Extraordinary

by Andrew Geha

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Extraordinary is a rock musical about high school students coming to terms with the fact that the lives they have are very different from lives they want. The dreams they had for their futures are falling apart. Right before they hit rock bottom, an event occurs that they cannot explain. They wake up in a world where the supernatural is suddenly possible. But when a darkness descends, the students are faced with a choice - either face their fears or run away and try to escape their reality all together.

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released March 21, 2012

Recorded live at the original production, February 2011
Music and lyrics by Andrew Geha
© 2011 Andrew Geha

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Andrew Geha teaches theater at a K-12 school in New York. The albums on this page are from original productions produced at his school.

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Track Name: Extraordinary
I was young, had a dream I could fly through the air
Time moves on, dreams are gone, we pretend we don't care
Life got real, no more points for just showing up
The disillusionment is just another part of growing up

See the news, hear the screams, everyone takes a side
Where's the peace, where's the safety that you said you'd provide
It’s a prayer, it’s a joke, and I’m scared because
I’ve got to face the world, although it's not the world I’m dreaming of

And I know that I need to have faith
In myself but it seems in its place
There's a fear that I’m misunderstood
And deep down I’m not any good

Got a fuse in my pocket and its set to explode
Cut it out, Stomp it down, because the line must be towed
Back away from the light, can't ignite again
I’m running from the fire, but I’m falling in the frying pan

Blow some steam so the pressure doesn’t blow me apart
Shoot myself in the foot so I don’t shatter my heart
Pull the brake, crack the glass, I’m on overflow
I can’t hold on much longer but I just refuse to let it go

And I’m scared that it's gonna head south
When I dare try to open my mouth
But I can't simply sit and be seen
And ignored like I’ve always been

I just want to be extraordinary

Sometimes I wish I was still just a kid
Having dreams where I’d take off and fly
But they told me to grow up, so I did
Still sometimes I reach up to the sky

I just want to be extraordinary!

Make a mess every time I don't do what I’m told
Reel me in, hold me back or else I’m breaking the mold
Cut me straight to the heart when you cannot see
That there's no way this little mold could ever have created me

And I see that I'll never get by
Backing down, cause that's living a lie
Got to fight and I’ve got to be tough,
But I’m scared I’m not strong enough!

I just want to be extraordinary

I just can't concede to some tired, barely life
Ah ---
Track Name: Stuck
TARYN:
Stuck between a rock and a high school
Getting tough to be thin enough to fit
Suck it in to squeeze in side and hide from ridicule
Suck it up more than I would admit

TARYN & ALLIE:
I didn’t think it would be easy, I didn’t guess it’d be this bad
After all the movies smile and lie that these will be the best years we’ve ever had

ALLIE:
Stuck between a rock and a high school
Can’t we just negotiate a truce?
But when I try to speak I end up looking like a fool
And I just can’t invite all the abuse

BOTH:
In a couple of years, I’m gonna be stuck between a rock and an office
If I can get a job
So work just pays off with more work, while trapped inside some soulless thoughtless mob?

ENSEMBLE:
I think the system’s broken and it’s starting to decay
We forgot that we were human somewhere there along the way
Nobody’s gonna fix it, cause it’s too much of a strain
And even though it’s broke, it’s real easy to maintain.

Stuck inside a system that’s a nightmare
Which claims we’ll be prepared to live the dream
To our face they smile and say it’s all perfectly fare
To our backs they undermine and scheme
Stuck between my freedom and conditioning to please
The more I learn the less I’m sure I know
I think I may be sinking, see the quicksand’s at my knees
I won’t be left behind, just left below

Still my potential’s waived before me, like a prize I have to claim
So I sacrifice to meet a standard set by men who can’t recall my name

I think they’re trying to break me so I don’t upset the rules
Forget all of my instincts, another casualty of schools
Nobody sees the danger, no, they think it’s what I need
So I either fight the system, or embrace it and succeed

TARYN:
I hate high school
And I hate rocks
I hate the middle
But I’m stuck
Track Name: The Cure
CODI:
The diagnosis was a single sentence
I was sentenced with her diagnosis

I see her weaker every day
The doctors pat me on the back and say I must be strong
But I know by their faces that it’s all gone wrong
It’s all gone wrong

The medication is a poison and the science inexact
We’ve got to take out the disease and leave the body still intact
but the casualties are mounting and victory’s unsure
Yet you promise that you’re helping cause you call yourself
The cure

