So, I was reading Macbeth and came across this line from Lady Macbeth:
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be
What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature.
It is too full o’th’milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way.
And, since I’ve been listening to a lot of the Indigo Girls lately, the following song came to mind.
Also, the play freaks me out. A LOT. The song does not. That one phrase–“milk of human kindness”–is probably the only intersecting point between them.
I guess that I’m just looking for any excuse to post another Indigo Girls song. And talk about Shakespeare.
Do I really need an excuse?
Anyway, here’s the song.
Songwriting. Countermelodies. Harmonies. I love it all.
The website has the lyrics in the format below.
guess i wasn’t the best one to ask me myself with my face pressed up against love’s glass to see the shiny toy i’ve been hoping for the one i never can afford the wide world spins and spits turmoil and the nations toil for peace but the paws of fear upon your chest only love can soothe that beast and my words are paper tigers no match for the predator of pain inside her i say love will come to you hoping just because i spoke the words that they’re true as if I’ve offered up a crystal ball to look through where there’s now one there will be two i was born under the sign of cancer like brushing cloth i smooth the wrinkles for an answer i close my eyes and wish you fine (i’m always closing my eyes wishing i’m fine) even though i know you’re not this time (even though i’m not this time) i say love will come to you hoping just because i spoke the words that they’re true as if i’ve offered up a crystal ball to look through where there’s now one there will be two dodging your memories a field of knives always on the outside looking in on other’s lives i say love will come to you hoping just because i spoke the words that they’re true as if i’ve offered up a crystal ball to look through where there’s now one there will be two and i wish her insight to battle love’s blindness strength from the milk of human kindness a safe place for all the pieces that scattered learn to pretend there’s more than love that matters
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This is gonna be a shock to you, but I’VE used the line in a song, too! It’s not online, but I can send you the file of it if you want to hear it.
I always liked that line from Macbeth, I guess.
Any reason is a good reason when it comes to referencing IG songs. If you ask me, anyway. 🙂 Hope summer in Provo is treating you right! You rock! Just sayin’.
Wendy! I’ve been reminiscing about that concert on June 16, 2009 a lot lately. That was SO MUCH FUN.
Outside of a Shakespeare class I sometimes wish I weren’t taking, I am having an unbelievable summer.
I hope you are, too.