Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Who’s Betty Schaefer? lyrics

JOE
Very good. JOE
I drove to the beach. NORMA
Who’s Betty Schaefer? All I ask is a little patience, a little understanding. NORMA
You took the car. I’m under such a terrible strain. JOE
Norma, there’s nothing to worry about. NORMA
You went out last night, didn’t you, Joe? NORMA
Of course you haven’t. NORMA
You don’t understand, Joe. I’ve been worried about the line of my throat. NORMA
Are you coming up? I haven’t done anything. JOE
I should have stayed there
Poor Norma
So desperate to be ready
For what would never happen
But Betty would be waiting
We had a script to finish
One unexpected love scene
Two people, both risking
A kind of happy ending NORMA
And I’ve lost half a pound since Tuesday. The only thing that stopped me from killing myself was the
Thought of all those people, waiting to see me back on the screen. How could I disappoint them? JOE
Why, yes. It’s been so hard I even got myself a revolver. JOE
I think I’ll read a while longer. NORMA
Is this what you’re looking for, by any chance? JOE
I went for a walk. JOE
Good. Good night, my darling. JOE
You had. NORMA
Whose phone number is this? JOE
Surely, you don’t want me to feel as if I’m a prisoner in this house? NORMA
Now it’s after nine. I think this woman has done wonders with it. I’d better get to bed.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Too Much In Love To Care lyrics

I can’t control all the things I’m feeling
We’re floating in mid-air
If we are fools, well,
We’re too much in love to care
If we are fools, well,
We’re too much in love to care! I just don’t know anymore
If this is real, how should I feel? I can’t control all the things I’m feeling
I’m floating in mid-air
I know it’s wrong, but,
I’m too much in love to care

JOE & BETTY
I thought I had everything I needed
My life was set, my dreams were in place
My heart could see way into the future
All of that goes when I see your face
This is crazy! BETTY
When I was a kid, I played on this street
I always loved illusion
I thought make-believe was truer than life
But now it’s all confusion
Please, can you tell me what’s happening? JOE
If you were smart, you would keep on walking
Out of my life as fast as you can
I’m not the one you should pin your hopes on
You’re falling for the wrong kind of man
This is crazy! What should I look for? I thought I had everything I needed
My life was set, my dreams were in place
My heart could see way into the future
All of that goes when I see your face

I should hate you
There I was, the world in my hand
Can one kiss, kiss away
Everything I planned? You know we should call it a day

JOE
Sound advice

BETTY
Great advice

JOE & BETTY
Let’s throw it away… I just don’t know anymore
If this is real, how should I feel? What should I look for? You know we should call it a day
Sound advice, great advice
Let’s throw it away

I can’t control all the things I’m feeling
I haven’t got a prayer
If I’m a fool, well
I’m too much in love to care

I knew where I was, I’d given up hope
Made friends with disillusion
No one in my life, but I look at you
And now it’s all confusion

BETTY
Please, can you tell me what’s happening?

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – This Time Next Year lyrics

JOE
Listen, I want you to take my old suitcases… And she’s cut her wrists. JOE
I’ll take it. MAX
I’m sorry, I am attending to Madame. JOE
Well, they always know where to find me. JOE
Max, it’s Mr. I can’t talk right now. In fact, I’m available right now. MAX
Yes? ARTIE
It just so happens we’ve got a vacancy on the couch. BETTY
While you’ve been buying vicuna coats
I’ve been making a lot of notes
Now there’s work we should do… ALISA
Just an apartment
With no roaches and no dry rot

ANITA
Where the hot water comes out hot

BOTH
That’s my Hollywood dream

RICHARD A
Your resolution

JOANNA
Is to write something that gets shot
With approximately the plot
I first had in my head

MYRON
But you’ll get rewritten even after you’re dead

RICHARD A
Artie! MAX
I’m sorry, Mr. Let me take your coat
Jesus, Joe, what’s this made of? Gillis. Should auld acquiantance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Should auld acquiantance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
For the sake of auld lang syne Who did you borrow this from? JOE
Betty, you’re forgetting that I gave it to you
You remind me of me long ago
Off the bus, full of ignorant ambition
Thought I’d waltz into some studio
And achieve overnight recognition
I’ve seen too many optimists sinking like stones
Felt them suck all the marrow clean out of my bones

BETTY
I love “Blind Windows”
But I can’t write it on my own
Can’t we speak on the telephone? Gillis. All my evenings are free

ARTIE
Hey, just a minute
I’m the fellow who bought the ring

BETTY
Artie, this is a business thing
It’s important to me
You’ll be on location in Clinch, Tennessee
Please make this your New Year’s resolution for me

ALL
By this time next year
I will get my foot in the door
Next year I know I’m going to score
An amazing success

Cut to the moment
When they open the envelope
Pass the statuette to Bob Hope
And it’s my name you hear

We’ll be down on our knees
Outside Grauman’s Chinese
Palm prints there on the street
Immortality’s neat! JOE
Hey, Artie. ARTIE
It’s the year to begin a new life
Buy a place somewhere quiet, somewhere pretty
When you have a young kid and a wife
Then you need somewhere green, far from the city
It’s a rambling old house with a big apple tree
With a swing for the kid and a hammock for me

