"C'est la Guerre​!​"

by 15th Anniversary Cast Recording

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"A pioneering work by a gifted composer. Every song Mr. Ogborn writes lights another candle in this time of darkness. With bold conviction, he has memorialized the courage of a devastated generation."
REX REED


“C’est la Guerre was originally commissioned in 1990 by the Painted Bride Arts Center for the first OUR LIVING LEGACY, and initially written in the span of two and a half weeks, “C’est la Guerre!” has lived for three decades in theaters across the country, having quietly set a new standard in American theater for honesty, imagination and engagement in the issues of our time. Mr. Ogborn’s conception of a wartime revue of songs from the age of AIDS blended pop, jazz, ballad and military march musical styles to move it’s audience toward activism and compassion at a time when the US Government showed little of either toward the people who suffered with this devastating disease. Mr. Ogborn’s work has given voice to a uniquely painful moment in American history.

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released August 16, 2016

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Michael Ogborn New York, New York

Michael Ogborn is a composer/playwright currently living in New York City. He has had over 25 musicals produced to date. Please visit his website at www.michaelogborn.com for archival photos and show information. Thanks!

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Track Name: Soldiers in the Sky/ The People I Love
SOLDIERS ON THE AVENUE,
SOLDIERS IN THE BARS.
SOLDIERS IN THE RESTAURANTS,
SOLDIERS IN THE STARS.
SOLDIERS IN THE HOSPITAL,
SOLDIERS WHO WILL DIE.
SOLDIERS IN THE ATMOSPHERE,
SOLDIERS IN THE SKY.

Amy

THE PEOPLE I LOVE
ARE ALWAYS BESIDE ME,
I MEAN THE ONES I KEEP INSIDE MY HEART,
THE PEOPLE INSIDE ME.
AND I BREATHE THE LOVE
OF THE PEOPLE WHO LEFT ME,
AS THEY MOVE WITHIN MY REACH
RESIDING ABOVE ME,
I FEEL THE LOVE
OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE ME,
AND I MOVE WITH THE LOVE OF A CROWD.


SOLDIERS IN THE THEATER,
SOLDIERS IN THE STORES.
SOLDIERS IN THE COURTROOM,
SOLDIERS ON THE SHORES.
SOLDIERS IN THE HOSPITAL,
SOLDIERS WHO WILL DIE.
SOLDIERS IN THE ATMOSPHERE,
SOLDIERS IN THE SKY…
Track Name: Mine Field
Matt

LAST NIGHT I DREAMT
THAT I WAS CAUGHT IN THE RUINS,
I LEFT THE ARMY TO GO OUT ON MY OWN,
THE SHATTERED WINDSHIELDS
LAY LIKE SAND FROM THE BEACH ON THE GROUND.
I LOOKED AROUND
AND I SAW SOME PEOPLE LAUGHING,
THE BEAMS OF LIGHT PROVIDED MOST OF THE SOUND,
AS I GOT CLOSER A VOICE FADED IN FROM BEHIND…

Company

"THERE ARE NO SIGNS AHEAD
BUT IF I WERE YOU I WOULD YIELD.
SOLDIER, STAY WHERE YOU ARE,
KEEP ALL OF YOUR WEAPONS CONCEALED.
BEWARE OF DANCERS,
DANCING IN AN ENEMY MINE FIELD".

Matt

I CAN'T REMEMBER
WHAT I THOUGHT AT THAT MOMENT,
I SAW THEIR FACES THEY LOOKED HAPPY TO ME,
THEY KEPT ON DANCING AND THEN
ONE OF THEM CALLED OUT MY NAME.
"DON'T BE AFRAID YOU SEE THE REST OF US DANCING
AND NOTHINGS HAPPENED
WE'VE BEEN OUT HERE ALL NIGHT",
I STARTED DANCING AS A VOICE
TOOK MY THROAT FROM BEHIND.

"THERE ARE NO RULES HERE
IF I WERE YOU I WOULD YIELD.
SOLDIER, STAY WHERE YOU ARE
KEEP ALL OF YOUR WEAPONS CONCEALED.
BEWARE OF DANCERS
DANCING IN AN ENEMY MINE FIELD.

