Libretto

What’s a rock opera without a libretto? Thumb through your program for insight into the mysterious world of The American Opera.

Each track is accompanied by a photo of the starring character(s).

 

American Opera

 

Take me back, back, back

Take me back, back, back

 

To the place I love

When It felt like home

Now I won’t, no I won’t

Now I won’t, no I wont

Now I won’t back down

I’ll stand my ground

 

Because you’re here

Hear my voice

Keep me close

For tonight hold me tight

 

It’s back, back, back

To the way it was

Can’t believe I’d run

From where I come from

Will she want me? Will she?

This America

Here, yeah, yeah

 

Since you came around

You helped me reclaim my ground

Still Im’a leave, they’ll mourn, oh!

Don’t wage another Civil War

 

Goin’ back, back, back

Goin’ back, back, back

To the place I love

It’s where I belong

All the way, all the way,

All the way, all the way

 

 

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

Sum1

 

I want someone to love me and

I want someone to love

All my life anticipating

Without pain

 

Mama said Sum-1

Am I sane? Or

Am I mad, gun?

There’s no one to remain

Faithful to

Faithful to her

Faithful to her

Faithful-2

 

I want the strength that will save me and

I want the child we “coo baby”

Yet all night long you kept me waiting

There’s the pain

 

Papa said Sum-1

All my hate, oh!

All my love, girl

There’s no one to remain

Faithful to

Faithful to her

Faithful to her

Faithful-2

 

Someone to watch over me

When I’m bound to come down

Someone take all my love

 

I’ve got someone to hurt me and

I’ve got the one who’ll desert me and

It’s my life can’t keep wasting

This ol’ pain, oh!

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

  

 

Underture (Prison Suit)

 

War!

War!

Wa-a-a-r!

 

War!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

Rootz Generation

 

Tree Lover

All fall – we fall forever and ever,

Yet always be together

 

Tree Lover

Our leaves don’t fall like feathers

Together even if there’s stormy weather

 

Climb inclined to sky

Though blind to the grind

We fight underground

To the past we’re bound

To believe eternally

Let go my roots

Above me – you!

 

Tree Lover

It treats you like no other

In summer, in winter – cut resistant

 

Tree Lover

All fall – we fall forever and ever

Yet always be together

 

Climb inclined to sky

Though blind to the grind

We fight underground

To the past we’re bound

To be eternally

Let go my roots

Above me – you!

 

It could be sweeter than honey

It could be greener than money

But how’s your Ma’?

What ails your Pa’?

Who’ll miss the kids that don’t belong?

The roots that no one knows – you!

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

  

 

Middleture (Tonite Suite)

 

To-ni-ni-night

To-ni-ni-night

To-ni-ni-night

To-ni-ni-night

The time is right

To ni-ni-night

To ni-ni-night

Tonight

 

Mmm Hmm

Mmm Hmm

 

Hush little child

Rush little child

Was tame now wild

Once tame now wild

 

Your whisper-shout

The word is out

Ain’t it lethal

You’re not legal

 

Too young to die

Too young to die

Whatcha gonna try tonight?

To-ni-ni-night

To-ni-ni-night

To-ni-ni-night

 

To ni-ni-night

To ni-ni-night

No more to fight

To ni-ni-night

To ni-ni-night

 

Mmm Hmm

Mmm Hmm

 

Hush little child

Rush little child

Once tame now wild

Was tame now wild

Your whisper-shout

The word is out

Ain’t it lethal

You’re not legal

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

Juvie-King

 

You’re such a juvenile

You’re such a juvenile

 

Hush, little child

Rush, little child

 

Truth never shouts though silence never doubts

All my kin will never win if we dress up just like

     Magi-Kings

In the ring (too young to die)

Sketchy figures pull like triggers

Lacking vigor – mine is bigger!

Never thinking while child anything could ever

     fuck you up –

Juvenile (too young to die)

But you’re gonna try tonight

To-ni-ni, to-ni-ni, to-ni-ni-night

 

You’re such a juvenile

You’re such a juvenile

 

They say, they say

“You don’t know nothing yet

“You don’t, you don’t, you don’t know nothing

     yet”

I say, I say

“I’ve got something to say”

I say, I say

I’ve got somethin’, I’ve got somethin’, I’ve got

     somethin’

 

To-ni-ni, to-ni-ni, to-ni-ni-night

 

You’re such a juvenile

You’re such a juvenile

You’re such a juvenile

 

Was tame, now wild

Was tame, now wild

Was tame, now wild

Hush, little child!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

Feal

 

Your voice is longing someone to hear

The thoughts on your tongue

Should have no fear

Thieves told your secrets

And stole your tears

I want to help you while away those years

While you heal

 

You know the way I feel

Show me it’s real

You go away, I pay

It’s never quite the same in my brain

 

Since when have you got

Swagger on this floor

Since when are you not

Putting up those walls

We shall not break you

‘Til your last show

How much we love you

You’ll never know, so hold on

 

You know the way I feel

Show me it’s real

You go away, I wait

It’s never quite the same

 

When you return

To get me out of

This lonely cell

You’ve sent me to

Freedom will ring out

Let’s start anew, let’s start anew, let’s start anew

 

You know the way I feel

Show me you’ve healed

Go away, no, wait

Stay here now

In my brain

I’m not all there

Still you remain

In my bed

No regret

No redress

In my brain

 

 

 

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

Overture (War Psalm)

 

War!

