A Little Midsummer Night's Music

by GrooveLily



This is the music we wrote for an innovative production of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM in 2006, directed by Tina Landau and co-produced by McCarter Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse. There are three songs with original lyrics, plus eight more tracks with Shakespeare's text set to music.

"Midsummer" is some of the most adventurous, fun, almost prog-rock writing we've ever done. Setting Shakespeare's words definitely freed us from any thought of trying to be "pop" or "radio-friendly"; we stretched out and had a blast with this record.


released April 1, 2007



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GrooveLily Seattle, Washington

Bicoastal trio GrooveLily inhabits that contemporary space where creative musicians ignore the boundaries laid down by words like rock, folk, jazz and pop. The success of their first concert-musical, the critically-acclaimed holiday show STRIKING 12, has led them farther into the world of theatre, where they have carved out a unique niche as a rock band writing and performing shows. ... more

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Track Name: When I Dream
What I see when I close my eyes
What I hear in the silence of my mind
What I feel suspended in slumber
Is as real as the world I've left behind

When I dream, without trying
I can float, I can climb
And it seems like I'm flying
Out of sight, out of time
When I dream...

Let the warmth of Morpheus' arms
Take me far from my duty and my due
Break the chains of this ironbound city
Let me sleep where the wildest wish comes true


A wrinkle in time and the chase is on
The demons behind me are gaining
My feet made of stone and my strength is gone
The wicked moon waxing and waning
Suddenly shadows are shifting shape
The ground giving way as I'm crawling
My back to the edge and there's no escape
But flying or falling...

Track Name: Overture
Act II, Scene i, Lines 2-5:
Over hill, over dale,
[Through the] bush, [and through the] brier,
Over park, over pale,
[Through the] flood, [and through the] fire,

Act III, Scene ii, Line 459:
...[and] every man should take his own
Track Name: Titania Suite
Act III, Scene i, Lines 197-201:
Come, wait upon him; lead him to my bower.
The moon methinks looks with a watery eye;
And when she weeps, weeps every little flower,
Lamenting some enforcèd chastity.
Tie up my love's tongue. Bring him silently.

Act IV, Scene i, Lines 1-4 & 40-43:
Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed
While I thy amiable cheeks do coy,
And stick musk roses in thy sleek, smooth head,
And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.

[O, how I love thee!]

So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist. The female ivy so
Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.
O, how I love thee! How I dote on thee!
Track Name: Fairy Suite
Act II, Scene i, Lines 2-15:
Over hill, over dale,
[Through the] bush, [and through the] brier,
Over park, over pale,
[Through the] flood, [and through the] fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the [lunar] sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be:
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favors,
In those freckles live their savors.
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

Act II, Scene ii, Lines 9-26:
You spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blindworms, do no wrong,
Come not near our Fairy Queen.
Philomel, with melody
Sing in our sweet lullaby;
Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby:
Never harm
Nor spell nor charm,
Come our lovely lady nigh;
So, good night, with lullaby.
Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legged spinners, hence!
Beetles black, approach not near;
Worm nor snail, do no offense.
Philomel, with melody, &c.
Hence, away! Now all is well.
One aloof stand sentinel.
Track Name: Malevolent Oberon Suite
Act II, Scene i, Lines 249-258:
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk roses, and with eglantine.
There sleeps Titania, sometime of the night,
Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enameled skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in.
And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes,
And make her full of hateful fantasies.

Act II, Scene ii, Lines 27-34:
What thou seest when thou dost wake,
Do it for thy true love take;
Love and languish for his sake.
Be it ounce, or cat, or bear,
Pard, or boar with bristled hair,
In thy eye that shall appear
When thou wak'st, it is thy dear.
Wake when some vile thing is near.
Track Name: While You Were Sleeping
You said I was yours forever
Then you turned like a leaf in autumn weather
Now that I search your cold cold eyes
I find I cannot recognize you
While you were sleeping
You disappeared underneath your skin
With the love you'd been keeping
Oh, what a fool I've
Been through it all together
Nobody else could love you better
Loyal and true, from dusk till dawn
Now you say the feeling's gone and
While you were sleeping
You had a drop overmuch to dream
And the love you'd been keeping
Died in the light of a pale moonbeam
Track Name: Lysander Wakes: And Run Through Fire
Act II, Scene ii, Lines 109-111:
And run through fire I will for thy sweet sake.
Transparent Helena! Nature shows art
That through thy bosom makes me see thy heart.
Track Name: Demetrius Wakes: Oh, Helen
Act III, Scene ii, Lines 137-144:
O Helen, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine!
To what, my love, shall I compare thine eyne?
Crystal is muddy. O, how ripe in show
Thy lips, those kissing cherries, tempting grow!
That pure congealèd white, high Taurus' snow,
Fanned with the eastern wind, turns to a crow
When thou hold'st up thy hand: O, let me kiss
This princess of pure white, this seal of bliss!
Track Name: Benevolent Oberon Suite
Act III, Scene ii, Lines 102-109:
Flower of this purple dye,
Hit with Cupid's archery,
Sink in apple of his eye.
When his love he doth espy,
Let her shine as gloriously
As the Venus of the sky.
When thou wak'st, if she be by,
Beg of her for remedy.

Act IV, Scene i, Lines 69-72:
Be as thou wast wont to be;
See as thou wast wont to see.
Dian's bud o'er Cupid's flower
Hath such force and blessèd power.

Act V, Scene i, Lines 381-402:
Now until the break of day,
Through this house each fairy stray.
To the best bride-bed will we,
Which by us shall blessèd be.
And the issue there create
Ever shall be fortunate.
So shall all the couples three
Ever true in loving be;
And the blots of Nature's hand
Shall not in their issue stand.
Never [a] mole, harelip, nor scar,
Nor mark prodigious, such as are
Despisèd in nativity,
Shall upon their children be.
With this field-dew consecrate,
Every fairy take his gait,
And each several chamber bless
Through this palace, with sweet peace,
And the owner of it blest
Ever shall in safety rest.
Trip away; [and] Make no stay;
Meet me all by break of day.
Track Name: Slings Of Eros/Bergomask Dance/Bows
Starlit night in western land
Cupid with unsteady hand...
In a land far away, in the middle of the night
Over hill, over dale, where the moon was shining bright
In a field, all at once, not a soul to hear the sound
Like a bolt from the blue, a magic arrow hit the ground

Shot from a bow like Cupid's arrows
Tossed on a tempest you will be
Thrown like a stone from slings of Eros
Nothing you can do will set you free
Shot from a bow like Cupid's arrows
You never had a fighting chance
Thrown like a stone from slings of Eros
Nothing you can do but join the dance

Blossoms white with petals fair
Cupid's purple painted there...
At the spot in the grass where the magic arrow fell
In the spring, a flower grew, underneath the arrow's spell
You can see it for miles - it's the most amazing sight
Only one purple blossom in all the field of white


Loosed by Cupid's fiery dart
Love to pierce the hardest heart...
For the power of the flower is a blessing or a curse
Makes you fall deep in love with whomever you see first
Close your eyes, rest a while, go to sleep and sleep some more
When you wake, you will love like you've never loved before
Track Name: All Shall Be Well
Act III, Scene ii, Lines 448-464:
On the ground
Sleep sound:
I'll apply
To your eye,
Gentle lover, remedy.
When thou wak'st,
Thou tak'st
True delight
In the sight
Of thy former lady's eye:
And the country proverb known,
That every man should take his own,
In your waking shall be shown.
Jack shall have Jill;
Nought shall go ill;
The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well.