"Ritter Ewald" is a little known German ballad. This is one of two songs given to me by Heidi Schwarz (a member both of Collegium Musicum Bremen
and Blue Tuesday
) sometime in 1998 who had heard me singing an English ballad and thought it would be a good idea for me to learn some German ones. I don't know from which source she got the songs.
This 13-verse ballad is of a nobleman going off to the wars and coming back to find his true love long departed to the heavenly regions beyond mortal temptations. He turns pacifist, goes to a monastery and dies himself a year later. The object of the exercise being that his grave should be beside his sweetheart's as proof of his fidelity. All splendid stuff, dear surfer.