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Part IX, "Forever Bedtime", in which our hero realizes that a life of seclusion is not what she truly wants.

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Real
Tell me what is real
It's been so long
Since I've heard a voice that was real
Dreams, they tell you what you want to hear
So I listened
And I found myself fast asleep
Safe but locked away
That's the bargain that I had to accept
Foolish!
Tell, can you think of one great hero
That was happy just to live their whole life in fear
There is nothing here
Magic tricks are nothing but just that
They're just tricks!
Fevered attempts at self-fulfillment
I'm so tired
And I just need to wake up

I don't want to sleep forever
I don't want to sleep forever
Call my name if you can hear me
I so badly want to be free
I don't want to sleep forever
I don't want to sleep forever
Let me out before I am dead
I don't want forever bedtime

Do you have the time?
All the clocks have broken
Out of jail and left me
Can this really be what I asked?
I must be dreaming
Of a fate so unkind and fake
Paradise is fake
A myth that you make up
Every time you wonder
What if they don't like me?
What if I am bad?
Words that strong can hold you down forever

I don't want to die
I just want to fly
Up into the sky
Gravity defied
I don't want to fall
So I've got to crawl
I don't want to cry
So I've got to try
It is way too late
To apologize
This is not my fate
This I realize
I can have it all
I don't need to crawl
I'm not satisfied
So I've got to try

I don't want to sleep forever
I don't want to sleep forever
Call my name if you can hear me
I so badly want to be free
I don't want to sleep forever
I don't want to sleep forever
Let me out before I am dead
I don't want forever bedtime

Real
Tell me how to feel
I'm afraid of getting hurt again
But I know

I don't want to die
I just want to fly
Up into the sky
Gravity defied
I don't want to fall
So I've got to crawl
I don't want to cry
So I've got to try
It is way too late
To apologize
This is not my fate
This I realize
I can have it all
I don't need to crawl
I'm not satisfied
So I've got to try

Trust
Can you trust in me?
Now is the time
You can change those tragic endings
There's more to life than simply living
I won't stop
I won't stop until you hear me

I don't want to sleep forever
I don't want to sleep forever
Call my name if you can hear me
I so badly want to be free
I don't want to sleep forever
I don't want to sleep forever
Let me out before I am dead
I don't want forever bedtime

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from Present Becomes The Past, released December 17, 2016
Contains vocals by Starla Insigna.

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