Ernest Shackleton Loves Me Home Demos

by Valerie Vigoda & Brendan Milburn

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These are early home recordings of songs from ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME. In many cases, lyrics in these demos are different from what has ended up in the show, because we NEVER STOP REWRITING UNTIL OPENING NIGHT. And sometimes not even then. Enjoy!

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released April 13, 2014

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Track Name: We're On Our Way (early demo)
ERNEST
OH DARLING MY DARLING WITH YOU I LONG TO BE
BRAVE AND HEARTY MEN
WITH A HEY AND A HO AND WE'RE ON OUR WAY
ERNEST
OH DARLING MY DARLING I SAIL UPON THE SEA

BRAVE AND HEARTY MEN
WITH A HEY AND A HO AND WE'RE ON OUR WAY

ERNEST
ONE DAY WE’LL DROP ANCHOR AND GO ON ASHORE

BRAVE AND HEARTY MEN
WITH A HEY AND A HO AND WE’RE ON OUR WAY

ERNEST
AND NEVER GO OUT ON THE WAVES ANY MORE

BRAVE AND HEARTY MEN
WITH A HEY AND A HO AND WE’RE ON OUR WAY

ERNEST
UNTIL THAT FINE DAY WE WILL KEEP SAILING ON
THROUGH THE STORM AND THE WIND AND THE GREY OF THE DAWN AND WE MIGHT HIT SOME REALLY ROUGH SEAS NOW AND THEN BUT WE'VE BRAVED THEM BEFORE AND WE'LL BRAVE THEM AGAIN
FOR MY LOVE, IT IS TIMELESS AND VAST AS THE SKIES
IT'S AS STRONG AS THE TIDE AND THE WAVES WHEN THEY RISE IT IS I, ERNEST SHACKLETON, HERE IN COMMAND
AND I PROMISE MY DARLING WE'RE GONNA FIND LAND
Track Name: I Believe (Ernest Shackleton Loves Me) (early demo)
All the things I believed in my life
the bizarre, crazy things I believed in my life
like the tooth fairy,
world peace,
Bruce,
none of those worked out.

So, what the hell,
what the hell,
what the hell,
there's no reason I shouldn't believe this as well.
A sailor en route to his Antarctic mission
has fallen in love with this unsung musician

and my music gives him the strength to sail on
through the storm and with wind and the grey of the dawn
I will believe every word that he said,
I believe that my music can summon the dead,

transcend the laws of physics,
knock logic on its back;
I don't care if I'm delirious, delirious
I will believe Ernest Shackleton Loves Me.
He loves me!
Yeah, he loves me!
A dead explorer loves me!
I believe that Ernest Shackleton loves me.
Track Name: Money and Musicians and Explorers
OH NEVER GIVE YOUR MONEY TO NO MUSICIAN
THEY'LL BLOW IT ALL ON GUITAR STRINGS AND BREAD
IF YOU WANT A SOUND INVESTMENT,
THEN YOUR MONEY WILL BE BEST SPENT
ON A SLOT MACHINE OR ROULETTE WHEEL INSTEAD

ERNEST
Oh, I've got one!

DON’T YOU GIVE YOUR MONEY TO NO EXPLORER
ADVENTURE FILLS THE HEART BUT NOT THE PURSE
OH HE'LL TELL YOU THERE'LL BE RICHES
AND THE POLAR ICE BEWITCHES
BUT YOU'LL LOSE YOUR SHIRT AND ALL YOUR CASH, OR WORSE

OH THEY'LL SAY ANYTHING TO CHANGE YER MIND
THEY'LL TELL YOU HOW THEY'RE IN A BIND
AND HOW THEY'RE ON THE VERGE OF SOMETHIN' GREAT

Kat
AND THEN they'LL PROMISE YOU THE MOON
THE RENT COMES DUE, THEY CHANGE THEIR TUNE

Kat & ernest
AND THEN YOU REALIZE IT'S MUCH TOO LATE...

KAT
OH NEVER GIVE YOUR MONEY TO NO MUSICIAN

ERNEST
Or explorer!

