CEREMONY OF THE DEAD
Lyrics By Bill Fagan************************************** **********************Music By Jeff Scott
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(SUNG BY: Diabolique, Chip, & Mortatus)
DIABOLIQUE
Life, the struggle 'twixt birth and death
Death is that which one cannot control
All must stop with the dying breath
Unless a Zombie is the goal

(The lighting changes, as Annabel's gravestone opens to reveal Death's Door. The Restless Spirits, on the other side of Death's Door, help Chip enter the Netherworld.)

CHIP (spoken)
Zombie? What do you mean zombie?

RESTLESS SPIRITS (Bitsy & Amber-Rose)
Zombie, a force beyond the grave
From the depths below to the ground above
A hellish ghoul, Death's walking slave
A prisoner set free by love

CHIP (spoken)
Madeline! I will find you.

(The living skeletons appear, and taunt Chip along his journey deeper into the Netherworld.)


SKELETONS (Senator & Diabolique) 44.
Fear can crush your soul, stupid mortal
Nothing's as it was before
Now that you have passed through Death's Portal

CHIP (spoken)
Take me to Mortatus.

SKELETONS (Senator & Diabolique)
There's no guarantee, you will leave here
Danger waits for you ahead
Quite a tangled web, that we weave here
Prisoners in the Netherworld!

RESTLESS SPIRITS SKELETONS
Ah_____________ Oh______________

(Chip's dead mother, Annabel Chatamborough appears. She looks exactly like her portrait.)

RESTLESS SPIRITS SKELETONS
Ah_____________ Oh______________

CHIP (spoken lovingly)
Mother!

ANNABEL (Sylvia)
As our worlds collide
Set your fears aside
I will be your guide
Where ever you are.

For unsung lullabies
I apologize
Let me feast my eyes
Where ever you are.

Stay close by me, son
On your love, concentrate...
The battle has begun
Now, as you wrestle with fate!

(SFX: Thunder, lightning and smoke mark the entrance of Mortatus, Ruler of the Netherworld. He is, indeed, half-man half-crocodille.)

MORTATUS (Spoken)
You dare to enter my world?

CHIP (Spoken)
I have come for Madeline.


MORTATUS (Spoken) 45.
Silence!!!

MORTATUS
Madeline Mojeaux, a lifetime ago
Was promised to me...
I win the prize, as long as she dies
When the moon's full and free...

That dream has ended
Too soon she descended from paradise...
Now comes a lover
Who seeks to recover the sacrifice...

CHIP
You must free her...

MORTATUS
Don't give me orders you'll just get in deeper!

CHIP
Let me see her...

MORTATUS
Fear me for I put the "grim" in grim reaper!

(Madeline appears.)

MADELINE & CHIP
Oh, to be with you once more
That's what I'm living for
Forevermore

MORTATUS (Spoken)
Ha ha! The little humans are in love.

CHIP (Spoken)
Help us!

MADELINE (Spoken)
Please help us!

MORTATUS (Spoken)
Alright, I'll make you a deal.

MORTATUS
You can save her
Prove that your love is true. Prove you deserve her.
Your behavior
Will decide if you are her life preserver...


MORTATUS (cont.) 46.
Go back to your life
With her as your wife
For love conquers all...

CHIP (Spoken)
But everyone back home thinks I'm dead.

MORTATUS (Spoken)
Not my problem!

MORTATUS
Let's raise the stakes
Each movement she makes
Is controlled by this doll!

(Mortatus hands Chip a zombie doll that looks just like Madeline.)

MORTATUS
Until the next full moon
None can suspect she's a zombie
Beware of a secret
Fatal, yet violent, allergy!

(The bell tolls again, and Mortatus disappears. Chip and Madeline begin the journey back to the Land Of The Living, struggling against the wishes of the Netherworld inhabitants.)

RESTLESS SPIRITS & SKELETONS
Ah_____________
Oh______________

(When Chip and Madeline reach Death's Door, Chip passes through with ease, and greets Diabolique back on the other side. however, Madeline is unable to pass by herself.)

DIABOLIQUE
The doll! Use the doll.

(Chip takes the zombie doll and makes it's legs walk, causing Madeline, awkwardly, to pass through Deaths' Door, as the lights fade.)

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