the things you promise
In fact, my heart would break should you not take me to the fair

Sir Sagramore!
I have some rather painful news
Relative to the subject who's
To be beside me at the next court ball
You were the chosen one, I know
But as tradition it should go
To the unquestioned champion in the hall
And I'm convinced that splendid Frenchman
Can easily conquer one and all
And besting all our local henchmen
He should sit beside me at the ball

Sir Sagramore:
I beg of you, ma'am, withhold your invitation
I swear to you this challenge will be met
And when I have finished up the operation
I'll serve him to your highness en brochette!

Guinevere:
You'll pierce right through him?

Sir Sagramore:
I'll barbecue him!

Guinevere:
A wicked thrust?

Sir Sagramore:
'Twill be dust to dust!

Guinevere:
From fore to aft?

Sir Sagramore:
He'll feel a draft!

Guinevere:
Well then...
You may sit by me at the ball
If you demolish him in battle
In fact, I know I'd cry were you not by me at the ball

Sir Dinadan!
Didn't I promise that you may
Guide me to London on the day
That I go up to judge the cattle show?
As it is quite a nasty ride
There must be someone at my side
Who'll be defending me from beast and foe
So when I choose whom I prefer go
I take the strongest knight I know
And young du Lac seems strongest, ergo
He should take me to the cattle show

Sir Dinadan:
Your Majesty can't believe this blustering prattle
Let him prove it with a sword or lance instead!
I promise you, when I've done this Gaul in battle
His shoulders will be lonesome for his head!

Guinevere:
You'll disconnect him?

Sir Dinadan:
I'll vivisect him

Guinevere:
You'll open-wide him?

Sir Dinadan:
I'll subdivide him

Guinevere:
Oh, dear, dear, dear, dear, dear
Then you may guide me to the show
If you can carry out your program
In fact, I'd grieve inside should you not guide me to the show

Sir Lionel/Sagramore/Dinadan:
Milady, we shall put an end to
That Galic bag of noise and nerve
When we do all that we intend to
He'll be a plate of French hors d'ouvres!

Guinevere:
I do applaud your noble goals
Now let us see if you achieve them
And if you do, then you will be the three
Who will go to the ball, to the show
And take me to the fair


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Media
Films: Camelot (Soundtrack/Video) • ExcaliburQuest for CamelotKing Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Shorts: Knighty Knight BugsAnimaniacs (Sir Yaksalot) • Bugs Bunny in King Arthur's Court

Characters
KayleyGarrettAydenDevon and CornwallBladebeakRuberLady JulianaSir LionelKing ArthurMerlinThe GriffinRuber's minionsRock OgreKing Arthur's KnightsBladebeak's wifeGuinevereLancelot
Locations
CamelotEnglandJuliana's HomeThe Forbidden ForestDragon CountryRock Ogre's Cave
Weapons/Objects
ExcaliburThe Magic Stone
Songs
I Wonder What the King is Doing TonightThe Simple Joys of MaidenhoodCamelotC'est MoiThe Lusty Month of MayTake Me to the FairHow to Handle a WomanIf Ever I Would Leave YouWhat Do the Simple Folk Do?I Loved You Once in SilenceFollow MeGuinevereFinale Ultimo
See also
Quest for Camelot
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