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TO BE OR NOT TO BE song lyrics by Joel Sattler
by Joel Sattler

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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TO BE OR NOT TO BE song lyrics
by Joel Sattler

adapted from HAMLET by Shakespeare

To be or not to be
that is the damn question
is it nobility
or just indigestion

whether to suffer
from outrageous fortune
or take arms
against a sea of troubles

and by opposing
then to die or sleep
fall into heaven
or the hell so deep

there to end the heartaches
of a thousand shocks
that flesh is heir to
and to stop the clock

tis a consummation
devoutly to be wished
to go perhaps to dream
or sleep down with the fish

but in that sleep of death
what dreams maybe come
when we have shuffled off
this too mortal coil

why should we respect
the calamity of life
bear the whips and scorns of
underneath oppressor's knife

the pangs of despised love
and the law's delay
the insolence of office
political decay

but then we do fear the dread
of something after death
the undiscovered country
the hot and heavy breath

the undiscovered country
from whence no man returns
the threat of full damnation
eternally to burn

the undiscovered country
that makes us bear our ills
that mixes up our minds
and sabotage our will

than to fly to others
that we know not of
thus conscience makes us cowards
cowards of us all

to be or not to be
is that really the question
is it a certainty
or merely a suggestion?


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Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 7/18/2012
Good take on a familiar refrain. Will would be proud....

ChipB
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/18/2012
Reads like a rap rather than the ballad. Looks like your balancing on the shoulders of a giant. Nice take though.

Ron



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