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Julius Caesar in songs

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Transcript of Julius Caesar in songs

Julius Caesar in songs
Act 2

Hurry Hurry by Air Traffic Controller
Act 3

Dear Dictator by Saint Motel
Act 4
Glory and Gore by Lorde
Act 5
Seven Devils by Florence + the Machine
Act 1
Power and Control by Marina and the Diamonds
By Dylan Schuler
Lyrics
Power and control.
Give a little, get a lot,
That’s just how you are with love.
Give a little, get a lot,
Yeah, you may be good looking,
But you’re not a piece of art.

Power and control,
I’m gonna make you fall.
Power and control,
I’m gonna make you fall.

Women and men we are the same,
But love will always be a game,
We give and take a little more,
Eternal game of tug and war.

Think you’re funny, think you’re smart,
Think you’re gonna break my heart.
Think you’re funny, think you’re smart,
Yeah, you may be good looking,
But you’re not a piece of art.

Power and control,
I’m gonna make you fall.
Power and control,
I’m gonna make you fall.

Women and men we are the same,
But love will always be a game,
A human vulnerability
Doesn't mean that I am weak

That I am weak, I am weak,
I am weak, I am weak, weak,
(Ah-ah, ah ah, ah ah, ah ah), weak,
(Ah-ah, ah ah, ah ah, ah ah), weak,
(Ah-ah, ah ah, ah ah, ah ah), weak,
(Ah-ah, ah ah, ah ah, ah ah), weak,


Power and control,
I’m gonna make you fall.
Power and control,
I’m gonna make you fall.

Women and men we are the same,
But love will always be a game.
We give and take a little more,
Eternal game of tug and war.

Power and control,
I’m gonna make you fall.
Power and control,
I’m gonna make you fall.
I’m gonna make you fall,

We give and take a little more,
‘Cause all my life I’ve been controlled,
You can’t have peace without a war,
Without a war, without a war.
The perspective from which Power and Control is written closely fits the opinions of Flavius, Marullus, and Cassius. The lines "Think you’re funny, think you’re smart,/ Think you’re gonna break my heart" are just like Cassius' argument that Caesar is too proud of himself despite coming from similar backgrounds to Brutus and Cassius. The songwriter's desire to "Make you fall" mirrors Cassius' desire to kill Caesar.
Relation to Julius Caesar
Lyrics
I wish I'd snoozed I could've used a bit more sleep
Put on my shoes these ones are ruining my feet
eat that apple to the core
as I hurry, hurry out the door

And on my way to seize the day, I start to think
Did I leave something on the counter by the sink
check my pockets, nevermind
Hurry hurry there's no time

I say let's work, but i'm the jerk, who's late again
And they know well that I was up til 4am
This should be easier I guess
hurry hurry what a mess

Ooh im gonna miss something
if i keep bumpin'
The most significant stuff
All my friends and all the loose ends
And this love of mine
Cause I'm running out if time
Who am I
Am I still the same guy
Or have I lost something as I keep stompin’
mind and health, every bit of myself
I ignore the signs
As I'm running out of time

Hurry Hurry Woah

A year goes by you wonder why not much is done
You blew right past your precious time with everyone
You've run too much in parallel
Now Hurry hurry is your hell

The output is what you put in, and it ain't enough
If you're not focused on the most important stuff
Then all that you've got left to show
Is Hurry hurry on the go

Chorus

Hurried through these crowded streets and I
hurried through the food I eat and I
Hurried when it's time to learn and why
how many people have I burned

I hurried when I should've been in the zone
I hurried my loved ones off the phone
I hurried through sex I know I know
I hurried my quiet time alone

In bed I lie, good place to die, I did my best
Never relaxed, my heart attacks my little chest
I stop to smell the roses
My body decomposes

