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Children of Eden
From the creators of Godspell, Pippin and Les Misérables comes a joyous and inspirational new musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Children Of Eden uses the story of Genesis to examine the age           

Version:     Papermill Playhouse Production (1998)      
Credits:     Book by:
JOHN CAIRD
Music by:
STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Lyrics by:
STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Based Upon:
A CONCEPT BY CHARLES LISANBY      
Type:     Book Show      
Acts:     Two      
Rating:     PG      
Cast Size:     Medium (11-20)      
Orchestra Size:     Small (1-11)      
Chorus Required:     Yes, small     
Dancing Required:     Yes, but minimal/optional     
Difficulty:     Easy to learn
Easy to sing      
Style:     Broadway
Contemporary      
Category:     Comedy
Historical
Drama
Religious Themes      
Ideal For:     Colleges
Community Theatres
Concerts
Families
Festivals
Fund-Raising
High Schools
Low Budgets
Regional Theatres
Religious Groups
Young People      
Cast Size:     Medium (11-20)     
     5 Men & 4 Women      
Casting Notes:     Children in cast
Includes older role(s)     
Characters:     Father
Adam/Noah
Eve/Mama Noah
Cain/Japheth
Yonah
Abel/Ham
Seth
Shem
Aysha
Aphra
Snake (5 people)
Storytellers
Young Cain
Young Abel
Children     
Special Requirements:     Unit set.     
The London cast Libretto
ACT 1
Let There Be… Chorus: In the beginning... In the beginning In the beginning God created The heaven and earth Without form Void, darkness Chorus: And God said Father: Let there be… Chorus and Father: Light ! Father: I woke up from a curious dream, I dreamed a perfect garden And there were whirling shapes And there were swirling skies And I wasn't lonely any more. I woke up from a wonderful dream, Woke full of energy and hunger And now this hunger will be stilled And my emptyness be filled And I set about to build My dream… Let there be, let there be…Morning Let there be Evening…Day Let there be… Let there be Chorus and Father: Let there be Father: Waters Chorus: Weathers Father: Winters Chorus: Wonders Father and Company: Let there be Land and… Speeding comets with hearts of ice Spinning planets with rings of fire Company: Cosmic sparks and quasars and quarks and suns convulsing Pulsars pulsing Father and Company: Let there be, let there be Let there be, let there be Whales Snails Sharks Larks Apple trees with dappled barks Granite mountains and flaxen plains Giant lizards with tiny brains Flourescent fish and crescent worms And a billion bugs and a trillion germs Let there be, let there be Company: And God saw it was good, it was good… Let there be, let there be Let there be... Something more, something more ... Ahhh... Father: It's not enough It's still not enough There was something more in my dream Something could see it and share it What was it though…I only know I wasn't lonely any more. There is one more thing to build one more viod that must be filled I'll make creatures I'll call children Shaped like me… Let there be, let there be Something, someone Small and skinny Clawless, furless Finless, fangless Father and Company: Let there be Man, who can Wander over my flaxen plains Wonder up at those granite mountains Count the stars and wish for wings And hold a tool and think of things And search for answers he cannot see And dream of glory Father: And worship me... Father and Company: Let there be, let there be Company: And God saw it was good, it was good… Let there be…Let there be Let there be The Naming Adam Come and gather In the meadow, in the meadow, in the sun Come together ev'ryone Now the naming has begun Ah ah ah oo way ... Eve Ah ah ah oo way ah ... Adam Leave your burrow Field and furrow For the meadow and the sun Come together ev'ryone Now the naming has begun The naming, the naming ... Eve The naming, the naming ... Two footed, four footed Six footed, more footed Fleet footed, sure footed What a grand array-o Duck-billed and red breasted Star-nosed and quill-crested Adam and Eve No wonder he rested On the seventh day-o Stripe and spot, feather and fur Maybe he forgot How many there were! Hoot and honk, whistle and purr Flap and gallop and hop Once he started making them It seems he couldn't stop Adam Come and gather In the meadow, in the meadow, in the sun Come together ev'ryone Now the naming has begun Duck-billed and red breasted Star-nosed and quill-crested No wonder he rested On the seventh day-o the naming... Eve Sung in parallel with Adam Two footed, four footed Six footed, more footed Fleet footed, sure footed What a grand array-o Come and gather In the meadow, in the meadow, in the