Alas! Alack!

by Jake Heggie From Natural Selection (1997)

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Alas! Alack!
English source: Gini Savage

Alas! Alack!
I have a knack for falling for the wrong man
Cavaradossi or Don Ottavio were just too tame
I never seem to want to stick to my own script
It’s the chain-smoking bad guy in leather
the one who’ll ruffle my feathers the most
who gets me
I fear it’s a lack___Alas!
As Tosca I lost it over Scarpia
not such a bad fella
he had the power and a steady job
the better tune
so when they asked me to pick up the knife
and dispatch him
I demurred
perhaps it was his theme song I preferred
I know there’s a lack___Alas!
If I were Oberon, I’d choose Puck,
for Pamina, it’s Papagena
If I’m Brünnhilde it’s bound to be Wotan
on whom I’m stuck
If Isolde were smitten by King Mark or Melot
would it make her a zealot?
I know there’s a lack___Alas!


Jake Heggie

Jake Heggie is an American composer. Read more here.

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