Macbeth

by The Frail Ophelias

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1.
04:08
Poor Mother of us all
 you have left an open grave for me
 you don't know who you are
 sorrow is a modern ecstasy 
Scotland We will fight and we will toil 
though our tears now flood the soil
 and we’ll drink to brighter days 
through the blood and through the haze
 oh give your sorrow words
 for the grief that does not speak
 whispers to the heart and bids it now to break
 Scotland Underneath the yoke
 everyday another wound to bear 
can you hear the cry? 
that rises up to heaven and rends the air 
can you hear our prayer? Heaven rest you now
 receive what cheer you may
 for the night is long enough 
that never finds the day
 you comfort me in dreams
 but when, at last, I wake
 you’re nowhere to be seen
 and it’s more than I can take 
Scotland
2.
I howl into the wind, my voice is in my blade 
but there is no one left to hear
 No man, of woman born, can take my soul away 
I've long forgot the taste of fear Come tonight, I'm weary of the sun
 baby the sky's on fire the whole world's come undone
 Ring them bells
, oh, ring ‘em out for me
 yeah I made my bed, I’ll lie in this misery There's nowhere else to fly they’ve tied me to the ground 
I live among the walking dead
 Did you expect me now to play the Roman fool
 I have become the cursed head Come tonight, I'm weary of the sun
 baby the sky's on fire the whole world's come undone
 Ring them bells
, oh, ring ‘em out for me
 yeah I made my bed, I’ll lie in this misery Lay me down, down, down
3.
04:28
Stars hide your light, Postpone the morning Hand over time to night- Out, out spot, quit me now, As the shadows disperse As the voices grow loud Come away! Come away! Come away with me she said Come away! Come away! We'll gild the sea in red Out, out damned spot, I will it so, why mar my hand when washed clean of the kill? Quell the glory, stop the song, Damn my desires, damn the plan– Banquo is dead, Banquo is gone. Come away! Come away! The magpie speaks of war Come away! Come away! Away to sleep no more Tell me not of kings, Weird though you may be Lie or speak not to me.
4.
As calling home our exiled friends abroad,
 violent hands will perform in measure​​ ​
in the unshrinking station of your cause ​​ of sorrow with its air-drawn dagger. In wicked dreams I would the friends we missed keep the word of promise underwrit
 baited with the cries of, “hold, enough!” 
I see thee still, I see thee still Pronounce it for me, both sides are even.
 Pronounce it for me, pronounce it for me. More hateful to mine ear, hired to bear 
their staves that way the noise is fight, 
and young, young, too young, his tale is told
 his leafy screens thrown down​, down, down. Pronounce it for me, both sides are even.
 Pronounce it for me, both sides are cloven.
5.
heavy are the hearts of men who trusted in your throne, who gaze upon your bloody brow bid the mountains fall on us and crush us in the wake and banish us to weep no more our tears will drown the wind falling from a broken sky that angels cannot mend oh your soul will take its flight if it find heaven, I pray you find it out tonight pity like a newborn child will ride upon the wind, on sightless wings to chase the dawn courier of dreadful news will blow the mournful tune and stir up love in every eye our tears will drown the wind falling from a broken sky that angels cannot mend oh your soul will take its flight if it find heaven, I pray you find it out tonight bloody drops like golden beads lay on silver skin, colors of the evil trade fairest king and fountainhead, spring of violent love overcome us like a summer's cloud our tears will drown the wind falling from a broken sky that angels cannot mend oh your soul will take its flight if it find heaven, I pray you find it out tonight I am just like one of you with my hands stretched toward the blade you were of a heart so true with your hands stretched out for love
6.
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. Round about the cauldron go; in the poison'd entrails go Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, Witches' mummy, maw and gulf Of the rav’nous salt-sea shark, Root of hemlock from the dark, Cool it with a baboon's blood, Then the charm is firm and good. Oh, Black Spirits, come…
7.
04:45
Oh my queen, the light is fast asleep Darkness comes as easy as a breath Damn the daylight and every passing hour That lights the weary path to dusty death Brief candle out, out, out Bid us rest Tomorrow, tomorrow and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace, day after day Oh the sorrow, I’m drowning in the sorrow Dark providence has its way, day after day We are walking shadows, players on a stage Stumbling around for just an hour Say our lines, take a bow and then we're heard no more Oh the sound and the fury of it all Brief candle out, out, out Curtain call Tomorrow, tomorrow and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace, day after day Oh the sorrow, I’m drowning in the sorrow Dark providence has its way, day after day Day after day, there’s nothing left to say Day after day There would’ve been time for such a word
8.
I look into the seeds of time, I have seen a bitter vine Wrapped around a wilting tree, choking out the life of thee Stars hide your fires, turn your lights from these black desires Stars hide your fires, turn your lights, turn your lights We have heard the witches’ tale Can eyes of envy ever hide beneath a mourner's veil? I would hold the present fears in me Against these dark imaginings You are but a simple man You have but a feeble heart, I have the darkest plan Thicker is the blood that flows through my veins Remorse is but a faded stain Stars hide your fires, turn your lights from these black desires Stars hide your fires, turn your lights, turn your lights Lady we will speak no more Surely it’s the devil’s tune that we heard before Evenhanded justice pours the wine, this poisoned cup of mine I have seen the setting sun, Never will it rise again till the deed is done Cowardice will bow to dire cruelty, leave all the rest to me Stars hide your fires, turn your lights from these black desires Stars hide your fires, turn your lights, turn your lights Oh but Lady if we fail? | We’ll not fail Tell me can you read my face? | It’s a liar's tale Do you hear the raven’s cry? | It summons thee Leave all the rest to me
9.
Oh Lady my love, what have we done Lay hold of a crown, let go of a dove The dead sleep in peace while we rot here above Oh Lady my love, what have you become A heartbeat of rage, rings out like a drum Bitter your kiss, the taste on my tongue They don’t now the half of it These sleepwalking dreams of daggers and kings They can't feel the heat of it This cauldron of lies and the smoke in our eyes Oh Lady my queen, how bloody the rain When the fear’s washed away all that’s left is the pain The thing about death: it can sure leave a stain Oh Lady don’t lie, can the devil speak true With violent hands, you're black and you're blue They burned it all down, nothing’s left here for you I can't bear the weight of this Watching you fall into madness and gall I cant bear the thought of it Dying without you around Oh Lady, my love I heard the refrain With a blade of regret you opened a vein How can you leave me to shoulder the pain? Lady, don’t leave me

