Sleeping Beauty Wakes

by GrooveLily

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RESTLESS LEGS SUFFERER Help me doctor I cannot keep my legs from moving It’s a creepy crawly restless gnawing at my knees Nothing is working I heard that you know what you’re doing So I ask you, I beg you Can you give me something, please? SLEEPWALKER Help me doctor I cannot stop walking in my sleep and I’m a nuisance, a danger, a worry to my children and my wife Nothing is working Locking me up won’t even keep me safe I ask you, I beg you ‘Cause it’s ruining my life BOTH Can you cure me Can you cure me With a wire, with a pill Keep me safe and keep me still Can you cure me SLEEP APNEA PATIENT Help me doctor I cannot seem to stop myself from snoring Got the nose clip, got the jaw brace, Got the neck rest, special pillow and a mask Nothing is working It’s hopeless, you can hear me through the floor A little peace and some quiet Is that too much to ask? INSOMNIAC I’m tossing and turning Itchy every evening Aching and burning Then I wake up screaming INSOMNIAC & NIGHT TERROR PATIENT Having this nightmare Every night and day The demons are right there I’ll never get away SLEEP PATIENTS Can you cure me Can you cure me Can you help me sleep tonight Can you make me feel all right Can you cure me?
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ORDERLY Settle down Safe and sound Under your blanket Nighty-night Dim the light It’s all right if you sleep tight and dream BEAUTY I dreamt that I woke but I found I was still sleeping Shards of my dream like the grains of the sand Where I stand on the shore on the edge of awakening See how they slip through my hand I wish I could wake for I know time is passing me by All my life it’s been racing too fast But the voices I hear are the echoes of history Sleepers from centuries past Singing BEAUTY & CHORUS OF THE WORLD’S GREAT SLEEPERS Dream with me Come rest a while in the shade of my tree why not Dream with me Come spend a while swimming under the sea why not Dream all night with me On a cushioning carpet of leaves as you slumber Let branches enfold you for days without number We’ll make you a bed on the floor of the ocean The seaweed will sway you to sleep in slow motion Don’t fight it, say good night It’s all right if you sleep tight and dream BEAUTY Once in a while there’s the strangest sensation More fleeting than real, someone’s lips against mine And it’s fine but I know that it isn’t worth waking for Kisses so dull and benign I yearn for a jolt, for a shock to the system A wave of excitement to ride or to drown But each time I surf to the crest of that kiss then The sleepers will pull me back down Singing BEAUTY & CHORUS OF THE WORLD’S GREAT SLEEPERS Dream with me Nobody knows if you’re sleeping or waking just Dream with me Beautiful butterfly wings for the taking just Dream all night with me Cocooned under covers you flit through the hours You flutter and fly between flaxseed and flowers You crinkle your wings like the folds of a fan You’re a butterfly dreaming you might be a man Don’t fight it, say good night It’s all right if you sleep tight and dream
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Only a King 04:00
KING So I’m here to ask a favor for the queen And I hope you’ll grant me pardon if I’m doing this all wrong But I haven’t prayed since I was seventeen ‘Cause I haven’t lacked for anything I’ve needed all along But the queen is ever on the brink of tears And the clock is ever ticking and the hour is growing late And the days and weeks give way to years and years And I used to think that good things come to those who wait Well if money could buy it I’d spend it all right here and now God knows I’ve tried it Made no difference anyhow Well the queen wants a baby And we’ve tried everything But I’m not a magician I am only a king So the queen and I went searching far and wide Till we came upon a wizard who could help us out one day His elixir worked so well that by and by We sent word throughout the land my wife was in the family way So our subjects threw a baby shower that June There were teddy bears and teething rings and a royal blue layette But we found that we had spoken up too soon And we were left with presents piled up ’round an empty bassinet So I send up this prayer now Tell me what can I do? For my throne needs an heir now And my people need him too Well they have prayed for this baby And the hope he would bring I can’t answer their prayers I am only a king who has gone to the ends of the earth—every pilgrimage, potion and cure A king with a treasury knee-deep in gold, and a life that was never so poor A king with no orders to give—I’m no longer the master of all I survey Well would someone command this commander and show me the way Tell me who do I pray to? Tell me where do I go? Is there anyone listening? Doesn’t anybody know? If I could hold my own baby I would give anything But I’m nobody’s father I am only a king
