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Sunny Summer Green
Song, Musical Theater (1996)
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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 Lowell Prescott
Copyright © & Ⓟ 1996 Lowell H. Prescott. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.