WOKE UP THIS MORNING
AND MY SHEETS WERE ALL WET,
DID I DANCE INSIDE THE MINE FIELD
HOW CLOSE DID I GET?
DID I TAKE A CHANCE LAST NIGHT?
DID I VIOLATE MY OWN HUMAN SHIELD?
IN A MINE FIELD SOMEWHERE ALONG THE ROAD,
AWAKE, I WONDER , WHEN AM I SET TO EXPLODE?
Track Name: The People Who Love
Amy

MY GRANDMOTHER PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR,
MY GRANDFATHER'S STILL ALIVE.
SHE HATED THE BLACKS,
SHE HATED THE JEWS AND
EVERYONE ELSE BESIDES.
SHE WAS A BITTER OLD SOUL
TELLING EVERYONE WHAT TO DO,
‘TIL CAMEL NON-FILTERS TOOK HER BREATH
AWAY AT NINETY-TWO.
IT WAS A LONG LIFE
A RIPE OLD AGE TO DIE,
BUT AT TWENTY-THREE I HAVE TO WONDER WHY,
HATE CAN LIVE TIL NINETY-TWO
AND TWENTY-THREE WILL DIE…

HOW DO YOU MEASURE A LIFE WELL-LIVED?
IS IT MEASURED IN YEARS
OR IN THE PAINFUL TEARS YOU'VE SHED?
WHAT WILL BE TOLD OF YOUR TIME ON EARTH,
WOULD YOU LIVE IT AGAIN?
WILL YOU MISS IT ALL WHEN YOU'RE DEAD?
HOW WILL YOU MEASURE THE RICHES YOU'VE ACQUIRED,
ONCE YOU'VE BEEN RETIRED?

HOW MANY YEARS DOES IT TAKE TO FEEL
YOU'VE DONE SOME GOOD,
FOR OTHERS- SHOULD YOU GO-
OFF AND BE TAKEN BEFORE YOUR TIME
WOULD IT BE A CRIME?
WOULD THE WASTED TIME YOU HOLD,
BE A REMINDER OF ALL YOU COULD HAVE BEEN,
WHEN THE REAPER DOES YOU IN?

OLD IS JUST A MARKER,
LIKE A MARKER ON A GRAVE.
AGE IS NOT IMPORTANT,
MORE IMPORTANT ARE
THE MEMORIES YOU PAVE.

I'D LIKE TO MEASURE OF MY LIFE IN TERMS
OF DAYS ALIVE,
AND PEOPLE I HAVE TOUCHED.
IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW LONG I'M HERE,
WHEN MY MEMORIAL ENDS
TO MY FRIENDS I'LL MEAN SO MUCH.
I'D NEVER TRADE AT TWENTY-THREE,
AS BAD AS IT APPEARS,
THE LONG, SAD LIFE THAT MY GRANDMOTHER LIVED
TIL HER NINETY-SOME ODD YEARS.

OLD IS JUST A MARKER
LIKE A MARKER ON A GRAVE,
AGE IS NOT IMPORTANT,
MORE IMPORTANT ARE
THE MEMORIES YOU PAVE.

AND THE PEOPLE WHO LEARN TO LOVE
AND LEARN TO GIVE WILL KEEP ON GIVING.
I'M LEARNING TO GIVE THE LOVE
I FEEL INSIDE AND KEEP ON LIVING.
AND YET KNOWING THE THINGS I KNOW
I'M IN NO RUSH TO GO.
AND THE PEOPLE WHO LEARN TO LOVE
AND LEARN TO GIVE WILL KEEP ON GIVING.
I'M LEARNING TO GIVE THE LOVE
I FEEL INSIDE AND KEEP ON LIVING.
Track Name: Dementia
Peter

YOU'RE FLASHIN' BACK
AND PULLING PEOPLE OUT OF NOWHERE,
FOREVER ASKING THE DATE.
YOU'VE GOT ME CHASIN' AFTER
PIECES OF YOU'RE MEMORY,
IT'S SUCH AN ARDUOUS STATE.
I USED TO WRESTLE WITH THE FACT
THAT IT WAS FICTION,
I TRIED TO KEEP YOU WITH ME,
NOW I'VE SURRENDERED
TO CONVENTIONAL CONVICTION,
SOMEHOW I HAVE TO AGREE.

YOU'RE IN A MOVIE
STARRING EVERY SINGLE IDOL,
YOU'VE HAD SINCE YOU WERE A CHILD.
YOU SAY YOUR NAME APPEARS
IN GOLD ABOVE THE TITLE,
I SAY THE CRITICS GO WILD!
YOUR MOTHER ENTERS AND YOU
CALMLY ASK "WHO IS IT?"
YOU CAN'T REMEMBER HER NAME,
AND THEN YOU TELL ME
BETTY RUBBLE CAME TO VISIT,
IMAGINATION HAVE YOU NO SHAME?