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It's a Girl 02:30
TOWNSPEOPLE It’s a girl it’s a girl a baby girl She is born at 5 AM this day Tell the world tell the world the whole wide world Let the falcons fly and fanfares play For the kingdom’s overcome with joy Though we all thought it would be a boy It’s a girl tell every merchant surgeon servant virgin duke and earl It’s a girl it’s a girl a baby girl She’s a darling wondrous little thing Like a pearl like a pearl a precious pearl She’s the pride and joy of queen and king Send the news to kingdoms near and far That the heir apparent’s parents are All awhirl so come get crumpets (yum!) let trumpets sound and flags unfurl KING I’m so happy, I’m so happy, I’m so very very happy QUEEN Yes I’m really really really really really really happy KING And I’m grateful, yes I’m grateful, yes I’m very very grateful QUEEN I’m so very very very very very very grateful KING And she’s beautiful, she’s beautiful, oh doesn’t she look beautiful? QUEEN I’m perfectly objective and she’s very very beautiful KING We’ll have to have a party for the baby’s naming day KING & QUEEN And yes we’ll have to print up invitations— and what they’ll say is ALL It’s a girl it’s a girl a baby girl She is born at 5 AM this day Tell the world tell the world the whole wide world Let the falcons fly and fanfares play For the kingdom’s overcome with joy Though we all thought it would be a boy It’s a girl tell every merchant surgeon servant virgin duke and earl It’s a girl it’s a girl It’s a girl it’s a girl It’s a girl
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Uninvited 04:53
BAD FAIRY The preparations for your party are parading below me The rarest ripest richest appetizers under my nose A cornucopia of crudité and caviar And all day long I have been waiting with my door ajar So when the royal mailman brings my invitation he’ll know me He’ll have something to show me I will not be forgotten I will shake my fairy fist I have got such a rotten little present, misbegotten and unpleasant Learn your lesson, try to leave me off your list Uninvited Uninvited I see I’ve fallen off the A list—well, how very convenient The aristocracy’s hypocrisy is making me ill I know you’re very busy on your kingly queenly thrones No time to throw this faithful fairy measly little bones Well you will see I’m not expendable, nor am I lenient Here’s what you haven’t seen yet I will not be forgotten I will shake my fairy fist I have got such a rotten little present, misbegotten and unpleasant Learn your lesson, try to leave me off your list Uninvited Uninvited For I know the king and queen have planned a perfect naming day With their perfect food and perfect gifts, the best in every way Only beauty for the privileged little prune Everyone who’s anyone will come to see and to be seen They’ll be all dressed up and drink too much and prance around and preen And serve up lies upon a silver spoon Look at the little shriveled thing that people say is so cute now Nobody old or ugly’s ever gonna darken her door Her prideful parents think they’ve been the very cleverest Well they should know that one should never ever ever test The patience of a fairy—plus, they’ve ruined my good repute now Well you know that’s all moot now I will not be forgotten I will shake my fairy fist I have got such a rotten little present, misbegotten and unpleasant Learn your lesson, try to leave me off your list Well I will not be forgotten I will shake my fairy fist I have got such a rotten little present, misbegotten and unpleasant Learn your lesson, try to leave me off your list Uninvited
