Inigo’s Tale

(Flamenco)
Inigo:
The city of Toledo
gathered much acclaim
known for great sword makers
The best in all of Spain

The finest was  Domingo
His sword were straight and true
His family name: Montoya
That is my last name too.

One day we had a visit
From a most important man
He needed a custom foil
For his six fingered right hand

My father loved the challenge
and said he’d forge it right
for weeks he worked unstopping
from dawn to late at night

The six-fingered man demanded the saber
at one tenth the price agreed on at the start
my father refused and the six-fingered man
slashed my father right through the heart.

I loved my father dearly
he raised me to be true
though I was but eleven
I challenged him to a duel

The man he left me bleeding
with the marks you see here
That’s the last time I saw him
It has been twenty years

Twenty years of training
to duel as best I can
Twenty years of searching
For the Six Fingered man

I will find my father’s murderer
I will look him in the eye and say
Hello my name is Inigo Montoya
You Killed my Father
Prepare to Die.

Brawns, Brain, and Steel

This one is a minor I-IV-II-V number based on a melody I wrote a long time ago.  It is acappella until Fezzik starts.

Brawn, Brains and Steel

Vizzini: I was wondering if you’d help us
We’re performers from the circus
Lady up there on your horse
Can you help us find our course

How far to the closest town
Buttercup: There is none for miles around
Vizzini:There is no one near this scene
so nobody will hear you scream

Fezzik: If you want a job done right
bring along a man of might

Inigo: To bring the plan into accord
get yourself a hired sword.

Vizzini: For a plan thats circumspect
needs a cunning intellect

For proper execution you’d best combine
Fezzik:My strength
Inigo: My Sword
Vizzini: My mind

First of all you need a plan
Vizzini he is your man
If you have some heavy work
You get Fezzik, the might Turk

To protect your gotten gain
Inigo the sword from Spain
The only way to close the deal
You need brawn and brains and steel.

If you’ve a mission coming on
you need steel and brains and brawn

The Princess Bride Song

Second Scene, where Humperdinck Proposes.  This expands on the movie, using some details from the book.

The Princess Bride

Buttercup, far I have traveled

I’ve ranged this domain I command

Seeking a suitable Princess

To become the Queen of the Land

In the far corner of Florin

I heard the tale of a Girl

Possessing spectacular beauty

Unrivaled in all of the world

It may be that your birth is common

But by the most noble of Arts

I see the majestic potential

Encased in you delicate Heart

Buttercup hear my decision

It took not long to decide

The law of the land shall support me

Buttercup shall be my Bride

Hear me now People of Florin

one month from this moment here

Our Country will have been founded

Exactly 500 years

At sundown of that very evening

A Lady will stand at my side

Florin will have a new Princess

And I shall take her as my bride

Not long ago she was common

In A farm house she was seen

Now you will find she’s is Noble

And Regal as befits your Queen

Would you now like to behold her

The Joy overflows from my cup

The Princess that soon I will Marry

Behold Princess Buttercup

Buttercup your heart is empty

Consumed as it were by a flame

that burnt away all your ambition

and left you with nothing but pain

I know you claim not to love me

I hope that will alter with time

Someday your pain will diminish

One day you will cease to pine

Perhaps the fault lies in this castle

solid stone walls that surround

your home was open and verdant

You may crave to travel the open ground

A breath of fresh are will revive you

Comfort will find you outside

You’ll find your horse has been saddled

Buttercup please take a ride

As You Wish

This is my take on the Princess Bride as a Musical. I’ve written it as a light Opera: all scenes will be sung. I have melody lines and chords for most songs.  I’ll post each number individually.

Act One, Scene One:

As you Wish

(Narrator)
Buttercup was a beauty
With but two things to enjoy
Going horseback riding
And tormenting her Farm Boy.

Buttercup: Farm boy I require
More wood for the Fire
And then my horses saddle you will polish
Give it such a sheen
My face can be seen
And all you say is simply “As you wish.”

As the seasons pass
I more gently ask
Farmboy, would you please fetch me that dish.
And as I watch your eyes
I begin to realize
There may be something in that “As you wish.”

As you wish is all you say
But your eyes give you away
And my last bit of resistance seem to vanish
While you silently subserve
I can finally observe
What you really mean when you say “As you wish.”

This trip you must take
You’re fortune for to make
“I’ll always come for you”, I hear you say
And though you say its so
I ask you how you know
“True love doesn’t happen every day.”

“As you wish” I hear you say
As I watch you sail away
The horizon makes your vessel vanish
Once your gone I will abide
Know that I will hold inside
The echo of you saying “As you wish.”

Pirates Roberts took your ship
No survivors left of it
Condemning me to live on in anguish
For my love has passed away
I will never hear you say
Your quiet phase of loving
“As you wish.”

What’s wrong with me

(Lyrics Composed while jogging some years back and dedicated to my wife)

When I was a little boy

I had a schoolyard crush

There was a little dark haired girl

I wanted very much

Instead I go rejection,

delivered brutally

Hey, what’s wrong with me?

Starting out, a first career

my enthusiasm burst

When the time came to evaluate

my performance was the worst

I worked so long, I tried so hard,

oh no, this cannot be

Hey’ what’s wrong with me?

Looking back at all my life,

have I done the whole thing wrong?

When will I find happiness,

and where will I belong

We shared a dance we shared a kiss

The kiss was very nice

you called me back to break our date

but then you called me twice.

A brand new occupation

that fits me perfectly

there’s nothing wrong with me

nothing, major, wrong with me.

(Inspired by the standard “Everything happens to me”)