Poetry

Celebrate Emily Dickinson’s Birthday by Singing Her Poems to the Gilligan’s Island Theme Song

It seems to be a truth almost universally acknowledged that you can sing Emily Dickinson’s poems to “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” but did you know you can also do it to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island theme song? Yep. True story.

Here’s the music:

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And here’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.” Have fun!

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school, where children strove
At recess, in the ring;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

Or rather, he passed us;
The dews grew quivering and chill,
For only gossamer my gown,
My tippet only tulle.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then ’tis centuries, and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.