A Slenderman Musical

by Paul Shapera

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erin301 the music is absolutely delightful. it has a different feel than the rest of the shapera musicals but its still shapera enough to know that its his. Favorite track: Welcome To The Decadent Abbey.
Nick Lynch
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Nick Lynch I absolutely loved this story and when the Teddy Bears came up not only did I die of laughter (Writing this from the otherside) I also replayed it like 10 times before moving on. Favorite track: The Librarians.
Johnathon Jacobsen
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Johnathon Jacobsen A slenderman musical with tinges of Lovecraft, southern rock, and the Illuminati, perfectly balancing wackiness, disgust, and existential terror, all rendered in Shapera's inimitable style. What more could you ask for? Favorite track: Zoe & Timothy 3.
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It was a massive multiplayer GPS RPG with an augmented reality paradigm distribution model STEAM Sci-fi crowd sourced open narrative backstory and we ran about, hung out, played the game and smoked some weed … Abed got the game was the first one to play And showed us all how one late spring day Soon every afternoon the five of us met To play Transcend until sunset When summertime came we played every day Running round town with our phones in our face Latices linked, game events unleashed Beacons sparked, hunts embarked, racking up Prestige James was the first to crash and burn Dream from game he could not discern First tics then shakes then wild eyed rage He was pulled from school and then put away We carried on though unbeknownst We were playing without the app or our phones Our brains rewried to see the game Til something saw us and came one day Redneck Greek Chorus: Let your world just slip away Tune inside and play the game Timothy: Transcenda… transcenda… trascendation Yeah Infodump’s Youtube Video: Hey, this is Infodump with 5 interesting things about the game Trancsendation: Number 5: The hit game Transcendation, which has groups of players running all over towns across the world is said to be based on a combination of Enochian magick, chaos magick and Heka, an ancient Egyptian religion. Number 4: The spooky mystical bits were brought in by the game's main architect Jordan Lane who has been quoted as saying ritual magick is the hacking code of reality Number 3: Even spookier, both she and the game's other founder, Sean Foucault, who was also her lover, both disappeared under mysterious circumstances right around the release, some say testing game configurations. Irina was the next of the five to get The tic then sick then one day left But right before dropping out of sight She called me in the deep of night She said something about the game Something bout cracks and something came Something thin and faceless dark And of the five twas i he marked Redneck Greek Chorus: Let your world just slip away Tune inside and play the game Timothy: Transcenda… transcenda… trascendation Yeah … Abed: We played all day, right? Michelle: Yeah Abed: But our phones re right here Alison: Does anyone actually remember having their phone or pad at any point lately? Michelle: You can't play the game without your phone. You can't play the game without the app. You guys are just being idiots and you're fucking with my head Alison: we need to stop person 2: Aw come on, stop freaking out you're all overeacting. Alison: it's too late Michelle: it's not too late Abed : It is. I've seen the man. The one James saw Michelle: James had a latent condition triggered by overstimulation of his... Alison: Bullshit. There was nothing wrong with him Michelle: He's in the nuthouse! Timothy: Guys. ‘Ben's not kidding. I saw the thin man too. Abed: Where'd you see him? Timothy: (pause) He's right there. … It gutted and sliced and sucked an ate Flesh from bone and blood from brain Like a spider on a mad and meth fueled drug It took from me those that i love I survived, i turned and ran I never stopped, i never can I left my home and all i know The hunted down the moonlit road Redneck Greek Chorus: Let your world just slip away Tune inside and play the game Timothy: Transcenda… transcenda… trascendation Yeah
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Timothy: They taste each tear that you feel The hounds let loose on your trail The months and miles meander across the estranged and crooked maze i’ve fled Across back end roads when jobs pay low ‘til it finds me once again I might stay days or weeks somewhere. I might almost make a friend For a few drink, for five minutes, til i’m down the road again RGC: All falls round as you go Along the black mountain road Timothy: I see them on the streets sometimes, kids clustered ‘bout my own age They laugh in packs and touch and kiss, and i yearn, but yearn in vain Conversation coming harder as isolation stacks the miles I forget now how to open up or how to make you smile Or sit still withouth twitching, the tics that tremble track my tears The seet curves of the moonlit road turn the weeks to months then years RGC: All falls round as you go Along the black mountain road Timothy: Another sad motel room. In the stillness there i lay I always know that it is coming so i listen and i wait One more drink in one more bar, one more smoke in this stolen car One more cup at one more stop, one more highway, one more truck One more motel’s squeaking bed, one more town you painted red One more girl across the street whose name you won’t know, you’ll never meet They taste each tear that you feel The hounds let loose on your trail One more job that lasts a week. Nights on end you just don’t speak People, lives you’ll never be, times of warmth you’ll never see
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The Bar 04:08
