Lyrics [Act One]

» The Lives Of Me

PETER
Everywhere I go
I’m followed by a lot of people
Such a lot of people
It’s almost a parade
And if you could see all the people
They’re everyone I ever was
And everyone I ever will be
All the lives of me

Nothin’ left to hide
I come in many colors
Assorted shapes and sizes
Can adapt to your demands
And if you smile at someone
Then I’ll just become that one
And throw in all the others for free
All the lives of me

Faults aren’t things for hiding on a shelf
And if you like who I am now
That’s only a reflection of yourself

All the games are gone
We face each other naked
Stripped of all disguises
Love is being made

And if I make you feel good
After knowin’ all you know is really
Only all that you see
All the lives of me

And if you see all the people
They’re everyone I ever was
And everyone I ever will be
All the lives of me
All the lives of me

» When I Get My Name In Lights

YOUNG PETER
I’ll dance and I’ll sing, I’ll do anything
Just to get my name in lights
I’ve got to try to hit the heights
Now that I’m free as a breeze again
Old nimble knees again

And soon they’ll all know my name
I’ll have fortune and fame
When I get my name in lights
It can happen overnight in these modern times

So hold that front page
This boy was born to strut the stage
I tap and sing and play the pianuh
Splash my name across a big bright bannuh

And that’s why
I won’t let go ’til I’m on radio
And when they come to see the sights
That will be my name spelt right
Lighting up Times Square

I’ll sit on a flag pole
Whatever’s the rage
Just to get my picture on the front page
Just to get my name in lights

YOUNG PETER + ENSEMBLE
So hold that front page
This boy was born to strut the stage

YOUNG PETER
I tap and sing and play the pianuh

YOUNG PETER + ENSEMBLE
Splash his (my) name
‘Cross a big bright bannah

And soon they’ll all know my name
I’ll have fortune and fame
When I get my name in lights
That will be my name spelt right
Lighting up Times Square

[instrumental interlude]

Just to get his name
Just to get his name!
Just to get his name in lights

YOUNG PETER
Just to get my name in lights

» When I Get My Name In Lights [Reprise]

PETER
And soon they’ll all know my name
I’ll have fortune and fame
When I get my name in lights
It can happen overnight in these modern times

I’ll sit on a flag pole
Whatever’s the rage
Just to get my picture on the front page
Just to get my name
Just to get my name
Just to get my name in lights!

» Love Crazy

CHRIS
Listen to the music in your voice

PETER
You can hear the music everywhere

CHRIS
Catch the melody above the noise

PETER
You can feel it pulsing through the air

CHRIS & PETER
The whole world is buzzin’
And the light from the sun
Combined with ev’rything
All makes me

Love crazy
Livin’ is a crazy thing
Love crazy
Energy is ev’rything

PETER
Listen to the music in the water
Don’t you see it swim before your eyes

CHRIS
Try to fill it up and full of wonder
How the sun can set and the moon can rise

CHRIS & PETER
The whole world is buzzin’
And the light from the stars
Combined with ev’rything
All makes me

Love crazy
Livin’ is a crazy thing
Love crazy
Energy is ev’rything

Love crazy
Livin’ is a crazy thing
Love crazy
Energy is ev’rything

CHRIS & PETER + ENSEMBLE
Don’t cha know the whole world is buzzin’
And the light from the sun
Combined with ev’rything
All makes me

Love crazy
Livin’ is a crazy thing
Love crazy
Energy is ev’rything

Love crazy
Livin’ is a crazy thing
Love crazy
Energy is ev’rything

» All I Wanted Was The Dream

JUDY
All I wanted was the dream
Just like anybody else
I didn’t want it pushed aside
Forgotten on a shelf

I wanted laughs and lots of lovers
And limitless wealth
I just want to say you’re better
Than anybody else

All I wanted was the time
To obliterate my past
I didn’t know how time can come and go
So terribly fast

It’s hard to lose it
When you had it right here
In your grasp
But then you wake up and it seems
The dream that you dream
Was just too good to last

All I wanted was the time
To obliterate my past
I didn’t know how time can come and go
So terribly fast

It’s hard to lose it
When you had it right here
In your grasp
But then you wake up and it seems
The dream that you dream
Was just too good to last

» Only An Older Woman

JUDY
You need an older woman to teach you
One who is barely reaching her prime
Who thinks you’re fun
Not someone to preach to
What do you say – let’s have a good time
‘Cause with an older woman
Nothing you do is a crime

You have the makings of a monster, kid. I like that.

PETER
I’m not sure what you mean?

JUDY
Hang around. You’ll learn.
I do need an opening act, as it happens.
You really want to come to New York?

PETER
It’s all I’ve ever wanted!

