Brian Brown, Alxander Jon, Nicholas Losorelli, Garrett Marshall, Charles Romaine - Sanctuary

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This track features the entire cast, using their voices to try to capture the cacophany, the weight of history, and the heat that can often characterize New Orleans.

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Sanctuary, Sanctuary
Sanctuary, Sanctuary,
In a city sinking from its weight,
From history and sweat and heavy air.
Sanctuary, Sanctuary,
Everyone needs a hiding place,
And that is what my little corner's for,
Sanctuary, Sanctuary,
In a place where ghosts yet walk,
Crypt cities, yellow-fevered graves,
Wealth raised on backs of silent slaves,
Gotta have a Sanctuary!

Sanctuary, Sanctuary,
Sanctuary, Sanctuary,
In a place where sin has flowed downstream,
Corrupt silt as pleasure-dome foundation,
Muffled masks will hide your deviation,
'Til you get to Sanctuary!
Sanctuary, Sanctuary,
In make-up, in silence, in men.
Sanctuary, Sanctuary,
In Jesus, in Mammon, in gin.
You can get it all right here,
Come with me, the man Upstairs!
Sanctuary, Sanctuary.

Where they allow, if tacitly,
Unusual morality.
Even if the victor--or the victim--
Is me.
In a place like this, indulgences come dangerously,
That's why we need.
Sanctuary, Sanctuary,
Sanctuary, Sanctuary,
Sanctuary, Sanctuary,
Sanctuary, Sanctuary!

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from Upstairs - Workshop Selections, released March 6, 2013
Words and Music by Wayne Self
Vocals: Brian Brown, Alxander Jon, Nicholas Losorelli, Garrett Marshall, Charles Romaine
Piano: Sean Alexander Bart

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