Skypaint: A Cyber Rock Opera

by Russell Chudnofsky

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SKYPAINT: A Cyber Rock Opera tells a futuristic version of the Garden of Eden tale. Jim Sullivan from the Boston Globe calls "terrific: immediately infectious, hard-rocking, and heartfelt. Skypaint may just be the best rock [or pop] opera by a small-scale band." 

Elizabeth Searle has recently written a book for Skypaint, which will premier in Fall of 2017.

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released March 22, 2017

Vocals: Russell Chudnofsky, Sarah Borges, Eric Schmider, Tom Sturm, Lesley Smith
Guitars, Bass, Keys: Russell Chudnofsky
Additional Keys: Phil Aiken
Drums: Steve Scully, Brian Brown
Recorded and mixed by: Erin Taylor and Brian Brown
Mastered by: Ian Kennedy

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Track Name: Momma's Warning
Momma’s Warning
Laila:
I remember as a child running off into the wild
Momma coming after me she never learned to set me free

I never followed mother down and I am not inclined to stick around
in this defunct, ship sunk sad old town And I say “I’m never gonna go back home”

Now Momma’s disapproved of Sky ever since I brought him by
“Just like your father” she would say guys like that they never stay

I’ve never cared what Momma said she warned Sky would not get ahead
find another man instead So I said “We’re never gonna go back home”

But lately something’s going wrong I feel like I just can’t hang on
There’s something deep inside that hurts and everyday it’s getting worse
I need to leave here right now and find some one to help somehow
And though I know what Momma’d say I’ll die if I don’t get away

I don’t want to see mother down but I’m not inclined to stick around
soon one day we’ll leave this town then I’d say “We’re never gonna go back home”
Track Name: Welcome Home
Welcome Home
Sky:
It’s so good to be back in your arms by the stars tonight
Gazing beyond the pond’s mirrored light

Reflecting the glow far below of a moonlit sky
By the lagoon hear my tune a lullabye

Just remember what I say, when I seem so far away
Your home is in my heart

Laila:
When I was young I would run so very far away,
I’d never known a true home where people stay

And if dreams could come true I’d be you so I could crawl inside
There I would find in your mind a place to hide

Sky:
When you’re feeling all alone, remember that you have a home
Your home is in my heart

Sky and Laila: So Welcome Home To My Heart

Laila:
Sky I sense that something’s wrong it won’t let me be
So hold me near and I wont’ fear as long as you’re with me
always stay with me

Sky and Laila: Welcome Home to my Heart
Track Name: The Good Old Days
The Good Old Days

Sky:
As long as I’ve been round I’ve had this one friend that I know I can count on
A bit of a wise man- was always there to lend a hand when all had gone

Now Hank is from a family of healers who’ve passed all their wisdom down
So don’t you worry Laila, Hank he’ll fix you right, he’s the best here around

Like it was in the good old days- We helped each other hang on
In the good old days- That’s right now the good old days are gone,

Hank it’s good to see you- it’s been way too long life can get out of hand
Well I need to introduce you this is Laila- the fairest in the land

So I was wondering as Laila’s feeling down she tells me something’s wrong
I figured you could see her would you have a look and we’ll be moving on

Hank:
Yes Sky it’s been years so glad to see you man, I’d thought you’d cut and run
It’s good to meet you Laila I’m so pleased to see that Sky has found someone

Now let me clarify for you and Sky cuz what he’s saying’s slightly off
Though I may be no magician I can treat a cold, a headache or your cough

Like it was in the good old days…

I know it seems a pity but I’m going to the city anyday
I’m splitting with the family business no one needs a healer anyway- least not today

So I’m gonna be a doctor- found a mentor Riley J Jones is his name
you should meet me in the city- I’m sure he could cure Laila from her pain

But let me warn you now Sky that the doctor’s fees are more than you can pay
find a way to make some money quick, before your lady fades away

like it was in the good old days…

Hank gives Laila an amulet to wear around her neck:
Take this chain for luck to wear it was my dad’s he passed it down to me
Even though we just met Laila you are now one of the family
Track Name: Going to the City
Goin’ to the City

Sky:
So I’m working 7 days a week I’m saving all my money for the day
We’re going to the city cuz my lady Laila’s got to get away

She’s feeling pretty ill and I want her to get the best help all around
we’re going to the city by tomorrow night we’re gonna leave this town

Gonna go to the city my baby’s she’s a got to get away
Gonna go to the city I’ve been saving all my money for the day

I got myself some new clothes in the city I’d be looking kind of square
I just bought me a new suit black and blue and I cut off my ratty hair

Gonna go to the city looking all sharp like they do
Gonna go to the city If they’re looking like that then we will too
Gonna go to the city my baby’s she’s a got to get away
Gonna go to the city I’ve been saving all my money for the day

