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Blood Brothers

ACT I
1-OVERTURE
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Tell me it's not true
Say it's just a story
NARRATOR
So did y' hear the story
Of the Johnstone twins?
As like each other as two new pins
Of one womb born, on the self same day,
How one was kept and one given away?
An' did you never hear how the Johnstones died,
Never knowing that they shared one name,
Till the day they died, when a mother cried
My own dear sons lie slain.
An did y' never hear of the mother so cruel,
There's a stone in place of her heart?
Then bring her on and come judge for yourselves
How she came to play this part.

2-MARILYN MONROE
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Once I had a husband
You know the sort of chap,
I met him at a dance
And how he came on with the chat
TEDDY BOY
Ya dancin'. I think you're a bleedin' cracker.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
He said my eyes were deep blue pools
My skin as soft as snow.
TEDDY BOY
Lovely.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
He told me I was sexier than Marilyn Monroe
And we went dancing.
We went dancing.
Then, of course, I found
That I was six weeks overdue.
TEDDY BOY
Y' what !??
MRS. JOHNSTONE
We got married at the registry.
An' then we had a "do".
GUESTS
Bring on the Bevvies.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
We all had curly salmon sandwiches
An' how the ale did flow.
GUESTS
Cheers.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
They said the bride was lovelier than Marilyn Monroe.
GUESTS
And we went dancing,
Yes, we went dancing.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Then the baby came along.
We called him
TEDDY BOY
Darren Wayne.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Then three months on I found that I was in the club again.
TEDDY BOY
I married a bleedin' rabbit.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
An' though I still fancied dancing.
My husband wouldn't go.
TEDDY BOY
Get lost will ya.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
With a wife he said was twice the size of Marilyn Monroe.
No more dancing
No more dancing.
By the time I was twenty-five
I looked like forty-two.
With seven hungry mouths to feed
And one more nearly due
Me husband, he walked out on me
A month or two ago.
TEDDY BOY
Ta-ta.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
For a girl they say who looks a bit like Marilyn Monroe.
And they go dancing.
They go dancing.
Yes, they go dancing,
They go dancing.

3-MY CHILD
MRS. LYONS
Hello Mrs. J. How are you?
Mrs. J.? Anything wrong?
MRS. JOHNSTONE
I had it all worked out.
With one more baby we could have managed.
But not with two, the welfare have already been on to me.
MRS. LYONS
Twins? You're expecting twins?
NARRATOR
How quickly an idea, planted, can
Take root and grow into a plan.
The thought conceived in this very room
Grew as surely as a seed, in a mother's womb.
MRS. LYONS
Give one of them to me.
Please, Mrs. Johnstone. Please.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Are ya...are ya that desperate to have a baby?
MRS. LYONS
Each day I look out from this window
I see him with his friends, I hear him call,
I rush down but as I fold by arms around him
He's gone. Was he ever there at all?
I've dreamed of all the places I would take him
The games we'd play, the stories I would tell.
The jokes we'd share, the clothing I would make him.
I reach out, but as I do, he fades away.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
If my child was raised in a palace like this one
He wouldn't have to worry where
His next meal was comin' from
His clothing would be supplied by George Henry Lee
MRS. LYONS
He'd have all his own toys
And a garden to play in
MRS. JOHNSTONE
He could make too much noise
Without the neigbors complainin'
MRS. LYONS
Silver trays to take meals on
MRS. JOHNSTONE
A bike with both wheels on?
MRS. LYONS
And he'd sleep every night
In a bed of his own.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
He wouldn't get into fights
He'd leave matches alone
And you'd never find him
Effin' and blindin'
And when he grew up
He could never be told
To stand and queue up.
For hours on end at the dole
He'd grow up to be
MRS. LYONS / MRS. JOHNSTONE
A credit to me
MRS. JOHNSTONE
To you?
MRS. LYONS
Yes.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
I would still be able to see him everyday,
Wouldn't I?
MRS. LYONS
Of course.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
An'.... An' you would look after him,
Wouldn't y'?
MRS. LYONS
I'd keep him warm in the Winter
And cool when it shines
I'd pull out his splinters
Without making him cry
I'd always be there
If his dream became a nightmare
MRS. JOHNSTONE & MRS. LYONS
My child
My child
My child
MRS. LYONS
Mrs. J. we must make this a binding agreement.
NARRATOR
In the name of Jesus, the thing was done,
Now there's no going back, for anyone,
It's too late now for feeling torn
There's a pack been sealed.
There's a deal been born.

