THE ELDER SON (Spoken) She appeared as a blemish on my smoldering horizon. How was I to know she held the power to end the famine? At least for me.
THE YOUNG WOMAN Like the seal you spoiled to read these words / My life’s torn in forfeit / So I pray that you would open wide / The doorway of your heart / I fear to tell you what’s been growing deep inside of me / My love conceived a life / A life that needs a love greater than my own / This child needs a home / She needs more than I could ever give / This child needs a father’s love / This child needs a father
THE ELDER SON Little brother, even in your sleep / Still you mock me / Your consequence I reap / Little brother, is this why you’ve returned? / Back to plunder everything I’ve earned / It’s no wonder there’s nothing left that’s mine and mine for keeps / How much can you take from me? / Did you love her, did you even know her name? / Now a baby, adding to your shame / Who could blame you for seeking pleasures I have been denied? / How much can you take from me? / Still, as I see you lying there / Some tenderness remains alive in me / You took the lead, dreaming up your dreams / Living life like I would never dare / Yet I am the master now, and you should be the slave / Until you have paid me back all that Father gave / He gave his best to you, his finest vintage poured into you / And you wasted every drop / Now your life of endless blessing stops / Little brother it’s time to go to work / No more dreaming, I’ll drag you down to earth / Here’s my vision / Your every drop of blood and sweat is mine / How much can you take? / How much can you take? / Not as much as I will take from you / (Spoken) Look at him. Our hero. The little thief who gives you little choice. You gotta love him. We are his victims.
THE RABBI There once was a man who had two sons / Two sons that differed greatly / The first born son was there on time / The latter rather lately / THE RABBI & TOWNSFOLK The former son, our northern star / Consistent, cold, and boring / The latter warms and charms and schemes / Eyes dreamy and adoring / There once was a man who had two sons / Quite different in their natures / One of them we call the Rule / The other the Rule-Breaker / Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exist between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name / THE SERVANT’S DAUGHTER & THE SERVANT There once was a mother pale as the moon / Eclipsed at the birth of her son / THE TOWNSFOLK And so we mothered him in her place / We showered our affection on him / Maybe we spoiled him a bit, a bit! / There once was a man who had two sons / He loved beyond all measure / Each of them we’re bound to serve / They are Provision’s treasure / Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exist between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name / Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exist between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name/ THE SERVANT & THE SERVANT’S DAUGHTER There once was a clan of faith and love that gave two outcasts shelter / They gave us both a brand new life / And we serve them with pleasure / THE SERVANT The father didn’t blame me even though I was their midwife / Instead he blessed us with a home, defending us with his life / THE SERVANT & THE SERVANT’S DAUGHTER There once was a clan of faith and love / The house of God’s provision / That is why we spend our lives devoted to their mission / Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exist between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name / THE TOWNSFOLK There once was a man for whom east meets west / An author of beginnings / Designer of the means and ends / Good steward of the winnings / An architect of civic life, stage center of our story / Collector of respect, resentment, envy, awe and glory / There once was a source of extravagance / Won’t find any one quite like it / Magnetic a force of ambivalence / We love them but don’t like it / Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exist between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name / That gives our town its name / That gives our town its name / Provision, provision / Don’t like it / But love it / Provision!