DEMENTIA...
WHATEVER YOU SAY IS TRUE
DEMENTIA...
I'LL ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOU
DEMENTIA...
NO MATTER WHAT IT MAY DO
DEMENTIA...
WHEREVER YOU TAKE ME,
I'LL GO THERE WITH YOU

YOU'RE DOING PUZZLES
IN SOME AVOCADO KITCHEN,
SOMETIME IN SEVENTY-FOUR.
AND THEN YOU TELL ME
IT'S ALL PART OF THIS CONDITION,
THAT KEEPS YOU BACK IN BEFORE.
SOMETIMES YOUR RECALL
HAS ME DOUBT THAT YOU ARE SLIPPIN',
THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR SPEECH.
THE TV'S GOING AND THE
CHANNELS KEEP ON FLIPPIN',
BUT THE REMOTE'S OUT OF REACH.

I SEE YOU MASTERING THESE OPTICAL ILLUSIONS,
WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR BRAIN?
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MANUFACTURE
THESE DELUSIONS?
DOES IT TAKE YOUR MIND OFF THE PAIN?
DEMENTIA...
DEMENTIA...

SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT IT'S A
SIN FOR ME TO SIT HERE
AND CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE YOUR LINE.
I SAY AS LONG AS ALL YOUR
MEMORIES ARE HAPPY,
THAT'S AN ENCOURAGING SIGN.
I'LL NEVER COMPREHEND
THE THINGS THAT YOU’RE PERCEIVING,
I'VE TRIED TO DAY AFTER DAY,
BUT JUST AS I AM HERE TO HELP
FACILITATE YOUR LEAVING,
SOMETHING ELSE IS HELPING
TO TAKE YOU AWAY.

DEMENTIA...
WHATEVER YOU SAY IS TRUE
DEMENTIA...
I'LL ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOU
DEMENTIA...
NO MATTER WHAT IT MAY DO
DEMENTIA…
WHERE EVER YOU TAKE ME
I'LL GO THERE WITH YOU.
Track Name: Vaccine
Matt

SEEMS LIKE I'VE BEEN WAITIN' FOREVER,
YOU KNOW THAT I'VE BEEN WAITIN' A WHILE.
YOU MAY NOT BE READY TO MEET ME,
BUT I'M GONNA KEEP MY NAME ON YOUR FILE.
AND IF YOU EVER GET CLOSE TO ME,
OH, HOW I WILL SMILE,
I'LL TURN ON MY CHARM,
I'LL SOUND THE ALARM,
BABY, I'LL HOLD OUT MY ARM.

OOH, VACCINE!
YOU GOTTA LOTTA PEOPLE
WAITIN' FOR YOU TO COME OUT.
IMPATIENTLY,
I WAIT TO SEE VACCINE AND ME.
AND ON THE DAY YOU ARRIVE,
BABY, WE'LL BE STANDIN' IN LINE,
YOU'RE LONG OVERDUE,
WHERE ARE YOU VACCINE?

DOOT DOOT DOODLE-DEE DOOT DO,
HYPODERMA- DOOT DOOT DOODLE –DEE DO!
DOOT DOOT DOODLE-DEE DOOT DO,
GLUTE- UTE- OOT DOOT DOODLE –DEE DO!

YOU CAME TO VISIT WHEN WE HAD SMALLPOX
YOU HELPED US STAY AWAY FROM THE FLU
YOU GAVE US ALL A CUBE OF YOUR SUGAR
TO FIGHT THE T-B AND POLIO TOO

NOW IT’S A WHOLE NEW CENTURY,
ARE WE GOING TO SEE IT THROUGH?
IT'S TRYIN' TO KICK ME-
I WON'T LET IT LICK ME-
VACCINE, WON'T YOU COME AND PRICK ME!

OOH, VACCINE!
YOU GOTTA LOTTA PEOPLE
WAITIN' FOR YOU TO COME OUT.
IMPATIENTLY,
I WAIT TO SEE VACCINE AND ME.
AND ON THE DAY YOU ARRIVE,
BABY, WE'LL BE STANDIN' IN LINE.
YOU'RE LONG OVERDUE,
WHERE ARE YOU VACCINE?
YOU'RE LONG OVERDUE,
WHERE ARE YOU VACCINE?
Track Name: Sister's Will
Richard

I JUST BURIED MY SISTER
IN A PUBLIC GRAVE,
MEMBERS OF HER FAMILY REFUSED
THE ARRANGEMENTS TO BE MADE.
I JUST BURIED MY SISTER
IN HER FAVORITE DRESS,
LUCKY FOR HER A MONTH AGO
SHE HAD THE DAMNED THING PRESSED.
SISTER WAS ALMOST PSYCHIC,
WHEN IT CAME TO THINGS LIKE THIS,
SHE'D THROW HER ARMS ABOVE HER HEAD,
SHE'D CLOSE HER EYES AND PURSE HER LIPS.

