And the Child Called to Her

from by Mark Nichols

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Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, Music by Mark Nichols


And she heard, or she thought she heard
A low voice calling
And the child called to her
Not whining but calling quite sensibly,
Or so it seemed.
"Woman," it said, "help me",
And it went on not whining, but saying quite sensibly
"Know woman, he who hears not the cry for help
But passes by with troubled ears, will never hear
The gentle call of a lover nor the blackbird at the dawn,
Nor the happy sigh of the exhausted grape picker
At the sound of the angelus [bell].

This song is a very "Brechtian" theater-poem, because theatrically, it presents the POV and voice of a baby, as if to say, "this is what the baby would say..."


from Caucasian Chalk Circle, released November 13, 2012



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Mark Nichols Los Angeles, California

Is a writer, director, composer and filmmaker, but is known mainly as a creator of music theater works, including HOW TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE: A BURNING OPERA, LITTLE BOY GOES TO HELL, JOE BEAN, and for his popular score for Brecht's CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE. Info at ... more


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