THE FATHER How could you know what you have asked of me / Could risk it all and alter everything / So much to lose if I let you go / Nothing to gain if I make you stay / THE YOUNGER SON (Spoken) You can’t make me stay / THE FATHER For all I know, and all I’ve taught to you / Could I have guessed it’s me who’s torn in two? / I recognize the eyes of a boy / But who is this man standing before me? / You would go and I would wave goodbye / To priceless years and the best life I have known / Once alone, what questions would arise / How dare you ask? And why ask now? / And how could I not say yes? / So what’s the use of my great plans for you / If, in your eyes, you don’t see greatness too? / I could be proud / I could be grieved / But I’ll let you go / Extravagantly
THE YOUNGER SON Who needs a plan? / All you need is vision / All you need is courage / A little wanderlust / Who needs a trail? / All you need is raw determination mixed with guts / To turn the dirt to dust / ‘Cause out beyond these walls of stone lies the great and wild unknown / Do you want me to have the fun all to myself? / Tomorrow I’m man, so it’s time to take our stand / We could be the heroes who take on the world / How could you not say yes? / THE ELDER SON Say I say yes / I can guess what happens next / Say you fail heroically / Who cleans up your mess? / You’ll regret your schemes and I’ll be made to pay for your foolish dreams / (Spoken) There is the little question of money. / THE YOUNGER SON Inheritance / THE ELDER SON Oh, I get it. Take me along and triple your buying power. Very shrewd. / THE YOUNGER SON Hadn’t thought of that. All the more reason / THE ELDER SON One snag: sons don’t ask for inheritance while their father’s alive / THE YOUNGER SON Who needs the law? / What you need is reckless inspiration / Make the break, it’s time to risk the fall / Who needs a plan? / When you’ve got the spirit of adventure / Heed the faith, steed the manly call / THE ELDER SON Right here within these walls is our first and only call / ‘Cause here we find the greatest kind of living / Our legacy is here / Provision without fear / And both of us could stay the local heroes / And we could lead them all / THE YOUNGER SON Beyond / THE ELDER SON Within / THE YOUNGER SON Beyond / THE ELDER SON These walls are the walls of love / THE YOUNGER SON These walls we’re just prisoners of / THE ELDER SON My future is here within… / THE YOUNGER SON My future is beyond… / THE YOUNGER SON & THE ELDER SON These walls!
THE RABBI & THE TOWNSFOLK Some things never change and never should / Some choices lead to ruin, not manhood / Why would a father give away a third of his estate? / What a foolish waste / The north and the south will never meet / The west waits in vain for the east / Why were we damned to see the day / When reason flew away? / Our village cursed with change
THE YOUNGER SON Why am I leaving? / Why do I ask so much? / THE SERVANT Have you become a man? / THE YOUNGER SON Where will leaving lead? / THE SERVANT You don’t know the way / THE YOUNGER SON & THE SERVANT Will I/you ever return? / THE SERVANT Why are you leaving? / Because you want it all / THE YOUNGER SON That’s how I’ve always been / THE SERVANT One day you’ll return / THE YOUNGER SON That’s all I know to do / THE YOUNGER SON & THE SERVANT But will you/I ever learn? / THE SERVANT’S DAUGHTER Ooh, ahh / THE FATHER You may never understand / Why a man will do what he will do / He can’t see the price he’ll pay / His pride will keep his pain at bay / THE ELDER SON Yesterday I had the whole world / A father, brother, wife and a future / Now I’ve lost it all in a single day / So why am I staying? / THE ELDER SON & THE SERVANT’S DAUGHTER Why am I staying? / THE YOUNGER SON There are moments I can’t bear to be alive / It’s too powerful, it’s too terrible / Hear the howling in my brain, feel the growling in my heart / It’s so powerful, it’s so wonderful / THE FATHER God in heaven, hear my prayer / THE YOUNGER SON I’m scared to say what we both know / THE FATHER Is now the time to let them go? / THE YOUNGER SON No good can come from what I’ve done / THE FATHER My voice upraised could stop them cold / THE YOUNGER SON But I’m too crazed to turn back now / THE FATHER And freeze the blood of love’s free flow / THE YOUNGER SON Why can’t I stop myself? Why can’t I stop myself? / THE TOWNSFOLK What a tragedy, what a terrible scene / The house of Provision is now called the house of grief / The irrational father has given as if he were dead / Because of his foolishness / We’re left with nothing but dread / THE YOUNGER SON Why am I leaving? / THE ELDER SON Why am I staying?