SAMMY
Behold, my children
It is I, Cecil B. JOE
Close, but no cigar. JOE
Hey, Artie, where’s your phone? ARTIE
Under the bar. This time next year
This time next year

We’ll have nothing to fear
Contracts all signed
Three-picture deal
Yellow brick road career
Hope we’re not still saying these things
This time next year

JOE
You know, I think I will be available in the New Year. DeMille
Meeting me must be quite a thrill

ADAM
But there’s no need to kneel

SAMMY
I guarantee you
Every girl in my chorus line
Is a genuine Philistine

SANDY
They don’t come off the shelf

SAMMY
I flew every one in from Philistia myself

BETTY
I have some good news
It’s “Blind Windows”

JOE
You don’t let go

BETTY
I gave Sheldrake an outline, Joe
And he swallowed the bait

JOE
Well, hallelujah! JEAN
By this time next year
I’ll have landed a juicy part

STEVE
Nineteen fifty will be my start

RICHARD T
No more carrying spears

MARY
I’ll be discovered
My life won’t ever be the same
Billy Wilder will know my name
And he’ll call all the time

KATHERINE
‘Til he does, can one of you guys lend her a dime? Mink? You gotta say your New Year’s resolution out loud
Jean! Adolphe Menjou? ARTIE
Hey, Gillis! RICHARD A
Hey, Sammy! We’d give you up. It’s quite a crowd

ARTIE
I invited all the kids doing walk-ons in “Samson and Delilah”. You think you could put me up for a couple of weeks? I was about to call the Bureau of Missing Persons. I want you to do me a favour. I called your apartment. MAX
Madame found the razor in your room. BETTY
Joe, that’s great! Hey! ALL
Three, two, one, Happy New Year! BETTY
Where have you been hiding? JOE
What do you mean? I called your ex-agent.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – There’s Been A Call lyrics

NORMA
There’s been a call
What did I say
They want to see me right away
Joe, Paramount, they love our child
Mr. DeMille is going wild

JOE
Well, that’s wonderful, Norma. NORMA
But it was some fool assistant
Not acceptable at all
It he wants me, then Cecil B. Himself must call

JOE
I don’t know if this is the time to stand on ceremony. NORMA
I’ve been waiting twenty years now
What’s a few more days, my dear? It’s happened, Joe
I told you so
The perfect year

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – The Phone Call lyrics

How can I go back to work if I’m wasting
Away? JOE
Give you three guesses

It’s the oldest story in the book
Come see the taker being took
The world is full of Joes and Normas
Older woman, very well-to-do
Meets younger man, the standard cue
For two mechanical performers

BETTY
Just pack your things and let’s go. Look at me. JOE
Come on in. JOE
Right on the money
That’s Norma Desmond
That’s Norma Desmond
That’s Norma Desmond
That’s Norma Desmond

BETTY
Why did she call me? The address is ten thousand eighty-six, Sunset Boulevard. Look at my hands. It’s no time to begin a new life
Now I’ve finally made a perfect landing
I’m afraid there’s no room for a wife
Not unless she’s uniquely understanding
You should go back to Artie and marry the fool
And you’ll always be welcome to swim in my pool

BETTY
I can’t look at you any more, Joe. Hello, Miss Schaefer, you must forgive me for calling so late, but I really feel it’s my duty. BETTY
What’s going on, Joe? JOE
Yes, it’s quite a place, sleeps seventeen
Eight sunken tubs, a movie screen
A bowling alley in the cellar

BETTY
I didn’t come to see a house, Joe

JOE
Sunset Boulevard
Cruise the Boulevard
Win yourself a Hollywood palazzo
Sunset Boulevard
Mythic Boulevard
Valentino danced on that terrazzo

BETTY
Who’s it belong to? NORMA
You can’t! NORMA
Thank you, thank you, Joe, thank you…thank you. You want me to face that one-room hell
That murphy bed, that rancid smell
Go back to living on subsistence? …Joe… Say something, Joe

JOE
Have some pink champage and caviar
When you go visit with a star
The hospitality is stellar

BETTY
So this is where you’re living? JOE
…Or better yet, come over and see for yourself. What about all my fan-mail? Look at my face. What are you doing, Joe? Shout at me, strike me, but say you don’t hate me…Joe, Joe. Max! JOE
Goodbye, Norma. Well, exactly how much do you know about him? No! Have you gone mad? NORMA
No one ever leaves a star

REPORTER
And as dawn breaks over hte murder house, Norma Desmond, famed star of yesteryear,
Is in a state of complete mental shock. JOE
It’s been a bundle of laughs
And thanks for the use of the trinkets
A little ritzy for the copy desk back in Dayton

And there’s something you ought to know
I want to do you this favour
They’ll never shoot that hopeless script of yours
They only wanted your car

NORMA
That’s a lie! JOE
That’s right, Betty, why don’t you ask me?… Do you know what he lives on? Gillis…you do know a Mr. Do you know where he lives? Look under my eyes. What was that woman saying? I want to spare you a lot of sadness
I don’t know what he’s told you
But I can guarantee you
He doesn’t live with mother
Or what you’d call a roommate
He’s just a … Why am I so scared? JOE
Yes, I am, Norma. NORMA
Don’t. She sounded so weird
I don’t understand… Gillis? JOE
It’s Max who writes you letters
Your audience has vanished
They left when you weren’t looking
Nothing’s wrong with being fifty
Unless you’re acting twenty

NORMA
I am the greatest star of them all. Leave all these things I’ve never had? Yes, right now. Please, can you tell me what’s happening? You’re not leavine me? JOE
Just look around you

BETTY
That’s Norma Desmond. I did it because I need you. Leave this luxurious existence? You said you loved me tonight
Shall I just go? Miss Schaefer?… Don’t stand there hating me, Joe. NORMA
Hello, is this Gladstone 9281? I can’t say it
Poor Betty
You ask him
I’d love to hear his answer… NORMA
Don’t hate me, Joe. It’s about Mr. They still want me! JOE
You mean all my things?

