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Sunny Summer Green
Song, Musical Theater (1996)
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Sailing on a sea of

Summer green

Smiling back at me the

Sunny summer green

 

Bailing the boat

Catching a dragonfly

Lying back staring up

Into the sky

With the sun in my eye

 

Peaking through the leaves of

Summer green

Waking from the dreams of

Sunny summer green

 

Dropping a line

Tying a handkerchief

Flirting with summerfolk

Just passing by

With the sun in their eye

 

I dare not say

What I have dreamed

She would not understand

But when her heart

With sunlight gleams

Then I shall have her hand

 

Playing, straying through

Summer green

Praying, staying in

Sunny summer green

 

Catching a glint

Hinting by mercury

Curing and calling

The lovers that sigh

With the sun, with the sun

In their eye

 

The following shows the song in context from the work-in-progress script

 

Act I

A shanty by the sea. Behind it, mountains and
lush vegetation suggesting a swamp. In front, a
beach stretching down to the ocean. On the steps
of the shanty, JOE POTTS and his son WILLIE sit
mending nets. In front of them, the beach is
covered with SUMMERFOLK, some of which are our
principles, dressed in plain clothes and playing
in the sun on a hot summer day. The opening
chords are heard.

    JOE
    (with contempt)
Summerfolk.
    (a second set of chords)
Thick as sand fleas and twice as pesky.

(The music builds.)

    SUMMERFOLK
SAILING ON A SEA
OF SUMMER GREEN
SMILING BACK AT ME
THE SUNNY SUMMER GREEN

(A repeat of the opening chords.)

    WILLIE
    (echoing his father's tone)
Summerfolk.
    (Another set of chords.)
Umbrellas and peanut butter sandwiches.

(The music continues longingly as Willie stops
mending and thinks about where he'd rather be.)

    WILLIE
BAILING THE BOAT
CATCHING A DRAGONFLY
LYING BACK STARING UP
INTO THE SKY
WITH THE SUN IN MY EYE

(A motor boat races by, interrupting the song
with its loud motor. The summerfolk wave as it
passes.)

    JOE and WILLIE
Summerfolk!

(The music resumes.)

    SUMMERFOLK
PEAKING THROUGH THE LEAVES
OF SUMMER GREEN
WAKING FROM THE DREAMS
OF SUNNY SUMMER GREEN

    WILLIE
DROPPING A LINE
TYING A HANDKERCHIEF

(ROSEBUD strolls by, trying to catch Willie's
attention. She is dressed in beach clothes, not
her character costume.)

    ROSEBUD
FLIRTING WITH SUMMERFOLK
JUST PASSING BY
WITH THE SUN IN THEIR EYE

I DARE NOT SAY
WHAT I HAVE DREAMED
HE WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND
BUT WHEN HIS HEART
WITH SUNLIGHT GLEAMS
THEN I SHALL HAVE HIS HAND

    SUMMERFOLK
PLAYING, STRAYING
THROUGH SUMMER GREEN
PRAYING, STAYING
IN SUNNY SUMMER GREEN
CATCHING A GLINT
HINTING BY MERCURY
CURING AND CALLING
THE LOVERS THAT SIGH
WITH THE SUN, WITH THE SUN
IN THEIR EYE.

Lyrics and Music by Rick Prescott
Copyright © & Ⓟ 1996 Lowell H. Prescott. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.