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Hosea Rock Opera Song #7

Hosea and Gomer have made a home.  There have been a couple of children born, one of which is Hosea’s, and another is just barely on the way.  Gomer was surprised to find that Hosea is a good man, but in spite of it all she is drawn to her old life, or the idea of it.  Finally one night while Hosea’s working she slips back to the old place and gets sucked back into the darkness.  This is done in a jazzy, soulful Joni Mitchell style.

The bread is rising and the beds are made, I think today I wash and sweep.  Jezreel has a baseball game today, Ruhamah’s been sick for a week.  Hosea’s working late tonight, and I just don’t think it’s right, to be alone.

I can’t say that he’s not been good to me, it hasn’t been like I had thought.  He always comes straight home and hears me speak, and gives me little things that he’s bought.  I never dreamed that I’d be so lame, and my life has become so tame, and I am here alone.

Tonight he’s putting in some overtime, and I’ve heard there’s a party going on.  The kids will all be sleeping, I don’t think they’ll know that I have gone.  I just want to see some old friends.  I’m just bored with the way that it’s been.  I’ll step out just this once and then, never again.

I hear the music and the laughter, the place is rocking out tonight.  The girls are on the stage and dancing, they leap and whirl with all their might.  My old boyfriend says to me “come over here”, and now he’s buying me a tall cold beer.  And he says that he is still my friend, and just maybe we could do it all again, and this time it will be Hosea who’s alone.

One drink, maybe just a line or two.  I really don’t see what harm it would do.  And johnny, I’ve been saving this for you.  Let’s rock this place, rake in some dough.  I’ve still got the touch even though, I’ve been rotting in my house and so, alone.

There is a light on in the window, I’ll bet Hosea’s sitting there, I know he’ll follow me and beg me not to leave.  He’ll beg for me to stay his wife, I guess I will for now, but he can’t make me change my life.  ‘Cause these things that I do feel good, and though I don’t believe I should, pretty soon I will leave him for good.  Then he’ll be alone.

I’m giving him another child but this one’s not his too.  I don’t believe for him there’s anything more I can do.  I’ve tried to be the faithful wife but that’s just not my style, and I might find a better deal if I walk another mile.  I’ll find the life that’s truly mine down the road another mile.  I know I’ll find myself just down that road another mile.

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Hosea Rock Opera Song # 6. Hosea brings home a bride.

In this song Hosea has brought home his bride and two neighbors are gossiping over the back fence like neighbors have since there have been neighbors and sin.  They are clearly not happy about the new addition to the neighborhood.  This song is done in a country and western style; neighbor #1 being a lot like Waylon and neighbor #2 a lot like Willie.

Neighbor #1:  I saw that old Hosea brought his wife home yesterday.  The wedding was a short one I am told.  He really must have wanted someone very much indeed, ’cause he found a girl who’s usually bought and sold.

Neighbor #2:  Yes I have heard the same thing and I saw her yesterday.  I must admit the girl was looking good.  But we’re not needing her kind, I’ve got children living here.  If she stays there goes the neighborhood.

Neighbor #1:  Hosea always seemed to be a little off to me, his preaching always gave me one big pain.  And every time we sacrifice a son or two to Baal, on our fine parade he would pray for rain.

Neighbor #2:  I hope her friends don’t come around with all their mess and noise.  I really wish that she would go away.  Hosea says he likes the girl and we can both guess why, So I suppose she probably will stay.  But I’ve been praying to my idols made of stone and wood; if she don’t go there goes the neighborhood.

Neighbor #1:  I think the decent people in our neighborhood should meet and see, if there is something we can do.  This girl is gonna bring some trouble to our quiet street, and we will all be tainted ‘fore it’s through.  Hosea says we’re just like her boy, does he have some nerve?  I’m not like her, I give Baal the respect that he deserves.

Neighbor #2:  Yes I agree we should unite and run that woman out.  We’d all be better off without them both and there’s no doubt.  He’s got no right to criticize me for the god I choose.  And my wife is a proper girl it’s him that’s gonna lose.

Both:

We’ll circulate petitions and approach the city boss, maybe we can get them both run off.  We’ll say that he’s a nuisance and he doesn’t mow his lawn.  We’ll say she’s loose and lives in total sloth.  If they would leave the city it would all be for the good.  If they should stay there goes the neighborhood.

Hosea Rock Opera song number 5: Gomer’s acceptance

Hosea has made his proposal to Gomer.  She is surprised, but decides to take him up on his offer.  He’s not too bright and probably boring, but she’s been thinking about getting out of “the business” for a while.  This song is to be done in East Bay funk.  Think Tower of Power, Pablo Cruise, Rick James, Average White Band.  A sassy sax talked back to by an impudent guitar, an indulgent base and butterfly percussion.  Turn your mind on and enjoy.

