ETHERIA The Rock Opera

Words and Music © 2004 Jeffrey L. Sponsler

The Art of Grave Robbing

The Merchant's Tale

 Thalia:

 a salesman came -

 with products for the taking

 the Festival -

 there was money for the making

 his merchandise was on display

 esoterica for those who pay

Farbucron, The Merchant

1

 please wait your turn

 you'll get your chance

 experience an erotic fling

 to touch the sound

 and see the heat

 to do the psychic swing

 2

 gather round and check your cash

 imported goods are here for sale

 rhino horn and mammoth tongue

 and pharmaceutic ale

3

 the cargo hold of my ship is filled

 with a million metric tons

 I deal in life - exotic slaves

 and organs - hearts and lungs

 4

 archaeologists come see

 sarcophagi are now in stock

 shroud of Turin for just a fee

 stone tablets are on the block

 

 Chorus:

 if you are looking for goods hard to find

 black market sales - you have seen some hard times

 if itís endangered Iíll sell you its skin

 if itís immoral it's time to begin

 5

 chamber of illusions

 telepathic theatre

 a courtesan with her hair aflame

 you'll be alone in there with her

 6

 if you have a problem

 need some powder to be your all

 you feel the need to medicate

 this merchant makes house calls

7

 perhaps you need a family

 to love to give you warmth

 check my zombie catalog

 they have a quiet sensitive charm

 8

 if you desire an identity card

 if you need a personality

 my plastic surgeon can alter your face

 psycho-tropics can shape your reality

 

 Chorus:

 and if your problems will not go away

 and you know in your mind that youíve tried

 to live a good life - just give me a name

 and then your problems soon will have died

 The Auction:

 start the bidding now

 a whale skin leather jacket

 11 hundred credits to start - 11 11 12

 1250 - SOLD !

 mountain gorilla liver powder - an aphrodisiac

 500 500 550 6 - sold

 autographed copy of the Necronomicon

 1100 credits 11 11 1150 12 - sold

 another classic: the Encyclopedia Galactica

 2500 25 30 35 3550 - sold!

 hereís an ivory scrimshaw tiara

 start bidding at 6500 65 65 70 75 whoíll give me 80

 80 85 85 85 - sold!

 next up - Excalibur

 starting at 10 thousand credits - give me 10 10

 11 11 12 12 going once twice sold

 and here is an Arrakeen stilsuit

 95 hundred 95 95 97 97 98 98 98 - sold!

 next item: a stealth bomber with heat seeking missiles

 starting at 75 trillion credits

 75 75 80 85 85 85 - sold!

 and for our final sale:

 a white slave girl and a kilogram of powdered poppies

 starting at 35 thousand credits

 35 35 50 55 65 70 75 75 95 95 95 98 - SOLD!

Instrumental Chorus

 9

 from a world with an acid rain

 in a bottle of formaldehyde

 well preserved - this human brain

 a politician's - who wants to buy

 10

 now if you want weapons this

 rifle fires a particle flash

 pierces armor - lacerates flesh

 reduce your enemy to piles of ash

 11

 consider this - a planet for sale

 green and lush in a prehistoric way

 and you'd be a king or a president

 or a god - you can have it your way

 12

 the people there are paleoliths

 you could give them a new government

 mate with their women - create demigods

 itís your planet - you could charge them rent

 

 Chorus:

 If you are looking for goods hard to find

 black market sales - you have done some hard time

 if itís endangered Iíll sell you its skin

 if itís immoral itís time to begin

 begin

 begin