sun Come together ev'ryone Now the naming has begun ... The naming... Adam All right, that one over there - that's an aardvark Eve My turn, aardwolf Adam addax Eve agama Adam Agouti alligator Adam amphiuma Eve This is fun ! Adam Anole Eve antelope Adam armadillo Eve avadavat Adam Axolotl Eve aye-aye Adam Aye-aye? Eve Aye-aye Adam Ai, ai, ai we'll never be done ! Adam and Eve Wings are wavin' Tails are waggin Kangeroo, kinkajou Komodo dragon Lion, lemur Hartebeest, hare Chimpanzee and cinnamon bear Numbat, wombat, jaguarundi, deermouse Dormouse, coati mundi, peccary, porcupine and pronghorn Tiger, tortoise, unicorn ! Come and gather In the meadow, in the meadow, in the sun Come together ev'ryone Eve Now the naming.... Adam Rhinoceros ! Eve Bless you ! Now the naming ... Adam Yak ! Zebra ! Eve Now the naming It is done Adam Ah ah ah oo way ... Adam and Eve all done ! The Spark of Creation Eve Lazy is the lion Sleeping in the sunshine Beautiful and golden and able just to be Easy is the eagle Floating on the north wind Easy and unquestioning and not a tall like me ... Restlessly, I stand here and seek why I was put here Blessed with greater riches than I could have prayed for While all God's other creatures are running, splashing, basking and none of them are asking What was I made for ? Is this all I was made for I got an itching on the tips of my fingers I got a boling in the back of my brain I got a hunger burning inside me Cannot be denied I got a feeling that the Father who made us When he was kindling the pulse in my veins He left a tiny spark of that fire Smoldering inside The spark of creation is flickering within me,br> The spark of creation is blazing in my blood A bit of fire that lit up the stars and breathed life into the mud The first inspiraion The spark of creation I see a mountain and I want to climb it I see a river and I want to leave shore Where there was nothing, let there be something Something made by me There's things waiting there for me to invent them There's world waiting for me to explore them I'm an echo of the eternal cry of "Let there be..." The spark of creation Burining bright within me The spark of creation won't let me reat at all Until I discover or build or uncover A thing that I can call My celebration of the spark of creation The spark of creation May it burn forever The spark of creation I am the keeper of the flame We think all we want is A lifetime of leisure Each perfect day the same Endless vacation,br> That's all right if you're a kind of crustacean but when you're born with an imagination sooner or later, yuo're feeling the fire get hotter and higher The spark of creation In Pursuit of Excellence Snake I've been watching you for w while now My pretty little miss And I've got to tell you thissss you make me want to hisss Your aimless curiosity - really dear, come off it What good is curiosity Unless it yields a profit ? Better learn what pays Repeat this little phrase I'm in pursuit of excellence Striving for my place in the sun Once I was a faceless dreamer Now no being is superemer It's sublime In pursuit of excellence Looking out for number one Being all that I can be -that's for me And if the shortest route Means a taste of forbidden fruit What the hey, It's all in pursuit in excellence ... Catchy, isn't it ? If you stay ingenenous Supremacy is tenuous... Oh don't be such a stiff Mmm ... Just take a sniff really what's the diff if a few ideals get tarnished A couple of truths get varnished That's the price I guesss (no pain, no gain!) You'll be swiftly overtaken by some ambitious snake unlesss you progresss, Learn to dresss for successs Snake and Eve Yess ... we're in pursuit of excellence Winners learn to make the moves while the losers discuss... Snake That's why they're losers Finish first when you're tested Be the best, not the bested Let other nervous wrecks stay too frightened to stick out thir necks Snake and Eve They're not in pursuit of excellence like us ... Like us .... Like us ! World Without You Adam Look at our valley This peaceful evening In the shadows so dark and deep and blue I love our valley But now you're leaving Leaving me here all torn apart and grieving Stay here forever Oh, but how would I live In a world without you The sun is glowing A little colder that it did when our world was fresh and new I see you growing a little older Or is it all in the eye of the beholder I'd stay forever Oh, but how would I live In a world without you ? though it would bebeautiful and free Too high is the cost Losing you from paradise for me is paradise lost I love our valley and all we've done here And when memory faeds, as mem'ries tend to do I'll hold inside me the feel of sun herer The smell