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"Cosmic Cowboys"
by Sandra H. Rodman

"Cosmic Cowboys" Music/MP3's and Lyrics

 

   
Rainbow Glow

The Music of "Cosmic Cowboys"
(c) 2005-8 Sandra H. Rodman -

THE "COSMIC COWBOYS" MUSIC & LYRICS - ALL AVAILABLE ONLINE.
Note: This was recorded by the very hoarse composer!! Your imagination must mix a "full musical" sound...

I. List/Links for MP3 Files (See below for full Lyrics adjacent to MP3 Files plus Dialogue introduction)

1950's

**Bonus: Deleted Scenes: Music no longer appearing in the musical:

"Cowboys Sometimes Have a Harder Time than They Should" MP3 - Lyrics
"Cowboy, Cowgirl" MP3 - Lyrics

For permission to use or perform songs or poetry: Conact Sandra H. Rodman - 425 | 214 | 2926 or Email.


 
Rainbow Glow

The Music with Lyrics, Dialogue Introductions

The MP3 and the dialogue lyrics are below In the order in which they appear in the play.

"Eleven" - MP3

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act I, Scene 1

THURBER:   (To audience)  It’s not easy being eleven.  Some people never get over it.  Even after they’ve become your parents.  It’s like they’re waiting.  And one day all the people they knew when they were eleven will get together and then they can show them how wonderful and important and blessed they are after all.  And maybe somebody who’s tall will say, “Hey, I should have paid more attention to you.  I should have paid more attention to you when you were eleven.” ..  But what if they don’t?

HONEY:       If only you weren’t so cute...

THURBER:   (Recorded “thinking voice”: “Just when you think you don’t stand a chance.”)

                 Am I cute?  How about that... (They sing.)

“ELEVEN”

                              THURBER:                   Do you remember your first love?
                                                              She gleamed like a glass-bottomed lake.
                                                              And every time they called you names,
                                                              She could take the edge off that old ache…

                                                                       Heaven is a girl you like.
                                                                       Eleven, Eleven.
                                                                       Heaven is she likes to hike.
                                                                       Eleven, Eleven.
                                                                       Eleven –
                                HONEY:                                           Eleven.
                                THURBER:                          Eleven –
                                HONEY:                                           Oh, you!...

                                                                Why do you have to read poems
                                                                To me in Geography?
                                                                And every time they call my name
                                                                I am forced to hide my face in shame.

                                                                      How can I go back to school?
                                                                      Eleven, Eleven.
                                                                      The world will end, I’ll be a fool,
                                                                      Eleven, Eleven.
                                                               
                                                                      Eleven, Eleven
                                                                      Eleven, Oh, you!...

                                THURBER:                   But I believe that all words have
                                                                Little pieces of soul.
                                                                And every time you give your words,
                                                                You give little people wings like birds...

                                HONEY:                            How does he think up these things?
                                THURBER:                         Eleven, Eleven.
                                                                      Why can’t she believe in wings?
                                HONEY:                            Eleven, Eleven.
                                THURBER:                         Eleven –
                                HONEY:                                         Eleven.
                                TOGETHER:                       Eleven, Oh, you!...

                                HONEY:                            I don’t think he’ll ever land,
                                THURBER:                         Eleven –
                                HONEY:                                         Eleven.
                                THURBER:                         How will she know what I am?
                                                                      Eleven –
                                HONEY:                                         Eleven.
                                TOGETHER:                       Eleven -
                                HONEY:                                         Eleven.
                                TOGETHER:                       Eleven, Oh, You!...

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"Eleven Reprise"

“ELEVEN REPRISE ”

                              THURBER:                            Heaven is that girl you knew.
                                                                       Eleven, Eleven.
                                                                       Heaven is she talked to you.
                                                                       Eleven, Eleven.
                                                                       Eleven, Eleven.
                                                                       Eleven -- Oh, You!

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"Hitchcock's Theme" (Instrumental) - MP

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act I, Scene 2


    THURBER:       (He looks at Hitchcock, who turns from the Rainbow to Thurber, his beautiful face beaming, eyes and teeth sparkling; he smiles and waves.)  Oh, did I tell you that he was my imaginary playmate?  Yes.  That’s how it started, anyway.  I had a great imagination.  Don’t you think? (He glances toward Hitchcock.)   Things got out of hand, though.  When some people dream, they go all the way...  (He hails Hitchcock and walks into the scene.)

    THURBER:        Hey, Hitchcock!  (Hitchcock grins at Thurber and twirls his rope marvelously; it dances with lights.)

    HITCHCOCK:    HELLO, THURBER.  (Hitchcock always speaks in capital letters.  It’s how he is.  His voice is magnified and echoes as if it were coming from far, far away.  When he smiles, his teeth sparkle and gleam....  He has his own theme music.  “Hitchcock’s Theme” always introduces him.)

     

    “HITCHCOCK’S THEME” - Instrumental Only

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"Cowboy High" - MP3

Dialog Introduction & Lyrics, Act I, Scene 2

THURBER:     (Softly)  Hitchcock, have you seen the stars...?

HITCHCOCK:  I HAVE BEEN THE STARS.

THURBER:      ...Hitchcock, are there cowboys there? 

HITCHCOCK:  BEING A COWBOY ISN’T AN OCCUPATION.  IT’S A STATE OF MIND.  AN ETERNAL RIDING OF THE NORTH WIND, THE LIVING SPIRIT OF THE WINGED HORSE, THE CRYING CALL OF THE WILD CROW.  IT’S A CIVILIZATION.  IT’S A CONSTELLATION OF BEING…!

THURBER:      I knew it...!  (He sings.)

“COWBOY HIGH”

THURBER:        I knew there were cowboys,
                     I knew there were cowboys,
                     I knew there were cowboys,
                     Up in the sky.
                     I knew there were cowboys high...

