A Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock n’ Roll, Pride and Prejudice the Musical (Maybe!) + a Giveaway

A Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock n’ Roll, Pride and Prejudice the Musical (Maybe!) + a Giveaway

Each morning, as I make my walk through the trails of Lake Park, my home here in NC, I listen to the music on my iPhone and imagine if we did a musical of Pride and Prejudice, what songs might fit the situation? For instance, can you not see both Darcy and Elizabeth lying in bed, thinking of each other, and singing England Dan and John Ford Coley’s “Nights Are Forever Without You”? We will make it a duet.

 

 

 

 

Lying in bed with the [candle flickering] Moonlight falls like rain
Soft summer nights spent thinking of you
When will I see you again

Soft and low the music moans
I can’t stop thinking about you
Thinking ’bout you

I didn’t know it would be so strong
Waiting and wondering about you
I didn’t know it would last so long
Nights are forever without you

Curtains still dance with the wind and the sky
The sun will be coming up soon
But I just can’t sleep for thinking of you
Here alone with the moon

Soft and low the music moans
I can’t stop thinking about you
Thinking ’bout you

I didn’t know it would be so strong
Waiting and wondering about you
I didn’t know it would last so long
Nights are forever without you
Nights are forever without you

Nights are forever without you
Nights are forever without you
Nights are forever without you