of earth the ice-clear rivers run here How we would play here and how we lost our way here when our innocence was through But a world without you So I'll go with you Goodbye our valley, goodbye our garden I can't live In a world without you The Expulsion Father Adam ! Eve ! Oh, my children that I love so well What wrong you do to me Why could you not resist the spell of one seductive tree When all around you I give you fields to roam Sapphire skies and chromium waterfalls I was a fool to think that you'd forever be My Children of Eden Eve It was me father, it wasn't Adam Adam It was me too ! Father Ungrateful children, live in the wilderness! Eve Why did you put questions in me Father Why did you disobey me ? Eve That's not an answer Father Bear yuo're own xhildren Answer for yourselves Adam and Eve We will ! Father Sweat to make your daily bread While thorns and thistles mock your harvest Sweat to the day you return to the clay for which it seems you yearn Dust you are, dust you were To dust you will return And at this place, I set my sword Forever will it burn! Wasteland Angels And the man and woman went out from the garden And in time they did have children of there own And grew older if not wiser In the land that lies beyond Red rock and outcrop stone And the sun glares off a bleaching bone There's no comfort or softness here There's only the wasteland The land of the hunter The stalker and the skinner When you're wither the diner or the dinner and the line between man the beast keeps getting thinner in the wasteland In the wasteland The chilling wind and the killing frost The days of toil when you drop exhausted Feeling lost in the wilderness In the wilderness, the land laid waste The fruit of knowledge has a bitter taste and the bliss of ignorance can never be replaced It's lost in the wilderness Heat-baked and dust-storm driven and one false step goes unforgiven And all that you know is You weren't made to live in the wasteland Lost in the Wilderness Cain I've watched the eagle fly into the sunset beyond the waterfall where I've never been I've heard the wolves cry out in the canyons and I thought my heart would break Oh pap, must I stay here my whole life and curse the ones I stayed for ? Is this all I was made for ? Eve Oh God look what I've done I've passed it to my son ... Cain I never made this world I didn't even lose it I take what I get and take it from there You had a garden once You had the chance to choose it You gave it away including my share Now we're lost in the wilderness Look at us lost, crying in the wilderness and if anyone hears us they're still not answering back Adam Cain, I remember what my father said.... Cain At least you have your memories Your pretty stories of the days gone by when you lived by the letter and life was sweeter Or some such You want to live by your same old rules Go on then - go ahead and try if they make you feel better But from where I'm standing they don't mean much You lived in a land of benevolence Well, maybe there your little rules made sense But you're words and your rules they don't count out here they're just one big royal pain in the ear Adaminterjections Children need rules Children need limits Cain ... Children need boundaries They must not cross Once we went too far And when we went too far Cain... All we gained, was loss Listen to me, Cain It's like my words don't count they just go in and out one ear Cain I never made this world I didn't even lose it If you want to punish yourself Well, fine ... Eve Cain, you've got to listen to your father Cain No, I've got to bind some wounds I've got to find some answers The past is your garden The future is mine Adam It as Father's decree, we should be... Eve Don't be like me, Don't get lost ... Cain But I'm lost, in the wilderness Snow-blind lost, crying in the wilderness And if anyone hears me Why the hell don't they answer back? If anyone hears me Why the hell don't they answer back? Lost in the Wilderness Lost... Close to Home Adam All that I had to give I gave that boy Once he was young And once he brought my heart such joy He'd ride my shoulders And cross the fields we'd roam I still can see those moments like yesterday I was a fool to think They'd make him want to stay Close to Home.... Abel and Cain 1 2 3, Owls are in the tree 4 5 6, Foxes in the sticks 6 5 4, Goslings on the shore 3 2 1, Now we all go home.... Adam Well, anyway We tried to make a home I'll admit that life's been hard Summers brief and arid Winters bleak and numb Look what we call home These old walls are stained and scarred ... Eve I can still remember what each scar was from Adam Yes its true I remember too Eve You could call it run down .... Adam Worn out Eve