"Like a Beautiful Smile" as written by and Gordon(sting) Sumner....
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimm'd,

Like a beautiful smile
That fills I know why
Such a beauty won't die
It's eternity's mile
That we walk all this while

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to thime thou grow'st,

Like a beautiful smile
That fills I know why
Such a beauty won't die
It's eternity's mile
That we walk all this while

Like a beautiful dream
That is just what it seems
We're just floating upstream
On eternity's beam
So long as men can breath, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimm'd,

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to thime thou grow'st,

So long as men can breath, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee


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"Like a Beautiful Smile" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentCould be my brain but it stumbles over Old English and I find it helps if I translate—which is funny since this is English. All but the “like a beautiful smile” verse is from a sonnet by Shakespeare. Sting wrote the smile verse.

    I compare you to a summer’s day.
    You are more lovely, more fair
    Rough winds shake May’s buds
    Sometimes it’s too hot
    And every now and then it’s not sunny
    Weather can be changeable
    Due to random chance or changing weather.

    Like a beautiful smile
    That fills I know why—because of happiness?
    The beauty of a smile won’t die
    It will last forever.

    Your eternal summer won’t fade
    And it won’t lose it’s beauty in you

    I’m laughing. I got stuck—so I got bored with translating it. I’ve never had much luck understanding Billy-boy ….
    sillybunnyon August 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAren't Songs From the Labyrinth largely Olde English?
    Maybe.
    And?
    It's a lovely cultural project ... I've not heard anything from the cd but did peek at the lyrics. You know, I'm not a cultural heavyweight. Remember me? Falling into the aisle at the opera because I couldn't stay awake?
    I thought that was just because you're a dreamer.
    Some people are thrilled by historical music. Some people's brains lend themselves more freely to this kind of pursuit. I don't feel mine does. My taste is versatile but not this versatile. Don't let it bother you.
    Me? Of course not.
    sillybunnyon August 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Like a Beautiful Smile," meanwhile, combines a trickily off-kilter 7/8 time signature, a catchy melody straight from the Stevie Wonder songbook and lyrics courtesy of a well-known Shakespeare sonnet ("Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day") - all to refreshingly breezy effect. "I haven't a clue what it means," Sting laughingly says about the song. "It just sounds happy, joyful and hopeful. And I quite enjoy stealing from Shakespeare, because he never complains!"
    sillybunnyon August 28, 2006   Link

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