                     Where the rainbows bend
                     And the rivers end
                     There are dreams of men
                     Who will ride again,
HITCHCOCK:    Through the diamond night
                     With their crystal eyes
                     And electric names
                     Can you hear their cries?

TOGETHER:           Cowboy High, Cowboy High,
                          Cowboy High, Cowboy High.
THURBER:             I know there are cowboys
                          Up in the sky.
                          I’ve got to find them
                          Before I die...

THURBER:        I will ride in the Night.
                     I’ll catch up with Light,
                     With the voices of men
                     Who will sing again,
HITCHCOCK:     Following silver hoof beats
                     In the blue-green wind,
                     Whispering star-crossed stories
                     Out where the campfires begin...

TOGETHER:           Cowboy High, Cowboy High,
                          Cowboy High, Cowboy High.
THURBER:             I know there are cowboys
                          Up in the sky. 
                          I’ve got to find them
                          Before I die...

HITCHOCK:      We live in men
                     Where poems begin.
                     We ride for years
                     Down childhood tears.
                     Feel the stars in dust,
                     Touch the love in rust,
                     And you’ll understand
                     The beauty of your hand...

TOGETHER:           Cowboy High, Cowboy High.
                          The time will come
                          When cowboys fly.
                          And the world will see cowboys
                          Up in the sky.
                          And there will always be
                          Cowboys High.

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"Stars!" and "Stars Reprise" Act II, Scene 1 - MP3 (Note: Reprise Act II is no longer in the musical)

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act II, Scene 1

The Recreation Hall of the Episcopal Church in Hallelujah, Texas, is being decorated for a Re-union Homecoming Dance.  Perched on ladders, four beautiful girls in their late 20’s hang glittering cardboard stars from the ceiling in a dreamlike scene.  There is an overabundance of stars...        ...

EMMA:        Do you think we have enough stars up here?  (They frown at her in unison as if she’s crazy.)

CINDY:        I need more glitter.  (As they sing, they sway and dance on the ladders, hanging more stars.)

(As they sing, they sway and dance on the ladders, hanging more stars.)

"Stars!"

CINDY:                I’m almost out of glitter...
EMMA:                I wonder what that means...?
ALL:                   This has got to be the best
                         Of all the Homecomings...

(Suddenly more stars drop down to them from some mysterious place far above.  They catch the stars happily and hang more as they sing.)

EMMA:                 (Speaking and catching stars)  More Stars!

ALL:                                    Stars!  Stars!
EMMA:                                 I started out with one
                                          Now I can’t stop
ALL:                                    We’ve just begun...
                                           (Looking out the windows in unison)
                                          Standing up here I can almost see Home...

HONEY:               (Clasping her pink necklace and thinking of Thurber)
                         Will he know which one I am?
EMMA:                 (Looking at the poster of Artie)   When he’s playing in the band?
HONEY:               (Clasping her pink necklace) All starry-eyed –
CINDY:                (Looking at the poster)  -- And full notes!
STELLA:              His teeth are brighter than his hopes.

EMMA:                 (Speaking)  Look out!  Here come more stars!
                          (More stars drop down for them to hang; more seem to sparkle in the sky.)

ALL:                                    Stars!  Stars!
EMMA:                                 I started out with one
                                          Now I can’t stop
ALL:                                    We’ve just begun...
                                           (Looking out the windows in unison)
                                          Standing up here I can almost see Home...

HONEY:               (Touching the necklace, thinking of Thurber)  Does he ever think of me?
CINDY:                (Looking at the poster)  He’ll play you like a symphony!
EMMA:                (Looking at the poster)  No, he’s too busy with guitars.
HONEY:               (Dreaming of poet Thurber)
                         He used to say I looked like Mars...

ALL:                                    Stars!  Stars!
EMMA:                                 (Stardust falling on her head)
                                          Stars are falling in my hair.

                                          Is this too much!
CINDY:                                (Shouting/speaking)  No!
ALL:                                    We’ve just begun...
                                          (Looking out the windows in unison)
                                          Standing up here I can almost see Home...

STELLA:              (Realizing that they have been deluged with stars.)
                         Where did all these stars come from?
EMMA:                (They look up with trepidation)  I…don’t…think…we’re…doing…this…alone...!

ALL:                                    (A minor chord)  Stars!

HONEY:               (Singing alone, an eerie refrain in an eerie spotlight)
                               
                                          Star light, star bright…
                                          I wish I was a star Tonight…!
                                          (As she sings the last word, the volume of the music and her
                                          Voice reaches a crescendo.)

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NO LONGER APPEARS IN MUSICAL

"Stars!" Reprise at the end of Act II, Scene 1
(On the same MP3 as above)

(Hitchcock and the Cosmic Cowboys
Join Honey Jo, Emma Mae, Stella Nell, and Cindy Lou)

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics "Stars!" Reprise, Act I, Scene 2

(A dark minor chord sounds.  Abruptly the doors blow open.  A tremendous wind whips through the hall accompanied by brilliant silent lightning.  Candles go out.  The doors bang angrily.  The sound of electricity sizzling accompanies a sharp crack of thunder.  A loud metallic hum whirrs.  Suddenly, silhouetted in the strange, almost continuous lightning, a magnificent figure stands in profile in the doorway – a shining, glittering cowboy seven feet tall...  He glows in the wind.  His clothes, his eyes and teeth glitter marvelously.  Over his shoulder he carries a coil of glittering rope.  The girls gasp and huddle together in silent terror.)

 

STELLA:              Oh, my God...

CINDY:                I told you it was the end of the world.

(Someone reaches for a candle.  A glass holder drops and rolls noisily across the dance floor.  Slowly Hitchcock Huddleston turns to face the girls, smiling strangely.  His teeth glitter brightly as do his eyes.)

