Happily Ever After (A Rock Opera)

by Jon Wright

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An Original Work by Jon Wright which explores the ins and outs of a highly-passionate, relatively dysfunctional relationship betwixt a boy and a girl - with further observations on jealous mothers, hospital bedside proposals, engagement ring collections, and Steven Seagal. Featuring original cast with Katie Cook as Caroline, Carey Kotsionis as Diana, and Jon Wright as Jack.

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released April 1, 2006

© 2006 Jon Wright

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Track Name: Lullaby
Oh baby mine,
There was a time
Remember, you thought you could fly
You leapt from on high,
With stars in your eyes
You’d reach them if only you tried

Oh baby mine,
you reached too high
& Earth loved you more than the sky.
She pulled you back down
You crashed to the ground
And you broke your crown, baby mine

and should the bough break, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby…

and should the bough break, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby…
To love and to lose can break you in two
Far better to never have loved
At all.
Track Name: Table For Two (Jack's Theme)
JACK: I caught a glimpse above my menu
Into a face like sunny weather
I picked my glasses up off the table
With just a hope to see you better
Won’t you pardon me
I couldn’t help but see
That no one seems to be joining you
And you’re sitting alone
At a table meant for two.

Just a bit of conversation
As you sip your glass of tea
And might I make a bold suggestion
And add a place setting for me

Have you made up your mind?
Or can I help you decide
Between the house greens or pasta fagioli
While you’re sitting alone
At a table meant for two

Well you don’t even blink
At words I’m too scared to speak
I can dream it
But I can’t make it come true
And you’re still sitting alone
At a table…
Track Name: Stars In June
No one told me about the Stars in June
How Sagittarius shoots through the moon
How you leave the street lights
To find new shades of blue

No one told me about the sea’s soft song
Gentle smells of longing pull so strong
And no one told me about
No one told me about you.

And every single song I’ve heard
Never held life before
And every new turn of your face
It pulls me down to you more

No one told me how the feeling stays
How just one kiss can last entire days
How it can pull you apart
And leave you removed.

No one told me about the Stars in June
How Sagittarius shoots through the moon
And no one told me about
No one told me about you.
Track Name: It's You
CAROLINE: I’d been around; I’d played the field some
Thought I knew what it was to love and to live
But I’d never found a heart so open
[so] willing to take in all the love I’ve to give

When you came to me
It was hard to believe
That we had once existed apart
And I knew as soon
As your eyes met mine
That I had found the key to my heart

JACK & CAROLINE: And darlin’ it’s you
Sweetheart it’s you.
I never thought my life was incomplete
Until you swept me off of my feet
Like baby you do
And darlin’ it’s you.

JACK: I never thought that I was searching
I never knew that there was something to find
And I’d been aware of just a fraction
Of all the sights, the sounds, the tastes of this life

Then you came to me
Like a symphony
I didn’t know what beauty could be
Then I saw your face
And it clicked in place
I knew I’d found my missing piece
Track Name: I'm Not Jealous (Caroline's Theme)
CAROLINE: I’m not jealous,
I just think that maybe
you’re wasting your time with them.
You’re so smart and engaging,
And they’re rather dim.

And when they tell us
That our love’s not to be
Well now, frankly it makes me sad
Then they say things about you
that just make me mad

I don’t need anything but you
So it’s hard to see
How you could need anyone but me.

I don’t need anything but you
So it’s hard to see
How you could need anyone but me.

You told me that you’d be mine
It’s a pledge and I will not take it lightly.
If you and me are to be
Then you’ll see that some things have got to change.
You think it strange of me to press
But you’ll come to find that I know what’s best for you.

I’m not jealous
Though I know in your heart
That you want me to be happy
Well just follow my lead
And we’ll make it, you’ll see.

I don’t need anything but you
So it’s hard to see
How you could need anyone but me
Track Name: Don't Bring Her
FRIEND: We never see you anymore
We call you up but you say
‘Guys not tonight, I’m at home with the girl.’

We can’t believe how much you’ve changed.
You never smile no more
With that crazy bitch suckin' your life away.

I’m having the fellas over
There’s chips & beer.
Just don’t bring her
No don’t bring her
We rented some tittie movies
We’ll watch the game.
Just don’t bring her
No don’t bring her along.

