Happy Playland

by The Candle Wasters

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1.
Happy Here 02:16
CRIS Ohhh, it seems like Your head is screwed on straight to me, You've got passion, drive and energy, And a winning personality, it's clear I think you're going to be happy here BILLIE I think you're talking me up a bit too much CRIS Oh don't be so down on yourself It's lovely to have you around, I know Zara thinks so too... BILLIE You do?! CRIS But I wouldn’t get my hopes up if I were you… So you've seen the jungle gym The main attraction The nets are patchy So limbs get caught and sometimes kids fall through But don't worry you'll learn to catch them BILLIE B-but what if I don't and they die and the parents sue me? CRIS You won't, it'll be fine! We've only had one serious injury Well at least recently… So there's a blow-up slide, there’s not much to it, But keep an eye on the ball pit In case kids try to bury their friends alive BILLIE Does that... often happen? CRIS More often than you'd imagine… But kids don’t need to breathe for like three minutes Plenty of time to intervene before they're finished BILLIE I don't know if I'm cut out for this, I don't know if my nerves can take the hits, And my spacial awareness is… and I'm slow as molasses Maybe I should quit while I'm ahead CRIS Hey now, I know it's a lot to take in Just give yourself a chance, you'll find That once you learn the dance You'll be just fine So finally, Behold the blessed break room Our sacred place of refuge From kids (and parents) that don't behave Broken dishwasher, microwave, anyway, Welcome to the Land of Happy Play My dear I think you're gonna be happy here
2.
Hey 00:45
ZARA Hey, [hey!] Your first day [yeah] How’s it going for ya? BILLIE Not much to say so far Cris is showing me around Is she always this…? ZARA YUP. Always. Is she getting you down? BILLIE No, she’s fine (For now) And you’re fine too, so- I mean you’re nice! ZARA Right. BILLIE I mean… so… [sigh] it’s going alright.
3.
BILLIE Why can't I catch a break? Every move I make is out of time, I find a new place and it's at the end of its life Well this sure turned out great Why is every choice a mistake? I meet some new people, Maybe friends I'll probably never speak to them again Well I guess that depends but I don't have a lot of faith Does it ever get better than this? Where’s my suburban bliss? Do I ever get a chance to put my feet up? I'm running just to keep up… ...And will I ever get a... Chance to know you better? I’m sure I'll think about it But somehow I doubt it Even though there’s nothing stopping me but fear What a shame that it's about to disappear... I was starting to wonder If I could be happy Here I guess I’ll wait and see.
4.
BILLIE I know, I know what's happening. No way this will work out for me. So no, this won't be happening, Even though she’s so sexy. I know what I gotta do, I know what I gotta do. I know what I gotta do, I know what I gotta do. I've gotta stop, I gotta think. Stay focused, use my head. But then she turns me on, now I can't think. Remember what she said. She wants casual, that's not me, I won't be a romantic casualty. Gotta stop, I gotta think. Go home now straight to bed. And especially don't look into those eyes... Oh shit... ZARA She really wants me, it's in her eyes And I really want her too, I can't lie. But I gotta stop this, what's it worth? I’ll get a lay, but she'll just get hurt I know what I gotta do, I know what I gotta do. I know what I gotta do, I know what I gotta do. I’ve gotta stop, I’ve gotta think I know I shouldn't flirt But then I get so hot, I can’t think I can’t let her get burnt. Sex ain't worth a broken heart, so Imma end this before it starts. I'm gonna stop, I’m gonna think. She's much too sweet to hurt. And I especially won't look right at her chest… Fuck it. BILLIE No, no! We gotta work together each day ZARA No, no! Just Imagine what Cris will say? BIILLIE / ZARA No, No! We'd be a terrible pair, it's unfair, coz she’s the hottest one here! BILLIE I know what I gotta do, I know what I gotta do. ZARA I know what I gotta do, I know what I gotta do. ZARA [BILLIE] I’ve gotta stop, I’ve gotta think. [Don’t look into those eyes.] I’ve gotta stop, I’ve gotta think. [Don’t look into those eyes.] I’ve gotta stop, I’ve gotta think. [Don’t look into those eyes.] I’ve gotta stop, I’ve gotta think. [Don’t look into those eyes.] I’ve gotta stop, I gotta think [Don’t.] Gotta stop, gotta think. [Don’t.] Stop, and think. [Don’t stop.] Stop, and think. [Don’t stop.] Don’t stop [Don’t stop] Don’t think [Don’t think] Don’t stop [Don’t stop] Don’t think [Don’t think] Don’t stop [Don’t stop] Don’t think [Don’t think] Don’t stop [Don’t stop] Don’t think [Don’t think] BILLIE Now I can stop, now I can think I just can’t fall for her ZARA Now that she's gone, I can think Maybe in a different world BILLIE Sure, it could be fun, but the fact cannot be forgot Even though she's incredible, she doesn't want what I want. ZARA What do I want?
