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Offline endfire79

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Pop songs converted into Shakesperean-style sonnets
« on: August 20, 2014, 09:59:56 AM »
Someone took pop songs and converted them to Shakesperean style sonnets.  Can you guess which songs they are before checking the link?
New song every week.

#1
Young Thomas is a longshoreman by trade,
Whose guild ceased work to fight for wages fair.
The strike drags on, 'tis weeks since he's been paid,
A crawl towards destitution and despair.

#2
Remember when I tended to thy grass?
She then appeared in nought but towel dress'd.
Her lasting look showed favor clear as glass,
While pointing out some errant growth in jest.

#3
From observation of my gallant gait
And its effect upon the sex so fair,
You see no hope for discourse or debate,
For comely ladies find me debonair.

#4
These feelings that weigh heavy in my breast
Should in your soul be similarly sown;
I pledge these vows, so earnestly express'd,
To make my deep affections truly known...

#5
To these celestial bodies raise a toast
For they've maintained a wondrous constancy,
Just like we've drifted on Life's trying coasts
Too long to any diff'rent sailors be.
While ladies dance away the night for sport,
So shall we too, their favor sweet to court.


(answers: 
#1: http://tinyurl.com/onxhr69
#2: http://tinyurl.com/mpwyj7w
#3: http://tinyurl.com/mrq5n2y
#4: http://tinyurl.com/meswrye
#5:  http://tinyurl.com/n639t9r
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Re: Pop songs converted into Shakesperean-style sonnets
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2014, 11:22:32 AM »
#1 I got right away.... #2 I have no idea... #3-5 sound familiar but can't quite get them....

Off to look at answers...  O0


EDIT - Ok I got #1 right, never heard of #2 or #5, and if you'd posted the whole sonnet I'd have gotten #3 and #4
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Re: Pop songs converted into Shakesperean-style sonnets
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2014, 11:57:19 AM »
#1 was the easiest read, probably because I do enjoy some of Bon Jovi's stuff! (preparing for tomato tossers).

They have a few more songs at the main URL, even covered Royals by Lorde.
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Re: Pop songs converted into Shakesperean-style sonnets
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2014, 01:44:46 PM »
I got #2 right away.  I felt like I should know #1 (and indeed, I slapped myself when I clicked the link and saw the answer), but couldn't quite pin it down. 

The other three I wouldn't have guessed in a million years (although I certainly know those songs). 

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Re: Pop songs converted into Shakesperean-style sonnets
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2014, 01:57:24 PM »
I'm going to take a stab...

#1
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi (got that one pretty quick)

#2
Stacy's Mom (the second verse when he cut the grass and she pointed out when he missed a spot)

#3
Bee Gees - Staying Alive, the opening lines of the song


#4
no idea

#5
ditto - no idea
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Re: Pop songs converted into Shakesperean-style sonnets
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2014, 01:58:11 PM »
OK, followed the links.  I'm kind of proud that I didn't get #4 :)
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