Sid's Temptations, Part 3: Come Back to Me

from by Vienna Teng and Tanya Shaffer

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    This album of songs from the new musical "The Fourth Messenger" stars Vienna Teng as Mama Sid, a world-renowned spiritual teacher with a hidden past. Loosely inspired by the Buddha legend, this contemporary re-imagining poses the question of whether and how it's possible to be both enlightened and flawed.

    This pre-order package includes a physical CD and a digital download, to be released November 7, 2015.

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

    "An absolute delight." - SF Chronicle • "Profound and profane, combative and compassionate… Teng’s complex harmonies and inspired melodies stick with you long after the curtain goes down." - Art Animal • "Hugely ambitious and refreshingly original…Teng is a fresh and exciting new theatrical talent with a distinctive voice of her own…" - Huffington Post • "Masterful and compelling…both timeless and contemporary." - Stage and Cinema

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  • What if the Buddha were a woman, living in our times? In this captivating new musical, Mama Sid is a modern-day “awakened one” with a worldwide following. But a determined young woman seeks to unearth Mama Sid’s mysterious past, exposing long-held secrets that could change everything. Epic and intimate, comic and profound, The Fourth Messenger investigates what it means to be both enlightened and human. Book and lyrics by Tanya Shaffer, music and additional lyrics by Vienna Teng. Script includes all lyrics and text, not musical score.

    This is a digital pre-order. The PDF will be released on November 7, in conjunction with The Fourth Messenger album featuring Viena Teng.

    “An exciting and ambitious project, driven by Teng's eclectic score, Shaffer's inspired rewrites of the Buddha story, and their punchy, provocative lyrics… An absolute delight.” - San Francisco Chronicle • “Intelligent and skillfully crafted…hugely ambitious and refreshingly original... Shaffer's musical has the audience emotionally involved and on the edge of their seats.” - The Huffington Post • “A satisfying and remarkably entertaining new musical that takes on spiritual life with wit and emotional resonance…” - KQED/NPR • “Beautiful...A triumph… Shaffer’s book brims with intelligence and wit… ” - Theater Dogs • “Masterful and compelling...both timeless and contemporary…” - Stage and Cinema
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  • What if the Buddha were a woman, living in our times? In this captivating new musical, Mama Sid is a modern-day “awakened one” with a worldwide following. But a determined young woman seeks to unearth Mama Sid’s mysterious past, exposing long-held secrets that could change everything. Epic and intimate, comic and profound, The Fourth Messenger investigates what it means to be both enlightened and human. Book and lyrics by Tanya Shaffer, music and additional lyrics by Vienna Teng. This script includes all spoken text and lyrics, but not the musical score.

    This is a pre-order. The script will be released on November 7, in conjunction with The Fourth Messenger album featuring Viena Teng.

    “An exciting and ambitious project, driven by Teng's eclectic score, Shaffer's inspired rewrites of the Buddha story, and their punchy, provocative lyrics… An absolute delight.” - San Francisco Chronicle • “Intelligent and skillfully crafted…hugely ambitious and refreshingly original... Shaffer's musical has the audience emotionally involved and on the edge of their seats.” - The Huffington Post • “A satisfying and remarkably entertaining new musical that takes on spiritual life with wit and emotional resonance…” - KQED/NPR • “Beautiful...A triumph… Shaffer’s book brims with intelligence and wit… ” - Theater Dogs • “Masterful and compelling...both timeless and contemporary…” - Stage and Cinema
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In flashback, we see Mama Sid twenty years earlier when, after wandering homeless for seven years, she sits down under the freeway and vows not to get up until she achieves enlightenment. In this song, her old boyfriend Yasha tries to lure her away from her resolve.

lyrics

YASHA
My Sidney, why'd you run away?
I’ve been aching for you night and day,
Day and night, with all my soul


SID
Oh, Yasha, I didn't mean to hurt you...

YASHA
Why won't you let me wrap my arms around you
And feel your troubles melt into the ground
I'll make everything right; I’ll make you whole

SID
Yasha, I miss you!

YASHA
Then come back to me

(Ensemble joins in, singing “ah” and “mm” in the
background.)

YASHA (CONT’D)
Come back to me
I've learned so much, I'm no longer a boy – You'll see!
I'll kiss you where you're sore
Don't suffer anymore
Come back to me, there's much to enjoy

SID
Oh, I would like that...

Oh Yasha, how I miss the heat
That electric tingle, sharp and sweet
Pressed against you in the dark
Delicious urgency in every move
Maybe this is the only kind of truth
Skin on skin

SID & YASHA
Heart to heart
So come back to me

ENSEMBLE
It's not too late for

SID & YASHA
Come back to me

ENSEMBLE
What we're made for

SID & YASHA
I/You have wandered so long, now it's time to come home

ENSEMBLE
Sweet home

YASHA
All is forgiven

ENSEMBLE
And more

SID
The moment I walk in

CHORUS
That door

YASHA
So come back

CHORUS
Ah

YASHA
Come back

SID & CHORUS
Ah

YASHA
Come back

SID & CHORUS
Ah

YASHA
Come back to me...

SID & CHORUS
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, oh–

SID
No! I can’t. Go away, Yasha.

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from The Fourth Messenger, featuring Vienna Teng, released November 10, 2015

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