4-EASY TERMS
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Only mine until
The time comes round
To pay the bill
Then I'm afraid
What can't be paid
Must be returned
You never, ever learn
That nothing's yours
On easy terms
Only for a time,
I must not learn
To call you mine
Familiarize
That face those eyes
Make future plans
That cannot be confirmed
On borrowed time
On easy terms
Living on the never never,
Constant as the changing weather,
Never sure
Who's at the door
Or the price I'll have to pay
Should we meet again
I will not recongize your name
You can be sure
What's gone before
Will be concealed
Your friends will never learn
That once we were
On easy terms
Living on the never never,
Constant as the changing weather,
Never sure
Who's at the door
Or the price I'll have to pay...
MRS. LYONS
They're born, you didn't notify me.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Couldn't I keep them for a few more days,
They're a pair, they go together.
MRS. LYONS
My husband is due back tomorrow, Mrs. Johnstone.
I must have my baby. We made an agreement,
A bargain. You swore on the bible.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
You'd better see which one you wan
MRS. LYONS
I'll take ...
MRS. JOHNSTONE
No. Don't tell me which one.
Just take him,
Just take him.
Living on the never never
Constant as the changing weather,
Never sure
Who's at the door
Or the price I'll have to pay
Should we meet again...
SHOES UPON THE TABLE
NARRATOR
How swiftly those who've made a pact
Can come to overlook the fact
Or wish the reckoning be delayed
But a debt is a debt, and must be paid.
MRS. LYONS
You do know what they say about twins,
Secretly parted, don't you?
MRS. JOHNSTONE
What? What?
MRS. LYONS
They say that if either twin learns that he was
One of a pair, they shall both immediately die.
It means, Mrs. Johnstone, that these brothers
Shall grow up, unaware of the other's existence
They shall be raised apart and
Never, ever told what was once the truth..
You won't tell anyone about this, Mrs. Johnstone.
Because if you do, you will kill them.
NARRATOR
Shoes upon the table
An' a spider's been killed.
Someone broke the lookin' glass
A full moon shinin'
An' the salt's been spilled
You're walking on the pavement cracks
Don't know what's gonna come to pass
Now y'know the devil's got your number
Y'know he's gonna find you
Y'know he's right behind you
He's starin' through your windows
He's creeping down the hall
Ain't no point in clutching
At your rosary
You're always gonna know what was done
Even when you shut your eyes you still see
That you sold a son
And you can't tell anyone
But y'know the devil's got your number
Y'know he's gonna find you
Y'know he's right behind you
He's standin' on your step
And he's knocking at your door.
He's knocking at your door.
He's knocking at your door.

5-JULY 18TH
EDWARD
What's your name?
MICKEY
Michael Johnstone. But everyone calls me Mickey.
What's yours?
EDWARD
Edward Lyons.
MICKEY
D' they call y' Eddie?
EDWARD
No.
MICKEY
Well, I will.
EDWARD
Will you?
MICKEY
Yeh. How old are y' Eddie?
EDWARD
Seven.
MICKEY
I'm older than you. I'm nearly eight.
EDWARD
Well, I'm nearly eight, really.
MICKEY
When's your birthday?
EDWARD
July the eighteenth.
MICKEY
So is mine.
EDWARD
Is it really?
MICKEY
Eh, we were born on the same day -- that means we can be blood brothers.
Do you wanna be my blood brother, Eddie?
EDWARD
Yes, please.

