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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’)

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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.