STELLA:              Oh, my God...

CINDY:                What is he going to do?

(Hitchcock walks into the hall towards them.  Several stars drop from the ceiling as he approaches.  Sparks fly and electricity crackles as they hit the floor.  Hitchcock appears to produce glowing stars from thin air.  When he smiles his teeth gleam as if star beams lived there. He begins to twirl his rope magically.  Outside in the midst of the storm, a giant Rainbow can be seen glowing in the night – Hitchcock aims his rope to catch it….  Stars appear to pulse in the lightning .  The girls stand paralyzed in a strange mixture of terror and awe...  Slowly and softly the music begins in a minor chord...  The girls sing as if in a trance.  )

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“STARS!” Reprise (No longer in the musical)
(With Hitchcock Huddleston and the Cosmic Cowboys Chorus) (On same MP3 with above)

GIRLS:                 (Starting very slowly)  Stars…  …  Stars…
EMMA:                 Where did that man come from?
CINDY:                 Look he has stars!
GIRLS:                 Is he the one
                          Roping rainbows
EMMA:                 And he smiles like the Sun…!

COWBOYS:           (In the sky are shimmering images of glittering Cowboys and their choral background harmonies begin.)  Ooooh…  Ahhhh…
                               

CINDY:                 Look up there –
HONEY:                                   - Men in the sky.
EMMA:                 But will they ever tell us why?
                          (Now there are many Rainbows...  Hitchcock can be seen talking to them.)
STELLA:              Look he’s talking to Rainbows.
EMMA:                 (Thoughtfully)  Is there anything else he knows?...

HITCHCOCK AND COWBOYS:     Stars!
GIRLS:                Stars!
COWBOYS:          I see some cowgirls
                         And the moon is high,
GIRLS:                Is this the night?
                         (A bright light suddenly beams down from above and a whirring noise is heard.)
CINDY:               That’s a UFO –
EMMA:                                - Or a very bright light...
COWBOYS:          They’re singing like the Seraphim
GIRLS:                Should we run and hide from them?
CINDY:                I am scared! – (A star streaks and falls across the sky)
HONEY:                                 - A falling star!
EMMA:                Doesn’t this make you wonder who we are?

ALL TOGETHER:    (A minor chord)  Stars!   

HONEY:               (Singing alone, an eerie refrain in an eerie spotlight)
                               
                                          Star light, star bright…
                                          I wish I was a star Tonight…!
                                          Star light, Star bright…
                                          I wish I was a star …. 
ALL TOGETHER
IN A CRESCENDO:                  Tonight…!

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"Disneyland" - MP3

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act II, Scene 1

HONEY:             Oh, Thurber doesn’t talk about things like hearts.  It’s too much for him.  At the crucial moment he looks up at a passing sparrow...and he tries to make up a poem about you that – well, it never quite – well, it doesn’t exactly – well, it’s like he gets carried away with the sparrow and he forgets where he was with you...   Just like the winding road.  Oh, it’s Disneyland.  It’s definitely Disneyland...

(The room takes on a strange pink glow and the girls interject spoken comments – in parenthesis -- as Honey Jo sings.)

“DISNEYLAND”

 

HONEY:               He used to smile,
                         Then he would wait a while,
                         And then he would kiss me,
                         And then he would ask me,

                         Do you remember the pine trees,
                         When they were loaded with snow?
CINDY:                (Did you remind him of pine trees?)
HONEY:               Well, you’re a little like pine trees
                         When pine trees overflow...
                         (She smiles suggestively.)
STELLA:              (Oh, no.)

HONEY:               And then the snow falls on the prairie,
                         And the prairie lies down and cries –
CINDY:               (The prairie lies down and cries??)
HONEY:               Because melting snow is so touching
                         And the prairie has stars in its eyes...!
EMMA:                 (How can a prairie have stars in its eyes?)

HONEY:                         He lived in Disneyland
                                   And he’d hold my hand.
                                   He’d look up at the sky,
                                   And I would just die.
EMMA:                          (Couldn’t he say it?)
HONEY:                         No, it just flew away.
                                   But in Disneyland,
                                   I think it goes that way.

                          And then he would kiss me.
                          And then he would ask me,

                          Do you see Rainbows on the hillside,
                          Sprinkled with mist from the sky?
CINDY:                 (Did you remind him of hillsides?)
HONEY:                Well, you’re a little like Rainbows
                          When they fill up with raindrops and sigh...!
EMMA:                 (Oh, my.)
               
HONEY:                And then the Rainbows ride up to heaven,
                          And heaven is hopeful and wet,
                          Because heaven is having a birthday
                          When a Rainbow and heaven have met...
EMMA:                 (But I don’t understand yet...)

HONEY:                          He lived in Disneyland
                                    And he’d hold my hand.
                                    He’d look up at the sky,
                                    And I would just die.
EMMA:                           (Couldn’t he say it?)
HONEY:                          No, it just flew away.
ALL:                              But in Disneyland,
                                    I think it goes that way.

HONEY:                 And then he would kiss me,
                           And then he would ask me,

                           Do you think love birds
                           Make up new words
                           Every time they see you?
 EMMA:                 (They do?)
 HONEY:                Well, you’re a little like love bird songs
                           When love birds make love and sing, too...
                           (She giggles.)
 EMMA:                 (I’m not sure you can do that...)

 HONEY:                (Getting carried away)
                           So all the love birds flew off together
                           Looking for new things to say...
 STELLA:               (Okay...)
 HONEY:                And that’s why the love birds will never part,

                         And why love flies off to this day...!  

 CINDY:                 (He didn’t.)
 HONEY:                (He did.)

HONEY:                          He lived in Disneyland
                                    And he’d hold my hand.
                                    He’d look up at the sky,
                                    And I would just die.
EMMA:                           (Couldn’t he say it?)
HONEY:                          No, it just flew away.
ALL:                              But in Disneyland,
                                    I think it goes that way.