6-KIDS GAME
SAMMY
I got ya. I shot ya
And ya bloody know I did
I got ya. I shot ya
LINDA
I stopped it with the bin lid.
SAMMY
Bin lid -- but
You know that if you cross your fingers
ALL
And if you can count from one
You can get up off the ground again
It doesn't matter
The whole thing's just a game.
MICKEY
What are we going to play now?
LINDA
Gangsters.
PERKINS
My name is Elliot Ness
And lady here's my card.
I'm looking for one Al Capone
ALL
Who?
PERKINS
Mac, check the back.
Sarge, you check the yard!
DONNA MARIE
But pal, I've told y'Al ain't home!
PERKINS
Oh, yeh. Bang, bang, bang.
So, lady, can I use your telephone?
SAMMY
He missed.
MICKEY, LINDA AND PERKINS
But you know that if you cross your fingers
And if you count from one to ten
You can get up off the ground again.
ALL
It doesn't matter. The whole thing's just a game.
SAMMY
Cowboys
COWBOY
When I say, "Draw!"
You'd better grab that gun
And maybe say a little prayer
Cos I'm the fastest draw
That man, you ever saw
Call up your woman. Say goodbye to her
DONNA MARIE
Shame!
COWBOY
Cos ya know you're goin' right down there
SAMMY
Bazooka!
MICKEY
Indians
ALL
But you know that if you cross your fingers
And if you count from one to ten
You can get up off the ground again.
It doesn't matter, the whole thing's just a
PERKINS
Watch out!
SAMMY
My name's Professor Howe,
An' zees bomb I 'old,
Eet can destroy ze 'emisphere,
I've primed it, I've timed it
To explode,
Unless you let me out of here
ALL
No!
SAMMY
Then I suggest you cover your ears
LINDA
But you know that if you cross your fingers
LINDA AND DONNA MARIE
And if you count from one to ten
ALL
You can get up off the ground again,
It doesn't matter,
The whole thing's just a game
The whole thing's just a game
The whole thing's just a game

7-GYPSIES IN THE WOOD
MICKEY
Eddie...
Y' comin' out?
EDDIE
My mum says I haven't got to play with you.
MICKEY
Well, my mum says I haven't got to play with
You. But take no notice of mothers. They're soft.
Come on, I've got Linda with me.
She's a girl, but she's alright.
MRS. LYONS
Edward, Edward, Edward...
NARRATOR
There's gypsies in the wood
And they've been watchin' you
They wanna take your baby away,
There's gypsies in the wood,
And they've been calling you
Can Edward please come out and play
Please can he come with us and play?
Ya know the devil's got your number
Ya know he's gonna find you,
Ya know he's right behind ya
He's starin' through your windows,
He's creepin' down the hall.

8-LONG SUNDAY AFTERNOON / MY FRIEND
MICKEY
No kids out on the street today.
You could be living on the moon.
Maybe everybody's packed their bags
And moved away
Gonna be a long, long, long
Sunday afternoon.
Just killing time and kicking cans around
Try to remember jokes I knew,
I tell 'em to myself,
But they're not funny since I found
It's gonna be a long, long, long
Sunday afternoon.
My best friend
Always had sweets to share,
Knew every word in the dictionary
He was clean, neat and tidy
From Monday to Friday,
I wish that I could be like
Wear clean clothes, talk properly like
Do sums and history like
EDWARD AND MICKEY
My friend
My friend
EDWARD
My best friend
He could swear like a soldier
You would laugh till you died
At the stories he told ya
He was untidy
From Monday to Friday
I wish that I could be like
Kick a ball and climb a tree like
Run around with dirty knees like
EDWARD AND MICKEY
My friend
My friend
MICKEY
Feels like everybody stayed in bed
Or maybe I woke too soon.
Am I the last survivor?
Is everybody dead?
On this long, long, long
Sunday afternoon.

