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Backing tracks for the Musical Book Revue, a 6 part web-musical inspired by Frankenstein, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Heart of Darkness, To the Lighthouse, of Mice and Men and The Handmaid's Tale

Hello and thank you for finding our project,
The Musical Book Revue has been a long journey for the creative team behind it. Andrew Jellis (writer), Iskandar Sharazudin (producer) and Sam Timmerman (musical director) have imparted a phenomenal level dedication, energy and genius into fleshing out the concept and connecting the classic stories with a modern context.

But we can't do this alone.

The Musical Book Revue will always be available for free. We want you to listen to it, watch it and like it.

If you would like to help us out for the time and effort we have put into making this, THANK YOU. you can give a little back on our bandcamp page, DOWNLOAD the songs, COPY them and SHARE them with your friends.

-Jacques Phillips
Executive Producer, Musical Book Revue

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released September 29, 2016

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Musical Book Revue Perth, Australia

Inspired by
Frankenstein,
Nineteen Eighty-Four,
Heart of Darkness,
To the Lighthouse,
Of Mice and Men
and
The Handmaid's Tale

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Track Name: The Demon Inside
‘The Demon Inside OR I remember a time’
DEE
I remember a time
When my friend was one I knew
When our love could see us through
When the world was ours for the taking
And Viktor’s smile inspired mine

JACOB
I remember a time
When Elizabeth said my name
And in her eyes the same
Feeling that the world was ours for the making
I should have seen the signs

That tell of a man on the brink
Who has a choice to make; to sink
Or fly on the hopes and dreams he made for her
But my choices made me fade from her
When I embraced the Demon inside

THEO (+DEE, JACOB)
I remember a time
Waking to a world unknown
Beginning life all alone
And nothing ever changing
The world’s hatred inspired mine

Cast away and hated (Time to live, to love)
Born to one who has been fated
To endure the cold rejection
Of this world A world
For taking, making
This cruel gift of life D: His smile inspired mine
My Losing fight J: Her love endured time

THEO
I will be with you on your wedding night

JACOB
I had not seen my future coming
I had left my past behind
The cold touch of fate I ignored
And troubled not was my mind

To see the creature live that day
Showed me what my fate could be
I had wished I would not find it
But now it had found me

(Falls over)
Track Name: Watching
WATCHING

Do I die? Or do I
break, and be part of this world?
Am I secure in my own mind?

You don’t know me. I am
In your crowd with you.
We hide, but are so easy to find

CHORUS
Don’t think. Don’t act. Just be.
He is watching.
Don’t show them what you feel.
Always watching
Hide your Body. Hide your soul. Hide your mind.
He is watching.

They find us hid in our own world
And they close in.
Innocent we lay here

No escape from this world
That’s what we know now
I won’t; will you betray me?

CHORUS
Don’t think. Don’t act. Just be.
He is watching.
Don’t show them what you feel.
Always watching
Hide your Body. Hide your soul. Hide your mind.
No!

(guitar solo)

CHORUS
Don’t think. Don’t act. Just be.
He is watching.
Don’t show them what you feel.
Always watching
Hide your Body. Hide your soul. Hide your mind.
He is watching.
Track Name: Whispers
Whispers
Spoken Word (either singer or another voice) (1.19min-1.39min)
‘Don’t you hear them?’ The dusk was repeating them in a persistent whisper all around us, in a whisper that seemed to swell menacingly like the first whisper of a rising wind. ‘The horror! the horror!’.
V1)
Whispers in the night,
Murmurs on the breeze.
The darkness has it’s own life
Brought closer by the trees.

I come not seeking bloodshed
Or power displayed
I am a humble trader
Seeing that my master’s paid
C)
Ebony for Ivory
Lives lived without living
A man that I hoped I would be
Takes all without giving

But how do you show a madness that he once was a man?
How do you tame a whisper
In an unknown land?
V2)
Bullets in the night
Dealt by the white man’s hand
We’re killed and called the savages
By strangers to our lands
C)
Ebony for Ivory
Lives lived without living
A man that I hoped I would be
Takes all without giving

But how do you show a madness that he once was a man?
How do you tame a whisper
In an unknown land? In an unknown land. Unknown…
Track Name: Haunt
HAUNT (TIME and MEMORY)

Time makes its place.
Ends and beginnings recur.
Life shows its face.
In time, what am I worth?

