Sid's Temptations, Part 2: Sleep​/​Hundred Thousand Lifetimes

from by Vienna Teng and Tanya Shaffer

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    Music by Vienna Teng, lyrics by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng, directed by Matt August, orchestrated/music directed by Ryan O'Connell.

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As Sid meditates, a vision of her own mother, May, comes to tempt her away from her resolve.

lyrics

MAY AND ANGELS
Sleep, sleep
Sleep, sleep

MAY
Poor sweetheart. You’re exhausted.
SID
Mama?

MAY
Who else?

SID
Oh, Mama. I've missed you so. All my life.

MAY
Then join me.

SID
Right now?

MAY
Of course.

SID
(Rousing slightly) But...you're dead.

MAY
Exactly. It's so peaceful! Isn’t that what you want: to be at peace?

SID
But my work here’s not done.

MAY
You’ll finish it some other time.

There are many lifetimes to be lived
May and angels
Maybe next time you’ll have more to give
Now sleep, sleep

What's one little lifetime, anyway?

(As SID sings the following, the ensemble enters and stands behind May, a sea of faces stretching back.)

SID
Then suddenly I see
Stretched out behind me
The bodies I have occupied
The people I have loved
The tears I have cried
The deaths I have died
A hundred thousand lifetimes
Searching, searching
A hundred thousand lifetimes Is enough
This time I'll see it through
It's what I have to do

MAY AND ENSEMBLE
You break my heart.

SID
I know it.
I break my own heart too.

credits

from The Fourth Messenger, featuring Vienna Teng, released November 10, 2015
Music by Vienna Teng
Lyrics by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng
Directed by Matt August
Music Directed and Orchestrated by Ryan O'Connell

SID: Vienna Teng
MAY: Noe Venable
ENSEMBLE: Chris Aceves, Robert Brewer, Anna Ishida, Barnaby James, Maria Mikheyenko, Annemaria Rajala, Leandra Ramm, Ashley Simms

Piano and keyboards: Ryan O'Connell
Violin: Anthony Blea
Cello: Freya Seeburger
Drums: Ken Bergmann

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