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Aaron confesses that he still loves his ex-wife.
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CIOFFI (spoken) You see what I'm saying? The song itself is kind of lackluster. It lacks...

CHRIS (spoken) Yes?

CIOFFI (spoken) Luster.

CHRIS (spoken) I agree. We need a completely new composition, one that's catchier than pink eye. I'll leave you to it.

CIOFFI (spoken) Well, at least now you'll have a few minutes alone with your piano.

AARON (spoken) Alone, yeah.

CIOFFI (spoken) Could I ask, only becauseI've wondered this my entire life-- Which would normally come first, the music or the lyric?

AARON (spoken) Same answer as the chicken or the egg.

CIOFFI (spoken) Ah, so it's the lyric.

AARON (spoken) No. It can start with a note. Which can become a phrase. And then you try hanging words off each branch, like trimming a tree.

CIOFFI Sounds easy enough.

AARON Really? Well don't talk about love Or you'll have to say "fits like a glove" Or "As certain as push comes to shove" You will pine for the woman you're constantly thinking of You see the problem.

CIOFFI (spoken) Dangling participle. So you suggest staying away from love?

AARON At all costs. And don't mention your life Or you'll have to say "cuts like a knife" Or refer to the heartbreak and strife When you find that you're missing your ...

CIOFFI (spoken) Missing?

AARON (spoken) What?

CIOFFI (spoken) You were saying what you miss.

AARON No I meant that, well... I miss the music I miss the song Since she's not with me It comes out wrong

It doesn't matter How hard I try I've lost the music I don't know why

You may have known Before I met her I wrote alone But if you ask me What I prefer I'd say the music I wrote with her

When you're writing a song And you've a partner The room is filled with jokes and chatter She says something You say something She writes a line You play a vamp

But when you're writing a song Without a partner That's a completely different matter No one tells you "That's not funny" No one says "Let's cut that bar" No one makes you better than you are

I can't pretend I miss the music I miss my friend No need to ask me What I prefer I choose the music I wrote with her I liked the music I made with--

GEORGIA (spoken): Aaron, I forgot my lyric. Can you believe it? Me.

AARON Well you're not the lyricist now, you're the star. Georgia, Break a leg.

GEORGIA Thanks. You can finish the song without me?

AARON I'm a one-man band. I miss the music I miss my friend No need to ask me What I prefer I choose the music I wrote with her I loved the music I made with her

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Lieutenant Frank Cioffi confides in Niki, an ingénue, about him being married to his job.
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CIOFFI (spoken)
Detectives have no opening night, Miss Harris. We make our entrance after the curtain has fallen on someone else’s life.

NIKI (spoken) It isn’t wrong to be married to one’s work, is it?

CIOFFI Uh, no. No, not at all. Sometimes it’s no Honeymoon. I love my job I really do And if I say so myself I’m good at it too I catch the bad guys Well, most of the time So it’s a good life A perfectly good life Not exactly sublime

When I’ve finished my work And I crawl into bed I reflect as I turn out the lights That the day that’s to come And the week that’s ahead will be Lunch counter mornings And coffee shop nights

Lunch counter mornings And coffee shop nights

NIKI (spoken) Well, it’s reassuring to have such a dependable schedule, like matinees every Wednesday.

CIOFFI (spoken) Or Brisket and broad beans each Thursday.

NIKI (spoken) With your friends

CIOFFI With, uh, yeah, well… I like my pals The guys on the force We’re not very social They’re all married of course

Sometime we go bowling Or have a few beers So it’s a fine life A perfectly fine like I’d give it two cheers

‘Cuz sometimes I think At the end of the day When I’ve read the last burglar his rights That the life that I lead Is a little bit grey With its lunch counter mornings And coffee shop nights

Lunch counter mornings And coffee shop nights

NIKI (spoken) But your acting roles. Well, don’t they make for a change?

CIOFFI (spoken) Oh, Miss Harris, each year from May 23rd to the 12th of June, When I turn my life over to the Swallow Street Players, that’s more than a vacation for me. It’s an overture of hope. It’s the curtain rising on the greatest joy of my life. (singing) But the rest of the year The life that I lead That’s a little bit grey There are plenty of low days And not many highs Mostly lunch counter mornings And coffee shop nights

CIOFFI (spoken) I don’t mean to sound forward, but might I walk you home?

NIKI (spoken) Oh, I’d be delighted, but you said we’re not allowed to leave.

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Carmen, a producer, reminds her estranged daughter Bambi (real name Elaine) that her main goal is to draw a profit from shows.
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CARMEN I've never been known as one of those stupid clucks [pause] Elaine.

BAMBI Bambi

CARMEN Who pisses away a lot of her hard earned bucks [pause] Elaine

BAMBI Bambi

CARMEN But let's face it your coloratura sucks Bambi, Though it breaks your mother's heart, Forget about the part, It's time for you to know Why I really backed this show.