5.
Drama! 06:26
MARK We all want love, it's a universal truth DEAN / JANE Universal truth MARK That we all just want someone to say “I love you,” DEAN / JANE I love you MARK But you don't wanna leave that kinda thing to chance DEAN / JANE To chance MARK Don't worry, we know how DEAN / JANE / MARK to make love last MARK What keeps your passion bright? It's Drama, DEAN / JANE Drama MARK What keeps you up all night? Why it's Drama, DEAN / JANE Drama MARK Start loving smarter, Make your lover work harder Everything comes back to drama ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR! DEAN / JANE Drama MARK It's what we thrive on DEAN / JANE Drama MARK It's what we survive on A little understanding can just be way too demanding The secret to love is drama DEAN / JANE Drama ZARA (Spoken) What the hell? MARK Yes, there is no love without drama, and to illustrate our point, here is a story about two lovers, who owe everything to drama... MARK I hate you, I hate you JANE That's kinda funny, coz I hate, you too MARK So surprising that you'd copy me JANE Oh really? Well get this, I'd rather be Deaf, so I, Wouldn't have to hear you MARK Well I'd rather be blind, so I wouldn't have to see you JANE / MARK As long as you're around me I'll never be happy! ZARA (Spoken) Disabilities aren't punchlines! MARK The lovers had confused their passion for hate So their friends intervened before it was too late They spread a rumour to make them love one another And the rumour, that the other lover was in love with the other. And slowly the rumour grew And then they both knew it was true And it wasn't long till they knew JANE / MARK I love them too! MARK And what was the secret? ZARA That they communicated? MARK No! It’s because they got messed around. 'Cos you see… one, two, three, four. DEAN / JANE Drama! MARK Deceive your friends DEAN / JANE Drama! MARK For their romantic ends Go behind their back, and you can relax Coz the secret to love is Drama DEAN / JANE Drama ZARA This concept is stupid on so many levels! MARK Right. (Spoken) What’s your problem? ZARA Well what about communicating… MARK Communicating? Aw like “Hey I really like you, we should go out?” wha- who even does that? ZARA That’s good! MARK What would you know? Miss been-stood-up-and-so-now-I’ll-heckle-the-poor-buskers-over-there? I’ve seen you checking your phone. Boyfriend not picking up? ZARA Girlfriend. Kind of. MARK I tried to communicate once. (Singing) I spent hours talking to her on the phone. Now look at me, I am sad and alone. (Spoken) That's not the chord, Dean! ZARA (Singing) I thought that I didn’t want a long term thing And I’ve always leant towards a bunch of casual flings But even I know how to make a relationship work I knew I'd be ready when I found my kinda girl MARK (Spoken) Very nice. [Slow clap] JANE (Spoken) Tell us about her! ZARA (Spoken) What do you mean? JANE (Singing) Who’s got your passion bright? It’s... ZARA (Spoken) Billie JANE Bille. Who’s got you up all night? ZARA It's Billie. JANE Billie I know that look, I think you might be hooked Hooked on a woman named Billie JANE (Spoken) Now you go! ZARA Oh, uh okay! ZARA (Singing) Who brightens up my day It’s Billie DEAN / JANE Billie ZARA I’m in the land of Happy play With Billie DEAN / JANE Billie ZARA Something is calling, I think I could be falling Falling for that silly girl named Billie. DEAN / JANE Billie ZARA Falling for that silly girl named Billie. DEAN / JANE Billie ZARA Falling for that silly girl, Billie. DEAN / JANE Billie MARK (Spoken) Dean, play the other song. (Singing) Who would you rather be with then hanging with us? ZARA (Spoken) Billie. MARK Who’s kept you waiting since you got off the bus? ZARA Well Billie, but… MARK Who doesn't call when she’s running late? ZARA ...Billie MARK In other words, she didn't communicate. MARK You’d have thought of this if you were a little smarter ‘Cos like it or not, you’ve