Gründlehämmer

by Baltimore Rock Opera Society

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The insanely epic, double-disc original cast recording of Baltimore Rock Opera Society's premiere production Grundlehammer--it's gonna melt your face off!

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released February 14, 2010

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Track Name: Brotopia Theme
Who’s that man with the shiny guitar?
On the battlefield who leads the charge?
He’s the noble defender of our freedom and rights
Guiding our people with his wisdom and might

He’s the King; he’s the King of our land
He’s the King;
Fighting for what’s right
Every inch of him a man!

See that corn that grows so tall
Feeding our kingdom one and all
See the man on the guitar strings
Now watch that corn grow as he sings

For the King; for the King of our land
For the King...

Who’s that woman all dressed in white
With the flowers in her hair, such a lovely sight?
See the man with her wedding ring
Now hear the church bells ding-a-ling-a-ling

For the King; for the King of our land
For the King; fighting for what’s right
Every inch of him a man!

Who’s that man who’s lost his way?
His righteous will has gone astray
Where’s the King whose country’s in need?
The countryside is full of mouths to feed

He’s the King
My King is DEAD!
Track Name: Swords of Lothario
Crush weak!
Eat meat!
Smash feet!
Steal wheat!

The Gründle comes and we’ll protect you
Lothario: he will direct you
Give up your swords and pay your tax
Work for the Kingdom or face the axe!
Track Name: Dark King's Anthem
A wolf in sheep’s clothing
I’ll pull the wool over your eyes
My good intentions are just a disguise!
Iron fist, bloody sword
A mighty King; watch the vultures soar!
Lead the charge to shred
Hear the diving roar!
When the blood is shed
Then you know the score!
The smile is too sly;
And the weak – they die
By the iron fist of the Black King

Follow the rule of the King of Crows
Fall in line: single file rows
A shadow cast; no others will fight
Fly the flag! A ghost in the night!

Army of the dark
Army of the beast
Ruler of the land
Minions of the DAMNED!
Track Name: Family Farming
Mother dear
How do I reap from what I’ve sown?
Mother dear
How can I make my seedling grow?

Sing to them
Every day let them know that you care
Sing to them
Every minute that you have to spare

Father dear
What more is needed to help them live?
Father dear
They’ve had their fill, what more to give?

With time and love our plants grow strong
With music in our hearts
We’ll make our living from this land
With just a seed it starts
Track Name: Come To Me Love
Come to me love, you’ll be glad you did
And when you do, bring me everything
Bring me lips that whisper in my ear
Bring me arms that hold me so near

Not so long ago, you were young and small
But from just a seed, you have grown so tall
Your leaves have branched out full and strong
Your fruit has ripened through our song

Your flower’s growing and it’s been showing
The love you’ve hid for the longest time
But in the summer sun
You will finally become my girl

Come to me love – please don’t wait too long
Each day you hide is another gone
Come to me love and come to stay
I’ll love you more and more each day
Track Name: The Royal Insult
Taste the dirt and grovel at my feet
You little runt, you can’t compete!
These tasty licks will burn your ears
Will help you realize your worst fears

You had no chance to begin with, whelp!
No hand here to lend you help!
Give up your dreams, give up the sword
Drown in sorrow while your cries are ignored

Now FALL into line!
You FAILED, because the battle is mine!
Now FALL out the door!
You FAILED – don’t come here anymore!
Track Name: The Prince's Lament
A shadow cast by shame falls around me
Silencing my voice, slandering my name

Through the life of a poor farm boy
I’ve struggled silently
Through the life of my father’s son
But not the life for me

I’ve left the fields behind me
But the forest looms ahead
The dark and twisted path
Fills my heart with dread

Through the life of a poor farm boy
I’ve struggled silently
Through the life of my father’s son
But not the life for me

Could it be the hand that guides me
Has led me far astray?
Does the muse still stand beside me
Or have I lost my way?
Track Name: Wings of Pegasus
Take the sword and shield in hand
Now you have become a man
Fighting for what’s right
The flames of justice
Burning through the night

Split your enemies in twain
Their evil forces are to blame
We keep riding faster
Never let them be your master

And we’re riding on the wings of Pegasus
The wind under our wings
Will lift the sword that will thwart evil

With this beast at our command
Godlike powers in your hands
Death is knocking at our door;
But his call you will ignore!

Fighting through the depths of Hel
Use your sword to break the spell
Of the evil power the likes of which
We’ve never seen (before!)

Your legend’s in the Book of Old
This is how your story’s told:
A mighty warrior
Atop a steed with wings of gold!

And we’re riding on the wings of Pegasus
The wind under our wings
Will lift the sword that will thwart evil
The wind under our wings
Will win the battle for the kingdom!

DRAGONS! DRAGONS!
DRAGONS! DRAGONS! DRAGONS!
Track Name: Vengeance/Guide My Hand
VENGENCE
The Gründle I will kill tomorrow
Put an end to pain and sorrow
Lift the curse the Dark King placed
Across this holy land

The power granted from your love
Will rain the riffs from high above
To lay the final blow against the beast at his command

For I feel my blood is churning
My heart beats hard and cold
But for now my soul is burning
To restore the days of old

Send the monster back to hell
Break the tyrant’s evil spell
Cut his gullet open and
Claim my kingly prize

A powered relic with strings of steel
The Hämmer of the Gründle’s real
When you see my fighting skill
You won’t believe your eyes!

