Sweet Sir Galahad

Album: One Day At A Time (1969)

Songfacts®:

  • According to her 1987 memoir And a Voice to Sing With, this is the first song Baez ever wrote. It's also one her most popular.

    The song tells the story of Baez's sister Mimi Fariña and Fariña's relationship with music producer and '60s counterculture icon Milan Melvin. Early in their relationship, Melvin entered Fariña's bedroom through the window at night, as the lyrics describe:

    Sweet Sir Galahad
    Came in through the window
    In the night when
    The moon was in the yard

    The two were married in 1968 at the Big Sur Folk Festival but divorced in 1971. Both Fariña and Melvin died in 2001.
  • Sir Galahad was a knight of King Arthur's Round Table. He's characterized by his exceptional chivalry and moral bearing.
  • Baez first played the song publicly on an episode of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on March 30, 1969. She later performed the song at Woodstock, where she was the final performer on the first day, going on around 1 a.m.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Randy Houser

Randy HouserSongwriter Interviews

The "How Country Feels" singer talks Skynyrd and songwriting.

Trans Soul Rebels: Songs About Transgenderism

Trans Soul Rebels: Songs About TransgenderismSong Writing

A history of songs dealing with transgender issues, featuring Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Morrissey and Green Day.

Dean Friedman - "Ariel"

Dean Friedman - "Ariel"They're Playing My Song

Dean's saga began with "Ariel," a song about falling in love with a Jewish girl from New Jersey.

Jon Anderson of Yes

Jon Anderson of YesSongwriter Interviews

From the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon Anderson talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.

Joan Armatrading

Joan ArmatradingSongwriter Interviews

The revered singer-songwriter talks inspiration and explains why she put a mahout in "Drop the Pilot."

Dave Edmunds

Dave EdmundsSongwriter Interviews

A renowned guitarist and rock revivalist, Dave took "I Hear You Knocking" to the top of the UK charts and was the first to record Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."