The Wind & Rain

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lyrics

MIDNIGHT
__________

[GELSEY]
Side 4, Track 2. “Midnight.”

(Dave plays “’Round Midnight.”)

[GELSEY (Pearl)]
So David,
Why didn’t Monk just go to heaven?
Why would he still be hanging around here?

[DAVE (Driver)]
Um.
Well maybe he lost his way.
Or didn’t know he was dead?
Soul wasn’t at peace,
Had unfinished work to do,
Wanted to watch over someone...
I mean there’s all sorts of reasons.

[GELSEY] (to Brittain)
Are you remembering now?
Coming back to you?

[BRITTAIN (Rose)]
I think so.
Who all am I?

[GELSEY]
Oh Rose.
You’re my sister,
And you’re my lover,
And you’re my child,
And you’re my best friend.

And,
And Rose don’t you recognize me?
It’s me,
It’s me, it’s me, your little girl.
I’m your little girl.

[DAVE]
Or, maybe there just isn’t a heaven.
I mean actually that’s pretty likely, so…

[BRITTAIN] (to Dave)
Do you remember when we used to go up in your treehouse?
Look at the stars through your telescope?

[DAVE]
I don’t actually think that that’s happened yet.

[BRITTAIN]
Dance with me?

[DAVE]
Okay.

(Brent takes over the tune. They dance.)

[BRITTAIN]
Do you ever think about kids?

[DAVE]
Uh—
Uh, I don’t know.
I mean, I guess in the abstract, yeah, but—
I don’t really make a lot, down at the MTA, so...
What about photography, does that pay pretty well, or...?

(They keep dancing.)

[GELSEY]
They had kids you know.
Sisters.

[BRENT (Brent)]
Weird.

(Brent plays for a bit.)

[GELSEY]
That’s really pretty.
You’re a really good cello player Brent.

[BRENT]
Thanks.
I practice a lot.
____________________________________

THE WIND & RAIN
____________

[BRITTAIN]
Side 4, Track 3. “The Wind & Rain.”

[GELSEY]
THERE WERE TWO SISTERS WHO LIVED BY THE SEA
OH, THE WIND AND RAIN
AND THE YOUNGER ONE LOVED A MAN IN THE TREES
OH, THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN

[GELSEY & BRITTAIN]
BUT THE MAN BROKE HER HEART LIKE HE DIDN’T CARE
OH, THE WIND AND RAIN
THE SISTER RAN HER FINGERS THROUGH HIS HAIR
OH, THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN

SO THE YOUNGER GOT DRUNK ON WHISKEY AND WINE
OH, THE WIND AND RAIN
SCREAMED HIS NAME AND IT ECHOED THROUGH THE PINES
OH, THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN

AND SHE PUSHED HER SISTER IN THE RIVER TO DROWN
OH, THE WIND AND RAIN
WATCHED HER COLDLY AS SHE FLOATED DOWN
OH, THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN

[ALL]
AND SHE FLOATED TILL SHE CAME TO THE MILLER’S POND
OH, THE WIND AND RAIN
DEAD ON THE WATER LIKE A GOLDEN SWAN
OH, THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN

AND THE MILLER PULLED HER OUT WITH A RUSTY FISHING HOOK
OH, THE WIND AND RAIN
DREW THAT FAIR MAID FROM THE COLD COLD BROOK, CRYIN’
OH, THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN

AND HE LEFT HER BONES ON THE BANKS TO DRY
OH, THE WIND AND RAIN
LEFT HER BONES THERE RIGHT UNDER THE SKY, CRYIN’
OH, THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN

AND ALONG THE ROAD CAME A FIDDLER FAIR
OH, THE WIND AND RAIN
FOUND HER BONES JUST A LYING THERE, CRYIN'
OH, THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN

AND HE MADE A LITTLE FIDDLE OF HER BREAST BONE
OH, THE WIND AND RAIN
MADE A LITTLE FIDDLE OF HER BREAST BONE, CRYIN’
OH, THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN

AND HE STRUNG HIS FIDDLE BOW WITH HER LONG BROWN HAIR
OH, THE WIND AND RAIN
STRUNG HIS FIDDLE BOW WITH HER LONG BROWN HAIR, CRYIN’
OH, THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN

[GELSEY & BRITTAIN]
BUT THE ONLY TUNE THAT THE FIDDLE WOULD PLAY WAS
OH, THE WIND AND RAIN
THE ONLY TUNE THAT THE FIDDLE WOULD PLAY WAS
OH, THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN

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from Ghost Quartet, released October 31, 2014

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Dave Malloy New York

Theater composer, writer, performer. Shows include Ghost Quartet; Black Wizard / Blue Wizard; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; All Hands; Three Pianos; Beardo; Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage; The Sewers; Sandwich; Clown Bible; and (The 99-cent) Miss Saigon. ... more

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