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Doomed Queens- A Fanmix

Doomed Queens: The tragic tale of royal women who have met bad ends told in song.

Author Note #1: The idea for this fanmix has been running in my mind for over a year now and I've finally finished it. I don't know where my morbid obsession with the tragedy that was the lives of female monarchs but it has developed into a passion of mine and greatly influenced my love of history (which is one of my majors, the other being education).

I wanted to do a commentary for this and put tidbits of info on different queens for each song but I figure, if you're interested, ask in the comment section below and I'll give you some insight on my song choices and which queen(s) I had in mind.

A/N #2: The original picture I used for the cover art can be found here.


Pretty Dress...Rosie Thomas
Put your pretty dress on
It's time for you to go to the dance
Tie your hair in ribbons and lace
And wear pearls around your neck
And all the pretty princes will see you

Marry Me...Emilie Autumn
What beautiful things I'll wear
What beautiful dresses and hair
I'm lucky to share his bed
Especially since I'll soon be dead

God Save the Queen...Nouvelle Vogue
Don't be told what you want
Don't be told what you need
There's no future, no future
No future for you

Shut Your Mouth...Garbage
Shut your mouth
Try not to panic
Just shut your mouth
If you can do it

I hear you say it
Play it smart girl
Win the game love
Give 'em what they want

Apres Moi...Regina Spektor
I must go on standing
You can't break that which isn't yours
I must go on standing
I'm not my own, it's not my choice

Heads Will Roll...Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Off with your head
Dance 'til you're dead
Heads will roll
Heads will roll
Heads will roll
On the floor

Viva La Vida...Lady Gaga
I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets that I used to own
Revolutionaries wait
For my blonde head on a silver plate
Just a GaGa on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be queen?

O Death, Rock Me Asleep...Katy Rose
Alone in prison strong
I wait my destiny.
Woe worth this cruel hap that I
Should taste this misery!
Toll on, thou passing bell;
Ring out my doleful knell;
Let thy sound my death tell.
Death doth draw nigh;
There is no remedy.


This fanmix has been like my baby and I can't wait to hear feedback so kindly leave a comment if you are snagging.

EDITED, MORE NOTES: I believe that Marry Me is one of the best songs on this mix for the topic. It not only describes the life of Queens perfectly but the life of women throughout human's history. Women were not people, they were property, they were deals in a contracts and they had to stand there, look pretty, and act like they were not only happy with their lives but grateful to their masculine betters. The women we hear about in history class are the women that were extraordinary or defied their 'betters'. We rarely hear about the lives of the women who had no choice but to do what they told. I feel this song portrayed that voice, of 'these are my circumstances, how do I enjoy my life with what little control of it I have' and that plight that women have dealt with for century's. In my mind this song is an anthem. And I wish that the women of the past could see how far we come and how much closer we are to being the equals of our father, brothers, and husbands.

I suck at photoshop and spent the majority of my time making this mix trying to create a cover that was reminiscent of Hole's new cd cover but eventually I decided to go with the chess theme. For simplicity and also to go with Queen Victoria's Line in Young Victoria, "Do you ever feel like a chess piece yourself? In a game being played against your will. "


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Feb. 1st, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
Am here from indie exchange and OMG THIS IS THE BESTEST IDEA FOR A MIX EVER. I love it. May I ask a blanket question of which Queens you had in mind?

So downloading this :)

(btw high-five for the use of Heads Will Roll. I giggled.)

Thank you!

EDIT- love the cover art also

Edited at 2011-02-01 08:56 am (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
long and descriptive but here it is.
Thank you so much! And you are very welcome! The cover art was something that bothered me for a long time so I'm glad you like it.

Heads will Roll has more allusions to Alice in Wonderland but I always picture the Tudors where decapitates people like mad or the French Revolution with its overuse of the guillotine. So I had to add it. :)

For each song I tried to keep it general to most queen cases. I didn't want to Make a Marie Antoinette mix, or a Boadicea Mix, or a every single one of Henry's wives mix but I there are some queens situations that inspired each song.

For Pretty Dress, I got inspiration from Jeanne of Navarre who was basically groomed to be her whole life to be wed. When she finally was, her mother in law (who was displeased with the union) tried to kill her time a couple of times. People said Jeanne was eventually killed via a pair of poisoned gloves she was to wear to her wedding day given to her by her mother in law but the autopsy report says she died of tuberculosis.

Marry me was mostly inspired by Kitty Howard, Henry 8's 5th wife. Kitty was married to Henry when he was no longer the attractive king he once was. He had become fat and a leg wound he had gave off a nasty odor and needed to drained of pus each night. Kitty, completely unschooled in the rules of monarchy, fell for the charms of Culpepper and lost her head because of it.

For God Save the Queen, Although the lyrics are more privy to a an English queen I was reminded more of a French Princess turned Spanish Queen, Blanche of Bourbon. Her parents married her off to Pedro the Cruel, who locked her in a tower (much like Rapunzel). Although people were sympathetic to her situation no one was sent to rescue her and she spent a third of her life locked in that tower until her death 8 years later. Pedro either poisoned her or sent an assassin to kill her with a crossbow. She was 22.

Shut Your Mouth was inspired by Marie Antoinette, who was doomed to be Queen when the French did not want one, especially ad Austrian one. Her reputation was completely destroyed by hearsay and then her life was completely destroyed by the Revolution.