HONEY:                 And then he would kiss me,
                           And then he would ask me...
                           (Her voice trails off.)
STELLA:                (Honey Jo?)

HONEY:                 (Teary eyed.)
                           Do you think hearts break like eggs do?
                           Do you think we will live?
EMMA:                  (Softly) (What did you tell him?)
HONEY:                 Well, I couldn’t tell him that hearts are made
                           Of wishes and things you forgive.

CINDY:                  (Do you love him, Honey Jo?)

HONEY:                 I believed in his rainbows...
                           I looked for a prairie that cries...
EMMA:                  (Oh, no...)
HONEY:                 But I didn’t want any eggs to break.
                           I just wanted the love in his eyes...

HONEY:                        We lived in
ALL:                             Disneyland
HONEY:                        And he’d hold my hand.
ALL:                             He’d look up at the sky,
HONEY:                        And I would just die.
EMMA:                         (Maybe he’ll tell you?)
HONEY:                        (Hopefully) Maybe today!
ALL:                            Because in Disneyland, your prince will come some—
                                  Disneyland, your prince will come some—
                                  Disneyland, your prince will come some day!

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"Imagine Me " - MP3

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act II, Scene 2

(Artie Browning lights a fire in the fireplace. (He lights a fire and it begins to roar responsively, his curly hair sparkling in the flame – like his electric teeth…  He sits at keyboards, plays, and sings.)

"Imagine Me"

ARTIE:                 Imagine me
                          Looking at you.
                          Oh, God, I don’t know
                          What I’m going to do.
                          When you can see right into me
                          With eyes that write my history
                          And looks that make the song so right, 

                                   Not just another song,
                                   Not just another song,
                                   The words will drive me out of my mind.
                                   And if I go on –
                                            A little bit,
                                   And the words are wrong --
                                            A little bit,
                                  Will you reach for me, a little bit --
                                            A little bit too long?

                           Imagine me,
                           Imagine you,
                           Imagine everything I wanna do.
                           To hold you in my mind another
                           Minute might be crazy, but I’ve
                           Got to see the answer
                           On your face...

                                   Not just another song,
                                   Not just another song,
                                   The words will drive me out of my mind.
                                   And if I go on –
                                            A little bit,
                                   And the words are wrong --
                                            A little bit,
                                   Will you reach for me -- ?
                                            A little bit,
                                            A little bit, a little bit, a little bit,
                                            A little bit too long.

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"Imagine Me" Reprise - MP3

 

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act II, Scene 2

ARTIE:                 And I’m an idiot. 

(Trying to make amends, he grabs his jacket sparkling with “Starbusters” logos and life of its own, and puts it around her shoulders.)  Here.  Take my jacket. 

CAROLINE:  Artie, please don’t be nice to me right now!  (She pushes him away; he sees tears on her cheeks.) 

ARTIE:         Caroline…  I’m sorry...! (She runs out.  He follows her to the door and stands looking after her.  Suddenly he hits the door facing, angry with himself.)    Idiot!  Why’d you have to do that?  (He doesn’t know what to do.)

(He goes to the keyboards.  Sighing deeply)  Aw, Honey Jo…  (He plays and sings.)

"Imagine Me" Reprise

ARTIE:                 Imagine me
                          Talking to you.
                          Imagine what if there's somebody new,
                          And that somebody's gonna see
                          The way I look at you too long
                          For this to be
                          Just another song... 

                                   Not just another song,
                                   Not just another song,
                                   The words will drive me out of my mind.
                                   And if I go on –
                                            A little bit,
                                   And the words are wrong --
                                            A little bit,
                                   Honey, will you reach for me -- ?
                                            A little bit,
                                            A little bit, a little bit, a little bit,
                                            A little bit too long.
                                            Too long…
                                            

(Suddenly he grabs his jacket and heads for the door.  Fade to Blackout.)

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"Oh Honey I Love You " - MP3

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act III, Scene 3

THURBER:   (Plaintively looking at the audience as if they could help him.)  Oh, Honey Jo, Honey Jo…  Where does it all go!?  Where do all your day dreams go?  Is someone keepin’ them for you, so they aren’t all lost, like you are?  Some of them were so nice...  My God, but some of them were so good... 

                You hypocrite, Thurber Mills!  You tell Caroline to go after her dreams and be that beautiful thing she is.  But you can’t say the one thing you know you have to say for yourself -- that will bring that woman you love into your arms forever!  (A spotlight shines on him, and sometimes a little glitter falls...)

"OH HONEY I LOVE YOU"

THURBER:            I never told her I loved her,
                         I never told her to wait.
                         Why do they have to have love songs?
                         I can’t even ask for a date.

Why’d she have to look so pretty?
Do they know what they do, do they know?
I said, “Oh, Honey, Oh, Honey,”
But I never said

Oh, Honey, I love you,
Oh, Honey, I love you,
Oh, Honey, I can’t say
  why I can’t say it.
But, Honey, I love you,
  I love you.

Why do the best ones leave you,
Because you can figure it out?
You were gonna ask her something,
But she says she’s going out,

For good.  She’s got somebody,
Didn’t you know she would?
You waited too long to say it.
Now it’s over, it’s no good.

Oh, Honey, I love you,
Oh, Honey, I love you,
Oh, Honey, I can’t say
  why I can’t say it.
But, Honey, I love you,
  I love you.

There’s nobody like your Honey,
And when you find it you know.
You get stupid when she
  looks up at you,
And you just stand there
  when she tells you to go.

Why didn’t I throw her down?
Why didn’t I drag her off?
Why do I get really all ready,
And then I try to laugh it off?

Oh, Honey, I love you,
Oh, Honey, I love you,
Oh, Honey, I can’t say
  why I can’t say it.
But, Honey, I love you,
  I love you.