9-BRIGHT NEW DAY
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Oh, bright new day,
We're movin' away
MICKEY
Why mum?
MRS. JOHNSTONE
We're startin' all over again
MICKEY
Linda ... Linda.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Oh. Bright new day
We're going away
SAMMY
Where?
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Where nobody's heard of our name
SAMMY
Moving away -- from here?
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Where we can begin again,
Feel we can win and then
Live just like livin' should be.
Got a new situation,
A new destination
And no reputation following me.
MICKEY
Linda we're movin'...
LINDA
So are we!
MRS. JOHNSTONE
We're getting out
We're movin' house
We're starting all over again.
MICKEY AND SAMMY
Yabba dabba do!
MRS. JOHNSTONE
We're leavin' this mess
For our new address
"Sixty-five Skelmersdale Lane"
SAMMY
Is that in the country, mother?
DONNA MARIE
What's it like there?
MRS. JOHNSTONE
The air is so pure
You get drunk just by breathing,
And the washing stays clean on the line.
Where there's space for the kids
The garden's so big,
It would take you a week
Just to reach the far side
Come on Sammy, Mickey, now you've all gotta help 'em
Would you excuse us, we've gotta pack
We're movin' away
NEIGHBOUR
Oh, that's too bad.
POSTMAN
Oh, isn't it sad
POLICEMAN
Praise the lord, he has delivered us at last
NEIGHBOUR
We mustn't scoff!
NEIGHBOUR
The Johnstones are off
ALL
Clap your hands
Grab your whistle
Give it a blast
POSTMAN
Goodbye to the riff raff
The trash and the trouble
NEIGHBOUR
Goodbye to the scum and the scruff
MILKMAN
Wherever you're going
We hope you go knowing
ALL
That as far as you're going
Won't be far enough!
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Just pack the bags,
We're leavin' the rags,
The wobbly wardrobe,
Chest of drawers that never close.
The two legged chair, the carpet so bare.
You wouldn't see it if it wasn't for the holes
Now that we're movin'
Now that we're improvin'
Let's just wash our hands of this lot
For it's no longer fitting, for me to be sitting
On a sofa, I know for a fact was knocked off
POLICEMAN
Knocked off.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
We might get a car,
Be all 'lahdie dah',
An' go drivin' out to the sands.
LINDA
We're coming too!
MRS. JOHNSTONE
At the weekend,
A gentleman friend,
Might take me dancing
To the local bands
We'll have a front room
And then if it should happen,
That His Holiness flies in from Rome,
He can sit there with me,
Eating toast, drinking tea
In the sort of surroundings
That remind him of home.
MICKEY
It's like the country isn't it, mum?
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Ey, we'll be alright out there son.
Away from the muck an' the dirt an' the bloody trouble
Eh, I could dance. Come here.
MICKEY
Get off...
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Oh, bright new day,
We're movin' away,
We're startin' all over again.
Oh, bright new day,
We're goin' away,
Where' nobody's heard of our name.
SAMMY
Come on gang.
Let's go and play in that field,
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Mickey, an' what are you laughin' at?
MICKEY
I'm not laughin'. I'm smilin'. I haven' seen you happy like this for ages.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Well, I am happy now, eh? Jesus, where's the others?
MICKEY
They went into that field, mum.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Sammy! Sammy! Get off that bleedin' cow before I kill you. That cow's a bull.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Now we can begin again,
Feel we can win an' then,
Live just like livin' should be.
Got a new situation,
A new destination,
An' no reputation following me.
ALL
We're gettin' out we're movin' house
We're goin' away. Gettin' out today.
We're movin' movin' movin' movin' movin' house.
We're goin' away, oh, bright new day.

ACT II
1-MARILYN MONROE (FIRST REPRISE)
MRS. JOHNSTONE
The house we got was lovely,
The neighbors are a treat,
They sometimes fight on a Saturday night,
But never in the week.
NEIGHBOURS
What time do you call this, then?
Time I got shot of you, rat bag! "Ow!"
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Since I pay me bills on time,
The milkman insists I call him Joe.
MILKMAN
Call me Joe.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
He brings me bread and eggs,
Says I've got legs
Like Marilyn Monroe.
Sometimes he takes me dancing
Even takes me dancing
I know our Sammy burnt the school down.
But it's very easily done.
If the teacher lets the silly gets
Play with magnesium.
Thank God he only got probation.
The judge was old and slow
Thought it was kind of him,
Said I reminded him of Marilyn Monroe.
JUDGE
And could I take you dancing?
I'd love to take you dancing young lady.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Our Mickey's just turned fourteen. Y' know he's at that age When you mention girls, or courting, He flies into a rage.
MICKEY
Shut up talking about me, Mother.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
He's got a thing for taking blackheads out,
And he think I don't know,
That he dreams all night of girls who look like Marilyn Monroe.
He's even started dancing, secret dancing
And as for the rest, they've flown the nest
Got married or moved away
Our Donna Marie's already got three.
DONNA MARIE
Hello, mum.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
She's a bit like me that way
And that other child of mine,
I haven't seen for years, although
Each day I pray he'll be okay,
Unlike poor Marilyn Monroe

2-SECRETS
MRS. LYONS
Where did you get that...locket from, Edward?
Why do you wear it?
EDWARD
I can't tell you that, Ma. I've explained, it's a secret, I can't tell you.
MRS. LYONS
But...but I'm your mother.
EDWARD
I know but I still can't tell you. It's just, just a secret.
Everybody has secrets. Don't you have secrets?
NARRATOR
Did you really feel that you'd become secure
That time had brushed away the past
That there's no one by the window,
No one knocking on your door.
Did you believe that were free at last
Free from the broken looking glass?