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KING Today it was another warm one Gentle breeze and summer stormin’ It’s lucky for the farmers there was rain The dollar’s tight, the market’s down The circus tent is back in town They’re putting in a store at 5th and Main Reading you the papers Telling you the news Telling you what’s going on and on and on each day, every day And I know that it’s crazy And I know I’m a crazy old man But I would like to think you understand I like to think you understand I think you understand It says a doctor overseas Has found a cure for some disease A breakthrough of the very rarest kind It’s nothing new for you and me We’ve seen a lot of history I bet next week he’ll have to change his mind We’ve seen the craze for penicillin We’ve seen the bleeding with a cup We’ve seen the praying and the leeches and the herbs All the science in the world can’t wake you up But I’ll keep reading you the papers And I’ll keep telling you the news I will go on telling you what’s going on each day, every day... And I know that it’s crazy And I know I’m a crazy old man But I would like to think you understand I would like to think, even though I— I know that it’s crazy And I know I’m a crazy old man But I would like to think you understand I like to think you understand I think you understand
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SERVANTS Changing the nappy and making it snappy We wick all the moisture away from her skin Cleaning so gently but very intently And never allowing a rash to begin Royal butt wipes for the royal butt wiper The safest of all safety pins for the diaper Doing our duty we tickle the cutie Get rid of the peepee and powder the booty We throw out the crappy and get a new nappy Of feathers encased in the finest of silk Baby is perfect and baby is happy The nappy is new and it’s time for some milk KING & QUEEN Out of harm’s way For your own good Every day We do what we should Only the best The best we can do We know we are blessed Now we have you We have to keep you out of harm’s way Safe in your cradle We know come what may The plans that we made’ll be For your own good The best we can do We’ll give you soft toys and we’ll shield you from noise All your life we will do right by you SERVANTS Princess is walking and we’re busy stalking her Bandaging booboos we don’t show the king We hold and we guide as she goes down the slide We admonish her: “princess, don’t jump off the swing” Mud on her taffeta, shrieking with laughter She’s running amok and we’re running right after Sucks on the scepter and chews on the chalice We’re trying in vain for a baby-proof palace In hallways, on porches are sentries with torches All looking out for the terror in pink Princess is happy and princess is gorgeous Now naptime is nigh and we all need a drink KING & QUEEN Out of harm’s way We’ll never relax And it’s our job each day To shield you from accidents For your own good The best we can do We will clear every shelf And save you from yourself All your life we will do right by you BEAUTY Already at five she is vibrant and thriving— her lips are like roses, her skin is like cream Already at seven her graceful and heavenly dancing’s too beautiful to be ignored Already at nine her young voice is divine, like a bell, like a nightingale—like a dream Already at twelve she can’t help but excel At fifteen she is bored SERVANTS Dressing the princess, a job that evinces The tedious life of an heir to the throne We lace up the corset, take care not to force it Don’t burst the brocade or the bodice of bone Then come the bloomers and stockings and garters And garter extenders and then just for starters The velvet chemise with the billowy sleeves Lining of linen as long as her knees And the cuff trimmed with ruffles, the purple pantofles Petticoats pleated so perfectly—yes! The tiara is on, every wrinkle is gone By the time we’re all done then it’s time to undress KING & QUEEN Out of harm’s way Nothing will hurt you We know come what may We’ll never desert you It’s for your own good The best we can do The finest of schools And the strictest of rules All your life we will do right by you
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Trouble 03:41
BEAUTY I wanna get into trouble I wanna rock the boat I wanna burst my bubble I wanna cross the moat I wanna wander through meadows I wanna lose my way I wanna wear stilettos I wanna go astray I wanna get into trouble I wanna stay out late I’ll be my own stunt double And climb the castle gate I wanna be mysterious I wanna be aloof I wanna get delirious I wanna raise the roof I wanna talk with strangers Flirt with danger Stay out all night I wanna ditch the chapel Pick the apple Take a big bite I wanna get into trouble I wanna get into trouble I wanna get into trouble I wanna get into trouble... GROUNDSKEEPER’S SON You wanna get into trouble? You shouldn’t do it alone We ought to go as a couple Babe, I’ll be your chaperone You wanna get in hot water Well, I know how to swim You wanna turn it up hotter Let’s fill it up to the brim BOTH Why don’t we get our feet wet Feel the heat get Under our skin BEAUTY Don’t be scared boy I’m prepared boy To tell you again BOTH I wanna get into trouble, I wanna get into trouble I wanna get into trouble, I wanna get into trouble Trouble trouble trouble trouble trouble trouble yeah... BEAUTY I wanna get into trouble, I wanna get into trouble I wanna get into trouble, I wanna get into trouble... with you
