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Hamlet (Dog Eat Dog In Denmark)

This song is by Richard Thompson and appears on the compilation album RT (2006).

This is the story of Hamlet
William Shakespeare's most notable play
A magnificent dignified work of art
But for you buster I guess I ought to tell it this way

Hamlet was the prince of a spot called Denmark
There never was such a frantic guy either before or since
He was a dreamboy, and like a hole in the head Denmark needed that prince

He bumped off his uncle and he poisoned his mother
And he drove his girl to suicide and he stabbed her big brother
'Cause he didn't want nobody else but himself should live
He was what you might call uncooperative

Hamlet had a lady friend named Ophelia
She was a cool put together chick that made men thrill
But Hamlet he thought she was from Uglyville

He didn't seem to get the message
He chopped down her father just to teach the girl a lesson
Yes he cut him up and sliced him like a pound of delicatessen
Murder was the one thing Hamlet sure did enjoy, sure did enjoy
He was what you might call quite the mischievous boy

Ophelia, overcome with such grief and sorrow
She went and flipped her lid, she popped her cork, she jumped the track
And her intelligent mind developed a permanent crack Things went black

Ophelia had a six and a half foot brother
He thought that Hamlet had been a trifle too impolite
So in the third act he challenged him to a fight
What a night!

It was dog eat dog eat dog in Denmark
Yes it was dog eat dog eat dog in Denmark
The moral of the story is very plain
You better get a muzzle if you got a Great Dane
And the name of this omelette Is Hamlet

Written by:

Frank Loesser

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