I LITERALLY BURIED MY SISTER
IN THE PUBLIC PARK,
I WAITED TIL THE KIDS WERE ALL AT HOME
AND IT WAS MODERATELY DARK.
I DUG UNTIL IT PAINED MY SHOULDER,
I DUG UNTIL MY NAILS WERE BLACK,
THEN I LAID MY SISTER IN HOME MADE GRAVE
THEN I SHOVELED ALL THE DAMN DIRT BACK.
SISTER HAD NO INSURANCE,
FOR YEARS SHE WORKED FOR TIPS,
DID BETTER THAN A WHOLE LOTTA YA'LL OUT THERE,
SISTER COULD SYNC SOME LIPS!
SHE LEFT ME HER WILL AND TESTAMENT
IN A SEQUINNED DISCO BAG,
SHE NEVER HAD NO STOCKS OR BONDS,
BUT COULD SISTER COLLECT SOME DRAG!
SO NOW IT'S TIME TO READ HER WISHES,
LET HER FINAL LIST BE HEARD,
YOU CAN TRUST ME TO ADHERE
TO EVERY WORD...

"OF SOUND MIND AND BODY,
IF I EVER HAD SUCH A THING,
I HEREBY GIVE MY SISTER BACK
HER SMOKEY TOPAZ RING,
MY WARDROBE IS ELABORATE
BUT IT DOES ME NO GOOD NOW,
THAT I'VE WORKED THE CROWD
AND TAKEN MY LAST BOW.
SO SCATTER MY BARBARA BUSH PEARLS
IN THE RIVER!
GIVE MY EARRINGS TO THE POOR.
SELL MY BEADED GOWNS FOR CHARITY,
SISTER CAN'T WEAR'EM ANYMORE.
KEEP ALL MY HIGH-HEELED DANCIN' SHOES,
WHO ELSE WHERE'S THIRTEEN WIDE?
JUST WEAR MY PUMPS WITH DIGNITY AND PRIDE.
PUT MY WIGS IN THE SMITHSONIAN,
PUT MY PANTYHOSE IN THE TRASH!
THE HATS I MADE EACH EASTER
SHOULD BRING SOMEBODY IN SOME CASH.
MY JOKES WERE ALWAYS BORROWED
FROM THE PUBLIC DRAG DOMAIN",
SISTER DID HER BEST TO ENTERTAIN...

SO HERE LIES ANOTHER DEAD DRAG QUEEN
IN A GRAVE A DRAG QUEEN DUG,
IN THE MORNIN' THERE'LL BE JOGGERS,
AND AT NIGHT SOMEBODY'LL BE MUGGED!
BUT SHE'S BEEN LAID TO REST IN DIGNITY
AND THAT'S THE LAST TIME SHE'LL BE LAID,
BEHIND HER FAVORITE PARK BENCH IN THE SHADE.

SO NOW YOU DON'T SEE ME CRYIN',
NO MASCARA RUNNIN' DOWN MY FACE,
I JUST THINK ABOUT MY SISTER IN HEAVEN
LIP SYNCIN' "AMAZING GRACE",
SHE'S ENTERTAININ' ANGELS NOW
IN A BIG ASS RHINESTONE CROWN,
IN HER FAVORITE FLAWLESS,
TEAL BLUE- CRACKED ICE,
BUGLE BEADED GOWN!

SO NOW YOU DON'T SEE ME CRYIN',
NO MASCARA RUNNIN' DOWN MY FACE,
I JUST THINK ABOUT MY SISTER IN HEAVEN
LIP SYNCIN' "AMAZING GRACE",
SHE'S ENTERTAININ' ANGELS NOW
IN A BIG ASS RHINESTONE CROWN,
IN HER FAVORITE FLAWLESS,
TEAL BLUE- CRACKED ICE,
BUGLE BEADED GOWN!
IN HER FAVORITE FLAWLESS,
TEAL BLUE- CRACKED ICE,
BUGLE BEADED GOWN!
Track Name: New Soldier's Song
Peter

I'VE BEEN BEAT UP
I'VE BEEN SLUGGED,
I'VE BEEN BASHED
AND I'VE BEEN MUGGED,
CALLED "FAGGOT" SINCE THE DAY
THAT I WAS EIGHT.
I'VE BEEN LAUGHED AT
I'VE BEEN CLOCKED,
OUT IN PUBLIC
I'VE BEEN MOCKED,
I'M OPEN SEASON HOMOPHOBIC BAIT.
AND SOMETIMES EVEN MY GAY FRIENDS
TURN THEIR BACKS CAUSE I'M "TOO GAY",
AND TELL ME THAT'S NOT HOMOPHOBIC TOO,
BUT I LEARNED SOMETHING BACK AT EIGHT,
THERE'S JUST NO EXCUSE FOR HATE,
SO I'M JUST GONNA DO JUST WHAT I DO.