For my weapon’s battle ready
My vengence will be swift
With my mentor holding steady
We will play the killing riff

And the souls the monster’s taken
Will not have died in vain
With my hands on Gründlehämmer
I will claim my home again

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GUIDE MY HAND
GUNNORA:
Guide my hand
There can be no second guess
I must play my very best for victory
For the fear which will grip my feeble frame
Will be outweighed by the blame I place on him

BENEDON, GUNNORA & HALVOR:
I will fight; he will fall
I’ll be savior of us all
My training’s done
Vengeance in my veins

The final battle still remains!
Track Name: Gründlehunter
Lothario:
Gründlehünter! You have paid the price
Gründlehünter! With your family’s life!
Gründlehünter! Won’t you join my side?
Gründlehünter! Be your country’s pride!

BENEDON:
Why must I answer to him tonight?
Tell me what gives this King the right?
I’ve lost more than I’ve gained
My body weak my heart in pain.

LOTHARIO / BENEDON
He’ll bend to my will / All my world is gone
Or peasant blood must spill / I must stay strong
He’s stinking of fear / Not innocence but rage
The choice is clear / I hesitate to turn the page

Gründlehünter! /I hesitate to turn the page

Lothario:
Gründlehünter! You have paid the price
Gründlehünter! With your family’s life!
Gründlehünter! Won’t you join my side?
Gründlehünter! Be your country’s pride!
Track Name: What Will the Morning Light Reveal?
Why’s the king act so irate?
The Gründlehünter took the bait!
He’ll become like all the rest:
Not a voice of the people but the King’s behest

This game of chess to follow
Our evil King will swallow
All the goodness trapped inside
He’s only full of foolish pride

The Gründlehünter’s will is true
Benedon will not be skewed!
As sure as he was born and raised
Here in Coxally Glen
Where his conscience was made

Standing tall a man at last
He’ll restore the days gone past
The Gründlehünter’s battle-ready
With a hand that’s true and steady!

CHORUS:
Our hope is burning, the wheel is turning
What do we have to give
That hasn’t yet been lost?
Our fingers aching, the earth is shaking

Has our fate too soon been sealed?
What will the morning light reveal?

Gunnora:
The mentor to the stolen boy
Meant to be our country’s joy
Save her soul, she fell in battle
Heard the Gründle’s dying rattle!

The Gründle’s dead, we must regain
The Kingdom’s power once again
Our fate is written on these scrolls
Whose prophecies were long foretold

CHORUS:
Our hope is burning
The wheel is turning
What do we have to give
That hasn’t yet been lost?
Gunnora:
Give me a savior, give me some hope
Am I just a farmgirl at the end of her rope?

I need somebody, someone to trust
Been working so hard all my life
But it’s never enough

Benny oh Benny, tell me what can I do
To get your arms around me for a while

Is he a hero? A lover or friend?
Is he the one that i need?
Or do we pretend?

Benny oh Benny, tell me what can I do
To get your arms around me for a while

BENEDON:
Do my wounds cut too deep?
My obstacles too steep?
My knees won’t stop shaking
As I fulfill this undertaking

On the ledge where fate has thrust me
Can these humble townsmen trust me?
I know not what moves to make
And I cannot stop to weep

My destiny’s written
It’s carved in stone
I walk this path all alone

They call me a hero
A symbol of hope
But I’m feeling closer and closer
To the end of my rope

My destiny’s written
It’s stained with blood
Hear the voices calling from above

MEREDITH:
He’s a strong man and proud
Shirt is clean, doesn’t talk too loud
Strong and just he defends what’s right
To lift the people from their plight so

Say your evening prayers tonight
The Dragon King will check his flight
Visit him make your appeal;
See what the morning light reveals

CHORUS:
Tomorrow morning come what may
The Dragon King will guide our way
Be it honor or be it shame
We fight our fight and earn our name
Has our fate too soon been sealed?
What will the morning light reveal?

We’ll mark our place on fortune’s wheel
What will the morning light reveal?
Track Name: Hear Ye!
The legends they tell are true
I hold the Hämmer before you

I stand before you as one of your own
Once a boy, but now I have grown
Grown to know the truth from his lies
Here to quell the doubt in your eyes!

With fear he purchased our lives
Your freedom he has deprived
He’s taken all I hold dear
Don’t just stand there!

He’s a killer and a thief
With this weapon I relieve him from the throne!

Our hunger eats at our souls! (HEAR YE!)
There’s no food to fill our bowls! (HEAR YE!)
Do you hear the babies cry? (HEAR YE!)
While your countrymen die?!

He claimed the Gründle was just a wild beast
But in his pocket, a secret he keeps:
Gold and blood were paid by his hand
So he could gain the Gründle’s command!
Death and destruction that lie in his wake
Were the price of all he can take
His deceit has fooled us too long – GET HIM!

He’s a killer, and a thief
With this weapon I relieve him from the throne!