We’re gonna see this doctor, Riley J Jones, Hank he says he’s all the rage
He best be as I’m working every day and barely make a slave’s wage
yes I may be skeptical about the modern medical routine
So what if we’re living longer when our lives are run by a machine

Gonna go to the city- the good old days were then and this is now
Gonna go to the city- I don’t seem to have a choice anyhow
Gonna go to the city my baby’s she’s a got to get away
Gonna go to the city I’ve been saving all my money for the day
Track Name: Hide Your Pain
Hide Your Pain

Chorus:
Hide Your pain, Hide Your pain cuz there’s a new revolution changing human evolution.
Hide Your pain, Hide Your pain

One day we’re gonna say how could we ever have lived that way
Humanity so down in every way and I say- I’ve found the cure

Chorus

“Here’s what they’ll be saying”
Long ago to soothe our soul we hid in a haze of sex and drugs and rock n roll
tried to hide from our pain and sorrow but it’d grow more tomorrow
but this is no longer the case I’m singing

Man is the victim of an evolutionary mistake, Nature has let us down. It is up to us to take the next step in the evolutionary process. Ever since man covered his frail body in the hide of the wooly mammoth, he has been artificially manipulating the natural world.. We do not need to be controlled by evolution. We can control it ourselves now. We need to merge as one. Death will be but a memory, a relic of a bygone era. We no longer need to depend upon these faulty bodies for survival. No more suffering.

I will scan your brain, and then I will redesign your brain. My nanodots, miniature wireless computers, will be sent into your old brain, and connect you into your new brain, a computerized replica of your old brain. Escape into my E-scape. We will eliminate the bladder-human waste, we will do away with the toes- true freedom from the body and all that keeps us from accomplishing our dreams inside my nanoscopic machine.

I understand the girl is a bit ill. Make you sure you set up an appointment for a PHYSICAL.
Track Name: Robopsot
Robospot

Hank:
Everyone around me has these little robot pets they call them Spot
And someone needs to walk them that is me at least for now it’s all I’ve got

These robopets have been designed to be so much more than your man’s best friend
And if they do annoy you shut them off the switch is under it’s rear end

Sky: Here here boy….. I Love you Robospot

Hank:
You can own a mixture of a cat, a dog, a squirrel, a cockatoo
And you’ll never have to deal again with scooping up your pet’s poo poo

Riley J:
These robopets have been designed to be so much more than your man’s best friend
I’ve transferred their souls from their bodies through a process that will now extend
With Hank
Their lives which have been saved so now your pet may live forever what a feat
Riley J:
And next I will achieve this step with humans as soon as my work’s complete
Track Name: Follow Me Down
Follow Me Down
Hank (sings to Laila and Sky):
Let me see first an apology as I’m not sure where to begin,
the doctor’s detained- but he’ll soon explain, what’s gotten under your skin

Riley J:
The results are back there’s not much time to act - If we move now you could pull though
But this much is certain that the final curtain is closing with or without you

Laila grasps her chain

Sky, Laila, Hank and Riley J: aah, aah, aah, aah-
Riley J:
Follow me down- down into your new home
It’s time to go- Welcome to your new home

Riley J (to Laila):
Since you’ve been inspected now we have detected a sickness that’s spreading throughout
Killing your self, destroying your health, there’s no time left to lie about

Hank (sings to Sky):
Sky I’d advise, you be somewhat wise, as Laila may soon not be here
Hank and Riley J: So go to your girley go now while it’s early the end for her is drawing near

Chorus

Riley J (to Laila):
You’ll be the first- in this new universe- my bold and brave pioneer,
you can be saved now so don’t be afraid, I promise there’s nothing to fear
You need to trust me my dear, I promise there’s nothing to fear

Chorus
Track Name: Laila's Plea
Laila’s Plea

Laila:
Sky- I – don’t want to die
so now I can shed my skin
and be enterin’ this new found world

Sky- I don’t want to say goodbye
I gave my love to you
So come on into
this new found world - with me

Sky- I -don’t want to die
Now I need to decide
I want you by my side
Take this ride with me

Sky:
I, don’t -don’t want you to die
but this world’s not for me, I know that you can see, can’t you see me
Track Name: The Sci-fi Pimp
The Sci-fi Pimp

Chorus:
He’s the Sci-fi pimp Dr. Riley Jones
Dr. Riley J Jones:
Step right up climb through my looking glass
In this new dream world where are we you may ask
Understand my child we’ll all soon be displaced
There is nowhere else to go except for inner space.
Chorus
The fruit in front of us now it is my new invention.
With nanodots that link you to this new dimension
Take a bite to unite with the cybernation’s hallucination
Downloaded from the network to your imagination
A sensation of the mental transcendental medication
Take a bite, take a bite. it’s my new creation. Download your brain to the cyberstation.
Track Name: Merge as One
Merge as One

