Scared Out of My Mind

This piece is from the score of the original stage musical Cupid’s Arrow. It is performed by the characters Bud and the Immortal Quartet.

Listen to .mp3 sample of Scared Out of My Mind from the Original Cast Recording.

See the Cupid’s Arrow post for Original Cast Recording performance credits.

Circle P - Phonorecord Copyright 2007, 1988 Mark S. Meritt

Listen to .mp3 sample of Scared Out of My Mind (Instrumental).

During college, Mark first gained access to a multitrack tape recorder. Among his first experiments was a new instrumental versions of this song.

Circle P - Phonorecord Copyright 2007, 1990 Mark S. Meritt

Lyrics & Book Excerpt

QUARTET (sings):
Please don’t keep us in the dark.
Tell us how you are.
BUD:
I’m scared out of my mind!
I can’t believe the day is here.
I’m finally gonna see the boss.
But I wish I could just disappear
‘Cause my cookies are about to toss.
Well, you ask me how my mind is doing.
I’m scared out of it.
And you ask me how my body’s doing.
Well, I could just take a ship To England.
QUARTET:
Take some Alka Seltzer now
And later you will feel-
BUD:
Scared out of my mind!
Well it started when I was just a kid in school
And I did something wrong.
QUARTET:
Wrong. Ahhhh.
BUD:
The teacher said I broke the rules
And she took me down the hall.
Well my knees were shakin’
And my head was achin’
And my hands were quakin’
‘Cause the teacher was takin’ me
QUARTET:
Down.
BUD:
Down to see the principal
And it feels like I’m goin’ again.
QUARTET:
Now that you’ve gone through that spiel,
Tell us how you feel.
BUD:
I’m scared out of my mind!
QUARTET:
If you’ll take some time to sit down and relax,
We will do our best to help you see the facts
Even though they’re not all fine and dandy and pretty.
But the last thing that we want to do is get you giddy.
To ask the Big Guy for a favor is insane.
And though it was a nice idea,
On a scale of one to ten
We give you a million for courage,
But negative ten for brains!
BUD:
I was stupid for asking for anything,
Especially from the boss.
And if the situation were up to me
I would call the whole thing off.
But I gotta stick to it. There’s no turning back.
I know my destination.
The Big Guy’s place is not so bad
Compared to eternal damnation.
QUARTET:
It will be all over soon.
You might strike a deal.
So you’ll go in there at noon.
Even though you feel:
BUD:
Scared out of my mind!
QUARTET:
That’s what you say.
BUD:
Scared out of my mind!
QUARTET:
Now is that all?
BUD:
Scared out of my ears, my cheeks, my mouth, my nose,
My legs, my knees, my shins, my toes.
My jaw, my neck, my hair, my eyes,
My chest, my feet, my skin, my thighs.
My arms, my shoulders, my fingers, my hands,
My joints, my veins, my bones, my glands.
My heart, my lungs, my head, my brain,
My mind.
Scared out of my mind!

© 2007, 1988 Mark S. Meritt

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