SpinTunes #5: Round 3

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What's Opera, Doc? - Write a Mini-Opera: A dramatic story told through dialogue sung by two or more characters. (2 minute minimum) (they had 8 days)

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released July 31, 2012

Album art by Matt Schubbe.

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Track Name: Edric Haleen featuring Kevin Savino-Riker - (Vows)
(First vow)

Today, I give thanks for who you are --
Someone who knows me, through and through;
Someone who loves me, come what may.
Today, I give thanks for what’s to come --
Sharing a lifetime hand in hand;
Facing the future, day by day.
Today, I look back on where we’ve been --
The memories we’ve made;
The crazy things we do.
The twists of fate that brought us here
Where I can say . . .
Today, I marry you.

When I met you, I was a shadow,
But you gave my life color and purpose.
And ever since, I’ve waited
Until the day
When I could say to you . . .

Today, I am making you this vow --
Promising always to be true;
Promising love will find a way.
Today, I am promising my heart --
Both through the good times and the bad,
Even when we’re both old and grey.
Today, I cannot contain my joy --
My life is now complete.
I thank you and I love you
And I’m proud to say . . .
Today, I marry you.

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(Second vow)

Today, I give thanks for all you’ve done --
Showing me things I’d never seen;
Showing me I could find my way.
Today, I give thanks for how you cared --
Nothing to ransom for your love;
Nothing but kindness to repay.
Today, I will marry my best friend --
Who’s been there at my side;
Whose love has seen me through.
You’ve given all you are to me
And now I say . . .
Today, I marry you.

When I met you, I was in hell,
But you lifted me up and I flew.
And I’ve waited ‘til the day
When I could say to you . . .

Today, I am making you this vow --
Promising always to be true;
Promising love will find a way.
Today, I am promising my heart --
Both through the good times and the bad,
Even when we’re both old and grey.
Today, I cannot contain my joy --
My dreams are coming true.
I thank you and I love you
And I’m proud to say . . .
Today, I marry you.
Track Name: Ross Durand featuring Bryanna Acosta - Apart
She:
He’s gone now
They said he had to go away
Oh, please don’t be a fool
Don’t be too brave
Live to fight another day

So I’m all alone
And winter’s coming in
Oh don’t be gone too long
Don’t leave me all alone

I’ll never understand why men kill other men
Leaving fields stained with blood
And tear them from their loves and lives
I’ll never understand

He:
It’s cold here
And I’m so very far away
I’ll come marching back someday
Please don’t let your heart stray

I feel all alone
But I look up at the stars
With your locket near my heart
And dream we’re not so far apart

Both:
I’ll never understand why men kill other men
Leaving fields stained with blood
And tear them from their loves and lives
I’ll never understand

Enter the Bad Guy:
Oh little miss, you’re such a dreamer
You don’t really think he’s coming back
And if he does you know he’ll never be the same
You’re gonna lose this land unless you take my name
I’m gonna make you take my name

My pockets lined with gold from killing
Let bullets fly and cannons fire
As I lie in wait to make you take my name
I’mm gonna make you take my name

She (He):
And if he’s gone forever (I feel cold now)
Then I just can’t stay here (Wish I could have said goodbye)
Not with that man (The bullet found me)
I’ll let the mighty river take me away (I’ll find you again someday)

Both:
I’ll never understand why men kill other men
Leaving fields stained with blood
And tear them from their loves and lives
I’ll never understand
Track Name: Governing Dynamics featuring Rebecca Brickley - Dark Places
Lost downtown in the burning summer
Wasted so many things all that year
Oh oh
But I guess that you'd know

After all that we've been through
Do you still feel the need to drag me down with you?
Oh oh
Well I guess so


But I told you
(and I heard you)
This is the last time
This is the last time
That I call after midnight

Headlights on an empty street
Smile like you never knew me
Like you don't see right through this charade

I'm not gonna pull you out this time
I'm not gonna be around
To see your bleeding heart on parade

I guess I'll just go missing
I can see it all shattered
Stained glas, got dirty
And then got swept away

I'm not playing this game
I was getting along fine
I wish you'd just leave
When I know you won't stay

Remember we were afraid of nothing
If you'd like some aid in deconstructing
Well keep looking
Keep looking

And the sirens
And the stars we can never see
And the silence
That follows us down the busy street
There's no hiding
From the sliding back into day
What do you like so much
About the night anyway?