Lives lost in time become lost.
Who remembers when I’m gone?

My life for the body, I remember
My life for the heart, you remember
All my life for the mind, we remember.
In time, what of the world?

My legacy waits for me.
No discovery guaranteed.
Mark the souls of those around you.
What is immortality?

My life for the body, I remember
My life for the heart, you remember.
All my life for the mind, we remember.
In time, what of the world?

Beauty and reality breed each other
What will become of us?
Rapture of life fades,
Who will discover us?

My life for the body, I remember
My life for the heart, you remember.
All my life for the mind, we remember.
In time, what of the world?
What of the world?
Track Name: Our Place
Our Place
Well I had a place I came from, and my big friend with me.
Yes, I had place I came from. My big friend and me.
But my big friend needed help, so he came to me.

Well we worked lots of places, for us to make our way.
Yes we worked many places, my big friend with me always.
But my big friend made mistakes, so we never could stay.

And I’d say,
Hey now, there’s a place for us; a place what is our own.
We’ll work and live on our own way, and sleep when old we’ve grown.
Big friend I know you see it, that place we both long for.
But wait a while to dream, for to have a place we must work more.

Well we came to another place, my big friend and me.
Yes, we came to another place which looked well ‘n’ good to me.
I told my big friend ‘stay your tongue and our place we may yet see.

Well the people in that well ‘n’ good place they said that we could stay,
Said things that made me think that we could maybe make our way.
I told my friend ‘stay your big hand and we can make our pay’.

And I said
Then there’ll be a place for us; a place what is our own.
We’ll work and live on our own way, and sleep when old we’ve grown.
Big friend I know you see it, that place we both long for,
But to have our place you must not make your poor mistakes no more.

Well my big friend, he promised he would stay his hand and tongue.
Yes my big friend he promised he wouldn’t hurt no one.
But sometimes when my friend got scared he wouldn’t know what he’d done.

Now, at the place where we was there lived man and pretty wife.
The people at the place all said that she was nought but strife.
I told my friend ‘stay your hand. women ain’t common as mice’.

And I said
There is still a place for us; a place what is our own.
We’ll work and live on our own way, and sleep when old we’ve grown.
Big friend I know you see it, that place we both long for,
But too many mistakes are happenin’, and they can’t happen no more.

Well my big friend, he sits here with thoughts in all a whirl.
Too many mistakes ‘bin made; the mouse, the pup, the girl!
Now my finger’s on the trigger, to save him from this world.

And I say
Look, there is the place for us; that place what is our own.
We’ve worked and lived on other’s ways, and for bad things we’re now known.
Big friend I know you see it, that place we both worked for.
And now you can go to our place! But you won’t be seein’ me no more.

My finger’s on the trigger, so you won’t be seein’ me no more.
Track Name: Matriarch
MATRIARCH

You are
An instrument
You are
Essential to Us
You are
Needed by all
You are
Not required to trust

You are
Alone in the crowd
You are
Hiding your mind
You are
Serving the crown
You are
Hard to find

(Scream) NO
You have no power
(Scream) NO
You have no voice
(Scream) NO
Like any other
(Scream) NO
You have no choice

(Scream) I
You are the future
(Scream) AM
Without the past
(Scream) MY OWN
You will produce more

Are there any questions?

(Spoken word from The Handmaid’s Tale-to be chosen)

You will
Not leave your task
You will
Fulfil your role
You will
Not ever ask
You will
Ignore your soul

Do you
Think you’re a slave?
Do you
Just want to leave?
Do you
Prefer your grave?
Do you
Feel you’re deceived?

NO
You are a Maiden
NO
A treasured rose
NO
When womb is laden
NO
New life doth grow

I
You will not leave here
WILL
You will succeed
BREAK FREE
You will bear fruit here

Are there any questions?

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