Stunt Singers

I (Rob) recently had a production of one of my other shows, Vanishing Point, at Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio. The students there were kind enough to sing “Higher”, our opening number, for me, which I recorded as sort of a quick-and-dirty demo. Usually Katie and I sing our own first demos, but eventually you want to hear some real singers take a crack at it, especially when there’s a group number.

I went back to Wright State a couple of weeks ago to record some other numbers. I discovered about 2/3rds of the way through the session that I had had a microphone malfunction (eeerrrggggh!). I managed to salvage some of it, but the sound quality is not what it should have been. The Wright State students sang their faces off — really exciting to hear these songs sung by a group for the first time. We worked on “Fight or Flight” (the Act I finale) and “Come Back To Bite Ya” (Hannah’s big number toward the end of the show.) (We also worked on “The Scientific Method” but the audio, alas, didn’t come out on that one well at all… dernit.)



When you’re backed into a corner
And the hair stands up on the back of your neck
And your heart is pounding, pounding, pounding, pounding
You’re terrified, and you can’t get away

You’re trapped, you’re scared
There’s a predator and all you are is prey

It’s fight or flight, fight or flight
Do or die, do or die
Fight or flight (fight or flight or fight…)

(with OTHERS)

We know the odds are against us
And the cobras all are closing in
And our hands are shaking, shaking, shaking, shaking
We’re terrified with nothing left to lose
We’re trapped, but we can’t freeze up
It’s them or us and now we have to choose

It’s fight or flight, fight or flight
Do or die, do or die
Fight or flight (fight or flight or fight…)

[Cobras are seen, with Hannah leading them]

Cobras on the move
Cobras on the rise
Oh, cobras are awake
Tonight is the night of the snake

HANNAH: There shall be no child left behind… find them all!

[Cobras and humans sing their verses in counterpoint. Then:]

Fight or flight (ah-ahh!)
No, we fight! (ah-ahh!)

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