War!

Wa-a-a-r!

 

War in your head

War in your bed

War ’til you’re dead

War, your best friend

 

War!

War!

Wa-a-a-r!

 

No need for wealth

No need for health

No need for faith

No love, just hate

 

War!

War!

 

I’m here to prey

Let freedom reign

Morning through noon and night

I’ve seen the light!

Let the new day arise

It’s time you fall

Let’s make it tonight

 

War!

War!

Wa-a-a-r!

 

War-toy country boy

War-wordly city girl

War tree lost a limb

One cure for pain–

 

War!

War!

War!

 

You want it to persist

You wanted to insist

We wanted to exist

We wanted to resist

 

War!

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

  

Re-Cover-Re

  

Just once, give in just once

Not to reason through

Re-cover-re, re-cover-mi

 

Leave my house of no rebuke

Do, re, mi “fai solo tu”

You armed me too

I can’t refuse

King is down, keep ’em out now

 

No wars, give me no wars

Failed to reason through

Bury my gun, bury my gun

 

In the land of retribute

Got one off you can’t refuse

You armed me too

I can’t refuse

King is down, keep ’em out now

 

Tell no lies

Tell you why it’s bye

Doubt by summer

Clean in spring

Bored’s the child

No more suffering, no more suffering

 

Some more, give me some more

Hope for Re-cover-re

Re-cover-mi, re-cover-re

Do, re, mi “fai solo tu”

Do, re, mi “fai sola si”

Let’s kick it out, kick it out now

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 Words and music by Kin Capa

  

  

Lil’ Bits

  

Every little bit of a lil’ bits

Was enough of it

To make and steal

Your eyes’ blue

  

A little bit of a lil’ bits

Was enough defeat,

To mend, unseal–

Your heart’s glue

  

‘Til our scene is through

The sky ain’t no ceilin’

Let’s me know nightly why we’re greedy

For more, and more, it’s more ’til

Every beat of my heart slows

  

Every little bit of a lil’ bits

In a little pit

Was enough to split

The seed’s glue

  

In a little bit of a lil’ bits

Feels enough of it

To make it fit

The earth’s blue

  

Will I see you’ve gone in the morning

Let’s me know rightly with some warning

No more, no more, no more

Every little beat of my heart slows

  

Sing!

I want you all to “oh, oh, oh”

Please!

Start the show “oh, oh, oh”

  

That’s why, it’s why, it’s why

You make me one

My life new

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

  

 

Overture: Return of the Juvie King

 

Shout!

 

Teacher, Preacher

Talker, Gawker

The Seeker is still meeker

 

Shout!

 

Reeper, Creeper

Bleaker, Weaker

The Voiceless are still choiceless

 

You say, you say, you’ve got something to say

Then say, then say, say what you’ve got to say

You say, you say, you’ve got something to say

You say, you say, say something, say something

 

Shout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

A Final Word

 

Who goes looking the rain

Again

 

Says there’s nothing without pain

Again

 

Fear will make you unaware

Resists the mind, afraid to dare

But who goes looking for the sun

Says there’s nothing left I want

Again

 

Once they said you’d understand

By now

Don’t you want to take a stand

By now

 

If you’re not, they’ll take you there

You’re not one to demonstrate

The fear you bought has not been sold

The love you sought has not yet returned with

      gold

Will your final word ever get old

By now?

 

The touch of life

You’ll earn in time

The touch of life

You’ll learn in time

And time it burns, and time it burns, it burns

 

Fear will make you well aware

Resists the mind with no need to dare

But who goes looking for the sun

Says there’s nothing left,

I won

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

Queen of the ‘Niles

 

Once I knew a happy–

The poorest beggar’s dancing child

Juvie-Hall went wild–

Once I knew a sappy

Moppy-headed ruler-girl

Who led this world by her teens

The Queen with ease

 

We both stole a pearl a day

You gave yours away–

Debt now you repay

We both know

The time, it takes a toll on all

Our purity we knew

 

Catch her falling down

Running on high-wires

No one’s gonna find out what she hides

Like watching ourselves die

While in her prime

Put it in her file, put it in a vial

 

