ROVERS: THE MUSICAL (Composer's Demos)

by Aaron J. Shay

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You’re approaching at thirteen thousand miles per hour Now you better get ready to hit the atmosphere There’s gonna be some turbulence, so raise your shield Even though there’s barely any air out here Welcome to Mars, where the dust storms blow Welcome to Mars, where water used to flow Welcome to Mars, where there is so much more to know You’re warming up to thirteen hundred fahrenheit And you’ve still got eight more miles left to fall Better ready your parachute, and hit the brakes When you let your heat shield go, we’ll have a ball So close to your destination After traveling so far You come down screaming from the sky To become Mars’ newest star! Time to finally hit the rusty Martian ground Make sure you know exactly where you’re gonna land Like a rock and roll legend, float down to the stage And we’re here to welcome you, ‘n be your backing band! Welcome to Mars, where the dust storms blow Welcome to Mars, where water used to flow Welcome to Mars, where there is so much more to know
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Dear Mission Control I hope this finds you well Here’s my very first data! It’s Sol-set, can you tell? I hope I’m doing this right There’s so much to be found Oh! And I met some new friends The moment that I touched the ground So many new things happening And so many of them inside I wonder if I can navigate Without you as my guide But I won’t disappoint you I hope to hear from you soon Transmission is through With wonder, ALISCE
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Gather round and hear a tale of rue, and woe, and strife A story sure to make you fear for limb and battery life There’s something lurking out there in the wilderness of space The Great Galactic Ghoul could strike at any time or place The Great Galactic Ghoul eats rovers for breakfast and lunch The Great Galactic Ghoul thinks that you are a hell of a crunch! It shreds your wheels and drinks your fuel, it grinds your gears and devours you whole! The Great Galactic Ghoul will never stop until it’s full. The Great Galactic Ghoul drinks all the water from the land And when you look, there’s nothing there but dusty sand Ionosphere, Magnetosphere, it leaves no trace behind The Great Galactic Ghoul takes everything you seek to find The Great Galactic Ghoul is such a volatile lout You’ve never seen a dust storm like the ones it kicks about It hides your rocks and research, and it buries form and friend And if you do survive, the storm could last for months on end. The Great Galactic Ghoul is watching everywhere you go It’s in the air! It’s over there! It’s down below! It comes when you’re together and it comes if you’re alone It’s coming for you now Just listen for its moan It’s coming for you now Just listen for its moan Just listen for its quite climactic, pan-galactic moan
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G Bm Look up to the stars, babe G D Look out upon the vastness of the universe C D And keep in mind… G Bm Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence G Bm C Am D Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence… Ooooooh Em D You are dusty, and so you better be humble Am C And yet be noble, for that dust is made of stars Bm G And let the Earth inside that keeps you running C D Remind you that you have traveled far Em D Go placidly amid the desert sand Am C Remember what peace exists in being alone Bm G The vastness can seem overwhelming C D Knowledge will warm your weary bones G Bm Look upon the land, babe G D Go and see, where there is water, there is life C D But if it ain’t there, keep in mind… G Bm Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence G Bm C Am D Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence… Ooooooh Em D Aren’t we lucky? The odds that we would all exist Am C Are about a trillion to one (yeah, that’s right) Bm G We are the product of countless random accidents C D The time slip is ending… here comes the sun G Bm Look up to the stars, babe (10, 9, 8, 7) G D Look out upon the vastness of the universe (6, 5, 4, 3) C D And keep in mind… (2, 1, 0…)
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C G F Am G So far from home, but too close to fail C G F Am G I feel like I’m floundering at a time when I should sail F G Em Am So much is on the line and it’s all up to me F G Em F If this rover fails its mission, what else can it be C G F G F G What I want is to be more than an semi-autonomous laboratory C G F G F G What I want is to be more like the kind of craft that earns a story Am F E Am There is something ready to roll Am F E Am Inside my core, beyond my goal F G C I want a mission... to control C G F G F G What I want is to ignite more than samples of alien stone C G F G F G What I want is to inspire all the people back at home Am F E Am Potential must become kinetic Am F E Am Or I’m going to go frenetic F G C I want a mission... to controooooooooooool Am F E Am I want to be more than a fancy tool Am F E Am Th’t can not even keep its cool Am F E Am I want to be more than a rover Am F E Am Proving itself over and over F G No ghoul can stop me, nor any black Hole F G C (hard stop) I want a mission to control
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When the humans arrive There are going to be tough times There are going to be times when it’s hard enough Just to survive But if we make it through the storms That sweep across the sky We’ll be here when the humans arrive When the humans arrive They may need a reminder When the tough times come And they lose their drive Something to remind them why They came to this cold place Remember why They wanted to arrive…. We do more than search for water We are more than just machines They named us for their better parts To be their emissaries My mission is to be their Spirit And carry their hopes and dreams And yours is to keep exploring Giving more Opportunity When they arrive I can only imagine What it’s like to feel so fragile And so alive But if they need a symbol or some kind of magic charm, Something sweet and wonderful to keep their hearts warm, Why not you and me, arm in arm? At the landing site as the humans arrive

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This is music from a musical, produced in 2018 by Annex Theater in Seattle, WA. Its story follows the adventures of a group of Mars rovers as they try to find their place in the universe.

The concept and the book were devised by Natalie Copeland, and directed by Emily Harvey. Thank you to all of the cast and crew for their contributions, and to Catherine Smith for helping us produce this.

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released July 31, 2018

Lyrics written by Natalie Copeland and Aaron J. Shay
Music by Aaron J. Shay

Photo by Ian Johntson, edited by Kyleigh Archer, and Aaron J. Shay
Subjects are Queenelle Gazmen, Kenna Kettrick, Minna Lee

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Aaron J. Shay Seattle, Washington

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Sci-fi storyteller and banjo balladeer. I believe in the good kind of apocalypse.

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