(The lights become bluish and dreamy; Hitchcock’s Theme" intermingles with the tones for a moment with high thin music and distant voices...)

I wish I had me a cowgirl
Who would come and take her place...
I wish I had me an Old Friend
Who could help me forget her face...

For good.  She’s such a Honey,
You die for it when it’s near...
If I could only, oh, hold her,
Oh, God, I’d say it to her
  for a year!

Oh, Honey, I love you,
Oh, Honey, I love you,
Oh, Honey, I can’t say
  why I can’t say it.
But, Honey, I love you,
  I...love...you...

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9"Cosmic Cowgirls" - MP3

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act IV, Scene 1

HITCHCOCK:     CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR.

THURBER:          It’s not fair for you to hide them, keep them all to yourself, like an old prospector, who won’t tell anybody where his silver mine is...  (Hitchcock steps back.)

HITCHCOCK:     (A twinkle in his eye)  ALRIGHT.  HERE’S THE MAP.  (He waves his arms – and stars glitter in heavenly cowgirl constellations; from the sky glitter begins to fall.  Fog begins to form upstage and music begins in the distance.  Excited, Thurber closes his eyes.)

THURBER:          I’ll bet I can guess what they look like.  My very best dreams.

HITCHCOCK:     (He waves his arms.)  IT’S ALL YOURS.

(Hitchcock steps back, and the Cosmic Cowgirls in silver cowgirl outfits, sparkling and flashing from head to toe, begin to tap dance in , singing.  Thurber opens his eyes, aghast, for they are truly stunning, provocative and breathtaking.  But after a moment their ominous, dangerous quality is all too apparent.  They advance toward Thurber, tap dancing, doing high kicks, drawing their guns and firing silver lights which flash at him, seeming to sting and surprise.  He hops out of the way and crouches, genuinely frightened. And among them we see Cowgirls that look amazing like Cindy Lou, Stella Nell, and Emma Mae...)

"COSMIC COWGIRLS"

COSMIC COWGIRLS:

Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls
Cosmic Cowgirls true.
Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls,
Cosmic Cowgirls and you.

Cowgirls sing in Saturn’s rings,
Shiny beings hide their things.
Cowgirls have been seen with wings –
It’s Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls,
Cowboy-High Girls, My-oh-my Girls,
Pie-in-the-sky Girls,
Cather-in-the-Rye Girls,
Hope-to-die-for Girls for you.

Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls,
Cosmic Cowgirls true.
Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls,
Cosmic Cowgirls and you.

Cowgirls race with comets’ lace.
We can dance in outer space.
Cowboys disappear, no trace –
It’s Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls,
Shooting-star Girls, Going-too-far Girls,
Coming-as-you-are Girls,
Universal-Bar Girls,
Top-down-on-the-car Girls for you.

Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls,
Cosmic Cowgirls true.
Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls,
Cosmic Cowgirls and you.

Cowgirls glow in Venus snow,
Here they come and there they go!
You can dream if you go slow,
Oh, there’s a Cowgirl in your future,
You can fly if you can suit her,
Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls for you!

Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls,
Cosmic Cowgirls true.
Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls,
Cosmic Cowgirls and you.

Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls,
Cosmic Cowgirls up high.
Cosmic Cowgirls, Cosmic Cowgirls,
Cosmic Cowgirls, Good bye...
Goodbye...

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"My Friend for All Time" - MP3

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act IV, Scene 1

HITCHCOCK:  AS YOU SAID, IT’S NEVER THAT FAR FROM HOME...  YOU WILL SEE.  AND THERE WILL BE OTHERS.  AND THEY WILL HEAR YOUR POETRY AS YOU FIRST MEANT ITS WORDS AND FOLLOW IT TO FIND YOU.  YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN...

THURBER:   Will you – will you…

HITCHCOCK: I SHALL BE HERE, WAITING...

THURBER:   (Relief spreads across his face like salvation.)  Just as long as – you know, you’re here.  (Fighting tears.)  I mean, I don’t want to cry or anything.  It’s just that – well, you know.

HITCHCOCK:  I KNOW.

THURBER:   Hitchcock, I – I --

HITCHCOCK:  I KNOW… I KNOW, MY FRIEND. 

                                                               “MY FRIEND FOR ALL TIME”

HITCHCOCK:        You are my friend, my friend for all Time.
                         You say my name, I sing to Rainbows.
                         A golden testament to our words lives beyond
                         And your face lives always in my Windows.

                                    You are my Home, my friend.
                                    I live in your name and I do not end.
                                    My spirit is born where yours is born.
                                    If my Land does not end,
                                    Then your Land is ever re-born.
                                    And always I love you, my friend.
                                    And always I love you, my friend.

                         You are my brother, my brother and my kin,
                         No farther away than you can sing walking all day.
                         A master of your times, you ride the road within,
                         And Brotherhood will intersect our hearts on the way.

                                    You are my Home, my friend.
                                    I live in your name and I do not end.
                                    My spirit is born where yours is born.
                                    If my Land does not end,
                                    Then your Land is ever re-born.
                                    And always I love you, my friend.
                                    And always I love you, my friend.
 
