Theatre Royal – A Marvellous Death

Theatre Royal - A Marvellous Death

British indie rock band Theatre Royal presents their last single A Marvellous Death, released March 5, 2020. The song talks about a man who is not resigned to live his last days trapped in his old age and decides to give life to his young spirit to die being the young man he was. “I was thinking about old age and death and thought that the saddest part is being trapped by age and not being able to live out your final days to the full. So I figured I’d write a song about it,” says Oliver Burgess from Theatre Royal.

The cover art features a young old man photographed in London by Sam Wainwright, a friend of the band who knows this person. The song certainly catches the soul and the light that this man projects.

Theatre Royal is an indie rock band from Medway (UK). The group was formed after breaking in and performing in Chatham’s derelict Victorian theatre of the same name in 2009, alongside cult icons and fellow Medway residents Billy Childish and Lupen Crook. It consists of Oliver Burgess (vocals, guitar), Dr Robert (guitar, vocals), Brendan Esmonde (bass), and Jon Gibbs (drums).

Lyrics:

A marvellous way for him to go
A young man’s death in an old man’s show
Moving fast when you’re told you’re slow
More than the rust so you told them no

I won’t let the outside keep me in
I don’t want the undertaker stealing my sins

Bones picked clean before they’re gone
Eyes all gleam and gaze what’s left for them
Hold the end in your own hand
Two fingers raised as you make your last stand

I won’t let the outside keep me in
I don’t want the undertaker stealing my sins

Lay in bed defiantly
What they said just isn’t what you feel
Breath in deep and taste the sleep
It’s just an empty seat when companies skin deep

I won’t let the outside keep me in
I don’t want the undertaker stealing my sins

Burn your gown
Ride your bed right down the hill
Howl at the moon
Use all your breath until you’re still

Theatre Royal band

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