got yourself some drama... ZARA What? No. I mean... (Singing) What am I doing here? I'm not the kind of person who goes on these kinds of dates. [Kinds of dates] I'm not the kind of person who gets in this kind of state. [Kind of states] I've always tried to prove I’m tougher than I look [Then you look] And now look at me, my heart’s an open book. I’ve gotta think, I’ve gotta stop Is this, want I want? MARK/JANE What you want? ZARA What I want? MARK/JANE What you want. ZARA What I want? MARK/JANE It’s what you want. ZARA What I want? MARK/JANE What you want. DEAN / JANE Drama! MARK It's in the air DEAN / JANE Drama MARK She's not even here! I may seem I’m uncaring, but I'm grateful for your sharing What an example of DEAN / JANE / MARK Drama ZARA What I want? DEAN / JANE / MARK DRAMA!
6.
I'll Be Here 03:59
Note: BILLIE - Billie's external voice (BILLIE) - Billie's mind space BILLIE I’m fine. ZARA You’re fine? BILLIE How are you? ZARA Billie… It’s just me, you know you don’t need to hide it BILLIE I’m not hiding anything, just trying to fight it ZARA Fight what? BILLIE I just need to know ZARA Know what? BILLIE I just need to fix it ZARA Fix what? (BILLIE) I just wish that she could just be a part of this Why does it come to choosing between… ZARA Sometimes you make no sense You never ever say what you mean BILLIE While I'm standing here, in this heavy air There’s so much, but it doesn't fill my lungs (BILLIE) And even Zara can see right through, she knows me better than i do.. BILLIE & (BILLIE) Which is new to me BILLIE How can I get through this and just say goodbye When I'm not sure what I want, and I don't know why Or if I'm done with my plan BILLIE & (BILLIE) Does that change who I am? ZARA I can see you, but you're far off somewhere Somewhere that will never be my place Somewhere in your mind that’s hard to face Let me be with you, let me calm your mind If you slow just down, I think you'll find that I'll be here - BILLIE If Mum and Dad call, I'm not where I'm meant to be How could I ever face them; let them see? There's a door here, and a nightmare A moment I have always hoped for It feels as good as if it could be Is it worth it all ‘cos I have the key I’ve never had to consider this part of me before ZARA You need to breathe in, you need to breath in and out Can’t you just let it all out, it’s only me around if you just listen, you can make this fear go away so hear me when I say that you will be okay. BILLIE What I need right now, while I'm in this mode, While I'm here sorting this mental load, I need you to... no, I need two plans to become one solution. What I need to do is find a way But either choice I make will make me say things I don't mean. But I do mean I did not ever think I'd be here BILLIE What I need right now, while I'm in this mode, ZARA [You need to breathe in and out] BILLIE While I'm here sorting this mental load, ZARA [Just tell me what this is about] BILLIE I need you to... no, I need two plans to become one solution. ZARA [I can’t help you if you don’t talk to me] BILLIE What I need to do is find a way ZARA [Stay with me] BILLIE But either choice I make will make me say ZARA [You’re okay, why aren’t you listening?] BILLIE things I don't mean. But I do mean. I did not ever think I'd be here - ZARA [Can you hear me?] BILLIE that I'd be here - ZARA [Can you hear me?!] BILLIE I'd be here - ZARA [Can you hear me! Billie.... won’t you listen?] BILLIE That I'd be here - ZARA [Can you hear me?!] BILLIE That I'd be here - ZARA [Can you hear me?!] BILLIE That I'd be here - ZARA [Can you hear me?!] BILLIE I'd be here - ZARA [Can you hear me! Billie, won’t you listen?] **Repeat once more**
7.
CRIS Isn't this supposed to fall into place? Not all over the floor with me flat on my face... BILLIE Oh Cris- CRIS And all of the bad comes at an alarming pace. Why does this scare me? where will it lead? I don't think this is what it feels to succeed. I don't think this is what it feels to succeed. (Suddenly faster and angered) The could have pre-warned me and let me know! So I could found a place to go. BUT NO, They left me cold out in the snow... ZARA It doesn't snow here - CRIS YEAH BUT it snows in Queenstown! There is really no one else to blame They just carried on all the same Without explaining to me “Hey Cris, so you see, sit down let’s talk,” But instead- They’ve thrown me into the ball pit My life is in pieces and I cannot sort it It’s into the ball pit BILLIE