THE ELDER SON Disgraced you are / THE ELDER SON & THE TOWNSFOLK You bring shame upon us / THE ELDER SON Despised you’ll be / THE ELDER SON & THE TOWNSFOLK This dishonor wrongs us / Such waste, you fool / We demand recompense / Consequence / Disgust we feel / We will not restrain it / Defiled we are / Words cannot contain it / Take heed, you thief / We decree mutiny! Infamy! / Be damned today / In hell you’ll pay / Wrath and judgment have begun / You prodigal! / Prodigal son!
THE YOUNGER SON Look at what I’ve done – unheard of / You will tell my story to your children’s children / A tale of what’s to come / A sign of what shall be / I am a prodigy, I am a prophet / The one and only, first and best / Prodigal prophet prodigy / (Spoken) Look at me! / Southward bound, bigger with every breath / Stronger with every choice / Freedom found, further with every step / I’m not a little boy anymore / Possibilities demand a possibility man / Maybe I’ll save a life, found a town / Turn the city upside down / Roll the dice, win the game / Turn my shame to glorious fame / Maybe I’ll find a woman / I’ll make her believe when she looks at me / I am what I seek / I am brasher than the mountain peaks in front of me / I am desert horizon; harvest moon rising / Look at me / I am all your dreams / I am morning dew falling on every field / There’s no stopping me / There’s no topping me / Northward bound, home will hear me coming / Just in time to save the day / Welcome found, running out to meet me / Running with apologies / Then you’ll do for me what I always did for you / Then I’ll never again need to / Chop your wood, mop the floor, serve the wine or open doors / Harvest crops, carry fuel, I’ll never have to do your bidding / Then you will honor me / Then you’ll see I’m not little brother now / I’m not your entertainment / I’m not like conniving neighbors / I’m not an ant who gathers food and shuns the world in worry naïve / You tried to keep me small, but you will sing / THE TOWNSFOLK Look at you / You are all we see / You are taller than our walls of domesticity / You are desert horizon; harvest moon rising / Look at you / You are all we need / You are morning dew falling on all our fields / You’re our prodigy, our prophet prodigy / Prodigy, our prophet prodigy / THE YOUNGER SON I believe in one god / Center of the universe / Bolder than the sun, cunning like the moon / Faster than a shooting star / More passionate than the sea / The Almighty Three in one – I, myself, and me / Your prodigal son / Look at me!
THE TRADERS Caravan, kingdoms come / Ivory, cinnamon / See, caress China silk / Scarlet, yellow, turquoise, purple, orange, henna, green / Precious salt, rare nutmeg / Peacock feather, ostrich egg / Drink to kingdoms come / Behold / Goods we proffer you possess / A little gold for the earth’s bequest / THE YOUNG WOMAN & THE TRADERS Emerald, sapphire, topaz, ruby, onyx, amethyst / THE YOUNG WOMAN Treasures yet unknown await / Sweet, beguiling, tempting fate / The road to kingdom come unfolds / Last one standing trumps the rest / Roll the dice for the earth’s bequest
THE YOUNGER SON Life is sweet, life is good / And I’m lovin’ it like I should / Sights to savor, colors intense / Life is good, life is grand / I love trav’lin’ through the land / And I won’t slow down until I’ve seen it all / THE YOUNGER SON & THE YOUNG WOMAN Life is sweet, life is good / And I’m livin’ it like I should / Spicy flavors, salty new scents / Life is good, life is gold / Like the goods I buy, I’m sold / And I won’t slow down until I’ve got it all / Life is sweet / THE YOUNGER SON Well, I’m groovin’ with my new friends / Pushy dealers of delight / ‘Cause money’s for the spendin’ / And love is for the lendin’ / And everyday we’ve got, let’s make like sand and fly / From dune to dune, till stars get in your eyes / THE YOUNGER SON & THE YOUNG WOMAN Life is sweet, life is good, and I’m givin’ it all I should / Curried favor, smoky ascent / Not just good, life is great / So I’m gonna satiate / Every thirst and hunger till I’ve had my fill / Every thirst and hunger till I’ve had my fill / Life is sweet / THE TRADERS Sweet for those who set the rules / Sweet for those who pick the tune / THE YOUNG WOMAN & THE TRADERS Sweet for our spendhappy fool / Sweet to see him whoop and swoon / THE TRADERS But what about the low born scum who pay the dues? / Life too sweet can turn too bitter all too soon / THE YOUNGER SON Do you think I’ll get addicted? / THE YOUNG WOMAN Uh- huh / THE YOUNGER SON Well, I admit I’ve got that bent / THE YOUNG WOMAN Nah / The body’s for the stretchin’ / THE YOUNGER SON The body’s for the stretchin’ / THE YOUNG WOMAN And stars are for the catchin’ / THE YOUNGER SON Stars are for the catchin’ / THE YOUNGER SON & THE YOUNG WOMAN And everyday we’ve got to take the chance and fly / From moon to moon, hear life’s relentless cry / Life is hot, life is cool / When you’re one spendhappy fool / Sound the cheer, extravagance is here / THE TRADERS Life is fun, life is fresh / Filled with endless happiness / So we won’t slow down until we’ve tasted all / No, we won’t slow down until we’ve wasted all / Life is sweet, Life is sweet / THE YOUNG WOMAN & THE TRADERS Your life is sweet / THE YOUNGER SON Life is sweet
THE YOUNGER SON My Beautiful Danger / THE YOUNG WOMAN My Canaan Prince / THE YOUNGER SON Where’s home? /
THE YOUNG WOMAN Every place and no place / Where there’s something to be gained, we go / THE YOUNGER SON When
there’s something to be lost? / THE YOUNG WOMAN We fly / THE YOUNGER SON Who’s we? / THE YOUNG WOMAN The poets
like to say / All roads lead to Rome / But my uncle likes to add, in his brutal Roman way / “First you must pay me the toll” / THE
YOUNGER SON (Spoken) I see / I’ve been known to fly myself / THE YOUNG WOMAN Did you fly from home? / THE YOUNGER SON Well, yes / THE YOUNG WOMAN I see you’ve not lost much along the way / THE YOUNGER SON You’d be surprised / THE YOUNG WOMAN How much did you have when you left your father’s house? / THE YOUNGER SON (Spoken) You’d be surprised /You can let your uncle know / I am free from his constraints / If I seek a face to face with Caesar’s Mighty Self / There’s no stopping me/ There’s no topping me / I can do anything / THE YOUNG WOMAN Anything? / THE YOUNGER SON Well, many things / THE YOUNG WOMAN (Spoken) For your sake, I’ll keep that to myself / THE YOUNGER SON And where is your uncle today? / THE YOUNG WOMAN Look close / And you will see him today / As the raiders overpower / And you cower from the soldiers / And the
quaking beggars leech upon your soul / You can feel him reach around you / You can tremble in his wake / You can know your life is not your own for long / THE YOUNGER SON Then why do his bidding? / THE YOUNG WOMAN Few ask that question / THE YOUNGER SON Why do his bidding? / THE YOUNG WOMAN Few have the freedom you flaunt / Little rich boy / THE YOUNGER SON (Spoken) Little rich boy?! / THE YOUNG WOMAN Dear little rich boy (Spoken) I’ve said too much THE YOUNGER SON The truth
is never too much to say / I’ll be truthful in kind / I have come to the end of my freedom, as you call it / Soon I will have nothing left / THE YOUNG WOMAN Poor little rich boy / So we may be losing you, our best customer / THE YOUNGER SON (Spoken) Customer?/ THE YOUNG WOMAN We should fly / THE YOUNGER SON There is something else to lose right now / THE YOUNG WOMAN (Spoken) I don’t understand / THE YOUNGER SON Lose me as a customer, yes / But don’t lose me as a friend / Little rich boys can grow up to be wiser, if poorer, young men / THE YOUNG WOMAN You are full of yourself / THE YOUNGER SON (Spoken) I am / THE YOUNG WOMAN I am empty
THE UNCLE & THE TRADERS Pyramids, kings of old / Death defied, arrayed in gold / Time attested vanities / Hebrew, Roman, Nubian, Egyptian, Persian, Greek / Windtorn stone can’t protect / The fragile now from the not yet / Dust and ashes, moth and rust / Be wary those who trust in riches / Famine lies in wait
