Lyrics to Ja Nun Hons Pris

Lyrics to the song Ja Nun Hons Pris as recorded by Bryan Ferry.

Ja Nun Hons Pris

Ja nun hons pris ne dira sa raison
Adroitement, se dolantement non
Mais par effort il faire chancon
Mout ai amis, mais povre sunt li don


Ja Nun Hons Pris

Album Track

Ja Nun Hons Pris is a new piece recorded by Bryan Ferry for the forthcoming album 'Frantic' due 15th April 2002.

This is taken from piece of music called Ja nus hons pris, for consort
Composed By Coeur-de-lion Richard.

Thanks To Han Snijders fro the following research

King Richard's Ballad

This haunting and plaintive ballad has long been attributed to Richard I of
England. It was written when King Richard was imprisoned and held for ransom when he was returning from the Third Crusade. Here are the words (translated from the Old French in which they were written):

"Indeed no captive can tell his story truly, unless it be sadly.

But with an effort he can express the sadness in song.

I have many friends, but their gifts are poor.

They show me no honour, if for want of a ransom,

I am held prisoner here for two more winters."


Ja Nuns Hors Pris, (song of Captivity) 1194

No prisoner will ever state his case cleverly, he will put it in a sorrowful way; he can, however, write a song to comfort himself. I have many friends but their gifts are few in numbers. They will be shamed if I remain in captivity these two winters because my ransom is not paid.

my men and barons, from England, Normandy, Poitou and Gascony, know that if I had a friend, I would not leave him in prison, however humble he was, if it was just a question of money. I don't say this as a reproach, but I'm still held a prisoner.

Song Musicians

Ja Nun Hons Pris is on the following Roxy Music and Solo Albums