Act 1 S4 Annabel Has A Doll

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Featuring Lauren Osborn and Kayleigh McKnight

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NARRATOR:
And so around 3 AM,
a recently deceased man
found himself wound in the land of living again

Bound in a body,
of gears and wheels but oddly
he has no voice and his steel joints barely can bend

The one sound he makes in fact
He streams radio broadcasts
He plays a country station if you give him a pat

Our dearest Annabel is
quite thrilled and ecstatic
She has a friend who just was dead and yet she brought back

(Narrator sings to an oblivious Annabelle who is dressing the life size mechanical doll up to take out)

What may please does not content
all resolves but never ends
all that comforts is not true
all you love does not love you

(Annabelle takes her doll with her everywhere like a romantic partner. The Mannequin itself is quite stiff and helpless.)

ANNABELLE:
I have a dolly and we like to go on walks
We like to stroll around the park all while he listens to me talk
about the people and the places that i never got to see
‘cause i wouldn't leave my house, but that's before he was with me

We share a world, which is wonderful to see it's like a dream
where no one calls me failure if i don't succeed

I have a dolly it's like flowers in the spring
and but no matter how i talk to him he never says a thing

NARRATOR:
What may please does not content
all resolves but never ends
all that comforts is not true
all you love does not love you

ANNABELLE:
I have a dolly and he goes with me outside
which used to be a problem for me oh but now i never mind
Ice cream and carriages i always thought were nice
but never had someone to share them with because the lab's my life

Annabelle no friends you must be brilliant and the best
you must be better and industrious, or you are worthless

But now i have dolly a dear friend with whom i go
out for walk and talks but he's mute and just plays the radio

(Jasper is playing a song to communicate but Annabelle is unaware of it)

JASPER:
Elysium
The place the when your sorrows end
Why’d you bring me here again

ANNABELLE:
I have a dolly who can keep me company
We go to shows, parades and cabarets though people stare at me
But i've shown that i am brilliant and i've conquered life and death
The only thing my father said is that one must be a success

And now i've got a friend, a silent clockwork double
who can be there for me to lean on when i feel sad and troubled

I have a dolly, and he's very stabling if not a little just too distant
cause he never says a thing....

(The Narrator tries to give Annabelle advice but Annabelle is unaware of her)

NARRATOR:
What you hold may wish to go
What you believe may not be so
All that brings you piece of mind
may not stay for a long time

What may please does not content
All resolves but never ends
All that comforts is not true
And all you love does not love you

(Annabelle has arrived home, exhausted after so much gallivanting about with her doll. She sits in front of him trying for some kind of real communication)

ANNABELLE:
Can’t you speak to me?
Won’t you speak to me?
All the things we could share and conceive
If you’d just speak to me

(Jasper plays the same song as before but now Annabelle is actually listening and can hear it)

JASPER:
Elysium
The place the when your sorrows end
Why’d you bring me here
Oh why'd you bring me here
Why'd you bring me here again?

(Annabelle is taken aback and understanding dawns on her. She becomes depressed.)

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from The Dolls Of New Albion, A Steampunk Opera, released May 8, 2012
Featuring Lauren Osborn and Kayleigh McKnight

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