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JONATHAN

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Narrator:

     This is the story about a seagull that not only talks but has some exceedingly unusual adventures. If you are the type of person who gets a special pleasure out of doing something well; If you think there’s more to this whole living thing than meets the eye, then we dedicate this story to you and the real Jonathan Livingston Seagull who lives within us all.

Jonathan

01-Jon

Verse 2

     Jonathan Livingston Seagull would fly all day and night Jonathan Livingston Seagull flying to an unknown height Jonathan Livingston Seagull flying for the joy of flight. Body shaking, wings near breaking, diving, turning, ever learning, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, was no ordinary bird.

Verse 3

     Jonathan Livingston Seagull did the things gulls never knew Jonathan Livingston Seagull learning what he could really do Jonathan Livingston Seagull dove from high up in the blue A thousand feet above the sea, reaching the speed of seventy three Jonathan Livingston Seagull knowledge daily grew.

Verse 4

     Jonathan Livingston Seagull knew there was no guarantee Jonathan Livingston Seagull his wings held still the key Jonathan Livingston Seagull if he makes it he’ll be free Swiftly downward from the sky, if he crashed he’d probably die Jonathan Livingston Seagull smashed into a brick hard sea.

Last 4 bars:

     Jonathan Livingston Seagull, tried to be what he couldn’t be Jonathan Livingston Seagull, smashed into the sea.

 

 

Sleep in the Dark

Narrator:

     Jonathan lies unconscious, floating on the surface of the ocean. When he woke it was dark. He was very discouraged. “As a Seagull I am limited by my nature,” he said. “No more flying for me, Seagulls never fly in the dark.”

02-Jon

Verse 2:

     Remember a gull is confined, his purpose in life is very well defined Seagulls would have charts in their wings Short wing like a hawk would be their design. Though the night is peaceful and still Seagulls flying fast is not one of their skills Gulls wings are wrong, because they’re too long. Short wings of a hawk are needed to be-long To the birds flying fast, the gulls wings are too long Jon’s wings are too long, a hawk’s short wings are strong. A hawk’s short wings are strong. Short wings; short wings.

Narrator:

     “That’s the answer,” Jonathan thought. Short Wings. Flying up to 2000 feet, he went into a vertical dive and reached 140 mph. Up to 5000 feet, he dove again and was going 214 mph but discovered he couldn’t stop at that speed. He flew directly into the breakfast flock and then up again. Luckily no one was hurt. He continued flying until dark and then landed. Now a gull has a reason for living.

 

 

There’s a reason for living

03-Jon

Narrator:

     The flock was assembled, waiting for Jonathan. “Jonathan Livingston Seagull, stand to center,” said the eldest gull. Stand to center meant only great shame or great honor, Jonathan thought. “They saw the breakthrough. I want no honor. I only want to share what I’ve learned.”

 

 

 

Shame 04-Jon

Irresponsible my Brothers

Narrator:

     Jonathan is shocked and replies:

05-Jon

 

More Shame

Narrator:

     Jonathan is banished from the flock and the elders together shout:

17-Jon

Narrator:

     Jonathan, now alone, flew out beyond the far cliffs and lived his life, learning and flying alone.

 

Folk Song

06-Jon

Other Verses:

     Through old worlds to new ones, his path untraveled sky Through eternal space he had never to ask why. Into emptiness and silence, to endless spans of light Into countless far horizons and shadows seen by night.

REFRAIN

     Countless years of flying, in the unknown folds of space. His only friends the clouds, and the soft winds to embrace. Out of darkness into sunlight, he sailed the unknown spheres In the futures of tomorrow, through the long and lonely years.

REFRAIN

 

Narrator:

     One day late in Jonathan’s long, productive life, two gulls appeared at his wings. They were bright as starlight. Jon put them to his test. They stayed with him throughout his maneuvers. He finally said, “Very well, who are you?”

 

 

 

Flock

07-Jon

Narrator:

     “So this is Heaven,” said Jon, there are only a small number of gulls here.” He went to Chang, the eldest gulls and said, “This isn’t Heaven? “Is there really a place called Heaven?”

