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Libretto for The Bitter Suite

CALLISTO:

Glad that your feelin' strong
Thought I might lose ya
Don't use words--sing a song
This is Illusia!



CALLISTO:

Xena be warned, Xena beware!
By closing your eyes you'll see what isn't there
Xena be calm, open your eyes
Lies may be truth, and truth...may be lies

XENA (spoken):

All right, Callisto, cut the song and dance. What’s going on? Where are we?

CALLISTO:

Fate is a wheel--it will reveal
All you've become, all that you feel
Destiny knows what has to be
And you'll pay the price, nothing is free
I'll be your guide, take the hand of your muse
You just might lose your way in the land of Illusia!

Illusia is music--a world built on rhyme
It's carved out of space in the absence of time
You've tasted how evil and good coexist
The bitter and sweet of it

DOG:

All in the lips that you've kissed

CALLISTO:

Lion and bull
Eagle and snake
To live or die
It's the choice you've got to make
Can you undo what you create?
Step through the wheel
Follow your fate!

ANIMALS:

The fates have a fix on you
We can play tricks on you
We deal in truths you're too troubled to face
Gamble the worth of you
On the rebirth of you
Don't turn away
Don't start to fade
What's still unwritten you can't erase

CALLISTO:

Your villainous infamy tortures your soul
Decent into evil must levy its' toll
The darkness that rots you has brought you to this

SNAKE:

Surrender serenity
Suffer sweet misery
Sin seeks its' cursed abyss

ANUBIS:

Oh Xena, with death there is always rebirth

SPHINX:

Come see with a vision denied you on earth

CALLISTO:

Illusia is waiting, we'll show you the way
But all consequences are your own creation
And there is a price you must pay

ANIMALS:

The fates have a fix on you
We can play tricks on you
We deal in truths you're too troubled to face
Gamble the worth of you
On the rebirth of you
Now is the time this is the place

CALLISTO AND ANIMALS:

What's still unwritten you can't erase
Illusia is music a world full of rhyme
It's carved out of space in the absence of--

XENA (spoken):

All right, Callisto. You like little ditties, fine. I got one for ya:

You’re acting so strangely
That I hardly know ya
But still I wouldn’t trust ya
As far as I can throw ya

CALLISTO:

You’re wrong not to trust
One who knows you so well
I never betrayed you
That was…Gabrielle



JOXER:

Joxer the Mighty,
Master of geography
Here to guide you on your way,
Stick with me you'll never stray
If you're in a land that's new,
I'm the man who’ll get you through
(Even if you're slightly nude)
I'm Joxer, I'm Joxer the Mighty!



ARMY:

Xe-na! Xe-na! Xe-na!
Praise the winds of chance that blew
Xena's back her friend's are true
We will fight till death for you,
Brave Xena!

When your mighty chakram arcs
Throwing fierce magnetic sparks
no one ever hits their marks like Xena
Praised for prowess with a sword
Who's as feared as is adored
You've not lived till you've been gored
By Xena!

You're the Warrior Princess
Who's as strong as an oak
You've got eyes that could tear out the heart of a bloke
With one look you can wilt a flower
Curdle milk or make men cower
Welcome home, Xena, welcome home!

XENA (spoken):

Ares. I thought as much, but why the big production number? What’s the point?

ARES:

You are the most divine delicious warrior
A man can't help saluting your return
And if you start my heart
It's just the way you slash and burn
Bewitching woman straining at the armor plate

You singe me with the ardor you inflame
And in my carnal heart there's not a sorry shred of shame

ARMY:

You and me love war doesn't matter what it's for
Pandemonium reigns
And we're bludgeoning brains
Give us war, war, war
Keep it down to our roar

ARMY:

Words of wisdom Ares said

ARES:

When in battle keep your head

ARMY:

Warriors love war, war, WAR! Yeah!



GABRIELLE (spoken):

I know this place. These people. That shop! I’m home. This is Poteidaia!

VILLAGER (spoken):

Hey look! It’s Gabrielle!

VILLAGER (Spoken):

Gabrielle, you're back!

VILLAGERS:

Gabrielle, Gabrielle, Gabrielle!
Over the bridge of tears she's crossed
And she's paid a fearful cost
Her blood innocence is lost
Gabrielle!
Now the past has set her free
And she has traveled home to be
With her old friends you and me
Gabrielle!

VILLAGER:

You've been plucked out from the heart of our lives for so long

VILLAGER:

Now we're grateful you've come back to the place you belong

VILLAGERS:

For what is the panacea
Surely waits in Poteidaia
Welcome home, Gabrielle, welcome home!

GABRIELLE(spoken):

Lilla! Sister! I can’t believe it.

LILLA:

Villains, fools and Kings have made their mark on you
Leave their easy evil in the dust
If your child had lived we'd surely make her welcome too

VILLAGERS:

You and me love peace with the ducks and goats and geese
Wile the hours away, making bread, pitching hay
We love peace, peace, peace simple joys that never cease

VILLAGER:

Nothing changes but the time

VILLAGERS:

We don't even change our minds
Villagers love peace, peace, peace



ARES:

Pulverizing foes requires strategy
There's no mortal born who meets your skill
Xena join my vision don't deny your destiny

ARMY:

You and me love war doesn't matter what it's for

ARMY:

Chop the tree down burn the root

ARES:

Vengeance can be such a hoot

ARMY:

Warriors love war, war ,war!