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – The Perfect Year lyrics

I’ll have the pool filled up for you. NORMA
What you’re trying to say is, you don’t want me to love you. NORMA
What right? I don’t need a crowded ballroom
Everything I want is here
If you’re with me
Next year will be
The perfect year

JOE
Before we play
Some dangerous game
Before we fan
Some harmless flame
We have to ask if this is wise
And if the game is worth the prize

With this wine and with this music
How can anything be clear? I had to get out
I needed to be with people my own age
To hear the sound of laughter
And mix with hungry actors
Underemployed composers
Nicotine-poisoned writers
Real people
Real problems
Having a really good time NORMA
Ring out the old
Ring in the new
A midnight wish
To share with you
Your lips are warm
My head is light
Were we alive before tonight? NORMA
There are no other guests. JOE
Cut out that “us” business. JOE
Norma, what I am trying to say is that I am the wrong guy for you. Say it! Surely you know that

JOE
Norma… NORMA
Who? JOE
The other guests. Do you want me to tell you? Say it! NORMA
What’s the matter with you? Just you and me. You need a big shot, someone with polo ponies, a Valentino… JOE
Max. NORMA
We’ll have a wonderful time next year. I’m in love with you. Get me a taxi. I have enough money to buy us anything we want. JOE
What right do you have to take me for granted? Let’s wait and see
It may just be
The perfect year

NORMA
It’s New Year’s Eve
And hopes are high
Dance one year in
Kiss one goodbye
Another chance, another start
So many dreams to tease the heart

We don’t need a crowded ballroom
Everything we want is here
And face to face
We will embrace
The perfect year

We don’t need a crowded ballroom
Everything we want is here
And face to face
We will embrace
The perfect year

JOE
So, what time are they supposed to get here? I’ll open up my house in Malibu, and you can have the whole ocean.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Eternal Youth Is Worth A Little Suffering lyrics

ASTROLOGER
I don’t think you should shoot before July 15th
Right now is a perilous time for Pisces
If you want ’til Venus is in Capricorn
You’ll avoid a catalogue of crises

MASSEUR 1
I need three more weeks to get these thighs in shape
No more carbohydrates, don’t be naughty

MASSEUR 2
We’ll soon have you skipping like an ingenue
You won’t look a day over forty

BEAUTICIAN 1
We have dry heat, we have steam

BEAUTICIAN 2
We have moisturizing cream

BEAUTICIAN 3
We had mud-packs, we have blood sacks

BEAUTICIAN 2
It’s a rigorous regime

ALL
Not a wrinkle when you twinkle
Or a wobble when you walk

BEAUTICIAN 3
Of course, there’s bound to be a little suffering

ALL
Eternal youth is worth a little suffering

ANALYST
Listen to your super ego not your id
Age is just another damn neurosis
I’ll have you regressing back to infancy
And back into the womb under hypnosis

DOCTOR
I inject the tissue of the fetal lamb
The forumla’s the one Somerset Maugham owns
Just modest course of thirty-sevent shots
And you will be a heaving mass of hormones

ALL
No more crow’s feet, no more flab
No more love handles to grab
You’ll be so thin they’ll all think you’re
Walking sideways like a crab
Nothing sagging, nothing bagging
Nothing dragging on the floor

Of course, there’s bound to be a little suffering
Eternal youth is worth a little suffering
Of course, there’s bound to be a little suffering
Eternal youth is worth a little suffering
Of course, there’s bound to be a little suffering…

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Completion Of The Script lyrics

Where? JOE
Will you call and let me know as soon as you have some news? JOE
It’s been real interesting. Thank you, Joe. NORMA
I’ve just spoken with my astrologer. JOE
Did she read the script? And little by little I worked through to the end of the script. JOE
I want to thank you for trusting me with your baby. Into what Max called “the room of the husbands”. NORMA
You’ll stay on with full salary, of course… Today’s the day. MAX
Yes, Madame. One great big package, over-sized,
Just like everything else in California;
And it came right through the roof of my room above the garage. It’s just the beginning, it’s just the firt draft. JOE
What do you mean? NORMA
Stop that! JOE
Norma, the script is finished. No. NORMA
Yes…hasn’t it? She read DeMille’s horoscope; she read mine. NORMA
Oh, but you couldn’t possibly think of leaving now, Joe. NORMA
DeMille is Leo; I’m Scorpio. At which point I might have left:
Only by then those two boys from the finance company had traced my car and towed it away,
And I hadn’t seen one single dollar of cash money since I arrived. NORMA
Not at all, it is I who should thank you. NORMA
Great day. NORMA
Thank you. NORMA
Max. JOE
Well, I can’t stay. And on a clear day, the theory was, you could see Catalina. NORMA
Max is going to deliver the script to Paramount. DeMille in person. Mars is transiting Jupiter and today is the day of closest conjunction. NORMA
Make sure it goes to Mr. JOE
My apartment. JOE
In December, the rains came. JOE
Oh well, that’s all right, then. our hopeless opus
My work was over
I was feeling no pain
Locked up like John the Baptist JOE
So, Max wheeled out that foreign bus
Brushed the leopardskin upholstery
He trundled along to Paramount
To hand Cecil B. So she had me moved into the main house. NORMA
No, Joe. I couldn’t dream of letting you go, I need your support. JOE
You’re really going to give it to DeMille? JOE
Oh, Norma, it’s not the money
Yes, of course, I’ll stay until we get some sort of news back from Paramount. NORMA
Call? JOE
Well…

