Striking 12: The New GrooveLily Musical

by GrooveLily

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Rebecca Bremer
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Rebecca Bremer Performing this musical at Theatre Harrisburg under the direction of Brett Bernardini 14-18 Dec 2016. Favorite track: Matches For Sale.
Lara Simmon
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Lara Simmon Heard this on the University of Pennsylvania 24 hour marathon today and was floored. Great songs and beautiful message without being preachy.
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This is a live recording from 2004 (plus bonus tracks recorded in 2008) of our holiday concert-musical STRIKING 12. This CD is essentially a radio play, including all the narration and storytelling in between the songs. The show weaves three stories and settings: contemporary New York City, 19th century Denmark, and the very room in which the show is presented.

On New Year's Eve, an over-worked and under-inspired single guy who's had enough of holiday cheer makes a resolution: to stay home and go to bed early. On another New Year's Eve, a continent away—and more than a century earlier—Hans Christian Andersen's Little Match Girl tries unsuccessfully to sell her matches in the snow.

The two stories are brought together when a young woman selling special "full-spectrum holiday light bulbs" to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder shows up at the grumpy man's door. Though the man (who probably could use the bulbs) seems to enjoy the young woman's company, he sends her away. It's not until he reads "The Little Match Girl" that he is finally pulled out of his funk.

This CD is our first release on the terrific theatrical label PS Classics. It just goes to show you...we stopped trying to get signed, and almost immediately got snapped up by a record company.

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released March 22, 2005

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GrooveLily Seattle, Washington

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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Track Name: Thank You Very Much And Welcome
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Snow Song (It's Coming Down)
Snowflakes fall like velvet
From iron-colored skies
Somehow I can’t help it
I feel my spirits rise
Time to take it slow
It’s coming down

Crystal branches glisten
Like diamonds over me
Frozen in position
A silent symphony
Sidewalks white and clean
Perfect and pristine
It’s coming down

It’s coming down and all my blues disappear
And this old town is young again—roll back the years
Because the world looks like new
Or at least that’s the view from here...

It’s cold here by the river
But I don’t feel it much
The moon’s a silver sliver
Close enough to touch
Storm clouds drift away
A star comes out to play
And it’s coming down
Track Name: Our Story Begins With A Man..
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Last Day Of The Year
(What are you gonna do on
New Year’s Eve?)

BRENDAN (GRUMPY GUY):
Late for work
Now I’m working late
The boss said please
I’ve got to please the boss

I phone the man
I’ve got to man those phones
Gotta check those facts
Gotta fax those checks

And I’ve gotta fix that printer
It’ll be another late night
I will get through this winter
Without a ray of daylight
I volunteered to stay late
There’s no need to deny it
Time-and-a-half my pay rate
And peace and quiet

On the last day of the year
On the last day of the year

(What are you gonna do on
New Year’s Eve?)

I’m almost done
Now I’ve done it all
I’m the last one out
I’m out at last

I go through the crowd
Now I’m crowding through
I stare them down
While I go down the stairs

(Please stand clear of the
closing doors
Please stand clear of the
closing doors)

And strangers talk to strangers
Where did all these people
slink from?
Bubbling like champagne, they’re
On their way to drink some

On the last day of the year
On the last day of the year

Look how fast this year’s gone by
Spring has somehow slipped away
I barely saw the summer sky
Autumn seems like yesterday
I never read those top-ten books
I never took that trip to France
Did nothing to improve my looks
I never learned to salsa dance
I didn’t be all I could be
I didn’t see all I could see
I didn’t call on Mother’s Day
I cannot wash my sins away
And I would not dwell on the past
If time would not go by so fast
I can’t believe already it’s
the last day...of the year

(What are you gonna do on
New Year’s Eve? )

I'll step it up
I'll go up the steps
And there’s a sidewalk push
And I am pushed aside
(Last day of the year)
I got to keep my grip
I got to grip my keys
While I head for home
Oh, my head

On the last day of the year
Last day of the year
(What are you gonna do on
New Year’s Eve?)
Track Name: Resolution
BRENDAN (GRUMPY GUY):

Resolution—I am resolute
I will tie no tie,
I will suit no suit
I won’t be going out on the town
‘Cause my angst is up and my battery’s run down

What’s there to celebrate about?
I’d rather stay at home and grout
My shower stall than watch the ball
—I won’t go out...