We think there’s something you should know
You ain’t the first to tap that well
Just the last in a long chain of fools.

Man, we ain’t tryin’ to run your life
Hey we’re just asking you
To think with your head not the family jewels

Tell me honestly,
When’s the last time you saw
A movie with Steven Seagal?
Or a good old fashioned Bond film
With Sean Connery
Where the good guy saves the day
Gets the girl, makes the call
Please tell me that you’re lyin’
Would you rather see some swill with Meg Ryan.
Track Name: Mother Might Say
DIANA: So you think this is love.
You must be so proud
Of what your little heart can do
This is love?
Well sweetheart,
Have you really thought the whole thing through?

Now silly did you really think
That you were strong enough
To try and live your life that way
Without even a thought
to what your Mother might say.

Now sometimes you ask me
Why, why, why
Well baby mine, don’t you start
Just sit tight, have faith
I have your best interests at heart

Now baby did you think that maybe
it was much too much
to try and carry on that way
Without even a thought
to what your Mother might say.

Bridge: I’m not jealous,
I just think that maybe
you’re wasting your time with her.
I’m not jealous
But I’ve been there before
And I think you deserve a bit more.

So, you think this is love?
Is easy to be fooled
With what she’s danglin’ on that rope
Well it looks so right
Until the hook gets caught in your throat

Now silly did you really think
That you were strong enough
To try and live your life that way
Without even a thought
to what your Mother might say.
Track Name: Caroline (Will You?)
JACK:
Well we both agreed that the time had come
We’d had the best of a pretty good run
We were getting near the end.
And she kissed my cheek as she said goodbye
Her smile was sad, but her eyes were dry
And we parted just like friends

It was Sunday morning at 10 o’clock
We cut the ties and we broke the locks
That had held it all in place
and it was Tuesday evening at quarter til when she drowned her ills in a bottle of pills
I shoulda seen it i her face
Well I guess that she was fakin
Cos her heart was really breakin
As she turned around and walked away

Darlin' please I know we’ve left some better times behind
But if we try it again in the end we’ll see it through.
On my knees it’s please, be mine forever, sweet Caroline.
'Cos there will never be forever unless its me and you.

CAROLINE: Well I said the words as I read the lines
but I couldn't quite get my heart behind
all the meaning held within.
And it came as a bit of a suprise that he missed the fact that between the lines
something more was being said
Track Name: Invited (An Invitation)
JACK & CAROLINE:
You are cordially invited to attend
A blessed ceremony
On the 21st of June we shall begin
New lives together,
Joined in holy matrimony
At St. Bartholomew’s Church in South Bend.

CAROLINE: All my life
I’ve had (held) this place inside me
Waiting for this day.
With demure smile I’ll walk the aisle
A vision of pure bliss
Then you’ll look into my eyes and touch my lips

BOTH: And we’re united
As one to spend
Our lives together, slowly
Learning how much joy true love can really give.
Track Name: Now They're Engaged!
There was a time he'd send her flowers
Call just to say hello every hour, but now
he's a different look
he doesn't try so hard
'cos he's already won her heart

Once upon a time
she would try and catch him winking
pass her time wondering what he was thinking, but now
he's an open book
he's got a lot to learn
'cos she's a girl who knows her worth.

Now they're engaged!
and the whole thing's changed
It all happened so suddenly,
their friends are so amazed
Now they're engaged
but when things get rough,
will they find that love's enough?

He told her that there'd be no other
but he's always running home to mother, and now
he's a plan for them
can she take it on the chin?
his mother's moving in
now it's he and she, oh the chemistry,
'cos her mother-in-law-to-be makes three!

Now They're Engaged!
Track Name: Stars in June (Reprise)
DIANA: I tried to tell him about the stars in june
how season’s change and flowers lose their bloom
but there's lessons, I guess, that we all must live through.

JACK: No on told me that it'd all come to
second guessing everything you do
jealousy eats right through, no one told me about you

And every single song I’ve heard
Is tainted by the things you’ve said
CAROLINE: Now the only way I stand your touch
Is to imagine someone else instead.

No one told me about the stars in June
but seasons change and flowers lose their bloom
no one told me, no one told me about you

No one told me that you'd gain such weight
and that your every quirk I'd come to hate
no one told me, no one told me about you.

