Alto's Lament
by Emily Skinner

I've had much good luck as a performer
I've been cast in almost every show
From Carousel to Hair, Broadway--I was there
But you'll never never know
Perhaps you picked me out last year in Phantom
Or underneath my dirt in Miserab...Le
But if you tried to pick me out of all the voices in the crowd
I am certain that you must have had a problem
My plight is quite familiar
To those who tread the boards
At the Neberlander, Schubert, or Rialto
And though I've got a great high C
(sings high C)
The reaction seems to be
"Well that was (insert adjective here) but we need you singing alto"

Please give me a chance to sing melody
Give me a crack at the tune
I'm filled with chagrin every time I begin
*By the light of the silvery moon
One little shot at the melody
Give me a moment to shine
I'm sick of *Can't help
*loving that man of mine
Just look at Oklahoma for example
That rousing title number of the show
While everyone is singing Oklahoma
I get *sky-y-y-y-y-y-y yo ho!

And now a medley of some of my finer roles:
*The hills are alive with the sound of music
*Three little maids from school are we pert as a school girl well can be filled to the brim with girlish glee three little maids from school
*Touch me its so easy to leave me
*What mirror where? Which what where who who who? Such a pretty me. such a pretty me

Please pull a few strings for the melody
Don't care if the solo is teeny
It would be Nirvana
from Heaven such manna
To sing something other than *sweeny
I'm down on my knees for the melody
I'm begging with all of my might
Just half a bar! And let this chorus girl be a star!
To *night!!

*= lyrics following an asterisk are sung in harmony
Lyrics submitted by Kristen.