AND THE OLDER I GET THE STRONGER I GET,
AND THE STRONGER I GET THE LOUDER I GET,
AND THE LOUDER I GET THE GAYER I MAY SOUND.
BUT IF YOU'D BEEN THROUGH WHAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH,
YOU'D PROBABLY BE LOUDER TOO,
STILL GETTIN' LOUDER
AND I'M STILL HANGIN' AROUND

I'M NOT HERE TO TOOT MY HORN,
I'VE BEEN GAY SINCE YOU'VE BEEN BORN,
GROWING UP MY ROLE MODELS WERE FEW.
SO I LEARNED EARLY HOW TO FIGHT,
AND I'M SINGING ON THIS STAGE TONIGHT,
LOOKIN' AT ALL THE ROLE MODELS IN YOU.
NOW WE ALL COULD TELL OUR PAINFUL TALES
OF GROWIN' UP IN PRIVATE JAILS,
MOST OF US WILL SAY WE HAD NO CHOICE.
WE DON'T NEED TO RECRUIT OUR OWN
JUST LET THEM KNOW THEY'RE NOT ALONE,
AND IF THEY CHOSE TO THEY WILL HAVE A VOICE.

Company

AND THE OLDER THEY GET THE STRONGER THEY GET,
AND THE STRONGER THEY GET THE LOUDER THEY GET,
AND THE LOUDER THEY GET THE HAPPIER WE WILL BE.
IF THEY SEE US FIGHT FOR WHAT IS JUST,
OUR CHILDREN WILL BE PROUD OF US,
AND THEIR CHILDREN MAY SOMEDAY GROW UP FREE.

TELL THE TALE OF TWENTY YEARS
INDIFFERENCE, GREED, AND LOTS OF TEARS,
WILL I BE HERE WHEN ALL THIS MADNESS ENDS?
IN THE SHADOW OF A GLOBAL PLAGUE,
WHERE COURAGE PREVAILS WHEN HOPE IS VAGUE,
THE PEOPLE DOING BATTLE ARE MY FRIENDS.
THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE NOWADAYS,
TRYING TO BE THE STRAIGHTEST GAYS,
A BRAND NEW BREED OF HOMOPHOBIC QUEER.
TO YOU I SAY YOUR LIFE WILL BE A MYSTERY,
TIL YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR HISTORY,
DENIAL WILL MAKE NOTHING DISAPPEAR.

AND THE OLDER WE GET THE STRONGER WE GET,
AND THE STRONGER WE GET THE LOUDER WE GET,
AND THE LOUDER WE GET
The MORE POWERFUL THE SOUND.
ALL OUR VOICES RINGING CLEAR,
PROUD TO LET THE WHOLE WORLD HEAR,
WHEN THE WAR IS OVER WE'LL STILL BE AROUND.

AND THE OLDER WE GET THE STRONGER WE GET,
AND THE STRONGER WE GET THE LOUDER WE GET,
AND THE LOUDER WE GET
THE MORE POWERFUL THE SOUND.
ALL OUR VOICES RINGING CLEAR,
PROUD TO LET THE WHOLE WORLD HEAR,
WHEN THE WAR IS OVER WE'LL STILL BE AROUND.
WHEN THE WAR IS OVER WE'LL STILL BE AROUND.
Track Name: The Young Boy and the Alien Queen
Amy

And the Alien Queen came down to Earth
To see what she could find,
And she found a young boy sitting by a tree.
The Alien Queen addressed the child
In a meeting of the mind,
For her English was not as clear as it could be.

Was the young boy startled
By the sight that he had seen?
Not at all he said:
"Oh, look,Another alien queen.”
But then he felt her power
And he trusted she was real,
So the young boy showed respect to her
By getting up to kneel.

The Alien Queen required no salute
On bended knee,
she herself, in awe with what she had found.
She was willing to dispense with all the
Pomp that she required,
And chose to sit beside him on the ground.

