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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Ophelia was ...

"Ophelia was the circus queen, the female cannonball, projected through five flaming hoops to wild and shocked applause" (Natalie Merchant, "Ophelia".)

http://www.opheliaragtime.com/ophelia%20rag.mp3

2 comments:

Allen said...

So she had to jump through hoops too? Sometimes i hate doing that....

Tamara Miles said...

Yeah, me too. Have you heard the song "Ophelia"? It's really provocative, with lyrics that include:

Ophelia was a bride of God, a novice Carmelite,
sister cells and cloister bells tolled on her wedding night.

Ophelia was a rebel girl, a bluestocking suffragette who remedied society between her cigarettes.

Ophelia was a mistress to a Vegas gambling man,
so statuesque, a silhouette in black satin evening pants

and Ophelia was a tempest, cyclone, a goddamn hurricane,
she'd supervise and dry your eyes and help you to forget
and help you to forget

Ophelia's mind went wandering,
you wonder where she's gone, secret doors, down corridors,
she wandered there alone,
all alone.

I want to teach the song when I next teach Hamlet.