Why Does She Love Me?

Song Title : Why Does She Love Me?

Show Name : Love Never Dies

Character Name : Raoul

Gender : Male

Age : Adult

Vocal Part : Baritone-Bass

Range : Bb3-F5

Style : Ballad (Pop Opera)

Mood : Troubled, Desperate, Romantic

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Raoul dwells on his troubled marriage with Christine.

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RAOUL (spoken)
One more

BARTENDER (spoken)
Oh, buddy, don’t you think you’ve had enough?
It’s practically morning already

RAOUL (spoken)
One more, I said

BARTENDER (spoken)
Alright, alright
My shift is over anyway, so let’s settle the bill, okay?
Jeez, you’re in a bad way ain’t you?
Worse than most that end up here.
Here’s the morning shift, maybe he’ll know what to do with you

RAOUL (spoken)
Yes, what to do with me
That’s the question, isn’t it?
That’s always been the question
Ever since the beginning
She looks for sympathy
I give her sorrow
She asks for honesty
I’ve none to borrow

She needs my tender kiss
She begs it of me
I give her ugliness
Why does she love me?

She yearns for higher things
Things I can’t give her
The rush that music brings
I can’t deliver

And even when she sings
And soars above me
I try to clip her wings
Why does she love me?

One more drink, sir
That’s what I need
Don’t you think, sir?
Leave the hurt behind

Do you hear me?
Another drink

She wants the man I was
Husband and father
At least, she thinks she does
She needn’t bother

Beneath this mask I wear
There’s nothing of me
Just horror, shame, despair
Why does she love me?

How ’bout you, sir?
Tell me what am I to do, sir?
Leave the hurt behind

Morning, Bernie, coffee please
Hurry up before I freeze
I’ll just take it black
Mother said, I’d find you here

RAOUL (spoken)
Miss Giry

MEG (spoken)
Do you know where you are?

RAOUL (spoken)
Hell, I imagine…

MEG (spoken)
Around here they call it suicide hall
It’s where people end up
When they don’t know where else to go
The hopeless, the desperate
A good place to step off the side
Off the pier and quietly vanish

You seem to be a regular

Me? I come here to swim
This town is coarse and cold and mean
It’s hard to keep your conscience clean
Faceless in the crowd
Anything’s allowed

And so I come at dawn each day
Come to wash it all away
Sink into the sea, blue and cool and kind
Let it set me free, let the past unwind
Leave the hurt behind

You should never have come to America.
It’s not a place for people like you and Christine.
It’s too easy to forget who you are and where you belong.
That’s why Mother says you must leave here.
Now, take your wife and the boy and go.

RAOUL (spoken)
What about tonight? The concert, the money?
Am I to just run away from him?

MEG (spoken)
When the sun rises tomorrow
We can all start again, clean
Sail across the sea
Put us out of mind
Close your eyes and flee
Let yourself stay blind
Leave this place behind

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Written by Trevor Forry

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