THE YOUNGER SON Is it true you have never heard the words / You’re beautiful, my daughter? / Have you never known a father? / Or a man, who could speak a word of love / Awakening your orphan heart / I believe I am the man / To love you like no other / THE YOUNG WOMAN No, don’t make me any promises / I barely have the strength to say goodbye / I’m afraid if I say yes to love / You will turn and leave / THE YOUNGER SON Hold me now I’ll help you to forget / The years of loveless slavery / Your beauty calls for bravery / I’m right here – you are free to dream again / I’ve come to love you back to life / THE YOUNGER SON & THE YOUNG WOMAN Could you be the reason why? / What if you’re my savior? / I’ve been searching all my life for this / When I hold you in my arms / You’re everything / All I have, I give to you tonight / I give to save your life / Hold me now
END OF ACT ONE
THE ELDER SON (Spoken) You think you know the story. You don’t know the half of it.
THE ELDER SON & THE WORKERS Cursed, the ground beneath our feet / This unrelenting heat / The heavens send no rain / Cursed, this drought with no remorse / Our work with no reward / This labor done in vain / How long, O Lord, will you not answer prayer? / Our land has been laid bare, our lives reduced to dark despair / How long, O Lord, will silence crush our hope? / Will grief be all we know, till we return to dust? / Dust! / THE ELDER SON Cursed, the day you dared to ask / For your inheritance / The consequence remains / Cursed, these long, fruitless years / My father’s wasted tears / The seasons never change / THE ELDER SON & THE WORKERS How long, O Lord, will you not answer prayer? / Our land has been laid bare, our lives reduced to dark despair / How long, O Lord, will silence crush our hope? / Will grief be all we know, till we return to dust? / Dust! / THE ELDER SON Day after day, nothing here changes / Sowing our seed, sorrow is all we reap / THE ELDER SON & THE WORKERS How long, O Lord, will you not answer prayer? / Our land has been laid bare, our lives reduced to dark despair / How long, O Lord, will silence crush our hope? / Will grief be all we know, till we return to dust? / Dust! / THE ELDER SON Cursed, the ground beneath our feet / This sweat that covers me / The heavens send no rain
THE FATHER A storm is coming, dark clouds are gathering / Where will the lightning strike the earth? / Once wrath has thundered, who will be standing? / Or will we all be turned to dust? / Still, fragile hope remains / Perhaps he’s alive / Soon I may see his face, his eyes open wide / How could I turn my back, and spurn the boy I love? / One son so careless, one son too careful / One father, powerless, alone / Who gives them freedom / Who holds back nothing / How can they not say yes to love? / So I will cling to hope, rain one day must fall / Soon I will hold them both, our honored house restored / For now, we can only wait and pray for their return
FIRST MIDWIFE Who can see what’s invisible? / Who can say what no one’s dared to speak? / Unseen, unsung, unloved / SECOND MIDWIFE She’ll open her eyes to the world to see she’s unwelcome / Her first words are heard as burden and blame / FIRST MIDWIFE Whatever left undone, she’ll be made to do / Whatever debt unpaid / THE MIDWIVES her body is the ransom / Who can see what’s invisible? / Who can say what no one’s dared to speak? / THE YOUNG WOMAN & THE MIDWIVES Unseen, unsung, unloved / THE MIDWIVES So she’ll put on the veil and demure as the men demand / Assume a uniform of worker / Enslaved / THE YOUNG WOMAN Or she’ll put on the face, a seller’s smiling face/ She’ll play a siren part / THE YOUNG WOMAN & THE MIDWIVES Unloved lover in the dark / Who can see what’s invisible? / Who can say what no one’s dared to speak? / Unseen, unsung / THE YOUNG WOMAN She’ll be empty and safe unless a new man breaks in / And enters her darkness, shining with questions / He’ll see her as woman worthy of love / He’ll stir faith in someone she can believe in / She’ll say to herself / I am seen and sung / For a moment I believed / For a season I was seen / Till my love was torn away / By the man who means to master me / It’s me who sees the invisible / I can say what no one dares to speak / or the grave is not as strong as the love I’ve tasted / No man’s fear or pride decides our story’s ending / THE YOUNG WOMAN & THE MIDWIVES While we may all be Beloved