Anybody know what happened to

The Queen of Juvenile

She once happened, true

See no-no-no-no-now

A nowhere child

The Queen of Juvenile

The Queen of all the ‘Niles

 

Now you know our ‘Rani’

Oscar-winning movie queen

Who stole every scene with

No need for kings, daggers, or rings

 

She became a flunky

When she was a junkie-girl

Who lost her twirl and fell to earth

No one said a word

 

We all mourned

In war we wore

Her flag though torn

The crowd was reborn

 

Catch her falling down

Running on high-wires

No one’s gonna find out what she hides

Like watching ourselves die

While in her prime

Put it in her file, put it in a vial

 

Anybody know what happened to

The Queen of Juvenile

She once happened, true

See no, no, no, no, now

A nowhere child

The Queen of Juvenile

The Queen of all the ‘Niles

 

Catch her

Catch her on the fly

Watch her

Watch her falling down

From heaven

Catchers are what you are

Watchers are what you are

Put it in her file, put it in a vial

 

Anybody know?

Anybody know?

The Queen of Juvenile

The Queen of all the ‘Niles

Oh no, no, no, no, no

No, no, no, no, no

 

Once I knew a happy

I once knew a dancing girl

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

No Sound

 

No here, no there

Harmony

No sound, though we’ve a

Melody

But things have changed

No sound

 

You took a while to find out

It is your name that I shout

From the mountain-top

New sound

 

Listen!

 

I had been befalling far

For too many hours

All I needed was…

Something we call ours

Something we’re calling ours

Sum1 recalling ours

 

Now that there’s peace, I’ll be good

M.I.A. love not like it should

Whether there’s blood on our hand’s

Moral’s the seed on my land

 

Faretheewell

For now, just for now

 

I had been befalling far

For too many hours

All I needed was…

Something we call ours

Something we’re calling ours

Someone recalling ours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

Rye

 

Up, up, up, up, up

 

A bomb got my mom and

My dad in Bahgdad

My sister’s sinister

My brother likes keister

 

Give me no love

Give me dumb luck

Double-down lock

Devil’s new stock

Coming up rock

 

Dig!

 

I sip on chilled Drano in

My house, a volcano

My kisses–Dracula

A blister popula

The devil takes hula*

 

Give me no love

Give me dumb luck

Double-down lock

Devil’s new stock

Coming up rock

 

Dig!

 

Down, down, down, down, down

 

Rye

We gave you some salt, sun

And water to rise up

All through the night

Then we bake you just right

You give us new life and

I gave you my song and

Now nothing’s wrong as

I bring up my Mom

 

*Hula- Water

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

Run From You

 

And now

I’m running from you

What you’ll do to me

All men will fall by

Your hand, your hand, your hand

 

Even when I was young

My papa told me,

“Son, beware of your own demise,

Of your own demise.”

 

And he told me,

“Boy, never be a toy, never shed joy,

Or fall you will, and fall you will.”

He said, “I’m gonna pray for you all.”

“I’m gonna pray for you all,”

He said

 

And now

I’m running from you

What you’ll do to me

All men will fall by

Your hand, your hand, your hand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

RagZ

 

They dressed you up

In rags that have been mended

By the hands of Queen Anne’s maidens

Fits just right, not too tight

Now that you are

Rags resurrected

 

Citrus blend

 

Hues drowned in red

Velvet bed

Death’s not the end

East to west, all released

Now that you are

A war recollection

 

Boom, boom, boom

Boom sings the war drum

Soon, soon, soon

Soon we’ll be older

Down, down, down

Down goes the curtain

Down-a-down, soon-a-soon

Boom-gloom in the room

Hold on to never

 

 

 

 

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

Brother’s & Sister’s

 

Brother’s need Sister’s

You know how you are

Someone is listening

And is drunk on your art, drunk on your art

 

There’s so much love to you and

You don’t even know

Brother’s and Sister’s

Your drug is sorrow

 

You’re druggies for sorrow

You’re druggies for sorrow

You can’t hear, giving signs

Laundry lines, I am blind

 

Only you or I, only

 

Days are chains

‘Round your neck

Pulling rain

Down your face

I’m your wrench

You’re my monkey

Only you or I, only

 

Now that you’re gone

Something seems wrong

Because now I see a brighter day

Doesn’t await me

 

Words and music by Kin Capa

 

 

Epitaph: Don’t Forget To Say Goodbye

 

By the way,

Don’t forget to say goodbye to me

 

By the way,

Stop by and say a prayer for you and me

 

Where’d you go?

Now I know,

For the things I leave behind

 

While I’m away

I’ll look back and say

A prayer for you and me

 

By the way,

Don’t forget to say hello to me

 

Words and music by Kin Capa