Timothy: Well now three years have come and gone since i’ve been here on the run And one night this long, dark road leads to pocatello, Idaho Round abouts it’s Friday night, it’s kind of hopping here with life So despite myself i think i’ll go ahead and grab a drink Some preacher on the street’s all whipped up in some kind of heat Preacher: Friends are you committed to the way of prayer? Without heavenly prayer you have nothing! Without heavenly prayer you will watch your world crumble, you will watch darkness come for you and all you love. Get on your knees now, tonight, this very moment and recite with me. Recite… (Timothy enters bar) Timothy: Some whiskey sours that are heartburn cheap the locals laugh and cuss and speak and flirt and dance and down their drinks round me I silent sit and soak it up I listen watc and it's enough I catch her eye, loook down, but she walks up I don't know how to flirt or chat Zoe: Your name's enough to start if you want Timothy: she says at last Zoe: It's been awhile in this place since i've seen a brand new face so maybe humor me a bit, i'll grab a drink and have a sit It's zoe, nice to meet with you i'm also far from home here too i got stuck here when i tried awhile back to hitch a ride Timothy: And so we talk and smoke and sip our booze I ask her if she's trying to score Zoe: It's not like that, i'm into girls. Just sit back and relax we'll catch a buzz and hang and chat a little company if you don't mind to help us leave our woes behind Timothy: The night goes nice and drinks pile fast It's been so long since i've opened up and I wonder if i've made a friend at last
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Timothy: And so most nights she stops by the Motel 6 where i'm holed up we sit out front in two plastic chairs that face the parking lot the nights pass kind of pleasant we drink some beer and smoke a pack we talk bout where the hunted go and when the run runs out at last I lost my way to El Dorado The winds my will has weathered down I sometimes think that on the dusty road to nowhere I’ll sit and sigh and lay my body down I lost my way to El Dorado The golden future where i belonged Is there a moment, a day a week you know that The destination you once dreamed is gone? RGC: The long road lays out til you're empty The long road lays you to the ground Don't you lay, don't you lay yourself to memory Don't you lay your spirit down Zoe: I lost my way to El Dorado I wandered dazed as in a dream The bodies piled and the trials stained the miles on a mpa it turns out i could never read I lost my way to El Dorado The girl once with me has collapsed The ties that kept her all together are in tethers and in the end she was all i ever had RGC: The long road lays out til you're empty The long road lays you to the ground Don't you lay, don't you lay yourself to memory Don't you lay Don't you lay your spirit down Timothy: I lost my way to El Dorado The wind just blows across my back Like a shadow cast that only seeks its body back But as the miles grow more and more I cannot picture any more the warm sweet place for which i long to ease my soul where i belong the hope of home where all roads lead i lost my way and now it's gone to me that promised land in which i once believed The plans of mice and men fool’s gold bravado I lost my way to El Dorado RGC: The long road lays out til you're empty The long road lays you to the ground Don't you lay, don't you lay yourself to memory Don't you lay Don't you lay your spirit down (Sounds of the Slenderman’s approach begin) Timothy: Uh oh…. Get out. Get out! We have to go now. Zoe! Come with me! Just come, we have to go NOW. Zoe: Are you breaking into a car? Timothy: Just get in. Trust me, we have to go.
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(Car speeds away. Car crashes.) Zoe: Timothy.... Timothy you don't look so good Timothy: You’re not even hurt… Wha… what’s going…? Zoe: Timothy, we don't have much time Timothy: How are you not hurt? Zoe: Shh. Sh. Just listen, i need a little... favor…
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Possession 04:49
Zoe: I must possess you, I must crawl under your skin access, ingress you, you must let me in i must enter circumvent you , ride your body wear your skin just open up, embrace me and let me dwell within I’ve been working up to tell you but it seems we're out of time there's a detail left unmentioned… I am not quite alive All this time that we’ve been hanging to most it looks like you’re alone only some can see me cause I’m afraid that i’m a ghost Now please dont let it throw you all else ive said is true and its long since i have had a friend, someone like you But before you bleed on out here and the slender man arrives if i can come crawl in there I’d really like to hitch a ride I must possess you, I must crawl under your skin access, ingress you, you must let me in i must enter circumvent you , ride your body wear your skin just open up, embrace me and let me dwell within I have wandered for a while, looked so hard for one like you that the tall thin man is hunting, I just want to come with too When he catches you and frankly that’s a minute here from now let me in, I’ll take the pain, go to sleep, just lay your spirit down Now trust may be a small issue, leaving your body to my care but i swear my reason’s worthy, I just need your skin to wear I must find out where he takes you, where he goes on with his prey I have hunted long the hunter, this chance may not come again I must possess you, I must crawl under your skin access, ingress you, you must let me in i must enter circumvent you , ride your body wear your skin just open up, embrace me and let me dwell within I must possess you, access, ingress you i must enter circumvent you ride your body wear your skin just open up, embrace me and let me dwell within Thank you. Listen, i’ll take really good care of your body. Okay let me just… get in here…. …… it’s coming…
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The Abbey 03:43
Jordan: The time may come when you may see places you may not believe out beyond there where the wisest will not leave And on the day that you arrive out the world's other side we are here, the few, the mad, the watching eyes The world’s walls are fragile things The less you know the best youll be but alas if one day you slip through and see There’s an old and lonely place between chaos and array, the last outpost, wont you stop inside and stay?
