Dave Malloy

"Sextet"

[PERTH]
If you catch a bird with a broken wing
I will build it a pagoda to live in

[CARPENTER]
If your pockets are cluttered with paperclips and string
I will make you a box for all the treasures that you've been given
And I can make you a brand new leg, my captain

[PERTH & CARPENTER]
Make you a new harpoon
So you can stand and fight in the light of the white

[CARPENTER]
But
You can never be anything other than what you are

[PERTH & CARPENTER]
You can never be anything other than what you are
You can never be anything other than what you are
What you are
What you are

[STUBB]
Oh! Jolly is the gale
And a joker is the whale
A’ flourishin’ his tail
Such a funny, sporty, gamy, jesty, joky, hoky-poky lad
Is the Ocean, oh!

[FLASK]
It's a round thing
Bitter foe
Shiny doubloon
[?]
Money, money, money
Fill my bank, fill my belly
Bigger, bigger, bigger, bigger
Kill, kill, kill

[STUBB & FLASK]
Money, money, money
Fill my bank, fill my belly
Bigger, bigger, bigger, bigger
Kill, kill, kill
Shall we lower, Mr. Starbuck?

[STARBUCK]
I've been looking for a gun and I found one
I've been looking for a gun and I found one
He would have shot me once
Loaded, powder in the pan
He would have killed me once
Aye, he'd kill us all!
He says we vowed his vow
He says all of us are Ahabs now
Great God forbid!
Great God forbid!
And so, what now?
I've been looking for a gun and I found one
I've been looking for a gun and I found one

[DAGGOO & TASHTEGO]
Behold, a miracle
Under the waves, in the darkness
A pod of whale mothers
Nursing their young

[ISHMAEL & QUEEQUEG]
Red and white
Red and white

[STUBB]
Shall we lower, Mr. Starbuck?

[AHAB]
Three years at sea
My harpoon turns to rust
My limp stump turns to dust
My compass lies to me
My quadrant hides the skies from me

[FEDALLAH]
He burns in himself

[AHAB]
Tickle them, tickle thy phantom flesh

[PIP, spoken]
Sir! Use Pip for your lost leg. Tread upon me, sir, so I might remain a part of ye

[AHAB, spoken]
Thou touchest my inmost center boy; thou art tied to me by my heart-strings. I feel prouder holding thy black hand than an emperor's! But there is that in thee, poor lad, which I feel too curing to my malady

[FEDALLAH]
I die first
You die second
You die by your own rope
But before you die
Two hearses sail by
The first misunderstood
The second one made of American wood

[AHAB, spoken]
Carpenter, blacksmith! A new leg! A new harpoon!

[CARPENTER, spoken]
Aye, Captain

[PERTH, spoken]
Aye, Captain

[QUEEQUEG]
The day becomes the night
The night becomes the day
And I have a fever

[ISHMAEL, spoken]
Queequeg, you're so pale

[CREW]
I have a fever

[ISHMAEL]
The color is gone from your face

[CREW]
The color is gone from your face

[QUEEQUEG]
Once I harpooned a whale mother
Nursing a babe at her breast
And the waters ran red and white with blood and milk

[ISHMAEL]
Hold on, friend

[QUEEQUEG]
The waters ran red and white with blood and milk

[ISHMAEL]
Don't die, I can't lose you

[QUEEQUEG]
Blood and milk

[AHAB, spoken]
Fedallah, show me your palms

[FEDALLAH]
We baptize this harpoon in blood
Red and white for the blood
From our palms
Red and white

[CARPENTER & PERTH]
We baptize this harpoon in blood
Red and white for the blood
From our palms
Red and white

[STARBUCK]
So now what shall I do?
Lock him up, tie him down?
Oh, God, what can I do?
Before he kills us all
I stand alone and see
All the men, they stand away from me
God, no one sees
God, no one sees
Their eyes are glazed with lies of fortune and obedience

[FEDALLAH, PERTH, CARPENTER]
We baptize this harpoon in blood
Red and white for the blood
From our palms
Red and white

[AHAB, spoken]
Ego non baptizo in nomine patris, sed in nomine diaboli!

[STARBUCK, spoken]
Shall I? Shall I? Mary, my wife; Daniel, my boy! But a touch of the trigger, and I might hold them again

[TASHTEGO & DAGGOO]
Behold, a miracle
Under the waves, in the darkness
A pod of whale mothers
Nursing their young

[STUBB & FLASK]
Shall we lower, Mr. Starbuck?

[STARBUCK]
Shall I?

[QUEEQUEG]
Red and white
Red and white
Red and white

[STARBUCK]
Shall I?

[?]

[ALL]
Ah

[STARBUCK, spoken]
No! No, we won't lower for cast. We won't lower for cast

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