She told the boy her visit was to simply get away,
From the rigors of her kingdom
And the business of her day.
His eyes began to tear but he hid them
From his guest and said: "I wish I could
Escape like you for I could use a rest."


The Alien Queen responded in her heart
She felt his pain. She knew the child was sick
But knew not why. She asked him to reveal his ills
In order to obtain the reasons why this child
Would surely die.

"I'M INFECTED WITH A VIRUS
THAT HAS SEARCHED OUT CERTAIN CELLS,
AND PERPETUATES ITSELF INSIDE
THE CELL IN WHICH IT DWELLS.
THE CELLS THAT IT ATTACKS ARE CELLS
I NEED TO FIGHT DISEASE,
MY SYSTEM IS NOT FIT TO FIGHT
IT'S SLOW AND STEADY SIEGE".

The Alien Queen reflected then
Related to her friend,
A similar disorder she had seen.
Her planet too was struck with an unusual disease,
That left her subjects feverish and lean.

"DID YOU EVER FIND A CURE
AND SAVE YOUR SUBJECTS LIVES?"

"Yes, we found a remedy,
And everyone survives!"


"OH, ALIEN QUEEN PLEASE BRING US BACK
THE MEDICINE WE NEED,
OUR PLANET HAS NO ANSWERS YET
COULD YOU PLEASE INTERCEDE?"

The Alien Queen hung down her head
And told him "I could try, but your planet
Does not recognize what lies beyond your sky.
The men who rule the Earth are quite
Reluctant to explore the beauty and the knowledge
That await outside your door."

"THEN WON'T YOU TAKE ME WITH YOU
AND ADMINISTER MY CURE
THEN I CAN COME BACK HOME AND TRY
TO EDUCATE SOME MORE?”

The Alien Queen held out her hand
And took the child away,
And so we work to find a cure
Til he returns someday.
Track Name: My Oldest Friend
THERE HE GOES MY OLDEST FRIEND
DOWN THE STREET AROUND THE BEND,
FOR WHO KNOWS JUST HOW LONG.
WE SAY HELLO, WE SAY GOOD-BYE,
AND IN BETWEEN WE PONDER WHY,
OUR CONNECTION IS SO STRONG.
YEARS HAVE PASSED WE BARELY SAID A WORD,
DAYS HAVE PASSED REPEATING ALL WE'VE HEARD.

THERE HE GOES MY DEAREST FRIEND,
SO MUCH HISTORY I COULD SPEND,
FOREVER REACHING BACK.
WE LAID THE GROUND WORK YEARS AGO,
WE LISTENED TO EACH OTHER GROW,
AND HELPED EACH OTHER PACK.
OUR DUTY STATIONS CHANGE ALONG THE WA,
BUT THERE'S NOTHING THAT MY FRIEND AND I CAN'T SAY.

SINCE WE LIVE OUR LIVES WITH OTHER FRIENDS,
OUR DAILY CORRESPONDENTS TEND,
TO FEED OUR DAILY NEEDS.
SO WE USE OUR TIME TOGETHER
AS WE WOULD USE OUR TIME ALONE,
JUST TO THINK OUT LOUD
OR PULL OUT ALL THE WEEDS,
THAT HAVE GROWN.

THERE HE GOES MY CLOSEST FRIEND,
WE NEVER CHOSE TO MAKE PRETEND,
WE DID ALL THAT BEFORE.
WE NOTICE EVERY SUBTLE CHANGE,
WHEN ONE OF US IS ACTING STRANGE,
WE KNOW WHAT'S AT THE CORE.
WE VISIT THEN WE GO OUR SEPARATE WAYS,
HE LEADS ME THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF MY DAYS,
AND OFFERS ME PERSPECTIVE WHEN I FADE,
INTO THE PLANS I'VE MADE.

THERE HE GOES MY DEEPEST FRIEND,
I'M GRATEFUL I CAN SAY MY FRIEND,
IS ONE WHO WILL BE THERE.
BUT WHO KNOWS WHEN WE'LL MEET AGAIN,
ME AND MY OLDEST FRIEND,
ARE JUST A TEMPORARY PAIR.
OFF INTO THE WORLD TILL WHO KNOWS WHEN,
MY OLDEST, DEAREST, DEEPEST FRIEND,
I WILL WAIT FOR YOU TO COME AROUND THE BEND,
AGAIN...
BYE-BYE.
Track Name: On the Steps of St. James
Richard

THERE HE GOES ANOTHER FRIEND,
ANOTHER LIFE HAS REACHED AN END,
ANOTHER SOUL IS BORN.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO HEAL
A BATTERED HEART THAT DOESN'T FEEL,
IT'S STRONG ENOUGH TO MEND.
WE FALL IN LOVE AND HOPE THAT IT WILL LAST,
WE FALL IN LOVE AND HOPE-
WE FALL IN LOVE...

