Music from The Cursed Cabaret of Kelowna Day Taylor

by Brooke Maxwell

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Music from the musical...as performed by Brooke Maxwell

Running October 13-31, 2010 at Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria BC

October 14 and 15 at 8 pm
October 20 and 21 at 8 pm
October 22 and 23 at 7 & 9 pm
October 27 and 28 at 8 pm
October 29, 30 and 31 at 7 & 9 pm

Tickets/Info: thecastle.ca/ticket-descr.php?id=23&todt=2010-10-15

Produced by Giggling Iguana Productions
Script by Karen Lee Pickett
Directed by Ian Case
Music by Brooke Maxwell
Lyrics by Brooke Maxwell and Karen Lee Pickett

The Cast:
Kelowna: Christina Patterson
Nancy: Amanda Lisman
Gladys: Amy Lee Radigan
Dave: Ian Case
Greg: David Radford
Ghost Chorus: Michelle Chowns, Caroline Mackenzie, Rob King, Simon Basch and Tim Sutherland

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released October 13, 2010

All piano, vocals, percussion, programming, saxophone, clarinet, banjo, guitar, accordion, engineering, production, arranging and mixing by Brooke Maxwell



Poster and photos by Ian Case

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brooke maxwell Victoria, British Columbia

Brooke Maxwell is a Victoria-based freelance composer/musician/educator. Major composing credits include the acclaimed hit musical, Ride the Cyclone [Atomic Vaudeville/Alchemation], the English premiere of And Slowly Beauty [Belfry/NAC], the North American premiere of A Tender Thing [Belfry]. He would like to thank his parents for forcing him to stay in piano lessons. ... more

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Track Name: Welcome to the World
Welcome to the world, it's what you've got
Though some of us have got, and some have not.

It's all lighter than a feather, but heavier than sin
And if you've got the nickel, we'd be glad to let you in [or out!]
spoken: Is this seat taken?


Welcome to the world the cost is high
Admission price? The twinkle from your eye!

Steal and cheat and murder, no that you'd never do!
Mistreat poor orphan children, might that possibly be you? [or you!]
spoken: I like your sneakers. Did you make them yourself?


So why not…
Pat yourself on the back,
Give yourself a break. Oh…
Nothing shines like a smile!
[aside]: But you and I know that the smile is fake.

spoken: sing with me
Welcome to the world, it's what you've got,
Nothing's quite the way you might have thought

It's all lighter than a feather, but heavier than sin,
And it isn't how you play the game, by God, it's how you win! [or lose]


Welcome to the world, it's what you've got,
Nothing's quite the way you might have thought

It's all lighter than a feather, but heavier than sin,
And everyone can play the game, but only one can win!

You lose! You lose! You lose! Who wins?
Track Name: Nothing's Going to Happen
Oh relax, we're just having a good time...aren't we?

Nothing's going to happen,
Nothing ever does.
We think the world's a scary place,
And close our eyes because…
There's darkness at the end of every hallway.
And a bogey at the bottom of the stairs…


Nothing's going to happen
So put yourself at ease,
Don't think of global warming,
Mad cows or killer bees. Silly bunnies,
Are you frightened by your shadows?
Do you hear voices as they whisper on the wind?


The newspapers make such a fashion of disaster,
Terrifying tales of gore abound… for someone else.
We'll go to hell in a handbag, as this world keeps spinning faster.
Soon they'll be nothing left to fear, 'cept me and you…
And fear itself!


Nothing's going to happen,
Nothing ever does.
We think the world's a scary place,
And close our eyes because…
There's darkness at the end of every hallway.
And the boogey man is climbing up the stairs….
Track Name: Our Own Little Hell
There isn't anybody in,
Or anybody out
It's a hokey pokey limbo
And we all just dance about.

We're not so high above
Not quite down below
But the somewhere in-between,
Is where the cracks all start to show…

It's our own little hell, [ooo, ooo]
You've got yours, I've got mine, she's got hers as well
It's our own little hell, [ooo, ooo]

So familiar, yet somehow strange
No place like home, but kinda like a home on the range. [sizzle!]

