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The Rise of Madame Biplane

by JH Sounds

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1.
Madame Biplane, how the times change Madame Biplane, I'm such in awe of you Madame Biplane, when the lights fade You shine so bright, fame has nothing over you Your dreams are so admirable You go higher, and higher, and higher No one stands in your way But if they did, you'd fly away Madame Biplane, we pop the champagne When we toast to your fine ways, we're so engrossed with you Madame Biplane, you played the long game We admire your vast gains, can't speak enough of you Your goals are majestic and wise When you're soaring as high as a skyscraper No one gets in your way But if they did, you'd levitate Your stardom has taken you there Where you go from here, who can predict for sure? No one's blocking your away But if they did, you'd fly away We won't stand in your way But if we did, you'd levitate
2.
A simple as a jump, a leaping or two The trampoline was there to push her way through and higher did she rise, touching the sky She never thought the worst could go so awry To grab a cloud and say hello was all that she wished The little girl could hardly consider the risk Before she had the chance to see what had changed The trampoline had failed, and then came the pain But now she's coming back around You'll never keep her down She's bouncing back around and now she's coming back around Can't ever keep her down She's bouncing back around As easy as it came, it all went away The leaping in her mind was all that remained The cards around her bed, they wished her the best and all that she could do was ponder and rest Getting rid of that cast, it’s a part of the past Stepping up once again, as her injuries mend Yes now she's coming back around She's undeterred this round She's bouncing back around cuz now she's coming back around Can't ever keep her down She's bouncing back around
3.
From the moment she saw the place it overwhelmed all her senses When the circus had to come to town she snuck on in through the fences She beheld a new universe A world of wonders and flight, free The trapeze and the acrobats Defying gravity nightly She stood on her aching legs, and so they did beg to sit and enjoy the show Rejoice at their song and dance for more than a glance Before it was over She returned every time she could To see them all overhead and her wish was to be up there But she would watch them instead She sat, resting both her legs, regaining her strength Amazed as she viewed the show Rejoiced at their song and dance for more than a glance Before it was over While she looked on from the floor, her heart yearned for more She wanted to join the show Be part of their song and dance, fulfill that romance Before it was over Though the tent was the centerpiece Within a vast traveling fair She could see vintage aeroplanes Doing spins in the air She stood on her aching legs, but still they did beg to stay and enjoy the show Rejoice at their song and dance for more than a glance Before it was over Here her life would take a turn, the moment she learned The skies could be touched by her She saw through their song and dance, had a new chance But then it was over
4.
So it's practically normal in nearly every way When everyone is different, but basically the same and it's practically normal in every walk of life Your self can just be hidden by what we see outside He likes the sound of jazz, he loves the taste of wine His manner is so friendly, they call him Henry Kind They say his gracious heart is bigger than them all and by the way, he measures in at nine feet tall The man who sets the mood, his name is Brian Gill and when he's on the organ, the sound is quite a thrill The crowd knows his performance is always full of charm He plays it so uniquely, because he has three arms The little girl was smiling, enraptured by the sky The boys thought she was pretty, approached her to say hi But soon they turned away, they said that she was marred Her leg from top to bottom revealed a giant scar
5.
Running Away 03:16
When you stand out, you want to start things over Changing your life is not an easy move Something so drastic is a risk for others Running away is not the thing to choose In her possession was what others dream of A roof overhead and simple tasks to do Never surprising, always keep it stable Mowing the lawn would leave a sweet perfume But it tears her up inside To see her traveling friends may not return again Her found family would provide The things that normal life gave her in short supply Could she leave home in search of greener pastures? Can she discard responsibilities? Moving from place to place is trepidatious Her home would expect her to be safe and clean But it rips her heart inside Her pals might go for good, but no one understood They're more than just a show They saw her as she was, and never made a fuss Her pain would not subside The day was coming close, and she could stay or go Looking back into her home she held on to the door, but could remain no more Running away is not a thing done lightly Joining the circus can evoke a laugh Itinerancy is what you see in stories For her it was truth, her freedom found at last
6.
