Usher, Part 3

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lyrics

USHER, PART 3
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[DAVE (Edgar)]
DAYS AND NIGHTS OF BITTER GRIEF
OUR SON HAD FLED TO NEW YORK CITY WITH HIS CELLO
THE LADY AND I SLEPT IN SEPARATE CHAMBERS
AS ROXIE LAY DEAD
IN THE VAULT BENEATH US

[BRITTAIN (Roxie)]
THE DEAD CAN SING
SLEEP WILL NOT COME
THERE IS A STORM TONIGHT
THERE IS A STORM TONIGHT
THE DEAD CAN SING

[DAVE]
I GASPED AND STRUGGLED
AND BOLTED UPRIGHT IN MY BED
THE TERRIBLE WIND
THE SONG OF THE DEAD
THE STORM
THE STORM
MY WIFE RAPPED AT THE DOOR

[GELSEY (Lady Usher)]
CAN YOU HEAR HER?
THROW OPEN THE WINDOWS
LET THE STORM IN
WE DON’T NEED MOONS
OR STARS OR GOD
WE HAVE THE WIND
THE TERRIBLE WIND

[DAVE]
MY WIFE’S MADNESS HAD GROWN TO EPIC PROPORTIONS
THE ONLY THINGS THAT SOOTHED HER WERE FICTIONS
STORIES FROM OUR VAST LIBRARY

LET ME READ YOU A STORY
LET ME READ YOU A ROMANCE
I WILL READ, YOU WILL LISTEN
AND THIS TERRIBLE NIGHT WILL PASS

[ALL]
LET ME READ YOU A STORY
LET ME READ YOU A ROMANCE
I WILL READ, YOU WILL LISTEN
AND THIS TERRIBLE NIGHT WILL PASS

[DAVE]
I OPENED THE BOOK
READ THE TITLE

Book Seven, Chapter Ten:
The Tale of Pearl and the Pusher, and the Subway Driver, and the Photograph.

[DAVE & BRENT]
PEARL STOOD ON THE PLATFORM
PLAYING A GAME ON HER PHONE
TRYING TO BEAT THE BOSS AT THE END OF THE LEVEL

AND THERE’S A MAN ON THE PLATFORM
SCREAMING ABOUT THE APOCALYPSE

[BRITTAIN & GELSEY]
AND BEHIND HER
UNDER THE RAVING
SHE HEARD THE ECHO
OF A FOOTSTEP

[DAVE]
AND BENEATH ME
UNDER THE RAVING
I HEARD A FOOTSTEP
IN THE HOUSE

[BRITTAIN & GELSEY]
IN THE GAME
ON THE PLATFORM

[DAVE & BRENT]
PEARL STOOD ON THE PLATFORM
PLAYING A GAME ON HER PHONE
TRYING TO BEAT THE BOSS AT THE END OF THE LEVEL

AND THE BOSS WAS A BEAR
A GRAET BIG BEAR

[BRITTAIN & GELSEY]
HOW WILL YOU DEFEAT HIM?

[DAVE & BRENT]
PEARL WENT TO THE OPTION MENU
SELECTED THE SILVER SWORD

[BRITTAIN & GELSEY]
AND THERE’S A MAN ON THE PLATFORM
SCREAMING ABOUT THE TRAIN COMING

[DAVE & BRENT]
PEARL RAISED THE SILVER SWORD
STRUCK THE BEAR ON ITS SIDE
AND THE BEAR SHRIEKED

[BRITTAIN & GELSEY]
AND THE BEAR SHRIEKED

[BRITTAIN]
A SHRIEK SO HARSH AND HORRID AND PIERCING

[DAVE & GELSEY]
AND BENEATH ME
UNDER THE RAVING
I HEARD A SHRIEKING
MY LITTLE GIRL

[ALL]
THIS HAS ALL HAPPENED BEFORE

[DAVE]
DEEP WITHIN THE HOUSE OF USHER
I HEARD A FLASHBULB RIP
AND THE DEAD STOOD IN THE DOORWAY
ROXIE

[BRITTAIN]
THERE IS BLOOD UPON MY ROBES

[DAVE]
AND THE DEAD GIRL LEAPT UPON HER MOTHER
AND HER SISTER
AND HER DAUGHTER
AND HER LOVER
WITH THE RAGE OF FOUR GENERATIONS
AND LADY USHER’S HEART BURST
EXPLODED WITHIN HER CHEST

[DAVE & BRENT]
PEARL STOOD ON THE PLATFORM
BATTLING THE BEAR
THE BEAR BREATHED FIRE
THE BEAR HAD ACID IN HIS HONEYPOT

[BRITTAIN & GELSEY]
AND THE TRAIN WAS COMING
AND THE TRAIN WAS COMING
AND THE TRAIN WAS COMING
AND THE TRAIN WAS COMING…

[DAVE & BRENT]
AND THE MAN ON THE PLATFORM
SCREAMING ABOUT THE APOCALYPSE
THE MAN WE KNOW AS THE PUSHER
TOOK A LAST DRINK
STEELED HIMSELF
GOT BEHIND PEARL
AND HE GOT BEHIND PEARL

[BRENT (Pusher)]
AND THE PUSHER
COULDN’T HELP HIMSELF

[ALL]
AND THE PUSHER PUSHED PEARL
ONTO THE SUBWAY TRACK

[GELSEY (Pearl)]
PUSHED ME INTO THE PATH
OF THE SCREAMING TRAIN

I fell onto the track
And everything slowed down
All the color got a little grey

(Do you hear it?
Do you hear it?
Her footstep is on the stair)

I saw the train
Howling toward me
Its light was dazzling
Blinding

I tried to climb out
For just a moment
But then I stopped

I stopped and listened to the train

(The heavy and horrible beating of her heart
She shrieks
I tell you she is outside the door!
We have put her living in the tomb!)

And then I looked up on the platform
And saw Rose
Back from the dead
Standing there with her camera

I lifted my head
And smiled

Smiled for the camera

You know that moment right before you die
Is such a gift
Because you get to choose what goes through your head
What your last song will be

I thought of someone I love very much
Smiling in bed
Clutching a teddy bear

And then
I let the train rip through me
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credits

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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