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The British Monarchy
The song was written for the lead character in The Bohemian Girl—Arline—as she recalls her foggy memories of childhood. The theme of the song concerns the value of true love despite material wealth. This theme has contributed to the song’s enduring popularity—though our society changes, our fundamental desires and priorities do not.
In 1962, Dame Joan Sutherland performed the role of Arline in The Bohemian Girl, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra. The audio from this performance is included below.