SONG:

Alone / Little Silences / Everything’s Fine

 

(Darkness. Spotlights on individual Courtiers.)

 

     Courtier 1     

ALONE.

 

     Courtier 2

HERE ALONE.

 

     Courtier 3

OUT IN THE DARK.

 

     Courtier 4

WHERE AM I, WHAT DO I DO, WHAT DO I SAY?

 

     Courtier 1     

ALONE.

 

     Courtier 2     

GOD, I’M ALONE.

 

     Courtier 3     

NIGHT WITHOUT STARS.

 

     Courtier 4     

WHERE IS EVERYONE? WHY CAN’T I SEE IT? THIS ISN’T GOING MY WAY.

 

     Courtier 1     

THEY CAN’T ALL BE WRONG.

 

     Courtier 2     

THIS CAN’T BE A TRICK.

 

     Courtier 3     

MAYBE I’LL CATCH ON.

 

     Courtier 4     

ARE MY EYES SICK?

                                                           

     Courtier 1     

ALONE.

 

     Courtier 2     

ALWAYS ALONE.

 

     Courtier 3     

ALWAYS ON GUARD.

 

     Courtier 4     

WHO CAN I TRUST? WHEN WILL IT END? WHAT DO I PRAY?

 

     All

LITTLE SILENCES UNSAID,

IN OUR HEAD,

CAN’T BE SAID,

MAKE US DEAD.

 

LITTLE SILENCES PASS BY,

NO REPLY,

START THE LIE,

MAKE US DIE

LITTLE SILENCES, LITTLE SILENCES, LITTLE SILENCES . . .

 

(A trumpet flourish. A full processional of correctness as Ladyship and Lord Shallot march in followed by Espi, Mutschka and Eldora – except that Eldora holds back.)

 

     Courtiers

EVERYTHING’S FINE,

THE EARTH IS FLAT,

THE SKY IS GREEN,

AND THAT IS THAT.

 

EVERYTHING’S FINE,

THE GRASS IS BLUE,

AND ASSES SMELL

LIKE BARBECUE.

 

(Mundo enters from another point, cutting through the formal dance. Searching for something, he stops when he spots Eldora, and they stare at each other across the distance.)

 

     Courtiers      

EVERYTHING’S FINE.

IT’S CAKE AND TEA.

WHO CARES OF TRUTH

OR LIBERTY?                                  

 

• • • •                                       

 

     Courtiers      

EVERYTHING’S FINE

WHAT’S DOWN IS UP        

AND TEA IS POURED

BENEATH THE CUP.

 

EVERYTHING’S FINE.

THE MOUNTAINS CRY,

MAKE LOVE AND KISSES

ON THE SLY.