Web Of Lies

from “Big Red Sun”
music by Georgia Stitt
lyrics by John Jiler

HARRY
NO SNIPER IN THE WOODS
NO HERO’S DEATH
NO SONG OF LOVE
ON A DYING BREATH
ONE LONG STRING OF LIES.

THE GRIEVING WIFE
PUSHING BRAVELY THROUGH LIFE,
YEAR AFTER YEAR,
A SMILE THROUGH A TEAR.
AN ELABORATE WEB OF LIES.

HELEN
Harry…

HARRY
STICKY BLACK THREADS
THAT TIE OFF THE BLOOD FROM YOUR HEART
AND RUN ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE START.

HELEN
Your father was a–

HARRY
IS a–

HELEN
–complicated man.

HARRY
AFTER DIAPERS NOTHING IS TRUE.
THE OCEAN ISN’T ALL THAT BLUE.
NO FAIRIES COME WHEN YOUR TOOTH FALLS OUT.
WAKE UP FOOL THE TRUTH CALLS OUT.
IT’S ALL A WEB OF LIES.

THE LULLABYES WERE ALL A FRAUD
SUNG BY A BOOZED-UP, LYING BROAD.
THERE IS A MONSTER WHO’LL EAT YOU WHOLE.
YOUR DREAMS ARE SCREAMS YOU CAN’T CONTROL.
IT’S ALL A WEB OF LIES.

I THOUGHT A MOTHER’S DUTY
HAD TO DO WITH TRUTH AND BEAUTY.
NAÏVE BABY OPEN UP YOUR EYES!
FIRST THING IN LIFE YOU NEED TO DO
IS FIGHT YOUR BLOODY WAY RIGHT THROUGH
THAT BIG OLD WEB OF LIES!

THAT FANTASTIC, ELASTIC WEB OF LIES.

THIS IS THE NEW SOUND
JACKHAMMER TRUE SOUND
ALL YOUR HEROS
ARE REALLY ZEROS.
COURT JESTERS,
CHILD MOLESTERS,
FRAUDS, THUGS,
USERS OF DRUGS…
THE LAWS OF GRAVITY
HAVE BEEN REPEALED.
A WORM FLIES OVER A CLOVER FIELD.
FEATHERS FALL TO THE EARTH WITH A THUD,
ROCKS FLOAT BY ON A SEA OF BLOOD.
IT’S ALL A WEB OF LIES!

WHAT WENT BEFORE DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE.
THE STATUE OF LIBERTY’S A LYING WHORE!
DON’T ASK ANYONE ELSE WHAT’S TRUE-
THE ONLY ONE YOU CAN TRUST IS YOU
TO FIGHT, CLAW, BLEED YOUR WAY RIGHT THROUGH
THAT WEB OF LIES!
THAT WEB OF LIES!
THAT ENDLESS, FRIENDLESS
WEB OF LIES!

(He storms out.)

Swing, Schmuel, Swing

LYRICS:
EDDIE
THE PICTURE OF YOUR UNCLE SHMUEL
HANGING IN THE TEMPLE SCHOOL
IS DARK AND GRAY AND BLACK AND BROWN:
AN OIL EMBALMING OF A FROWN.

MURRAY
Eddie…

EDDIE
SO WHY NOT TOUCH IT UP A BIT?
HONESTLY WHO GIVES A SHIT?

MURRAY
Eddie! People can hear you…!

EDDIE
THE MAN IS DEAD FOR TWENTY YEARS.
ENOUGH WE CRIED RESPECTFUL TEARS!
…2, 3, 4…

TAKE OUT A CAN OF PAINT
GIVE TO SCHMUEL A SMILE.
THE MAN OF SUCH RESTRAINT
IN DEATH CAN GO A LITTLE WILD!
GIVE THE BEARD A TRIM,
THE CHEEKS A TOUCH OF RED.
THE EYES THAT WERE SO GRIM,
MAKE THEM SPIN INSIDE HIS HEAD

AND SWING SCHMUEL SWING!
SWING SCHMUEL SWING!
YOUR YARMULKE IS A TOP HAT
YOUR TALLIS IS A SILK CRAVAT
SO SWING SCHMUEL SWING!

Paris, My Paris

LYRICS:

EDDIE
MANY, MANY YEARS AGO, LATE ONE PARIS NIGHT
WE WANDERED ‘TIL THE MORNING GLOW BATHED YOUR FACE IN LIGHT.
UNDERNEATH A LEMON SKY YOU SAID YOU’D LOVE ME ‘TIL YOU DIE.

AH, PARIS. MY PARIS. A TOI JE RETOURS TOUJOUR.
LA LA LA LA LA.
LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA.
PARIS. MY PARIS. DONNE MOI TA COEUR MAINTENANT.
LA LA LA LA LA.

HARRY
BA BA BA BA BA BA BA. DA.

