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Libretto for "birth, love, hate death"

Scene 1: THE MATERNITY WARD: At the hospital, the story is introduced by a doctor or nurse who is singing a song to the newborns in the maternity ward.  He/she is very attentive to them.  A new mother is in a room alone with her baby in the maternity ward.

 

Song1) Welcome to the World © Gerry Dantone 2016

Sung by the Narrator:

      

Open up your sleepy eyes and take a look around

It’s your life, you won’t want to miss a thing

And even though it makes no sense and always will confound

Take a look at what each day will bring

 

My sweet young woman

My sweet young boy

May you live the good life

May you find the joy

 

Welcome to the world

Welcome to the world

 

Everyday you’ll live and learn though

you’ll never know

Is this it, is there no second chance?

 

While others seem to live their lives to serve the status quo

May you live to love and sing and dance

 

My sweet young man

My sweet young man

May your lives have purpose

May you rule your world

 

Sorry I’m the one to tell you this

We all don’t get to live a life of bliss

Sometimes we don’t care or help enough

I confess that we have gone and screwed it up

 

I’m sure you want to know where

did we all come from

You want to know what comes after this?

The secret’s in the way you live,

Not in kingdom come

May you live to taste your love’s sweet kiss

           

My sweet darling

My sweet child

The road is winding

And the weather’s wild

 

Welcome to the World

(The road is winding

And the weather’s wild)        

(repeat 4 times)

 

 

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Scene 2a: AT THE MOTHER’S HOME: Sometime later (years?) the mother sings to her young child who is asleep at their apartment.

 

Song 2) I Wish I Could Tell You This © G. Dantone 2016

(Sung by the Mother in her bedroom to her sleeping child:) 

I'm not as bad

As you might think

I wish I could tell you this

You’re too young

You might not understand

I wish I could tell you this

 

When I was young

My mom had a boyfriend

I wish I could tell you this

He’d get drunk

To my room he went

I wish I could tell you this

 

 “Don’t say nothin’”

Is all he said

My own prison

Was my bed

I’d be wishing

I was dead

I wish I could tell you this

 

Then I got pregnant

And was called a whore

I wish I could tell you this

They forced me to have you

Then he disappeared

I wish I could tell you this

 

Now his shadow

Is in your eyes

I can’t accept it

I don’t know why

Nothing against you

It makes me cry

I wish I could tell you this

 

I just don’t care

I’m beyond all help

I wish I could tell you this

Better that you hate me

Than hate yourself

I wish I could tell you this

 

I see his shadow

In your eyes

I can’t explain it

No reason why

Nothing against you

It makes me cry

 

I wish I could tell you this…

 

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Scene 2bAT THE MOTHER’S HOME: Many years later, at their apartment, the son is a young man, and he sees that his mother is obviously impaired, in a drunken stupor or asleep.  He packs his bags as he sings, and at the end of the song, he leaves.

 

Song 3) Your Son © Gerald Dantone 2016

(Sung by the son)

From the moment I existed

You were trying to deny me

The more I looked toward you

The more you turned away

The drugs, the men, the money

The things I thought were normal

The way I always saw myself

The words you couldn’t say

 

And the more that I’d believe you

The less that you would tell me

And when I asked you’d give me

A world of make believe

And if I went to reach out

You’d only say I hurt you

And when I tried to trust you

The more you would deceive

 

Dear Mom, Your Son

 

The more that I would understand

The more that it would scare me

The deepest darkest places

Were my childhood dreams

From the moment I had feelings

I always was repressing

From the slightest cut you’d give me

I’d find a way to bleed

 

Dear Mom, Your Son

 

Your son is a liar

Your son is a freak

Your son is a loser

Your son is a creep

Your son is a nothing

Your son is me

 

Dear Mom, Your Son

 

Look at these hands

Look at this face

I look like you

Do you pray

That someday soon

I’d be like you

Just like you

 

I always was just waiting

For the day that you’d come back

To be the one that I needed

If you gave a damn

You don’t know what I’m doing

You don’t know where I going

You won’t say who my dad is

Or who the hell I am

 