                         Your beauty is alive, your beauty welcomes you
                         No matter how far or how afraid you are,
                         You stand beside me on this prairie to renew;
                         With every word of courage, you go to meet that Star…

TOGETHER:                    You are my Home, my friend.
                                    I live in your name and I do not end.
                                    My spirit is born where yours is born.
                                    If my Land does not end,
                                    Then your Land is ever re-born.
                                    And always I love you, my friend.
                                    And always I love you, my friend…

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"There's a Town in Time " - MP3


Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act IV, Scene 2

The Mills Home. Down the stair case walks a radiant Caroline Melody Mills, ready for the dance.  She is incredibly beautiful, her dark otherworldly eyes shimmering in extravagant lashes, her height soaring; the landscape a dream.  Leaning against the wall is a large framed poster.  Carefully she hangs it in a prominent place, a place reserved for it -- a poster of Artie’s Band, “Starbusters.”  In Artie’s eyes and about him is the aura of Hitchcock – gleaming teeth and eyes – the resemblance striking, the image shifting as if it were alive  She looks at the poster lovingly; it glows in response..  She dances a few steps around the room, hugging herself, enjoying for a moment her own beauty privately.  She stops and looks up at the poster and as she does, a reflection of Hitchcock appears strangely in a mirror on the wall, watching her with eternal affection...

CAROLINE:  Maybe Thurber’s right.  I have to find out once and for all.  I should go to that dance.. (She whirls around then stands looking dreamily at the poster.)  We’re so alike, Thurber and I.  Dreaming on a porch that lives somewhere in Time…  That’s Our Town…  (She sings.)

 

"THERE'S A TOWN IN TIME'

CAROLINE:

Where they’ll never find me.
There are secret faces
And the streets stretch out to the Sun.
Where you can be with me and not remember,
And the leaves turn so bright red,
But the colors, the colors, the colors
never run.  And…

                Time is lost forever,
                Dreaming in the yard.
                And you will always be my Sweetheart
                My sweet, sweet heart.
                My sweet, sweet heart.

(2nd verse is on MP3 but omitted from the musical)

There are steps and swings
And porches by the millions
Where I watched you talking
But you never spoke to me.
Where you could hold me softly
Without knowing
But the sunlight burned
Like the eyes, the eyes, the eyes
Of memory.  And…

                Time is lost forever,
                Dreaming in the yard.
                And you will always be my Sweetheart
                My sweet, sweet heart.
                My sweet, sweet heart.

A time will come where thoughts
Will live forever.
And the dress-up of dreamers
Will suddenly go free.
And you will walk
Through Towns in Time
And find me.
And we will wake up in history.
And we’ll sing, we’ll sing, we’ll sing
The songs of –

                Time is lost forever,
                Dreaming in the yard.
                And you will always be my Sweetheart
                My sweet, sweet heart.
                My sweet, sweet heart.

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"Starbusters' Theme" - MP3


Dialogue Introduction Act IV, Scene 3

The Homecoming Dance is drawing to a close.  Decorations sparkle and glitter in the revolving globe, shimmering in the stained glass windows.  It is a dream-like setting of pastels, wishes, and anticipation.  Artie’s band is playing their theme, “Starbusters” and the dancers are grabbing partners. Onstage are Cindy Lou, Stella Nell and Emma Mae -- and all of the participants in the Homecoming Dance; Caroline is nowhere to be seen.  Near the bandstand Honey Jo Waller stands looking up at Artie Browning appreciatively as he is looking down at her appreciatively – but she is also watching the door, in a last hope that “someone” will come to the dance after all.  All hope seems lost as Artie, sparkling from every conceivable stitch – so reminiscent of Hitchcock’s glimmering tall form, bids adieu for the evening…

ARTIE:         I’d like to say thank you from the “Starbusters” for letting us be with you for this Homecoming night and make friends with history.  Now I’d like you to choose your favorite partners as we close with “Starbusters!” 

(He motions Honey Jo up on the bandstand beside him. The people begin to dance to “Starbusters.” .. )

"Starbusters" - Short Instrumental Only

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"Is Peace Our Word for Home? " - MP3

NOTE RE: "THE PEACE TRILOGY": "Is Peace Our Word for Home?" is also part of "The Peace Trilogy" -- and the only one of these songs to appear in this version of "Cosmic Cowboys." "The Peace Trio logy" includes the following songs -- especially focused on Fathers and Sons:


1. "Is Peace Our Word for Home?"
2. "Peace Our Personal Sound"
3. "Peace Alone Is Not Enough" (For all song lyrics with MP3s go "The Peace Trilogy")

 

Dialogue Introduction to "Is Peace Our Word for Home," Act V, Scene 1

ARTIE:         Emma Mae -- I wanted to say congratulations, I just heard!  You have a new little son, that’s great!

EMMA:         He’s a wonder…!  I wish Bill was here. He went over to Viet Nam you know.

ARTIE:         I heard.  I’m -- I’m so sorry, Emma Mae.

EMMA:         I didn’t want him to go. 

ARTIE:         I don’t want anybody to go. One day it could be your son -- or my son.  I’ve been thinking about that...

EMMA:         I just flat out told Bill -- don’t go, please, don’t go.  I said I’d go to Canada with him.  But I guess I couldn’t kiss him hard enough or love him hard enough for him to understand me. (Pause)  You have a Peace symbol on your poster, Artie.

ARTIE          Yeah. ..  Some people don’t understand that.

EMMA:         I don’t know why peace is hard to understand. All you have to do is you don’t kill anybody… 

JOE DAN:    But Emma Mae, what if somebody tries to kill you?

EMMA:         What difference does it make about the reason?  You don’t kill anybody  No matter what.  Then you have peace.

JIMMY D:     But what about –

EMMA:         (Crying out in tears -- emotions soaring)   NO MATTER WHAT!!      

ARTIE:         (Softly, reaching out for her)  Emma, I’d really you to hear my new song. It would mean a lot to me if you’d tell me what you think. (He finds a chair for her and she sits.)  It’s called, “Is Peace Our Word for Home?”

“IS PEACE OUR WORD FOR HOME?”

ARTIE:

          My brother knows my reasons.
          My sister knows my songs.
          But we don’t hate each other
          When we think there’s been some wrongs.

          We sing something together.
          We hit a word or two
          Where we agree we’re brothers.
          What’s the word, oh, man, what’s the word?

