The Soundtrack to King Lear

For opening night, the cast and crew of King Lear compiled a music playlist!

Click here to listen along with us:

From tongue in cheek to serious inspirations, these songs reflect the themes, sounds, characters, and moods of our show. What songs would you add? (respond in the comments!)

The King Lear Soundtrack

1)     “We both go down together” The Decemberists

“Here on these cliffs of Dover

So high you can’t see over

And while your head is spinning

Hold tight it’s just beginning…”

2)     “Fool in the Rain” Led Zeppelin (Submitted by Lauren Modica, the Fool)

I’ll run in the rain till I’m breathless

When I’m breathless I’ll run till I drop, hey

The thoughts of a fool’s kind of careless

I’m just a fool waiting on the wrong block”

3)      “Get me to the church on time” from My Fair Lady (submitted by Rob Harrison – Burgundy).

“I’m getting married in the morning

Ding dong the bells are going to chime!”

4)     “Behind Blue Eyes” The Who (submitted by Melissa Whitney – Goneril)

“No one knows what it’s like

To be the bad man, to be the sad man

Behind blue eyes”

5)     “Thistle and Weeds” Mumford and Sons (Submitted by McKenna Twedt, Costume Designer)

For me, “Thistle and Weeds” is Lear’s storm on the heath and tumultuous journey through it transcribed into a single song. The music and lyrics perfectly match his emotional state. The the song also has an earthy or folksy quality that I like, while still keeping the swelling and overwhelming sound of several instruments creating a storm.

“Rain down, rain down on me…”

6)     “Ain’t no Rest for the Wicked” Cage the Elephant (submitted by Tom Walton, Edmund)

No we can’t slow down, we can’t hold back

Though you know we wish we could

There ain’t no rest for the wicked

Until we close our eyes for good.”

7)     “Earthquake Weather” Beck

“Something’s comin sky is purple

Dogs are howling to themselves”

Days are changin’ with the weather

Like a rip tide could rip us away”

8)     “People Got a Lotta Nerve”  Neko Case (Submitted by Brenan Dwyer, Regan)

Regan’s been looked over her whole life in favor of her sisters. Even her father doesn’t understand that there’s something fierce boiling inside her: “Thy tender-hearted nature shall not give/Thee o’er to harshness. Her eyes are fierce, but thine/Do comfort and not burn.” So in this song, I hear the thumping, persistent, fun-loving, and violent response that pounds in Regan.

“I’m a man man man man man man eater

But still you’re surprised prised prised when I eat ya.”

9)     “None of your Business” Salt N Pepa (submitted by Melissa Whitney, Goneril)

Now who do you think you are

Putting your cheap two cents in?”

10)  “Oh Daddy” Fleetwood Mac (Submitted by Brenan Dwyer, Regan)

“Oh daddy you know you make me cry

How can you love me? I don’t understand why

Oh daddy, if I can make you see

If there’s been a fool around,

It’s got to be me.”

11) “The Worst Part’s Almost Over” (Submitted by Jason Maniccia, Cornwall)

“Think I’m unkind
But people aren’t the way you think they are”

12)  “These Eyes” The Guess Who (Submitted by Gary Powell, Gloucestor)

“These eyes are cryin’

These eyes have seen a lot of loves

But they’re never gonna see another one like I had with you”

(…like, literally, they’re never gonna see another one…)

13)  “I’m Still Standing” Elton John (Submitted by Clara Hillier, Cordelia)

Cordelia speaks her mind, she gets shot down and exiled from her home. She loses out on one marriage, land, and her father’s love, but fortunately a gallant King sees her as something special. Although she may stay offstage for quite some time…I personally think Cordelia is just doing a film training montage of machete practice, lunges and perfecting her battle skills. And when she returns in the second half of the show, this is her mantra. – Clara Hillier

“Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did,

Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid,

I’m still standing after all this time”

14)   “Slave to Love” Bryan Ferry (Submitted by Nate Crosby, Oswald)

“You’ve got to know

How the strong get weak

And the rich get poor

Slave to love”

15)  “Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd (submitted by Rob Harrison, Doctor)

“You would not understand, this is not how I am

I have become comfortably numb.”

16)   “When I’m Sixty-Four” The Beatles (Submitted by Ted Roisum, King Lear)

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me,

When I’m sixty-four?”


2 thoughts on “The Soundtrack to King Lear

  1. uconnrob February 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm Reply

    Very cool!

    All the best!

    ~Rob Harrison

  2. Patti MacRae March 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm Reply


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