Chous 5 (C)

IPHIGENIA: Young women, let us sing to the glory of Artemis, daughter of Zeus!  Let the men of Achaea remain in reverent silence.  Prepare the baskets, the barley, and the fire.  Let my father begin his walk around the altar, going left to right.  For I will bring glory to my country and shelter it from harm.

(She slips out of her mask, runs downstage, and sings)

I’ll start by saying goodbye
As I lead you with my throat

CHORUS

Everything grinds into earth

IPHIGENIA

Mixing reason with lies

CHORUS

There’s no such thing as rebirth

IPHIGENIA

In the blood of a murdered, blood of a murdered
Scapegoat

CHORUS

What is life worth, what is life—
What is a life really worth

IPHIGENIA

There’s no you there’s no I
Just the altar on which we lie

CHORUS

Show me a nation that’s failed

IPHIGENIA

The end that you fear

CHORUS

I’ll show you ships that have sailed

IPHIGENIA

Is already here
Has always been here

CHORUS

What is life worth, what is life worth, what is life—
What is a life really worth

IPHIGENIA

See thru the clouds, past the sun thru the sky
Lashed to the ground an eye for an eye

CHORUS

See thru the clouds, past the sun thru the sky
Lashed to the ground an eye for an eye

IPHIGENIA

What is life worth, what is life worth, what is life…

Lyrics copyright Aldo Perez

© Edward Einhorn 2015