                   Is Peace our word for Home?
                   Is Peace our word for Love?
                   Is Peace on Earth so wrong?
                   Why did we wait so long?

          When we can see beyond this,
          When we concede we knew
          What she can say in one kiss: (Looking at Emma)
          Don’t go away, don’t go away.

          I want to go tomorrow.
          I want to go today
          To bring you back, my brothers –
          Oh, my son!  I can’t wait.

                  Is Peace our word for Home?
                  Is Peace our word for Love?
                  Is Peace on Earth so wrong?
                  Why did we wait so long?

          If I can’t say my Peace now,
          If I can’t take these words
          Into a field of killing
          And not kill back,
          What is my Word?

          (Looking at Emma)
          If I can’t see my sister
          In every eye against me,
          How can I look inside me?
          How can I free her? How can I be free?
         
                  Is Peace our word for Home?
                  Is Peace our word for Love?
                  Is Peace on Earth so wrong?
                  Why did we wait so long?

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"Going Home with You " - MP3


Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act V, Scene 1

(Caroline has brought Artie a song she's written.)    

        ARTIE:        It’s kind of a great song.  Okay, let’s start from the beginning and you sing
                         with the band.

CAROLINE:   But don’t you think --

ARTIE:        Come on.  Sing with us…

EMMA:        Melody Mills!  A name to remember…

ARTIE:        What do you say?  (He smiles.  His teeth gleam like stars – persuasively.)

EMMA:        (Aside)  Oh!  There’s those sunshiny teeth again!

STELLA:      (Aside)  I don’t think he can help it.

EMMA:        Caroline, can we sing, too?

CAROLINE:  (Looking at Artie, taking everything in.)  Sure, Emma Mae.

(Artie steps over to the other players looking at the music with them.  The girls move nearer the bandstand to sing along.  Billy Bob stands up with a smile and triumphant gesture, flipping a switch.  Now the entire bandstand and the whole room light up majestically.)

ALL:             Ooohhh.  Wow… 

ARTIE:         Okay.  Here we go. 

(They swing and sway in a kind of reverie, and as they do, the lights on the bandstand and the instruments pulse and sway as well…  It is clear that Caroline and Artie are singing to each other -- things that could never be said before.) 

“GOING HOME WITH YOU”

CAROLINE:             Never wanting you to do
                           The things you do.
ARTIE:                  Never wanting me to know
                           How far I’d go.

THE GIRLS:               Never seeing you any more,
                              Never knowing what this was for.
THE BOYS:               Never stopping to think.
                              Never going to the brink…. 

CAROLINE:           Never singing songs too much
                         That I can touch.
ARTIE:                (Looking at her intently.)
                         Never knowing what you might
                         Say back at night.

ALL:                       Never going to the dance.
                             Never risking the chance
CAROLINE               (Looking at Artie)  That you would see me there,
                             And you would stare…

ARTIE:                 (Embarrassed)
                          Never going home alone
                          Where there’s a telephone.
CAROLINE:            Never looking where
ARTIE:                 I wrote your number there…

CAROLINE:              There’s too much I don’t want to feel.
                             I’m afraid it’s all becoming real.
ARTIE:                    Never going to be through.
                             Am I going home with you…?
CAROLINE:               Am I going home with you…?
ARTIE:                    Always going home with you…
ARTIE & CAROLINE:   Always going home with you…
ALL:                      -Always going home with you…

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"Stars Reprise" Act V Scene 1 - MP3

LONG VERSION: Note - the Recorded version is longer than the actual lyrics which appear in the Musical below.

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act V, Scene 2-3

(… Little lights begin to outline the room, the chairs, little lights and new stars drop down from the ceiling…  Emma Mae, Cindy Lou, and Stella Nell dance and sing “Stars!” as if in a dream.  And as they reach up for stars, the stars seem to drop into their eyes… )

“STARS” (Reprise in Act V, Scene 1)

( The Cosmic Cowgirls Chorus and Cosmic Cowboys Chorus join in background harmonies and when all sing. )

GIRLS:                  Stars!  Stars!

EMMA:                   I started out with one
                            Now I can’t stop
GIRLS:                  We’ve just begun...
                           (Looking up in unison)
                            Looking up there I can almost see Home...

CINDY:                  (Holding stars in her hand)
                           No two stars ever look the same…
EMMA:                  They always seem to know your name…
STELLA:                They answer when you wish on them. 
EMMA:                  They always start where you begin.

GIRLS:                  Stars!  Stars!

STELLA:       Where did all these stars come from?

(A magnificent apparition of Hitchcock appears above – and the vision of him and the vision of Artie onstage are glowing, iridescent, almost as one...)

EMMA:         (Slowly they turn in unison to look toward Hitchcock.)  I…don’t…think…we’re…doing…this…alone...!

GIRLS:         (A minor chord)  Stars!  Stars!

EMMA:         (Wistfully)  But what about Honey Jo?  I wonder where she is?

CINDY:                  Star light...
STELLA:                Star bright…
EMMA:                   I wish I was a star tonight…

(All pose in tableau -- the twinkling lights of the room, outlining the bandstand and the “Starbusters,” as the fading notes of “Stars!” recede -- and Emma Mae, Stella Nell, and Cindy Lou, Cosmic Cowgirls all, glitter into stardom…) 

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"Always Taken " - MP3

 

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics, Act V, Scene 2

HONEY:       Shut up…  (She kisses him.)   Thurber, I’m taken.   I was all yours after Port Neches…  (Thurber smiles forever…  They sing.)

"ALWAYS TAKEN"

 

HONEY:               Always, always taken
                         When your heart takes part in me.
THURBER:            If doors close, new doors open.
                         If names change, you’ll still know me.