Threadbare Adam amd Eve And I guess you'd come close to home,close to home .. Eve And I remember... In someone elses garden long ago Adam and Eve We had all that we could eat Eve But it seems the fruit our own hands grow somehow tastes twice as sweet Abel and Cain Four, five, six Foxes in the sticks Six, five, four, Goslings on the shore ... Adam Supper's in the pot The air is filled with cooking smells Time to count our blessings on that evening star Abel and Cain Sung in parallel 1 2 3, Owls are in the tree 4 5 6, Foxes in the sticks 6 5 4, Goslings on the shore 3 2 1, Now we all go home.... Eve Look at what we've got Only what we've made ourselves THough its next to nothing Look how rich we are ... Ba, ba, bum, ba, ba, ba, ba, bum 8,9, 10 Now we start again Adam Funny now how Eden doesn't seem so far... Adam and Eve Come sit beside me in the dying light What storms the morning brings, we'll Weather all right, your hand in my hand And as we sit here huddled in the gloam... Paradise seems strangely close ... Adam and Eve Close to home... Cain and Abel Ba, ba, bum, ba, ba, ba, ba, bum Adam and Eve Close to home... Cain and Abel 3,2, Now we all go... Ada, Eve, Cain and Abel Home Children of Eden Eve Like this brief day, my light is nearly gone But through the night my children, you will go on You will know heartache Prayers that don't work And times of bitter circumstances But I still believe In second chances.... Children of Eden Where have we left you ? Born to uncertainty Destined for pain Sins of your parents Haunt you and test you This your inheritance: Fire and rain Children of Eden try not to blame us We were just human To error prone Children of Eden Will you reclaim us? You and your children to come Some day to come home ... Company: Children of Eden Where is our garden? Where is the innocence We can't regain Eve Once our eyes are opened Chorus Once our eyes are opened Eve Must those eyes harden Chorus Must those eyes harden Eve Must we be lost in the wilderness Chorus Must we be lost in the wilderness Eve and Company Must we remain? Oh my precious children Children of Eden If you think of us Try not to blame us We were just human To error prone Eve and Chorus Children of Eden You will reclaim us You and your children to come Someday you'll come Home ACT 2 Generations This song is very hard to split up, basically the chorus sing all the 'Generations' bits and Ham does the narrative singing Ham: Generation ... Generation ...Generation ... Generation, Generations of Adam Ham: Son follow father, birth follow birth Spread the people all over the earth Mama tell daughter how boy follow girl Spread the people all over the wide wide world Company: Generations, procreations All the nations, multi-plications Beget, begat, begot, begotten Generations of Adam Helping with the cattle and the kettle and the cotton Generations of Adam, generation Generations, procreations Generations of Adam Generation, all the nations multiplications Generations of Adam Cain met a wife east of Eden Generations of Adam They did a little lovin', did a little breedin Generations of Adam Enoch, Irad and Mehujael Lamech come from Mister Mathusael Sheep of Jabel, Harp of Jubal Brass and iron from the children of Tubalcai Generations,multiplications Moutain to valley, ocean to plain Generations, procreations All the nations, multi-plications Beget, begat, begot, begotten Generations of Adam Helping with the cattle and the kettle and the cotton Generations of Adam, generation Generations, procreations Generations of Adam Generation, all the nations multiplications Generations of Adam Seth to Enos to Cainan ... Generations of Adam The shoulder of the son for the father to lean on... Generations of Adam Mahalaleel and Jared follow in their shoes, Another Enoch To bring us to Methuselah... Generations, procreations He lived nine hundred year or so, A ... Papa to Lamech, Grandpapa to Noah Noah...Noah... Noah Oh Noah, you go-a All the way back to the protozoa Beget, begat, begot, begotten Generations of Adam Helping with the cattle and the kettle and the cotton Generations of Adam Son follow father, birth follow birth Mama tell daughter how boy follow girl Spread the people all over the earth Spread the people all over the wide wide world Generations, generation ... Generations of Adam Generations, procreations, multiplications Generations of Adam ... Civilized Society Noah I know we've been through this before I know you're weary of my asking And though I try to be resigned I wish you'd change your mind I wish you'd change your mind I did this task That you have asked of me I built this ark of wood You were once a builder too You saw that it was good Now through the world A million