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Lyr Req: Empire Soiree (Gray Peterson)

GUEST,tomlor 15 Feb 00 - 08:58 AM
wysiwyg 15 Feb 00 - 07:17 PM
GUEST,AlleyJack Creative 11 Nov 10 - 06:58 PM
GUEST,Mrs.w. 12 Nov 13 - 01:19 AM
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Subject: Empire Soiree
From: GUEST,tomlor
Date: 15 Feb 00 - 08:58 AM

Hey, can anyone help me with the lyrics of The Empire Soiree, from the Musical Billy Bishop Goes to War?

I'm humming the little bits I can remember, but I'm beginning to annoy myself.

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Empire Soiree
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Feb 00 - 07:17 PM

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE EMPIRE SOIREE (Gray/Peterson)
From: GUEST,AlleyJack Creative
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 06:58 PM

THE EMPIRE SOIREE

Civilizations come and go
(Don't you know)
Dancing unto oblivion
(Oblivion)
The birth and death of nations
Of civilizations
Can be viewed down the barrel of a gun

Nobody knows who calls the tune
(Calls the tune)
It's been on the hit parade so many years
(Can't you hear?)
You and I must join the chorus
Like ancestors before us
And like them, we're going to disappear

You're all invited to the Empire Soiree
We'll see each other there just wait and see
(Wait and see!)
Attendance is required at the Empire Soiree
We'll all dance the dance of history

Revolutions come and go
(Don't you know?)
New empires will take the others' place
(Take their place)
The song may be fun but a new dance has begun
When someone points a gun at someone's face

Alexander and Julius had their dance
(Had their chance)
'Til somebody said 'May I cut in?'
(With a grin)
All you and I can do is put on our dancing shoes
And wait for the next one to begin

You're all invited to the Empire Soiree
We'll see each other there just wait and see
(Wait and see!)
Attendance is required at the Empire Soiree
We'll all dance the dance of history

We were off to fight the foe
We would change the world although
How little we had dreamt
And how little did we know
Now the young will fight the foe
And we watch them as they go
Somehow it doesn't seem like war at all at all at all
Somehow it didn't seem like war at all

"Dearest Margaret,

I think when you haven't been in a war for a while, it comes as a bit of a shock how much you miss it. That survival is just a reprieve. There comes a time when you watch your own children and other people's children go to war, and you're on the sidelines, cheering them on. Yes, the faithful Lethbridge will put me to bed, though I haven't felt this good in weeks.

Thinking of you constantly, I remain."

You know, we didn't think there was gonna be another war, back in 1918. Makes you wonder what it was all for. And then again, none of us are in control of any of these things, are we?

All in all, I'd have to say... it was a hell of a time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Empire Soiree (Gray Peterson)
From: GUEST,Mrs.w.
Date: 12 Nov 13 - 01:19 AM

How about the sheet music for piano? That would be phenomenal!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Empire Soiree (Gray Peterson)
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 13 - 02:00 PM

Found this on the web:

"Beverlee Gray
November 24, 2010 at 12:12 am
Thanks for the kind words about "Billy Bishop Goes to War" . Unfortunately, you were misinformed regarding the music. There is a 72 page score which is available to the producers when they license the show. The music, composed by John Gray, is a crucial part of the theatre piece.
Beverlee Gray"


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