No disappointments, no bad champagne
No red dress woman’s gonna yank my chain
No more surprises, I’m gonna stay right here
In my stocking feet with an ice-cold beer

Who needs to see my so-called friends?
They’ll only spend the night pretending
There’s a way on New Year’s Day to start again...

I ask you, what’s not to enjoy?
My cat, my couch, no hoi polloi
I don’t need my coat
Just my remote
And my La-Z-Boy
Track Name: And So, The Man Resolves...
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: The Sales Pitch
VALERIE (LIGHT BULB GIRL):
It’s only logical that people get the winter blues
and find they’re overwhelmed with pain and hopelessness.
It’s only natural that people get all antisocial
and they find they simply cannot cope with stress—
because our planet is revolving ‘round our source of light and
because our axis of rotation’s tilting slightly right and
we have to find a way to brighten up our darker days and
light our darkest corners so we’re moping less.

I’ve got full-spectrum lights that hang upon a string that you plug
in and they light up and decorate your room.
They will illuminate the dust that you accumulate in
places where you never think to scrape a broom.
And have you noticed you have trouble getting motivated?
And have you felt that getting out of bed is overrated?
And people who have SAD can gain a lot of weight in winter
with the many carbohydrates they consume.

So now before you go and lose another winter to the
blues you oughta buy a string of lights or two—your
place is lovely but it’s kinda dim and you could
use a little light to penetrate the gloom.

BRENDAN (GRUMPY GUY):

She’s kind of cute.
That can’t be an easy job.
I should look like I’m listening.
Do I look like I’m listening?
Try to look like I’m listening.
‘Cause after all she’s kind of cute.

That can’t be fun.
Why is she out alone?
It’s New Year’s Eve.
Why spend her night doing this?
Is this really a minute?
It’s feeling longer than a minute.
All these minutes seem long.
And these months seem short.
And this year went by so fast.

Look, she’s still talking.
I should pay attention.
I don’t really think I need any lights...

Let’s see, the Little Match Girl— what did happen in that story?
Was that Brothers Grimm or maybe Dr. Seuss?

Neither one.

No that’s not right, the little girl is selling matches in the
snow and there’s a party where they roast a goose.

Wanna buy some lights?

Oh wait I know, Hans Christian Andersen! I think that’s right, and
what’s that book of fairy tales Diane left underneath the nightstand?
And there I go again I’m thinking of Diane—no matter
what I do I’m bound to fail so what’s the use?

Who’s Diane?

It’s getting cold.

These lights are toasty warm.

I need to close the door...

I swear, they give off heat.

I’m gonna say no thanks.

All right good night.

Unless you maybe want to come in for a beer or sparkling apple juice?
Track Name: But The Woman Is Gone
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: It Was Terribly Cold.
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Matches For Sale
VALERIE (LITTLE MATCH GIRL):

Wouldn’t you think
Tonight of all nights
When the snow lays a blanket
On the ice-laden street lights
Wouldn’t you think
That a match would come in
handy in the dark?

Excuse me sir, pardon me
Would you like to see my matches
for sale?

Doesn’t anybody...
doesn’t anybody need...
doesn’t anybody need some light tonight?

Wouldn’t you think
Tonight of all nights
When the world throws a party
Burning candles till daylight
Wouldn’t you think
That a match would come in handy after dark?

Excuse me miss, pardon me
Would you like to see my matches for sale?

Doesn’t anybody...
doesn’t anybody need...
doesn’t anybody need some light tonight?

I’m out of place as a bird of paradise
Perching on the ice
Unwanted merchandise

Excuse me ma’am,
I’m sorry gents
Pardon me,
I mean no offense
I’ve got matches at the very lowest price

Doesn’t anybody...
doesn’t anybody need...
doesn’t anybody need some light?
Track Name: Say What?
GENE (NEW YEAR’S HOST):
I got the punch bowl, got the fixin’s
I got the guest list full of vixens
No ex-wife to kill the evening
I bet she’s out there somewhere seething

I got the mistletoe,
I’ll make the champagne flow
And the moment the clock strikes twelve....

VALERIE (LITTLE MATCH GIRL):
Doesn’t anybody need some light tonight?

Say what? Oh no. I don’t think so
I gotta see the ball come down on TV
Say what? Oh no. I don’t think so
There’s a crowd of people waiting for me
And I’m the only one who’s got the key

I got the pickle, got the herring
I wonder what she will be wearing
I got my hand-carved wooden shoesies
A guest list full of Danish floozies

Chill the Aquavit
I’ll sweep them off their feet
And the moment the clock strikes twelve...