KAT
DON'T GIVE US DOLLARS SHEKELS PESOS POUNDS OR YEN

ERNEST & KAT
'CAUSE DESPITE OUR BEST INTENTIONS
YOU'LL NEED LEGAL INTERVENTIONS
IF YOU EVER WANT THAT MONEY BACK AGAIN

BECAUSE YOU KNOW WE AIN'T LIKE OTHER FOLKS
WE PUSH AND PULL AND PRY AND COAX
THE BEAUTY FROM THE BORING AND MUNDANE
WE DON'T KNOW FROM FINANCIAL THINGS
WE LIVE LIKE PAUPERS, DREAM LIKE KINGS
AND EVERYBODY THINKS THAT WE'RE INSANE

BETTER BRILLIANTER AND BROKER
THAN WELL OFF AND MEDIOCRE
WE’LL BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT IT ANYWAY
BETTER DIRT POOR AND INSPIRED
THAN ALL RICH AND FAT AND TIRED
DOWN AND OUT MUSICIANS AND EXPLORERS, THAT'S HOW WE'RE GONNA STAY!!!
Track Name: Every Hand To The Lifeboats (early demo)
ERNEST
EVERY HAND TO THE LIFEBOATS, YOU BRAVE HEARTY MEN!
IT IS TIME FOR US ALL TO BE SAILORS AGAIN
IT IS I, ERNEST SHACKLETON, HERE IN COMMAND
AND I PROMISE, MY HEARTIES, WE'RE GONNA FIND LAND
Men, we are heading home to England! Come, Katherine, we must work harder than ever!

KAT
SO WE PADDLE WE PULL NEVER SLACK NEVER SLOW

ERNEST & KAT W/HARMONY BOX
WITH A HEY AND A HO AND WE’RE ON OUR WAY

KAT
THOUGH OUR FINGERS ALL FREEZE TO THE OARS AS WE ROW

HARMONY BOX
WITH A HEY AND A HO AND WE’RE ON OUR WAY

ERNEST
THE NEAREST KNOWN ISLAND A HUNDRED MILES ON

HARMONY BOX
WITH A HEY AND A HO AND WE’RE ON OUR WAY

ERNEST & KAT
THROUGH THE STORM AND THE WIND AND THE GREY OF THE DAWN

HARMONY BOX
WITH A HEY AND A HO AND WE’RE ON OUR WAY

ERNEST
AND WE’RE GRITTING OUR TEETH AND WE SHAKE OFF THE COLD
AS THE SLEET FALLS IN SHARP LITTLE SPECKS
BUT THE HUNGER IS STARTING TO WEAKEN US ALL
AS THE ICE WATER POURS DOWN OUR NECKS

KAT
NOW WE’RE SEASICK AND STARVING AND SOAKED TO THE SKIN
TORMENTED BY TERRIBLE THIRST
FROSTBITTEN, FEVERISH, BARELY ALIVE
AND STILL WE HAVE NOT SEEN THE WORST

ERNEST
THE CREW IS OVERWHELMED BY HUNGER
EXHAUSTION
MISERY

ERNEST & KAT
THE CHANCE OF FINDING LAND SO REMOTE
SO REMOTE
AND YET WE SAIL ON
SAIL ON --
THROUGH THE JAWS OF THE JAGGED ICE PACK
AS THE KILLER WHALES CIRCLE NEARBY

HARMONY BOX LOOPED
SAIL ON

KAT & ERNEST
THROUGH THE CRAGS AND THE CANYONS WHERE WE COULD BE CRUSHED IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

KAT & ERNEST PLUS HARMONY BOX
THROUGH MAGNIFICENT VISTAS THAT NO MAN HAS SEEN
GLISTENING GLACIERS OF AQUAMARINE
LUMINOUS CRYSTALLINE SPIRES OF ICE
AN OTHERWORLDLY PARADISE
SUN-SPECKLED SAPPHIRE SEAS, THE BREEZE,
THE ENDLESS GAPING SKY...

KAT & ERNEST
AND AFTER SEVEN UNBEARABLE DAYS OUT AT SEA
THE MEN GIVE A SHOUT -

ERNEST
LAND AHOY! COULD IT BE?

KAT & ERNEST
WE’VE SPOTTED AN ISLAND WITH STONE AND WITH SAND

KAT
AND JUST AS YOU PROMISED THEM, WE'RE GONNA FIND LAND
WE’RE GONNA FIND LAND

ERNEST
AND WE HAVE FOUND LAND
Track Name: Eye of the Storm (early demo)
The video is here: youtu.be/xjvuD3hq0y4
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dry your eyes, there's my dear
never mind where you are, only know you are here
in the eye of the storm

now chin up, take my hand
you may be far from home, but you're safe on dry land
in the eye of the storm

never mind that you're out on the edge of the earth
and it seems like you'll never succeed
when you think that you're down, fight for all that you're worth,
and you'll find that you have all the strength that you need

if you can't catch a break,
hunker down, soldier on, now your task is to make
those you love safe and warm

don't regret what has been
let it go, for we'll never be right here again.
who needs sleep?
breathe in deep
be the calm in the eye of the storm.
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