LILLA:

Xena was no friend--she worked to twist your mind
Though you tried to change her deadly ways
Take this scythe--
It's just a case of killing to be kind

VILLAGERS:

You and me love peace with the ducks and goats and geese
Sit and watch the world go by
Vegetate until you die
Villagers love peace, peace, peace

ARMY:

We love war, fear, lies, smite and smoke and pulverize

VILLAGERS:

Just put your hand in mine, sure your future's on the line

ARMY:

You've a son you must avenge
Y'know you must exact revenge

VILLAGERS:

Peace!

ARMY:

War!

VILLAGERS:

Peace!

ARMY:

War!

VILLAGERS:

Peace!

ARMY:

War!



ARES:

You're lost and confused
But I understand
This once beloved friend
Has been slain by your hand
You feel all alone
Betrayed and adrift
But maybe her loss
Can be viewed as a gift

Now I'll be your rock,
Your strength and support
Your close confidant
With whom you can consort
I know you completely
Come melt into me
Unleash the power
Of your destiny

You've proved to yourself
Now that you've made the kill
That you're just like me
With as evil a will
Our forces were meant
To be merged into one
The world will be panicked
When our work is done

Let the music of war
With its' lustful refrain
Arouse us to heights
With a passionate strength
Imagine how awesome
Together we'd be
So feel what I'm feeling
Come melt into me



CALLISTO:

Did that fill you with glee?
To kill your little friend?
Did that ease your suffering
Or bring it to an end?
Let go
All of your anger will poison you yet
Unless you can just
Let go



XENA:

My heart is hurting beyond words
The pain is tearing up my soul
These days have seen my spirit die
My life propelled out of control
My wounds lie naked to the world
My depth of suffering exposed
This damaged past can never heal
Until this nightmare book is closed

GABRIELLE:

My heart is hurting beyond words
The pain is tearing up my soul
Please tell me how can I retrieve
The life that all this sadness stole
Because of you this happened
Because you had to carry out your vengeful little plans

XENA:

It's you who should feel guilty
Because of you my child is dead
His blood is on your hands

GABRIELLE:

If only you had never brought me there

XENA:

If only you had done what you were told!

GABRIELLE:

It's you who's to be blamed

XENA:

And you should be ashamed

GABRIELLE:

It's your fault!

XENA:

No it's yours!

GABRIELLE:

How could you?

XENA:

How could you?

GABRIELLE:

It's your fault!

XENA:

It's your fault!



DAHAK:

It begins very small
Seems like nothing much at all
Just a germ, just a speck, just a grain
But the seed has been sown
And before you know it's grown
It has spread through your life like a stain
And its' power will strangle your love and your joy
And its' hunger consumes for it lives to destroy

XENA (spoken):

Gabrielle, that’s what we’re fighting: hatred!

CHORUS:

Hate is the star
It becomes who you are
Not the hated but the hater
Has a torment that's greater

DAHAK:

It will eat you alive
Consume you and spit you out
Hate will win,
That there's no doubt about
Hate doesn't care who you are

CHORUS:

Hate is the star!

DAHAK:

Learning hate is an art
Even people who are smart
Can be caught
Can be crushed
Can be creamed
It has swallowed you whole...
Did you think you're in control?
Hate you thought, hate you spoke, hate you dreamed
All your hate gave me substance
Your lives are undone
It's your eve of destruction
Your hatred has won

XENA (spoken):
Gabrielle!
XENA:

I never dreamed that we'd be distanced by a hate
That all the trust we had would go

GABRIELLE:

How could I hate you..?

XENA:

How could it come to pass--this awful twist of fate

GABRIELLE:

How could I hurt you

XENA:

This madness can't be so

GABRIELLE:

I can't believe it

XENA:

I never dreamed that any barriers could rise

GABRIELLE:

Or that I'd ever see the stranger in your eyes

XENA:

Our hearts were hurting both the same

GABRIELLE:

The hurt was tearing up our souls

XENA:

The fury in us made us blind

GABRIELLE:

We could not see beyond the pain

XENA:

If we can turn again to love

GABRIELLE:

If we can heal these open wounds

XENA:

We'll leave this hatred far behind

GABRIELLE:

So not a trace of hate remains

BOTH:

And we'll grow stronger side by side
To stand together through the storms
We're safe 'cause love will be our guide



XENA:

Yes I lied
I thought I could protect you from the truth
Deliver you from evil
Spare your innocence and youth
That I could simply will it
Was the real untruth
I was wrong
I wore a mask to cover my deceit
But underneath it all I couldn't keep away my doubt
Now I'm left without a mask
With one question left to ask
I'm sorry, please help me, forgive me
Don't hate me, don't leave me, forgive me
Forgive me my debt as only you could
Forgive me the hate replace evil with good
Forgive me and find out that you
Will be able to forgive yourself too

My dear Solan
I never told you that you were my son
I didn't know the days we had left were so few
If I only knew
I'd have been with you
I'm so sorry
I couldn't be the mother you deserved
And I regret that I missed your first step
Your first word
That I never heard
Now it seems absurd

Can you forgive me?
Open up your heart and let me in
No matter if the fates against us turn
There's on thing through all of this I've learned
That what I need from you is to forgive me,
I'm sorry, believe me
Stop hating, stop hurting, forgive me
Forgive those who'd harm you
Do good for those who hate
Forgive if not forget
I know it's not too late--
Forgive me and you'll discover too
That the love of your love is you



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