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Jordan: A cup of tea made from a late nights spring kiss not the worst thing youll drink and it gives a nice lift Relax, a deep breath, it's a long way youve come out the walls of the world to the vague lands beyond Our plan went just perfetct, we’ve readied for years to capture a slender man passing through here and you were his prize, but youre safe with us, warm in here the last post on reality's shore Residents: The decadent abbey The last midnight comes and goes past and the cracks in the ballroom appear The decadent abbey The fool with his thumb in the hole as the dark waters rise and grow near Jordan: This way, its a maze i know, please follow me There’s wings where there's things that you don't need to see The thin man's quite scary perhaps you need, say, a change of pants, you'd be far from the first, there's no shame If not you must come we've prepared a great feast you should meet and should greet since it’s doubtful youll leave Samuel will speak, just relax, you'll adapt though all those who come here eventually go mad Residents: The decadent abbey The last midnight comes and goes past and the cracks in the ballroom appear The decadent abbey The fool with his thumb in the hole as the dark waters rise and grow near Samuel: For my mother, my sister and for you, Jordan So much like them you are to save you there's no length too far i'd go cast your burdens to the wind open up and let me in Raise a glass at last our mad and addled scheme has come to pass Our half cocked sad and desperate plan, the snare that snags the slender man This abbeys stood and held the cracks some thousand years, and all've gone mad Alas, a thankless fruitless task until at last we've stricken back The leash that holds the vile and wiley smiley man The render bender when he catch you ends you Slender Man The bonds that bind the boogie man, well if they can drink a round now lads the snare that snags the slender man The teeth that creep and slowly seep inside the walls and crawls and reeks and hunts, from wicked this way comes and takes those who once we've loved In all the time this abbey's stood upon the walls of our fair world and watch the things from outside come and only now we've snagged us one The leash that holds the vile and wiley smiley man The render bender when he catch you ends you Slender Man The bonds that bind the boogie man, well if they can drink a round now lads the snare that snags the slender man Jordan: the ugly things i feel sometimes they're all i think is real and Sam i know you want to help in spite of myself Samuel: My dear welcome here it's a pleasure Zoe: It’s a pleasure i guess Samuel: Our thanks to you all worked out quite for the best The Order explained of your quest you'll need find the Librarians who can explain all in time i see you've met Jordan she can show you your room Jordan: I can show you your room Zoe: That’d be nice, you can come anytime that you choose Jordan: Anytime? day or night? Zoe: Day or night. Although night has a nice charm… Jordan: Arent you the cheeky one Samuel: Excuse me now time for a toast, drink on up Residents: The decadent abbey The last midnight comes and goes past and the cracks in the ballroom appear The decadent abbey The fool with his thumb in the hole as the dark waters rise and grow near
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Zoe: This place is like a maze, i can't tell where is where Tim: Were you just hitting on that girl back there? Zoe: Yeah, of course why not? She was totally hot Tim: Dude, that's my body that you've got Zoe: Yeah, i know, but, you know i've never had or wore one of these... dangly bits before. Come on, i have to try it out, see what the fuss is all about Tim: Dude, that my body Zoe: A guy's body anywhere near my bed is not my first choice like i said but i have to make due with what i've got and if you were in my spot in a girl's body, you know, wouldn't you want to have a go? Tim: Wha.... aw come on. I haven't been laid in like a year and i'm gonna have to sit right here and watch you get some in my body Zoe: Ooo, yeah, you're gonna be watching the whole time. That's.. kind of creepy. it's not my thing the whole threesome with a guy fling Tim: But it's my body! Zoe: On the other hand you might learn a few things Tim: OMG! What if she's a lesbian? Zoe: I'm a lesbian, it's great. Tim: No, you're in my body Zoe: omg, for the first time i'm hoping a hot chick is straight Tim: It's gonna kill me to watch me get laid and not be there Zoe: Well, okay, say, you wanna come out for a bit? in the middle, for like five minutes? Or is that too long, i hear things about guys and short mating spans Tim: Wa... pfshh, not i, that's totally other guys. Although, if it's the first time with a chick and lord knows it's been awhile.. omg this conversation is so wrong Zoe: On so many levels. Here’s to going to hell Tim: This is isn't hell it's just a... weird place. Zoe: I am way more comfortable talking about getting laid then this weird shit. Tim: Aren't you objectivfying… Zoe: look, it's been a long time for me come on, just let me see, test drive a little trip, try out your ugly little dangly bit Tim: It is not little! And i want that five minutes! Zoe: You cannot blow it during your five minutes Tim: And you're gonna have to learn how to list baseball players in my head Zoe: Where i'm from we don't have baseball teams. We have Manchester United... Tim: I don't even know what that means...