Somebody tell me if you got a clue, what this dumb john’s trying to sell.  Should I take him for all that he’s worth or just tell him he can go to hell.

I’ve seen losers like Hosea before, but this one’s really not too bright.  and I’ve been had by rotten abusers, in fact I’ve had a few tonight.

Well he may be as dumb as dirt but then he may be playing it straight, and I’ve been thinking of changin’ my gig, and maybe this here cherry’s my gate.

So I’m packin’…Im packin’ my bags, gonna give the straight life a try.  Yeah I’m packin’… I’m packin’ my bags though the girls’ll think I’m probably high.  This guy says he will take me and treat me right, though he knows I am nothing but a whore.  So I’m packin’… I’m packin’ my bags and I’m following that man right out the door.

Hosea just paid my bill with the pimp, I know it ’cause I saw the receipt.  So I’ll say good-bye to this lousy life, gonna write it’s epitaph with my feet.  But the music I’ll miss and a couple of the girls, maybe someday I’ll come back and do some lines, but just right now I’m his girl next door, this gig is gonna suit me just fine.

So I’m packin’… Im packing my bags, gonna give the straight life a try.  Yeah I’m packin’… I’m packin’ my bags, though the girls will all think that I’m high.  This guy says he will take me and treat me right, though he knows I am nothing but a whore.  So I’m packin’…I’m packin’ my bags and I’m following that man right out the door.

(Big, juicy, funky interlude followed by the refrain “I’m Packin’)

Hosea Rock Opera Song 4: Hosea’s Proposal

Hosea follows Gomer down a dingy hallway to her room, where Gomer expects that he is just another john paying for sex.  To her amazement Hosea not only proposes marriage but says that he is ordered by God to do so.  Gomer is no stranger to delusional men and suspects that Hosea is just one more.  Hosea does throw her a curve however which makes her a bit more receptive to his offer of marriage.  To be sung as a ballad in the style of Gordon Lightfoot.

I’ve come to you Gomer ’cause you mean something to me, and I see in you  much more than a whore.

I don’t know your family and I don’t know where you’ve been, I don’t know if you’ve ever loved or even had a friend.

You look at me as a piece of meat, nothing but another paying john, but I came here begin a journey and what I want is for you to come along.

‘Cause I would love you and take you for my wife.

Yes I would love you and stay with you all of my life.

Yes I would make of you my wife, and bend my back for you., I’d hear your words with sympathy and hold you when you’re blue.

I promise I’ll forget your past, it’s no worse than my own, and with you standing next to me we’ll make ourselves a home.

Oh I would love you, and take you for my wife.

Yes I would love you, and stay with you all of my life.

Well I must go it’s getting late and I must get to bed, I’ll bet you have a thing or two that’s running through your head.

My offering is genuine, it comes straight from my heart, if you come with me I swear from you I’ll never part.

So here’s the price for you tonight and now I’m going to leave, the only cost to you my love is that you must believe,

That I would love you, and take you for my wife.

Yes I would love you and be true to you all of my life.

Hosea Rock Opera Song 3, to be done in the style of the great Tina Turner

Hosea has spent a lot of time looking for the prostitute (OK, let’s say it; the whore) that God has told him to marry but hasn’t found her yet.  Tired and a little confused he stops into a bar to have a beer before going home for the night.  Upon entering the bar he hears the singer on the low stage up front.  The singer is barely barely at all and strutting her stuff for the crowd.  Their eyes meet and the connection is instantly made, although Gomer does not yet have any idea what Hosea’s mission is.

Well I see you standing in the back of the room, and I see you near the edge of the stage,

you came in thinking you were cool as the night, but your blood is beginning to rage.

You might have girl at home you might have a wife, maybe have a baby or two,

but just right now you’ve quit thinking ’bout them, and I know what you are wanting to do.

‘Cause I’m hot, I’m hot, I’m just about as hot as they get.

I’m hot, I’m hot, and you know that I could make you sweat.

So if you’re thinking I’m the girl next door that’s just one of the many things I’m not.

I’m bad to the bone and I’ll be wrecking your home and you’ll be loving it boy, ’cause I’m hot.

So come up closer sucker I can make your fanny pucker when i lay on you a motion or two.

You ain’t seen nuthin’ ’till you see this girl a-struttin’ and I’m struttin’ all my sweetness for you.

If you buy into my action I can promise satisfaction you may think it’s love but that’s not what call it.

It’s a business deal that’s gonna make you squeal, and it starts when you open up your wallet.

‘Cause i’m hot, I’m hot, I’m just about as hot as they get.

I’m hot, I’m hot, and you know that I could make you sweat.

So if you’re thinking I’m the girl next door, that’s just one of the many things i’m not.

I’m bad to the bone and I’ll be wrecking your home and you’ll be loving it boy ’cause I’m hot.