THE YOUNG WOMAN Like the seal you spoiled to read these words / My life’s torn in forfeit / So I pray that you open wide / The doorway of your heart
THE YOUNGER SON Brother, can you see me now? / Freedom’s fall complete / Look what I hold in my hands / A well-deserved defeat / All the birds have flown away / Dreams descend to dust / Father, can you see me now? / The one who was your son is lost / In my father’s house, there are no slaves, only servants and sons / In my father’s house, there are no slaves, only servants and sons / THE ELDER SON (Spoken) A lone figure dressed in rags appears on the horizon /“Go back where you came from. We have no work!” / He keeps walking toward Provision as if all he can do is walk / Or drop to the ground / “Don’t you understand? I said there’s no work here.” / (To his field companions) “To work, brothers. For us there is nothing but work.” / THE YOUNGER SON In my father’s house, there are no slaves, only servants and sons / In my father’s house, there are no slaves, only servants and sons / I am no longer worthy to be your son / But I could be a paid servant and be treated as one / I will work my way back into your house / I will work my way back into your heart / I am better than this, give me another chance to prove my worth to you
#7 THE NEW WINE THE FATHER Joy, a day of joy / I’ve waited so long for this day to come / Joy, a day of joy / The son whom I lost has found his way home / Bring out the new wine, uncork the celebration / Bring on the good times, release the jubilation / THE SERVANT & THE
TOWNSFOLK Joy, a day of joy / I never stopped praying that this day would come / Joy, amazing joy / From the ends of the earth, you have come home / Bring out the new wine, uncork the celebration / Bring on the good times, release the jubilation / THE FATHER, THE SERVANT & THE TOWNSFOLK Joy, a day of joy / A sign has appeared, the famine will end / Joy, surprising joy / Our mischievous boy is back in our lives / Bring out the new wine, uncork the celebration / Bring on the good times, release the jubilation / THE TOWNSFOLK Join us and celebrate, come join the party / Join in our joyful dance, come join the party / Come join the party…
THE REFUGEES Al tasur mimenu [HEBREW: do not turn away from us] Al tasur mimenu / THE MESSENGER Don’t look away as we’re passing through / Even the dogs find crumbs for food / We are in need as fatherless ones / Suffering hope, desperate for love / THE REFUGEES Do not turn away / Hatirenu [HEBREW: can you see us] / Do not turn away / Can you see us? / THE UNCLE You can run, you can hide / Still you won’t escape this famine / You can run, you can hide / In the end you’ll have to join me / THE MESSENGER I’ve heard of a place where daughters are blessed / Where meaningful work gives way to sweet rest / Where outcasts belong and sons live with grace / the journey goes on until we are safe / THE MESSENGER & THE REFUGEES Lead us home / Lead us home / Lead us home / Lead us home / THE REFUGEES Kyrie eleison [GREEK: Lord, have mercy] THE UNCLE Choose whom you will serve / Trust me and beware / Choose whom you will serve / Trust me and despair / THE REFUGEES We will run, we will hide / In the valley of the shadow / We will run, we will fly / Dust to dust into the heavens / THE MESSENGER Don’t look away as we’re passing through / Even the dogs find crumbs for food / We are in need as fatherless ones / Suffering hope, desperate for love / THE MESSENGER & THE REFUGEES Lead us home / Hashivenu [HEBREW: return us where we belong] / Lead us home / Lead us home…
