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A Chorus Line


I Hope I Get It

Again...Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch...
Again...Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch...
Again...Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch...
Again...Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch...
Right!
That connects with turn, turn out
In touch, step, step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch...
Got it?
Going on, turn, turn, touch down
Back step, pivot step, walk, walk, walk
Right, let's do the whole combination
Facing away from the mirror
From the top
A-Five, six, seven, eight!
God, I hope I get it
I hope I get it
How many people does he need
How many people does he need
God, I hope I get it
I hope I get it
How may boys, how many girls
How many boys, how many
Look at all the people, at all the people
How many people does he need
How many boys, how many girls
How many people does he
I really need this job
Please, God, I need this job
I've got to get this job
Stage left, boys
Let's do the ballet combination
First group of girls, second group to follow
One, two, three, four, five, six
God, I really blew it, I really blew it
How could I do a thing like that?
How could I do a thing like ...?
Now, I'll never make it
I'll never make it
He doesn't like the way I look
He doesn't like the way I dance
He doesn't like the way I...
All right, let me see the boys
(Instrumental)
The whole group
Ready
A-five, six, seven, eight
(Instrumental)
Okay, Girls
A-five, six, seven, eight
(Instrumental)
God, I think I've got it
I think I've got it
I knew he liked me all the time
What's coming next
What's happening now
Still it isn't over
I've gotta imagine what he wants
It isn't over
I've gotta imagine what he does

God, I hope I get it
I hope I get it
I've come this far, but even so
It could be yes, it could be no
How many people does he...
I really need this job
Please, God, I need this job
I've got to get this show
I have to get any moment
I knew I had it, from the start
Who am I anyway
Am I my resume
That is a picture of a person
I don't know
What does he want from me
What should I try to be
So many faces all around and here we go
I need this job
Oh God, I need this show

I Can Do That

I'm watchin' Sis go pit-a-pat
Said, I can do that
I can do that
Knew ev'ry step right off the bat
Said, I can do that
I can do that
One morning Sis won't go to dance class
I grabbed her shoes
And tights and all
But my foot's too small
So, I stuffed her shoes with extra socks
Run seven blocks
In nothin' flat
Hell, I can do that
I can do that
I got to class and had it made
And so I stayed
The rest of my life
All thanks to Sis
(Now married and fat)
I can do this
That I can do
I can do that!



