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I can't think of any but surely there must be some?
Anyone know of any noteworthy examples?
references Romeo and Juliet.
But I can't remember which one.
Oh, there ain't no love, no Montagues or Capulets
She's flotsam carried on the tide
Is she lost or did she hide?
On benthic rocks, she's wrecked
On benthic rocks...
Young Knives - Coastguard
Ferdinand - "Those are pearls that were his eyes"...
Possibly the only heavy band to use such lyrics in such a darkly funny way.
Keith Buckley- the singer- used to be an English teacher- and he sprinkled tons of old literary references in his songs: Brett Easton Ellis, A Clockwork Orange, Captain My Captain, but also Shakespeare.
"Tempt not a desperate man" from Romeo A Go-Go
"The greatest lovers were murderers first" from She's My Rushmore
Both from Shakespeare. They're better when you get the context- seriously, read up on them. Amazing lyrics.
a phonebox, a phonebox, my kingdom for a phonebox
"lend me your ears" and i'll sing you a song.
from Julius Caesar in Mark Anthonys speech "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears"
The further questions is how many Shakespearean quotes are in the public conscious, perhaps like the one above, without people realising they came from old Billy.
A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse...
also, not exactly "lines" from Shakey, but Manhattam Transfer's "Sing Joy Spring" with lyrics by Jon Hendricks: "and Bacon was hip that Shakespeare couldn't read..." Mmmmm, bacon...
which is part of a line from The Life and Death of King John
Methinks the lady doth protest too much
Heavy is the head that wears the crown
(outside chance I'm misquoting both Limp Bizkit and Shakespeare in one line here, which is no mean feat...)
(Original line is Uneasy lies the head...)
I am as constant as the northen star (from Julius Caesar)
What a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive: Method Man quoting Walter Scott in PLO Style.
"Ere thrice the sun done salutation to the dawn" - Richard III
kind of obviously used some quotes.
There was also an Easyworld song with the line ''she's swearing by the moon again'' which is a referance to Romeo and Julliet.
My words fly up to heaven
My thoughts ringing below
Words said without feeling
Never to heaven go
(I think it's Through a Long and Sleepness Night anyway)
Floater: Romeo, he said to Juliet, “You got a poor complexion
It doesn’t give your appearance a very youthful touch!”
Juliet said back to Romeo, “Why don’t you just shove off
If it bothers you so much”
Po' Boy: Othello told Desdemona, “I’m cold, cover me with a blanket
By the way, what happened to that poison wine?” She says: “I gave it to you; you drank it”
Neither are actual quotes but both just sprang to mind!