Cris I know - CRIS No, I know there’s no one here to support it Unless I make a post saying I’m feeling down... I need to make a post saying I’m feeling down! (Speaking) Right.. so what could my caption be.. (Singing) I need to post it so they can see: (Happy-go-lucky) "Wishing I could be chilling out at Lake Wanaka, Sitting in the stones with my Dad’s harmonica. Things are rough, but I'll try to stay afloat - " AND I'LL FINISH IT OFF WITH AN INSPIRING QUOTE! That relates my hardship to a lion and a lotus flower About rising from the mud, I'll check the likes in about half an hour And then they all will see all the shit happening to me And then I'll be happy! Then I'll be happy... But I’m still stuck in the ball pit My live is in pieces and I cannot sort it It’s stuck in the ball pit Deep down, now I know, there’s no one here to support it Even if I make a post saying I’m feeling down But everyone just goes along as if everything is fine “Hey Cris, poor you, hope you feel better soon,” All of that is just stuck online Maybe Instagram has kept me on cloud nine... Why did it just hit me now, that all of this is not Gr9
8.
Zargument 00:19
ZARA Sorry but for heaven’s sake, Billie you just can’t seem to make Up your mind Sure I’m happy for you but my Ribs are tight at the Thought of you going away
9.
For Once 04:27
BILLIE For once, I'm not In a rush For once, I'm Taking my time Not fighting or hiding or Trying to find a way out ZARA For once I'm a little lost For once I'm, Bm Doubting the choices I've made, So I'm glad you're ok But you're still messing me around BILLIE What do you want from me tonight? ZARA I just want you to decide! BILLIE Ok, ok, so I've been Thinking, maybe I'm not quite who I thought I was Supposed to be I've been letting what they're expecting get the Better of me Parents and friends and everybody! But only I know what I need ZARA Feel free to tell me CRIS / BILLIE For once, I'm happy to just be here BILLIE But I’m doubting my choices too And I’m still messing you around (Dialogue) BILLIE I’m sorr- Zara, let me - okay. I had two possible outcomes in my mind. I didn’t even think about the fact that Auckland means… not you. ZARA (pause) That’s so dumb. BILLIE I know. I’m dumb. It’s an avoidance tactic that I seem to have perfected. So really I’m quite talented. Really I’m a genius. ZARA So you’re gonna go? BILLIE [She pauses] I don’t know. ZARA Argh! BILLIE Well, I'm not sure a TV screen is really what I Need right now ZARA But you'd be crazy to turn it down! BILLIE And I'm a little sick of this town The same old people and places everywhere ZARA Plenty of new faces up there... BILLIE Yeah, But I’d still be alone, Right now I feel at home for once… And you’re not the only reason I would stay But I can't deny that you're lying in the way. ZARA That’s cute but can you get to the point, please? BILLIE For once I think I know what I need I’m so sick of chasing my dreams When I can’t even handle my anxieties I just want to get through every day And you make everything easier, Zara (repeat verse with Zara alternating…) ZARA [I’m so sick of chasing my dreams] If you wake up tomorrow and change your mind [When I can’t even handle my anxieties] You can move away and I’ll be fine [I just want to get through every day] But I’m glad for now you’re choosing to stay [And you make everything easier, Zara] You make my life harder but that’s ok... CRIS / BILLIE / ZARA For once, I'm happy to just be here [repeat x3]

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Music from the web series 'Happy Playland', created by The Candle Wasters.

This series was made with the support of NZ On Air and YouTube as part of the Skip Ahead initiative, in collaboration with Tomorrow, Rain.

You can watch the full series now on YouTube: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ4M4eic7acQUVnSQi8-4mKBQFYFYZo-j

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released August 10, 2017

Song writers
Maxwell Apse, Elsie Bollinger, Dylan Kelly, Jen Smith

Happy Playband
Jacob Baxter, Dylan Kelly, Sam Trist

Additional composition
Indira Force

Songs recorded at Mr. Winter and Plan 9

Mixed and mastered by Chris Winter

Music produced by Elsie Bollinger and Maxwell Apse with Chris Winter.

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The Candle Wasters are four women (& a token dude) creating fierce, funny, feminist webseries.

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