Chorus

Relation to Julius Caesar
This song quite easily relates to Brutus' struggles in II.i. Both Brutus and the songwriter feel pressured to perform strenuous tasks while remaining stoic, and end up hurting those close to them because they hurry along without looking around. Brutus does not talk to his wife Portia and lies in bed vacant, similar to the lines "I hurried my loved ones off the phone" and "In bed I lie, good place to die, I did my best," respectively. The loved ones hurt by the songwriter's character can be either Portia or Calphurnia. Portia is the obvious one, as Brutus rushes about his life without including her in his troubles, brushing her off quickly. Calphurnia is also the "victims" because her husband, despite her protests, rushes off to work and briefly considers staying home (Verse 2) before deciding to continue on.
Lyrics
Everyone is gonna run away, today.
It's not cause what you do or what you say,
It's just time to get leaving now.

Nobody has ever seen his face, but fear his smile.
I heard he'll drink your blood just for the taste, then laugh, and spit it out.

Everybody tends to disagree, on just how evil,
A single human being should ever be, and all your bones they scream for more.

And at the trial, they'll be no jury, and all the dead are going to play witness.
It's not too late, to say you're sorry, but it's too late to truly mean it.

And at the trial, they'll be no jury, and all the dead are going to play witness.
It's not too late, to say you're sorry, but it's too late to truly mean it.

Everybody finally ran away, today.
It's cause what I do and what I say.
It's just time to get leaving, time to get leaving, time to get leaving now.
Relation to Julius Caesar
Dear Dictator is a great fit for describing the scene of Caesar's death. The line "Everyone is gonna run away, today" can be used to describe Caesar before his death, when he was alone. The line "It's not too late, to say you're sorry, but it's too late to truly mean it" implies that while Caesar could have agreed to the conspirators request, their decision to kill him was already final.

Lyrics
There's a humming in the restless summer air
And we're slipping off the course that we prepared
But in all chaos, there is calculation
Dropping glasses just to hear them break
You've been drinking like the world was gonna end (it didn't)
Took a shiner from the fist of your best friend (go figure)
It's clear that someone's gotta go
We mean it, but I promise we're not mean

And the cry goes out (ha)
They lose their minds for us, and how it plays out (ha)
Now we're in the ring and we're coming for blood

(Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But we're the gladiators (Oh! Oh!)
Everyone a rager (oh-oh)
But secretly they're saviors
Glory and gore go hand in hand
That's why we're making headlines (Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But victory's contagious

Delicate in every way but one (the swordplay)
God knows we like archaic kinds of fun (the old way)
Chance is the only game I play with, baby
We let our battles choose us

And the cry goes out (ha oh)
They lose their minds for us and how it plays out (ha oh)
Now we're in the ring and we're coming for blood

(Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But we're the gladiators (Oh! Oh!)
Everyone a rager (oh-oh)
But secretly they're saviors
Glory and gore go hand in hand
That's why we're making headlines (Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But victory's contagious

No-one 'round here's good at keeping their eyes closed
The sun's starting to light up when we're walking home
Tired little laughs, gold lie promises,
We'll always win at this, I don't ever think about death
It's alright if you do, it's fine
We gladiate but I guess we're really fighting ourselves
Roughing up our minds so we're ready when the kill time comes
Wide awake in bed, words in my brain,
"Secretly you love this, do you even wanna go free?"
Let me in the ring, I'll show you what that big word means

(Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But we're the gladiators (Oh! Oh!)
Everyone a rager (oh-oh)
But secretly they're saviors
Glory and gore go hand in hand
That's why we're making headlines (Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But victory's contagious
Relation to Julius Caesar
Act IV is filled with tension and the build up to a final conflict. Glory and Gore fits this because there are strong conflict undertones but the song is not about any specific conflict. The song can be seen as from the perspective of Antony, the clear victor of the oratory battle of wits. He can feel the tension in the air, but feels confident he can win ("In all chaos there is calculation"). However, the line "Took a shiner from the fist of your best friend (go figure)" is clearly about Brutus and Cassius fighting, which they drown in drink ("Drinking like the world was gonna end"). However, they proceed to take on the "gladiators" of Antony and Octavian, contrary to the song.
Lyrics
Holy water cannot help you now
Thousand armies couldn't keep me out
I don't want your money
I don't want your crown
See I've come to burn your kingdom down