At the Ballet

Daddy always thought that he married beneath him
That's what he said, that's what he said
When he proposed he informed my mother
He was probably her very last chance
And though she was twenty-two
Though she was twenty-two
Though she was twenty-two
She married him
Life with my dad wasn't ever a picnic
More like a "Come as you are."
When I was five I remember my mother
Dug earrings out of the car
I knew they weren't hers
But it wasn't something you'd wanna discuss
He wasn't warm, well, not to her
Well, not to us
But ev'rything was beautiful at the ballet
Graceful men lift lovely girls in white
Yes, ev'rything was beautiful at ballet
Hey! I was happy at the ballet
That's why I started ballet class
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
To the voice like a metronome
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
It wasn't paradise
It wasn't paradise
It wasn't paradise, but it was home
Mother always said I'd be very attractive
When I grew up, when I grew up
"Diff'rent," she said, "With a special something
And a very, very personal flair."
And though I was eight or nine
Though I was eight or nine
Though I was eight or nine
I hated her
Now, "diff'rent" is nice, but it sure isn't pretty
"Pretty" is what it's about
I never met anyone who was "diff'rent"
Who couldn't figure that out
So beautiful I'd never lived to see
But it was clear, if not to her
Well then to me
That ev'ryone is beautiful at the ballet
Ev'ry prince has got to have his swan
Yes, ev'ryone is beautiful at the ballet
Hey! I was pretty at the ballet
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
To the voice like a metronome
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
It wasn't paradise,
It wasn't paradise
It wasn't paradise, but it was home
I don't know what they were for or against, really
Except each other
I mean, I was born to save their marriage
But when my father came to pick
My mother up at the hospital
He said: "Well, I thought this was going to help
But I guess it's not."
Anyway, I did have a fantastic fantasy life
I used to dance around the living room
With my arms up like this
My fantasy was that it was an Indian chief
And he'd say to me
"Maggie, do you wanna dance?
And I'd say, "Daddy, I would love to dance!"
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
But it was clear when he proposed
That I was born to help their marriage and when
That's what he said
That's what she said
I used to dance around the living room
He wasn't warm, not to her
It was an Indian chief and he said
"Maggie, do you wanna dance?"
And I said, "Daddy, I would love to."
Ev'rything was beautiful at the ballet
Raise your arms and someone's always there
Yes, ev'rything was beautiful at the ballet
At the ballet...
At the ballet...
Yes ev'rything was beautiful at the ballet
Hey! I was pretty
I was happy
"I would love to..."
At the ballet
Sing!
See, I really couldn't sing
I could never really sing
What I couldn't do was...
Sing
I have trouble with the...
Note
It goes all around my...
Throat
It's a terrifying...
Thing
See, I really couldn't hear
Which note was lower or was...
Higher
Which is why I disappear
If someone says, "Let's start a...
Choir!"
Hey, when I begin to...
Shriek
It's a across between I...
Squeak
And a quiver or I...
Moan
It's a little like a...
Croak
Or the record player...
Broke
What it doesn't have is...
Tone
Oh, I know you're thinking what a crazy...
Ding-a-ling
But I really couldn't...
Sing
I could never really...
Sing
What I couldn't do was...
Sing
Three blind mice...
Three blind mice...
It isn't intentional
She's doing her best
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle bells, Jingle bells
It really blows my mind
She gets depressed
But what I lack in pitch
I sure make up in...
Power
And all my friends
Say I am perfect for the shower
Still, I'm terrific at a...
Dance
Guys are comin' in theirr...
Pants
I'm a birdie on the...
Wing
But when I begin to...
Chirp
They say, "Who's the little..."
Twerp
Goin' 'pong' instead of...
'Ping'!"
And when Christmas comes
And all my friends go caroling
It is so dishearten - ning
It is so disquiet - ting
It is so discourag - ging
Darling, please stop answer - ring
See, I really couldn't - sing
I could never really - sing
What I couldn't do was
Do re mi fa sol la ti do
Do re mi fa sol la ti do
La la la la
Sing, sing, sing
Sing, sing, sing...
SING
Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love
Hello, Twelve
Hello, Thirteen
Hello, Love
Changes, Oh
Down below, up above
Time to doubt
To break out
It's a mess
(It's a mess)
Time to grow, time to go
Adolesce
(Adolesce)
Too young to take over
Too old to ignore
Gee, I'm almost ready
But what for
There's a lot I am not certain of
Hello, Twelve
Hello, Thirteen
Hello, Love
Goodbye, Twelve
Goodbye, Thirteen
Goodbye, Love
All down below up above
Time to grow, time to go
La la la
Goodbye, Twelve
Goodbye, Thirteen
Hello, Love
There's a lot I am not certain of
Hello, Twelve
Hello, Thirteen
Hello, Love
Goodbye, Twelve
Goodbye, Thirteen
Goodbye, Fourteen
Goodbye, Fifteen
Goodbye, Sixteen
Goodbye, Seventeen
Hello, love...
Don't do it
Don't do it
And now life really begins...
Don't do it
Don't do it
And now life really begins...



Nothing
I'm so excited because I'm gonna go to the High School of Performing Arts, I mean I was dying to be a serious actress. Anyway, it's our first day acting class and we're in the auditorium and the teacher, Mr. Karp, puts us upon the stage with our legs around everybody, one in back of the other, and he says: "Okay, we're gonna do improvisations...Now, you're on a bobsled and it's snowing out and it's cold... Okay, go!"