Doesn’t anybody need some light tonight?

Say what? Oh no. I don’t think so
I got more important things on my mind
Say what? Oh no. I don’t think so
Please don’t think I’m being unkind
But I’m already running way behind

BRENDAN (GRUMPY GUY):

Right. I mean
How many times have you been accosted on the street
By a panhand person with a very bittersweet
Sob story about how they need a dollar for the train
They’re standing looking pitiful and soggy in the rain
And now they say that they’re stranded—their car broke down
They came to meet their sister, but their sister’s out of town
And if you pull out a buck or two, they get all shifty
And they suddenly remember that the train costs eight fifty
And you know you’ve got the money but you’re starting to
believe
They’re just another liar out on New Year’s Eve
You don’t trust Santa Claus on Christmas, you’re right to be
suspicious
The city can be nasty and the people can be vicious
And you know who’s the one I really pity the most?
The guy from out of town whose car has given up the ghost
He’s really out of money, he’s really unprepared
He’s really getting nervous and he’s really getting scared
And no one's gonna help him ‘cause we’ve heard it all before
We don’t have the time to stay and listen anymore
And the truth is I’ve got money
At least a little bit of money
But brother, I can’t spare the time

Sister, I can’t spare the time

Brother, I can’t spare the time

Sister, I can’t spare the time

Doesn’t anybody need some light tonight?

Say what? Oh no—I don’t think so
I’m already running so far behind
Say what? Oh no—I don’t think so

Well I don’t mean to be unkind
There’s no money and no time
I can hardly take care of myself
‘Cause I’m a very busy man
And I’m doing all I can
And the clock will soon be striking twelve
Track Name: Lights Were Shining From Every Window...
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Hey La La
This is the sound of a party you don’t get to go to
It’s like a mountain you can never reach without a showshoe
It’s like an island that’s too far away for you to row to
Their glasses clink—they’ve had way too much to drink, whoo!

This is the sound of a party you don’t get to go to
All over town there are people who won’t get to know you
It’s underground, oh so hip and they are eating tofu
They think it’s fun to be vegetarian, whoo!

La la la la la...
Hey la la hey la la—
hey la la hey la la
Hey la la hey la la—
hey la la hey la la
Hey la la hey la la—
hey la la hey la la
Hey la la hey la la—hey

This is the sound of a party you don’t get to go to
You say you don’t care but you really kind of do care don’t you?
Well let’s pretend you get in the door just like you hope to
And even so, here’s the way that it would go...
Track Name: Fine, Fine, Fine
BRENDAN (GRUMPY GUY):
Oh no, it’s that annoying guy with really bad post-nasal drip
Maybe he’ll never notice if I hide right here behind the dip
(and have a chip)
He’s gonna ask me about my job
and he don’t know that I’ve been
slacking off and I am next in line to get the ax
And I don’t want to open up that can of worms or face the facts

Everything’s fine fine fine
It’s fine fine fine
I’m fine fine fine
It’s fine, it’s fine, really it’s fine
Everything’s fine fine
Everything’s fine fine

Oh no, that space-invading girl has caught my eye—she’s on her way
She’ll stand too close and ask about Diane, my former fiancée
I took too long, would not commit
Diane got sick of me and quit
I begged we were meant to be—she knew we never were
And I will never fall for anyone the way that I fell for her

She’s fine fine fine
They’re fine, we’re fine, it’s fine
I’m fine, it’s fine, it’s fine, it’s fine
Everything’s everything’s everything’s everything’s everything’s
everything is
All right tonight
And now it’s New Year’s Eve
And everybody’s gonna ask me what kind of resolutions are up my
sleeve
What do I want?
What do I hope for in the brand new year?
Why should I make a resolution?
Haven’t I made it clear that

Everything’s fine fine fine
It’s fine fine fine
Fine fine fine
Fine fine fine fine
Everything’s fine fine
Fine fine
Track Name: She Had Drawn Her Little Feet Under Her
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Can't Go Home
VALERIE (LITTLE MATCH GIRL):

Can’t go home
Can’t stay here
Street of stone
House of tears
Blue with cold
Or black and blue
Nothing sold
And I know you

You stare at the holes in the ceiling
Your anger grows with every drink
I can tell exactly what you’re feeling
Well, don’t you want to know what I think?