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Jordan 07:42
Jordan: I So at last Slender Man eye to eye here we stand Girl to beast, lash to teeth With whip in hand i grasp you are mine at last Let’s play game: do you feel pain? And as i tear your flesh all bare what will i find down deep in there Are those you snare in there somewhere? As i excrete grief from the beast, if you cannot bring him back to me At least you can scream for me II Back in the day, when all i did was make games… The way Daddy’d say back in hazy days I’m the princess in the tower he’d come to save Alas life it plays sad and darker games It was daddy who never came back one day So i made games with more than faith the rules won’t break It’s what the sad girl, mad girl did as she grew to a bad girl Worlds i’d create and state the stakes by which you play Became my vision, mission, maybe just a bit obsession My teenage goth attire, coding, psych design And the pile of occult books i’d aquirred Soon Universities came to persue me Game theorist savant they thought i’d be A few years passed and then one day as undergrad His smile grabbed me, had me, in love with him so very madly Two sides the same we hid away, created games And how we made them, played them, created the next generation Basements deep beneath the gothic house that we Bought and built a maze down underneath To test out new game live, with friends at night til five Transcendation, the creation, the game changer of our time But while we tested things unholy came unrested In our maze there, came here, something dark and sharp insane there And my sweet Sean for whom i long for now he’s gone The thing it flayed him, slayed him, i watched it while it stood and ate him It tried to take me but i knew some spells to save me That created a gate that led me to this Abbey’s basement For years we’ve planned to catch us a Slender Man And i’ll chastize him, defile him see if my Sean’s still inside him III And as i tear your flesh all bare what will i find down deep in there Are those you snare in there somewhere? As i excrete grief from the beast, if you cannot bring him back to me At least you can scream for me (whips the shit out of the Slenderman)
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Entropy 02:13
Residents In The West Wing: The bones that beat against their mere meat cages They rot and plot and try arrays of escapes but They fly from entropy to fantasia Camped in a land between discord and arrangement Whispers from corners that you dare not engage with Fly me from entropy to fantasia There’s no one here who’ll keep their reason from caving We grow some things to make their transit less painful Fly me from entropy to fantasia One day the cracks in consciousness reave your psyche And we’ll be here for you our prodigal junkie Fly me from entropy to fantasia
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Zoe: That’s definitely messed up, they’re strung out on hard core drugs Timothy: I know, i would never.. Zoe: But it’d be fun to spend a night getting wasted, a little messed up Timothy: Wait, what? Zoe: Nothing hard, just something fun, little mary and molly… Timothy: i gave that shit up back when i was on the run Zoe: Been awhile and then some since i caught a nice buzz Timothy: Oh my god you’re like the houseguest from hell Zoe: Well… Timothy: I loan and i mean loan you my body and all you want to do with it is get laid and get high? Zoe: And you are welcome Timothy: You’re gonna fry my brain and give me syphillus Zoe: Timothy, if anyone needs to get laid and catch a buzz it is you, son Timothy: I tried something on the run and got so paranoid and i was already high strung Zoe: I know about your suicidal thoughts Timothy: Wait, what? Zoe: And i’m serious on this one, you could use a little fun Timothy: We’re in an extra dimensional house of usher you think you can just find some guy named Snake and ask if we can score? Zoe: They’re smoking something in this palce, of that i am sure Timothy: You are not using my body to get wasted Zoe: You’ll be there too, it’ll be fun, two for the price of one! Timothy: My body will hate you when you’re done Zoe: Thank me more like Timothy: How come with all this weirdness, this whole messed up trip we just talk about sex and drugs? Zoe: Cause i am scared as shit
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Samuel 07:59
Samuel: For my mother, my sister, and for you, Jordan Sing with me child as the day grows long and stardust fills your eyes Sing with me child of the love enver lost, your mother’s lullabye There’s langue it’s speaking, some terrible tongue In this creature’s cries I’ll crack its cant and peel its prose Know what it says in time I shall not rest, to see this creature up close, its skin, its marks.. (spoken: “Has someone been whipping this creature? Seriouslly, has someone been lashing this thing. This look like whip marks…”) Sing with me child as the day grows long and stardust fills your eyes Sing with me child of the love enver lost, your mother’s lullabye Back a long bit, i was a child exorcist Get back devil, won’t you get back down Get back to the glory of the lord Get down devil won’t you get down and out Get back to the glory of the lord I drove out the devil for the glory of the lord, witness for the glory of the lord At ten years old they’d come from miles around to see me driving out the devil for the glory of the lord Get back devil, won’t you get back down… My mother was afflicted how the demons they would come every few months and they’d take over her mind I’d say “get out you devil!” all night long and she would cry And i’d bring her back again into the light Get back devil, won’t you get back down… The demons kept returning to my mother i must tell I was left to raise my sister by myself Pastor Ken he warned me that the females of my blood Were marked and plagued by satan there himself “Get out you devil”, to my mama oh i cried A witness for the glory of the lord On stage the crowds adored me but night after night i sat With my sister while my mama wept some more Get back devil, won’t you get back down… Adolescence changes us from the children who we were I started seeing different aspects of the world Mental illness was the struggle that mother had and well, All the screaming, prancing i had done was not a help She took her life one day never once aware Of any type of treatment, medication, doctor’s care I quite the church, i went to school and studied there Neuroscience, embarked upon a well acclaimed career But at career’s cusp my sister she fell ill Same affliction as my mother and i used all my skill To diagnose, to find a cure for what she had But all my skill revealed that in fact, she was not mad It was a demon that did plague my sister’s mind Just like the pastor said, it hunted down my female line So back to church and on to seminary too A different set of skills to learn to see the long fight through Get back devil, won’t you get back down Get back to the glory of the lord Get down devil won’t you get down and out Get back to the glory of the lord The Holy Sacred Order Of The Bleeding Rose i joined Which hunts these horrors all across the land They taught me of the veil that leads beyond the world And the Abbey and the dusk on which it stands And when my sister took her life And nothing else was left for me in the world any more I offered to come over To help the Abbey run This place of no return who breaks all who come
