Act 4 S5 The Day They Come

from by Paul Shapera

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Featuring Lauren Osborn, Jason Broderick, and Kayleigh McKnight

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NARRATOR:
Circles never stop themselves, nothing that you’ve ever held were you promised or reneged and sometimes when you lose, you win.

JASPER:
Prisiclla, what’d you do?
When You come for me
You know they’ll also kill you too
You’re young, your song unsung
There’s too much still for you to do

PRISCILLA:
All these years you’re here, you suffer quietly, it’s barbarous to think that’s fair
There’s no one who thinks of you
The game is gonna end right here
I’d help you to
Die, if I could, but…

JASPER:
Prisiclla what’d you do?
now they’ll come and you must
run or else they’ll kill you too

Your life so I can die
is wrong and you must know that’s true

ghosts of life, ghosts of lives
I’ve watched fall and pass me by
Ghosts of all the selfish, vain
All the blindness, all the pain
All the fool and petty games
All the shallow all the same

PRISCILLA:
I’d help you to die if I could , love
Some sacrifice anyway
Some sacrifice it all away

(Soldier 7285 and his 2 other squad members burst into the room)

SOLDIER 7285:
And on the day we come it’s over
And you will have your fate laid out and spun, it’s execution
And u may pray if you get comfort
It’s on this day your duty’s done
And on this day you’ve been caught guilty, the sentence citizen is death
It will be carried out this instant
Say any prayers that u want said

JASPER:
One day you will learn
And u will burn like my heart burns
One day you will learn
And u will burn like my heart burns
Ghosts of all the selfish, vain
All the blindness, all the pain
All the fool and petty games
All the shallow all the same

PRISCILLA:
Some speak about
love, in a sweet way
Some sentiment of
bliss and dream states
Some speak about love
in a kind way,
some sentiment of rapturous states

and some sacrifice
some sacrifice
some sacrifice
some sacrifice

JASPER:
Please, my angel, my angel
Please my angel, my angel
Please, my angel, my angel
Please my angel, my angel

SOLDIER 7285:
I am the arm of execution
I am the trigger of your gun
I am the binding and the order
It’s on this day you’re duty’s done


PRISCILLA:
Please go back to
Berths of black
To silent shores
from me once more
through veils and gates
and seas of slate
and blood red mores where I’ll
see you once more

Circles never stop themselves, nothing that you’ve ever held, were you promised or reneged, and sometimes when you lose, you win.

(The squad shoots and kills Priscilla and Jasper. Soldier 7285 does not, however, shoot.)

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

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