Beneath a Moonless Sky drawn by me

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CHRISTINE:
I should have known that you’d be here
I should have known it all along
This whole arrangement bears your stamp
You’re in each measure of that song.
How dare you try and claim me now?
How dare you come invade my life?
 
PHANTOM:
Oh, Christine. My Christine.
In that time when the world thought me dead
My Christine, on that night just before you were wed
Ah, Christine. You came and found where I hid
Don’t you deny that you did, that long ago night
 
CHRISTINE:
That night…
 
PHANTOM:
Once there was a night, beneath a moonless sky
Too dark to see a thing, too dark to even try
 
CHRISTINE:
I stole to your side to tell you I must go
I couldn’t see your face, but sensed you even so
And I touched you,
 
PHANTOM:
And I felt you
 
BOTH:
And I heard those ravishing refrains
 
CHRISTINE:
The music of the past
 
PHANTOM:
The singing in your veins
 
CHRISTINE:
And I held you
 
PHANTOM:
And I touched you
 
CHRISTINE:
And embraced you
 
PHANTOM:
And I felt you
 
BOTH:
And with every breath and every sigh
 
CHRISTINE:
I felt no longer scared
 
PHANTOM:
I felt no longer shy
 
BOTH:
At last our feelings bared beneath a moonless sky
 
CHRISTINE:
And blind in the dark, as soul gazed into soul
I looked into your heart and saw you pure and whole
 
PHANTOM:
Cloaked under the night with nothing to suppress
A woman and a man
No more, and yet no less
And I kissed you
 
CHRISTINE:
And caressed you
 
BOTH:
And the world around us fell away
We said things in the dark we never dared to say
 
PHANTOM:
And I caught you
 
CHRISTINE:
And I kissed you
 
PHANTOM:
And I took you
 
CHRISTINE:
And caressed you
 
BOTH:
With a need to urgent to deny
And nothing mattered then
Except for you and I
Again and then again beneath a moonless sky
 
PHANTOM:
And when it was done
Before the sun could rise
Ashamed of what I was, afraid to see your eyes
I stood while you slept and whispered a goodbye
And slipped into the dark beneath a moonless sky
 
CHRISTINE:
And I loved you, yes I loved you
I’d have followed anywhere you led
I woke to swear my love
and found you gone instead
 
PHANTOM:
And I loved you and I left you
 
CHRISTINE:
How I loved you!
 
PHANTOM:
And I had to, both of us knew why
 
CHRISTINE:
We both knew why
 
BOTH:
And yet I won’t regret from now until I die
The night I can’t forget
Beneath a moonless sky…
 
PHANTOM:
And now…
 
CHRISTINE:
How can you talk of now?
For us, there is no now
 
– Beneath a Moonless Sky from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, Text by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ben Elton, Frederick Forsyth, and Glenn Slater, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Based on Frederick Forsyth’s “The Phantom of Manhattan”, Gaston Leroux’s “The Phantom of the Opera”, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, Richard Stilgoe’s, and Charles Hart’s “The Phantom of the Opera”, First Performance on March 9, 2010 at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End, England, Great Britain
 
This piece of Butchubbles fan art, which is my final submission for BrickercupMasterX3’s Butchubbles Month last January, is dedicated to Maggie Mason aka mason382, Emma aka KokoroWorlds, Martina Koljensic aka MartinaHermioneGrang, JordanDatTurtle13, Eva aka AmazonPrincess5000, Pinkycandypie, Danni Lynn McDonald aka evangeline40003, Starry aka Pastel—Star, and Victoria aka ViciViv who celebrated their birthdays a couple of days ago. So, I hope you all had such magnificent, grand, fabulous and phenomenal birthdays. I wish you a lot of love, joy, happiness, beauty, prosperity, strength, perseverance, and abundance in your lives as artists and as people. This is also dedicated to all of the wonderful Butchubbles shippers out there. So, sit back, relax, and soak in that Butchubbles goodness.
 
Well, this was inevitable. This is the final time we get to see Butch as our beloved Phantom aka Erik and Bubbles as the lovely Countess Christine Daaé de Chagny and this is the song and scene that we are going out on. I know some people find the duet between The Phantom and Christine, “Beneath a Moonless Sky”, unintentionally hilarious because of the lyrics unsubtly alluding to the Phantom and Christine making love to each other, but if one puts this duet in the right hands of the singers, this can actually be quite an emotional thrill ride. Yes, it is melodramatic. Yes, it does skewer with the canon. However, the melody is still haunting and quite palpable to be reckoned with. For your listening enjoyment, I present to you three interpretations of this duet from three of my favorite Phantoms, Ben Lewis, Ramin Karimloo, and Drew Sarich, and three of my favorite Christines, Anna O’Byrne, Sierra Boggess, and Milica Jovanovic. I hope you enjoy listening to these selections, as you gaze upon this piece of Butchubbles fan art.
 
Ben Lewis and Anna O’Byrne
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVEJyC…

Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAUUeW…

Drew Sarich and Milica Jovanovic
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNhKEx…

 
I hope you all managed to enjoy this final submission for Butchubbles month 2019 and I will see you all on the flip side. Take care.
 
Butch and Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls belong to Craig McCracken and Cartoon Network.

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