You tell me what I need instead of asking me if I’m okay
You think it noble that you intercede, your sympathy displayed
For all so they applaud
You say you understand, you fraud
You barely know my name
You barely know my name

The medication is a poison and the science inexact
We’ve got to take out the disease and leave the body still intact
But the casualties are mounting and victory’s unsure
Yet you promise that you’re helping cause you call yourself
The cure

So take me back to when a bad day was a science test
And I would shed a dozen tears for fear I wasn’t prettiest
But if I were to cry now, they would use it as a sign of how
My life’s out of control
And I can’t lose control

The medication is a poison and the science inexact
We’ve got to take out the disease and leave the body still intact
Nut the casualties are mounting and victory’s unsure
Yet you promise that you’re helping cause you call yourself
The cure

You force on me your expertise
But understand the cure is worse than the disease
It’s worse than the disease
Track Name: I've Forgotten How to Dream
SETH & Harmony:
There’s a dream I used to have
About a future in which everything was gonna feel all right
It wasn’t perfect or profound
Just the world around me honestly embracing me
In spite of all of my failings

But now the nightmare’s taken hold
And I am struggling to breath while it’s impaling me
And though I try to fight it
I am getting weak, and feel like giving up
The numbness reaches deep inside my heart and I’m afraid
The pain may be prevailing

ENSEMBLE:
I’ve forgotten how to dream
I’ve forgotten how to dream
I’ve forgotten how to dream
I’ve forgotten how to dream
I’ve forgotten how...

SETH & Harmony:
The pain may be prevailing
There’s a dream I used to have
In which your love for me was all that I would need to be all right
I was happy I had found a kindred spirit who could
Lift me from my misery and calmly help me steer it away
But reality invaded and your love for me would echo
‘Cause I couldn’t love myself
And I am getting weak and feel like giving up
My health is lacking and the shell that I am underneath has slowly started cracking

ENSEMBLE:
I’ve forgotten how to dream ( x8 )

SETH & Harmony:
There’s a darkness in my soul
I tried to fight it
But it’s tearing me apart
And it’s taking me away
And it’s trying to swallow me whole

There’s a dream I used to have
But lately I don’t have any dreams at all
I’m not happy, I’m not sad
Instead I don’t feel anything at all

(I’ve forgotten how to dream)

People ask if I’m okay, I say I’m fine because
It’s so much easier to lie
They smile and promise me tomorrow will be better
I can’t figure out why

I’ve forgotten how to dream
Track Name: Flying
SETH:
The weight lifts off my feet
The air surrounds me, I’m not even trying
My legs relax, my heart explodes, my g-d, I feel complete
Now I can see, I was always meant to be here,
I am flying

You can’t catch me
You can’t reach me
You can’t touch me
I’m far from your grasp and I’m free
The pain’s behind me
Nothing can confine me
Stars have realigned into a new reality

I was told it’s not allowed
To keep my head up in the clouds
But my sight’s perfectly clear Way up in the stratosphere
Let go all my dreams of dying Now that I’m actually flying

You can’t catch me
You can’t reach me
You can’t touch me
I’m far from your grasp and I’m free
The pain’s behind me
Nothing can confine me
Stars have realigned into a new reality

So keep me away from the windows
And don’t let me near the scenic view
Now that I’ve found my place in the air
Tell me why would I stay down there on the ground with you?

I’m flying
I’m flying
I’m ---
Track Name: Everything Changes
NATE:
This morning I woke up just like on any other day
I said I’m starting to believe that life will always be this way
And so I blundered through the hours
‘til I noticed something strange

ENSEMBLE:
Everything changes
Everything changes
Everything changes

TARYN:
This morning when I woke up, I could barely lift my head
Because the thought of all the garbage
That I faced filled me with dread
I wished I didn’t have to take it, let me disappear instead

ENSEMBLE:
Everything changes
Everything changes
Everything changes

SETH:
I’ll raise you from your misery, I’ll raise you from my pain
And I will raise you to the greatest heights two people can attain

CODI:
The weight lifts off my feet
I barely see the street
I can't believe in this But I believe in you
So I will trust it when you tell me the impossible's come true

SETH:
Together we can fly away
And everything will be okay

ENSEMBLE:
Everything changes
Everything changes
Everything changes

Everything changes
Everything changes
Everything changes

This morning I woke up, although, I could have slept ‘til four
‘Cuz the monotony was killing me, and no one had a cure
But then I noticed something new and so I started to explore
And saw all these amazing details that I guess I had ignored
Or maybe they were always there, but I had been too immature
And I thought maybe the monotony was my own insecurity

Everything changes
Everything changes
Everything changes

Everything changes
Everything changes
Everything changes

NATE:
And now that I have woken up and broken the facade
I see the world is possibilities and we’re the lightning rod
So I look forward to tomorrow and...

