After Ever After is a new original musical by Lachlan Hibbert-Wells and Patrick Coyte and a short excerpt from it was performed as part of the Short+Sweet Cabaret festival in January, 2014. The show featured a rather modified plot to fit better within the ten minute guidelines, and two songs, "A Better Kind Of Perfect" and "Take" (lyrics below).

Performers: Helen Perris (Steph), Bryce Halliday (Mark)
Band: Patrick Coyte (piano), Wendy Lin (drums), Michelle Matts (trumpet).
Director: Alison Albany

Book and Lyrics: Lachlan Hibbert-Wells
Music: Patrick Coyte

It was an amazing experience and we got some fantastic feedback! Definitely looking forward to taking the full show on to bigger and better things!

Thanks to Short+Sweet for the opportunity, and especially festival director Kate Gaul.

Lyrics:

"A Better Kind Of Perfect"

DID YOU JUST SEE THAT GIRL
AND WHAT SHE WAS SAYING TO ME?
HER EYES CUT LIKE DIAMONDS
BUT HER TONGUE'S A MACHETE
SHE HITS YOU LIKE A TIDAL WAVE
YEAH, DRIVING YOU INTO THE GROUND
YOU'RE TOO BUSY TRYING TO KEEP UP
TO REALISE YOU'VE ALREADY DROWNED

DID YOU JUST SEE THAT GIRL
AND WHAT SHE WAS SAYING TO ME?
SHE'S LIKE A RENEGADE PROCESS
THAT LOCKS UP YOUR WHOLE PC
I MEAN, SHE'S LIKE A TROJAN VIRUS
SNUCK IN WITH DODGY SHAREWARE
SHE'S DELETING MY SYSTEM FILES
AND I'M TOO HAPPY TO CARE!
STEPH/MARK

AND NOW MY HEART'S RACING
JUMPING THE GEARS
NOW I'M PACING
FIRST TIME IN YEARS

SHE'S NOTHING LIKE I WASN'T LOOKING FOR
BUT EVERY GASPED BREATH FORCES ME TO SUSPECT
THAT
SHE MIGHT BE A BETTER KIND OF PERFECT!
THE WORLD'S LET HER RUN AROUND UNCHECKED
AND SHE'S BOUND TO LEAVE ME WRECKED, YEAH!
SHE MIGHT BE A BETTER KIND OF PERFECT
SHE'S LIVE, ELECTRIC, I'M HOOKED
AND I CANNOT DISCONNECT

SHE DANCES ON TABLES TO MUSIC
THAT ONLY SHE CAN HEAR
SHE'LL CUT YOUR THROAT WHILE SHE WHISPERS
THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR
I ASKED HER WHERE SHE CAME FROM
SHE REPLIED "SOME PLACE IN THE PAST"
A GUY ONCE PRESSED FOR HER NUMBER
SO SHE SIGNED IT ON HIS CAST

AND MY HEART'S RACING
JUMPING THE GEARS
I'M STILL PACING
FIRST TIME IN YEARS

SHE'S A BOTTLE OF PILLS WITH THE LABEL TORN
THE WORST SECRET I'VE KEPT BUT I'LL GLADLY ACCEPT
THAT
SHE MIGHT BE A BETTER KIND OF PERFECT
RANTING ON EFFECT VERSUS AFFECT
AND THE FINER POINTS OF BRECHT
SHE JUST MIGHT BE A BETTER KIND OF PERFECT
I KNEW I COULDN'T RISK THE FALL
SO INSTEAD I LEAPT!

AND NOW THE STORM'S MOVED ON
LEAVING DESTRUCTION IN HER WAKE
BUT SHE'S REVVED MY ENGINE
AT THE SAME TIME AS CUTTING MY BRAKES
I HAVE TO HAVE HER!

EVEN THOUGH I KNOW SHE WON'T BE WHAT I EXPECT
SHE MIGHT BE
A BETTER KIND OF PERFECT!

"Take"

TAKE A STEP BACK
CLOSE THE DOOR
DOORS DON'T BEND AND YOU CAN PRETEND
THEY NEVER OPENED BEFORE

TAKE A STEP BACK
MAKE A JOKE
FORGET THE FLARE WHEN THE SUN HIT HER HAIR
THE FIRST DAY THAT YOU SPOKE

JUST TAKE
NIGHTS WITH THE GUYS
TAKE WOMEN AND GIN -
ONE TO DIVE INTO
ONE TO RESURFACE IN -
TAKE A MYSTERY FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN
WITH ONE SET OF CLOTHES AND WITHOUT YOUR PHONE
TAKE ANY OTHER FISH IN THE SEA
MANY OF WHOM ARE PERFECT FOR ME!
UM, FOR YOU.
YOU TAKE WHAT YOU CAN
'CAUSE THERE'S NOTHING ELSE YOU CAN DO

TAKE A STEP BACK
COUNT TO TEN
MAKE A WISH AS YOU GO THAT SHE'LL VANISH
WHEN YOU GET TO THE END

JUST TAKE
TIME TO YOURSELF
TAKE BACK YOUR COMMAND
SEIZE CONTROL OF YOUR HEART
AND YOURSELF BY THE HAND
TAKE UP KNITTING OR GOLF, BE AN ENTREPRENEUR
WHATEVER KEEPS YOUR MIND OFF OF HER
TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR WIFE, AND SOON YOU WILL SEE
IT SHOULD BE EASY FOR YOU - WHY'S IT NOT EASY FOR ME?
YOU TAKE WHAT YOU CAN
'CAUSE THERE'S NOTHING ELSE YOU CAN DO

REMEMBER IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU, HER AND HIM
IT'S ABOUT THEM
REMEMBER HOW YOU FEEL NOW MUST BECOME THEN
NOT A QUESTION OF WHEN
THINK ABOUT ALL THE REASONS NO
NO, DON'T THINK OF ALL THE REASONS NO
OR YOU'LL END UP FIGHTING EACH POINT WITH YOUR BRAIN
BLOW BY BLOW
UNTIL YOU DON'T KNOW
WHICH WAY TO GO!

TAKE A STEP BACK
HOLD IT IN
REMEMBER THAT YOU'RE NOT THE LOSER
EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T WIN

TAKE A STEP BACK
KNOW ITS WRONG
LEARN TO LIE AND IF IT WON'T DIE
HELP IT... ALONG!

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