When performing this song with Rainbow, lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore would lead into it with the original "Greensleeves
". Running to 3 minutes 21 seconds, it was co-written with lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio who said "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" is Blackmore's idea of a castle where the black knight lives. The black knight of course being Ritchie and the black knight periodically comes out of his castle and captures a young peasant maiden from the village.
Blackmore appears to have lived out this fantasy in his personal life; after lengthy spells with Deep Purple, Rainbow and Deep Purple again, he formed Blackmore's Night
and began writing, playing and recording traditional Olde Englishe music. The other half of the duo, the former Candice Isralow, met Blackmore when she was still a teenager. In October 2008, after working together for more than a decade, the two married. On stage, the stunningly attractive American blonde - Blackmore's fourth wife - has the appearance of a true Mediaeval damsel, and in spite of their age difference, this appears to be a marriage made in heaven.
Alexander Baron - London, England