Carrie Ferguson

Piti Theatre's "Greatest Hits"

by Carrie Ferguson and Piti Theatre

NOTES
Since 2012, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Piti Theatre Co., a touring troupe based in Shelburne, MA. Together we've written six "plays with songs" for performance in theaters, schools, festivals, libraries, etc. (we do 3-4 school residencies a year). These "mini-musicals" are each about 45 minutes long and deal with subjects like: honey bees and colony collapse disorder; rocks and minerals; the study of magnets; the history of Colrain, MA; and the effects on …
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Carrie Ferguson and Piti Theatre

Story

"The Joyful Bee" is from "To Bee or Not to Bee", a show we do about Colony Collapse Disorder in honey bee hives. 

Lyrics

The Joyful Bee
       
I’m a bee, I’m a bee, I’m a  honey bee
I love the flowers and the flowers love me
I’m fuzzy and buzzy, its the best way to be
I’m a bee, I’m a bee, I’m a honey bee

When I get to a flower, well I feel the power
I drink up the nectar and I get real full
I fly to the hive and I feel so alive
I drop off the nectar and I go get some more

I’m a bee, I’m a bee, I’m a  honey bee
I love the flowers and the flowers love me
I’m fuzzy and buzzy, its the best way to be
I’m a bee, I’m a bee, I’m a honey bee

Out in the meadow where the grass is green
The blossoms blossom and the air is clean
Sweetest nectar that I ever seen
I’m gonna bring it home to my honey Queen

I’m a bee, I’m a bee, I’m a  honey bee
I love the flowers and the flowers love me
I’m fuzzy and buzzy, its the best way to be
I’m a bee, I’m a bee, I’m a honey bee

Carrie Ferguson and Piti Theatre

Story

This is a song from a play we did in 2015 about Massachusetts History, at Colraine Central School in Colraine, MA. While we were working on the project the issue of perspective came up, specifically, whose voice (with its own opinions and biases) is being used to tell the story.  This song was written to address that issue.

In this scene, some students and their teacher have been asked to help excavate an old time capsule.  In it they find a box full of different pairs of glasses, all made in different colors and shapes.

Lyrics

LEND ME YOUR GLASSES


EVERYBODY SEES
THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR OWN LENS
EVERYBODY HAS
THEIR OWN CHALLENGES AND FRIENDS

LEND ME YOUR GLASSES
I'LL GIVE MINE TO YOU
LETS SHARE OUR GLASSES
YELLOW GREEN AND BLUE

TALK TO ME
ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE
TALK TO ME
LETS SHARE OUR HISTORY

WE’LL TRY TO SEE
ALL THE POINTS OF VIEW
BEFORE WE CHOOSE
WHAT WE WANT TO DO

EVERYBODY SEES
THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR OWN LENS
EVERYBODY HAS
THEIR OWN CHALLENGES AND FRIENDS

LEND ME YOUR GLASSES
I'LL GIVE MINE TO YOU
LETS SHARE OUR GLASSES
YELLOW GREEN AND BLUE

HISTORY HAS HAPPENED
AND WE CAN'T GO BACK
BUT WE CAN  LEARN
FROM THE PAST

WHO TELLS THE STORY?
WHO MAKES THE CHOICE?
EVERYONE
SHOULD HAVE A VOICE!

(quietly)
LEND ME YOUR GLASSES
HELP ME LEARN WHAT YOU SEE
LEND ME YOUR GLASSES
LET’S SEE WHAT THE WORLD CAN BE

(louder)
LEND ME YOUR GLASSES
HELP ME LEARN WHAT YOU SEE
LEND ME YOUR GLASSES
LETS SEE WHAT THE WORLD CAN BE

(teacher)
THANK YOU FOR SHARING
YOUR TIME WITH US
DONT FORGET YOUR GLASSES
LETS GET BACK ON THE BUS

LETS SHARE OUR GLASSES
WE’LL CLEAN THE LENS
LETS SHARE OUR GLASSES
SO WE CAN BE FRIENDS

EVERYBODY SEES
THE WORLD IN THEIR OWN WAY
SO MANY WAYS TO BE
LETS SHARE OUR GLASSES RIGHT AWAY