Dear Mom, Your Son

 

Your son is a liar

Your son is a freak

Your son is a loser

Your son is a creep

Your son is a nothing

Your son is me

 

Dear Mom, Your Son

 

From the moment I existed

You were trying to deny me

 

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Scene 3: DANIELLE’S APARTMENT: A tough young girl explains her story to the audience; her escape from a cult ends in a ride from her future Sugar Daddy. As she tells her story she gets ready to go out from her apartment and go to a club on what may be her birthday.  But is she going to party or seek a momentary escape from her life?

 

Song 4) The Prophet © G. Dantone 2016

(Sung by Danielle)

I was just a young thing

When the Prophet first noticed me

I must have caught his eye

 ‘Cause I looked fifteen

He went and asked my dad

Where did he get a thing so sweet?

They went and made a deal

I’d be number three

 

No one asked me what I thought

And if I ran I would be caught

I should be glad to be his wife

It’s such a joy, it’ll be so nice

 

No matter what they said

I couldn’t understand anyone

 ‘Til the day arrived

And the deed was done

Well it made me sick

Until I learned how to be numb

And wait for the day

I could make my run

 

I would take every dime I could steal

And kill anything that I could feel

They would say I was going to hell

They’d be right if I could tell

 

But I’m free, I’m free

No one’s getting inside me

I’m free, I’m free, oh yeah

I’m free, I’m free

No one’s getting inside me

I’m free, I’m free, oh yeah

 

One night while they were sleeping

I knew I couldn’t hesitate

I kept low, so no one saw me

Down to the Interstate

Some guy pulled up in fast thing

I remember he was asking

What’s in it for me?

 

That was long ago

Now I got someone who has agreed

To give me what I want

And pay for every need

I’ve made my way

All those people, if they’d only see

I’ve come of age

Happy birthday to me

 

I would take every dime I can steal

And kill anything that I can feel

They would say I was going to hell

They’d be right if I could tell

 

But I’m free, I’m free

No one’s getting inside me

I’m free, I’m free, oh yeah

I’m free, I’m free

No one’s getting inside me

I’m free, I’m free, oh yeah

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Scene 4a: THE CLUB: At a rave or club or party, he self-consciously talks to a girl (Danielle) and asks for a dance with self-humiliating results when she snubs him and says no.  He sings about this episode in the beginning of the two parts of this song and flees the club to the roof in the second scene in this song.  At the same time, Danielle feels guilty about how she acted towards him and can relate to his humiliation and follows him as he leaves and walks up to the roof of the building. 

 

Song 5) My Hands Are Tied © 1985 Gerald Dantone

(Sung by the son)

My hands are tied, my hands are tied

 

She could've been the Queen of England

The way I told her I'd really like to know her

And my eyes had trouble with their focus

I was afraid that maybe she would notice

 

I took a pill to gather up some courage

But instead I got an awful headache

She looked at me like I was annoying

I felt the knife, I felt like I was dying

 

My hands are tied, my hands are tied

My hands are tied, my hands are tied  

 

In the night I found a broken stairway

I'll end my life, at least I'll make'm save me

And the pills I took like they were candy

I didn't know what ledge that I was standing

 

My hands are tied, my hands are tied

My hands are tied, my hands are tied

 

And all the world's a bitter joke

You bear your heart it ends up broke

I might as well not make a sound

I might as well not be around

 

And all the world's a stupid joke

You bear your heart it ends up broke  

I might as well not make a sound

I might as well not be around  

 

I fell asleep, my feet were dangling

And my life, it wasn't really changing

And my head, I had another bad dream

And the world, was it really laughing

 

My hands are tied, my hands are tied

My hands are tied, my hands are tied  

My hands are tied, my hands are tied  

My hands are tied, my hands are tied  

 

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Scene 4b: THE ROOF OF THE CLUB BUILDING: The Son finds himself on the ledge of the roof.  He turns and sees Danielle while he’s on the ledge.  Danielle guides him off the ledge.  All he has on him are some pills – which he throws away.  They leave in her car to go to his apartment.

