Listening to Prodigal God is a choice for adventure. A choice for the unexpected. A choice to find yourself in someone else's story. We're guessing you love to listen to music as much as we do. That?s why we?ve corralled this ancient parable into catchy tunes, thoughtful wordplay, instrumental hooks, and bold performances.
Upon first listen, you'll notice Prodigal God - The Album offers a different listening experience than you might be used to.
First, there's story which drives the songs. Familiar and not. You?ll sense that each song means a bit more than the one before it, and by the end, the sum of the parts offers an extra kick.
Second, most pop projects don't offer such cohesive diversity. Within the first 5 songs you'll hear 7 different singers, each with their own unique sound. This eclecticism comes out of character and relationship and, if we've done our job well, offers you multiple layers and points of view from which to experience the story. Especially upon multiple listens.
The score offers a wasteful extravagance of musical styles. Ron Kenoly shares his trademark crackly R&B depths, with a playful horn section thrown in. MARIKA and Colin Janz make pop sparks fly, each with their own very personal sound. Thanks to world musician Boris Sichon, you'll feel touches of the exotic and ancient.
The last distinctive of this album lies in the story gaps between the songs. There are pivotal moments of this story which are entirely missing on the recording: dialogue scenes, monologues, fights, and dance breaks.
Listening to the album might feel like working a big jigsaw puzzle.
In short, it's a musical. Like most cast recordings, ours is designed to maintain its freshness and relevance five, ten or even twenty years from now. For those who are used to listening to original cast recordings, you'll know what to do and when to do it. For others, this might be a first adventure. And hopefully not a last.
Welcome to the prodigal world.
The primary goal of the play development process, as it is called, is to figure out which story we want to tell and whether we’re telling it clearly. There’s the sequence of events (the plot), the nature of the relationships (the characters), and the escalating conflict and the character arcs to fine tune. Unlike fiction, which reaches its ultimate life on the page, theatre isn’t theatre until it is physically manifest in a space by actors whose bodies and voices bear the weight of the storytelling. These actors do their stuff in give and take relationship with each other, which means that a musical is a living organism. It can only be tested for vital signs in the presence of the watchful community of an audience.
That would be you we hope.
Inspiration, Source & Guidances
The team acknowledges the spiritual writings of the late Henri Nouwen on the subject of this parable, The Return of the Prodigal (and the more recently published, Home Tonight). It’s hard to imagine this particular approach to the story would have been so compelling had it not been for Nouwen’s vulnerable and insightful self-disclosures based on his meditations in response to the Rembrandt painting.
Another book, coincidentally titled The Prodigal God, by Manhattan-based Redeemer Presbyterian Pastor Tim Keller, was published in 2009. Working off of similar scholarly sources and leading to similar conclusions as Nouwen, Keller’s book provides a sound and accessible theological context for the premise which this show dramatizes – namely, that both sons are lost.
In addition to director Morris Ertman, the following individuals have offered helpful dramaturgical counsel along the way: Pacific Theatre artistic director and playwright, Ron Reed; theatre director and actor, Robert Walsh; playwright and author, Dave Schmelzer; Regent University Professor, and playwright, Gillette Elvgren. Nouwen’s primary scholarly source, Dr. Kenneth Bailey, who’s written several meaty books on the subject, provided a single phone consultation to help with some of the historical issues.
released December 19, 2014
MUSIC by Brian Doerksen
LYRICS by Brian Doerksen and Christopher Greco
ADDITIONAL MUSIC by Christopher Greco, Philip Janz and Brian Thiessen
PRODUCED by Philip Janz & Brian Thiessen for Authentic Productions
ARRANGED by Philip Janz, Brian Thiessen, Brian Doerksen and Christopher Greco
CHOIR ARRANGEMENTS by Christopher Greco
SONGS RECORDED, MIXED and MASTERED by Philip Janz at Hi Tyme Studios, Mission, Canada$ Ron Kenolyʼs vocal recorded by Carlson Barros at Harvest Studio in Orlando, Florida, USA SCRIPT by Christopher Greco
Brian Doerksen is a songwriter, recording artist, author, conference speaker and pastor. Born and raised on the west coast
of Canada in Abbotsford B.C., he now lives with his family (wife of 25 years Joyce and their 4 youngest children) in the same home that he spent his childhood in....more
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
Track Name: Little Brother (ACT I)
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.
Track Name: Two Sons (ACT I)
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!
Track Name: Extravagantly (ACT I)
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
Track Name: Who Needs a Plan (ACT I)
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!
Track Name: The Parting of the North and South (Act I)
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
Track Name: Why Am I Leaving
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?
Track Name: Prodigal Son (Act I)
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!
Track Name: Look At Me (Act I)
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!
Track Name: Earth's Bequest (ACT I)
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
Track Name: Life is Sweet (ACT I)
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
Track Name: Beautiful Danger/Poor Little Rich Boy (ACT I)
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
Track Name: Hold Me Now (ACT I)
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
Track Name: Till We Return To Dust (ACT II)
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
Track Name: Fragile Hope (ACT II)
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
Track Name: Unloved (ACT II)
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
Track Name: A Father’s Love (Reprise) (ACT II)
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
Track Name: In My Father’s House (ACT II)
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
Track Name: The New Wine (ACT II)
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…
Track Name: Lead Us Home (ACT II)
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…
Track Name: No Return (ACT II)
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
Track Name: Little Baby (ACT II)
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
Track Name: A Happier Beginning
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
Track Name: Provision “Finale” (ACT II)
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!