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Betty’s Office At Paramount lyrics

I just don’t know any more. (As THEY walk down the Manhattan street, the stage begins to revolve slowly,
So that THEY end up walking Downstage;
And the flimsy struts holding up the substantial sets are gradually revealed. They come to a halt in front of the water cooler.)

JOE
I guess it is kind of exciting, at that, finishing a script. You’re getting married, isn’t that what you wanted? I spent my childhood here. If I’m a fool,
Well, I’m too much in love to care. JOE
Second generation, huh? JOE
Why not? BETTY
No, but my family always expected me to become a great star. JOE
Are you all right? JOE
Well, what’s stopping you! JOE
If you were smart,
You would keep on walking
Out of my life,
As fast as you can. BETTY
Twenty-two. What should I look for? JOE
How old are you, anyway? Then JOE leads BETTY by the hand back into the office. Can one kiss kiss away
Everything I planned? JOE (Laughing)
That’s the saddest story I ever heard. (He breaks off, amazed to see that SHE’s crying.)

JOE
Why are you crying? He says it would only cost 2 dollars to get married in Clinch. (They fall into each other’s arms and embrace passionately. You know we should call it a day. My heart could see
Way into the future. I can’t believe it, I’ve finished my first script! BETTY
Third. JOE AND BETTY
I thought I had
Everything I needed. My life was set,
My dreams were in place. I know it’s wrong,
But I’m too much in love to care. (Pause)

BETTY
I was born two blocks from here. What should I look for? BETTY
Not at all. BETTY
It’s exciting, though, isn’t it? My life was set,
My dreams were in place. All of that goes
When I see your face. Grandma did stunt work for Pearl White. If this is real,
How should I feel? (HE fixes a couple of paper cups of water, and hands one to BETTY,
Who’s miles away and comes to with a start when he touches her arm.)

BETTY
What? Come on. (Pause. (Suddenly, THEY’re in each other’s arms. BETTY
You did. I can’t control
All the things I’m feeling,
I’m floating in mid-air. I can’t control
All the things I’m feeling,
I haven’t got a prayer. BETTY
Please can you tell me what’s happening? BETTY
Shouldn’t we open some champagne? A long kiss.)

BETTY
When I was a kid,
I played on this street,
I always loved illusion. No one in my life,
But I look at you,
And now it’s all confusion. I just don’t know any more. BETTY
Sounds good to me. JOE watches as BETTY finishes typing. If we are fools,
Well, we’re too much in love to care. You know we should call it a day. All of that goes
When I see your face. This is crazy. JOE
Stop it, you’re making me feel old. I knew where I was,
I’d given up hope,
Made friends with disillusion. This is crazy. BETTY
Of course I do. JOE
Best I can offer is a stroll to the water cooler at the end of the lot. Then BETTY blurts out.)

BETTY
I had a telegram from Artie. JOE
What were you, a child actress? My father was head electrician at the studio until he died,
And Mother still works in wardrobe. We’re floating in mid-air. JOE
Smart girl. BETTY
Sure. All cardboard, all hollow, all phoney, all done with mirrors;
I think I love it better than any street in the world. BETTY
T-H-E E-N-D! Please can you tell me what’s happening? If we are fools,
Well, we’re too much in love to care! Sound advice, great advice,
Let’s throw it away. JOE
Is something wrong? I thought I had
Everything I needed. I’m not the one
You should pin your hopes on,
You’re falling for
The wrong kind of man. If this is real,
How should I feel? What happened? My heart could see
Way into the future. BETTY
Not any more. I thought make-believe
Was truer than life
But now it’s all confusion. JOE
Sound advice

BETTY
Great advice

JOE AND BETTY
Let’s throw it away. It is night on the Paramount lot and BETTY is once again at her typewriter,
But this time there is some light on the standing New York street set,
Which is being dressed for action the following day. JOE
Something’s the matter, isn’t it? JOE
Don’t you love Artie? They kiss again and it is obvious that THEY’re about to make love.) Now we’ve finished the script… BETTY

He wants me to come out to Tennessee. JOE and BETTY walk in silence for a while; BETTY’s expression is deeply preoccupied. I can’t control
All the things I’m feeling. I had ten years of dramatic lessons, diction, dancing, everything you can think of;
Then the studio made a test. I’m just not in love with him any more, that’s all. I should hate you,
There I was, the world in my hand. (Pause)

I love the back lot here.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Back At The House On Sunset lyrics