3-THAT GUY
MICKEY
If I was like him
I'd know all the right words
EDWARD
If I was like him
I'd know some real birds
Apart from those in my dreams
And in magazines
Just look at his hair
MICKEY
His hair's dark and wavy
EDWARD
It just isn't fair
MICKEY
Mine's the colour of gravy
EDWARD AND MICKEY
Each part of his face
Is in just the right place
Is he laughing at me?
EDWARD
At my nose, did he notice
MICKEY
That I should wear a brace.
EDWARD
That I've got halitosis.
MICKEY AND EDWARD
When nature picked on me
She chose to stick on me
EDWARD
Eyes that don't match
MICKEY
I've got ears that stand out
EDWARD AND MICKEY
She picked the wrong batch
When she handed mine out
And then she attacked me
With permanent acne.
EDWARD
I wish I was bit like
Wish that I could score a hit like
Be just a little bit like
MICKEY AND EDWARD
That guy
That guy
MICKEY
I wish that I could be like
Just a little less like me
EDWARD
Like the kinda guy I see, like
EDWARD AND MICKEY
That guy
That guy.

4-SUMMER SEQUENCE
NARRATOR
There's a few bob in your pocket
And you've got good friends,
And it seems that Summer's never coming to an end
Young, free and innocent, you haven't got a care,
Apart from decidin' on the clothes you're gonna wear.
The street's turned into paradise,
The radio's singing dreams
You're innocent, immortal, you're just fifteen.
And who'd dare tell the lambs in Spring
What fate the later seasons bring
Who'd tell the girl in the middle of the pair
The price she'll have to pay for just being there.
But leave them alone, let them go and play
They care not for what's at the end of the day
For what is to come, for what might have been
Life has no ending when you're sweet sixteen
And your friends are with you to talk away the night
Or until Mrs. Wong switches off the chippy light
Then there's always the corner
And the street lamp's glare.
An' another hour to spend, with your friends, with her,
To share your last cigarette and your secret dream
At the midnight hour...
...At seventeen.
It's just another ferry boat, a trip to the beach
But everything's possible,
The world's within your reach
An' you don't even notice the broken bottles in the sand
The oil in the water and you can't understand
How living could be anything other than a dream
When you're young, free and innocent...
... And just eighteen.
And only if the three of them could stay like that forever,
And only if we could predict no changes in the weather
And only if we didn't live in life, as well as dreams
And only if we could stop and be forever,
Just eighteen.

5-I'M NOT SAYING A WORD
EDWARD
If I could stand inside his shoes I'd say
How can I compare thee to a Summer's day?
LINDA
Oh, go away...
EDWARD
I'd take a page in all the papers
I'd announce it in the news
If it was the guy, if I was in his shoes
LINDA
I'm not with you.
EDWARD
If I was him, I'd bring you flowers
And ask you to dance
We'd while away the hours making
Future plans
For rainy days in country lanes
And trips to the sea
I'd just tell you that I love you
If it was me.
But I'm not saying a word,
I'm not saying I care,
Thought I would like you to know
That I'm not saying a word,
I'm not saying I care,
Though I would like you to know
If I was him I'd have to tell you
What I've kept in my heart
That even if we had to live
Some worlds apart
There would not be day
In which I'd not think of you
If I was him, if I was him
That's what I do.
But I'm not saying a word
I'm not saying I care
Though I would like you to know
That I'm not saying a word
I'm not saying I care
Though I would like you to know
EDWARD
But I'm not.
LINDA
What?
EDWARD
Mickey.

6-ONE DAY IN OCTOBER
NARRATOR
It was one day in October when the sun began to fade,
And Winter broke the promise that Summer had just made
It was one day in October when the rain came fallin down,
And someone said the Bogey Man was seen around the town.
MICKEY
Mum. Linda's pregnant!
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Do you love her?
MICKEY
Yeh!
MRS. JOHNSTONE
When's the weddin'?
MICKEY
We thought, about a month.
Before Christmas anyway.