HONEY:                             I don’t care if it’s raining a lot.
TOGETHER:                        Or I can’t see through this dark spot.
THURBER:                          I will always be part of your plot.
TOGETHER:                        I remember more than I ever forgot…

THURBER:            Always, always taken.
                         When my heart is on the run.
HONEY:               If minds close, new minds open.
                         I always know you are the one.

                                       I don’t care if it’s raining a lot.
THURBER:                          Or I can’t see through this dark spot.
                                       I will always be part of your plot.
TOGETHER:                        I remember more than I ever forgot…

HONEY:               Always, always taken
                          I don’t care if you run.
THURBER:            When eyes close --
HONEY:                                      -- new eyes open.
THURBER:            You’ll never be home alone.
                               
HONEY:                             I don’t care if it’s raining a lot.
TOGETHER:                        Or I can’t see through this dark spot.
THURBER:                          I will always be part of your plot.
TOGETHER:                        I remember more than I ever forgot…

TOGETHER:          Always, always taken
                         When my heart takes part in you.
                         Always, always shaken
                         When I come home to you…..
                         When I come home to you…
                         When I come home to you…

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BONUS: Deleted Scenes: Songs Recorded though no longer appearing in the Musical

"Cowboys Sometimes Have a Harder Time than They Should " - MP3

NO LONGER APPEARS IN MUSICAL

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics

THURBER:          Whew...  Cowboys sometimes have a harder time than they should...

HITCHCOCK:       (Laughing)  THERE IS MORE ELEGANCE IN YOUR STATEMENT THAN IN MY ENTIRE OUTFIT.  AND THAT IS ELEGANCE.

THURBER:          Sometimes I’m not so bad.

HITCHCOCK:      NOT SO BAD AT ALL.  COWBOYS DO, INDEED, SOMETIMES HAVE A HARDER TIME THAN THEY SHOULD,...”COWBOY...”

THURBER:          (Astonished)  You called me “Cowboy”...

HITCHCOCK:       I DID.  AND YOU ARE.

THURBER:          You’re not just playing with me.

HITCHCOCK:       (Laughing)  OH, THURBER, I AM FOREVER PLAYING WITH YOU. 
                               

        (He sings.)

 

"COWBOYS SOMETIMES HAVE A HARDER TIME THAN THEY SHOULD"

HITCHCOCK:       

You’re having a little trouble
With your heart strings and your hope.
You found the ABC’s of happiness,
But all you spell is N-O-P-E, nope.
You wanted to be a cowboy
Because cowboys are the best.
But you’ve got a horse-and-buggy heartache
On the R-O-D-E-O Express...
                                               

                Cowboys sometimes have a harder,
                Cowboys sometimes have a harder,
                Cowboys sometimes have a harder
                Time than they should.

You’ve got a yearning smile
And a heart so big
It should be against the law.
You’ve got a pistol full of day dreams
But you’re a little slow on the
 D-R-A-W, D-R-A-W, draw.
You sing in bars and look for Mars
With eyes for one and only.
But cowgirls stray and hope leaves you
All starry E-Y-E-D and lonely.
                                               

                Cowboys sometimes have a harder,
                Cowboys sometimes have a harder,
                Cowboys sometimes have a harder
                Time than they should.
                               

You’re in a springtime rain with a
Summer heart beat, wearing a
Winter cowboy hat...
Your timing’s bad and your horse
  got mad,
But you try not to cry or things
  like T-H-A-T, things like T-H-A-T that.
Because the cowboy always gets the horse
And the cowboy always gets the girl.

THURBER:         

Oh, God, I want to be a cowboy
More than anything else in the
W-O-R-L-D world!
(With high kicks and dancing)

TOGETHER:       

                Cowboys sometimes have a harder,
                Cowboys sometimes have a harder,
                Cowboys sometimes have a harder
                Time than they should.

THURBER:            God, I want to be a cowboy,
                         God, I want to be a cowboy,
                         God, I want to be a cowboy

                         More than anything else in the
                         W-O-R-L-D!

TOGETHER:                          Cowboys sometimes have a harder,
                                         Cowboys sometimes have a harder,
                                         Cowboys sometimes have a harder
                                         Time than they should.

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"Cowgirl, Cowboy" - MP3

NO LONGER APPEARS IN MUSICAL

Dialogue Introduction and Lyrics

ARTIE:                 I’d like to say thank you, from the “Starbusters” for letting us be with you for this Homecoming and make friends with history.  Now I’d like you to choose your partners for the Last Dance...  Let’s make it our best one.  (He glances down at Honey Jo and motions her up on the bandstand beside him, and she joins him in the song.  It begins as a dance, and then everyone, as Artie beckons,, joins in the chorus.)

in the chorus.)

"COWBOY, COWGIRL"

ARTIE:  (Joined by Band Members and Attendees as indicated)  

                                                Cowboy, Cowgirl.
                                                Small town, small world.
                                                Cowboy, Cowgirl.
                                                Small town, small world.

Will we ever save our dream?
Our grave will lie beyond the hill
Where we ride.
Who will know if we lied
To be side by side?
Who will know you?
Who will know me?
Who will know we tried?

                                                Cowboy, Cowgirl.
                                                Small town, small world.
                                                Cowboy, Cowgirl.
                                                Small town, small world.

ALL:                                          Cowboy, Cowgirl.
                                                Small town, small world.
                                                Cowboy, Cowgirl.
                                                Small town, small world.

 

Will we ever find
Our peace, our mind
Will fly into the
Lightning and rain,
And we’ll stay on the plain,
And we’ll become the same.
Who will know you?
Who will know me?
And we will always remain

ALL:                                          Cowboy, Cowgirl.
                                                Small town, small world.
                                                Cowboy, Cowgirl.
                                                Small town, small world.

                                                Cowboy, Cowgirl.
                                                Small town, small world.
                                                Cowboy, Cowgirl.
                                                Small town, small world.

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