Discordant Music

Eve
What is it ?

Adam
I don't know

The Expulsion

Father
Adam ! Eve !
Oh, my children that I love so well
What wrong you do to me
Why could you not resist the spell
of one seductive tree
When all around you
I give you fields to roam
Sapphire skies and chromium waterfalls
I was a fool to think that you'd forever be
My Children of Eden

Eve
It was me father, it wasn't Adam

Adam
It was me too !

Father
Ungrateful children, live in the wilderness!

Eve
Why did you put questions in me

Father
Why did you disobey me ?

Eve
That's not an answer

Father
Bear your own children
Answer for yourselves

Adam and Eve
We will !

Father
Sweat to make your daily bread
While thorns and thistles mock your harvest
Sweat to the day you return to the clay
for which it seems you yearn
Dust you are, dust you were
To dust you will return
And at this place, I set my sword
Forever will it burn!

Wasteland

Angels
And the man and woman
went out from the garden
And in time they did have children of there own
And grew older if not wiser
In the land that lies beyond

Red rock and outcrop stone
And the sun glares off a bleaching bone
There's no comfort or softness here
There's only the wasteland

The land of the hunter
The stalker and the skinner
When you're wither the diner or the dinner
and the line between man the beast
keeps getting thinner in the wasteland

Eve
Abel,was that another dinosaur?

Abel
Yes

eve
They are such a nuisance
Supper's ready, call Papa and your brother

Abel
Papa ! Cain !

Angel
In the wasteland
The chilling wind and the killing frost
The days of toil when you drop exhausted
Feeling lost in the wilderness

In the wilderness, the land laid waste
The fruit of knowledge has a bitter taste
and the bliss of ignorance
can never be replaced
It's lost in the wilderness

Heat-baked and dust-storm driven
and one false step goes unforgiven
And all that you know is
You weren't made to live in the wasteland

Adam
Abel, look what I've got

Abel
What is it, a new one ?

Adam
I think so

Abel
It is, it is a new one. Where did you find it ?

Adam
By the riverbed

Abel
What should we call him

Adam
Well what sort of colour is he ?

Abel
Muddy colour

Adam
Anything else special

Abel
He's got a lumpy head, the muddy lumpy toad. A good name isn't it

Adam
Do you like it ?

Abel
Yes

Adam
Then it's a good name

Adam
What other creature can you see from here Abel ?

Abel
Ants

Adam
Look up

Abel
Where ?

Adam
There

Abel
I see him, is it an eagle ?

Adam
Once a day you'll look up to the sky
and see many a wonderous sight before you die

Angels
before you die
before you die

Death is your truest friend
Waiting for you around every bend
That's the one thing you can depend
on in the wilderness

Wild beasts howl and wild winds blow
When the seeds of the tree of knowledge grow
And you know things now that you
wish you didn't have to know
in the wilderness

Eve
Abel

Abel
Coming

Adam
Cain, where were you today ?

Cain
In the fields Papa

Adam
No, this afternoon?. I needed some help to shift some rocks, I looked for you there

Cain
That must have been when I went to the stream

Adam
No, I looked there

Adam
Where were you ?

Cain
I must have been there somewhere, maybe you were looking ....

Adam
Cain, did you go beyond the waterfall ? You know you are forbidden to go beyond the waterfall

Cain
Why ?

Adam
There are thinga a father knows, a child cannot
Have faith, I have my reasons

Cain
What reasons could there be ? What's out there Papa you don't want me to see ?

Adam
Out of chaos we made order
One thing I hope you never learn
How quickly chaos can return

Cain
A world is waiting that you won't let me see

Adam
You must trust, it's for your own good

Cain
A world is waiting that you won't let me see

Adam
In your best interest, it's a testament to how we love you
Cain, you know we love you

Cain
I know but....

Lost in the Wilderness

Cain
..I've watched the eagle fly into the sunset
beyond the waterfall where I've never been
I've heard the wolves cry out in the canyons
and I thought my heart would break
Oh pap, must I stay here my whole life
and curse the ones I stayed for ?
Is this all I was made for ?

Eve
Oh God look what I've done
I've passed it to my son ...

Cain
I never made this world
I didn't even lose it
I take what I get
and take it from there
You had a garden once
You had the chance to choose it
You gave it away
including my share

Now we're lost in the wilderness
Look at us lost, crying in the wilderness
and if anyone hears us
they're still not answering back

Adam
Cain, I remember what my father said....