7-TAKE A LETTER MISS JONES
MR. LYONS
Take a letter, Miss Jones.
Quote...I regret to inform you
That owing to circumstances
Quite beyond our control
It's a premature retirement
For those surplus to requirement
I'm afraid it's a sign of the time, Miss Jones.
MR. LYONS/MISS JONES
An unfortunate sign of the times
MR. LYONS
Take a letter, Miss Jones,
Due to the world situation
The shrinking pound, the global slump
MISS JONES
And the price of oil
MR. LYONS
I'm afraid we must fire you
We no longer require you
It's just another
Sign of the times, Miss Jones,
MR. LYONS/MISS JONES
A most miserable sign of the times
MR. LYONS
Take a letter, Miss Jones:
My dear Miss Jones, we'd like to thank you
Many years of spendid service
Et cetera blah blah blah
You've been a perfect puppet
Yes that's right, Miss Jones, you've got it
It's just another sign of the times,
Miss Jones, it's
Just another sign of the
DOLEITES
Dry your eyes, Miss Jones
It's not as bad as it seems
You get used to being idle
In a year or two
Unemployment's such a pleasure
These days, we call it leisure
It's just another sign of the times,
Miss Jones, it's
Just another sign of the times
NARRATOR
There's a young man on the street, Miss Jones
He's walkin' round in circles,
He's old before his time
But still too young to know.
Don't look at him, don't cry though
This living on the giro
Is only a sign of the times, Miss Jones,
It's just another sign of the times
DOLEITES
Miss Jones,
It's just another sign of the times...

8-THE ROBBERY
NARRATOR
There's a full moon shining
And a joker in the pack
The dealer's dealt the cards,
And he won't take them back.
There's a black cat stalking
And a woman who's afraid
That there's no getting off
Without the price being paid
SAMMY
Don't mess about with me, pal...I said give!
Listen, it's not a toy y' know. We're not playin' games.
Ya don't get up again if one of these hits ya.
What are you doin'? I said listen to me, I said...
Don't you touch that...Listen.
MICKEY
Sammy!
NARRATOR
There a man lies bleeding on a garage floor.
SAMMY
Quick, get in the house an' bolt the bleeding door.
NARRATOR
And maybe, if you counted ten and kept your fingers crossed,
It would all be just a game and then no one would have lost
MICKEY
You shot him, you shot him.
SAMMY
I know I bloody did.
MICKEY
You shot him, you shot him.
SAMMY
Move, I've got to get this hid.

9-MARILYN MONROE (SECOND REPRISE)
MRS. JOHNSTONE
The jury found him guilty
Sent him down for seven years
Though he acted like they gave him life.
He couldn't stop the tears.
And when we went to visit him
He didn't want to know
It seems like jail's sent him off his rails.
Just like Marilyn Monroe.
His mind's gone dancing.
Can't stop dancing.
They showed him to a doctor
And after a routine test
A prescription note the doctor wrote
For the chronically depressed
And now the tears have stopped.
He sits and counts the days to go
And treats his ills with daily pills
Just like Marilyn Monroe.
They stop his mind from dancing
Stop it dancing.
LINDA
What are y' doing?
MICKEY
What? I'm taking me tablet.
LINDA
Listen, Mickey I've told y' they're just junk.
You'll be home soon, Mickey, and you should Come off them.
MICKEY
Why? I need...I need to take these.
LINDA
Listen, Mickey, you've...
MICKEY
No! See, he says, the doctor, he said...
LINDA
What did he say?
MICKEY
He said, about me nerves an' how I get
Depressed an' I need to take these cos they
Make me better...
LINDA
I get depressed but I don't take those.
You don't need those, Mickey.
MICKEY
Leave me alone will, y'? I can't cope with this..
I'm not well. The doctor said, didn't he, I'm not well...
I can't do things. Just leave me alone, Linda.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
With grace for good behaviour
He got out before his time
The family and the neighbours told him
He was lookin' fine.
But he's feelin' fifteen years older
And his speech is rather slow
And his neighbours said
You'd think he was dead
Like Marilyn Monroe
No cause for dancing
No more dancing...
MICKEY
Where's me tablets gone, Linda?
LINDA
Mickey, you promised.
MICKEY
I know I promised, but I can't do without them.
LINDA
Look. We've...we've managed to sort ourselves this far but what's the use if...
MICKEY
Have we sorted ourselves out? Do you think I'm really stupid?
LINDA
What?
MICKEY
You sorted it out. You an' Councillor Eddie Lyons.
Now give me me tablets...I need them.
LINDA
An' what about what I need? I need you. I love you.