There’s gotta be somewhere out there better than this place
There’s gotta be someone with some kindness on their face

Can’t go home
Nothing to show
Can’t get warm
Nowhere left to go...

Everybody’s got a party to go to

BRENDAN (GRUMPY GUY):
(Everybody got a party to go to)

Everybody’s got people to see

(Who cares about them anyway)

They’ve all got someone to come home to
I know there’s no one looking for me

There’s gotta be somewhere out there better than this place

(There gotta be, there oughta be, somebody oughta do something)

There’s gotta be someone with some kindness on their face

(There gotta be, there oughta be, somebody oughta do something)

I wish I may
And I wish I might
Chase the chill away
And get through this night
My hands are cold—it’s hard to hold them still
But I will find a way
Yes, I will find a way

There’s gotta be somewhere out there better than this place

(There gotta be, there oughta be, somebody oughta do something)

There’s gotta be someone with some kindness on their face

(There gotta be, there oughta be, somebody oughta do something)

But everybody looks right through me when I try to stop them
This cold and lonely girl is not their problem

There’s gotta be somewhere out there better—better than this
place
Track Name: Her Little Hands Were Almost Frozen...
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: The Burning Match Gave Off A Warm Bright Light
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Visions In The Matchlight
VALERIE (LITTLE MATCH GIRL):
By the light I see something beautiful
There’s a fireglow and it brightens over me
I reach out my hand, I can feel the heat
Getting closer now, I am stretching out my feet

And the ice melts away
I can feel the warm embrace of firelight
Oh, can it be?
Or is it too good to be true...

Maybe this time I believe I’ll make it last
Maybe this time will be different from the past
Can I trust myself, can I make it stay?
If I take a breath, will it fade away?
Maybe this time I can reach and hold on fast

By the light I see something beautiful
All the walls have turned into crystal shimmering
I can see right through, there’s a table set
For a New Year’s banquet that no one’s eaten yet

’Cause it’s there just for me
It’s a feast like I have never seen before
Oh, can it be?
Or is it too good to be true...

Maybe this time I believe I’ll make it last
Maybe this time will be different from the past
If I shut my eyes, if I show no fear
If I touch it, will it disappear?
Maybe this time I can reach and hold on fast

Striking one, striking two
I don’t know what else to do
Just one more—a Christmas tree!
All aglow with bright lights everywhere
So tall I can’t believe
How it sparkles just like diamonds glistening
Oh, can it be?
Or is it too good to be true...

Maybe this time I believe I’ll make it last
Maybe this time will be different from the past
Can I trust myself, can I make it stay?
If I take a breath, will it fade away?
Maybe this time I can reach and hold on fast
Track Name: Someone Is Dying...
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Give The Drummer Some
GENE:
The piano player gets his say and you hang on every word
And the violin can fly on in through the crowd just like a bird
But I’m stuck in back, out of luck I lack the ability to move
But if not for me there would never be the ability to groove

You think it’s all just hunky-dory
As we tiptoe through the story
And you guys get all the glory
I think it’s time now
You gotta give the drummer some

Now the next time out’s gonna be about the history of Gene
From the minimum wage to the stadium stage and the good parts in between
And the world will know of my big ego and my way with all the chicks
And the hottest girls watch my drumsticks twirl as I play my tasty licks

I don’t mean to sound demanding
But we’ve been off wonderlanding
And that Grandma part notwithstanding
I think it’s time now
You gotta give the drummer some

‘Cause it’s all about me, me, me, me, me
It’s all about me, me, me, me, me
It’s all about me, me, me, me, me

You think it’s all just hunky-dory
As we tiptoe through the story
And you guys get all the glory
You gotta give the drummer gotta give the drummer
Gotta give the drummer gotta give the drummer
Gotta give the drummer
You gotta give the drummer some!
Track Name: The Girl, When We Left Her...
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Caution To The Wind
VALERIE (LITTLE MATCH GIRL):
I miss you so
Please don’t go
Away where I can’t see your face
Beside me in this lonely place
I need you now
I don’t know how
To make it through without you here
To give me hope and dry my tears

I remember
All you taught me
How you were so strong
You told me,
“Never hold back anything
Who knows what tomorrow brings?
The Fates are cruel, so don’t you let them win”
You lived your life just like a flame
That burned out fast but seared your name
Across my heart and everywhere you’d been
Caution to the wind