TARYN:
Everything changes
Everything changes
Everything changes
Track Name: Up Here
SETH:
The first race I ever swam, I was excited
And I finished out of breath, I finished fifth
I couldn’t be consoled

My tears flowed freely as my dad embraced me
And the other team went crazy, they were celebrating
I was seven years old

So I started practicing to the point of pure exhaustion
I was determined to do anything to avoid humiliation

I feel like I can let it go
Just watch my problems disappear
Because the tightness in my chest has stayed below
And I’m up here

The first test I ever failed
Was in the first few weeks of high school
I was overwhelmed by all the expectations and demands

My teachers lost their patience
Parents thought that I was lazy
I became afraid that they’d believe I was too dumb to understand

So I started studying to the point of pure exhaustion
I was determined to do anything to avoid humiliation

But now it’s time to let it go
Just watch my problems disappear
Because the tightness in my chest has stayed below
And I’m up here

The first girl I ever kissed, it was amazing
And we’ve been together ever since
And maybe... we’ll call it love

But then the safety net we took for granted took a break
And she pretends that she’s not shaken
I pretend I’m there for her enough

And then this accident pushed me way beyond exhaustion
I couldn’t feel anything except humiliation

But now it’s time to let it go
And watch our problems disappear
Because the tightness in my chest has stayed below
And I’m up here

The air is clearer and I finally can breathe
I’ve found a little distance, and I never want to leave
My failures always weighed me down, but I’m above them all
I still can see them clearly, but from here they look so small

And now it’s time to let them go
Just watch the problems disappear
Because the tightness in my chest has stayed below...
Track Name: Off Center
NATE:
I’ve passed these kids a hundred times
The details never crossed my mind
Parading cliques who all fit neatly in their category
But now the labels come unsealed
Each individual’s revealed
And for the first time I see everybody’s got a story

I’ve been a jerk, I’ve been unkind
My parents sigh and call it adolescent apathy
But they never ask for more from me
It’s time I started asking for myself

ENSEMBLE:
I see a world that I’m a part of, not the center
And it’s hard at first to be here, cuz I’m scared i’ll be ignored
But the beauty of the pieces is they’re stronger for each other
There’s a power in the puzzle and the picture’s the reward

NATE:
The girl right there that’s dressed real weird
Creates a drug in sixteen years
Which cures a flu strain through a new form of viral suppression
Next week that kid will write a song
‘Bout how it feels to not belong
His parents hear it and they get him help for his depression

And that one there will not survive past thirty-five
I’m overwhelmed by what I’m shown
We’re all unique and so alike so tell me
Why are we pretending we’re alone?

ENSEMBLE:
I see a world that I’m a part of, not the center
And it’s hard at first to be here, cuz I’m scared I’ll be ignored
But the beauty of the pieces is they’re stronger for each other
There’s a power in the puzzle and the picture’s the reward

NATE:
I’ve been so out of touch
I couldn’t see before, but now I see so much
Now I see too much

ENSEMBLE:
I see a world that I’m a part of, not the center
And it’s hard at first to be here, cuz I’m scared I’ll be ignored
But the beauty of the pieces is they’re stronger for each other
There’s a power in the puzzle and the picture’s the reward

NATE:
I see the world
I couldn’t see before
But now I see so much
I see so much
I see too much
I see too much
I see too much
Track Name: You'll See Me
TARYN:
No one looks me in the eye anymore
That’s okay. Not like they did it much before

MEG:
And though I’m on the team, nobody seems to pat me on the back
That’s okay. Cuz I think I see the spot I got off track.