Laila:
Sky- I’ve got an inkling a new world’s just begun, I can’t let you leave when we can actually merge as one, Merge as one
Sky- I know what you’re thinking and I understand
You’re feeling uneasy this is not what we planned
Maybe it’s the next step one more wild frontier
a new world for the painter, the poet, the pioneer
Chorus:
you’ll create the skies with only your mind’s eye and I will set the sun
when we merge as one, when we merge as one
Sky- over the yonder into this brand new land
We can create a new garden away from the Things of Man
Chorus
My eyes open now I see I need you right here with me
So come join with me and let us run download our souls and merge as one
Welcome Home Merge as One
Track Name: Inner Frontier
Painter of Sky II

And I look to the clouds - as much as my time allows
Clouds don’t laugh when I fall -don’t make me feel wrong at all
Today I lay my head and spent- a whole day dancing with my head
Closed my eyes and danced with you- maybe be back tomorrow too
Oh I believe I saw a pinwheel fade into horizon peeled away the sky- Or was it I
With a brush in hand I smudge the sky for all to see or maybe me inside my eye
I’m the Painter of Sky
Track Name: Painter Of Sky 2.0
Laila (singing from inside the E-scape)
And I look to the clouds - as much as my time allows
Clouds don’t laugh when I fall -don’t make me feel wrong at all
Today I lay my head and spent- a whole day dancing with my head
Closed my eyes and danced with you- maybe be back tomorrow too
Oh I believe I saw a pinwheel fade into horizon peeled away the sky- Or was it I
With a brush in hand I smudge the sky for all to see or maybe me inside my eye
I’m the Painter of Sky
Track Name: Living Sci-fi
Living Sci-fi

Sky:
I remember clear glass skies
Reflecting waters rolling by

Chorus:
I’m Living Sci-fi goodbye to all that’s real
I’m living Sci-fi goodbye

Flung ourselves into a stream
Was it all inside a dream?

Chorus:
Track Name: Luddite's lament
Luddite's Lament:

Hank:
Sky let me apologize this isn’t easy to say
A sickness has spread throughout our old homestead our folks and friends all passed away
Sky: aahs
Hank:
What Laila was stricken with went on to sicken - all of the people we know
But just keep in mind- if you’re so inclined that you will die if you go
You can't leave here

Chorus:
Sky: Aah, aah, aah, aah
I've got to get out and get back to my home
I’ve got to leave now
And get back where I’m from

No this can’t be true, I don’t believe you, I see through all of your lies
Like how you said that Laila’d be dead unless we left our hills and skies

Hank: That was all true -You must believe when I say you can’t leave
Like our folks- you’ll meet the same fate
Sky: This can’t be real
Hank: So stay with your girley, cuz it’s way too early
to end your life trust me and wait so these wounds can heal

Chorus:
Sky: I've got to get out and get back to my home
This never was never will be my home

I’ve got to go now and get back somehow how,
But Laila seems right at home here
As she paints the sky I wonder how I
Ever could take her from here
I might as well disappear,
There’s nothing left for me here

Chorus:
Sky: Aah, aah, aah, aah
I've got to get out and get back to my home
I’ve got to leave now And get back where I’m from
I’ve got to get back get on back to what’s real
Let me out now
Hank: You just need to heal
Sky: No
Track Name: Machines
Machines
Laila:
I could creates skies for hours- paint inside my eyes
Needs are all taken care for me while I fantasize
And laze around my made up world inside my made up scenes

Chorus: Machines they now could dream our dreams Machines they dream our dreams And no more will I be alone cuz my old world was not my own
I was lost but now I’ve found my home

Like a solid suit of armor a shell to shield my mind
I jack into the new universe leave my skin behind
Laze around my world of dreams made up blues and greens
Chorus

How did humans live for eons Crying all the time
We’ve evolved from faulty bodies and live inside one mind
And laze around my made up world inside my made up scenes
Chorus
My true home
Track Name: By Tomorrow
By Tomorrow

Sky:
By tomorrow I’ll be moving on
To where I belong back to the hills
By tomorrow I’ll sing this here song
it won’t be too long back to the hills

I could see the hollow look in your eyes, no longer mine, was it the absence of skies, that’s changed your mind
You used to gaze up and dream of the day that we could wake up somewhere so far away, but I can’t stay.

By Tomorrow…

I was born where the wind blew free- gazing out as far as my eye could see-just you and me
There I will go back so I must say goodbye under the shelter of my own painted sky- there I will die
Track Name: Away From the Man
Away from the Man

I found my way back to the Garden the garden - I’m never goin’ back
Away from the man back to where it all began- I said I’m never goin’ back back to the things of man
Once upon my mind I could tell the time by how the stars aligned by where the sun would shine
away from the man back to where it all began- I’m never goin back back to the things of man
Now I’m dancing with the wind and I try to hold her closely by the trees by the trees yeah I’m tumbling through the forest-
away from the man back to where it all began- I say I’m never goin back back to the things of man
As long as I have the stars around me I will be alright
As long as Big, Big Skies surround- surround me I will be alright
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