It seems that everything is black
Or everything is white.
But it's really gray all over,
Like a tomcat in the night

There's one foot in the parlour,
And one foot in the pen.
Gone the days of innocence,
We can't go back again


We've got our own little hell, [ooo, ooo]
You've got yours, I've got mine, she's got hers as well
It's our own little hell, [ooo, ooo]

So confusing, but it all makes sense.
You're going to get dizzy when you're walking the fence!

You're in the middle, gonna shake, gonna shake,
Gonna shake it all around! [hokey pokey, do the hokey pokey]
You lost a screw? Lost your bearing? Lost your mind? You're bound to be…
Looking for your soul in the lost and found?
Track Name: The Truth is Beautiful
I see a little something in you, a cherry in the pie
We've got a lot in common, baby, maybe more than meets the eye.
Everyone has secrets in the closet, high upon the shelf
You can hide some things, from some folks, sometimes… but you can't hide them from yourself…or those who know…

Rat da da dat! rat da da dat! Rat da da dat, da dat!

I know [oh my God, you know?]
You've got a little secret…[I don't know what you're talking about?]

Yes, I know [what do you know?]
It might be easier to keep it? [Keep what? Keep my mouth shut?]

To tell? [Yes, to tell!]
Or not to tell? [Or not tell?!]
Now that may be the question. [Oh, the right thing to do is such a mystery!…]

But to keep, [I can't sleep!]
This thing inside, [it's bad for my health!]
It's worse than indigestion! [And I don't want to end up with dysentery?! What is that even?!]

Rat da da dat! rat da da dat! Rat da da dat, da dat!

You know… [of course I know]
About the skeletons in my closet? [Ha! Darling, I know each one, by name!]

I hear them shriek and laugh,
With every bank deposit! [They're skeletons, it's what they do, they're not to blame]

But to tell… [Who would you tell?]
And lose control… [And tell the truth?]
That could bring us all…to ruin!

Or to sell… [there's always a price]
To sell my soul… [I sold my youth]
Bubble, bubble, boil, there's trouble brewin!

Tell 'em the truth, show 'em the lies,
They cover their ears and eyes!


To tell, or not to tell
Is definitely the question.

But to keep, it all inside,
Is no petty indiscretion!

Nancy: I wish there was something that could help me think clearly…
Kelowna: Well look around, doll… maybe there is….

The truth is beautiful,
It lights the darkest night
A star guiding ships to shore
A beacon burning bright

The truth is beautiful,
It shines a burning flame
It sings, and rings from trembling lips
So like a lover's name.
Track Name: Don't Keep Us Waiting
We're waiting. don't keep us waiting!
We're waiting, don't keep us waiting!

We're here
We've always been here
Just watching
From the other side.

The doorway,
You made the doorway.
So come on through it,
No reason left to hide.

Patient,
We've been so patient.
Let's do the deal,
It's time to come to terms.

Good girl,
Just be a good girl.
Cross the threshold, it's your turn,
To feed the worms!


Midnight, high noon, somewhere in between
Yesterday will sparkle 'til tomorrow comes clean
The worms are in the apple and it's rotten to the core.
You're dizzy from the Fall? Let me help you to the door…

We're waiting. don't keep us waiting!
We're waiting, don't keep us waiting!


We're still here,
We've always been here.
Just observing,
from the other side.

Your secret,
That dirty secret.
She tried to share it,
Before she could, she died.

Murder?
Too much knowledge?
Something greater,
Neither here nor there…

Mystery?
Simply madness?
It matters little, we know…
Life isn't fair!
Track Name: The Truth is Curtain Call [bluegrass reprise]
The truth is beautiful,
It lights the darkest night
A star guiding ships to shore
A beacon burning bright

The truth is beautiful,
It shines a burning flame
It sings, and rings from trembling lips
So like a lover's name.