Cain
At least you have your memories
Your pretty stories of the days gone by
when you lived by the letter
and life was sweeter
Or some such
You want to live by your same old rules
Go on then - go ahead and try
if they make you feel better
But from where I'm standing
they don't mean much
You lived in a land of benevolence
Well, maybe there your little rules made sense
But you're words and your rules
they don't count out here
they're just one big royal pain in the ear

Adam
interjections
Children need rules
Children need limits
Cain ...
Children need boundaries
They must not cross
Once we went too far
And when we went too far
Cain...
All we gained, was loss
Listen to me, Cain

It's like my words don't count
they just go in and out one ear

Cain
I never made this world
I didn't even lose it
If you want to punish yourself
Well, fine ...

Eve
Cain, you've got to listen to your father

Cain
No, I've got to bind some wounds
I've got to find some answers
The past is your garden
The future is mine

Adam
It as Father's decree, we should be...

Eve
Don't be like me, Don't get lost ...

Cain
But I'm lost, in the wilderness
Snow-blind lost, crying in the wilderness
And if anyone hears me
Why the hell don't they answer back?
If anyone hears me
Why the hell don't they answer back?
Lost in the Wilderness
Lost...

Eve
Cain, please

Adam
Cain, come back

Eve
Let him go, just let him go

Abel
Why is Cain always unhappy ?

Eve
Cain is not always unhappy

Abel
Yes, he is

Adam
Abel, haven't you got any work to do ?

Eve
Abel, bring the supper things

Abel
Will Cain come back ?

Adam
ABEL !

Abel
To the dog
Wait, supper's not ready yet

Adam
I don't know

Eve
Don't worry, he'll be back when he's hungry

Close to Home

Adam
All that I had to give I gave that boy
Once he was young
And once he brought my heart such joy
He'd ride my shoulders
And cross the fields we'd roam
I still can see those moments like yesterday
I was a fool to think
They'd make him want to stay
Close to Home....

Abel
1 2 3, Owls are in the tree
4 5 6, Foxes in the sticks
6 5 4, Goslings on the shore
3 2 1, Now we all go home....

Adam
Well, anyway
We tried to make a home
I'll admit that life's been hard
Summers brief and arid
Winters bleak and numb
Look what we call home
These old walls are stained and scarred ...

Eve
I can still remember what each scar was from

Adam
Yes its true I remember too

Eve
You could call it run down ....

Adam
Worn out

Eve
Threadbare

Adam amd Eve
And I guess you'd come
close to home,close to home ..

Eve
And I remember...
In someone elses garden long ago

Adam and Eve
We had all that we could eat

Eve
But it seems the fruit our own hands grow
somehow tastes twice as sweet

Abel
Four, five, six Foxes in the sticks
Six, five, four, Goslings on the shore ...

Adam
Supper's in the pot
The air is filled with cooking smells
Time to count our blessings
on that evening star

Abel
Sung in parallel
1 2 3, Owls are in the tree
4 5 6, Foxes in the sticks
6 5 4, Goslings on the shore
3 2 1, Now we all go home....

Eve
Look at what we've got
Only what we've made ourselves
THough its next to nothing
Look how rich we are ...

Ba, ba, bum, ba, ba, ba, ba, bum
8,9, 10 Now we start again

Adam
Funny now how Eden doesn't seem so far...

Adam and Eve
Come sit beside me in the dying light
What storms the morning brings, we'll
Weather all right, your hand in my hand
And as we sit here huddled in the gloam...
Paradise seems strangely close ...

Adam and Eve
Close to home...

Abel
Ba, ba, bum, ba, ba, ba, ba, bum

Adam and Eve
Close to home...

Abel
3,2, Now we all go...

Adam, Eve and Abel
Home

Angels
Night falls to the wolf pack growl
The hissing cat and screeching owl
And you're just another predator on the prowl
In the wasteland

The waters crash from a craggy height
and they mask the noise of the stealthy night
and the gravest ???? can feel small and frightened
of the wasteland

Abel
Cain !, Cain !

Cain
Abel

Abel
Over here, where have you been

Cain
Have you got the food

Abel
Here. Did you get to the waterfall you were looking for ?

Cain
Way beyond, to the top of the crags

Abel
You didn't ?

Cain
Tomorrow I'm going even further

Abel
Take me with you

Cain
It's too dangerous

Abel
Oh Cain

Cain
When I know it's safe, then you can come

Abel
Do you promise?

Cain
Promise

Abel
I love you Cain

Cain
I love you too, Abel

Cain
Let's swear

Abel
What ?

Cain
To be together

Abel
Alright

Cain
Careful

Abel
It doesn't hurt

Cain
>From this day forward

Abel
>From this day forward

Cain
In whatever time we have

Abel
In whatever time we have

Cain
I swear we'll be together

Abel
I swear we'll be together

Cain and Abel
>From this day forward night won't seem so black
>From this day forward we will neve look back

Angels
Like a cactus tree on the plains of drought
in the ??? soul, hope will sprout
and you think you've finally found a way
Out of the wasteland

Cain
Mama ! Papa ! Abel !

