Someone is setting Sweeney Todd lyrics to the tune of ‘Hallelujah’ and it’s honestly fantastic

16 September 2019, 15:50 | Updated: 18 September 2019, 12:49

Someone is setting Sweeney Todd lyrics to the tune of ‘Hallelujah’ and it’s honestly fantastic
Someone is setting Sweeney Todd lyrics to the tune of ‘Hallelujah’ and it’s honestly fantastic. Picture: Frankie Thomas/Twitter

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

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:

Johnny Depp plays Sweeney Todd
Johnny Depp plays Sweeney Todd. Picture: DreamWorks/Warner Bros.

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?

Frankie continues:

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.