 

Heaven

08-Jon

Other Verses:

     Think of instant time, Jonathan, think of instant space, Jonathan Think and understand, Jonathan, think and understand Before the years and time’s gift of tears, came shadows of starlight And soft winds for flight, Jonathan.

     Speed has no limits, Jonathan, speed is fast as thought, Jonathan Speed is everywhere, Jonathan, speed is everywhere. Perfect in speed is perfect in thought, you can be any place And be anytime, Jonathan.

Narrator:

     Jon closed his eyes and knew what Chang meant. He suddenly found himself on a strange planet, with a green sky and a double star for a sun. Chang then said, “Now you can work on the most difficult, the most powerful, the most fun of all, kindness and love.” As he said this, Chang began to vanish. His last words to Jon were, “Keep working on love, Jon.”

 

 

Working on Love

09-Jon

Narrator:

     As days passed Jon thought of earth. Jon was born to be an instructor. He longed to go back to earth and teach the outcast gulls how to fly. After much thought he said goodbye to Sullivan, his teacher. He vanished and appeared on earth along side of an outcast gull named Fletcher. Fletcher Gull became his first pupil. After hours of instruction, Fletcher said, “I’m stupid. I’ve tried and tried but I don’t believe I can do it.” Jonathan answered, “If you believe you can do it you will do it. Believe in yourself Fletcher Gull.”

 

 

Believe in yourself

10-Jon

Narrator:

     Other gulls soon came and they now numbered seven. After giving them a number of lessons Jon said, “We’re free to go where we wish.” With that he headed back toward his old flock.

 

 

Law

11-Jon

Narrator:

     They flew in from the west that morning in double diamond formation, over the flock at 135 mph. The flock was astonished. Those birds are outcast and have returned. “Well, sure, Okay, they’re outcast,” said the younger gulls, but, hey man! Where did they learn to fly like that?”

 

 

You know nothing

12-Jon

Verse 2:

Charles Roland Gull loved flying high. He’d fly so high he’d nearly die. Twenty thousand feet above the sea, cold but happy to be free.

REFRAIN

Verse3:

Fletcher Gull was very, very good. He’d do anything he said he could Acrobatics was his special bag, loops and spins and quick zigzags.

REFRAIN

Verse 4:

Terrence Lowell was the first to say, “I’d like to learn to fly today. I will be an outcast till I die, but it’s worth it to learn to fly.

REFRAIN

Verse 5:

Kirk Maynard’s body was very, very bad. His wing was bent and his mind was sad. Please help me fly he softly said. My wings won’t move, oh I wish I was dead.

REFRAIN

Verse 6:

You can fly Maynard cause you’re free. It is the law, it will always be. Nothing Maynard can stand in your way. You can fly both night and day.

REFRAIN

Narrator:

     Jonathan began holding flying classes and gradually, more and more gulls became outcasts and came to Jonathan to learn to fly. One day Charles Roland Gull, demonstrating elements of high speed, hit the cliff when he tried to avoid hitting one young gull. He then entered the next world and wanted to continue to teach. The flock, closing in to kill both John and Fletcher, thinking they were devils. Before the flock could reach them, Jon and Fletcher disappeared. They reappeared outside the flock. “Jon,” said Fletcher, “How do you love someone that wants to kill you? How do you love, Jonathan?”

 

 

How do you Love

13-Jon

Narrator:

     “You don’t love hatred and evil, Fletcher,” Said Jon. ‘You have to practice to see the good in everyone. You are really born the moment you love.”

 

 

You are born

14-Jon

Narrator:

     “I must leave now Fletch,” said Jon. “Don’t believe always what your eyes are telling you. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you’ll see the way to fly. Before I go let me tell you a story of a bird I once saw who was flying faster and higher than any bird I ever saw.”

 

 

Bird Flying

15-Jon

Narrator:

     “Remember what I’ve taught you, Fletcher. Remember the bird flying faster and higher. Remember Fletcher.” With those words Jonathan began to fade. Jon’s last words were: “Remember Fletcher, keep searching for the uncreated light.”

Light

 16-Jon

Narrator:

     Other gulls soon came and they now numbered seven. After giving them a number of lessons Jon said: “We’re free to go where we wish.” Then Jon headed back toward his old flock.