credits

released March 16, 2018

produced by Karl Digerness
production assistance by Minna Choi

recorded variously at…
Singing Serpent, NYC | Jeremy SH Griffith, engineer
Fantasy Studios, Berkeley CA | Adam Muñoz, engineer
25th St Studios, Oakland CA | Scott Bergstrom, engineer
An office & an auditorium, San Francisco CA
mixed by Jeremy SH Griffith at Printups Studio
mastered by Piper Payne at Neato Mastering in Oakland CA

all songs by Karl Digerness
erasure poetry lyrics by Annelies Zijderveld (tracks 3, 4)
string arrangements by Minna Choi
art/cover design by Jason Munn
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Musicians:

Wil Blades, B3 organ
Minna Choi, vocals
Karl Digerness, vocals / guitars / banjo
Ben Goldberg, clarinet
John Gove, trombone
Kasey Knudsen, alto sax
Jeff Marrs, drums (1, 9)
Brian T. Murphy, piano / keys
Jason Muscat, bass
Lisa Muscat, vocals (1, 3, 4, 5)
David Phillips, pedal steel
Adam Shulman, piano (7, 9)
Clint Wells, electric guitar
Brian Wolfe, drums
Patrick Wolff, tenor sax

with members of...

The Magik*Magik Orchestra
Liana Berube, violin
Alisa Rose, violin/fiddle
Jory Fankuchen, viola
Michael Graham, cello
Michelle Kwon, cello (3, 5)

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The Frail Ophelias San Francisco, California

The Frail Ophelias is a Shakespeare cover band whose work reimagines Shakespeare one play at a time. Originating from a song cycle commissioned by the Chelsea Music Festival, their debut album, Macbeth, explores and remixes scenes and text from the Scottish play. ... more

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