Homer in Cyberspace: Someday Soon

September 1, 2008

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“Someday Soon” by Roger Bourland and Mel Shapiro

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“Someday Soon” from HOMER IN CYBERSPACE (2008)
Music: Roger Bourland
Lyrics: Mel Shapiro
Tenor (“O”): Kevin Muster
©2008 by Roger Bourland and Mel Shapiro
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Every opera has to have an aria with a passacaglia (a melody in the bass that repeats over and over) and this work is no exception. You’ll hear the ground bass in the introduction in the piano. In this number, Odysseus thinks about his long-lost son Telemachus.
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Someday Soon

My son
I’ve gone off to war
My son
Take care of your mom
My son
I already miss you more and more
My son
Be good

The beat of the drums
The parade of guns and men
The show of force
The taste of glory
In our mouth again

We’re gonna hunt and fish and ride
Someday soon
Side by side

My son
I went off to war
My son
Many long years ago
My son
Guess you grew some more
(Ha, ha)
My son
Be strong

The heat of battle
The will to fight and die
An enemy who won’t admit defeat
Their need for glory
And country is why

We’re gonna hunt and fish and ride
Someday soon
Side by side

My son
I’ve been off at war
My son
How long has it been now?
Do you remember what we’re fighting for?
My son
Be proud

The will of the foe
Trying to break ours
There’s no chance of truce
Both sides need glory
It’s the only sense in fighting wars

My son
I’m done fighting this old war
My son
I missed your youth
Can’t bear to miss you much more
My son
Be true

We’re gonna hunt and fish and ride
Someday soon
Side by side

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