The Captain 02:55
Here he comes, it's the Captain We watch in wonder as he soars through the sky With his trusty aeroplane, somewhat rustic, somewhat aged They both look so remarkable in flight, oh Loop the loop ever faster The way he spins is something we have never seen As he does it, never fear, he has practiced through the years His plane has held together at the seams, oh Look as he goes for the landing, his skills are outstanding A perfectly flawless way Soon he'll go back up and dazzle, the king of his castle No one has surpassed has reign There he goes, he's the Captain We sit in silence as he flies once again If his luster starts to fade in this fabulous parade His clout will still precede him even then [solo] Look as he goes for the landing, his skills are outstanding A perfectly flawless way Soon he'll go back up and dazzle, the king of his castle No one has surpassed has reign Watch as he takes off so gently, his drive unrelenting Appeasing the crowd outside Someday his age may not let him, the sun may be setting to relinquish his favorite ride Here he comes, it's the Captain We watch in wonder as he soars through the sky With his trusty aeroplane, somewhat rustic, somewhat aged They still look so remarkable in flight, oh Loop the loop ever faster The way he spins is something we have never seen As he does it, never fear, he has practiced through the years His plane still holds together at the seams, oh They both still hold together at the seams
7.
The Captain was fading more than he knew Drawing less and less as his novelty reduced His biplane was decades after its prime Like the man himself, getting older in time But then an idea had formed in his head The shine of youth could bring in appeal for him again He knew who could that be one daring doll A woman he had known from the days she was small He'll never be alone. He found himself a home A place where he can find his comfort Now he'll have to make a choice, go on and use his voice A double act can give him so much more Years living place to place, she had grown To be the young adult who could live out on her own She fled with the circus, mind in the clouds But most of all, the woman stood out from the crowd The Captain availed her, offered a role To ride atop the wing of his plane as it would soar She hardly believed it, couldn't be true The dream was finally real, to be up in the blue She'll never be alone. She found herself a home A place where she can find her comfort Now she'll have to make a choice, go on and use her voice A double act can give her so much more Filling the stands, a gesture so grand The prospect compels her to welcome his hand With her at the center of his big plan They'll both go to places they've never had They'll never be alone. They found themselves a home A place where they can find their comfort Now they went and made a choice, went on to use their voice A double act would give them so much more
8.
Unsurpassed 04:06
When she first took her flight All her worries just fell away Incomparable in release and beyond her mere mortal needs She pictured this all her life Now the Captain would show the way and they went as fast as a breeze Flying high above all the trees You see a milestone within your grasp Before you know it, it's all you have and in the moment, you hope it lasts Because that feeling is unsurpassed With so much freedom, you realize Your biggest dream is now before your eyes The circumstances had made a path and now that moment is unsurpassed When the Captain first took his flight In his mission bound for the war He was only sixteen years old But the fortune favors the bold He piloted in the night His superiors were struck down The boy had flown his way home a survivor up all alone You show your valor, in darker times When lesser people may try to hide The boy is old now, the days have passed But still that moment is unsurpassed The woman stood up with pride On the biplane that flew so high The audience gave their cheers While the Captain calmly would steer The partnership would bear fruit and she learned all that he could teach She could pilot one day herself "Madame Biplane" sure rings a bell and so the Captain hung up his hat The sun had set, and he'd stay on land Gave up the mantle, the torch had passed But still his memory is unsurpassed
9.
Falling Out 03:18
It began without warning, tiny impulses grew She would doubt her own skill set, everything that she knew Now the center attraction, she could feel all the heat and the spotlight was burning, pushing her to retreat Endeavors began to stress her, she sensed the pressure To measure up to her famed predecessor It turned to terror, began to scare her, the tears were falling out She felt like an imposter, hadn't earn her way though Though she carried the mantle, couldn't fill up his shoes In the shadow of greatness, lesser people would fall with the burgeoning anguish, could not take it at all Taunted, she swear she saw it, perhaps just thought it Dismissive audiences had her haunted She dreamt it often, it kept right on 'til her hair was falling out She woke up to a burden, an unbearable weight and felt nothing could lift it, was confined to her fate In the depths of her mind now, a conspiracy bloomed They would stop her in some way, sabotage always loomed Tempted, they'd clog her engine, her flight prevented and if she flew then, her death was cemented No way to prevent it, a crash would end it, the parts had fallen out When regaining composure, she discarded these thoughts But she needed some distance, and perhaps some time off She looked back to that circus, and the traveling fair She would search for her purpose, heading heaven knows where
10.