families Work and love and strive Taking all for granted Their right to be alive I see the greed, I see crulety And with it all combined I wish you'd change your mind Oh, won'tyuo change your mind Chorus Out side, buddy Get outa my way I don't got time for manners today Got a big deal pending It's a cute little stunt To undercut the competition Cut throat! Move it or lose it pal That means you Our marching orders just came through We got war games scheduled On the Southern front And a covert reconnaissance mission Cut wo, cut throat Gotta teach those SOB's some respect we got our pride and property to protect We were born carniverous We're not to blame If we show a taste for blood and gristle In a changing world It stays the same man is a cannabalistic missile That's the way we live In a civilised society We gotta live in a civilised society ... Noah I know we've been through this before I know you're weary of my asking But one more thought I know its trivial And hardly on your mind Just a minor detail In the death of all mankind But ther's a boy - My wayward Japheth Who's living out on a whim How am I to bear it ? I know he's proud and disobedient And foolishly inclined Bu I wish you'd change your mind Oh, won't you change your mind Chorus Chill out, Charlie I couldn't care less It ain't my fault the world's a mess Anyone tells you he can change a thing Is a fool or a politician In unison Girls Sweetie, baby Love you a bunch Call me next week And we'll do lunch I hear you got trouble, but I can't help you now I'm late to meet my new beautician Boys Hallelulah We seen the light Our way's the only way's that right Gotta stop them bastards Before it's too late Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition Sorry, sucker If I done you wrong It's a long and winning tradition Chorus We were born carniverous We're not to blame If we show a taste for blood and gristle In a changing world It stays the same man is a cannabalistic... We're in pursuit of excellence Winners learn to make the moves While the losers discuss Snake (That's why there losers) Chorus Like a crazy old fool With the baot on the hill And his puffed up, preachy piety Of the do-godder, sob-sister Bleeding heart variety Make you doubt his sanity Question his soberiety He don't deserve to live - no! In a civ-ilised society The way we live - yes! In a civ-ilised soci... Noah I know we've been through this before And though I try to be reisgned... Chorus ...ety... Noah I wish you'd change your mind I wish you'd change yuor mind Chorus Cut throat! Shipshape Shem, Ham, Aphra and Ayesha Asking us, to build a boat Is not the best idea if its supposed to float But six months later, lookit! wow Ev'rything is shipshape now Now... we dropped the stern We broke the stern And then there wa the day We let the rudder burn Di we have the know how ? No how ! But ev'rything is shipshape now Ship, ship, ship shipshape Who woulda thought it Look what we wrought, it Really does deserve a plaudit Shipshape I thought we'd bought it But eat your heart out Davy Jones You aint gonna claim these bones! There were days I'd've bet Instead if high and dry We'd end up low and wet But break that bottle 'cross the prow Ev'rything is shipshape now It took: Leader...ship, Partner ...ship Draughtsman... ship, Craftsman... ship Don't want to give into the sin of pride But I feel a little self satisfied And I see a couple of heroes I'd Declare deserve a bow .... Ham, Aphra, Ayesha Like Shem! Shem Me ? Ham, Aphra,Ayesha Good old Shem You had muscles when we needed themVTo carry the lumber, the timber the tubs of pitch We couldn't have done it without you Shem, Aphra, Ayesha Or ham, Did you say Ham? Yes Ma'am He sawed each plank and beam and jamb Ham and sometimes I even knew which was which Shem, Aphra, Ayesha We couldn't have done it without you Ham and Shem And what about Aphra and Ayesha ? Our better half! Aphra and Ayesha Who, us ? We did nothing Don't make us laugh ham and Shem the pickling and preserving te patching and the packing The sorting and the storing And the sticthcing and the stacking Aphra and Ayesha Well, your jobs were harder Ham and Shem But yours took more time Shem, Ham, Aphra and Ayesha Face it - we all were sublime I'm glad we found our hidden skills I wasn't very good at growing gills Hallelulajah and hosannah and Holy cow Ev'rything is shipshape.... When those grey skies sing the blues We'll be on a ocean cruise wait a minute - look who's standing over there that we haven't mentioned yet Who made contributions we must not forget Who kept us fit?, Who kept us fed ? Who when we were lazy shook us out of bed? Who's the major reason we'll be sailing instead, of sinking like a pig in a slough