The Man Who Would Be King


Does anybody know the name of the song Michael Caine and Sean Connery sing in this movie?? I think it's the "Minstrel Boy" but I'm not sure.

>>By Kate   (Tuesday, 3 Dec 2002 05:06)

The song they sang is from an Irish Ballad called "The Minstrel Boy" written by Thomas Moore

>>By Ravendark   (Monday, 20 Jan 2003 11:25)

The tune is the The Minstrel Boy, but I believe the lyrics are vastly different from the traditional words. I am interested in finding a copy of the words used in the movie's version of the song. Does anyone know where I can find the lyrics used in the version of The Minstrel Boy that were used in the Man Who Would be King?

>>By Casey   (Thursday, 10 Apr 2003 05:27)

I've been looking for years. No luck yet.

>>By bob1dp   (Thursday, 8 May 2003 03:01)

The film "The Man Who Would Be King" is based on a Rudyard Kipling story of the same title. The first verse of a hymn is given in the story -

"The Son of God goes forth to war,
A kingly crown to gain;
His blood-red banner streams afar!
Who follows in his train?"

I don't know if it is these words which appear in the film (I'd have to see it again) as there could be several hymns which use the tune of "The Minstrel Boy". Also another tune can be used for "The Son of God", the full words of which can be found on various hymn websites. Hope this helps.

P.S. It's well worth tracking down a copy of the Kipling story - it's a good read.

>>By EGW   (Sunday, 18 May 2003 00:43)

The Son of God goes forth to war,
A kingly crown to gain;
His blood red banner streams afar:
Who follows in His train?
Who best can drink his cup of woe,
Triumphant over pain,
Who patient bears his cross below,
He follows in His train.

That martyr first, whose eagle eye
Could pierce beyond the grave;
Who saw his Master in the sky,
And called on Him to save.
Like Him, with pardon on His tongue,
In midst of mortal pain,
He prayed for them that did the wrong:
Who follows in His train?

A glorious band, the chosen few
On whom the Spirit came;
Twelve valiant saints, their hope they knew,
And mocked the cross and flame.
They met the tyrant’s brandished steel,
The lion’s gory mane;
They bowed their heads the death to feel:
Who follows in their train?

A noble army, men and boys,
The matron and the maid,
Around the Savior’s throne rejoice,
In robes of light arrayed.
They climbed the steep ascent of Heav’n,
Through peril, toil and pain;
O God, to us may grace be given,
To follow in their train.

>>By al   (Wednesday, 16 Jul 2003 05:51)

the first and third verses of the above are sung in the movie by Danny (Sean Connery)

>>By al   (Wednesday, 16 Jul 2003 05:52)

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