> Charts > Narration Chart: "Mockingbird", 1992-05-17

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TREY: When I look out here in front of all you people, I see that you are all standing on this rink. When you walked in here, this rink had cement underneath the floor, but as we played the first three songs, unbeknownst to all of you standing out there, the ice has slowly crept up, and right now you are standing on a huge sheet of ice. Not only are you standing on this huge sheet of ice, but the walls on the outside are slowly starting to disappear so this sheet of ice goes off into infinity in every direction.

Up above you, there is nothing but black sky drifting off in space and down below you through the clear ice there is nothing but black sky drifting. This sheet of ice is just going through infinity. We are all standing in a little clump on the ice as it stretches off as far as the eye can see in every direction.

As we stand here, slowly, from the back, the ice starts to lift and tilt. You feel the ice tilting. The plane is moving beneath your feet. You see a grid coming across the ice. The whole plane starts to tilt and you’re trying to hang on, but slowly your feet start to slip. The plane is tilting higher and higher. The angle is getting higher. You can’t hang on, and you start to slide. You’re sliding off the edge of the ice, you’re going down….. All of a sudden you shoot off the edge and into the void. [makes whooshing noise]

And you’re just floating through the void now. You see the ice disappearing off in the distance. Now, it’s just black stretching. You’re surrendering to the bloid, Cloid. As you float through the blackness, you start to see a tiny speck materializing in the distance. You realize this tiny speck, even though it’s a tiny little speck, it’s still got some gravitational pull. Since that’s the only thing in space around you, you slowly start to drift toward it.

As you drift toward it, it starts to get a little bit bigger, and it turns into what looks like a tiny stone in the distance. The closer you get to it, you realize it’s got more gravitational pull than you thought. You get closer, it starts to grow, and you realize it’s actually a planet off in the distance but there’s nothing around to reference it against so it just looked like a tiny speck. By this point, you realize it’s starting to get bigger fast. You’re going towards it, flying down.

Suddenly, you’re breaking into the atmosphere, burning through it. You’re starting to get hotter as the atmosphere is burning your body! You’re blazing down, blazing down, and suddenly, this chute opens. [makes whooshing noise]

Now, you’re floating down with a parachute. You’re floating down, and you don’t know where you are. But, you look down on the ground and see a huge forest drifting out into the distance. You see a huge green field from the edge of the forest going off in the other direction. And in the center of it all, the hugest mountain you’ve ever seen in your life. And you realize, that you’re in... Gamehendge!

You float down, slowly the mountain gets bigger and bigger as you get down next to it. You look up at the mountain next to you, just a huge mountain going up into the sky, bigger than anything you’ve ever seen before. On the corner of the mountain, you look closely and see a tiny speck. The closer you look, you realize that that’s no ordinary speck. It’s... Colonel Forbin!

Colonel Forbin is climbing up the mountain. No one has ever climbed up the mountain before because it’s so high. You need tanks of oxygen. Colonel Forbin’s arms are grabbing roots, they’re grabbing roots, they’re grabbing the root dock and they’re pulling up. He’s getting higher and higher. You know in your heart that Colonel Forbin, the only reason that he would brave climbing the huge mountain would be to find the great and knowledgeable Icculus.

As he climbs up, you see the mountain start to quake and vibrate, boulders tumbling down around Colonel Forbin’s head, but he knows he’s got to make it so he hangs on to roots. He’s hanging on to roots, he’s hanging on to the root dock, and the root dock pulls him up. He stands up on a little ledge, and slowly the mountain starts to take the shape of the face of the great and knowledgeable Icculus.

Colonel Forbin looks up at Icculus and he says, “Icculus, i’ve climbed the mountain to find you because i need you, i need you to help me get the Helping Friendly Book because the Helping Friendly Book will help bring peace and harmony to all the Lizard People of Gamehendge who are now enslaved by the Evil King Wilson that lives in that castle over there. He’s taken the Helping Friendly Book from them and hidden it in his castle. So, can you please help me?”

Icculus looks down at him and he says “Colonel Forbin i can help you. I’m gonna send for my friend, the Famous Mockingbird.” And the Famous Mockingbird comes flying out of the sky, and he lands on Icculus’ shoulder. Icculus says, “Famous Mockingbird, fly off into the distance to the castle of the Evil King Wilson and steal the Helping Friendly Book back. Bring it the people of Gamehendge so that they can live in peace and harmony with nature.”

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