EDDIE
NOW THE NIGHTS ARE LONG AND DARK. I NEVER WATCH THE SKY.
I SLEEP RIGHT THROUGH THE GLARE OF DAWN AND HERE’S THE REASON WHY:

BOTH
UNDERNEATH THAT PARIS SKY,
THE THINGS YOU ME WERE A LIE.
AH, PARIS.
MY PARIS.

EDDIE
A TOI JE RETOURS TOUJOURS.

HARRY
I WILL RETURN TO YOU

EDDIE
SINCE YOU WENT AWAY.
EVEN SUMER DAYS ARE GRAY

BOTH
IN PARIS. MY PARIS.

I’VE LOOKED FOR YOU HIGH AND LOW
HEARD YOUR STEPS RETREAT DOWN A DARKENED STREET
AU REVOIR.

EDDIE
SHADOWS ON THE WALL.

HARRY
WERE YOU THERE AT ALL?

BOTH
AH, PARIS!

Mister Blue

MISTER BLUE
Music by Georgia Stitt
Lyrics by John Jiler
from BIG RED SUN

LYRICS:

WENT CRAWLIN’ UP TO A CAT IN THE CITY
TOLD HIM I NEEDED TO SEE MR. BLUE.
HE SAID TO GO KILL SOME TIME WITH MY KITTY,
COME BACK TO SEE HIM AT A QUARTER TO TWO.

WENT SLINKIN’ OFF WITH MY LITTLE ALICE.
FOUND US A JOINT KNOWN AS ‘CHEZ SO AND SO’.
A LONG TIME AGO IT SHINED LIKE A PALACE,
NOW NO PLACE IN HARLEM WILL TAKE YOU SO LOW.

STEPPIN’ DOWN THE AVENUE
BACK WHEN EVERY HEART WAS TRUE.
ZORA NEALE AND LANGSTON TOO,
TALKIN’ FRENCH “COMMENT VAS-TU?”

SABLE STOLES AND LOW-BRIMMED HATS.
LEMON DRESSES, RED CRAVATS.
HELLO DUKE, DUBOSE AND FATS!
HOW YOU LIKE MY CREAMY SPATS?

NOW THOSE CATS IS GONE LIKE THE SNOWFLAKES.
NOBODY STEPPIN’ DOWN NO AVENUE.
COLD WINTER WIND BLOWIN’ SORROW AND BAD BREAKS.
NO POET HERE BUT OLD MISTER BLUE.

COUNTIN’ THE MINUTES TO MY SWEET APPOINTMENT.
CLOCK CREEPIN’ UP ON A QUARTER TO TWO.
CAT GONNA GIVE ME MY PRECIOUS OINTMENT
IN A NEEDLE THAT SHINES LIKE THE SUN BREAKIN’ THROUGH!

AND THE SKY OPENS UP TO A HEAVENLY VIEW!
IT WILL GIVE YOU THAT COLOR SO DEEP AND SO TRUE!
YES THE SKY OPENS UP TO A HEAVENLY VIEW!
KNEW I COULD COUNT ON OLD MISTER BLUE.
YES I KNEW I COULD COUNT ON OLD MISTER BLUE.

Light Of The World

LYRICS:

HARRY
YOU WERE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

ONCE LONG AGO WHEN A SHADOW WAS FALLING
AND BOOT HEELS WERE MAULING THE GLORIES OF FRANCE,
YOUR FRIENDS WERE ENJOYING A COCKTAIL AT TWILIGHT
AND PRANCING THROUGH NIGHT CLUBS IN BLACK SATIN PANTS.

BUT THEN THROUGH THE DIN AND THE SMOKE AND THE GIN
CAME A VOICE DEEP WITHIN YOU TO STAND UP AND FIGHT.
YOU WERE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
YOU WERE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

WHILE THE WORLD READ THE WAR NEWS WITH COFFEE AND SCHNECKEN
YOU WERE UP TO YOUR NECK IN BARBED WIRE AND MUD.
I LAY IN MY NURSERY AND SUCKED ON A BOTTLE
WHILE YOU DRANK FROM STREAMS DARK WITH ENEMY BLOOD.

OH WHAT WE OWE YOU! I WISH WE COULD SHOW YOU
THAT YOU WERE THE GLOW THROUGH THE DARK ENDLESS NIGHT.
YOU WERE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
YOU WERE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

NO ONE WILL KNOW WHAT YOUR VERY LAST THOUGHTS WERE.
NO ONE WAS THERE TO HEAR YOUR LAST CRY
AS THE BULLET THAT KILLED YOU RIPPED THROUGH YOUR BODY,
AND OFF FLEW YOUR SOUL THROUGH FRENCH AUTUMN SKY.

YOU WERE THE LIGHT OF THE WOLRD.
YOU WERE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
LIGHT OF THE WORLD.