JUDY
Then you’re in big trouble.

PETER
I’m waiting-
I need an older woman beside me
I need a mentor

JUDY
I need a drink

PETER
I want an older woman to guide me

CHRIS
Where are we headed?

MARK
Where do you think?

JUDY
Over the goddamn rainbow

PETER, CHRIS & MARK
Right down the yellow brick road

PETER
And whadda-ya-know, I’ve found my ideal woman

[instrumental interlude]

JUDY, PETER, CHRIS & MARK
Only one who’s been ’round the block
Can give you the ride you need

PETER, CHRIS & MARK
Always there absorbing the shock

JUDY
One built for comfort

PETER, CHRIS & MARK
Not for speed

JUDY, PETER, CHRIS & MARK
Stir up a flame from out of the embers
I sense a fire starting in you

PETER, CHRIS & MARK
What do ya say to making some mem’ries

JUDY
Out of the old

PETER, CHRIS & MARK
Comes something that’s new
Maybe an older woman
Is going to help us break through

JUDY
As for me, I just can’t wait to see her

PETER, CHRIS & MARK
Honestly, we were hoping you might be her

JUDY, PETER, CHRIS & MARK
Eventually – when you get to be an older woman

JUDY
Like me

» Best That You Can Do

PETER
Once in your life you find him
Someone that turns you heart around
And next thing you know you’re closing down the town
Wake up and it’s still with you
Even though you left you went cross town
Wondering to yourself, “Hey, what’ve I found?”

When you get caught between the moon and New York City
I know it’s crazy, but it’s true
If you get caught between the moon and New York City
Best that you can do …
Best that you can do is fall in love

PETER & LIZA
When you get caught between the moon and New York City
I know it’s crazy, but it’s true
If you get caught between the moon and New York City
Best that you can do …
Best that you can do is fall in love

» Don’t Wish Too Hard

JUDY
Don’t wish too hard for what you want
Or then you might get it
And then when you get it
You might wish you never got it all

Don’t keep looking for love to come
Or then it might find you
And then when it finds you
You might wish that you had never been born

How I wished for this and now it’s here
Now I wish that it could disappear and go away

One day soon I’m going to change
My tune and without hesitating
I’ll be leaving you waiting
And you’ll be waiting out the day for me

Then you’ll reach for me and I won’t be here
So long darlin’ I’ll just disappear and go away
Go away!
I’ll just go away!

Don’t wish too hard for what you want
Or then you might get it
And then when you get it
You might wish you never got it all

Don’t keep looking for love to come
Or then it might find you
And then when it finds you
You find what you really wanted
And what you really wished for
You never really wanted it all

» Come Save Me

LIZA
Come save me
I’m fading fast
Can’t keep myself together
And maybe I just won’t last
If I’m not with you forever

Now my heart is at stake
I feel I could break
I might die if you leave

PETER
Friends, that’s why I smile
‘Cause all the while
I’ve got you up my sleeve

LIZA
Come take me, I’m ready for
All that I’ve never tasted
Come wake me, let’s make up for
All of the good time we’ve wasted

Now I’m touching the stars
I’m up here on Mars
I can rarely breathe

Friends, ask why I smile
‘Cause all the while
I’ve got you up my sleeve

PETER
Baby, I will never leave you.

PETER & LIZA
Now we’re touching the stars
We’re up here on Mars
We can rarely breathe

I’m afraid to come down
And lose what I’ve found
Afraid you might leave

PETER
Come save me!

LIZA
Come save me!

PETER
Come save me!

LIZA
Come save me!

PETER
Save me!

LIZA
Save me!

PETER & LIZA
Come save me
Now!

» Continental American

PETER
Once there was a time
When this town was so high
We could never come down

When rules did not apply
We would drink fountains dry
In a club filled with sound

PETER & TRICK
And bands would play to please me
You found a partner easy
The name game was the only game in town

PETER + ENSEMBLE
Nights would end at 6 A.M.
You sleep all day
And then start dancing again
The first to see the end

We did the Continental American

GIRL
All our clothes from France
Soul Train taught us to dance
We got smoke in our eyes

PETER
Friends were lost and found
We’re Paradise bound
Some got lost, nobody cried

TRICK
Others took their places
Always strange new faces
Always one more chance to go around

PETER + ENSEMBLE
Nights would end at 6 A.M.
You sleep all day
And then start dancing again
The first to see the end

Nights would end at 6 A.M.
You sleep all day
And then start dancing again
The first to see the end

We did the Continental American

» She Loves To Hear The Music

LIZA
I’ve been listening quietly
Just waiting for my turn
When it comes to music
There ain’t nothing I can learn
‘Cause everything I live and breathe
Is written on an album sleeve
I can tell you who is hot
Who will make it
And who will not