MAX
Will you be requiring some supper this evening, sir? MAX
Where have you been? JOE
Why? We saw that last week. Look at all the fan mail she gets every day. JOE
Norma, they don’t want you in every scene

NORMA
Or course they do. Madame is extremely fragile. MAX
A masterpiece can never pall
She is the greatest star of all JOE
Who the hell do you think you are,
Bringing my stuff up from my apartment without consulting me? MAX
I don’t think you understand, Mr. MAX
Madame is quite agitated. Because of her career? JOE
Well, that’s tough. There have been suicide attempts. JOE
You mean you write them? She’s done well enough. JOE
I’d made my first big mistake
I’d put my foot in the quicksand
It wouldn’t be a few days
Paste and scissors
This would take weeks

The house was always so quiet
Just me and Max and that organ
No one phoned and nobody ever came
And there was only one kind
Of entertainment on hand

Max, what’s on this evening? Earlier this evening, she wanted you for something and you could not be found. What else would they have come for? MAX
Yes, sir? JOE
Out. MAX
I wouldn’t look too closely at the postmarks if I were you. That is, if you want the job. I have a life of my own – now you’re telling me I’m supposed to be a prisoner here. NORMA
Cut away from me? JOE
I thought we might cut away from the slave market… She has moments of melancholy. I assume I can go out when I feel like it. MAX
I think, perhaps, sir, you will have to make up your mind to abide by the rules of this house. I hope it’s not one of her weepy melodramas

MAX
We’ll be showing
One of Madam’s enduring classics
“The Ordeal of Joan of Arc”

JOE
Oh, God. JOE
I started work on the script
I hacked my way through the thicket
A maze of fragmented ramblings
By a soul in limbo
She hovered there like a hawk
Afraid I’d damage her baby

NORMA
What’s that? Gillis. JOE
No. And Max? Put it back.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – At The House On Sunset lyrics

JOE
You’re really going to give it to De Mille? She read De Millle’s horoscope; she read mine. SHE snaps at MAX.)

NORMA
Stop that! Mars is transiting Jupiter, and today is the day of closest conjunction. our hopeless opus. De Mille in person. NORMA
Max

MAX
Yes, Madame

(SHE hands the typescript to MAX.)

NORMA
Make sure it goes to Mr. SHE’s holding a fat typescript in her hand. Into what Max called ” The room of the husbands.”
And on a clear day, the theory was, you could see Catalina. He trundled along to Paramount
To hand Cecil B. And little by little I worked through to the end of the script. JOE
My apartment. (HE’s on his feet now, and NORMA grips his hand tightly for a moment.)

NORMA
Thank you, thank you, Joe. (SHE releases his hand and moves off leaving him a little shaken by this turn of events,
His expression rueful. JOE
Will you call and let me know as soon as you have some news? JOE
Norma, the script is finished. NORMA
De Mille is Leo; I’m Scorpio. MAX is at the organ, wearing his white gloves, playing. NORMA
Oh, but, you couldn’t possibly think of leaving now, Joe. JOE
I want to thank you for trusting me with your baby. My work was over
I was feeling no pain
Locked up like John the Baptist. NORMA
Not at all, it is I who should thank you. So she had me moved into the main house. hasn’t it? JOE
It’s been real interesting. (MAX stops playing.)

Today’s the day. JOE
Oh, well, that’s all right, then. JOE
What do you mean? NORMA
Yes… JOE
Well, I can’t stay. There’s a silence;
NORMA moves up and down in a state of heightened emotion;
JOE is steeling himself to broach a difficult subject.)

JOE
Well…. NORMA
No, Joe. (NORMA now has a look of genuine panic on her face,
And JOE sees that some reassurance is essential.)

Yes, of course, I’ll stay until we get some sort of news back from Paramount. (HE resumes his game;
All of a sudden NORMA sweeps out of her room and down the stairs. (NORMA frowns; SHE turns to him, her expression bewildered.)

NORMA
Call? HE’s alone in the great room, playing solitaire. JOE
Did she read the script? HE turns to the audience.)

JOE
So, Max wheeled out that foreign bus
Brushed the leopardskin upholstery. One great big package, over-sized, like everything else in California;
And it came right through the roof of my room above the garage. Last Update: December, 24th 2013 JOE
In December, the rains came. Where? JOE
Oh, Norma, it’s not the money. JOE’s typewriter is no longer on the table, but closed and standing on end on the floor. (HE leaves the house by the front door. The sound of heavy rain. NORMA
Max is going to deliver the script to Paramount. No. HE looks up at the audience, breaks off from his game. It’s day-time but dull enough to need the lights on. At which point I might have left;
Only by then those two boys from the finance company had traced my car and towed it away;
And I hadn’t seen one single dollar of cash money since I arrived. NORMA
I’ve just spoken with my astrologer. NORMA
Great day. It’s just the beginning,
It’s just the first draft: I couldn’t dream of letting you go, I need your support. NORMA
You’ll stay on with full salary, of course…

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – As If We Never Said Goodbye lyrics

NORMA
I don’t know why I’m frightened
I know my way around here
The cardboard trees, the painted seas, the sound here… The whispered conversations in overcrowded hallways
So much to say not just today but always… And this time will be bigger
And brighter than we knew it
So watch me fly, we all know I can do it… We taught the world new ways to dream! Yes, a world to rediscover
But I ‘m not in any hurry
And I need a moment

