The Photograph Lyrics

Musical by Dave Malloy (2014)
Ghost Quartet the Musical - The Photograph Lyrics

CHORUS (Dave & Brent)
How did rose lose her camera?

GELSEY (Pearl)
She threw it to the ground
Disgusted by what she had done

CHORUS
What had she done?

GELSEY
She had taken a photograph of something inappropriate
Or rather, a photograph at an inappropriate time
Or rather, a photograph instead of being a hero

CHORUS
What was the photograph of?

GELSEY
A ghost
Or rather
A ghost

CHORUS
Does the ghost haunt her?

GELSEY
She sees her eyes when she closes her eyes
He eyes looking back at her
Her eyes underneath her eyelids.
She is always screaming

GELSEY & BRITTAIN
Screaming

CHORUS
Has anyone else ever screamed?

GELSEY
Her daughter
Her sister
Her mother
Her lover
Rose

ALL
Rose

CHORUS
Does rose believe in ghosts?

GELSEY
Rose believes in the restorative properties of the ocean
In the importance of sharing meals
And never drinking coffee on the go
She believes in the standard model of love
In which two lovers are bonded
Into something greater than themselves
She believes in the oversoul
That all living things in the universe
Are part of a single consciousness
She believes in freshly washed linens
And flowers on the table
And buying used books full of marginalia

GELSEY & BRITTAIN
She believes in soul

CHORUS
How did her belief system break down
With the appearance of the ghost?

GELSEY
Softly, without trauma
In a series of imperceptible shifts

CHORUS
How many people has rose been?

GELSEY
Rose is the same as anyone else

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