 

Song 6: Take Me Home (c) G. Dantone 1986

(Sung by the son)

She looked me in the eye

I didn’t even know her

I was just a passerby

She said

(Danielle sings)
 “I know what your thinking

But it’s not that way at all.

I just don’t care anymore”

 

(The son sings)

She lit another cigarette

I said, “Why do you do it?”

And told her it’s going to be her death

She said,
(Danielle sings)
“Well what does it matter?

 ‘Cause I don’t care how I go

As long as it’s not alone”

 

Take me home

Take me home

Take me home

Take me home

 

(The son sings)

We went out to her car

I said something funny

She seemed to be so far

I said, “This is what you wanted”

She said,
(Danielle sings)
“It’s just a thing to do

We both had the time to lose”

 

Take me home

Take me home            (It’s not so much desire)

Take me home            (I just wanna be by your side

Take me home

 

Take me home

Take me home            (It’s not so much desire)

Take me home            (I just wanna be by your side)

Take me home

 

(The son sings)

I took her up to my room

My head was really spinning

I didn’t know what to do

She asked for my protection

(Danielle sings)

“‘Cause the night can be so cold

 

I just need someone to hold”

 

Take me home

Take me home            (It’s not so much desire)

Take me home            (I just wanna be by your side

Take me home

 

Take me home

Take me home            (It’s not so much desire)

Take me home            (I just wanna be by your side)

Take me home

 

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Scene 5: Danielle’s apartment: At her place, he begins to fall for Danielle while he struggles to understand her.  He sings this while she is asleep.

 

Song 7: Danielle © 1985 Gerald Dantone

(Sung by the son)

  

Danielle

You think you're very funny

Danielle

You make a lot of money

Do you ever lie awake at night

And you wish that you were only nine

Danielle

You're the life of the party

Danielle

You'll never say you're sorry

Does the new car mean you've got it made?

Do you have a friend you won’t betray?

Danielle  

 

Sometimes you'll drop your guard

It's all a pose, you're not so smart

            Someday you'll hear yourself

It's just a joke, on no one else but you

 

Danielle

You think you're really famous

Danielle

You're only the latest

Where will you put the sadness and the pain

Do you really think you'll ever be the same?

Danielle

 

Sometimes you’re not so tough

We’ll see through you, and call your bluff

Someday you’ll see yourself

It’s such a shame, on no one else but you

 

Danielle

You're losing your fire

Danielle

You'll have to retire

We've seen it all, what did we really see

Is this all that you were meant to be

You're just running, you think you're really free

I wonder what the hell it is you really need

 

Danielle, Danielle, Danielle, Danielle      

Danielle

 

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Scene 6: Sugar Daddy’s place: The Sugar Daddy introduces himself in his apartment.

 

Song 8: I Love it When They Hate It © G.Dantone 2016

(Sung by Sugar Daddy)

  

I’m a man of means, a man of class

I get respect, ‘cause I got the cash

I got this girl, I own her ass

She’s bought and paid for everyday

I wouldn’t have it another way

 

You know I love it when they hate it

I like it when the fake it

I’d rather have them jaded

I love it when they hate it

 

I don’t care what anyone thinks

I don’t care if your life stinks

She’s got my pleasures, works out my kinks

There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do

And if I told her she’d do it for you

 

You know I love it when they hate it

I like it when the fake it

I’d rather have them jaded

I love it when they hate it

 

When I was young

I was told

Who would want

Someone like me

So I made myself

Into the man

That they said

I could never be

 

So I made myself

Into the man

That they said

I could never be

So I made myself

Into the man

That they said

I could never be

 

I’m a man of means, a man of class

I get respect, ‘cause I got the cash

I got this girl, yeah I own her ass

She’s bought and paid for everyday

I wouldn’t have it another way

 

You know I love it when they hate it

I like it when the fake it

I’d rather have them jaded

I love it when they hate it

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Scene 7a: Danielle’s apartment: The Son realizes she is self-destructive but Danielle does not want him to protect her from herself.  He tries to take her drugs from her and she is angry.

