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alternate video to Johnny Hates Jazz – “Shattered Dreams”

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[White background with title ‘alternate video to Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams”]

[Instrumental introduction]

[Scene 1]: A boy, about the age of six, sits quietly on the bed of a master bedroom suite.  He is waiting with an anxious and worried look on his face.

So much for your promises
They died the day you let me go
Caught up in a web of lies
But it was just too late to know

[cut to alternate view]  Boy looks up to a twentysomething woman, presumably his mother, is scolding and berating him.  (Scene continues through first verse.)

I thought it was you
Who would stand by my side

[Scene 2]: Mother is dressed in red: red negligee, red lips, red fingernails.  She saunters to the boy mouthing inaudible words [pan and zoom in], lifting his chin with a finger [side view, close up].

[cut to flash of mother fully dressed and crying, obviously distraught about something]

And now you’ve given me, given me
Nothing but-a shattered dreams, shattered dreams

[Scan close up] Eyes gleaming red, she pulls close to his lips, inhaling a visible wisp from his slackjaw expression.  As the wisp is inhaled from him, he begins to pale.


Feel like I could run away, run away
From this empty heart

[cut to Scene 1]

The boy has a stony expression that cracks into a frown, and tears begin to pour down his cheeks, and then he runs from the room.  Mother is still yelling.

You said you’d die for me

[cut to boy hiding in closet, alternating cut to mother yelling and pacing the hallway.  Last cut back to boy is overlaid with a ghost image in left corner of the mother smiling at a baby, baby is smiling back]

Woke up to reality
And found the future not so bright
I dreamt the impossible
That maybe things could work out right

[Scene 3]: Cut to man sitting in an alleyway, somewhat disshelved and haggard, but very handsome.  Man slowly opens his eyes [close up scan] and appears contemplative.  After a wistful expression, he hangs his head and closes his eyes again [pan to first view] as it begins to rain.

I thought it was you
Who would do me no wrong

[close up of man opening his eyes, looking up to the sky]

[cut to scene of mother sitting in a chair, embracing the boy sitting in her lap]


And now you’ve given me, given me
Nothing but-a shattered dreams, shattered dreams
Feel like I could run away, run away
From this empty heart

[repeat]

[Scene 4] Mother and teenage boy are yelling at each other.

[interspersing cuts of excerpts of Scene 2, with intermittent scenes of crying mother]

Boy slams school books on table, storms out front door.  Mother chases after him to find him pulling out of the driveway and speeding off in a economy sedan.

[cut to man at the wheel driving, alternating with images of the boy at the wheel of the sedan]

[instrumental break]

From this empty heart

[alternating scenes of someone swinging a sledgehammer to break a stone heart and a heart of glass, both realistic in detail– scene with glass heart is edited in at strike of the hammer at similar times of both scenes]

I thought it was you
who said you’d die for love

[cut to Scene 4, man is crying]

And now you’ve given me, given me
Nothing but shattered dreams, shattered dreams
Feel like I could run away, run away
From this empty heart

[Scene 5]

Close up of man dressed in full biker leathers, strapped to a cross with leather straps.  He is lip synching along to the lyrics of the chorus.

[repeat chorus]

[Pan and scan] A crowd of onlookers looks up to the man– some stand at a distance, conservatively clothed, and jeering.  Some are at the foot of the cross, scantily clad in similar dress of the man, sexually gyrating and looking at him with lustful expressions.

Oh no no no – you said you’d die for me
Oh oh, oh oh, die for me

[Zoom in to the feet of a barefoot man wearing a loose white robe with a red cloak.  He is long haired and bearded.  Suddenly the man realizes he is off the cross, and wearing a white robe similar to the other man.  The crowd is gone.]

So much for your promises

[The two men walk off into the distance, with the empty cross in the foreground – pan out and fade to black]

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Author: jaklumen

Wherever you see "jaklumen", that's me- the username is still unique as of the current year. Be aware that the facet you see, is only a small part of the me that is me.

One thought on “alternate video to Johnny Hates Jazz – “Shattered Dreams”

  1. I like this. It's a real pity you can't make it into a real video rather than just a script.

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