Graduation Day (Reprise)

May 27, 1988
By
Music by Mark S. Meritt; Lyrics by Mark S. Meritt and Ed Budd

This piece is from the score of the original stage musical Cupid’s Arrow. It is performed by the Entire Company.

Listen to .mp3 sample of Graduation Day (Reprise) 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

Lyrics & Book Excerpt

STUDENTS (sing):
We couldn’t wait for graduation day.
To get our lives and careers on the way.
PARENTS:
We couldn’t wait for graduation day.
Now there’s one less bill that we have to pay.
But now our kids are out on their own.
PARENTS and THEO:
Soon they’ll have a family and a home.
So all we ask for is a weekly chat on the phone.
STUDENTS:
We’ll get a job and settle down.
Find a new place to call “my hometown.”
On the mailbox we’ll put our name.
So everybody will know we came.
We’ll meet the neighbors and wash the car.
Get a few tapes for the VCR.
And it was college that let us this far.
(STUDENTS toss up their caps, and the song goes on.)
STUDENTS:
We had our fun,
But now it’s done.
All of the times we spent together
Cannot be outdone.
So we’ll look back,
And have to laugh,
‘Cause the only thing that we won’t miss
Is class.
PARENTS:
We so proud of
GEORGE and HARRIET:
Our boy
PHIL and SUSAN:
Our girl.
PARENTS and THEO:
They were in the program,
But we misplaced it.
GUY #1:
I studied
GUYS #1,2:
Engineering,
GUYS #1,2 and GALS #1,2:
Algebra.
GUYS #1-4 and GALS #1-4:
I took the test
STUDENTS:
Last week and aced it.
STUDENTS and PARENTS:
We paid our dues.
And now the choice is
Ours/Theirs to choose.
Now we/they are free
To be what we/they wanna be.
ALL:
We couldn’t wait for graduation day.
Time to say goodbye and be on our way.
We’ll keep in touch as time goes by
And as we go on with our lives.
We had a good time while we were here.
We had some smiles and we had some tears.
Had some tears.
Had some tears.
Graduation used to be so far away.
Graduation used to be so far away.
Graduation used to be so far away.

© 2007 Mark S. Meritt; © 1988 Mark S. Meritt and Ed Budd

Let Her Know (Reprise)

May 27, 1988
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Music by Mark S. Meritt; Lyrics by Mark S. Meritt and Ed Budd

This piece is from the score of the original stage musical Cupid’s Arrow. It is performed by the character Zach.

Listen to .mp3 sample of Let Her Know (Reprise) 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

Lyrics & Book Excerpt

ZACH (sings):
I’ve got to let her know how I feel.
Give her a reason
To feel the way I do
About her day and night
I’ve got nothing to lose
‘Cause she won’t bite.
I’m trying hard to be cool.
But I feel like a fool.
I’ve got to let her know tonight.

© 2007 Mark S. Meritt; © 1988 Mark S. Meritt and Ed Budd

I’ll Wait ‘Til Then

May 27, 1988
By
Music and Lyrics by Mark S. Meritt

This piece is from the score of the original stage musical Cupid’s Arrow. It is performed by the character Leslie.

Listen to .mp3 sample of I’ll Wait ‘Til Then from the Original Cast Recording.

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

Lyrics & Book Excerpt

LESLIE (sings):
All my life I’ve been waiting
For the perfect man to come my way.
I don’t know where or when
I will find him but then
It is with him I’ll stay.
But still I haven’t found him.
Please tell me, where can he be?
I just want a simple “hello”
But does this man know
To be looking for me?
I need time
‘Til the end of time
And if that’s what it takes
I’ll wait ’til then.
If he’s near I will feel it,
Though I don’t know who he is.
Trumpets and drums won’t be heard,
But the unspoken words
That I dream of are his.
There’s so much I’m unsure of.
I feel so lonely and scared.
How can I feel someone’s gone
When all along
There was nobody there.
I will try so hard
Not to give up and
Though I know
That it may be days or years,
But I won’t
Lose my hope.
So I’ll wait ’til then.
I’ll wait ’til then.
I’ll wait ’til then.