The whispered conversations in overcrowded hallways
The atmosphere as thrilling here as always
Feel the early morning madness
Feel the magic in the making
Why, everything’s as if we never said goodbye

I’ve spent so many mornings just trying to resist you
I’m trembling now, you can’t know how I’ve missed you
Missed the fairy tale adventure
In this ever spinning playground
We were young together

I’m coming out of make-up
The lights already burning
Not long until the cameras will start turning… Could I stop my hand from shaking? And the early morning madness
And the magic in the making
Yes, everything’s as if we never said goodbye

I don’t want to be alone
That’s all in the past
This world’s waited long enough
I’ve come home at last! Has there ever been a moment
With so much to live for? We’ll have early morning madness
We’ll have magic in the making
Yes, everything’s as if we never said goodbye
Yes, everything’s as if we never said goodbye…

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – New Ways To Dream lyrics

NORMA
This was dawn
There were no rules
We were so young
Movies were born
So many songs
Yet to be sung
So many roads
Still unexplored
We gave the world
New ways to dream
Somehow we found
New ways to dream

Joan of Arc:
Look at my face
Isn’t it strong? You don’t yell at a sleepwalker
Or she could fall and break her neck
She smelled of faded roses
It made me sad to watch her
As she relived her glory
Poor Norma
So happy
Lost in her silver heaven

NORMA
Nothing has changed
We’ll give the world
New ways to dream
Everyone needs
New ways to dream
Last Update: December, 24th 2013 There in the dark
Up on the screen
Where I belong

We’ll show them all
Nothing has changed
We’ll give the world
New ways to dream
Everyone needs
New ways to dream

JOE
I didn’t argue, why hurt her?

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Let’s Have Lunch lyrics

BETTY
I think pictures should at least try to say a little something. JOE
Yeah. Dostoyevsky? SAMMY
One learns to grin and bear ’em

GIRLS
This is the biggest film ever made. Gillis

JOE
You look great! JOE
Yeah, that was last year. JONES
All right, sir, you know your way? He’s batting .347. Betty Schaefer. Gillis, I couldn’t see the point of it. JOE
Hi there, Myron

MYRON
How’s it hanging? What about? Gillis. JOE
Who is this jerk? ENSEMBLE
Let’s have lunch

BETTY
Here’s that “Bases Loaded” materical, Mr. ENSEMBLE
We should talk
Gotta run
Let’s have lunch

JOE
You’ve got to give me some work
I’ll take whatever’s on offer
There must be some shit that needs a rewrite
Throw it my way

SHELDRAKE
I only wish I could help
There’s no spare shit at the moment
Remember the greatest writers starved in Garrets
Didn’t care about pay

JOE
Are you trying to be funny? Now he’s trying to go straight. ENSEMBLE
Gotta run

BETTY
And I guess I was disappointed. James Joyce? Good-bye. JOANNA
You look great GIRLS
This is the biggest film ever made CLIFF
I’m trying to make my mind up MARY

Guess I was born to play her DAWN
What is my motivation? MYRON
We should talk

JOE
Gotta run

BOTH
Let’s have lunch

MARY
Hi, Mr. JOE
You wanted to see me. JONES
Name? JOE
“Bases Loaded.” It’s an outline for a baseball picture. MYRON
Morning, Joanna CLIFF
Where’ve you been hiding? SHELDRAKE
Good! SHELDRAKE
Joe! BETTY
It’s just a rehash of something that wasn’t very good to begin with. MORINO
He’s my wunderkid from Broadway
Every major studio wants him

YOUNGER MAN
Playing one against the other… SAMMY
Bless you, Joseph

JOE
That you, Sammy? JOE
Hello, Artie

ARTIE
Joe, you bastard! Joseph Gillis. I expect you’d have turned down “Gone With the Wind”. Gillis. ALL
Good morning, Mr. SHELDRAKE
Why not? He wrote it. Gillis. JOE
It’s about a rookie shortstop. SHELDRAKE
I believe in self-denial
Gives a man some moral backbone

JOE
Can you loan me three hundred bucks? SHELDRAKE
This is Sheldrake
Bring some water
Get me that shithead Nolan

Nolan, sweetheart
Great to talk
This draft is so much brighter
You’re the best
Even so
I’ve hired another writer

SECRETARY
Mr. 1ST FINANCEMAN
Or we’re taking the car. JOE
Not so great

ARTIE
Will this help? SHELDRAKE
Meet Mr. I’ve spent the last month fasting

JOANNA MYRON
I’m handing in my second draft I’m shooting a Western down at Fox

JOE MARY
I’d really love to read it Don’t forget me when you’re casting

JOANNA MYRON
We should talk We should talk

JOE MARY
Gotta run Gotta run

BOTH BOTH
Let’s have lunch Let’s have lunch

JOE
Yeah, I have an appointment with Mr. JOE
I see you’re one of the message kids. You look great

JOE MARY
Sheldrake, but do I need it? JOANNA
You look great SAMMY
They’re talking nominations LIZ
You should go work for Warners’ MYRON
Is your new script with Sheldrake? DeMille. Somebody, bring in what we’ve got on… JOE
What sort of material do you suggest? JOE
What I need is three hundred bucks

