Bill & Alice

from by Shandy Lawson

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I am Anastasia Romanov, one hundred years of age
I've made a life and living reading Shakespeare from the stage
And who could've seen it coming, that I'd end up where I am
From the darling of the palace to my death
At Othello's hand

The Bolsheviks, they came for us in the summer of '18
They cut us down like cattle, my family and me
And I shut my eyes and hid beneath Alexei and I prayed
'Til a guard that I'd befriended came and stole me away
And by summer's end I'd made my way to the Bering Sea
And stowed away aboard a ship
Bound for anonymity

I called myself Alice when I arrived in Nome
And I settled in Alaska with a husband and a home
And I learned my English from the only books that I could get:
Hamlet and The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet
And by springtime I was shining in my new role as the Queen
My crown was made of glass and tin
But I still stole the scene

But like windows on a passing train, so too pass the years
The best parts of my life were Ophelias, Nymphs, and Lears
And I know I'll have no regrets when I play my final scene
For in the sleep of death what dreams may come
To me

I am Anastasia Romanov, one hundred years of age
I've made a life and living reading Shakespeare from the stage
And who could've seen it coming, that I'd end up where I am
From the darling of the palace to my death
At Othello's hand

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from Home - EP, released January 1, 2016
Tracked at Coffeehouse Studio in Middletown, CT by Michael Arafeh and mixed at ShandyLand Annex, NYC

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Shandy Lawson New York, New York

"Home" is Shandy's sixth studio release, and his first new material in eight years. He lives in New York City with his wife and three rescued special needs organic free-trade artisanal cats.

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