Who?, Mama! So let it rain, let it pour Come on, come on, come on, what are you waiting for ? Let that lightening crack- kapow Ev'rything is shipshape ... Ev'rything is shipshape... Despite the fact we couldn't tell a schooner from a scow A frigate from a freighter from a dinghy from a dhow We built ourseleves an ark although we couldn't tell you how Let the thunder rip, we'll be on a trip in the sweetest little skif a skipper'd ever care to skip Ev'rything is tip-top ship.. shape. Now ... I'd never've believed it but we're shipshape now !! The Return of the Animals Stranger to the Rain Yonah Shed no tears for me There'll be rain enough today I'm wishing you godspeed As I wave you on your way This won't be the first time I've stayed behind to face The bitter consequences of an ancient fall from grace I'm a daughter from the race of Cain I am not a stranger to the rain Orphan to the storm that's a role I've played before I've learned not to tremble when I hear the thunder roar I don't curse what I can't change I just play the hand I'm dealt And when they lighten up the rations I tighten up my belt I won't say I've never felt the pain But I am not a stranger to the rain And somwhere far from safety There's a man thats wandering free His story isn't mine But he's as much alone as me he has left his home To walk among the wounded and the slain And when the storm comes crashing on the plain the will dance before the lightening To music sacred and profain Oh, shed no tears fro me Light no candles for my sake The journey I'll be making is one we all must make Shoulder to the wind I'll turn my face into the spray And when the heavens open Let the drops fall where they may If they finally wash away the stain >From a dughter of the race of Cain I am not a stranger to the rain, Let it rain..... In Whatever Time We Have Japheth In whatever time we have For as long as we are living We can face whatever comes If we face it now as one I could make it on my own Now I know that I don't have to No one really wants to be alone In whatever time we have Yonah In whatever time we have After all this time without you It's not easy to believe Japheth All we know for sure is this Though the world could end tomorrow You and I will be together In whatever time we have We know life can be a battlefield But we won't run and we won't yield You'll be my fortress And I will be your shield No one really wants to be alone In whatever time we have Yonah If at times we are afraid With so little to believe in It's alright to be afraid I will hold you in the dark Japheth We could live a hundred years Or the world could end tomorrow but we know we'll be together In whatever time ... Yonah and Japheth >From this day forward Nights won't seem so black >From this day forward We will never look back In whatever time we have We will make the most of time And at least we'll be together In whatever time we have Degenerations Father In the beginning .. I avow in the beginning I loved these children. my creations Somewhere now a snake is grinning It's all degenerations Degenerations, degenerations degenerations, since Adam Disrespect, disobedience when I made them did I choose the wrong ingredients they resist me, they resent me that I made them repent me The wickedness of man is great in the earth And every imagination of his heart is only evil I will blot out mankind from the face of the earth Both man and beast and every creeping thing the end of all flesh has come before me Let there be, let there be,let there be Nothing, nothing, nothing. Let there be chaos The Dove Song Yonah Hush now and listen We've got to do something Before all we are is a skeleton crew There's got to be something, someone can do And all I can think of is you You and I it seems we have a bond Since I cannot fly its you must wander Little sailor of the skies, you must be my eyes... is there land that lies beyond For the children of eden God's fragile creatures We see now we're all of us In the same boat And the years of not heeding And the signs and the teachers Leave us here wondering Will we flounder or float ? May this not prove the ending but one final warning to tell us we've come to the end of the rope Oh, sweet child of eden Find us a morning THe one thing we can't live without Fly and find us hope Bring us back hope, from beyond Children of Eden, cry for salvation Fly as far as we can fly Free Hardest Part of Love Noah Speak to me, my silent father Speak and tell me what to do With this wild,ungrateful child of mine Would you send a flood to drown him? A wall of fire to shut him out Speak to me and tell the answer Please don't leave me here in doubt Oh this son of mine I love so well And oh the toll it takes