MORINO
Maybe what you need is a new agent. SHELDRAKE
Wait a minute. SHELDRAKE
I’m sorry, Gillis. JOE
You never call me any more

ARTIE
Found a cuter dancing partner
How are things? SHELDRAKE
So, pitch. The kid was once mixed up in a holdup. BETTY
Schaefer. Sheldrake. MORINO

I’m very close to Sheldrake ARTIE
We shoot next month

SAMMY, SANDY, ARTIE, MORINO, MYRON
Gotta run

JOHN
Let’s drive to Vegas this weekend

KATHERINE, JOANNA
Let’s have lunch

ANITA
You look great JOANNA
I’m handing in my second draft MARY
It’s between me and Dietrich KATHERINE
I’ve landed a big Broadway show ADAM

I’m gonna work for Metro CLIFF
Let’s have lunch MARY
Let’s have lunch

GIRLS
Let’s have lunch, this is the biggest film ever made MYRON
I’d really love to read it CLIFF
I’d know just how to light you JOHN
Let’s have lunch JOHN/LISA

It won’t work MORINO
Let’s pencil Thursday morning

GROUP 1
We should talk

GROUP 2
Gotta run

CHORUS
Let’s have lunch! SAMMY
Hi there, Lisa MYRON
How’re you doing? Last Update: December, 24th 2013 JOE
What’re you playing? SHELDRAKE
I did? BETTY
Well, I’m sorry, Mr. BETTY
I’m sorry, Mr. Aren’t we lucky? SHELDRAKE
Thank you, Miss Kramer. Wait a minute. JOE
How come you get such lousy breaks? JOE
But can you see Ty Power as a shortstop? What the fuck brings you here? JOE
I just love Hollywood. SHELDRAKE
No, that was me. Hi, good morning. I think I have read this. JOE
If I could be of any help… JOE
Gillis. JOE
“Bases Loaded.”

SHELDRAKE
…”Bases Loaded.”

JOE
They’re pretty hot for it over at Twentieth. JOE
I only wish I could help
I loaned it to my accountant
He has an important client down in Palm Springs
Felt like shooting the breeze

1ST FINANCEMAN
Are you telling us you walked here? KATHERINE

I hate this weather CLIFF
You look great LIZ
RKO are O.K.! Well, looks like Zanuck’s got himself a baseball picture. This year I felt like eating. 1ST FINANCEMAN
We want the keys to your car

2ND FINANCEMAN
You’re way behind with the payments

1ST FINANCEMAN
Don’t give us any fancy footwork… ENSEMBLE
We should talk

SHELDRAKE
This is Miss Kramer. 2ND FINANCEMAN
Give us the keys. I made a two-page synopsis for you, but I wouldn’t bother to read it. SAMMY
How do you like my harem? Twenty bucks? I’ve read some of your other work and I thought you had some real talent. JOE
I love it when you talk dirty. JOE
Thanks, you’re a pal. JOE
I’ve got a date with Sheldrake

MYRON
I’m shooting a Western down at Fox

JOE
How can you work with Darryl? Going to work with Cukor
Paramount is paradise
Movies from A to Zukor
We should talk, gotta run

GROUP 1
Let’s have lunch

GROUP 2
We should talk

GROUP 1
Gotta run

GROUP 2
Gotta run

ALL
Let’s have lunch! MYRON
Good morning, C.B. ANITA
Temple virgin

DAWN
Handmaiden to Delilah

JOE
Let’s have lunch
Gotta run

You’ve got to find me a job
I’m way behind with my payments
I thought you were meant to be my agent
I need some work

MORINO
I only wish I could help
This town is dead at the moment
There’s been this slowdown in production… Sheldrake. MARY
What’re you doing? JOE
I believe in self-denial
I’m in training for the priesthood

2ND FINANCEMAN
O.K., wise guy, three hundred bucks. 2ND FINANCEMAN
We have a court order. MARY
I’m up for an audition

JOE
Sheldrake is driving me insane

MARY
Don’t forget me when you’re casting

JOE
We should talk

MARY
Gotta run

BOTH
Let’s have lunch

JOE MARY
Morning, Joanna Hi there, Myron

JOANNA MYRON
Who are you meeting? And right now, I’d like to crawl into a hole and pull it in after me.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Journey To Paramount lyrics

DeMille is shooting. DeMille. NORMA
Jonesy? JOE
It’s your script. NORMA
There’s been a call
What did I say
They want to see me right away
Joe, Paramount, they love our child
Mr. What shall I say? I was dancing on the table. DeMille. GUARD
Norma who? DEMILLE
What is it? It’s your show. NORMA
Hello, Mr. GUARD
They don’t have a pass. NORMA
I’ve been waiting twenty years now
What’s a few more days, my dear? DeMille. It’s happened, Joe
I told you so
The perfect year

Now, let’s go upstairs

JOE
Shouldn’t you at least call back? NORMA
But it was some fool assistant
Not acceptable at all
It he wants me, then Cecil B. DeMille. JONES
You heard Miss Desmond. GUARD
Hey, that’s enough of that. NORMA (V.O.)
Thank you, Max. How have you been, Miss Desmond? GUARD
Mr. DEMILLE
Thirty million fans have given her the brush. Lindbergh had just landed. Tell him without me, there wouldn’t be any Paramount Studio. MAX
To see Mr. I have a message for Mr. Good luck. JONES
Get me Stage 18. NORMA
Yes, you do. The last time I saw you, we were someplace terribly gay. Himself must call