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Drifting 05:04
BEAUTY No one is nigh The world is asleep The moon is so high The water’s so deep No one can hear No one can see No one comes near To watch over me BEAUTY & GROUNDSKEEPER’S SON Only the stars And they’ll never tell The night is all ours And we’re spending it well I’ve not felt so light Since I don’t know when The next moonlit night Will you meet me again and again and again— we are Drifting around on the verge of discovery Drifting, dripping, diving into The water so close as we orbit each other I’m always almost never touching you GROUNDSKEEPER’S SON Clothes cast aside Dark all around I float on the tide I don’t make a sound I don’t speak my mind I don’t go too far I won’t cross that line No I dare not forget who I am, who you are, and BOTH You and I like pebbles travel In our separate circles Each in someone else’s pocket Not in our control But when you drop us in the water Each one makes concentric circles Ever growing, intersecting You could touch my soul Pebbles descending, their patterns extending Ripples expanding and weaving and blending Till the surface is as smooth as glass again When I see your face It’s so hard, I find To remember my place I have to remind myself time after time as we’re Drifting around on the verge of discovery Drifting, dripping, diving into The water so close as we orbit each other I’m always almost never touching you...
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Bring It On 04:02
BEAUTY If I sleep a hundred years And the whole damn palace disappears Then you won’t be here to make me obey I can take care of myself I don’t need your protection, don’t want your help But you don’t care what I want anyway If I could run away forever And lose you altogether It’d be a hundred times better A hundred times better than now Bring it on, bring it on Bring it on, bring it on All the lovely gifts I got The beauty the grace hey thanks a lot Tell me where the hell can they be returned Thank you for the padded walls The watchful eyes, the forbidden halls And the lifelong lessons I’ve never learned You want to wrap me up in cotton How ‘bout a coffin I could rot in It’d be a hundred times better A hundred times better than now Bring it on, bring it on Bring it on, bring it on You’ve given me life but you won’t let me live it So why shouldn’t I seek out the curse? I think an adventure would be exquisite It certainly couldn’t be any worse I want to feel something Get my heart pumping Find me a pin and Break through my skin and I’ll open every door in fairy land Till I find a stupid spindle to prick my hand Bring it on When you have to live without me And the world forgets about me It’ll be a hundred times better A hundred times better than now Bring it on, bring it on Bring it on, bring it on
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BAD FAIRY The bobbin, the flyer The high tension wire The pedal, the treadle, the hook Rotate it fully And pull on the pulley A twist of the wrist—and then look! Once in a while there’s a rebel thread See, here’s one beginning to fray I rip it apart till I’m sure that it’s dead Just kill it if it won’t obey The wheel goes ’round, the wheel goes ’round The choice is made, the thread is wound You spin the yarn, the yarn is spun The sheep is shorn, can’t be undone The wheel goes ’round and ’round Alpaca, angora They have such an aura Mohair’s nowhere to be had The worst one was worsted It’s gone now—I cursed it Remember my temper—it’s bad Old and forgotten and all alone I hold every grudge, every slight With a grip made of steel and a heart made of stone I can hang on incredibly tight The wheel goes ’round, the wheel goes ’round The choice is made, the thread is wound You spin the yarn, the yarn is spun The sheep is shorn, can’t be undone The wheel goes ’round and ’round ’Round and ’round, ’round she goes Where she stops I suppose You could say There’s a way To take charge of your fate It might not be too late Take the wheel If you feel You can handle the tension, the stress and the speed The sharp places a princess’s fingers could bleed Not to worry though—look at you, grown up so tall And so smart and so strong—I have no doubt at all You’ll be fine, take her out for a spin, hold on tight Stay away from the spindle, you might be all right BAD FAIRY & BEAUTY The wheel goes ’round, the wheel goes ’round The choice is made, the thread is wound You spin the yarn, the yarn is spun The sheep is shorn, can’t be undone The wheel goes ’round and ’round
