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Overture 00:56
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Fighting Men 03:15
Fighting men who have suffered for freedom Who somehow could sing With their throats bleeding dry Who could stand unrelenting While lesser men trembled Who fought off the dogs for the glory of God Fighting men (Fighting men, fighting men) Who cannot be shamed (Fighting men, fighting men) Who take all the blame (Fighting men, fighting men) Who honor their names (Fighting men, fighting men) Who take all the beatings In spite of the pain... fighting men Fighting men Who have mothers and daughters Their eyes cold like steel When their sons are struck down Who have crushed their emotions, Keep watching the hillside Their tears wet the dirt when we cry victory Fighting men who have eyes like an eagle Whose talons are swift And his justice complete He’ll rejoice in the spoils, Still eager for sunrise The empire rises on back of his deeds Fighting men Who need no one to guide them, Whose vision of God is the sword And the flame Who will sacrifice life And take nothing for granted Unmoving as mountains is their loyalty Fighting men (Fighting men, fighting men) Who cannot be shamed (Fighting men, fighting men) Who take all the blame (Fighting men, fighting men) Who honor their names (Fighting men, fighting men) Who capture their freedom In spite of the pain... fighting men
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Desert Rose 01:20
The rose in the desert blooms at night, Though the sand and the soil is cold On the moonlit steppes it has no regrets, And its feat of genius goes unrepeated, Wilting before it is old The crystal gem in the sand does send A direction to all who see: What is bright and clear, In the night, makes fear Seem a lifted shroud or a passing cloud: Live but once in beauty and peace Peace, peace, peace
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A snake in the arid desert Wishes you no harm He wants only crystal water You must not be alarmed Though looks might fool you into thinking He has desire to kill A petty victim of circumstances, Reduced to an iron-clad will So Dance! Dance! Dance! And pray! What fools are we to think that We decide when we die, Like flies in the ointment of fate, With God’s will we survive Though looks might fool you into thinking He has desire to kill A petty victim of circumstances, Reduced to an iron-clad will Just dance! Dance! You must dance And pray! Hail to our conquering leader King and our friend Justinian is a warrior Ruler of men
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The rain begins to fall, my breathing’s stopped And all my power’s fading The birds begin to call, the stormclouds clear Like sunrise has been waiting I’m hoping you can help me find What it takes to keep my mind out of trouble The mountains strong Against the ocean’s tide My vision’s clear now with you here, And I finally see the door into heaven, Time for me to turn the key And put my pride aside We’re walking side by side, I’ve turned my Back to the foolishness behind me The answer’s in your eyes, I see a friend with the wisdom to remind me I’m hoping you can be the one To help me to become something better And when I struggle who could be my guide Someone strong I could stand beside And open wide the door into heaven, Time for me to turn the key And caress you from inside The rain begins to fall, my breathing’s stopped And all my power’s fading
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AMPHION: In 4 twelve Anno Domini In E’Ran’s founding days, The Shah held masquerades and fine parades For men of noble blood Lavish dancing, horses, No expense was spared But people stared in disbelief; Those luxuries meant less to eat, Fourteen days of riots and the flames Taught well those men When ends can justify your means, A thirst for blood is what you need Through the ages Fools and sages Sing that same old song It’s all the same in the end NASREEN: The chariot race this season past, Where bloody riots loosed, Citizens made pleas to spare their kinsmen From the hangman’s noose Through the night the city burned, And prisoners ran free Justinian wished to escape, Before a sharp knife sealed his fate Gold was paid to soldiers Who would kill their friends for bread, We purchased peace through treachery, And blood which flowed from Roman heads 30,000 men were killed, But nothing much was learned It’s all the same in the end BOTH: When Sassanids come from the East To meet in Roman lands, While talking peace, Their minds are scheming, Those who think are unbelieving Festivals and pageantry Can’t hide the bloody deeds, Justinian does not want peace, His sword is restless in its sheath Khosrow, knowing that he’ll pay, Extorted riches more But lovers meet who see the madness, Stop this age of endless sadness Strength I’ll try to find to right the wrongs This world has made Yet it’s all the same in the end
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Protest Song 02:36
