A Pound of Flesh (Merchant of Venice) Contemporary Folk

Released July 20, 2022

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Composition

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James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
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Composition, production.
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Nigel Robinson ("Gemini")
Scotland United Kingdom
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Percs, keys.
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Kris Pride ("KrisPride")
Bay City MI USA
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Vocals.
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elizabeth auzan ("elizabethauzan")
lausanne Vaud Switzerland
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Lyrics

Sound Recording

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Nigel Robinson ("Gemini")
Scotland United Kingdom
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Percussion, accordion, cello.
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James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
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Composition, guitars, production.
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Kris Pride ("KrisPride")
Bay City MI USA
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Vocals.
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elizabeth auzan ("elizabethauzan")
lausanne Vaud Switzerland
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Lyrics
Artist's Notes

Another furtherance of our Twist and Shake(speare) Project.

Lyrics

 

In olden times in Venice

Usury was quite a menace

Shylock had a finger in every pie

His interest rates were just sky-high

 

Antonio?s loans were fairer

Shylock simply couldn?t bear it

He dreamed of how he?d settle this score

Shylock was out for total war

 

Portia, Queen of Litigation

Saved Antonio from condemnation

Craftily found the fatal flaw

Applied the letter of the law

Such a smooth, smooth talker!

Mother of all lawyers

 

Portia needs all her talent

A pound of flesh is in the balance

By Antonio so foolishly pledged

To Shylock who now has the edge

 

Portia, Queen of Litigation

Saved Antonio from condemnation

Craftily found the fatal flaw

Applied the letter of the law

Such a smooth, smooth talker!

Mother of all lawyers

 

One pound of flesh is forfeit.

This court must thus enforce it

Says Portia. But it must be understood

You may not take one drop of blood

 

Up rises Shylock?s heartrate

There?s no way out. It?s checkmate

Shylock is a puppet on her string

Queen Portia has taken his King

 

Silver tongues, dramatic gestures

One or two facts and much conjecture

If you seek fair compensation

Beware of the lawyers of litigation

They?ll go for the jugular in your neck

Immediate effect. Dura lex sed lex

 

Portia, Queen of Litigation

Saved Antonio from condemnation

Craftily found the fatal flaw

Applied the letter of the law

Such a smooth, smooth talker!

Mother of all lawyers