Monday, June 11, 2007

Scene 1: Current River Woman Remembers

ACT 1
Scene 1: Current River Woman Remembers
Scene Opening: Current River Woman in center stage –spotlight.

Ballad: “ KNOT OF BLUE AND GRAY” by Current River Woman
You ask me why upon my breast
Unchanged from day to day.
Linked side by side in this broad band
I wear the Blue and Gray.
I had two brothers long ago,
Two brothers blithe and gay.
One wore the suit of Northern Blue
And one of Southern Gray.
One heard the roll call of the South
And linked his faith with Lee.
The other bore the stars and stripes
With Sherman to the sea.
Each fought for what he thought was right
And fell with sword in hand.
One sleeps amid Missouri hills,
And one in Arkansas sands.
But the same sun shines on both their graves,
O'er valley and o'er hill,
And in the darkest of the hours
My brothers they lie still.
That is why upon my breast
Unchanged from day to day,
Linked side by side in this broad band
I wear the Blue and Gray.

(Current River Woman speaks while music continues in the background).

Current River Woman
Current River’s confluence with its primary tributary, Jacks Fork, is fraught with crosscurrent boiling. It scours a deep blue channel as dangerous as the years 1861 to 1874 were for the families living along the rivers’ banks. When the Civil War began in 1861, J. J. Chilton was 3 years old. In 1874, when peace was restored, he was 16. These are his stories.
[Lights Dim]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WOW!! amazing job by two amazing people. love to you both,
your cousin, Pat Burns