How Goes The Night?

by The William Shakes

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released February 10, 2017

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The William Shakes is as much a concept project as it is a band. Written, produced, and fronted by Mark McGettrick, The William Shakes decontextualizes Shakespearean prose to the tune of alternative indie pop.

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Track Name: Disasters In The Sun
‘Tis strange
(Speak Speak Speak)
Wondrous strange
(Speak Speak Speak)
Stars with trains of fire and dews of blood,
Disasters in the sun
This marvel to you
This marvel to you

What is it you would see?
A piece of him
If it tempt you toward the flood
I warrant it will
A truant disposition
Wild and whirling words, my lord
The whisper goes so

‘Tis strange
(Speak Speak Speak)
Wondrous strange
(Speak Speak Speak)
Stars with trains of fire and dews of blood,
Disasters in the sun
This marvel to you
This marvel to you

I think it lacks of twelve
So cease your search
Of mine own eyes
Of lawless resolutes
Flights of angels
Sing thee to thy rest, my lord
Good night sweet prince

Now cracks a noble heart
Now cracks a noble heart
All this can I truly
Upon my life truly

‘Tis strange
(Speak Speak Speak)
Wondrous strange
(Speak Speak Speak)
Stars with trains of fire and dews of blood,
Disasters in the sun
This marvel to you
This marvel to you
Track Name: How Goes The Night?
How goes the night, boy?
I would not sleep
How goes the night, boy?
I would not sleep
Why do you start at Things so fair
I would not sleep
So give us a light there, give us a light
I would not sleep

So withered and so wild
Upon her skinny lips their speeches shine
Yet you speak lies, you speak lies

Like lead upon me
Lead upon the air
She goes down at twelve
Allegiance clear

How goes the night, boy?
I would not sleep
How goes the night, boy?
I would not sleep
Why do you start at Things so fair
I would not sleep
So give us a light there, give us a light
I would not sleep

Restrain in me
The cursed thought
That nature goes with grace
and great prediction

Darkness tell us truths
But their candles are all out
This bloody piece of work
their candles are all out

How goes the night, boy?
I would not sleep
How goes the night, boy?
I would not sleep
Why do you start at Things so fair
I would not sleep
So give us a light there, give us a light
I would not sleep

So withered and so wild
Upon her skinny lips their speeches shine
Yet you speak lies, you speak lies

How goes the night, boy?
I would not sleep
How goes the night, boy?
I would not sleep
Why do you start at things so fair
I would not sleep

How goes the night, boy?
I would not sleep
How goes the night, boy?
I would not sleep
Why do you start at things so fair
I would not sleep
So give us a light there
give us a light there
give us a light there
Track Name: The Fault
No stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass
That cuts off Twenty years of life
So well as by reflection, I, your glass
When the cross blue lightning comes
Unto some monstrous state
You and I have heard our fathers say
Know you how much the people may be moved?

You wrong me every way; you wrong me, Brutus
(show of love as I was wont to have)
The fault is in ourselves, that we are underlings
Weary of these worldly bars,
(show of love as I was wont to have)
The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars

How he did shake: 'tis true, this god did shake;
This tongue had not offended so to-day,
And where I did begin, there shall I end;
And that same eye bend the world
All writings to the great
You and I have heard our fathers say
I have much mistook your passion

You wrong me every way; you wrong me, Brutus
(show of love as I was wont to have)
The fault is in ourselves, that we are underlings
Weary of these worldly bars,
(show of love as I was wont to have)
The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars
Track Name: Leaden Messengers
Baser stars do shut us up
In wishes first, must give me trust
The dearest issue dearly love
Of valour fear and wealth above

To join and kiss like native things
The fortune space in nature brings
Wisdom waiting for the flood
When roar'd the lion royal blood

O you leaden messengers

From simple sources seas have dried
My motive sound the search implies
Ever true a flame to be
With sharp occasions take my leave

But my intents are fix'd on you
With true observance love is true
And with the word the time will bring
On summer blessing virtue sings

O you leaden messengers

Baser stars do shut us up
In wishes first, must give me trust
The dearest issue dearly love
Of valour fear and wealth above

O you leaden messengers
Track Name: No Cause
(What shall Cordelia do? Love and be silent)

Time unfold and hold your hands o'er me
Repair those violent harms, all the idle weeds
I am sure of that for which I am richer
To stand against and cure this breach of nature
Time unfold and hold your hands o'er me

Sir, do you know me?
Father, do you know me?

(I love your majesty according to my bond, no more, no less)

To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder
My heart into my mouth, O dear father
'Tis wonder that thy life and wits
At once opposed against the warring winds
To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder

Sir, do you know me?
Father, do you know me?

My heart
Dear love
So young
No cause

My heart
Dear love
So young
No cause

No cause
No cause
No cause
No cause