 

Song 9: I Know What I’m Doin© G. Dantone 2016

Sung by Danielle

 


Don’t tell me

Don’t help me

Don’t think that you can sell me

Just give me my stuff

I know what I’m doin’

 

Don’t teach me

Don’t preach me

Don’t think that you can reach me

Just give me my stuff

I’m know what I’m doin’

 

Don’t fight me

Don’t right me

You’ll never satisfy me

Just leave me alone

I know what I’m doin’

 

Don’t save me

Don’t enslave me

Don’t need you to betray me

Just leave me alone

I know what I’m doin’

 

All I know

Is how to survive

All I know

Is how to tell a lie

Don’t you say

You know what’s good for me

If it gets me through the day

Who cares anyway?

 

Don’t mock me

Don’t stop me

Don’t think you can unlock me

I need my moment of peace

I know what I’m doin’

 

Don’t worry

I’m not sorry  (Sibilants?)

What you feel is temporary

I need my moment of peace

I know what I’m doin’

 

Don’t you think

That I know the score

Don’t you think

One foot’s out the door

Don’t you say

You know what’s good for me

If it gets me through the day

Who cares anyway?

 

Don’t tell me

Don’t help me

Don’t think that you can sell me

Just give me my stuff

I know what I’m doin’

 

Don’t teach me

Don’t preach me

Don’t think that you can reach me

Just give me my stuff

I’m know what I’m doin’

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Scene 7b: Danielle’s apartment:  This is his response: he promises this to her; he can only do right by her.

 

Song 10: Better Man © G.Dantone 2016

(Sung by the son)

 


I’ll be a better man, a better man for you

I won’t give you everything you might want me to

You’re free to love, free to hate, free to go, free to wait

You can do anything you want to do

I’ll be a better man, a better man for you

 

I love you so much, I’d risk losing you

I can’t do nothin’, ‘cept what’s right by you

I won’t let you slide, get you high

Make you cry, let you die

Or leave you with nothing to lose

I’ll be a better man, a better man for you

 

Now I can’t complain

About nothing anymore

This is my chance

I got something to die for

 

I love you so much, I’d risk losing you

I can’t do nothin’ ‘cept what’s right by you

I won’t let you slide, get you high

Make you cry, let you die

Or leave you with nothing to lose

I’ll be a better man, a better man for you

 

Look at these hands

Look at this face

It’s all for you

 

 

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Scene 7c: Danielle’s apartment:  She still has questions.  She has never had anyone who did not betray her.  She asks him “Do you really love me?”

 

Song 11: Honestly © G. Dantone 2016

(Sung by Danielle)

Honestly, Honestly,

Do you really love me?

Are you thinking of me?

Honestly, Honestly,

Are you trying to use me?

You think you’ll seduce me?

You say the words

I long to hear

But are they true or insincere?

You want me to give it all away

Tonight, I need to know just where I stand

Tell me honestly

 

Honestly, Honestly,

Do you really love me?

Do you think you’re above me?

Honestly, Honestly,

Do you really know me?

Or just want to own me?

You feel the heat

When you are near

Your touch is sweet

I feel the fear

When you had enough will you walk away?

Tonight, I’m asking who you think I am

Tell me honestly

 

Once, I had a dream

Where I was sure

I was at home

Now, it all seems

When we’re awake

We’re all alone

 

Once, I had a dream

Where I was sure

That I could fly

Now, it all seems

When we’re awake

Our dreams just die

 

 

Honestly, Honestly,

I don’t know what love is,

Or the meaning of this

Honestly, Honestly,

Don’t know what I’m doing

I hope I’m not using

I’ve never said these words before

I’ve never hurt right to the core

I’m shaking with each step I take

If this is love, judge what I do

Do I make your dreams all come true?

Do I make you feel glad that you’re awake?