Some say not
Don’t burn so hot
Save something for a rainy day
But the ice and snow are here to stay

Time is flying
How I miss you
This feeling can’t be wrong
You told me
“Never hold back anything
Who knows what tomorrow brings?
The Fates are cruel, so don’t you let them win”
You lived your life just like a flame
That burned out fast but seared your name
Across my heart and everywhere you’d been
Caution to the wind

I will be with you again
Sure as I have ever been
Burn my matches to the end
Throwing caution to the wind

Getting closer
Take me with you
I know where I belong
You told me
“Never hold back anything
Who knows what tomorrow brings?
The Fates are cruel, so don’t you let them win”
You lived your life just like a flame
That burned out fast but seared your name
Across my heart and everywhere you’d been
Caution to the wind

I will be with you again
Sure as I have ever been
Burn my matches to the end
Throwing caution to the wind
I will be with you again
Sure as I have ever been
Burn my matches to the end
Throwing caution to the wind
Throwing caution to the wind
Throwing caution to the wind
Throwing caution to the wind
Throwing caution to the wind
Track Name: The Grandmother Took The Little Girl...
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Screwed-Up People Make Great Art
GENE (GRUMPY GUY’S FRIEND WHO STUDIED SCANDINAVIAN LITERATURE):
He grew up poor, just a shoemaker’s son
A lanky kid who had a really big nose
Insecure, immature
He was often found dressing up in girly clothes
His father died and his mother explained
that the Ice Maiden took him away
That little lie made him cry,
Gave him nightmares and it haunted him till his dying day

What a shock
Yeah, it wound him up inside just like a cuckoo clock
Going tick tick tock

‘Cause screwed-up people make great art
They shoot right from the screwed-up heart
Screwed-up people bare their souls and that’s not always smart

Now our man Hans had a heart full of love
But his feelings weren’t always returned
He was odd and a clod He’d make overtures and
always end up getting burned
He was afraid of churches, fire, and dark
Some disaster would be sure to arrive
Now our bizarre superstar
couldn’t sleep because he worried he’d be buried alive

So insane
So he wrote a lot of fairy tales to ease the pain
That crazy Dane

‘Cause screwed-up people make great art
Imagination off the chart
Screwed-up people send us postcards from a world apart

He created a fantasy world and he got him some great reviews
Supernatural stories of snowmen and mermaids and magic shoes
But when his characters get what they want there is often a rude surprise
Because Hans Christian Andersen looked at the world
through really screwed-up eyes

He never married and he never had kids
So his stories were his legacy
Emperor dude, in the nude
And a princess who was kept awake all night by a pea

On and on
Turning all those ugly ducklings into swans
That crazy Hans

‘Cause screwed-up people make great art
God gave them a running start
For example, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(he made great art)...
Track Name: Thank You For The Dissertation Pal.
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: It's Not All Right
BRENDAN (GRUMPY GUY):
Well I don’t know what the hell is wrong with me
I am sitting home alone on a New Year’s Eve
Wallowing in sorrow like a sad-faced clown
Following a fairy tale and feeling so down, and

It’s not all right
What’s with this melancholy
It’s not all right
Where is my grand finale

‘Cause there is no hero who will do the right thing
No fat lady ever gets to sing
The author copped out on the very last page
I guess I’m just a product of the Hollywood age, but

It’s not all right
The world just walks on by and
It’s not all right
They leave her there to die and

I can see them now in their party dress
No one giving a thought to this little girl’s distress
We’re all nothing but hypocrites
Making resolutions and making lists
We’re talking big and we’re acting small
Nobody’s ever gonna change at all...

If I could change one thing I’d get right outa this chair
Get out of this room into the cold fresh air
There’s a little time left on this New Year’s night
There’s something that I’ve gotta do before daylight, ‘cause

It’s not all right
And that girl deserves much better
It’s not all right
I’ve got to go and get her and show her

Somewhere out there better than this place
Someone with some kindness on their face
Track Name: Excuse Me, Little Match Girl?...
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Snow Song Reprise, First Day Of The Year
It’s coming down and all my blues disappear
And this old town is young again — roll back the years
Because the world looks like new
Or at least that’s the view from here

Snowflakes fall like velvet
From iron-colored skies
Somehow I can’t help it
I feel my spirits rise
Snowflakes glint and glide
Glad to be outside