ALLIE:
I just assumed I’d been confined to the corner
There wasn’t a choice, my label and voice were all pre-assigned
ALL THREE:
And they’d disapprove if I wanted to move this unnatural order
But now I see nobody but me gets to choose how I’m defined
Because

Now I’ve seen you around
Seen you up, seen you deep down in the dumps
Cause you thought your life was in ruins
But before you started to drown
You reached up, I reached out of my funk
And I see now that’s the key that makes us human

MEG:
No one’s brave enough to say, anymore,
We’re all okay
They’d rather take sides, and keep score

ALLIE:
Though we’re all standing here, nobody nearby wants to lend a hand

TARYN:
I understand

ALL THREE:
But it’s time someone proposed a better plan

We all have dreams and the fears that out weigh them
But it’s time to grab hands, start to run and take the leap
Because we’re never gonna fly if we choose to obey them
Just remember if you fall, I’ll be there to help you back to your feet

‘Cuz Now I’ve seen you around
Seen you up, seen you deep down in the dumps
Cause you thought your life was in ruins
But before you started to drown
You reached up, I reached out of my funk
And I see now that’s the key that makes us human

ENSEMBLE:
Life is tricky, life is tough
And there’s no time for second chances
We are strong and smart enough
We’ll find a way to keep advancing
Don’t know what tomorrow brings
‘cuz life’s surprising and it’s scary
We’re prepared for anything
‘Cuz we are all extraordinary!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

TARYN:
So if you look me in the eyes from now on
You’ll see me

ENSEMBLE:
You’ll see me
You’ll see me
You’ll see me
You’ll see....
Track Name: Easy
ENSEMBLE:
It’s never gonna be easy again
Consequence of compromise, the path you chose is a dead end
Bad day compounded until you regret forever
That It’s never gonna get easier
But it might get...

It’s never gonna be easy again
Live your life the best you can
Still the world you know goes down the drain
Can’t sleep, can’t think, the home you love has changed forever
And it’s never gonna get any easier...

They say life’s simple when you’re young, but that’s a scam
Every day’s a challenge, still you do the best you can

It’s never gonna be easy again
Never gonna be easy again
Do your best to improvise, and hope the damage doesn’t stain
Only thing’s for certain, there’s no certainty whatsoever
No, it’s never gonna get any easier
If you’re lucky though,
If you’re lucky though...

Never gonna be easy again
Never gonna be easy again

Every possibility one lifetime can contain
Every failure, every triumph, every loss and treasure
It’s never gonna get any easier
If you’re lucky, though
It’s might get better
It’s might get better

REEVE:
You wonder if you’re strong, but look at all that you’ve withstood
It never gets much easier, that doesn’t mean it’s never good
This world can raise you up
Or push you ‘till you kick and scream
So when it’s bad, hope for the good
When hope runs dry
I will help you dream
I’ll help you dream
I’ll help you dream
So dream
Track Name: R/E Volution
NATE:
You feel a little evolution?
Cuz You’ve learned to love yourself

TARYN:
And you’ve had little revelation

BOTH:
You/I’ve found love for somebody else!

NATE:
It isn’t just you
It isn’t just me
Afraid of our individuality
Because we’ve not met some standard that’s set
By recycled televised reality

TARYN:
It’s way too easy to recede

NATE:
Hold back and bottle up the feelings you face

TARYN:
It’s all too easy to explode

NATE:
Throw down so everybody give you your space
ENSEMBLE:
Hey hey
You need a little evolution
You just have to love yourself
Hey hey
You feel a little revelation
Give love to somebody else!

SETH:
I was restrained by my pity and pain
So wrapped up I almost let it drive me insane
I let it subdue me, ignored what was true
It was all about me, I forgot about you

CODI:
It’s far too easy to shut down

SETH:
And soon nobody wants to have you around

CODI:
It isn’t easy to connect

BOTH:
And yet they’re the only moments that are perfect

ENSEMBLE:
Hey hey
You need a little evolution
You just have to love yourself
Hey hey
You feel a little revelation
Give love to somebody else!

Hey hey
You looking for some elevation
Give the world a little shove
Hey hey
And cause a bit of revolution
If you spread a little love

Hey, hey, hey hey
Hey, hey, Yeah!

You’ve just got to see yourself
Reflected by somebody else
And if you’re truthful with your fears
Your reflection will be clear
And if the truth becomes the norm
Then the world will be transformed

Hey hey
You need a little evolution
You just have to love yourself
Hey hey
You feel a little revelation
Give love to somebody else!

Hey hey
Yo¬u looking for some elevation
Give the world a little shove
Hey hey
And cause a bit of revolution
If you spread a little love

Hey hey
You need a little evolution
You just have to love yourself
Hey hey
You feel a little revelation
Give love to somebody else!

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