Your light is the vanishing twilight Your passion the well running dry Your fear is the fear of an angel Who’s taken for granted immortality Your light is a blistering sunset Your bane is the truth bare and frail My teeth are sharp as an adder’s These fangs are my freedom Their aim cannot fail My light is a vine that is creeping My place is the cracks in between My history, fierce and unpleasant There is no peace treaty to erase the deeds He claims to be immortal But his infamy will die These men only worship What gold pieces buy When my corpse lays in the street Covered by flies Who’ll be there to measure The cost of your lies? Your feast is the feast of the devil Your pleasures are cruelty and greed You come here to sneer and retort Knowing Constantinople Must pay you with heed. Who came here to spoil and taint Our fair land? What selfish aims they whisper While they’re making their plans No blade can purge the vengeance Contained in my hands The breadth of my justice Unmeasured by man
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THEODORA: I can see from your face You’re trapped by decisions you’ve made It’s becoming too late Your soul is forfeit in this race Just weeks ago, peace was a dream Now we’re here And you’re letting bar-barity win The music that Amphion brings is a Glimpse of a world without failing or sin She’s all that I have to give hope To this wretched soul When I’m left second-guessing myself, My voice is not loud enough to drown Out the resounding refrain of my failures My fears, the one’s who I’ve lost, The friends who I’ve left behind, When my charms do not charm enough As I struggle and fight through the darkness I wander adrift, her life is a gift I cannot choose doom Won’t give up the promise I’ve made She spit in his face Abandoned herself to the grave Justinian’s vision is clear He delivers prosperity if we comply The stakes for me aren’t merely strife But to give up my friend or give up my life! NARSES: He’s all that I have to give hope to This wretched soul When I’m left second guessing myself, My voice is not loud enough to drown Out the resounding refrain of my failures My fears The one’s who I’ve lost, The friends who I’ve left behind, When my wits are not fast enough As I struggle and fight through the darkness I wander adrift, his life is a gift BOTH: Don’t be a coward Use your head We must let reason guide us Or more end up dead You’re just like her/him, rebellious and cruel Allowing yourself to be led by a fool She/He’s all that I have to give hope To this wretched soul When I’m left second guessing myself, My voice is not loud enough to drown Out the resounding refrain Of my failures my fears NARSES / THEODORA: The one’s who I’ve lost / The friends who I’ve left behind BOTH When my best is not good enough As I struggle and fight through the darkness I wander adrift, his/her life is a gift
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Cup & Ball 04:34
Under the branches of Eden Wrapped up in secrets, shrouded in time My heart was wasting away a rose in the garden swallowed by vines One touch brought life to the thirsty Drought cannot hurt me, sheltered in love Burning with anticipation I’ll wait until stormbreak: rain from above Through all the years of lonely waiting My ship was lost in the storm No time now for hesitating I’ve come to the shore I’m tired of being used, You please me baby, You please me, please me Our love is pure devotion It’s something I need, I gotta fire to feed yeah, And our hearts will burn together We’ll find each other by starlight Running past midnight, Your hand against mine, Art of the hungry and weary, No one is there to see Our bodies entwined One touch, one kiss Melting resistance Two hearts, one soul, Past all control Break free from the chains that bind us And build a world of our own It’s time to put the past behind us And face the unknown I’m tired of being used, You please me baby, You please me, please me I can’t stop this rain of emotion It’s something I need I gotta fire to feed yeah, And our hearts will burn forever
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In Blood 04:03
This slime, has a lesson to learn It’s time, for this city to burn I’ll stop her before she returns to the stage And I’ll leave her to drown In blood! He’ll take revenge (In blood!) He’ll drink his fill (Of blood!) And her songs will die (In blood!) And the blood will spill They wish, to have peace evermore I’ll fight, to settle the score I’ll start a new war To reclaim what she’s taken And cover the page In blood! I’ll take revenge (In blood!) I’ll drink my fill (Of blood!) And her songs will die (In blood!) And the blood will spill... I’ll write, a new treaty and sign Her life, a condition of mine She’ll pay for his crimes And when justice prevails she’ll Surrender to fate In blood! You’ll take revenge (In blood!) You’ll drink your fill (Of blood!) And her songs will die (In blood!) And the blood will spill...
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The Baltimore Rock Opera Society is a passionate community of artists who create unforgettable experiences through live original rock theater. BROS was founded in 2007 by a small group of friends sitting in a basement dreaming of an impossibly enormous story that would be told through the awesome power of rock. ... more

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