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The Residents: Falling round the falling round the falling round the fringe Losing what you thought you knew but never really did Falling round the falling round the falling round the fringe Peeling back the layers that were placed there inch by inch Samuel: A banshee’s dream, for days it seems I listen to your screams and think I poke and pry to find out what they mean I’ve lost some sleep but i believe The secret’s near and soon we’ll see What lies beneath the banshee’s dream The Residents: Falling round the falling round the falling round the fringe… Jordan: A banshee’s dream, for days it seems I listen to your screams and think I try to find out where my sweet might be I’ve lost some sleep but i believe He’s in there now so close to me A sweet caress of flesh is all he needs (has sex with the bound Slenderman) Timothy: I think we’re finally here Zoe: Good, cause i can’t walk anymore Timothy: Well it says library Zoe: Go on then, open the door The Librarians: Rats in teddy bear suits are librarians are teddy bears In rat suits are librarians now quiet, quiet please Our books are never dwindling we have some from the beginning Which is sooner than you’re thinking from your bubble bubble Ohm Books from Alexandria, Xianyang palace are here with us And tell your truthful genesis which you have all forgot Rats in teddy bear suits are librarians… This Abbey’s on the Bubble, it’s the Bubble keeps out trouble And inside your species snuggles, snuggle, buggle, hum, Ohm The universe that you observe is just a backdrop, a game world A closed system that you’re curled in, in your Bubble Bubble Ohm Rats in teddy bear suits are librarians… On your Bubble’s back this Abbey stands and minds the cracks Creates prayers and sends them back for your species to recite These prayers, audio vibrations, keep the Bubble seal complacent Assuming enough people say them. So say your prayers tonight Don’t worry bout the meaning, it’s the syllables you’re speaking That keep your Bubble from leaking, Baruch Atoh, Our Father, Hari… Ohm Rats in teddy bear suits are librarians… The fog outside this abbey leads to the true reality from whence these creatures come. Zoe, we know of what you seek. The proximity of the Slenderman inside is degenerating your minds Faster than the normal time it takes to make your psyches seep Rats in teddy bear suits are librarians…
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Samuel: I almost see, i’ve peeled beneath the droning tones, know what they mean Oh Jordan, if you just were here with me Its cries i've saved upon this tape and backwards half speed i will play it, somewhere here some meaning it must lay (Plays tape of Slenderman’s voice. Hears it singing his mother’s lullabye) AH! Zoe: When the sense you make is crumbling And goddamn freaking teddy bears you see And they warn you that this place And all inside are going insane The time at last has come to leave Jordan: As i caress and ride your flesh And search beneath the reek and press Upon your dark and festered chest… Samuel: Jordan, it is i, i fear i’m losing here my mind Dear god, what are you doing? What are you doing with that thing? Jordan: I must possess him, i must crawl under his skin Access, ingress him Samuel: Let me too come in I will enter and ascend you, Flesh to flesh and skin to skin Open up, embrace me Jordan: Come to us, come on in Jordan: As i caress and ride your flesh Oh Upon your festered chest And search beneath the reeking mess Oh Where loves lays bound surpressed As i caress Oh Your flesh and search beneath Oh Where is my love Oh You hide so deep Oh Where is Oh My love Oh You hide Oh So deep Oh So lost Oooooooh Samuel: The song i heard my mother sing My sister too while Oh I sang to her while she lay dying and you are them right Oh Jordan, sister, oh Let me hear my sister speak Oh On my flesh you comfort Oh Come and comfort me Oh Jordan Oh Mother Oh Sister Oh Jordan oooooooooh Zoe: Omg, what are you doing? Jesus that’s disgusting. Oh no, no Timothy: Zoe, what are we going to do? Zoe: We’re bloody leaving here right now Timothy: Not to get too hung up on details, but how? Zoe: The same way we came in Timothy: You don’t mean the murder monster? Zoe: Of course, but this time we ride the bastard like a horse. Brace yourself, we’re getting on, we’re heading out into the fog Away, away from out the madness Away, to find the girl from out the blackness RGC: When the last call rings in silence the patrons passed out in the streer The god of wine arrives and crucifies all those inside the time at last has come to leave When your lover’s burnt the bedroom When the children show their teeth and paint upon each door a mark in blood you know not what for the time has come to leave When the black boots close the borders The shop girls eye you hungrily and the huntsmen come and only you without a gun the time has come to leave (Zoe/Timothy ride the Slenderman through the Abbey, smash through a window and fly into the Fog Beyond.)
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Mother: Singe with me child as the day grows long And stardust fills your eyes Sing with me child of the love never lost Your mother’s lullabye Timothy: I thought the teddy bears said this was the true reality Zoe: Well apparently true reality sucks … Zoe: timothy... i'm not doing so fine... i'm not sure i can keep it together... T: ok, maybe just close your eyes. This is... hey you ever read Lovecraft? Zoe: No, isn't he some racist nerd author? Timothy: Woah, dude, he's like an early 20th century horror master Zoe: Oh god no. You have to read Anne of Green Gables. Timothy: What a gable? Zoe: It's like a... don't ask. But she's awesome. She's like a badass but in this totally subtle victorian way. Timothy: Lovecraft's monsters are badass, i'd say. Zoe: This is like, real people with real problems Timothy: I'd point out supernatural death monsters are a very real problem for us. Zoe: Point taken. But which story would you rather be in right now, lovecraft or anne of green gables? Timothy: Yeah, okay. I am down with gables. So for... Zoe: I think that's the thing we're headed towards.