You Tube Version of the Song 

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Or how about Elizabeth’s sisters or even the citizens of Meryton singing “Miss Independent” from Kelly Clarkson after Elizabeth finally accepts Darcy’s proposal?
Miss independent
Miss self-sufficient
Miss keep your distance
Miss unafraid
Miss out of my way
Miss don’t let a man interfere, no
Miss on her own
Miss almost grown
Miss never let a man help her off her throne
So, by keeping her heart protected
She’d never ever feel rejected
Little miss apprehensive
Said ooh, she fell in love’
What is the feelin’ takin’ over?
Thinkin’ no one could open my door
Surprise, It’s time
To feel what’s real
What happened to Miss Independent?
No more the need to be defensive
Goodbye, old you
When love is true
Miss guarded heart
Miss play it smart
Miss if you want to use that line you better not start, no
But she miscalculated
She didn’t want to end up jaded
And this miss decided not to miss out on true love
So, by changing her misconceptions
She went in a new direction
And found inside she felt a connection
She fell in love.
What is the feelin’ takin’ over?
Thinkin’ no one could open my door
Surprise, It’s time
To feel what’s real
What happened to Miss Independent?
No more the need to be defensive
Goodbye, old you
When love is true
When Miss Independence walked away
No time for love that came her way
She looked in the mirror and thought today
What happened to miss no longer afraid?
It took some time for her to see
How beautiful love could truly be
No more talk of why can’t that be me
I’m so glad I finally see
What is the feelin’ takin’ over?
Thinkin’ no one could open my door
Surprise, It’s time
To feel what’s real
What happened to Miss Independent?
No more the need to be defensive
Goodbye, old you
When love is true
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First, Jane Bennet would sing “The Man Who Got Away” from Judy Garland in “A Star is Born” when Bingley up and leaves Netherfield.
The night is bitter
The stars have lost their glitter
The winds grow colder
Suddenly you’re older
And all because of the man that got away
No more his eager call
The writings on the wall
The dreams you dreamed have all
Gone astray
The man that won you
Has run off and undone you
That great beginning
Has seen the final inning
Don’t know what happened
It’s all a crazy game
No more that all-time thrill
For you’ve been through the mill
And never a new love will
Be the same
Good riddance, goodbye
Every trick of his you’re on to
But, fools will be fools
And where’s he gone to?
The road gets rougher
It’s lonelier and tougher
With hope you burn up
Tomorrow he will turn up
There’s just no letup the live-long night and day
Ever since this world began
There is nothing sadder than
A one-man woman looking for
The man that got away
The man that got away
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Later, I could also imagine Jane Bennet singing “Maybe This Time” by Liza Minnelli after Bingley finally proposes.
Maybe this time, I’ll be lucky
Maybe this time, He’ll stay
Maybe this time
For the first time
Love won’t hurry away
He will hold me fast
I’ll be home at last
Not a loser anymore
Like the last time
And the time before
Everybody loves a winner
So nobody loves me
‘Lady Peaceful, ‘ ‘Lady Happy, ‘
That’s what I long to be
All the odds are in my favor
Something’s bound to begin,
It’s got to happen, happen sometime
Maybe this time I’ll win.
‘Cos,
Everybody loves a winner
So nobody loves me
‘Lady Peaceful, ‘ ‘Lady Happy, ‘
That’s what I long to be
All the odds are in my favor
Something’s bound to begin,
It’s got to happen, happen sometime
Maybe this time,
Maybe this time, I’ll win.
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How about George Wickham singing Bachman-Turner Overdrive of “Let It Ride” to Lydia after their marriage?
Good bye, hard life
Don’t cry would you let it ride?
Good bye, hard life
Don’t cry would you let it ride?
You can’t see the mornin’, but I can see the light
Try, try, try let it ride
While you’ve been out runnin’ I’ve been waitin’ half the night
Try, try, try let it ride
And would you cry if I told you that I lied and would you say goodbye or
Would you let it ride?
And would you cry if I told you that I lied
And would you say goodbye or would you let it ride?
Seems my life is not complete I never see you smile
Try, try, try let it ride
Baby you want the forgivin’ kind and that’s just not my style
Try, try, try let it ride
And would you cry if I told you that I lied and would you say goodbye or
Would you let it ride?
And would you cry if I told you that I lied
And would you say goodbye or would you let it ride?
I’ve been doin’ things worthwhile, you’ve been bookin’ time
Try, try, try let it ride
And would you cry if I told you that I lied and would you say goodbye or
Would you let it ride?
And would you cry if I told you that I lied
And would you say goodbye or would you let it ride?
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I am thinking Mrs. Bennet, Lydia, and Kitty will break into a chorus of “It’s Raining Men” when they learn the militia is coming to Meryton.
Hi, hi we’re [the Bennets] Ah-huh
And have we got news for you
You better listen
Get ready, all you lonely girls
And leave those umbrellas at home
All right
Humidity is rising (uh rising), barometer’s getting low (oh low, girl)
According to all sources (what sources now), the street’s the place to go (we better hurry up)
‘Cause tonight for the first time (first time)
Just about half-past ten (half past ten)
For the first time in history
It’s gonna start raining men (start raining men)
It’s raining men, hallelujah, it’s raining men, amen
I’m gonna go out to run and let myself get
Absolutely soaking wet
It’s raining men, hallelujah
It’s raining men, every specimen
Tall, blonde, dark and lean
Rough and tough and strong and mean
God bless mother nature, she’s a single woman too
She took off to heaven and she did what she had to do
She taught every angel she rearranged the sky
So that each and every woman could find her perfect guy
Oh, it’s raining men, yeah
Humanity’s rising (humanity’s rising)
Barometer’s getting low (it’s getting low, low, low, low)
According to all sources (according to all sources)
The street’s the place to go
‘Cause tonight for the first time
Just about half past ten
For the first time in history
It’s gonna start raining man (start raining men)
It’s raining men, hallelujah
It’s raining men, amen
It’s raining men, hallelujah
It’s raining men, amen
It’s raining men, hallelujah
It’s raining men, amen
It’s raining men, hallelujah
Oh oh oh oh
It’s raining men
Tall, blonde, dark and lean
Rough and tough and strong and mean
Hallelujah it’s raining men
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I am thinking Elizabeth would sing “It Ain’t Me, Babe” from Joan Baez after Darcy’s first proposal.
Go ‘way from my window
Leave at your own chosen speed
I’m not the one you want, babe
I’m not the one you need
You say you’re lookin’ for someone
Never weak but always strong
To protect you an’ defend you
Whether you are right or wrong
Someone to open each and every door
But it ain’t me, babe
No, no, no, it ain’t me, babe
It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe
Go lightly from the ledge, babe
Go lightly on the ground
I’m not the one you want, babe
I will only let you down
You say you’re lookin’ for someone
Who will promise never to part
Someone to close his eyes for you
Someone to close his heart
Someone who will die for you an’ more
But it ain’t me, babe
No, no, no, it ain’t me, babe
It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe
Go melt back into the night, babe
Everything inside is made of stone
There’s nothing in here moving
An’ anyway I’m not alone