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GROUNDSKEEPER’S SON Pruning the brambles and branches between us Planting the dahlias and daisies around A daffodil-daylily-dandelion border And you are some kind of arboreal Venus Peaceful perfection in petal-soft gown Showers of springtime are sprouting new seedlings as shadows grow shorter And everything changes but you I trim back the ivy we planted together So there will be nothing obstructing your view Of the roses and robins and redwoods— remember Hiding and seeking in hedgerows and heather Under a sky of cerulean blue Sunshine suffuses the season from solstice clear through to September And everything changes but you Everything changes but You stay the same Here in the glade Always in bloom Never to fade Never to hear The hummingbird’s hum Never to know The man I have become Chill in the air as the ground starts to harden Leaves change from greens into yellows and reds With no one to see in this palace of sleepers This is the last time I’ll tend to your garden I am too old to be planting new beds Flowers and field mice and grapevines and graying assistant groundskeepers Everything changes but you Everything changes but you
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KING I’ve got so much to tell you, so much more than you could dream of No don’t say you’re sorry—I’m the one who could not undo what was done to you Let’s see, a thousand years of words I’ve pent up now are struggling Rushing to come out but I’m just grinning like a fool I never thought I’d see you again Smiling at me, your eyes wide open Look at you now, my daughter my pearl Waking beauty, precious baby girl Sorry I can’t help myself—I keep on reaching out to touch your face I really can’t believe in this reprieve and maybe we’ve been Taking far too much for granted, then and now and in each other Yes and not the least of which is pinch me you’re awake I never thought I’d see you again Smiling at me, your eyes wide open Look at you now, my daughter my pearl Waking beauty, precious baby girl I’ve had ten centuries to ponder Every detail of your first sixteen years How we would never let you wander anywhere You were the prisoner of our fears We would have barged into your dreams, my baby To keep you safe, protected and secure So willful, bursting at the seams, my baby I know you’re not a baby anymore But everything is different now I have to try to teach you how To deal with all the brand new dangers Cars and trains and no-good strangers Chaos creeping all around Planes are crashed and liars crowned And all I know one thing is true This time I’m gonna do right by you I never thought I’d see you again Smiling at me, your eyes wide open Look at you now, my daughter my pearl Waking beauty, precious baby girl
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INSOMNIAC In the still, small hours of the morning Just a few short years 'til the dawn Each mistake I've made is endlessly replayed In my mind for me to dwell upon In the still, small hours of the morning Just a decade till break of day Every dumb concern makes me toss and turn Even sunrise won't make them go away Oh will sleep never come All I want is an evening of peace I have tried counting sheep it's certainly cheap But I'm haunted by fleece and I can't seem to cease Night Terror Patient: You know I thought I had it bad with my nightmare sleep Every night another terrible dream All the horror, all the dread, just restore me to my bed At least then I could sleep while I scream Restless Leg Syndrome Sufferer: Oh how I wish I had it back to the way it was Yeah, whatever, let my legs go and shake How I wish, how I yearn, for the twitch, for the burn At least I wasn't always awake! All: In the still small hours of the morning Just a century or two before noon Oh, my mind will race at a breakneck pace And I'll fidget by the light of the moon