On the first day
On the first day
ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE YEAR
Track Name: Overture (2008 version)
Welcome to the overture
Now is when you know for sure
That this is when it's time to start the show

If you've got candy to unwrap
Or a barking poodle on your lap
Take care of it right now before we go
And turn your cell phones off

This is an important theme
You will hear it later on
At a rather crucial time
In a rather crucial song

Forget all that now clear your mind
Loosen up relax unwind
Take some pictures - oops sorry no
Enjoy the show
Track Name: Green & Red (& I'm Feeling Blue)
What fresh hell is this
It's the televised abyss
Will this Christmas season never be through?
Now the shiny bells still ring
And the happy people sing
Everything's green and red and I am feeling blue
All the trees are brown
In this silver tinsel town
Storefront windows glow in every hue
Let the color wheel unroll
Gray to black inside my soul
Everything's green and red and I'm feeling blue

Every Sickly-sweet song
Is a saccharine holiday hug
Yet I still hum along
Well, Bah Humbug

I could ward off the chill
I could pick up my life and move on
But the house is so still
And she's still gone

Spin the channels once again
I see no good will toward men
Cause between commercials nothing is new
There's such a dearth of peace on earth
Everything's green and red and I'm feeling blue
Everything's green and red and I'm feeling blue
Track Name: Wonderful
VALERIE (MATCH GIRL)
No one ever gonna notice
No one ever gonna notice me
if I know one thing I know this
I need a little light so I can see
Surely I can pick out one match
I can spare it
If I dare it
Only one match
Striking one match
And it's
Wonderful
Warming up my frozen fingers
Wonderful
Like a candle brightly burning
but more wonderful
I can feel the ice melt away
And the fire glow is like a summer's day

BRENDAN
"And it seemed to the girl that she was sitting by a large iron stove. How the fire burned. It seemed so beautifully warm that the child stretched out her feet as if to warm them, when lo! The flame of the match went out, the stove vanished, and she held only the remains of the half burnt match in her hand."

VALERIE
I don't wanna be a bad girl
What'll daddy think of what I've done
He's gonna say you made me mad, girl
Wasting matches when you're selling none
But he doesn't see what I see
Only duty
Not the beauty
Only one more
Striking one more
and it's
Wonderful
Roasted goose and sugar plums so
wonderful
like a banquet for a princess but more
wonderful
all the silver polished to a glow
and the table cloth as clean and white as snow

BRENDAN
"Then the match went out and the feast too vanished. Before her remained nothing but the thick, damp, cold wall."

BRENDAN/VALERIE
All of the things I see through windows
When I'm on the wrong side of the glass
Are even more beautiful and wondrous
Here in the light of just one match

VALERIE
Let the walls be transparent once again
Let me see through this vision to the end

VALERIE
(with Gene and Brendan backup)
Should I light one more
Maybe just one more
Should I light one more
Maybe just one more (etc)

VALERIE
And it's wonderful
I am here beneath a Christmas tree so
Wonderful
all the tapers shine like diamonds but more wonderful
How the branches sparkle in the night
With the ornaments reflecting all the light in multicolored hues of

Wonderful
Like a thousand thousand constellations
Wonderful
Like a sea of candles rising toward the skies
Can't believe my eyes
Can't believe my eyes
Can't believe my eyes
Can't believe my eyes

BRENDAN
"The lights of the Christmas tree rose higher and higher, till they looked to her like the stars in the sky. Then she saw a star fall, leaving behind it a bright streak of fire."
Track Name: Picture This
VALERIE
Picture this
deserted alley
a girl adrift alone amid the snow

GENE/ VALERIE/ BRENDAN
picture this
her gray haired grandma
the only one who said i love you so

it’s a vision in the matchlight
flickering and floating

VALERIE
so much kindness in her grandma’s loving eyes

ALL
and she knows it’s only moments
til the match burns out forever
and this luminary vision fades and dies

picture this
an apron full of matches
a world of indifference
and a single loving face

GENE
it’s her grandma gently rocking
it’s her grandma gently rocking
it’s her grandma gently rocking her to sleep

GENE/ BRENDAN
and the match is quickly burning
and the match is quickly burning
and the match is quickly burning very low

ALL
and the light is disappearing
and the light is disappering
and the light is disappearing and she says
(segue to Caution To The Wind)