Tonight, and every night I have with you

I say this honestly,

Tonight, and every night I have with you

I say this honestly

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Scene 8: Sugar Daddy’s apartment: Danielle asks him to go with her to her Sugar Daddy’s Place to end their relationship; instead when she gets there, she stays.  His world “goes black.”

 

Song 12: Man Enough © Gerry Dantone 2016

(Sung by the son)

 


I know I know nothing

Nothing at all

Except I come running

When you call

In some kind of fever

In some kind of pain

You need me to save you

You can’t explain

 

You said, “I’m lost”

I said, “I’m here”

We still embrace

The things we fear

 

Am I man enough for you?

Do I fill the emptiness?

Am I strong enough to take

Your unfaithfulness?

Am I man enough for you?

 

You had to go settle

Some paid romance

Your past was calling you

I had no chance

I came down for cover

I had your back

You said you were staying

My world went black

 

You turned your back

Your eyes betray

To come this far

To end this way

 

Am I man enough for you?

Do I fill the emptiness?

Am I strong enough to take

Your unfaithfulness?

Am I man enough for you?

 

Hey…

I’ll make it right for you

Hey…

Whatever I need to do

This time

We’ll break all the rules

This time, baby, this time…

 

If silence could deafen

I’d hear no more

I saw you leaving

Through the door

My calls go unanswered

My life’s a sham

I look in the mirror

Is this who I am?

 

You said, “I’m lost”

I said, “I’m here”

We still embrace

The things we fear

 

Am I man enough for you?

Do I fill the emptiness?

Am I strong enough to take

Your unfaithfulness?

Am I man enough for you?

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Scene 8b: Sugar Daddy’s apartment and the Son’s apartment: Danielle is forced by Sugar Daddy to leave a message on the Son’s voice mail telling him goodbye forever.  He hears it when he gets home and plays back the message.

 

Song 13: I’m No Good For You © G. Dantone 2016

(Sung by Danielle)

 

Fall baby, don’t fall for me

Call baby, don’t call on me

I told you once before when I laid down the law

This is not for me

Now Sugar Daddy’s back, and he’s going on attack

You are not for me

 

Love baby, just don’t love me

Dream baby, don’t dream of me

You don’t understand, that you’ll never be the man

To satisfy my needs

You struggle everyday, guys like you will never pay

Your heart just bleeds

 

I’m no good for you, you’re too good for me

It’s everything to you, it means nothing to me

I’m no good for you, you’re too good for me

It’s everything to you, it means nothing to me

 

Cry baby, don’t cry for me

Try baby, don’t try with me

I’m wasting all my time, though I hate to be unkind

You’ll never do

Your future is lame, got no money to your name

I got a lot to lose

 

I’m no good for you, you’re too good for me

It’s everything to you, it means nothing to me

I’m no good for you, you’re too good for me

It’s everything to you, it means nothing to me

 

What do you want from me?

What do you want?

Give this up

For a life with you

You

 

Live baby, don’t live for me

Give baby, don’t give to me

You did your good deed,

Now I got some things to feed

Get off my back

My man’s no fun, but he’s got a big gun

You don’t want that

 

I’m no good for you, you’re too good for me

It’s everything to you, it means nothing to me

I’m no good for you, you’re too good for me

It’s everything to you, it means nothing to me

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Scene 9: The Son’s apartment and Sugar Daddy’s apartment: The son resolves to do something about Danielle.  The son confronts her at her apartment; "tell me you don't love me" he asks; they embrace but at the end of the song, her Sugar Daddy comes in...