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BEAUTY Okay, let’s try this Nice and calm and quiet Don’t get excited I won’t start a riot I promise not to go too fast Let’s take the night and make it last I turn the key, I like the sound The motor runs, the wheel goes ’round The shifting gears, the pretty view It’s nice just being here with you You make me feel awake Awake Awake like I have never felt before I’m sure It’s more than just the opposite of sleeping It’s a feeling, it’s an ache It’s something when you’re near that I can’t shake You make me feel awake ORDERLY I really can’t imagine Why it’s me you’ve chosen And how it happened As you lay there dozin’ But here you are and I confess I don’t deserve such happiness I used to sleepwalk through my days Now I’m astounded, I’m amazed ‘Cause everything has changed, I think I doubt that I could sleep a wink BOTH You make me feel awake Awake Awake like I have never felt before I’m sure It’s more than just the opposite of sleeping It’s a feeling, it’s an ache It’s something when you’re near that I can’t shake You make me feel awake BEAUTY And I like what I’ve woken to The magic of the ordinary world Wondrous things modern folk can do Unheard of by this ordinary girl Buildings touch the sky Stairways rise by unseen forces Cars go racing by Faster than the fastest horses When I fell asleep I never knew I’d open up my eyes and I’d find you BOTH You make me feel awake Awake Awake like I have never felt before I’m sure It’s more than just the opposite of sleeping It’s a feeling, it’s an ache It’s something when you’re near that I can’t shake You make me feel awake...
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ORDERLY I got something to say This’ll only take a minute I know that you don’t think much of me But I never thought the world had so much beauty in it That’s what your daughter makes me see And it’s so strange To see magic everywhere But for the first time I understand And She illuminates the beauty in the world around her And I will never be the way I was before I found her She makes me see the things I never even thought to notice And I dare say I’m in love Whenever she walks in my heart’ll beat a little faster I don’t know what she’s gonna say—I haven’t even asked her Sir, I may not be the highest but I’m not the lowest And I dare say I’m in love She dropped in like a dream I don’t know where she came from And I’m happy to say that I don’t care ‘Cause somehow it seems We’re both dancing to the same drum And somehow I’m dancing in midair I’ll be surprised If my feet ever touch the ground My life will never Be like it was ‘Cause She illuminates the beauty in the world around her And I will never be the way I was before I found her She makes me see the things I never even thought to notice And I dare say I’m in love Whenever she walks in my heart’ll beat a little faster I don’t know what she’s gonna say—I haven’t even asked her Sir, I may not be the highest but I’m not the lowest And I dare say I’m in love I’m in love I’m in love I’m in love I’m in love I’m in love I’m in love I’m in love... BEAUTY I’m awake in the world Eyes open wide Look what I found
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QUEEN The wheel goes ’round, the wheel goes ’round And time won’t stop, it won’t slow down The darkness fades into the dawn And you’ll grow up and you’ll go on The wheel goes ’round and ’round The wheel goes ’round, the wheel goes ’round The world is spun, the clock is wound The years will pass, the stars will shine You’ll think of us and you’ll be fine The wheel goes ’round and ’round Wake up Wake up Wake up Wake up
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KING The truth is I’m a little weary Worry takes its toll, my dear Ten centuries of holding on so tight Past a thousand years or so There comes a time for letting go And in my heart I know you’ll be all right I know that you’ll be happy I know that you’ll be strong I know that you will carry on and on and on each day, every day And even when things get crazy I hope you’ll think of your crazy old man Who loved you since before your life began I think that now you understand I think you understand ALL The wheel goes ’round, the wheel goes ’round And time won’t stop, it won’t slow down The darkness fades into the dawn And you’ll grow up and you’ll go on The wheel goes ’round and ’round...

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released April 27, 2009

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Bicoastal trio GrooveLily inhabits that contemporary space where creative musicians ignore the boundaries laid down by words like rock, folk, jazz and pop. The success of their first concert-musical, the critically-acclaimed holiday show STRIKING 12, has led them farther into the world of theatre, where they have carved out a unique niche as a rock band writing and performing shows. ... more

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