You say you’re looking for someone
Who’ll pick you up each time you fall
To gather flowers constantly
An’ to come each time you call
A lover for your life an’ nothing more
But it ain’t me, babe
No, no, no, it ain’t me, babe
It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe
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And Elizabeth would sing Jann Arden’s “Insensitive” when she thinks there is no hope of ever knowing Darcy as her husband.
How do you cool your lips, after a summer’s kiss?
How do you rid the sweat, after the body’s bliss?
How do you turn your eyes, from the romantic glare?
How do you block the sound
Of a voice you’d know anywhere?
Oh, I really should have known
By the time you drove me home
By the vagueness in your eyes, your casual good-byes
By the chill in embrace
The expression on your face, told me
Maybe, you might have some advice to give
How to be insensitive, insensitive ooh, insensitive
How do you numb your skin, after the warmest touch?
How do you slow your blood, after the body rush?
How do you free your soul, after you’ve found a friend?
How do you teach your heart
It’s a crime to fall in love again?
Oh, you probably won’t remember me
It’s probably ancient history
I’m one of the chosen few
Who went ahead and fell for you
I’m out of vogue, I’m out of touch
I fell too fast I feel too much
I thought that you might have some advice to give,
How to be insensitive
Oh, I really should have known
By the time you drove me home
By the vagueness in your eyes, your casual good-byes
By the chill in your embrace
The expression on your face, told me
Maybe, you might have some advice to give
On how to be insensitive, insensitive ooh, insensitive
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I am thinking Bobby Darin’s “If I Were a Carpenter” would have made a better first proposal than the one Darcy delivered. What about you?
If I were a carpenter, and you were a lady
Would you marry me anyway?
Would you have my baby?
If a tinker were my trade, would you still find me
Carrying the pots I made, following behind me?
Save my love through loneliness
Save my love through sorrow
I give you my only-ness
Give me your tomorrow
If I worked my hands in wood, would you still love me?
Answer me, babe: “yes I would, I’d put you above me”
If a miller were my trade, at a mill wheel grinding
Would you miss your color box, your soft shoes shining
Save my love through loneliness
Save my love through sorrow
I give you my only-ness
Give me your tomorrow
If I were a carpenter, and you were a lady
Would you marry me anyway?
Would you have my baby?
Would you marry me anyway?
Would you have my baby?
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I can easily see a scene where Georgiana Darcy is alone in her room after the Ramsgate incident, and she is singing “I Knew You Were Trouble” from Taylor Swift.
Once upon time
A few mistakes ago
I was in your sights
You got me alone
You found me
You found me
You found me
I guess you didn’t care
And I guess I liked that
And when I fell hard
You took a step back
Without me, without me, without me
And he’s long gone
When he’s next to me
And I realize the blame is on me
‘Cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me nowlew me to places I’d never been
So you put me down oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I’d never been
Now I’m lying on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, troubleh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
No apologies
He’ll never see you cry
Pretend he doesn’t know
That he’s the reason why
You’re drowning, you’re drowning, you’re drowning
And I heard you moved on
From whispers on the street
A new notch in your belt
Is all I’ll ever be
And now I see, now I see, now I see
He was long gone
When he met me
And I realize the joke is on me
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I’d never been
So you put me down oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I’d never been
Now I’m lying on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
When your saddest fear comes creeping in
That you never loved me or her or anyone or anything
Yeah
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I’d never been
So you put me down oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I’d never been
Now I’m lying on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
Trouble, trouble, trouble
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
Trouble, trouble, trouble
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I would have Bingley singing Marty Balin’s “Hearts” when he returns to Netherfield and is unsure of whether Jane will accept him again.
Is everything all right I just called to say
How lost I feel without you
Miles away I really can’t believe I’m near
And how I still care about you
Hearts can break and never mend together
Love can fade away
Hearts could cry when love won’t stay forever
Hearts can be that way
Is everything the same do you ever think of me
And how we loved one another
Will you change your mind will you wander back
Again or have you found yourself a new love
Hearts can break and never mend together
Love can fade away
Hearts could cry when love won’t stay forever
Hearts can be that way
Is everything okay I just thought I’d write a song
To tell the world how I miss you
Cause each and every day I think of all the words
I never said and all the chances that I had you
Hearts can break and never mend together
Love can fade away
Hearts could cry when love won’t stay forever
Hearts can be that way
Hearts can be that way
Hearts can be is everything all right
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And we must have Elizabeth singing “Colour My World” from Chicago after Darcy’s second proposal.
As time goes on
I realize
Just what you mean
To me
And now
Now that you’re near
Promise your love
That I’ve waited to share
And dreams
Of our moments together
Color my world with hope of loving you
So, what other songs could we add to my musical version of Pride and Prejudice? Add your suggestions below. 
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17 Responses to A Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock n’ Roll, Pride and Prejudice the Musical (Maybe!) + a Giveaway

  1. Ah, Regina. You found what a fun post of music videos can be. Thank you for the nostalgic look at ‘A Star is Born.’ One of my favorite movies and stars. I don’t know how many times I sang that song simply because. And I love ‘It’s Raining Men.’ Your choices were spot on, and I laughed at ‘Let It Ride’ for Wickham. So appropriate. Thank you. BTW I do have both books. 🙂

  2. Those music choices/selections were amazing… Beautifully done!!

    Don’t include me in the giveaway. I already have the anthology and look forward to reading it.

  3. I enjoyed your post and songs Regina, I’d love a musical as well. I’m looking forward to reading Regency Summer Escape.

  4. This refreshing Regina. Enjoyed the songs tied with the events in P & P. Yes please include me in the giveaway. Thank you

    • Pride and Prejudice is a musical by Bernard J. Taylor based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It was first produced as a concept studio recording in London, England, with singers including Peter Karrie, Claire Moore, Christopher Biggins, and others. It received its world premiere at the Madison Theatre, Peoria, Illinois in 1993, and by 2007 had received more than 20 productions worldwide, including Britain, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

  5. I love the idea of a P&P musical!

    How about “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson as Elizabeth and Jane get ready for their wedding. 🙂

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