Note: These are five songs from "Notre-Dame de Paris" that I rewrote after an epiphany I'd had while driving, a very dangerous thing for a writer... ("Notre-Dame de Paris" is the musical based on Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.) I couldn't help but think how much the musical reminded me of my book DBZ: And the Greatest of These, and so, with a little work, I rewrote the songs to reflect the characters (Piccolo, Vegeta, and Goku, with Kami as the narrator). I'm working on the sixth, which is a song for Kurenai.

This song, based on "(Belle) Is the Only Word," was the song that really started the whole thing in the first place.


LOVE (IS THE ONLY WORD)

Piccolo

Love is the only word that I can never say
When she smiles at me, she drives the pain away
Dancing like the golden sunbeams of the day
And at night with the shadows as they play
I see her sleeping peacefully in my embrace
I'd give the whole world to just one time touch her face
Please
How can I just let her walk away from me
Without our love ever having a chance to be
Oh Kami please
Please let me go beyond the pain
And learn to live once again
With Kurenai

Vegeta

Love is a word I thought that I would never say
About a girl who keeps the pride inside at bay
But if I let her in, then there'll be Hell to pay
So I simply will not love her, come what may
Love is a weakness that I simply will not feel
I won't believe that her sweet words of love are real
Please
This innocent, she sees the secrets in my soul
And yet she still seeks to make my dark heart whole
Oh Kami please
Away from her light let me turn
Though in that flame I long to burn
With Kurenai

Goku

Love in a way no empty words can ever say
That blazes like the shining stars so far away
And when I kissed her on that perfect golden day
I felt the barriers between the two of us give way
Oh ChiChi please, can't you see I love her as well
But it's a forbidden love that I can never tell
Please
Though I would gladly worship her with every breath
For her to share another's love would spell her death
Oh Kami please
Must one so sweet be made to die
And worse never to know why
Oh Kurenai

Piccolo, Vegeta, and Goku

I see her sleeping peacefully in my embrace
I'd give the whole world to just one time touch her face
Please
How can I just let her walk away from me
Without our love ever having a chance to be
Oh Kami please
Please let me go beyond the pain
And learn to live once again
With Kurenai
Oh Kurenai