Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare

by The Bookshop Band

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Each song on this EP is inspired by one (or more) of William Shakespeare's plays. The songs were written over Shakespeare's 450th birthday, and we printed 450 copies of the physical Musical-Box edition were actually made on his birthday. The EP was debuted at our concert at the V&A Museum, in London.

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released May 2, 2014

All music by The Bookshop Band. Lyrics are a mixture of ours, and William Shakespeare's. Recorded, mixed and produced by The Bookshop Band. Mastered by Marco Migliari.
Design by Ben Please. Original Shakespearean images taken from the First Folio.

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The Bookshop Band Bath, UK

The Bookshop Band write songs inspired by books and play them in bookshops. They started as a collaboration between a group of musicians in Bath and their local independent bookshop, Mr B's Emporium. Now they are about to go on tour, sponsored by Vintage Books and Independent Booksellers Week, around other bookshops and lit fests. Catch them if you can. Details at www.thebookshopband.co.uk ... more

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Track Name: The Crowning
The crowning of we kings’
The subject of divine things
Righteous by virtue
Bearing majesty too

An Army for my soul
By currency of angels
My looks can kill off
You’re Banished in the breath of

The balm that anoints me
No water in all the sea
Can clean
From me

Here on my head this crown
It is Woven through me to, the ground
Here on my head this crown
And a cloak made of brass around

But is it that we kings
Were made in the crowning?
A pomp of a cushion
For a crown to sit on
We taste grief and eat bread
We have wants, and need friends
A man who just leads on
All of those who kneel on

This balm that protects me
By my own tears has now been
Washed free
From me

Here on my bed this crown
With nettles and flowers round
My kingdom of worms abound
With a cloak made of soil around

I’ve wasted time, time wastes me
Now soil is the king of me
So here on my head this crown
Ever last here, while I go down

Down, down, down down
Track Name: Tales of Disguise and Delusion
How this day seems long
Deception sings it’s song
With tales of disguise and delusion

Masking a face
Ears can embrace
Words that are meant for amusing

He be a boy
Playing a girl
Dressed as a boy for confusion

For better or for worse
A doctor not a nurse
Did save a life in conclusion.

Antonio was full of woe
Unfortunate merchant did throw
All that he had for the taking

Borrowing and making bonds
His love for Bassinio strong
He hoped that his bonds wouldn’t break him.

The ships at sea they didn’t win
No mercy Shylock had on him
The bond was a pound of flesh, then…

Bassinio lost his ring
It could have cost him everything
The doctor his wife gave a testing.

Revenge is a theme
There’s sibling rivalry
And Much Ado for a short play.

They all end up fooled
And some over ruled
An ass some are called and will surely pay.

Light hearted cupid spies
The rivals tell such lies
Accusing an innocent lady

Hero and Claudio
Were challenged by a foe
Now let’s all dance and be merry

There’s competition in the wit
Of Beatrice and Benedick
But by a trick they draw nearer

They think the other loves them true
Though the attributes are few
The joker he can’t help but hear her

In such a night we find the light
It all comes clear in the morning
Men and boys and girls and ploys
Eventually adorning.

Rosalind now a boy
To run away was her ploy
But love was a stronger emotion

Familiar was she
To her family
None but her co knew the notion.

She knew her passion wouldn’t fade
She had to refuse other maids
Causing a deal of confusion

Orsino was her biggest fan
Of her apparel as a man
Which showed up his love and devotion

Garnished as a boy
Viola found her joy
But could not say where her heart fell

For his heart was gone
Olivia it set on
Triangle of love. Could it end well?

How now Malvolio
Cruel pranks have left you low
The lady she likes not your garters

Grinning like a silly clown
When she’d prefer to see you frown
Perhaps take the tights off for starters

A sister and a brother found
Both had thought the other drowned
The girl had no longer a dress on.

Caused the duke and lady fair
To manly pair
All came clear in confession.

In such a night…

I think it might be fun
To confuse everyone
By changing my name and cross dressing

But I think that they might see
That it was really me
To be or not to be is the question

Then Bassinio lost his ring
It could have cost him everything
The doctor his wife gave a testing.

There’s competition in the wit
Of Beatrice and Benedick
But by a trick they draw nearer

Orsino was her biggest fan
Of her apparel as a man
Which showed up his love and devotion

How now Malvolio
Cruel pranks have left you low
The lady she likes not your garters
Track Name: Oberon
A silly air is in tonight
A fairy’s trick, a trick of light
Ill fated love, not granted true
A father’s heartless matching threw

For hearts deep into the night
Where woodland magic will take flight
And turn the hearts and turn the heads
And turn the actors from their friend’ s
Unfortunate plight

And who to blame this mess upon?
Our own dear Puck and Oberon
Our own dear Puck and Oberon
Oberon
Oberon…..

How much can change with just a slight
Twist of day And turn of light
With the moon such strange things can creep
And when we wake should we believe our sleep?
Darkness casts such dreams and tricks
Confusion it does come so quick
And with our dreams come strange truths
And unbeknown our hearts moved on
And unbeknown our hearts moved on
Hearts Moved on
Oberon
Oberon

He turned their hearts and turned their heads
And turned the actors from their friend x3

And who to blame this mess upon
Oberon
Oberon

In our minds, we might forget
But the body, cannot un-tell
Deep inside the dream is true
And marks us with it’s tale

And who to blame this mess upon
Oberon
Track Name: O Happy Fair!
Her: God speed fair Helena, wither away?
Hel: Call you me fair? that fair again unsay.
Demetrius loves your fair: O happy fair!

Your eyes are lode-stars; and your tongue's sweet air
More tuneable than lark to shepherd's ear,

When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear.
Sickness is catching: O, were favour so,
Yours would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go;

My ear should catch your voice, my eye your eye,
My tongue should catch your tongue's sweet melody.
Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated,
The rest I'd give to be, to you translated.
O, teach me how you look, and with what art
You sway the motion of Demetrius' heart.

Her: I frown upon him, yet he loves me still.
Hel: O that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill!

Her: I give him curses, yet he gives me love.
Hel: O that my prayers could such affection move!

Her: The more I hate, the more he follows me.
Hel: The more I love, the more he hateth me.

Her: His folly, Helena, is no fault of mine.
Hel: None, but your beauty: would that fault were mine!

Her: Take comfort: he no more shall see my face;
Lysander and myself will fly this place.