THE YOUNGER SON I want to journey back / Before I turned away / From sweet todays of innocence and youth / I long to travel back / To life within these walls / Back to the simplicity of a father’s love / And a brother’s company / THE ELDER SON There is no return / The past is blown away / I am too far gone / Your tears are much too late / THE YOUNGER SON & THE ELDER SON There is no return / I’m spent and none remains / The vine is withered brown / The walls have given way / THE ELDER SON Nothing could undo what you’ve done to me / THE YOUNGER SON What I’ve done to you / THE YOUNGER SON & THE ELDER SON Life is nothing more than a tally of debt / What if death is the only answer left? / (The Elder Son makes his way to his father’s bedside, stick in hand. The Father is awake but lies motionless.) / THE ELDER SON I stagger on the edge / I stumble in the dark / I can’t control my thoughts / I cannot change my heart / Still I remember what you taught me / Vengeance is not ours but God’s / But who will pay the price for what’s been taken from me / And what I could take from you? / God in heaven, stop me now / THE YOUNGER SON Save us now / THE ELDER SON Before I desecrate the earth / THE YOUNGER SON What have I done? / THE ELDER SON God in heaven, free me now / From this bitterness and hate / THE ELDER SON & THE YOUNGER SON Change me now / THE ELDER SON I will find my way back into your heart / I am better than this / Give me another chance to become more like you
THE ELDER SON Little baby / As I see you lying there / Such tenderness is brought to life in me / (Spoken) Such tiny fingers to catch my fall / You’ll give your best to him / Your precious vintage poured into him / And he’ll ask for more, yes, he’ll ask for more . Little brother / His plunder is our love / You gotta love him / And become just like him
THE ELDER SON (Spoken) Don’t misunderstand the happy ending of my story / Which is really a happier beginning / This isn’t how I would have written it / But if I’m free to choose, and prodigal enough to ask / Let me be loved / And let me love / Extravagantly
THE ELDER SON I could not see, I would not see / How my father made provision for me / Provision, Provision, made to last /Provision, Provision, mercy enough / Enough for him, enough for her, enough for me / Enough for us all / I could not see, I would not see / There was always enough for you and for me / Till all was lost / THE YOUNGER SON Till all was lost / THE MESSENGER Till all was lost / ALL When all is lost / THE YOUNGER SON See! / THE ELDER SON & THE TOWNSFOLK Provision / THE YOUNGER SON & THE MESSENGER Believe! / THE ELDER SON & THE TOWNSFOLK Provision / THE YOUNGER SON & THE MESSENGER Imagine,out there! / THE ELDER SON & THE TOWNSFOLK Out ahead / ALL Life / Provision / Refuge / Provision / Home / Mercy to come / Music / Provision / Laughter / Provision / Belonging always! / Rest / Provision / Purpose / Provision / Provision awaits me / THE ELDER SON (Spoken) I fell to my knees before my father / “I’ve sinned against heaven and earth and I’m no longer worthy to be called your son” / But my father, my wastefully extravagant father said, “Enough of that / It’s about time for your party, don’t you think?” / THE RABBI There once was a man who lost two sons / Both turned from their home and fled / Two boys returned as sovereign men / The north and the south shall wed / Maybe he spoils them a bit / THE TOWNSFOLK A bit?! / THE ELDER SON Bring out the new wine / Uncork the celebration / Bring on the good times / Release the jubilation / THE ELDER SON & THE TOWNSFOLK Bring out the new wine / Uncork the celebration / Bring on the good times / Release the jubilation / THE RABBI & THE TOWNSFOLK Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exists between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name / Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exists between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name / That gives our town its name / That gives our town its name: Provision, provision, prodigious provision / THE ELDER BROTHER & THE TOWNSFOLK Thanks to prodigal’s / Prodigal God!