Sunrise on an empty street
Smile like you never knew me
Like you don't see right through this charade
I'm not gonna pull you out this time
I'm not gonna be around
To see your bleeding heart on parade
So tell me why the light takes you apart
The patterns I knew are only traces
For all the world, I swear I'd love to make a new start
Where I don't always find truth in dark places

And I heard you
This is the last time I call
Call after midnight
Track Name: Mariah Mercedes - Dear Jeremy
Day four hundred and six
These times I live
On a brave, hearty ship
Hundreds of islands
In search of rubies and diamonds
Among the waves of the sweet Caribbean

Distant from the cold lands of home
Entering lands unknown
But baby, what I wouldn’t give to see you

Do you think of me?
When you’re out at sea?
You’re so very far away
Come on home, my dear Jeremy

I miss the times you and I
Would pass notes in school
We didn’t care, we broke the rules
You’re a dog and I’m a fool
For falling for you

Mother warned me about this
Of boys that only linger for a kiss
My only feelings for you were those of bliss
Oh how I wish
You would write to me

In the dark now I can hear the gunshots
Head for the hull, prepare for attack
This might be the very last letter that I write
And I must write fast;

Darling when you wrote to me
About how our love was fallacy
I broke, I left,
I up and packed, and joined the rats
God, and I even know when I chose this life
There’s no going back

Years later I found letters in the cellar
All in his hand, and all smelled of warm salty air
They were kept in secret and locked away-
A mother’s plan to keep a lover at bay
Track Name: Menage A Tune - Poison, Or, All Of Hamlet In 4:04
Prologue

Poison is the coward’s tool
The way of envy and deceit
Poison in a serpents bite
Poison, sinking into meat
Poison words that twist a heart
Dropping in a sleepers ear
Madness that can drown a soul
Something is rotten here, it’s
Poison….poison…poison

King- Now come join hands and part as friends
And drive all enmity away;
And with good will, to start the match
Again as brothers, come to play

Hamlet-I beg forgiveness for the past
By my hand I wish not to offend;
My acts ‘gainst you were madness born
Forgive them pray and be my friend

Laertes- I accept and take thy hand
And with my other choose my blade
The one the king has well prepared-

King- By just a scratch my plans are made!

Hamlet - Feint and parry, Laertes - thrust and bind
Hamlet - Advance, retreat- I have thee friend
Hamlet - A touch! Laertes - I do confess, a touch
Laertes -One touch is not the end

King- The king drinks to Hamlet!
Thy touch has won this round and praise
The king drinks to Hamlet!
Let all they skill applaud!
And in this cup I drop a pearl
A gem whose worth is great indeed
Come, take the cup and drink, my boy
Page, give it to him with all speed

Queen- You look so warm my son!
They brow is covered o’er
With sheen of athletes perspiration
Come let me wipe it with
This cloth and hold in hand
Thy cup of winners
Celebration

The Queen drinks to Hamlet!
For prowess with his blade this day!
The queen drinks to Hamlet!
Let trumpets sound the news!

King -Gertrude, don’t drink!

Queen- Ah but I must, I must I say;
My lord and king, forgive me pray

King - Too late! My plans un-made!

Epilogue

Queen Poison is the coward’s tool
The way of envy and deceit
Hamlet Poison on a metal blade
Poison, quiet and discrete
King Poison pearl within a cup
Killed a queen, a prince, a peer
All The poisoner as well has died
Something is rotten here, it’s
Poison….poison
Track Name: Felix Frost - Lyman Boone And The Moonshine Scoundrel
Lyman Boone:
Well here I am in the Iron City jail,
and all I've got to think about
is how I failed.

An older fellow wandered into the jail,
a silver prospector
with a big old grizzled beard and pale.

Moonshine Scoundrel:
Aren't you the cowboy they
call Lyman Boone?
The one with the gems and jewels
and lots of booze?

Boone:
I'm the guy you heard about
but I ain't got either.

Scoundrel:
I'm the Moonshine Scoundrel
I'm here to bust you out.
I run illegal liquor along
the dusty route.

Boone:
I must admit I've never heard of it
alcohol pitted against the law.

Scoundrel:
My moonshine gets you wacky
but the lawmen call it foul.
The town shop sales are lacking
with my tonic on the prowl.

Boone:
What do you need me for?

Scoundrel:
Well, you're famous for your distilling skills,
and a legend for your kills.

Boone:
And in it for me?

Scoundrel:
I set you free!

(Time passes.)

Sixty coins of solid heaven
new barrels of booze sitting for our revenue.

Boone:
Your inventory tells half the story,
half the west has gotten gory,
just to stop our run.

Scoundrel:
Without the chase the work is half the fun.

Boone:
Powdered gems are useless
all the dames will refuse this.

Scoundrel:
So, we'll sprinkle it in the moonshine
and sell it as the juice of jewels.

Boone:
Crooked barons and corrupt tycoons
will pay tons to soak up their drool.

Scoundrel:
We'll call it Rock Candy Tonic,
it'll take the West by storm.

Boone:
Pop your brain like gun powder
with the taste of sugar cane and corn.

(Time passes.)

We can't keep this up for long,
we need more corn meal and yeast.

Scoundrel:
You can go and raid the nearest town
and scoop us up a feast.

Boone:
Don't be thick, cause they'll be waiting
we'll both by lynched by Sheriff Shark.

Scoundrel:
I've got your back with my blunderbuss, see?
Just keep shooting sharp, and you'll have to trust me.

Boone:
The town wasn't ready for Lyman Boone
and the Moonshine Scoundrel.
We raked in a mountain of pearls and pocketbooks
and all the ingredients that we'd need.

We came back to find our distillery gone
blown by TNT.