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RGC: After all the lonesome miles You have fled in desperate bounds Just like she swore you will come crawling back once more Welcome home to mother’s house Scraps of meat lay in the hallway The beast you hunted hunts you now Who shall be prey today and other lovely games we’ll play Welcome home to mother’s house It’s a maze of meat and shadows Where things that smile and crawl hang out Though long ago you left we’re oh so gald you’re back again It’s the mind of smethng monstrous You were an idea that got out We hope you had your day we trust you’ve come back now to stay Welcome home to mother’s house Mother: After all the lonesome miles You have fled in desperate bounds Just like i swore you have come crawling back once more Welcome home to mother’s house
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(Zoe/Timothy trudge through the bizarre place) Zoe: (humming) Timothy: What are you doing? Zoe: I’m reciting this… it’s kind of like a chant. Timothy: Why? Zoe: I had to memorize it some time back. Timothy: why did you have to memorize it? Zoe: I have instructions. They’re a bit bizarre. If i ever got this far. Timothy: Do you actually know where we are? Zoe: Not exactly, but they told me a little bit some time back… HEY! Timothy: What? Zoe: The Slender Man just grabbed my ass Timothy: Oh, Nasty! You know, after that little… threesome we saw back there Zoe: Don’t remind me Timothy: well thank goodness you never slept that jordan chick. I mean i swear can you believe she was doing it with the slender man and samuel? Zoe: Timothy! Tell me you are not slut shaming. Not cool. Timothy: WHAT!?! Zoe: she's a right to bed anyone she wants not be judged Timothy: but it's a death creature from hell Zoe: so was my first girlfriend. What, you've never had one? Timothy: well,. it's been three years since i even.. Zoe: Slut shaming, totally not cool.. (Slender man grabs ass again) HEY Stop it! Timothy: I think he has taste now for sex. He wants to hump you. Zoe: Hump ME? You mean hump YOU. This is YOUR body Timothy: Oh NOW it's my body Zoe: you can definitely get your five minutes now, you're free and clear.. Timothy: Shit. Zoe: i think we're here... (Enters Mother’s Room) Timothy: Jesus Christ what is that thing? It’s like.. some amorphous mass.. Zoe: It looks like a pile of meat vomit Mother: Well well. What do we have here? One of my children… How interesting. Little ghost, how did you get here? Let me see your memories, little ghost. How did you just walk into my house?
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Zoe 04:44
Zoe: It came in crashing and the thrashing And i smashed the blender where we made our smoothies right into its screaming face And though it killed me it fled and left My Reina there still standing But her daughter Claire it grabbed and took away Reina, i loved her and her daughter Claire She had while back in high school With some loser when she still hoped she was straight I never quite believed when Claire there was something Tall and haunted in the house But Reina sought help right away She was all that i’d adored I loved her but i failed her more I left my heart and a few things more Pooled in a puddle on the kitchen floor All i loved in this life and more I left my heart on the kitchen floor Reina went through priests and pastors Til we sat down with some monks The Sacred Order of the Bleeding Rose one day And they agreed that Claire was hunted but they gave me some jade necklace and said i was key to some end game they played And so i died and Claire was gone And i watched Reiana slip Into a deep depression in a ward she checked one day And though a ghost the Order sure enough could see me Told me Claire still lived but had been taken someplace far away She was all that i’d adored I loved her but i failed her more I left my heart and a few things more Pooled in a puddle on the kitchen floor All i loved in this life and more I left my heart on the kitchen floor I know the truth That it was me who brought this down I brought that quiji board to claire and we played on that late spring day Some people say they’ll go to hell and back to save you Well i will and i’ll see Reina smile once again some day She was all that i’d adored I loved her but i failed her more I left my heart and a few things more Pooled in a puddle on the kitchen floor All i loved in this life and more I left my heart on the kitchen floor I left my heart, some limbs and more I wandered out through walls and doors I loved her but i failed her more I left my heart on the kitchen floor
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Samuel: Zoe can you hear me? Timothy: Samuel, is that you? Samuel: Who is this? Where’s Zoe? Timothy: This is Tim. It’s my body Zoe’s used. How are you in my head? Oh, it was that chant Sam: Yes. Timothy: Are you okay? We saw you with the Slender Man… Samuel: We don’t need to ever speak of that again. Timothy: Right. You’re okay, then? Samuel: It was two weeks ago, i’m fine. Timothy: Two weeks?! It’s been a couple hours Samuel: Ah, yes. Time… time between veils is not quite in sync. Where’s Zoe? Timothy: she’s telling her story to this big ugly thing Samuel: Are you actually in front of it? Timothy: Yeah. Samuel: And it hasn’t eaten you yet? Timothy: No. What do you mean yet? Samuel: Brilliant! Don’t close this astral link Timothy: I don’t even undestand what that means… Oh hang on, the ugly thing is gonna speak
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Mother 03:28
Mother: Come and kiss your mother It’s been a long time come Since your species up and left me Ah, but i don’t hold a grudge My sweets, i am the mother Of all of your sad kind I birthed you, what dark, frightful games We played once you and i This is my Red Realm Here i am Queen though i have siblings i doubt you’ll ever meet and they have their Realms we rarely speak that much though sometimes we mate, afterwards we try to eat each other up … A very special brother We copulated once Your species was the result The smartest i have spawned You lived with me millenium Such sweet games we played The hunt, the blood, the double cross The psychodrama escapades But one day you escaped me I know that you had help You all fled and in that cursed Bubble you’ve since dwelled My other little monsters They’re dear to me too But they can’t play my games with me Half as good as you … So i send youor siblings Like my tall and slender son To squirm into that bubble And bring you back here one by one You’ve come for sweet old Claire Who arrived just yesterday And i’ve not played with nor have eaten her So i suggest a game None of you have simply Walked back into my house Little ghost and little man You are something else Play a game with me my seets We’ll have a lovely time You win, you take the girl and go You lose and you are mine … One at a time…. Who’s first? Who’s first, my sweets? Show respect to Mother Come kiss me on the mouth Your life i made, it’s mine to take When suppertime comes round Show repsect to Mother You naughty little sweets, Now you’ve come home to hang your bones And snuggle up with me Show some respect Respect to mother Come grovel at my feet Beg and pleed Stay my sweets And play my games with me