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

The All-Being

May 27, 1988
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Music by Mark S. Meritt; Lyrics by Mark S. Meritt, Ed Budd and Todd Stern

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

Listen to .mp3 sample of The All-Being 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

Lyrics & Book Excerpt

QUARTET (sings):
All-Being
Master of Space and Time.
All-Being
The Big Guy!
All-Being
C.E.I.
God of Gods…
ALL-BEING (entering on his throne with entourage):
‘Tis I!
Kiss my feet!
IMMORTALS:
We kiss them.
ALL-BEING:
Bow to me!
IMMORTALS:
We bow!
ALL-BEING:
I am great!
IMMORTALS:
Great you are!
ALL-BEING (speaks):
I’m so great that
Snails jog at my command,
Elephants fly across the land,
Cows give chocolate milk,
Worms make plaid silk,
Rocks walk,
Trees talk,
And I could even get Gilligan off his island!
IMMORTALS:
Oooooo!
ALL-BEING:
My greatness grows with every day.
I cannot be too proud.
I sit upon my gilded throne
And lurk among the clouds
I watch you Earthlings scurry around.
With lightning bolts I strike you down
At the slightest whim!
IMMORTALS:
Slightest whim…
ALL-BEING:
Look out!
ALL-BEING and IMMORTALS:
All-Being
Master of Space and Time.
All-Being
The Big Guy!
All-Being
C.E.I.
God of Gods…
ALL-BEING:
‘Tis I!
I rule the heavens and Earth below.
Yes, I control the gates.
There’s not a thing I do not know.
I have a date with Fate!
People always question me,
But there’s no doubt that there must be a
God of Gods.
IMMORTALS:
God of Gods…
ALL-BEING:
‘Tis I!
IMMORTALS:
‘Tis he!
BUD:
It’s him!
ALL-BEING:
It’s me!

© 2007 Mark S. Meritt; © 1988 Mark S. Meritt, Ed Budd and Todd Stern

I’m a Woman

May 27, 1988
By
Music and Lyrics by Mark S. Meritt

This piece is from the score of the original stage musical Cupid’s Arrow. It is performed by the character Sobrina.

Listen to .mp3 sample of I’m a Woman from the Original Cast Recording.

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

Lyrics & Book Excerpt

SOBRINA (sings):
When I found your name in the book
I said, “This guy might not be so bad.
Let’s have a look.”
I liked what a saw,
But we’re not “us” anymore
And that’s the way we want it to be
Since sixty three I’ve grown up a lot.
Sometimes I have to ask myself just what have I got.
I don’t know, but it’s right
Because every night
Thirty men are hitting on me.
I’m a woman with individuality.
If I’m the one you add to one
You don’t get two.
If you know what’s good for you
You won’t mess with me
Unless I want to mess around with you.
I’ve learned not to tie myself down.
I go out every night and I paint the town.
I’m having my fun
And anyone
Can come along if they’re free.
Now don’t think that I’ve fallen from grace.
I’ve just decided I don’t want to settle down anyplace.
Love is not on my list.
My definition of bliss
Is to want someone I don’t have to need.
I’m a woman looking for a little romance.
And independent agent who is hard to please.
But if there is a gentleman who catches my glance,
No matter who he is I’ll bring him to his knees.
(SOBRINA starts dancing very slowly and playfully, almost enticing BUD, who looks enticed.)
I’m a woman with incomparability.
My mind is a temple,
My body a shrine.
If lifetime plans are what you have
You better let me be.
Because the time you spend with me is wasted time.

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

Scared Out of My Mind

May 27, 1988
By
Music and Lyrics by Mark S. Meritt

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

Entr’ Acte

May 27, 1988
By
Music by Mark S. Meritt

This piece is from the score of the original stage musical Cupid’s Arrow. It is performed by the Orchestra.

Listen to .mp3 sample of Cupid’s Arrow Entr’Acte 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

The Argument

May 27, 1988
By
Music by Mark S. Meritt; Lyrics by Mark S. Meritt and Ed Budd

This piece is from the score of the original stage musical Cupid’s Arrow. It is performed by the characters Leslie, Muffy and Trudy.

