"Beset Me", as it was known within the band, is the first part of a two-part story (Nightstalker being the second part), in which a nobleman is inflicted with a terrible curse.
"Look upon my daughter", said the woman to the man
"Your wealth will giver her better life than my people can
He looked upon the Gyspy child, repulsion in his eyes
A scornful laugh rose in his throat and the girl began to cry
"She isn't good enough for me", he spattered mocking hate
"Your kind is far from good enough to share in my estate"
He turned to go;the woman screamed and looked toward the moon
"You see that silvery coin up there? 'Tis what will seal your doom"!
Beset me and I'll curse thee
For countless nights the Gyspy woman touched in his dreams
The full moon shone before his eyes; he'd wake up with a scream
Then finally the hag appeared, said, "tonight it will be worse
"As visions become reality as night brings on my curse"
The full moon rose high that night and broke loose all the hell
His servants fled their quarters as they heard him scream and yell
As his human mind slipped away, he realized this at least:
He was cursed to be the wolf, man to be the beast!
Band Commentary / Trivia
Jeff: Personally, I've always had mixed feelings about this story. On one hand, the nobleman inflicts uncalled - for mockery upon a person of lower social station, and I curse people of his ilk all the time. On the other hand, he is cursed to an eternity of immortal torment for little more than simple rudeness. Some small part of me thinks the Gypsy woman may have overreacted just a tad. (Note to self: Always be polite, even when refusing a request I don't want to accomodate).