Transcription by Dagmar Klein 22-Apr-1998
Just revising for my oral exams in English Literature - and which song could be more appropriate? :)
THE PLAY'S THE THING f#min f#min/e How could he know so much? D bmin4 bmin How could he bear such knowledge? f#min/a A G How could he dare to write it in the plays? f#min f#min/e What is it Shakespeare'd say D bmin If he came back today? f#min/a c#min f#min Surely he'd recognise these mortal coils. How do we carry on? No-one knows where they fit in. No-one knows who they are and where they've been. What does the writer mean? How do we play this scene? What didn't SHakespeare know that we do now? D c#min Stiffen the sinews D c#min Wear hard-favour'd rage D c#min All history's drama D c#min The world is a stage(Here, pH improvises on the verse chords or loses it completely :)
There is a history in all men's lives/ figuring the nature of times deceas'd/ the which observed, a man may prophesy/ with a near aim, of the main chance of things/ as yet not come to life, which in their seeds/ and weak beginnings lie intreasured./ Such things become the hatch and brood og time. Oh but the show goes on On through the seven ages That of the world must mirror man's, in fact. Here comes the seventh act See how the mirror's cracked Here comes sans everything for humankind. To capture the conscience Of nations and kings All history's drama The play's the thing...
Most of the song is based on tunes rather than chords, but these should come easily once you know which key you're in.. :)
As you may be aware, the blank-verse bit is from Shakespeare directly, but check out Henry V (act 3, scene 1), As You Like It (Jaques' monologue in Act 3, I believe) and Hamlet (all over the place) for more "inspirations". This song is a rag-bag of Shakespeare!!!