You ask me for my motives Well, you needn't be so smart, It's a business. It isn't making history, It isn't making art, It's a business.

Shaw and Ibsen take 'em away, And don't bother me with Molière, Those Russians never pay.

So go on criticize me, Please, proceed with your attack, It's a business

I put one million in And I expect two million back, It's a business

So, what crime have i committed If I'm putting up a fight? It's a business

And I want those paying suckers Out there giving me the business Every night

(spoken) Am I getting through to you, Elaine?

BAMBI I'm sorry mother, but to me the theatre is a temple.

CARMEN (spoken) What so it should only be filled on shabbat? Give me a hand fellas. [they clap] Very funny. You know what I mean. Back me up.

(sung) The not for profit theatres Don't need to turn a buck That's not business

GUYS That's not business

CARMEN So give them Lysistrata And I wish them lots of luck I do business

GUYS She does business

CARMEN Dorky schmorky Money misspent You won't survive Yom Kippur You'll never get through Lent

I once knew a producer Whose pretension knew no bounds In the business

GUYS In the business

CARMEN He mounted Samuel Beckett I don't mean it like it sounds It was business

GUYS It was business

CARMEN So now he's down the crapper While I'm working in my prime It's a business

GUYS It's a business

CARMEN And the shows I do do business 'Cause I really know my business And I'm giving them the business, honey All the time

BAMBI But what about the great poets of the stage?

CARMEN (spoken) Honey i put on the ice man cometh and nobody cameth

(sung) To stage hands To the dressers To musicians in the pit It's a business

GUYS It's a business

CARMEN The owner of this premiss cleans up if we're a hit He's in business

GUYS He's in business

CARMEN Union workers don't work for free Hey Harry on the spotlight Blink twice if you agree

See!

I'm not devoid of culture But my feet are on the floor It's a business

GUYS It's a business

CARMEN I do the Kama Sutra With a Richard Rogers score That's good business

GUYS That's good business

CARMEN Yes, green's my favorite color, And I don't mean on the grass It's a business

GUYS It's a business

CARMEN And the shows I do do business, Yes I'm good at doin' business, And if you don't like my business sweetie,

Blow it out your—

GUYS Business. It's a business

CARMEN Business

ALL It's a business It's a business It's a business

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Aaron confesses that he still loves his ex-wife.
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CIOFFI (spoken) You see what I'm saying? The song itself is kind of lackluster. It lacks...

CHRIS (spoken) Yes?

CIOFFI (spoken) Luster.

CHRIS (spoken) I agree. We need a completely new composition, one that's catchier than pink eye. I'll leave you to it.

CIOFFI (spoken) Well, at least now you'll have a few minutes alone with your piano.

AARON (spoken) Alone, yeah.

CIOFFI (spoken) Could I ask, only becauseI've wondered this my entire life-- Which would normally come first, the music or the lyric?

AARON (spoken) Same answer as the chicken or the egg.

CIOFFI (spoken) Ah, so it's the lyric.

AARON (spoken) No. It can start with a note. Which can become a phrase. And then you try hanging words off each branch, like trimming a tree.

CIOFFI Sounds easy enough.

AARON Really? Well don't talk about love Or you'll have to say "fits like a glove" Or "As certain as push comes to shove" You will pine for the woman you're constantly thinking of You see the problem.

CIOFFI (spoken) Dangling participle. So you suggest staying away from love?

AARON At all costs. And don't mention your life Or you'll have to say "cuts like a knife" Or refer to the heartbreak and strife When you find that you're missing your ...

CIOFFI (spoken) Missing?

AARON (spoken) What?

CIOFFI (spoken) You were saying what you miss.

AARON No I meant that, well... I miss the music I miss the song Since she's not with me It comes out wrong

It doesn't matter How hard I try I've lost the music I don't know why

You may have known Before I met her I wrote alone But if you ask me What I prefer I'd say the music I wrote with her

When you're writing a song And you've a partner The room is filled with jokes and chatter She says something You say something She writes a line You play a vamp

But when you're writing a song Without a partner That's a completely different matter No one tells you "That's not funny" No one says "Let's cut that bar" No one makes you better than you are

I can't pretend I miss the music I miss my friend No need to ask me What I prefer I choose the music I wrote with her I liked the music I made with--

GEORGIA (spoken): Aaron, I forgot my lyric. Can you believe it? Me.

AARON Well you're not the lyricist now, you're the star. Georgia, Break a leg.

GEORGIA Thanks. You can finish the song without me?

AARON I'm a one-man band. I miss the music I miss my friend No need to ask me What I prefer I choose the music I wrote with her I loved the music I made with her

Watch / Listen


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPj8eokcuys

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