‘Cause I love to hear the music
I’ve got every lyric down
I love to hear them say I’ve got
The greatest ears in town
There at every studio
There ain’t a pop star I don’t know
And sometimes they take me home
But I always wake up alone

Men that want to marry me, they never satisfy
The inner rhythms that I hear are all that keep me high
So they turn around and go
And leave me by my radio
I didn’t love them anyway, not like the way I love the man who play

LIZA + ENSEMBLE
I love to hear the music
I’ve got every lyric down
I love to hear them say I’ve got
The greatest ears in town
I’m there at every studio
The first to come the last to go

LIZA
Sometimes they take me home
But I always wake up alone
Alone
Alone
Alone!

[instrumental interlude]

That’s me!

[instrumental interlude]

Let me, let me, let me, let me
Let me hear the music!
Yeah!

I love to hear the music
I’ve got every lyric down
I love to hear them say I’ve got
The greatest ears in town
I love to hear it
I love to hear the music
I love to hear the music
The music, oh, I love it!
Oh, I love it!

» Quiet Please, There’s A Lady On Stage

PETER
Quiet please, there’s a lady on stage
She may not be the latest rage
But she’s singing, and she means it
And she deserves a little silence

Quiet please, there’s a woman up there
And she’s been honest through her songs
Long before your consciousness was raised
Now doesn’t that deserve a little praise

So put your hands together, help her along
All that’s left of the singers, all that’s left of the song
Stand for the ovation
And give her one last celebration

Quiet please, there’s a person up there
Who’s singing of the sins that none of us could bear
To hear for ourselves
Now give her your respect, if nothing else

So put your hands together, help her along
All that’s left of the singers, all that’s left of the song
Rise to the occasion
And give her one last celebration

JUDY
Quiet please, there’s a lady on stage
Conductor, turn the final page
When it’s over, we can all go home
But she lives on, on the stage alone

So put your hands together, help her along
All that’s left of the singers, all that’s left of the song
Stand for the ovation
And give her one last celebration

PETER & LIZA
Put your hands together, help her along
All that’s left of the singers, all that’s left of the song

Put your hands together, help her along
All that’s left of the singers, all that’s left of the song
Stand for the ovation
And give her one last celebration

PETER & LIZA + ENSEMBLE
Put your hands together, help her along
All that’s left of the singers, all that’s left of the song
Stand for the ovation
And give her one last celebration

Put your hands together, help her along
All that’s left of the singers, all that’s left of the song
Stand for the ovation
Give her one last celebration…!

[repeat / fade]

» I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love

LIZA
I’d rather leave while I’m in love
While I still believe the meaning of the word
I’ll keep my dreams and just pretend
That you and I were never meant to end

Too many times I’ve seen the rose die on the vine
Somebody’s heart gets broken
Usually it’s mine
I don’t wanna take the chance of being hurt again
And you and I can’t say goodbye

So if you wake and find me gone
Just carry on
You see, I need my fantasy
I still believe
It’s best to leave while I’m in love

PETER
Too many times I’ve seen the rose die on the vine
Somebody’s heart gets broken
Usually it’s mine
I don’t wanna take the chance of being hurt again
And you and I can’t say goodbye

So if you wake and find me gone
Just carry on
You see, I need my fantasy
I still believe
It’s best to leave while I’m in love

I still believe
It’s best to leave while I’m in love…!

» Not The Boy Next Door

PETER
Comin’ home used to feel so good
I’m a stranger now in my neighborhood
I’ve seen the world at a faster pace
And I’m comin’ now from a diff’rent place

Though I may look the same way to you
Underneath there is somebody new

I am not the boy next door
I don’t belong like I did before
Nothin’ ever seems like it used to be
You can have your dreams, but you can’t have me

I can’t go back there anymore
‘Cause I am not the boy next door

You’ve been savin’ those souvenirs,
Faded photographs from my foolish years
I made plans, but they’re wearin’ thin
And they won’t work out ’cause I don’t fit in

And those mem’ries will just weigh ya down
‘Cause I got no place to keep ’em uptown

I am not the boy next door
I don’t belong like I did before
Nothin’ ever seems like it used to be
You can have your dreams, but you can’t have me

I can’t go back there anymore
‘Cause I am not the boy next door

[instrumental interlude]

And I’m sorry for just bein’ me
But if you’d look past the past you could see
That…

I am not the boy next door
I don’t belong like I did before
Nothin’ ever seems like it used to be
You can have your dreams, oh, but you can’t have me

I can’t go back there anymore
‘Cause I am not
I am not
I am not … the boy next door