Matt
EXCUSE ME...
DIDN'T I SEE YOU ON THE STEPS OF ST. JAMES?

Richard
MAYBE YOU DID. YOUR NAME IS-

Matt
RICHARD.

AND DIDN'T I SEE YOU AT STEPHEN'S FUNERAL?


Richard
MAYBE YOU DID. MY NAME IS DAVID.

Matt
AND DIDN'T YOU EULOGIZE JOEY DAVIS?

Richard
I'M SORRY BUT I DON'T REMEMBER-

Matt
WELL, THAT'S OKAY CAUSE I REMEMBER YOU.

Richard
HOW WELL DID YOU KNOW MY LOVER, TOMMY?

Matt
TOMMY AND I GO WAY WAY BACK.

Richard
HOW FAR BACK?

Matt
BOTH OF US WAITED ON TABLES AT HOULIHAN'S.

Richard T
OMMY AND I HAD BEEN LIVING TOGETHER
FOR OVER A YEAR.

Matt
TOMMY ANDI LOST TOUCH.
I'M SORRY YOU LOST YOUR LOVER.

Richard
LATELY IT SEEMS LIKE I'M LOSING AND LOSING
I'M NOT LOSING AT LOVE
I'M JUST LOSING THE LOVERS
AND SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I'M READY TO SCREAM
IT'S LIKE I'M SO FUCKIN' WIRED I WAKE UP
AND WONDER “GOD, WHEN IS IT GONNA BE ME?
WHEN ARE YOU GONNA TAKE ME?”
AND MY SOUL IS SO NUMB
CAUSE I KEEP IT INSIDE AND REMAIN,
MAINTAINING A BODY
THAT DOESN'T REMEMBER MY NAME.
IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE ALL OF US GO,
ONE WAY OR ANOTHER-

Matt
IT'S GONNA GET YOU
GETCHA-
GETCHA-
GETCHA-

Richard
HIS FAMILY ASKED ME FOR A LIST OF HIS FRIENDS.
I SAID "THE ONES WHO ARE LIVING OR THE
ONES WHO ARE DEAD?"


Matt
TELL ME WHICH LIST IS LONGER?

Richard
CHECK BACK WITH ME TOMORROW.

Matt
I'D LIKE THAT VERY MUCH.
WE COULD MEET AND HAVE COFFEE-
WE COULD MEET AND JUST CRY-
THAT WOULD BE ALL RIGHT TOO.

Richard
THANKYOU, SO MUCH

Matt
THANK ME FOR WHAT? I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

Richard
I'LL SEE YOU AROUND-

Matt
YEAH, MAYBE I'LL SPOT YOU ON
THE STEPS OF ST. PAUL'S-

Richard
OR ON THE STEPS OF ST. SOMEONE-

Matt
IN THE BACK OF BETH EL-

Richard
OR IN SOMEBODY'S YARD.

Matt
HAVE YOU SEEN THE INSIDE OF
OUR MOTHER OF SORROWS?

Richard
I'M NOT SURE-

Matt
STAINED GLASS TO DIE FOR.

Richard
MAYBE I HAVE-

Matt
IF YOU HAVEN'T YOU WILL.

Richard
AND ISN'T IT A SHAME THAT WE NEVER SPOKE
ON THE STEPS OF ST. JAMES?

Matt
AND JUST TO THINK, ALL THIS TIME
WE COULD HAVE BEEN FRIENDS.
Track Name: Advice to the Front Lines
Richard

WHEN YOU'RE SPREADING YOURSELF TOO THIN
AND YOUR VOICE IS ALMOST GONE,
YOU'RE DOING ALL THAT YOU CAN DO
AND EVERYTHING STILL SEEMS WRONG.
YOU GOT THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD
AROUND YOUR ANKLE,
AND IT'S DRAGGING YOU DOWN.
DON'T LET THE ANGER EAT YOU UP
YOUR ANGER'S GROUNDED IN YOUR LOVE.

WHEN EVERYDAY YOU FIND SO MANY
PEOPLE WHO JUST DON'T CARE,
YOU'RE YELLIN' AS LOUD AS YOU CAN
AND THEY STILL DON'T KNOW YOU'RE THERE.
SO YOU'RE BITING OFF HEADS OF FRIENDS
WHO TRY TO EASE THE BURDEN YOU HAUL.
DON'T ISOLATE YOUR FRIENDS,
DON'T SEPARATE THE ANGER FROM THE LOVE.

