I Will Earn Your Hand
by Rick Shur, 2006

The wedding is held on Sunday, just one week after Saul had his nightmare. Now, Dave, who came to sing lullabies to Saul, has earned Michelle's hand in marriage after beating Gil Wyeth in a duel and rustling some cattle for Saul.

 

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Dave:

THIS
I CAN TELL YOU
THAT THE DEED
TO MY HEART
IS LOCKED UP
AND YOU'LL SEE
YOU ALONE
HAVE THE KEY
I'M YOURS
AND IT WOULD BE GRAND
IF YOU'LL ONLY HAVE ME
AS YOUR HUSBAND.

I WILL ALWAYS MAKE THE DATE
WHEN YOU DEMAND ME.
I WILL LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS
AND DO WHAT YOU WILL,
AND I WILL DO THE CHORES
WHENEVER YOU COMMAND ME,
AND I PROMISE TO COME HOME
EACH NIGHT.
NO BLIZZARD OR SANDSTORM CAN
DEFEAT ME.
I'LL GET BACK TO YOU ALWAYS,
AND I'LL WASH REAL WELL,
SO YOU WILL BE PROUD OF
MY SMELL,
AND I WILL HOLD YOU
WHEN IT'S COLD AT NIGHT.
WE'LL BE
LIKE PEAS IN A POD,
AND THIS IS SOMETHING ELSE I SHOULD
HAVE TOLD YOU--
I WON'T CRACK OR BREAK IF YOU
SQUEEZE ON MY HARD
BODY.
I WILL TAKE CARE OF
YOU AND YOURS,
AND I WILL MAKE SURE
OUR REVENUE ENDURES.
I WILL KEEP YOU SAFE,
AND I WILL LEARN
EACH DAY
TO EARN
YOUR HAND.

Phil Steiner, despite his suspicion that Saul has stolen some of his cattle, attends the wedding at Dave's invitation. When the wedding party arrives at Saul's ranch for the reception, they find the place has been trashed, and Pierre has been beaten up, by three cowboys. Saul realizes that this was Phil Steiner's revenge for the rustling of his cattle, and now he blames Dave for all the trouble Phil has caused him. In a rage, he orders Dave off his property, never to show his face there again. The wedding song crescendos as the the first act curtain falls.

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