On the Road 03:20
She's on the road again only this time, she's alone The desert stretching out heading far away from home Where had all the flowers gone? In life it seemed they withered away They came in rainy times Now the arid field remained Here and then, they came to her in dreams Empty thoughts boiled up under sunbeams She took it step by step Her belongings on her back But things had weighed her down that were never in that pack Her life was full of miracles Who could foresee the gifts that she gained? She had to prove herself Had to earn the claim to fame Soon enough, they came to her in dreams Wispy thoughts amounting to nothing The temperature had got to her, it seemed Like a plant without its moisture would recede Now she knew where all the flowers went A minor cease was all it had been Their life resumed once more When the rain would come right in and as the water fell she looked up and gave a smile the way she used to do when she was a little child
11.
As she walked along the interstate She never thought she'd find her a date But on that day, their paths would cross The driver and his bus were the on way She was sopping wet from head to toe Traveling heavy, with nowhere to go Thumbed a ride, and he happily obliged They both would roll along the muddy road Idle chatter seemed to matter Praised her smile, and she was flattered Sparks would fly between him and her How far could this go? So with further talk, they sped through the lane She opened up 'bout her life and her plane Loved the sky, and all it contained and so to her surprise, he felt the same How he wished his bus could rise up Fly along to new horizons Birds of a feather flocked together He'd hate to go it alone Idle chatter seemed to matter Praised his driving, and he was flattered Sparks increased between him and her Could he take her home? The lady wing-walker was a doll This bus ride won't be lonesome at all That handsome bus driver was so tall She might just stay So they raced on as the evening grew dark He felt assured of what was in his heart Gained the courage to say what he felt But then it came the time to disembark Idle chatter seemed to matter Praised her smile, and she was flattered Gave the hint he'd like to have her But she had to go
12.
Rebuilding 03:30
She left that house so long ago She never thought she would return, she let it go Now was the time to reconnect In more ways than one, based on what would happen next She made a space in the garage Building from scratch was a task she knew was hard Someday she's bound to have it all One day she'll put it all together and have it solved The engine was coming More pieces to fit Her life was rebuilding and this project was it The plan was now running She would do it her way As it all was assembled the next chapter was underway Progress was slow, but self-assured Doggedly working at the craft all of the time People would gather 'round the site Children would ask about the plane being designed The engine had come in The pieces would fit Her life was rebuilding and this project was it The motor was running and up went the wings She would write her own story and this chapter that she was in This day she's gonna have it all Now she could finish up at last with new resolve The whole town had all gathered on the spot Glad she came back, and they resigned to see her off The last parts were fitted The propeller would spin She inspected it fully and confirmed everything She'd arrived with her pack on No intention to stay Now she roared like a klaxon Soaring up as she flew away
13.
As it commenced, the greatest time was soon to unfold and it surely was guaranteed, a splendid sight to behold the start was nigh They came to the airshow, made the biggest crowd ever known and that night Madame Biplane and her namesake became their own show a wondrous night She had some doubts throughout her life, and had her share of problems She'd seen it all, but now she's here, and just soars up right past them When they would spend their nights together The audience rejoiced at what they'd seen Brighter than the stars up in the sky The grandest flight of dreams They'll keep it in their minds forever A vision unlike any they had seen Brighter than the stars up in the sky The grandest flight of dreams The people could see it going up, and up it would climb and you'd see the amazement in their wild and wondering eyes so full of light She had some doubts throughout her life, but she resolved her problems She'd cleared it all, and now she's here, she went above, beyond them
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Farewell 04:13
The time, it has come to say "farewell" To say "adieu" and others of that sort "auf Wiedersehen" Many ways to say the same "so long" to you As our adventures conclude Although it's the end, some idle threads are hanging What happened to the gentle Henry Kind? The man so tall that he could physically touch the sky He's remembered with a statue for his life But even that does not go up to half his height and so to this soul, we bid farewell So long, now What happened to that talent, Brian Gill? His three hands could play the organ with such skill Though he's older, his events are in demand and he's always looking out to lend a hand and so to his tune, we say farewell 'Til next time What happened to the Captain and his plane? It found a home in a museum for the famed The man himself would found a school to teach his ways A new generation would renew him with their praise And so to this man, we say farewell But what of-- Madame Biplane, the hero of our tale? She and the bus driver reunited after his fun escape They reconnected when her big show had toured his way and though she'd never go for domestic life, she gave a love a play Perhaps she'll train him to pilot his own aircraft someday and so, once again, we say "farewell" We say "adios" and others of the sort See you around Many different ways to convey The feeling in your heart that wants to hold on for dear life but can't remain But you make your choice with your parting words, and bid farewell

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Created out of the February Album Writing Month challenge. A concept album telling the story of a someone who dreamed of reaching the sky.

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