THEY SEE YOU'RE TIRED
AND YOUR STRENGTH IS GETTING LOW.
THEY SEE YOU LOSING SOMETHING
YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER LET GO.
YOU ALONE ARE NOT THE SYMBOL,
YOU ALONE ARE NOT THE CAUSE,
YOU ALONE ARE NOT THE ARMY,
YOU ALONE DON'T CHANGE THE LAWS.
YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP PERSPECTIVE,
YOU DO ALL YOU CAN DO.
THE FRONT LINES MAY BE LONELY,
BUT THE FRONT LINE ISN'T YOU-
IT'S YOU AND YOU AND YOU AND YOU
AND YOU AND YOU AND YOU AND YOU
AND THEM...
Track Name: Soldiers in the Sky
Company

SOLDIERS ON THE AVENUE
SOLDIERS IN THE BARS
SOLDIERS IN THE RESTAURANTS
SOLDIERS IN THE STARS
SOLDIERS IN THE HOSPITAL
SOLDIERS WHO WILL DIE
SOLDIERS IN THE ATMOSPHERE
SOLDIERS IN THE SKY

I FEEL THEM ALL AROUND ME
THE LIVING AND THE DEAD,
I HEAR THEM CALLING OUT TO ME
THEY MARCH INSIDE MY HEAD,
WAKE UP AND BE A SOLDIER
WE HAVE LITTLE TIME TOO SPARE,
WE NEED YOU MORE THAN EVER
C'EST LA GUERRE !

C'EST LA GUERRE !
C'EST LA GUERRE !
C'EST LA GUERRE !
C'EST LA GUERRE !
C'EST LA GUERRE !


I FEEL THEM GROWING STRONGER
AS THEY START TO FADE AWAY.
THEY ARE WITH US HERE IN SPIRIT,
THEY ARE WITH US HERE TODAY.
THEY TELL US TO KEEP FIGHTING
SO TO SOLDIERS EVERYWHERE,
TO THE LIVING AND THE DYING
C'EST LA GUERRE !

(chorus)
C'EST LA GUERRE !

THE BATTLEFIELD IS POLITICS,
THE INCENTIVE IS SO CLEAR.
THE ARTILLERY IS ANGER,
THE EMENY IS FEAR.
WHO OUT THERE WILL JOIN THE SOLDIERS
MARCHING IN THE AIR?
WHO WILL MARCH AMONG THE LIVING?
C'EST LA GUERRE!


SOLDIERS IN THE THEATER,
SOLDIERS IN THE STORES,
SOLDIERS IN THE COURTROOM,
SOLDIERS ON THE SHORES.
SOLDIERS IN THE HOSPITAL,
SOLDIERS WHO WILL DIE,
SOLDIERS IN THE ATMOSPHERE,
SOLDIERS IN THE SKY.

WE CALL ON ALL THE SOLDIERS
WHO HAVE SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES.
WE OFFER UP OUR ENERGY
YOUR SPIRIT STILL SURVIVES.
HOW MANY MORE WILL PASS
BEFORE THE REST BEGIN TO CARE?
IF YOU CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER
C'EST LA GUERRE!
IF YOU CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER
C'EST LA GUERRE!

THE PEOPLE I LOVE
ARE ALWAYS BESIDE ME.
I MEAN THE ONES I KEEP INSIDE MY HEART,
THE PEOPLE INSIDE ME.
AND I BREATHE THE LOVE,
OF THE PEOPLE WHO LEFT ME,
AS THEY MOVE WITHIN MY REACH
RESIDING ABOVE ME,
I FEEL THE LOVE,
OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE ME,
AND I MOVE WITH THE LOVE OF A CROWD

THE PEOPLE I LOVE
ARE ALWAYS BESIDE ME.
I MEAN THE ONES I KEEP INSIDE MY HEART,
THE PEOPLE INSIDE ME.
AND I BREATHE THE LOVE,
OF THE PEOPLE WHO LEFT ME,
AS THEY MOVE WITHIN MY REACH
RESIDING ABOVE ME,
I FEEL THE LOVE,
OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE ME,
AND I MOVE WITH THE LOVE OF A CROWD…
AND I MOVE WITH THE LOVE OF A CROWD…
AND I MOVE WITH THE LOVE OF A CROWD…
AND I MOVE WITH THE LOVE OF A CROWD…
AND I MOVE WITH THE LOVE OF A CROWD…