Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Seven Ages Of Man

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms;
Then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin'd,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything."

William Shakespeare - As You Like It
Jaques (Act II, Scene VII, lines 139-166)

B-A-B-Y - Carla Thomas

Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby - Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss

I Feel Just Like A Child - Devendra Banhart

Song Of Being A Child - Van Morrison

Puberty - Belly

Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus

Young Blood - The Coasters

Get A Job - The Silhouettes

All Grown Up - Holly Golightly

Middle Age Crazy - Jerry Lee Lewis

Old Man Time - Kate Rusby

Hurt - Johnny Cash

In My Time Of Dying - The Be Good Tanyas

When I Die - The Waifs


Preposterous Ponderings said...

Awesome post!

You sure do know how to put them together.

ZenDenizen said...

What a creative compilation!

Divinyl said...

Thank you guys...very kind words :o)