Abel
What is it ?

Cain
Get Mama and Papa

Abel
He's back

Cain
Mama, I'm sorry

Eve
No your not, I thought you'd gone forever. Abel go and get Papa

Cain
Mama wait til you hear what I've seen

Eve
Whatever you've seen
Whatever you've discovered
You be careful

Cain
What do you mean?

Eve
Cain, I know where you are ?

Cain
Come papa, mama come. Wait til you see what I've found

Adam
Just a minute Cain, you have some explaining to do

Cain
No Papa, now papa. It's a thing that will astound you when I show you what I've found, you won't believe

Angels
In the wasteland
All of a sudden there comes a day
All of a sudden you think just maybe
you don't have to stay
Lost in the wilderness

Cain
Just above the ridge here
Come on you can make it
There's a little clearing
Almost at the top

Abel
Come on Mama

Cain
Just a little further
and you'll stand where I stood
Gazing form a rocky ledge
Across a dizzy drop

Adam
While the crows ate half your crop

Eve
Don't Adam

Cain
Alright, stop
Look Abel, mountains, range upon range and the valley there, just like ours but greener

Abel
What are those dark bits

Eve
Trees. Adam ?

Cain
I love our valley, lucious and green now
What's beyond the mountain ? So many unknowns.
My head was full of questions; dancing all around
it even then before I found it, a ring of stones. Follow me

Abel
Cain

Cain
What ?

Abel
What are they ?

Cain
Stones, it's a ring of stones

Abel
But how did they get there ?

Eve
People, people must have put them there ?

Cain
That's right, other people

Eve
But how could there be other people ?

Cain
All my life I think it's this I've been seeking
End up inside me like a underground throne?
Finally a future, finally an answer
written in a ring of stones
Finally proof of what I'e always known
We are not alone

Adam
The rain will be here soon, we best get back to the shelter of the glen

Cain
What about the stones ?

Adam
The stones ? We will never speak of them again

Cain
Papa, listen, just for once listen

Eve
But Adam, it's not what you want

Adam
Tear it down, tear down everything we've worked to build
Trust out lives to a bunch of ragged strangers
You see the promise come but not the dangers
You think they're so wise, think they're so skilled
But you have never heard them chanting in the ring of stones
Never seen them dancing here among the bones
But at least they've killed ?

Cain
How do you know what they are ?

Adam
Because I have been here Cain, I have seen them

Cain
When were you here ?

Adam
First time when you were Abel's age, last time a year ago

Abel
Who did he see Mama ?

Eve
You knew, but never told me

Adam
It was better not to know
It would still be better not to know

Cain
All these years you've lied

Eve
All these years you never told

Cain
All these years denyed to our future

Eve
After all these years, didn't you trust me ? I wanted you to trust me

Adam
We don't even know who their father is
Would our Father feel betrayed?
If we once again have strayed
After all these years
Still feel his anger

Eve
After all these years all I see you are still afraid
Ther was once a time you were so brave Adam

Adam
Look what we got, look what it bought us
Look at the lesson our bravery taught us
We are lost in the wilderness
We belong out here in the wilderness

Cain
Well then stay here forever
If that's how you want to live
But Abel and I could find comrades and wives
And know what it's like ot have hope in our lives
Part of a tribe, part of a clan
Not just one family,
But a family of man

Abel
I want to go with Cain

Cain
You will, come with us Mama

Eve
Cain, we must stay together

Adam
You would defy the will of God ?

Cain
Is it God's will or have we been conned
Papa we will never know
We will never grow
If we never go beyond

Angels
Beyond, beyond

Adam
Abel's staying with me

Cain
God or no God, Father or no Father
He's coming with me, stop us if you can

Adam tries to stop them, Cain picks up a rock, but as he goes to hit Adam, Abel tries to stop him and receives a fatal blow to his head
Eve
(Distraught)
ABEL !

Angels
In the wasteland
The land bereft
A heart can shatter
With a final cleft
And what hope for the future you had left is
Lost in the wilderness

Adam
GOD TURN BACK TIME
GIVE ME THIS HOUR AGAIN
TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT
MY PAIN IS MORE THAN I CAN BEAR
MY PAIN IS MORE THAN I CAN BEAR

Angels
God turn back time
Give him this hour again
To make things right

Red rock and outcrop stone
And the sun glares off a bleaching bone
There's no comfort or softness here
There's only the wasteland

Heat-baked and dust-storm driven
and one false step goes unforgiven
And all that you know is
You weren't made to live in the wasteland

Wild beats howl and wild winds blow
When the seeds of the tree of knowledge grow
And you know things now
That you wish you didn't have to know
In the wasteland

Act 1 Finale