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The text of this composition was not originally  intended by Shakespeare as a song

lyric.  It is derived from Mercutio’s  dying words in Act 3:1, in which he curses both the Capulet and

Montague families.  This song was really an exercise in musical theatre, and I’m

pleased with the way it turned out, as it manages to combine the scene’s

spoken dialogue/recitative with a musically catchy chorus.  I think of this song as

Shakespeare meets Les Mis.