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ShakespeareSong: Translating pop song lyrics in Shakespeare’s language to baffle you

If you are a pretty active Twitter user, you would probably stumble upon @ShakespeareSong, an account dedicated to translating “modern songs and phrases in archaic language, and posting the latest music news,” according to the Twitter site’s description.  So far, this Twitter account has garnered more than a hundred thousand followers (136, 047 as of last count), and true to its description, it is composed of tweets of modern song lyrics translated into archaic language, and music news.  Anyway, here are sample tweets from @ShakespeareSong below. Can you guess the songs that these translated song lyrics belong to?



Based from this set of tweets, the translated song lyrics have become a source of humor and interest for a lot of Twitter users.  Sometimes, these lyrics have also become a form of entertainment, by using these lyrics into questions for “Guess The Song” games everywhere. However, on the aspect of music news, the account just gets its source of music news from various Twitter accounts that provide actual music news through the process of retweeting, since delivering news in archaic language is not feasible. It is just a little jarring from the Twitter account’s theme of incorporating Shakespeare into song lyrics, since random pieces of music news just pop out of nowhere, which breaks up the Twitter account’s theme of Shakespeare and modern song lyrics.

In recent years, Twitter has become this huge social media platform,and Shakespeare has thrived in this field. With the incorporation of music and Shakespeare, this combination has generated humor and interest among Twitter and non-Twitter users alike, to the extent of using these translated lyrics into pieces of trivia. This Twitter account also shows the huge influence of Shakespeare, in a time where technology and social media have influenced a lot of people.  It also helps that Twitter has combined Shakespeare and music together, and made it work for a lot of people. Who knows, maybe there’s a Twitter account out there that translates famous movies lines into something more appropriate for Shakespeare’s era. Who wants to see or hear “Four for you, Glen Coco!” (or any famous line in Mean Girls) in Shakespearean language? I do!


Follow Shakespeare Lyrics on Twitter at @shakespearesong!

Categories: Multimedia Essays
  1. October 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    this adaptation of Shakespeare “technique” or “lingo” is very funny and at the same time mind boggling. it has the capacity to make one think what the lyrics actually are by translating the Shakespeare lyrics to “normal” english. in addition to that, i actually like trying to figure it out.

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