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5 November 2019, 17:21 | Updated: 5 November 2019, 17:26
Not to sell it too hard, but this is probably the best thing you’ll read all year.
This is proof you can make pretty much anything into a poem if you end it with ‘but you don’t really care for music, do ya?’.
Frankie Thomas, a young writer from Connecticut, US, has taken lyrics from Stephen Sondheim’s musical Sweeney Todd, and set them to the tune of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.
Her tweet has gone viral, gaining over 5,000 retweets and 27,000 likes on Twitter. It reads:
attend the tale of Sweeney Todd— Frankie Thomas (@frankie_jay_tho) September 12, 2019
his skin was pale and his eye was odd
but you don't really care for music, do ya?
Is it a poetic commentary on Sondheim’s elusive melodies? Or does it just fit well and – like a true meme – requires no further explanation?
he kept a shop in London Town— Frankie Thomas (@frankie_jay_tho) September 12, 2019
of fancy clients and good renown
and every breath he drew was hallelujah
his needs were few, his room was bare— Frankie Thomas (@frankie_jay_tho) September 12, 2019
a lavabo and a fancy chair
a mug of suds, a broken hallelujah
However you feel about Frankie’s bars, it’s a big old ear worm and it’s going to be stuck in your head all day now.
A+ work, Frankie.