King Karel the Great, the famous and mighty lord,
Had an army of knights, who were courages and bored.
Roland was his bravest knight, wherever he fought,
This is the story of his dead, of which he never thought.
The armies of Karel came back from Spain, tired of wrestling,
But on the way back, there wasn't time for resting.
Ganelon, the stepfather of Roland, and a guy with a cello,
said to the king: “leave Roland behind, with his fellow;
To protect our retreat, while we are marching back from Spain,
because if they kill us now it was all in vain!”
“Alright my lord”, said Roland, “I will do my best.
I will follow with Oliver and my men, that we may be blessed.”
But Ganelon wasn't so sincere, in the year 782,
He told the enemy, what Roland was going to do!
The Moors let Karel go, which was quite weak.
But they hid at Roncevalles, at a pass between a cliff and a peak.
When Roland and Oliver reached the pass,
they were pretty at their ease, in the grass.
Until the enemy showed up when the road was very thin.
But Roland grinned, and thought: “I will win!”
The young Oliver said: “blow on your horn, before it's to late!
If King Karel hears it he will come back straight!”
Roland said, “No way! Don't be so rushed
That Spanish army will soon be crushed!”
“Well” said Oliver, “it's not just one army, can't you see?
behind them are another three or four! It's time to flee!”
“Nonsense!” said Roland, “We won't flee, they will say farewell!
We fight to the dead!” But Oliver said, “I'm not feeling so well...”
“I will kill every chicken!” Roland shouted, when the enemy was nigh.
But Oliver said, “I'm not frightened, but I just don't want to die...”
In this way the two friends headed for their glorious battle.
And a lot of the moorse died – It looked like slaughtering cattle!
Oliver shouted: “Hey, Roland hand me over that horn”
But Roland said: “one army dead, now only four!“, without mourn.
Army number two was routed, the parts flew around.
And after a while were army three and four whining on the ground.
But then came army number five, that was the tough scum.
But Roland refused to blow on his horn, and that was dumb.
They were slaughtered, so that was not so nice.
And Olly sighted: “Oh, Roland, you should have followed my advise...
If the King would have came back, we could have served him for years.”
But Roland said: “Hero's can do it alone, so hide your tears.
A true hero does what he has to do, even if it turns out bad.”
But Olly thought: “Roland has became mad...”
And that's the end of Roland, but don't be sad!
His name lives on, although he is dead.
He stood up against the enemy, and attacked.
and showed on this way how a knight should act.
Also the poor Olly died, although it was a close call.
And the traitor Ganelon was for punishment drawn a quarter, after all.
Roland's wife couldn't live without her hero so she died short after it, which was not so pretty.
And for King Karel, who lived on, was this all a big pity.