Masquerade


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Dearest Phantom,

Once upon a time, you said something to me that I have never forgotten. I was confused and baffled about how emotionally invested people could become over things that happened in a virtual world, and you said to me: "Darling, people get weird and self obsessed online."

An excellent lesson, and one I always remember.

With love,

The Face Behind the Mask of The Nightingale
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Masquerade!
Paper faces on parade
Masquerade!
Hide your face,
so the world will
never find you!

Masquerade!
Every face a different shade
Masquerade!
Look around -
there's another
mask behind you!

Flash of mauve
Splash of puce
Fool and king
Ghoul and goose
Green and black
Queen and priest
Trace of rouge
Face of beast

Faces
Take your turn, take a ride
on the merry-go-round
in an inhuman race

Eye of gold
Thigh of blue
True is false
Who is who
Curl of lip
Swirl of gown
Ace of hearts
Face of clown

Faces
Drink it in, drink it up,
till you've drowned
in the light
in the sound

RAOUL/CHRISTINE
But who can name the face . . .?

ALL
Masquerade!
Grinning yellows,
spinning reds
Masquerade!
Take your fill -
let the spectacle
astound you!

Masquerade!
Burning glances,
turning heads
Masquerade!
Stop and stare
at the sea of smiles
around you!

Masquerade!
Seething shadows
breathing lies
Masquerade!
You can fool
any friend who
ever knew you!

Masquerade!
Leering satyrs,
peering eyes
Masquerade!
Run and hide -
but a face will
still pursue you!

Cast Interlude

Repeat Chorus

PHANTOM
Why so silent, good Messieurs?
Did you think that I had left you for good?
Have you missed me, good Messieurs?
I have written you an opera.
Here, I bring the finished score.
Don Juan Triumphant!

I advise you to comply
My instructions should be clear
Remember there are worse things than a shattered chandelier!

Your chains are still mine
You will sing for me

Comments

Wildstar said…
I've always loved "Masquerade!"
thank you !