Apres Moi is a second song that has ties to Marie Antoinette. The phrase in this song 'Apres Moi de la luge' was said to be a quote from her husband meaning, 'After me comes the flood' but I actually Sophia Aleksyevna. She convinced her Russian Tsar father to let her take lessons with her older brother. Sophia rebelled in other small ways. She insisted on attended council meetings and made sure she conversed with those important men who influenced policies in Russia. Her brother fell ill and died leaving the throne to her younger brothers Ivan and Peter who remained uneducated (apparently they were too far down the line of successors). Ivan was an invalid so Peter was to rule at 10 years old. Sophia got to skeaming. She spread rumors that Peter's relatives poisoned her older brother and then she convinced her younger brothers that it would be in their best interest to let her rule until they were old enough to share the throne. She was a great queen until Peter turned 17 when she was forced to surrender the throne. A decade later, when Peter was out of the country some of Sophia's supporters rioted and were killed and hung outside Sophia's window. Since Sophia was smart she knew in order to save her life she had to become a nun. She spent the rest of her life in solitary confinement. Peter wasn't a too hot ruler lending inspiration to the words 'after me comes the flood. The line,
"You can't break that which isn't yours" refers to tradition. Although Sophia was more qualified to rule than her brother and a great ruler, she was woman and men were the rulers. A tradition like many others she tried to break.
Feb. 1st, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Re: long and descriptive but here it is.

Viva la Vida is yet another song with ties to Marie Antoinette. Coldplay's song was said to be inspired by her husband Louis VI 's Rule. I picked Lady Gaga's rendition after rummaging through a massive amount of covers as I wanted a female singer. I also wanted the lines 'The old king is dead, long live the king' to be changed to Queen but none of the covers had this. Eventually the lines 'For my blonde head on a silver plate' and 'Oh who would ever want to be queen?' won out. When I hear this song I really do think of Marie Antoinette. But the references to gambling and being the supreme ruler only to have your subjects turn against you. The is a universal theme for a lot of rulers. Some themes of the song can be referenced to Jane Grey who ruled for only 9 days before she was executed by her cousin, Mary and Mary Queen of Scots, who was executed by her cousin, Elizabeth I, and known for her religious devotion and considered a Martyr.

The poem "Oh Death Rock Me Asleep" was believed to have been authored by Anne Boleyn and reveals that she may have hoped death would end her suffering. Although it is now known that the poem was not penned by Anne, I feel it adequately describes what it feels like to wait for your execution.

Feb. 1st, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
Wow- your comments have just made me love this mix even more. The amount of thought that has gone into it is fantastic. And I love that you mentioned both a few Queens that I have heard of, and some that I haven't, so now I can go reasearch them, because their stories sound fasicnating.

Thank you so much :)
Feb. 2nd, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
I'm glad, I thought I may have overdone it. If you have any questions or trouble finding information, I'd be happy to help. Happy researching and enjoy the mix.
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)

I already love most of these songs, but I LOVE that you incorporated them into this theme, which I also love, obviously. The Nouvelle Vague song will be new for me, specifically.

I just read your commentary on all the queens you associate with the songs. I'd never heard of Blanche or Jeanne before; Jeanne's myth is really awesome. It sounds like a fairytale or something. Of course, TB makes a lot more sense than poisoned gloves.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
Nouvelle Vague's song is a Sex Pistols cover. I've had it stuck in my head for days. I'm actually trying to figure out if Jeanne's story inspired the Rapunzel fairytale.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy listening to the mix!
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
This mix is made so much more amazing because of the idea behind it. <3

Seriously. I love this mix to pieces.

Downloading ASAP.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
glad you like it! enjoy.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
This is AMAAAAAAAAZING. The song choices are perfect (Regina! Rosie Thomas!) and I really like the cover art. Just wondering, did you get inspired by the book 'Doomed Queens' by Kris Waldherr? :3

And I'll be snagging the zip. Thank you!
Feb. 2nd, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
I love that book.
I tinkered with the idea of the mix a while before I read Doomed Queens. After read Kris' book I really had an idea of what I wanted the mix to be and which queens' stories I wanted to draw inspiration from. So the book definitely had a big part in the mix.

Thank you for checking the mix out. I hope you enjoy!
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
This is a fantastic idea for a mix- and the songs are great! Definietly snagging *g*
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Enjoy the mix!
Feb. 2nd, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
This is a lovely idea for a mix, and I appreciate all the thought you put into choosing the songs, because YES you made a mix about all the tragedies of queens in general, and your recognizeable references to one or another queen (sans the commentary, I mean) don't take away the impression that tragedy is universal. Have my IR-major student respects)) Am certainly downloading it, thank you!
Feb. 2nd, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
I absolutely LOVE this idea!! The thought you put into it is just amazing. I'm definitely snagging this one :)
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the kind words and for telling me of the missing mp3. It's all fixed now if you want to download it again.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
p.s. FYI, "Heads Will Roll" is missing from the rar...just thought you should know!
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Ahh thank you for telling me! I'll fix that right now.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)

Wow, I just got through reading your long comments about the songs - it makes me love this mix even more. The subject is so creative and the project was pulled off perfectly. ♥

This is so lovely - thank you for posting this and sharing your work with us. C:
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
This is awesome. As an avid history lover this just barks up my tree. Thank you so much for the time and effort you've put into this mix, and I really look forward to listening to it. :)
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Great idea for a mix. Every song fits to your description. And the cover is really good. Well done!
Thanks for sharing!
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
thank you :D
Feb. 4th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
Love the female version of Viva La Vida. I've always loved that song, but it's great to hear it from a different perspective.
Mar. 20th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
This looks like an awesome mix. Thanks for sharing!
Mar. 26th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
This is an amazing mix. I love the choice of songs (some of which I've not heard before) and the cover. Marry Me is one of my favourite songs, and I like your note about it - it's always struck a chord with me because of it's message. I'm taking the mix, anyway. Thanks for sharing.
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