I would give to him a garden and keep it clear of snakes But the one thing he most treasures is to make his own mistakes, Ohhh He goes charging up the cliffs of life A reckless mountaineer I could help him not to stumble I could warn him what to fear I could shout until I'm breathless And he'd still refuse to hear. Ohhh But you cannot close the acorn Once the oak tree begins to grow And you can't close your heart To what it fears and needs to know That the hardest part of love, is the letting go As a child, I found a sparrow That had fallen from its nest And I nursed it back to health Tilit was stronger than the rest But when I tried to hold it then It pecked and scratched my chest till I let it go And I watched it far away from me With its bright and selfish song And a part of me was cursing I had helped it grow so strong And I feared it would go hungrey And I feared itmight go wrong. Ohhh But you cannot close the acorn Once the oak tree begins to grow And you can't close your heart To what it fears and needs to know That the hardest part of love, is the letting go It's only in Eden Grows a rose without a thorn And your family start to leave you On the day that they are born They willleave you there to cheer for them They will leave you there to mourn, everso Like an ark on uncharted seas Their lives willbe tossed And the deeper is your love for them Th crueler is the cost And just when they start to find themselves Is when you fear they're lost. Ohhh. But you cannot close the acorn Once the oak tree begins to grow And you can't close your heart To what it fears and needs to know That the hardest part of love And the rarest part of love And the truest part of love Love is letting go fare thee well, my precious children In you hands, I place the key To this prison madeof gratitude Which has held you close to me Now at know, I cannot hold you Till at last,I let you be, free Ain't It Good Mama Noah OH LOOK OUT THERE IN THE EASTERN SKY IS THAT A HINT OF LIGHT ? OH COME AND LOOK I NEED TO KNOW IF I AM SEEING RIGHT WE'VE LIVED SO LONG IN DARK I'M ALMOST FRIGHTENED TO BELIEVE THOSE CLEARING SKIES ON THAT GLIST'NING HORIZON TELL ME MY EYES DO NOT DECEIVE ME ... AIN'T IT SWEET TO SMELL THE MORNING IN A WORLD WASHED FRESH AND CLEAR NOW THE STORM HAS LEFT IT'S WARNING AND We SEE We See A HINT OF GREEN PALE GREY LIGHT GROWS STONG AND GOLDEN AND RELEASE US FROM OUR PEN WHERE WE ROCKED FOR ENDLESS DAYS ON A SEA OF ENDLESS GREYS NOW WE SING A SONG OF PRAISE AMEN AIN'T IT GOOD, AIN'T IT GOOD NOW AIN'T IT GOOD TO SEE THE SUN AGAIN .... WHEN MY EARS WERE FILLED WITH THUNDER WHEN MY SOUL BEGAN TO SHAKE THERE WERE TIMES I TRULY WONDERED IF THOSE CLOUDS WOULD EVER BREAK BUT NO STORM WILL LAST FOREVER THOUGH WE FELT SO HELPLESS THEN NOW WE RAISE A JOYFUL CHANT FOR A GLIMPSE OF OLIVE PLANT HAVEN'T SEEN ONE SINCE I CAN'T REMEMBER WHEN (CAN'T REMEMBER WHEN IT FELT SO GOOD) AIN'T IT GOOD WHEN SKIES ARE CLEARING HOW ARE HEARTS BEGIN TO DANCE HOW OUR HOPES ARE REAPPEARING SINCE WE'VE BEEN GRANTED A SECOND CHANCE AND FOR NOW WE'RE DONE WITH FEARING WE MIGHT BE THE FINAL GENERATION IN A DAWN THATS NEW AND FRESH OPEN WIDE THIS FLOATING CRECHE AND DELIVER EV'RY PRECIOUS SPECIMEN AIN'T IT GOOD, AIN'T IT GOOD NOW AIN'T IT GOOD TO SEE THE SUN AGAIN, MY LORD After all the nights we stood, smelling rain on gopher wood AIN'T IT GOOD TO SEE THE SUN AGAIN Oh ain't it good to see the shining golden sun again ! In the Beginning Adam and Eve: This step is once again our first we set our feet upon a virgin land We hold the promise of the earth In our hands No flood from the heaven comes again No deluge will destroy and purify We hold the fate of man and men In our hands Solos and Company: Now at this dawn so green and glad I pray that we may long remember How lovely was the world we had In the beginning Of all the gifts we have received One is most precious and most terrible The will in each of us is free It's in our hands Japheth, Yonah and Company: And if someday we hear a voice If we should speak again, our silent father All he will tell us is the choice Is in our hands Our hands can choose to drop the knife Our hearts can choose to stop the hating For every moment of our life Is the beginning Father: There is no journey gone so far So far we cannot stop and change direction No doom is written in the stars Company: It's in our hands We cannot know what will occur Just make our journey worth the taking And pray we're wiser than we were In the beginning, it's the beginning Now We Begin... Children of Eden grant us your pardon all that we leave to you is the unknown Children of Eden See for your garden You will reclaim us You and your children to come Someday to come Home END OF ACT 2