 

Song 14: Sleeping Alone (c) G. Dantone 2016

(Sung by the son & Danielle)

 

 (Sung by the Son)

I was sleeping alone in my room

When the thought of you awoke me

I just had to see you

To face the real truth

I didn’t know what would happen

 (He arrives at her apartment)

 (Sung by Danielle)

I was sleeping alone in my room

When a knock on the door awoke me

I was lost in a dream

About you and me

I didn’t know what would happen

 

(Sung by Danielle)

You don’t know what you’re doing

(Sung by the Son)

I know what I’d be losing

(Sung by Danielle)

If he comes back and you’re here

(Sung by Son)

I’ll face him, I’m not scared

 

 (Sung by the Son)

Tell me to my face that you’re happy

Tell me to my face that it’s all good

Swear you really want to live this life

Do you really want to stick the knife

Put it deep into my heart

I can’t wait to play the part

Tell me to my face that you don’t love me

Tell me to my face you don’t care

Swear he makes you feel all good inside

He makes you glad to be alive

Or are you frozen to the core

No real feelings anymore?

 

 

 (Sung by the Son)

Long ago, far away

Was a girl, who was afraid

She was lost, never found

She felt old, beyond her years

She was mad, without tears

She was lost, never found

 

(Sung by Danielle)

No one will ever   

Get inside of me

 

 (Sung by Danielle)

 

Long ago, far away

Was a boy, who was afraid

He was lost, never found

He felt old, beyond his years

He was mad, without tears

He was lost, but now he found

 

(Sung by the son)

Home is the road

We walk together

 

 (Sugar Daddy suddenly arrives and sees them.)

 (Sung by the Son)

Tell her to her face that you love her

Tell her to her face that you care

Swear you’d give your life away

So she’d live another day

Or are you selfish to the core

Got no feelings anymore…

 (Sugar Daddy pulls a gun out and shoots wildly; they embrace to protect each other; Sugar Daddy runs off.  Danielle sings.)

 (Sung by Danielle)

I was sleeping alone in a room

I was lost in a dream about you

Let me take you home, we’ll walk this road

You never know what might happen

 

(He dies in her arms.)

 

Scene 10a:  Anywhere: Sometime later, and looking a little older, she’s at his grave.

 

Song 15: One Day at a Time © 2016 G. Dantone

(Sung by Danielle)

 

I don't know

If it makes any sense

All I know is

I have this second chance

I can feel your hand in mine

I’ll make you proud

One day at a time

 

My hands are clean

And my head is clear

This is for me

And it’s for you dear

I see your face in the window of my mind

I’ll make you proud

One day at a …

 

Time,

Don’t make me forget about you

Time,

I’ll never be alone with you

Or grow old with you

 

Years go by

But it’s like yesterday

I may get lost

But I’ll find some other way

I hear your voice in a breeze it sounds so fine

I’ll make you proud

One day at a …

 

Time,

Don’t make me forget about you

Time,

I’ll never be alone with you

Or grow old with you

 

I don’t know

If it makes any sense

All I know

Is I have this second chance

I can feel your hand in mine

I’ll make you proud

One day at a time

 

 

 

Scene 10b: Anywhere: Danielle, all alone.

Song 16: Forever © 2016 G. Dantone;

(Sung by Danielle) (The finale.)

 

I’ve lived so foolishly

I knew what I knew

Now truth is a mystery

And love is the clue

 

Time is illusion

It’s here and it’s gone

You think there’s an answer

But life goes on

 

Forever and ever

I’ll love you

Forever

The good days

The bad days

You’re in my heart

For always

Love is the warm embrace

Love is the saving grace

We need to show each other

 

Life is a veil of tears

We live ‘til we die

My dreams had disappeared

Until I opened my eyes

 

Forever and ever

I’ll love you

Forever

The good days

The bad days

You’re in my heart

For always

Love is the warm embrace

Love is the saving grace

We need to help/teach/love each other

 

Forever and ever

I’ll love you

Forever

The good days

The bad days

You’re in my heart

For always

Love is the warm embrace

Love is the saving grace

We need to help each other

 

Forever and ever

I’ll love you

Forever

The good days

The bad days

You’re in my heart

For always

Love is the warm embrace

Love is the saving grace

We need to teach each other

 

Forever and ever

I’ll love you

Forever

The good days

The bad days

You’re in my heart

For always

Love is the warm embrace

Love is the saving grace

We need to love each other

 

Now truth is a mystery

And love is the clue

 

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