episode #20 about a man

Spoken word

Shakespeare’s As You Like It: Act 2 Scene 7 captured by Digital Theatre live at the RSC’s temporary space, the Courtyard Theatre, in Stratford upon Avon. It was directed by the RSC’s then Artistic Director, Michael Boyd, and starred Jonjo O’Neill as Orlando and Katy Stephens as Rosalind. 


Franz Ferdinand: Michael

Monkey Business: Be a Man

Röyksopp: It’s What I Want

Dennis Parker: Like an Eagle

Gorillaz: Saturnz Braz

Massive Attack: Five Men Army

Stereo MC’s: Pressure

Florence + The Machine: Hunger

Nina Simone: Keeper of the Flame


This is where I’ll be – So heavenly – So come and dance with me (Michael)

(Michael) you’re the boy with all the leather hips – Sticky hair, sticky hips, stubble on my sticky lips – (Michael) you’re the only one I’d ever want

Beautiful boy(s) on a beautiful dance floor – And nothing matters now – You are who you are (I’m who I’m)

[Franz Ferdinand]

Be the man –  you will really like it – Write your destiny – Try to get it all

Be a man – and you will have to find it – Try to understand – Be who you are – Feels too hot to give up to all the ideals

They become more the staff before you know it’s time for revival – How to fight to firm rights more strong than Bible

Be to side neighbour hand – Be light of that, or pretend idle

[Monkey Business]

All that I want is keeping it easy – It’s what I want that’s easy – It’s getting it that’s complicated


Like an eagle,  in the city Fly, high – Hunting nightly,  I search – Through the city

Like an eagle, Always hungry, always wanting – Night flight Always searching, never perching – I soar, for more

I fly, like an eagle – On the wasteland, of the city – Walk, talk Through the city, 

I try, I fly Through the city – I fly Looking at you – Gonna get you 

[Dennis  Parker]

The world is mine, the whole of it I’m taking slowing

Happy days is what I call it now, I denounce sad stories – Anywhere in the world my friends are around me

The dream, family lived that with me – All my life, I dream to own houses, land, cars and bikes

I’m in the stakin’ bar – I got debts, I’m a debaser. – Saturn’s about to make love – And I’m just a heartbreaker

And I won’t get a take in – Cause I’m out when I’m stakin’ – And the rings I am breaking – Are making you a personal debt


I’m just practice posing face is shaded in black – Is dominating as my colour the massive attack – Right now i hit it kick it flow smooth hit middle wicket

I take a small step now it’s a giant stride – People say I’m loud why should I hide

Only had a small taste so what a waste – I quietly observe though it’s not my space

Bottom end’s heavy you know we’re never even – People call me Tricky for particular reason

I’ve got you see and I’ve got to let you know – See we’re rockin’ in your area rock beneath your balcony

My baby just cares for me well that’s funny – Her touch tickles especially on my tummy

Now who’s got the microphone – Now who’s honey

[Massive Attack]

But he ain’t smart as me – With the Bible on his lips – And a pistol on each hip – But he ain’t blindin’ me

So just remember – Don’t believe all you see – Things aren’t always how they’re meant to be

Some come as villain, dressed as virtue – But all they really wanna do is hurt you – And that’s reality

So when it feels like a sit ‘n’ slide – I treat each day as a brand new ride – Let it all come down on me

You could be north, you could be east – You could be beauty, you could be beast – It don’t mean a thing to me

You could be movin’, you could be still – As long as it’s of your own free will

Don’t be a target, see – Don’t tell me what to do

Don’t tell me how to live my life – I won’t respond to you – You may have my rank, have my file

But I’ll resist you like the Nile – Don’t matter what you do – Gonna keep it up –  Keep up the pressure

[Stereo MC’s]

Tell me what you need, you look so free – The way you use your body, come on and work it for me

Don’t let it get you down, you’re the best thing I’ve seen

We never found the answer but we knew one thing – We all have a hunger

[Florence + The Machine]

You said I was the most exotic flower – Holding me tight in our final hour

I don’t know what you do, it’s unbelievable – And I don’t know how you get over – Someone as dangerous, tainted and flawed as you

One for the money, and two for the show – I love you honey,… I’m ready to go – How did you get that way, I don’t know

You’re screwed up and brilliant – And look like a million dollar man – So why is my heart broke?

[Lana Del Rey]

I’m the keeper of the flame

Played with fire and I was burn -Gave a heart but I was spurn – Years have passed by – The spark still remains

True love can’t die – It smoulders in flame – When the fire is burning off

And the angels call my name – Dying love will leave no doubt – I’m the keeper of the flame

[Nina Simone]

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