Back in the spring i saw this amazing post on Tumblr. The Twitter @ShakespeareSong had attempted Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”, only to be soundly (and quite correctly!) criticized by Tumblr for not doing it in iambic pentameter, dammit. So, Tumblr being Tumblr, someone quickly fixed it:
These tags I’ll pop, and boast in rhyming verse
that what I wear puts swagger in my gait;
though twenty shillings have I in my purse,
my self-esteem and manhood both inflate
when lofty furs I purchase for a cent.
Thy grandpa’s clothes are worthy salvage, though
they smell a trifle musty. Still, I spent
much less to dress myself from head to toe.
To save or not to save? The question’s moot.
I’ll never give my coin to high-street crooks.
These dusty shelves will yield their hidden loot
to those, like me, more frugal in their looks.
Like ancient coins washed up on distant shores,
I’ll find my treasures in these thrifty stores.
By Tumblr user reading-thoughts.
But Shakespearean-esque verse is so much more satisfying if you’re able to hear it. I read it aloud and Andy said, “Oh, that makes much more sense!”
So. Here you go. (Apologies if the sound file doesn’t come thru’ on the RSS feeds.)
Comments welcome, but be kind! This is actually my 1st recording — well, this is the billionth (est.) recording of this, but this whole endeavor is my first attempt at recording/publishing. Things are a little rough. I’m still not sure i’ve gotten the input sound at the best level. I need to learn how to edit. Blah blah blah. Constructive comments are welcome, but don’t be a freakin’ asshole. I mean, OBVIOUSLY i’ve never done any acting, voice or otherwise. :P
ETA 8/29: A few more details i should have noted (i said i was new to this!):
- length: This is only 50 seconds long!
- download: Here’s an MP3 if you’d rather download that shit – Thrift_Shoppe