A Man Could Go Quite Mad

Song Title : A Man Could Go Quite Mad

Show Name : The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Character Name : John Jasper

Gender : Male

Age : Adult

Vocal Part : Tenor

Range : A3-G5

Style : Uptempo (Pop Opera)

Mood : Fascinated, Scary, Villainous

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John Jasper introduces himself and his inner disturbed feelings.

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Another trifling day,
One more soul-stifling day
Of blinding pain:
Boredom grinds my brain
Down to the grain.

A man could go quite mad
And not be all that bad.
Consider each superb,
Disturbing urge you’ve ever had
To curse aloud in church
Or choke each bloke who
Throws a smile your way…
Be that as it may.

A man could have bad dreams
And not be all he seems.
Yet not be far-removed
From all the noblest of extremes.
Sometimes I think that sanity
Is just a passing fad.
A man could go quite mad.

Unblessed are the dull.
One ceaseless, peaceless lull.
Some wondrous night,
Storm-struck thund’rous light
Will cast me right

A sculptor lacking arms,
A sorc’ror lacking charms,
A fiend who frightens no one
For there’s no one that he harms.
Whose clutches clutch
At only desp’rate respite
From this dim tableau!

Knowing this is so,
I hide myself in thought
Where one cannot be caught
And feed on dreams that contradicts each
Edict I’ve been taught
And if someday I lose my way and mind,
You’ll find me glad –
A man could go quite,
Man could go quite,
Man could go quite mad!

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