Holy water cannot help you now
See I've come to burn your kingdom down
And no rivers and no lakes can put the fire out
I'm gonna raise the stakes, I'm gonna smoke you out

Seven devils all around me!
Seven devils in my house!
See they were there when I woke up this morning
I'll be dead before the day is done

Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in your house
See I was dead when I woke up this morning
I'll be dead before the day is done
Before the day is done

And now all your love will be exorcised
And we will find you saints to be canonized
And it's an even song
It's a melody
It's a battle cry
It's a symphony

Seven devils all around me
Seven devils in my house
See they were there when I woke up this morning
I'll be dead before the day is done

Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in your house
See I was dead when I woke up this morning
I'll be dead before the day is done
Before the day is done
Before the day is done
Before the day is done

They can keep me out
'Til I tear the walls
'Til I save your heart
And to take your soul
For what has been done
Cannot be undone
In the evil's heart
In the evil's soul

Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in your house
See I was dead when I woke up this morning
I'll be dead before the day is done
Before the day is done

Relation to Julius Caesar
The "kingdom" to be burned down is Brutus' life. Portia and Cassius have died, and he is alone and surrounded. "And to take your soul/ For what has been done/ Cannot be undone" is referencing Caesar's ghost and Antony seeking retribution for Caesar's assassination. The "seven devils" can be seen as a couple different characters or groups of people. They can represent either the army surrounding Brutus and his troops, or the people in Brutus' past who have died because of him (reference to Hurry Hurry)(including Portia, Cassius, Caesar).
Continued
Theme-wise, this song portrays the elements of fate in Act 2 best. While the songwriter wishes to stop for a moment and rest, he has no choice in the matter and must continue plowing on because the world continues spinning without him. Julius Caesar may feel the same way in II.ii, when Decius informs him that if he wants to have power, he must go to the Capitol today. This element is out of control, thus he must acquiesce to continue his path.
Continued
This song shows the strong themes of fate and foreshadowing present in Act III. Fate-wise, the imagery of ghosts at the jury, a celestial presence, and the aforementioned line about forgiveness not being an option illuminate textual evidence that Caesar's death was out of his hands (including the soothsayer, the fact that Caesar almost stayed home but was persuaded by Decius, and Portia's line "But the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes" (II.ii.32) about the strange occurrences of the night before). The foreshadowing present by viewing through the lens of this song is the ghosts of the dead (Caesar) that were originally the "jury" come back in a reversed position to warn Brutus of his death (after a musical interlude that verse repeats).
Continued
The theme most clearly expressed in Act IV and Glory and Gore is betrayal/power. The link between conqueror and power is very strong. Antony, who WON the public support, now rules over Rome with only a couple limits to his power. Brutus, fallen from grace, now is losing control over Cassius, despite Cassius' previous willingness to submit himself to Brutus authority. When the gladiators are perceived as weak, it is no longer daunting to "take them".
Continued
The theme most present in Act V and this song is fate. Brutus was told in Act IV that he would die, leading him to accept as fact that he would die. He feels helpless against the omnipotent presence that decides his life. This is echoed in the lines "Holy water cannot help you now/ Thousand armies couldn't keep me out", implying that neither god nor the might of man can interfere with the whims of fate. This is also shown in the song through use of religious imagery, which is usually attached to the idea of some type of destiny.
Continued
The most prevalent theme in Act I as well as the song is free will. The songwriter desires to have power over herself and to do as she chooses, so she decides of her own accord to "make you fall", referring to perhaps a lover. This is just like Cassius, who believes that Caesar would become a dictator, restricting the will of the citizens of Rome. He decides of his accord to plan to kill Caesar so that Rome remains 'free'.
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