Scoundrel:
They're coming by horse.
Keep your head down.
I'll hold them off,
just cover our tracks!

Boone:
I caught up and gunned down two,
but the Deputy shot the Scoundrel
through the shoe.

Boone:
Go on Boone and hop on a train,
my name will live on if you start the business again.
Track Name: The Chocolate Chips - The True Way
THE PATHFINDER

hello james, I am the pathfinder, here to share the true way.

JAMES

I'm OK with the old way and how'd you know my name?

THE PATHFINDER

I know truth; I've found the true way is nothing like what they say.

CHORUS

you can be God of your beautiful universe.

JAMES

my dear wife, please come with me, we have a new life now.

WIFE

what about our children?

JAMES

they will be on the true way, the pathfinder allows.

CHORUS

you will be God of your beautiful universe
you will be God of your beautiful universe

THE PATHFINDER

we came from another dimension now it's time to return.

GROUP

we are ready, ready to go home

THE PATHFINDER

drink this juice and leave your body. this was just a sojourn.

CHORUS

you are now God of your beautiful universe
you are now God of your beautiful universe
you are God.
Track Name: RC - He's Dead, Jim
Such a simple mission, what could go amiss?
but Ensign Tucker had to go and touch that stupid rock
that turned his cheese to Swiss, what warning signs did I miss?

He’s dead, Jim - oh, you've got to try and save him
He’s dead, Jim - I’m sure those holes will scab
He’s dead, Jim - you’re supposed to be a freakin' doctor
I count on you to bail me out, when my leadership goes south

Another alien life form, I just want to say hello, hello
and maybe I can screw it if it looks like it’s a girl
but it looked at Crewman Lou, its eyes lit up, and he turned to goo

He’s dead, Jim - get a shovel, we can scoop him up
He’s dead, Jim - I’ve got a bucket here
He’s dead, Jim - we’ll slosh him up to sick bay
so you can get him on his feet, assuming you can find them

We can take a man apart, down to the molecule
and beam him half a million miles, and he’ll usually get through
sometimes he’ll have a new goatee, but he’s basically intact
so if we transport this glob of Lou, why can’t it bring him back?
my name is mud at Starfleet (you've lost your mind)
at least give it a shot (you've gone insane)
don't look at me that way, Bones (you're freakin' crazy)
don't look at me like that

And that’s the truth your honor, some people died, it’s sad
these things are bound to happen when you’re on a five year mission
some breakage will occur, it’s a shame my own physician won’t concur

He’s dead, Jim - Bones, why’d you have to rat me out?
He’s dead, Jim - that's why I had to shoot the judge
He’s dead, Jim - he was gonna put me in the stockade
I got a ship to run, this phaser’s not on stun

He’s dead, Jim - some people are expendable
He’s dead, Jim - it’s not like they’re anyone
He’s dead, Jim - I’m surrounded by incompetents
He’s dead, Jim - It’s not my fault, it’s not my fault…
Track Name: Dr. Lindyke - Mr. Nobody (Shadow)
WILLIAM
I'm a missing person reported
Last seen in a Photoshopped frame
Though no one’s seen my face
They all seem to know my name
The imaginary alter ego
Of your imaginary design
A mostly ghostly creature
Who comes and goes from time to time

DAVE
And though I've got some harmonies
I sing your stories by choice
And here's the fist of irony
They only hear... my voice.
But there'd be no “Mission” today
There'd be no “Rats in the Kitchen”
There'd be no “Far Away”
Without your words... my inspiration.

D: I need to use your words again
W: You'll just change them anyway
D: Now it's time to start again.
W: I have these for you today
D: It's a start... I need a pen
W: Here it comes...

DAVE
We'll move this verse, and add a line
Maybe we can change it to three-quarter time
I think we need a little more internal rhyme
Then we'll alliterate and syncopate
And add a bridge and
Just a smidge of
Counterpoint and other shit
Don't bother me, I'm workin' on it
Oh-----!
Then we'll drop a little Rock and Roll-----!
Oh-----!
Gonna drop a little Rock and Roll-----!

W: That's not what I would say!
D: But it scans better that way!
W: But it's not what I would say!
D: I'm so sorry.
W: That's ok.

WILLIAM
There’s no lake, no flowers
Even I may not believe
I ever existed or lived in the towers
Such is my invisibility

D: But there'd be no “Summer Rain”
W: I'm the Invisible Man
D: ...no “Yesterday Hero”
W: Claude Rains and his shadow
D: ...no “Harvey Ray”
W: They all seem to vanish
D: It’s all there in the lines just listen
W: Then appear again in the morning light

W: I often wonder – was it you or was it me?
D: Does it really matter who wrote down the line?
D: It's our songs that people hear, and not our faces see
W: Well, I'm sure whatever you decide is fine.

DAVE:
Lon Chaney had a thousand faces, none of them his own
The art transcends the artist, at least that's what I understand

BOTH:
And you and I've a legacy to call our very own
Conceived by an invisible hand
Conceived by an invisible hand

Behold the Invisible Man!
Behold the Invisible Man!
Behold the Invisible Man!