The titular Queen in this song refers to the tyrannical playing card monarch in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
, who played croquet with flamingos and later orders 'off with her head.'
However the lyrics reference Through the Looking-Glass
' Red Queen, who is a chess piece. Though in Lewis Carroll's stories they are two different characters, in the 1951 animated film Alice in Wonderland
, the Queen of Hearts delivers several of the Red Queen's statements.
Saxon vocalist Biff Byford
said: "With 'Queen of Hearts', I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland
, and it's about the chess game that happens in the story. I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood."