Macbeth

by The Frail Ophelias

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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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Track Name: Scotland
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
Track Name: Weary of the Sun
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
Track Name: Night Music
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.
Track Name: Exiled and Abroad
As calling home our exiled friends abroad,

violent hands will perform in measure​​
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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.
Track Name: A Psalm for Duncan
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
Track Name: Black Spirits
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…
Track Name: Tomorrow
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
Track Name: Stars Hide Your Fires
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
Track Name: Lady, My Love
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

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