I whisper your name (ayradyss) wrote,
I whisper your name
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Lyrics: Leonard Bernstein's "Mass"

A Mass, written by a Jewish man, for JFK.
Lyrics that have always rung true:

FIRST BLUES SINGER
Well, I went to the holy man and I confessed...
Look, I can beat my breast
With the best.
And I'll say almost anything that gets me blessed
Upon request...

It's easy to stay as cool as autumn rain
You start by sweeping standards down the well-known drain
Then swap your zeal
For nerves of steel
It's so easy and you feel no pain.

SECOND ROCK SINGER
I don't know where to start
There are scars I could show
If I opened my heart
But how far, Lord, but how far can I go?
I don't know.

SECOND BLUES SINGER
If you ask me to love you on a bed of spice
Now that might be nice
Once or twice
But don't look for sacraments of sacrifice
They're not worth the price

It's easy to keep the flair in your affair
Your body's always ready, but your soul's not there
Don't be nonplussed
Come love, come lust,
It's so easy when you just don't care.

THIRD ROCK SINGER
What I need I don't have
What I have I don't own
What I own I don't want
What I want, Lord, I don't know.

THIRD BLUES SINGER
If you ask me to sing you verse that's versatile
I'll be glad to beguile you
For a while
But don't look for content beneath the style
Sit back and smile

It's easy to criticize and beat my jive
But hard to deny how neatly I survive
And what could give
More positive
Plain proof that living is easy when you're half alive.

ALL THREE ROCK SINGERS
If I could I'd confess...
ALL THREE BLUES SINGERS
Easy...
ALL THREE ROCK SINGERS
Good and laud, nice and slow...
ALL THREE BLUES SINGERS
Easy...
CHOIR
Beatem Mariam semper Virginem
Beatum Michaelem Archangelum, beatum Joannem Baptistam,
Sanctos Apostolos Petrum et Paulum,
Omnes sanctos, et vos, frates,
Orare pro me
Ad Dominum Deum nostrum.

ALL SIX SOLOISTS
What I say I don't feel
What I feel I don't show
What I show isn't real
What is real, Lord - I don't know,
No, no, no - I don't know.

FIRST ROCK SINGER
Come on, Lord, if you're so great
Show me how, where to go
Show me now - I can't wait
Maybe it's too late,
Lord,
I don't know...

FIRST BLUES SINGER
Confiteor....
CELEBRANT
God forgive you.
ALL
God forgive us all.
CELEBRANT
God be with you.
ALL
And with your spirit.
CELEBRANT
Let us pray.


If you haven't experienced "Mass", it's a piece to be experienced. Incredibly controversial. But so true.
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