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Song Parodies -> "Shakespearean Rhapsody"

Original Song Title:

"Bohemian Rhapsody"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Shakespearean Rhapsody"

Parody Written by:

Eric V.G.

The Lyrics

The tune of Bohemian Rhapsody, lyrics are basically major plot points and lines from Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Is this a dagger I see before me?
Caught in a coup d’état, no escape from insanity
Open your eyes, hear the witches’ lies and see
I’m just a poor king, I need your sympathy
Because it’s easy come, easy go, little high, little low
Any way the throne goes, doesn’t really matter to me, to me

Lady, just killed a man
But a knife into his chest, killed him while he was at his best
Lady, his reign had just begun
But now I’ve gone and taken it away.
Lady, ooh,
I don’t want to be king;
The thane of Cawdor has a much better ring to its name, to its name
But nothing really matters…

Too late, the time has come
Send shivers down my spine, damned spot bleeding all the time
Goodbye, King Duncan, we knew ye well
But now it’s time for me to seize the throne
Lady, ooh
Now I am the king
If only they knew how much tyranny I will bring
To Scotland, to Scotland
But nothing really matters…


I see a predestined danger of a man
“Beware Macduff! Beware Macduff! Beware the thane of Fife!”
Birnam Wood at Dunsinane, slowly coming to drive me insane
‘Cause they killed Banquo (they killed Banquo), they killed Banquo (they killed Banquo)
They killed Banquo in the woods (they killed Banquo-o-o-o-o-o)
"I’m such a great king, everybody loves me."
"He’s such a lousy king, we all want to kill him,
We must rid our lives of this monstrosity."

Easy come, easy go, will you let me live?
Turn, hell-hound, turn! Macduff won’t let you live! (Let me live!)
Turn, hell-hound, turn! Macduff won’t let you live! (Let me live!)
(Repeat 2X)
Oh, Macduff, Macduff, Macduff, let me live
Mister Macduff has a dagger put aside for thee, for thee, for thee…..

(Instrumental #2)

So you think you can beat me and leave me for dead
So you think you can kill me and cut off my head
Oh, lady, they did it to me, lady
They went and cut off, they went and cut off, they went and cut off my head

(Instrumental fade out)

All hail, King of Scotland…..

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Pacing: 4.2
How Funny: 4.8
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 8

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Callmelennie - April 18, 2016 - Report this comment
Very clever insight. You have a few pacing errors (syllables of your lines dont match syllables of the lines of the original song) but's that not unusual for newbies .... This is a great song to parody. I've done four parodies of this song and they are all some of my very best works. You've already given me a great idea for one and perhaps two parodies.of this tune
John Lomain - April 18, 2016 - Report this comment
I was expecting a lot from the title and this delivered. 5's
Jonathan - April 18, 2016 - Report this comment
as Lennie said there are a few pacing errors but you are new to this and this parody was a really good first try (a thousand times better than my first parody which was also of this song... yeah I'm a sucker for Boh Rhap! :)) so keep up the good work! 4's
Dave Douglass - December 20, 2018 - Report this comment
We know "All Dead" is loaded with Shakespearean allusions (Ophelia's posies - MacDuff's "all.. dead...?" - "Much Ado..."). Where else?

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