Time is a-wastin’ and it’s you I should be tastin’ and my room is at the end of the hall.

I could keep on dancing if the price was right but I can see that you’ve been hearing nature call.

So come on son, you know the evening is young, and all you want is just to spend it with me.

Just come into my room I’ll have you baying at the moon and you’ll be wondering how this pleasure came to be.

‘Cause I’m hot, I’m hot, I’m just about as hot as they get.

I’m hot, I’m hot, and you know that I could make you sweat.

So if you’re thinking I’m the girl next door, that’s just one of the many things I’m not.

I’m bad to the bone and I’ll be wrecking your home and you’ll be loving it boy ’cause I’m hot.

Hosea Rock Opera, song 2

Hosea has been given the unenviable task of marrying a prostitute to symbolize the relationship that God sees between Himself and His people.  Hosea is not thrilled, but he is doing as asked.  Tonight he is walking the streets of his town looking for the woman whom he must marry.  Song is to be sung in a Mark Knopfler sound.

God told me to look for her, out where there is pain.

Where good people don’t go, at least that’s what they claim.

I’ll know when I find her, the sum of my fears.

The girl God has made for me, my harvest of tears.

Why has it come to this, this thing I must do?

And why have we fallen so far, from the plan made by You?

At first I just thought of my pain, from what you want me to do.

But now I know it’s just a bit, of the pain felt by you.

Of the pain felt by you.

I’ve walked through the dark streets, I’ve looked in the bars.

Sad women in costumes, pimps watching from cars.

They both are just wreckage, of what once was a life.

But none of these women, will become my wife.

Will become my wife.

Why has it come to this, this thing I must do?

And why have we fallen so far, from the plan made by You?

At first I just thought of my pain, from what you want me to do.

But now I know it’s just a bit, of the pain felt by You.

Of the pain felt by You.

I’vel been walking these streets all night, gonna get in my car.

Looked in eery dark corner, looked near and looked far.

I think that I’m done for the night, and that’s music I hear.

I think I’ll stop in at that bar, and have me a beer.

Yes I think I’ll stop in at that bar, and have me a beer.

Why has it come to this, this thing I must do?

And why have we fallen so far, from the plan made by You?

At first I just thought of my pain, from what you want me to do.

But now I know it’s just a bit, of the pain felt by You.

Of the pain felt by you.

Hosea Rock Opera 1

Can’t somebody tell me where I went wrong, when I’ve been trying to do my best for so, so long?

I’ve studied all your words and tried to live by the rules, even went out preaching to these idiots and fools.

I sold out to you, but I guess that’s just a starter, now you say the work is going to get a little harder.

I thought it would be nice to find a girl and settle down, and maybe raise a family in this god-forsaken town.

Now You say it’s your plan too but there’s just a little more, You say You want to see me hitch myself up to a whore.

Well wait a minute, wait a minute tell me it’s not true.  How the hell is this suppose to reflect well on You?

And while we’re at it brother there’s one thing that I don’t see; how the hell is this supposed to reflect well on me?

Chorus:

Go down, Hosea, go down to the part.  Look among the ladies doing business after dark.  Get up, Hosea, go walking in the lane, look into the corners where there’s emptiness and pain.

I’m giving you a mission for the rest of your life.  Go find yourself a prostitute and make that girl your wife.  Yeah find yourself a prostitute and make that girl your wife.

I’m hearing what you’re saying but I don’t believe my ears. You want me to pursue a life of heart attack and tears.

I already know just what the neighbors gonna say; “that boy just wants to get some and he just don’t wanna pay”.

You know it’s every kind of evil that I’ve come to hate, so listen to me Lord I’m gonna give it to you straight.

I’ve had some bitter things in life that I have had to chew, and there have been some ugly things that I have had to do.

But tell me to disown my dad and turn away my mother, give up all my friends and turn my back upon my brother.

I’d rather be in solitude and throw away my life, than do what you request of me and make a ho my wife.

Chorus:

Go down, Hosea, go down to the park.  Look among the ladies doing business after dark.

Get up, Hosea, go walking in the lane.  Look into the corners where there’s emptiness and pain.

I ain’t saying marry and then put yourself above her.  I want you to find that girl and I want you to love her.

Ok Ok I get it, I understand Your plan.  After all You are the God and I am just the man.  Being married always seemed like something good and right, but I don’t think this bride is gonna come out wearing white.

Bur just as sure as You are God and sit enthroned above, I’m going to wed a prostitute and give her all my love.

Chorus:

Go down, Hosea, go down to the park.  Look among the ladies doing business after dark.

Get up, Hosea, go walking in the lane.  Look into the corners where there’s emptiness and pain.

I know just how painful that this marriage gonna be, ’cause it’s just like the marriage between Israel and Me.

Yeah it’s just like the marriage between Israel and Me.