INANNA - THE OPERA - LYRICS
ACT THREE

THE APPARITION

INANNA: I am from a distant light
I have traveled far
I have lived a thousand lives
Kissed the stars

Come with me
Zephyr blown
To the sea
They brightly shone

I have come, sharing love
Sharing wisdom true
As my heart is like the drum
So am I like you

Take my hand
Soft and slow
Take me down
Love me so

Look into these eyes so green
Tell me what you see
Is it love, from above?
Is it luxury?

Floating on
Wings of dawn
And my sweetest song
Floating on

Let me tell you
'Bout the things that I feel

PRAISE TO ASTARTE

CHORUS: Oh, Astarte, you are heaven's queen
So beautiful, so lovely, like a dream
Oh your voice is just like paradise
Bestow on us your wisdom and advice

INANNA: I want to show
How love can grow
If you understand your motivation
You can change your situation

CHORUS: Oh Astarte, mistress all in blue
The love we make, we dedicate to you
In your name we think it's only fair
If we abstain, we dedicate our hair

PRIESTESS: Come, let us kneel
Come, let us feel
Touch the gown of she who walks among the stars
See the living goddess

CHORUS: Goddess of the ever-growing seed
What can we do to satisfy your needs?
Lady of the evening, of the day
Don't you see, we worship you in every way....

Oh Astarte, you are heaven's queen
So beautiful, so lovely, like a dream
Oh Astarte, mistress all in blue
The love we make, we dedicate to you

INANNA: Find love in all things
Help to create the whole
Love is not to simply join the human flesh
Love must join the soul

CHORUS: Oh Astarte, you are heaven's queen
So beautiful, so lovely, like a dream
Oh Astarte, mistress all in blue
The love we make, we dedicate to you....

Lady of the evening, of the day
What can we give, to make you want to stay?
Goddess of the ever-growing seed
What can we do to satisfy your needs?

PRIESTESS: We offer you pleasure
We offer you bliss
We offer you companionship to satisfy your appetite
We offer you Adonis

CHORUS: Oh Astarte, mistress all in blue
The love we make, we dedicate to you
In your name we think it's only fair
If we abstain, we dedicate our hair

Oh, your voice is just like paradise
Bestow on us your wisdom and advice
Lady of the evening, of the day
Don't you see, we worship you in every way....

REUNION

INANNA: Who is this I spy
With my watchful eye?
They call you Adonis
And I must confess

You are beautiful
Shining and strong
Talk with me, Adonis
Until the night is dawn

ADONIS: Ah, you are Queen Astarte
All I have to say
You are a splendid sight
And your touch, a dove in flight

It would be my pleasure
It would be my delight
To talk with you, Astarte
To share with you this night

Tell me, Oh lovely queen
Are you real or just a dream?
I feel I've waited an eternity
To have an equal next to me

INANNA: What is eternity?
What is time?
They are just conveniences
To ease the human mind

What are one thousand years
In an immortal's life?
I would trade one thousand tears
For one sweet and fulfilling night

ADONIS: I give to you my promise
I give to you my word
I, the god, Adonis
Will sing the sweetest song you've ever heard

Your eyes are of the deepest green
Like the thickest forest where no man has ever been
Your hair shines like the evening star
Please stop me, if I go too far
Your form, it is exquisite
Descended from the heavens above
It might be forward if I tell you, or is it?
It's no wonder you're the goddess of love

INANNA: I am quite impressed
By your words, Adonis
And your lovely face
Could cause a lady to fall from grace

ADONIS: My words cannot convey
How beautiful you truly are
Let me take you in my arms, Astarte
The love we make could conquer any war

- INANNA: I can't play this game much longer
My will is weak...
Even if I can
Should I really fall in love again?

- ADONIS: I can't play this game much longer
...My passion stronger
Than a thousand men
Won't you fall in love again?

INANNA & ADONIS: I will stay with you
And I will take your hand
I will love you, Adonis/Astarte
Together, we'll bring peace unto the land

ASTARTE'S CONCERN

INANNA: If I could only figure out what's happening
I've never seen anything like this before
I've never changed my name and my fame and my promises
Ninshubur, can you tell me what lies in store?

Will things turn out better this time;
Ninshubur, can you ease my mind?

Tell me that the sunrise will be brighter
Tell me that the flower's perfume will be sweet
I don't want to hear anything negative
Tell me that they'll worship at my feet

NINSHUBUR: Oh, I know you're feeling real strange, Inanna
Feeling like you've got no place to hide
Things don't seem to turn out the way that you want them to
Try to see the coin on its obverse side

You worry too much, dear
There's no need to fear - don't you see

That a new world is beginning
You are the goddess they adore
Can't you see Adonis over there, grinning?
Each day he loves you more and more

INANNA: What about Adonis? You know the promise I made so long ago
I swore that I would love Dumuzi forever - should I let another god make my love grow?

What about the people, Ninshubur? Do you think they really care?
Or understand why they offer up their bodies; or comprehend why they sacrifice their hair?

I know I should be smiling
But I feel like flying - far away

To a place where I don't have to be in love again - I can't take the loss
To a place where I don't have to care about how and who and where and when
Ninshubur, won't you run with me today?

NINSHUBUR: Step back and take a look around, Inanna
Phoenicia will never cause you harm

INANNA: Because I am the goddess they call Astarte?

NINSHUBUR: Precisely! You see there's no cause for alarm

INANNA: But they feed me and clothe me with promises
Of how they will love me each and every day
How do I know they'll follow my example?
Do you think they're really hearing what I say?

NINSHUBUR: Get some sleep, Inanna
Please, save it for another day....

REMEMBRANCE

INANNA: Walk with me and talk with me you lovely god - tell me your tale
Did you come from a distant land, did you ride the desert sand
Or perhaps you drifted on unfurled sails?

ADONIS: I don't remember where I'm from
I feel like I've been here forever
I don't want to think about those things
I just want you close to me

INANNA: I remember the place I used to be - the sky was always blue
I was in love with a god called Dumuzi...

ADONIS: Oh yes, I've heard of him, too

INANNA: ...You know, he reminds me of you...

ADONIS: Why do you want to think about the past?
That course is set, that mold is cast
Think about our love, Astarte, and to that idea you can hold fast

INANNA: Do you think our love will last?

I remember the sky at night
Perfumed flowers and the full moonlight
I was told by my love that everything would be alright
Then I was banished from his sight!

Can't you remember where you're from?
You can't play these games with me
Because I know you're not as young as others would think you to be

I remember the river deep...

ADONIS: I sailed in a little boat

INANNA: ...its tumbling waters never sleep...

ADONIS: the water in my throat

INANNA: ...and on its banks in memory of my true love I'd sit and weep

ADONIS: Oh no!

Astarte, I remember the desert sands
Astarte, I remember my home land
I was the one who carelessly let you slip right through my hands

Inanna!

INANNA: Dumuzi!

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