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Timothy: i must play the dark cruel game i must run the deadly maze but you must step aside please you must be who survives i can face if its my day i've run a good and well fought race and you im glad i've known it was good to not be all alone I'd have never made it through I'd have never made it through alone I hope we live some years from now with some nice girls in some nice town and you and i have homes and lives and on friday nights In some bar we always meet have some drinks and luaghs and see we're still friends down the road we have our backs we're not alone I'd have never made it through I'd have never made it through Alone Zoe: I’m glad you’re with me too I never would have made it through And i would love your dream To all come true, but don’t you see… I was dead when we first met There’s no life for me here when This ends it’s only you Who has a future to run to I'd have never made it through I'd have never made it through Alone Timothy: but i’m the gamer and here's a game i'm the best chance we can save the girl you've come here to atone and bring back home i can face if its my day i've run a good and well fought race and you im glad i've known it was good to not be all alone
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The Hunt 05:54
Mother: What game shall we play today? Oh, i know. It’s variation of The Hunt, called Survive An Hour. Time to begin my sweet. Ready, set, go. … (Timothy runs. The hunt is on.) Samuel: Timothy it’s Samuel Zoe: Samuel, you’re all right! Samuel: Zoe! Timothy: This is not a good time to use my head a chat room Samuel: I’m calling to help. I’ve got Jordan here. Timothy, wait, how many people are in my head? Samuel: Listen, we heard everything. We’re going to try to come up with a plan but i need to contact the rest of the Order. T: They better not all show up in my brain too Samuel: We’ll get back to you tomorrow T: Tomorrow?!? Samuel: Five minutes. Five minutes your time. Mother & RGC: Peek a boo, well i see you Where's my naughty cub? This little piggy went to town and i could eat him up I catch you yet and suck your flesh Your bones will pick my teeth Little piggy, mama comes comes for you, my sweet Samuel: Tim? Timothy: Oh good. Please tell me there’s a plan. Samuel: There’s a plan. Timothy: What’s the plan? Samuel: Don’t die. Timothy: That’s the plan?! Samuel: it’s a good plan. Don’t screw it up. Timothy: You can’t be serious. Samuel: No, we really do have a good plan, but it all hangs on Jordan. She’s going to need.. awhile. Timothy: I don’t have awhile, man. This thing is hunting me Samuel: Jordan can do it in about 10 days. It’ll come close to the end of the hour you’ve got. We can do. Just stay alive. Mother & RGC: Peek a boo, well i see you Where's my naughty cub? This little piggy went to town and i could eat him up I catch you yet and suck your flesh Your bones will pick my teeth Little piggy, mama comes comes for you, my sweet Zoe: What’s happening? T: The Slender Man caught me. He’s right on top of me. He’s.. smelling me.. and… rubbing himself on me Zoe: He might be trying to decide whether to eat you or hump you Timothy: What do i do? Zoe: You might want to try… rubbing his crotch with your hand Timothy: WHAT? Samuel: No, it’s a good idea. He’s confused. He can’t decide if people are for eating or mating. Zoe: Timothy, just… pleasure him. Timothy: Pleasure him?! Zoe: Yeah, just bite the bullet Timothy: You know, if the circumstances were reversed, if we were in your body and i was telling you to do the exact same thing it would be totally over the line Zoe: I know, but… if it were life and death… Timothy: I can’t do it Zoe: Timothy… Timothy: No, i… i CAN’T do it Samuel: I’ll do it. I have a certain responsibility and.. i’ve done it before Zoe: You did a whole lot more than this… Samuel: Can we not… do this right now? Just give me control of your body, i’ll take over, i’ll do it ……… Samuel: All right, here’s your body back Timothy: I think i’m gonna be sick Zoe: Just get out of there, just keep going Samuel: Jordan is almost finished. We’re almost done. All you have to do is stay alive a couple more minutes… Timothy: Oh shit Mother & RGC: Little sow i found you now the game's come to a heat i suck you dry my cherry pie give mama what she needs you've lost the gig now little pig i slurp and lick you up you've come now then to your end give mama what she's won Mother: Little ghost don't fret there's no way he was gonna leave If he'd have won i'd still have gone and eaten him you see I lied, a bad habit that i've got I'm working on it No i'm not First i suck his soul away then your turn to play my games
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Timothy: Why’d she stop? Is that the teddy bears? Zoe: Oh i HATE the teddy bears Timothy: Omg, i LOVE the teddy bears Zoe: What are they dragging behind them? Timothy: It’s cable. They’re dragging cable. Librarians: Greetings maternal mass, we come here bearing gifts unasked for but your former children have quite the solution you may seek You want to play somes games with your dear human children, say we've got one millions of them play, you too can be a gamer geek This game called Transcendation, it's addictive and engaging you can sit and always play it, Jordan's reworked it a bit Millions will play against you, you'll need never yearn to send through any more monsters to tend to the abductions, kills and hits We've install this in your home, and you will leave the earth alone and let these few poor poeple go, the slender man can take them home Rats in teddy bear suits are librarians are teddy bears In rat suits are librarians now quiet, quiet please We see a lot, we do. Oh dear listener we see you and we've very pleasant news: timothy, zoe and claire ride the slender man on back to the earth and we will catch up with them, finish out the act after this little interlude Infodump’s Youtube Video: Number 2: Transcendation 2.0 introduced the world to the most advanced and popular game AI of all time. Winning multiple awards, the AI, Mother, brilliantly executed and notoriously tough to beat, will even hold IM conversations with people as they play which many argue are actually being written by live people, staffed by the game to interact with the players. Number 1: An entire fandom culture has formed around Trancendation's AI, Mother, with some of the craziest cosplay costumes ever. Some really out there fans insist the AI is real and swear spooky, occult methods can be utilized to actually meet this character, and there are even a few missing persons cases involving die hard fans.
