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Subject: Lyr Add: Once Upon a Universe
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Oct 08 - 08:06 PM

Words Gavin G. Dillard, Music Jake Heggie

Once, when God was a little boy, his mother caught him
breaking his toys, then gluing them back together again
with prayers and incantations.

(ba ba ba ...)

"Don't play with your creation..."
she admonished him.


but, he went right on, building temples, only to destroy
them with vast armies of ant-like people, creating new
planets, then wiping them out with their own
ignominious waste products.


At the end of eternity, his mother shook her cosmic finger
and insisted that he clean up his universe:
"Or there'll be no bliss for you, young God!"


He swept the entire mess into the nearest black hole and
fell asleep, sucking his divine thumb.


from "Of Gods and Cats," first sung by Jennifer Larrimore, mezzo-soprano, at Monte Carlo, 2000. Score not found.

Jake Heggie

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