Ev'ryday for a week we would try to feel the motion
Feel the motion down the hill
Ev'ry day for a week we would try to hear the wind rush
Hear the wind rush, feel the chill
And I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
To see what I had inside
Yes, I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
And I tried, I tried
And everybody goin' "Woosh... woosh ...
I feel the snow, I feel the cold, I feel the air..."
And Mr. Karp turns to me and he says
"Okay, Morales, what did you feel?"
And I said...
"Nothing, I'm feeling nothing,"
And he says "Nothing could get a girl transferred."
They all felt something, but I felt nothing
Except the feelin' that this bullshit was absurd
But I said to myself
"Hey, it's only the first week. Maybe it's genetic
They don't have bobsleds in San Juan!"
Second week, more advanced
And we had to be a table
Be a sportscar
Ice-cream cone
Mister Karp, he would say
"Very good, except Morales. Try, Morales, all alone."
And I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
To see how an ice cream felt...
Yes, I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
And I tried to melt
The kids yelled, "Nothing!"
They called me "Nothing"
And Karp allowed it, which really makes me burn
The were so helpful, they called me "Hopeless"
Until I really didn't know where else to turn
And Karp kept saying
"Morales, I think you should transfer to Girl's High
You'll never be an actress, Never!"
Jesus Christ
Went to church, praying, Santa Maria
Send me guidance
Send me guidance on my knees
Went to church praying, Santa Maria
Help me feel it
Help me feel it pretty please
And a voice from down at the bottom of my soul
Came up to the top of my head
And a voice from down at the bottom of my soul
Here is what it said
This man is nothing
This course is nothing
If you want something go find another class
And when you find one
You'll be an actress
And I assure you that's what fin'lly came to pass
Six months later I heard that Karp had died
And I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
And cried...
'Cause I felt nothing


The Music and the Mirror

Give me somebody to dance for
Give me somebody to show
Let me wake up in the morning to find
I have somewhere exciting to go
To have something that I can believe in
To have someone to be
Use me, choose me
God, I'm a dancer
A dancer dances
Give me somebody to dance with
Give me a place to fit in
Help me return to the world of living
By showing me how to begin
Play me the music
Give a chance to come through
All I ever needed was the music
And the mirror and a chance to dance for you
Give a job and you instantly
Get me involved
If you give me a job
Then the rest of the crap will get solved
Put me to work, you would think
That by now I'm allowed
I'll do you proud
Throw me a rope to grab on to
Help me to prove that I'm strong
Give me the chance to look forward to sayin'
"Hey, listen they're playin' my song."
Play me the music
Give me a chance to come through
All I ever needed was the music and the mirror
And a chance to dance
Play me the music
Play me the music
Play me the music
Give me a chance to come through
All I ever needed was the music and the mirror
And a chance to dance...
Dance: Ten; Looks: Three
...But after a while I caught on...I mean, I saw what they were hiring! I also swiped my dance card once after an audition, and on a scale of one to ten, they gave me for dance: TEN, for looks : THREE!  