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Timothy: We finally arrived, is this gonna be goodbye? Z: I have to get Claire back and today's a perfect time Timothy: what do we do about the slender man? Zoe: He doesn't seem to want to murder people like he did beforehand Timothy: No he just wants to have sex with everyone Zoe: Which is a lot better. Timothy: So we just let some ugly oversexed creature loose unsupervised? Zoe: Men have been left unsupervised for quite some time Timothy: Ha ha. We really would be letting a hyper aggressive supernatural lust... we'd basically be letting a rape monster run around Zoe: Think of him like an animal and train him. Maybe you could use electro shock until he's docile Timothy: So i'd be wandering the land, a boy and his pet slender man? Zoe: It's kind of picturesque... look, i really gotta fly.I gotta get Claire home and it's important that it's today Timothy: All right i'll manage Zoe: Are you gonna be okay? Timothy: Yeah Zoe: You can get the order to help you train him or something Timothy: Or something. Don't worry i got this. Zoe: Okay. Listen, Timothy, i'm serious, you're one of the fniest human beings i've ever known and i promise to look you up before ...you know, i go Timothy: Okay. You're awesome, Zoe. Zoe: Remember, girlfriends, homes and friday night beer Timothy: You can find me right here. Zoe: Take care T: Looks like it's you and me, Slendy. I gotta plan. Hey, hey look... look over there... no, right there. You see that? Right over there? Yeah that thing.... (Shoots the Slenderman in the head. ) Timothy: Yeah, fuck you. I'm getting a good night's sleep for once.
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(Zoe walks into the Psych Ward where Reina has been for the last several years) Zoe: I know your heart was torn away so lost you fell apart that day and i know you can't hear me say I've gone across a distant sea so far away, searched and retrieved I brought her back for you you see Happy birthday It was all that i could do Happy birthday From me to you You just see nothing now i know You think you're simply all alone, sitting here so quietly But the one who loves you yet has returned from far off with that long lost heart for which you weep Happy birthday It was all that i could do Happy birthday From me to you I know you sit here unaware that i'm beside you now right here cheek to cheek and face to face I guess i just came by this once to bring back to you what you loved Maybe you'll smile again one day Happy birthday It was all that i could do Happy birthday From me to you Happy birthday There' nothing for you i'd not do Happy birthday from me to you

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released October 20, 2015

Featuring:

Lauren Osborn as Zoe
Oliver Marsh as Samuel
Tiffany Williams as Jordan
Rachel Hughes as Mother
Jeff Simms as The Redneck Greek Chorus
Paul Shapera as Timothy

with Winston Wald as Infodump

Cover Art by Denise Rocha
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Thank yous go out to Christopher Webster, Paul Longhurst, and strawberryLochrian for being this project's feedback loops.

Thanks to Ben Below for recording Rachel Hughes and thanks to Dave Toole for recording Tiffany Williams. Thanks to Matthew Broyles for recording Jeff Simms as well as the myriad of other hats he wears.

You should check out Matthew Broyles and Jeff Simms on this album Memphis: thematthewshow.bandcamp.com/album/memphis. Seriously, i love this album.

Thanks once again to Kevin Hulburt. When you've got a gaping plot hole that needs filled, one phone call usually does the trick. This is hardly the first project he's helped me bounce idea off of and it's unlikely to be the last.

While we're at it, thanks also to Andy Ricker for that conversation he and Kevin had at Cafe Lemont where they basically just told me how T & Z 4 needed to play out. And for that matter let's just thank Katy Bell Ricker because she's awesome and should have an album thanking her. And of course thanks to Michael Beck because on top of other things, he's always the first face i see in Happy Valley.


Thanks to Shaun Rolly for scrambling to help when i needed it.

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These days the teddy bear picnic is a rather somber affair. They mostly just sit together in silence. The beings who had taken these guises had over time lost all recollection of their origins, purpose, or selves. They only know they are someplace foreign, cut off from whatever homeland they once had, utterly alone in an incomprehensible world. Some picnics they listen to Paul Shapera. ... more

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