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U P S I D E     d o w n s t a i r s    a cambridge comedy of manners
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"I Ching!" Music and lyrics by Cass von Braun

S E T T I N G

Mary is the embattled artist who is perpetually longing for Fada, unaware that she already owns his heart.


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L Y R I C

Once more approach the master
To give the coins a throw

He told me not to ask about you, my tale of woe
I know what he will answer to,
"Should I Let You Go?"
He always tells me, "No," you know?
"You know who you need beside you."
When I wonder what for if I see you no more
He says, "The horse strays
But will return of its own accord."

So all I can say is I wait for that day
What I pray, until then, "So be it! Amen!
May the devil burn up on your threshold if he tries to pass through your door

But what would it be like if . . . [instr.]
You would see me? I Ching!
Three times you have paused and then, turning
Three times I've been rescued from burning.

Perhaps you only turn to the light when you learn you can't hide in the dark
I don't know what to do
Then I throw K’un and Fu
That means "A fresh start!"
When I wonder whether I should play blasé he answers,
"Intractible youth, you know the score.
You must ask me no more
"I have already told you the truth."

[instr.]
You must pray, until then, "So be it. Amen!
"May the devil burn up on your threshold if he tries to come through your door"

So what will it be like when . . . [instr.]
You will see me? I Ching!
History reinvented
With all of its sadness mended

So what will it be like when . . . [instr.]
You will see me? I Ching!


I have struggled with this crying need for what seems a lifetime. So far I have not made it through a single day without thinking of you.











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