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This song is the introductory song of a musical ("Refugees from the Otherworld") that I wrote lyrics for over the summer/fall of 2019 after watching Hamilton live in (of all places) Oklahoma.

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A hundred years ago, the xenos started coming through
checkpoints in woodlands at the outskirts of our planet's cities,
dropped down from nowhere: fairies, vampires, and chimeras too.
These refugees had come to seek asylum and our pity.

They say their dear homeland was ripped apart by war
Out in other planes hiding between our quarks.
They say their ancestors had come to us before,
They say their ancestors had come to us before.

It's a new age full of eerie potential
Dwarves wanna invest and trolls are waiting for dental
It's a new age we can expressly attest
With legislation for magic and hybrid tech
(It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age age age)

A hundred years ago the phoenix prophesied a school
to train physicians for both humans and the other sort
because no creature can be free of our diseases cruel
And P.M.S. was built and funded with vampire support

And now the world today is one of urban fancy.
But I wouldn't say we move beyond the petty.
Former refugees are model second-classers
but their money's good and their insurance faster.

It's a new age full of eerie potential
Mer-folk running cruises, centaurs teaching flamenco
It's a new age we can, with confidence, show
That the economy's a-humming like a dynamo
(It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age age age)

In present day, dear P.M.S. trains all the very best
And graduates go on to be admired and well-paid
But rumor has it there's a prophecy the phoenix left
unsaid to keep investors focused on the greater game

You see the world today has yet to know the horror
of the strange disease that comes to claim us later
No one knows the form of this profane disorder
But a P.M.S. grad'll be its creator

It's a new age full of eerie potential
Earthquakes have Medusa working for Sacramento
It's a new age we are excited to know
The housing market will undoubtedly continue to grow
(It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age age age)

They say the war is now police state in the In-Between
An elven kingdom hard as diamonds bought with seas of blood
News outlets here by contrast care more for our thinning trees
(And lavish lifestyles if you do xenobiology)

Another crop of students has arrived - come see them
Some are here to learn, but more are here for glory
One is driven by a birthright and a demon
One conceals an altogether different story

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from Refugees from the Otherworld, released May 30, 2022
Mastered by Aethyric Productions.

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Psyche Corporation New York, New York

Psyche Corporation is a cyber/steampunk band fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model, who combines dance with a powerhouse vocal range. Hailing from a future where neuroprosthetics allow for dream downloads, the band’s style spans trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music, with themes both dystopian and lighthearted, e.g. “Perl-Operated Boy”. ... more

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