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Lyrics to "birth, love, hate, death"

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birth, love, hate death
a rock opera

INTRO:

Welcome to the World: 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 and prosper, may you find the joy/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 girl/May your lives have purpose/May you rule your world/ Welcome to the 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…

 

Sung by the Mom:
I Wish I Could Tell You This: 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…

 

Sung by the Son:
Your 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 only 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

 

Sung by Danielle:
The Prophet: 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

 

Sung by the Boy:
My Hands Are Tied: 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
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

 

I met him at some party.  He came up to me and started talking and he seemed OK but nervous and shy. He was different.  Some of the people I was with thought we were too cool to bother with him, so we goofed on him and kind of blew him off.  It was a bit rude and he seemed hurt.  He left pretty soon after and it bothered me, how we treated him and all, so I went to follow him to tell him I didn’t mean anything by what my friends said and did.  He was headed up the stairs to the building’s roof.  When I got to him, he was standing on the ledge of the roof.  This is how we met...  Danielle

 

Sung by the Boy and Danielle:
Take Me Home: She looked me in the eye/I didn’t even know her/I was just a passerby/She said “I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not that way at all/I just don’t care anymore”
She lit another cigarette/I said, “Why do you do it?”/And told her it’s going to be her death/She said, “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
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, “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, I just wanna be by your side)/Take me home/Take me home/(It’s not so much desire, I just wanna be by your side)/Take me home
I took her up to my room/My head was really spinning/I didn’t know what to doShe asked for my protection/“‘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, I just wanna be by your side)/Take me home/Take me home/(It’s not so much desire, I just wanna be by your side)/Take me home

 

Sung by the Boy:
Danielle: 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

 

Sung by the Sugar Daddy:
I Love it When They Hate It: I’m a man of means, a man of class/I get respect, ‘cause I got the cash/I got this girl, and 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

 

Sung by Danielle:
I Know What I’m Doin’: 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 doing
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, 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 doing

 

Sung by the Boy:
Better Man: 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

 

Sung by Danielle and the Boy:
Honestly: 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

 


Sung by the Boy:
Man Enough: 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?

 

Sung by Danielle:
I’m No Good For You: 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’re 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, I got something 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

 

Sung by the Boy & Danielle:
Was Sleeping Alone in My Room/Tell Me To My Face: 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
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
You don’t know what you’re doing
I know what I’d be losing
If he comes back and you’re here
I’ll face him, I’m not scared
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?
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/No one will ever get inside of me
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 home is the road we walk together
(Sugar Daddy comes back suddenly)
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…
(Gunshots)
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

 

Love… Now I understand that love is something you do, not just something you feel.  He came back for me and he died for me, and I would have died for him.  Now all that I can do to love him is to honor him by doing the right thing, do what would make him proud of me.  Forever…  Danielle

 

Sung by Danielle
One Day at a Time: 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

 

Sung by Danielle:
Forever: 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 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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