Why?
Dance Ten, Looks Three
And I'm still on unemployment
Dancing for my own enjoyment
That ain't it, kid! That ain't it, kid
Dance Ten, Looks Three
Is like to die
Left the the'ter and called the doctor
For my appointment to buy...
Tits and ass
Bought myself a fancy pair
Tightened up the derriere
Did the nose with it
All that goes with it
Tits and ass
Had the bingo-bongos done
Suddenly I'm getting Nash'nal tours
Tits and ass won't get you jobs
Unless they're yours
Didn't cost a fortune neither
Didn't hurt my sex life either
Flat and sassy
I would get the strays and losers
Beggars really can't be choosers
That ain't it, kid! That ain't it, kid
Fix the chassis
"How do you do!"
Life turned into an endless medley of
"Gee, it had to be you."
Why?
Tits and ass
Where the cupboard once was bare
Now you knock and someone's there
Have you got 'em, hey!
Top to bottom, hey!
It's a gas
Just a dash of silicone
Shake your new maracas and your fine
Tits and ass can change your life
They sure changed mine
Have it all done
Honey, take my word
Grab a cab, c'mon
See the wizard on
Park and Seventy-Third
For tits and ass
Orchestra and balcony
What they want is what cha see
Keep the best of you
Do all the rest of you
Pits or class
I have never seen it fail
Debutante or chorus girl or wife
Tits and ass, yes, tits and ass
Have changed my life
One (Rehearsal)
Chorus
One singular sensation
Ev'ry little step she takes
One thrilling combination
Ev'ry move that she makes
One smile and suddenly nobody else will do
You know you'll never be lonely
With you-know-who
One moment in her presence
And you can forget the rest
For the girl is second best to none, son
Ooh! Sigh! Give her your attention
Do I really have to mention
She's the one
Girls
One singular sensation
Ev'ry little step she takes
One thrilling combination
Ev'ry move that she makes
One smile and suddenly nobody else will do
You know you'll never be lonely
With you-know-who
One moment in her presence
And you can forget the rest
For the girl is second best to none, son
Ooh! Sigh! Give her your attention
Do I really have to mention
She's the one
One, two, shoulder up
Singular sensation
Point an' point
Leap, step, kick
Hat to the head
Three, four
Leap with the hip
Follow through
Up, down
Feel the phrase
Elbow right, down, point
Step, brush
Three, four, suddenly nobody
Step, flick, step, up
Step an' step, slow
Three, four, five, six
Hat, kick, step, brush
Five, six...
Back, back
One singular sensation
Ev'ry little step she takes
One thrilling combination
Ev'ry move that she makes
One smile and suddenly nobody else will do
You know you'll never be lonely
With you-know-who
One moment in her presence
And you can forget the rest
For the girl is second best to none, son
Ooh! Sigh! Give her your attention
Do I really have to mention
She's the one
What I Did For Love
Kiss today goodbye
The sweetness and the sorrow
Wish me luck the same to you
But I can't regret
What I did for love, what I did for love
Look, my eyes are dry
The gift was ours to borrow
It's as if we always knew
And I won't forget
What I did for love, what I did for love
Gone, love is never gone
As we travel on
Love's what we'll remember
Kiss today goodbye
And point me t'ward tomorrow
We did what we had to do
Won't forget, can't regret
What I did for love
What I did for love
Love is never gone
As we travel on
Love's what we'll remember
Kiss today goodbye
And point me t'ward tomorrow
We did what we had to do
Won't forget, can't regret
What I did for love...
What I did for love...
What I did for love...
One
One singular sensation
Ev'ry little step she takes
One thrilling combination
Ev'ry move that she makes
One smile and suddenly nobody else will do
You know you'll never be lonely with you-know-who
One moment in her presence
And you can forget the rest
For the girl is second best to none, son
Ooooh! Sigh! Give her your attention
Do I really have to mention, she's the one
She walks into a room and you know
She's uncommonly rare, very unique, peripatetic
Poetic and chic
She walks into a room and you know
From her maddening poise, effortless whirl
She's the special girl strolling
Can't help all of her qualities extolling
Loaded with charisma is ma jauntily
Sauntering, ambling, shambler
She walks into a room and you know
You must shuffle along, join the parade
She's the quintessence of making the grade
This is whatcha call trav'lling
Oh, strut your stuff
Can't get enough of her
Love her
Love her
I'm a son of a gun, she is one of a kind
One singular sensation
Ev'ry little step she takes
One thrilling combination
Ev'ry move that she makes
One smile and suddenly nobody else will do
You know you'll never be lonely with you-know-who
One moment in her presence
And you can forget the rest
For the girl is second best to none, son
Ooooh! Sigh! Give her your attention
Do I really have to mention, she's the one