Happily Ever After (A Rock Opera)

by Jon Wright

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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.
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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…
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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