Listen to .mp3 sample of The Argument 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

Lyrics & Book Excerpt

MUFFY (sings):
He’s a jerk.
He’s a geek.
He’s an imbecilic freak.
TRUDY:
He’s a drudge, a failure,
Laughable.
The loser of the week.
MUFFY and TRUDY:
His nauseating lifestyle
Makes him nothing but a nerd.
To like this guy is simply absurd.
LESLIE:
No he’s not.
He’s the sweetest guy I know.
MUFFY:
No BMW-
TRUDY:
Mercedes Benz-
MUFFY and TRUDY:
Cadillac, Porsche, or Coupe.
His father owns no corporations.
His take home pay is low.
LESLIE:
He may not be a millionaire
In your selective group.
But he’s caring and delightful,
Though he may not be a stud.
But I’ll say one thing.
Zach is not a dud.
MUFFY and TRUDY:
Yes he is.
LESLIE:
No he’s not.
MUFFY and TRUDY:
Yes he is.
LESLIE:
No he’s not!
MUFFY and TRUDY:
Yes he is.
He’s a foolish twit!
LESLIE:
Give him a chance.
What does he have to do?
MUFFY and TRUDY:
Maybe swim an ocean or two
Hundred and twelve!
LESLIE:
Even for an Adonis
That’s a lot to swim.
TRUDY:
So why did you dump him?
MUFFY:
Tell me that!
LESLIE:
I never though of it
In quite that way.
TRUDY:
But you dumped him!
Didn’t she?
MUFFY:
She did.
The only hope you have
Is from that little baby God with the diapers.
Oh, what’s his name?
TRUDY:
Cupid!
(MUFFY giggles.)
MUFFY and TRUDY:
We really think that
You should see other guys in school,
‘Cause face it Leslie.
Zach is a fool.
LESLIE:
No he’s not.
MUFFY and TRUDY:
Yes he is.
LESLIE:
No he’s not.
MUFFY and TRUDY:
Yes he is.
LESLIE:
No he’s not.
MUFFY and TRUDY:
Yes he is.
MUFFY and TRUDY: Is so!
LESLIE:
Is not!

© 2007 Mark S. Meritt; © 1988 Mark S. Meritt and Ed Budd

Maybe

May 27, 1988
By
Music and Lyrics by Mark S. Meritt

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

Listen to .mp3 sample of Maybe from the Original Cast Recording.

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

Lyrics & Book Excerpt

LESLIE (sings):
Maybe I was wrong
For being so demanding and unfair to him.
Did I discourage?
Did I impose?
Maybe I was harsh
For threatening him for silly reasons.
I was the villain,
(ZACH enters)
Or so I suppose.
ZACH:
I suppose it’s gone,
Whatever was to be,
But the hope will never die.
Maybe I was foolish.
A senseless misconception.
Was it her?
Was it me?
LESLIE:
Was it me who was selfish?
The modern intellectual.
I should have given more.
LESLIE: Maybe I was scared
Those stubborn and superior notions
I have from my friends
Are cluttering my mind.
ZACH:
I love her
More than life.
When I’m with her
I’m in paradise.
LESLIE:
I didn’t want the pain.
I stayed so deep inside myself
And let nobody in,
Protecting a person
I don’t know.
ZACH:
I don’t know if she’ll change.
LESLIE:
I don’t know if he’ll change.
ZACH and LESLIE:
I don’t know if it’s a change I want.
But we’ll take what happened
In that restaurant,
And then we’ll start to mend.
And maybe it will work out in the end.

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

It Used to Be So Simple

May 27, 1988
By
Music and Lyrics by Mark S. Meritt

This piece is from the score of the original stage musical Cupid’s Arrow. It is performed by the characters Susan, Phil, Harriet and George.

Listen to .mp3 sample of It Used to Be So Simple from the Original Cast Recording.

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

Lyrics & Book Excerpt

ALL (sing):
In the days when we were young
It didn’t take a lot of work to have some fun.
GALS:
Roller skate ’til after nine.
GUYS:
As long as we got home on time.
ALL:
A chocolate malt from the soda shop.
We do the Alley Cat at the hop.
GALS:
Soft spoken curtsy.
GUYS:
A tip of the hat.
ALL:
Today’s kids don’t want any of that.
What will it take to please them?
What do they need to see?
When we were young
It used to be so simple.
Why can’t they also be?
Sit around the house with nothing to do.
Wake up in the morning to watch the dew.
Spend their lives in idle stagnation.
That’s no way to find relaxation.
Why don’t they plan for the future?
They leave everything to circumstance.
When we were young
It used to be so simple.
If you want to have a real swell time,
Just go to the dance.
(They go into a swinging dance and do the Lindy.)
In one ear, out the other.
I don’t know why we even bother.
They don’t care about a word we say.
And what they do care about
they twist around some other way.
And yet we don’t complain.
A caring understanding couple we remain.
And what do we get for all the love we show?
“Not right now, just leave me alone!”
Why don’t they ever listen?
Why don’t they ever hear?
When we we’re young
It used to be so simple.
But it gets worse every year.

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

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