Once Upon a Time

from by Mark Nichols

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Music by Mark Nichols, Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. From Caucasian Chalk Circle, the epic play, set in "Grusinia". This version is greatly inspired by the Georgian folk music of the region called "Polyphony".


Once upon a time
When the blood ran like rain
And this city was called
"The city of the Damned"

It had a governor
His name was Georgie Abashvilli
Once upon a time

He was extremely rich
He had a beautiful wife
He had a healthy little baby
And a wonderful life
Once upon a time

No other governor in Grusinia
Had as many horses in his stable
Had as many beggars on his doorstep
As many soldiers in his service
As many petitioners in his courtyard

Once upon a time


from Caucasian Chalk Circle, released November 13, 2012
Performed by Mark Nichols



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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 www.thereallybig.com ... more


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