JACK: No one told me that there'd come a time
your lovely voice would turn a peircing whine
no one told me, no one told me about you
Track Name: Invited (An Ammendment)
DIANA:
You are cordially Invited to ignore
A certain invitation, they’ve broken the engagement.
We’ve restored the status quo
he may dally with another but they all return to mother
And what’s more: she’s on the rocks
No the spell hasn’t been lifted, the polarity has shifted.
And I’m sure it’s quite a shock...
when you fan such a hot flame
Love & hatred start to burn the same.

The reflection will show
A different side of things
Mirror, Mirror can you tell me please
What the future will bring
Track Name: Table For Two (Reprise)
JACK: I thought today of something to tell you:
A little joke that’d make you smile
Then I remembered we’re not together.
I forget about that every once in a while

Waiter, please, would you top off my coffee?
I’ll just sit here and read the whole paper through.
And I’m sitting alone at a table meant for two.
Track Name: Such a Great Affair
JACK: She said the words I bought the lines
I didn’t know that she was falling
She turned her back she cut the cords
I didn’t hear that she was calling

CAROLINE: When I seem to push you away
Listen to what I think not what I say
Sometimes words, they get in the way
You see, you’re mine and you always will be.

You really took me at my word,
it’s so absurd. You’re such a coward.
’Cos when I tell you that we’re through
it means that you should bring me flowers

JACK: You always play at being so strong
And never for a second letting on
That I could make a crack in your wall,
But then I see… a tear glistening on your cheek.

She Said…
CAROLINE: NO!
There’s something in my eye it seems.
These tears aren’t what you think they mean,
No it’s something altogether different.

JACK: I Said No!
Enough now of your foolish games
You’ve played me in a thousand ways
Is it such a great affair to show mw that you care?

CAROLINE: You say you really thought that I
had said goodbye and turned and left you.
My silly boy you know that thinking…
well, it’s never been your strong suit.

JACK: You always play at being so strong
And never for a second letting on
That I could make a crack in your wall,
But then I see… a tear glistening on your cheek.

She Said…
CAROLINE: NO!
There’s something in my eye it seems.
These tears aren’t what you think they mean,
No it’s something altogether different.

JACK: I Said No!
Enough now of your foolish games
You’ve played me in a thousand ways
Is it such a great affair to show mw that you care?

CAROLINE: And I gave you
every benefit of the doubt
The time you needed to work your feelings out.
I told you I loved you, what more could I say
One little hitch, and you throw it all away.

J: I Love You
C: Don’t Touch Me
J: I Need You
C: Don’t Rush Me
J: I screwed up…
C: You blew it!
J: But don’t you think we could…
C: …work through it?

J: I see it now, I’ve missed the signs
All of the mistakes were mine
I’ve learned to read between the lines
Will you still be mine, my Caroline?

And she said:
C: Let go of my arm
J: I didn't see she had the knife...

...and then she stabbed me.
Track Name: (Only a) Flesh Wound
JACK: Darlin' please...
we can work this out.
I don't know what the fuss is about.
When after all, it was only a flesh wound.
Track Name: Invited (An Announcement)
COUPLE:: You are cordially invited
to send along
Heartfelt congratulations,
though there’s been some complications,
we belong one to the other
and in light of past history,
it was a private ceremony
with no songs, no grim procession
No flowers and no cake,
just a witness and the magistrate
no we don’t need your blessings now

JAKE: My friends they say how can I stay with all the hell you’ve put me through.
It gives me pause I know she’s caused me misery, it’s true
But now I see no one can cause me misery...

COUPLE: quite like you
And we’re united
As one to spend
Our lives together learning
If our love is worth the pain it’s sure to give.
Track Name: Epilogue: By the Sea
JACK: Drop your mind, and subjects to time,
washed away by the water at your feet.
Earth and sky, and heaven aside
let 'em be, stay with me, by the sea.

Break away tomorrow and yesterday
today is all that we need.
and the sun is falling fast
I know nothing ever lasts,
but for now, we can be, by the sea

Get off the one track, I ain't letting you go back
to telephones and number on the wall.
take time it's clear that even you need you here
if in your absence, mountains crumble, let 'em fall

Break away tomorrow and yesterday
today is all that we need.
and the sun is falling fast
I know nothing ever lasts,
but for now, we can be, by the sea.