Friday, June 03, 2005

Barenaked Bard

Did you catch (those lovable Canadians) the Barenaked Ladies on NPR this morning? Turns out they got to compose contemporary incidental music for a production of Shakespeare's As You Like It in Stratford, Ontario, which opens this weekend. Unless you happen to be in the area, you can console yourself with two (alas) too-too-brief clips of "Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind" and "The Lover and His Lass" on the Stratford Festival's website.

I'm kind of fond of the second one. Here are the Bard's lyrics for that one:
It was a lover and his lass,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
That o'er the green corn-field did pass
In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding.
Sweet lovers love the spring.

Between the acres of the rye,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
These pretty country folks would lie,
In the spring time, &c.

This carol they began that hour,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
How that a life was but a flower,
In the spring time, &c.

And therefore take the present time,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
For love is crowned with the prime,
In the spring time, &c.
They're kind of catchy, especially the chorus! It almost sounds like they could've come out of a silly, little rhyme-y modern love song.

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