10-LIGHT ROMANCE / MADMAN
NARRATOR
There's a girl inside the woman
Who's waiting to get free
She's washed a million dishes
She's always making tea.
They think she's just a mother.
With nothing left inside
Who swapped her dreams for drudgery
The day she was a bride.
But the dreams were not forgotten
Just wrapped, and packed away
In the hope that she could take them out
And dust them off one day.
LINDA
Hello. Could I talk to Councillor Lyons, please?
NARRATOR
There's a girl inside the woman
And the mother she became
A half-remembered song comes to her lips again.
LINDA
Eddie, could I talk to you? Yeah, I remember.
NARRATOR
The girl would sing the melody
But the woman stands in doubt
And wonders what the price would be
For letting the young girl out.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
It's just a light romance
It's nothing cruel.
They had no plans
How it came
Who can explain?
They just said, "Hello"
And foolishly gazed
They should have gone
Their separate ways.
It's just the same, old song
Nothing cruel, nothing wrong
It's just two fools
Who know the rules
But break them all
And grasp at half a chance
To play their part
In a light romance.
Living on the never, never
Constant as the changing weather
Never sure
Who's at the door
Or the price
You're gonna have to pay.
MRS. JOHNSTONE
It's just a secret glance
Across a room
A touch of hands
That part too soon
That same old tune
That always plays
And lets them dance as friends
Then stand apart
As the music ends
Loving on the never never
Constant as the changing weather
Never sure
Who's at the door
Or the price you're gonna have to pay
Mickey...
NARRATOR
There's a man gone mad in the town tonight.
He's gonna shoot somebody down
There's a man gone mad; lost his mind tonight
There's a mad man,
There's a mad man,
There's a mad man running round and round.
Now you know the devil's got your number
He's runnin' right beside you
He's screamin' deep inside you
And someone said he's calling your number.
There's a mad man
There's a mad man
There's a mad man
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Linda. Linda.
LINDA
Mum, Mum ...What's...
MRS. JOHNSTONE
He's... Mickey... Mickey's got a gun...
LINDA
Mickey?... Eddie?.. The town hall...
MRS. JOHNSTONE
What?
LINDA
Eddie Lyons!
NARRATOR
There's a mad man running round and round.
You know the devil's got your number
You know he's right beside you
He's screamin' deep inside you
And someone said he's callin' your number.
Up today
Today
Today
Today!

11-THE COUNCIL CHAMBER
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Mickey! Don't shoot Eddie. He's your brother.
You had a twin brother. I couldn't afford to keep both of you.
His mother couldn't have kids. I agreed to give one of you away!
MICKEY
You! You! Why didn't you give me away, Mum!?
I could have been...I could have been him! No!
NARRATOR
And do we blame superstition for what came to pass?
Or could it be what we have come to know as class?
Did you ever hear the story of the Johnstone twins?
As like each other as two new pins
How one was kept and one given away
How they were born, and they died,
On the self same day?

12-TELL ME IT'S NOT TRUE
MRS. JOHNSTONE
Tell me it's not true
Say it's just a story
Something on the news
Tell me it's not true
Though it's here before me
Say it's just a dream
Say it's just a scene
From an old movie of years ago
From an old movie of Marilyn Monroe
Say it's just some clowns
Two players in the limelight
And bring the curtain down
Say it's just two clowns
Who couldn't get their lines right
Say it's just a show on the radio
That we can turn over and start again
That we can turn over; it's just a game.
MRS. JOHNSTONE AND COMPANY
Tell me it's not true
Say I only dreamed it
And morning will come true
Say you didn't mean it
Tell me it's not true.
Say it's just pretend
Say it's just the end
Of an old movie from long ago
From an old movie with Marilyn Monroe.
Tell me it's not true
Say you didn't mean it.
Say it's just pretend
Say it's just the end
Of an old movie from long ago
From an old movie with Marilyn Monroe.