JOE
I don’t know if this is the time to stand on ceremony. NORMA
Won’t you come along, darling? NORMA
No; they can wait until I’m good and ready. Give me a minute. NORMA
Thank you, Jonesy. NORMA
You read the script, of course. And teach your friend some manners. JONES
Why, if it isn’t Miss Desmond. MAX
This is Norma Desmond. DEMILLE
Well, well, well. DEMILLE
Well, yes… DEMILLE
Come on in. JOE (V.O.)
It took her three days and she was ready
She checked with her astrologer
Who sacrificed a chicken
She dressed up like a pharaoh
Slapped on a pound of make-up
And set forth in her chariot
Poor Norma
So happy
Re-entering her kingdom

MAX (V.O.)
If you will pardon me, Madame, the shadow over the left eye is not quite balanced. JONES
Stage 18, Miss Desmond. Open the gate. DeMille? DEMILLE
Norma Desmond? NORMA
Thank you, darling. Isn’t that enough? No appointment is necessary. You need an appointment. HEATHER
She’s here at the studio. DEMILLE
A lot of people were. DEMILLE
I don’t know what you mean, Norma. HEATHER
Mr. HEATHER
Norma Desmond is here to see you, Mr. HEATHER
Maybe I could give her the brush. HEATHER
Miss Desmond. DEMILLE
It must be about that appalling script of hers. DeMille is going wild

JOE
Well, that’s wonderful, Norma. Open the gate. NORMA
Fine, Jonesy. NORMA
Now, I know how busy you are during shooting,
But I really think you could have picked up the phone yourself,
Instead of leaving it so some assistant.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – I Guess It Was 5 A.M. lyrics

A homicide had been reported
From one of those crazy mansions up on Sunset
Tomorrow every front page
Is going to lead with this story
You see an old time movie star is involved
Maybe the biggest star of all

But before you read about it
Before it gets distorted
By those Hollywood piranhas
If you wanna know the real facts
You’ve come to the right party

Let me take you back six months
I was at the bottom of the barrel
I’d had a contract down at Fox
But I’d fallen foul of Darryl
Now I had a date at Paramount
Along with about a thousand other writers
If it didn’t come up roses
I’d be covering funerals
Back in Dayton, Ohio

I’d hidden my car three blocks away
Turned out to be a smart move. JOE (V.O.)
I guess it was five a.m.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Girl Meets Boy (Reprise) lyrics

It’s really pretty good. JOE
No, I mean this idea we had. BETTY
Who’s Norma? BETTY
Yes, but if he’s just a teacher
Then we lose those scenes in the factory

JOE
Not if he’s a champion for the working man. JOE
A helluva movie

BETTY
Can we really do this? “Mad about the boy”? BETTY
Sorry, I don’t usually read private cigarett cases. BETTY
What if he’s a teacher? No one knows when they’ll be back. BOTH
I know that we can! JOE
Good. JOE
Where does that get us? JOE
Who’s who? Here’s the thing, they both share the same room
Sleep in the same bed
It works out cheaper that way

BETTY
I’ve a feeling you’re just kidding
But to me it sounds believable
Makes a better opening than that car chase scene
Girl find boy, borrowing her toothbrush
Or oversleeping
Or at her sewing machine

JOE
You know, it’s not bad, there are some real possibilities… JOE
How about
They don’t know each other
He works the night shift
And she takes clases all day? BETTY
No, it’s great
If they do the same job

JOE
So much in common
They fall in love, wouldn’t you? Back to work. Girl likes boy, she respects his talent

BETTY
Working with someone can turn you into a fan

JOE
This is fun, writing with a partner

BETTY
Yes, and it could be… BETTY
Stuck in Tennessee. BETTY
I’ll say: this is solid gold. JOE
Norma’s a friend of mine: middle-aged lady, very foolish, very generous. BETTY
What’s good about it? Don’t see what good it would do. JOE
So how’s Artie? I’m missing him something fierce. It rains all the time, they’re weeks behind.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Girl Meet Boy lyrics

JOE
Girl meets boy
That’s a safe beginning

BETTY
It’s nearly closing
I thought you weren’t going to show

JOE
So did I
I felt it might be kinder

BETTY
What are you saying? ARTIE
What a nightmare
Good to see you
Come to my new year’s party

JOE
Last year it got out of hand

ARTIE
Guaranteed bad behaviour

JOE
See you then

BETTY
Don’t give up
You’re too good

JOE
Thanks. Let’s keep in touch through Artie. BETTY
Couldn’t we work evenings? JOE
Every time I see some young kid
Dreaming they’ll produce a masterpiece
I just want to throw them on the next train home

BETTY
Never thought
You’d be so condescending

JOE
Sorry, Miss Schaefer
I didn’t come here to fight

BETTY
Girl meets boy
If that’s how you want it
She’s a young teacher
He’s a reporter
It’s hate at first sight

JOE
It won’t sell
These days they want glamour
Fabulous heiress meets handsome Hollywood heel
The problem is
She thinks he’s a burglar
Would you believe it? Nothing I can teach you. Write this down
I’ll give you some ground rules
Plenty of conflict
But nice guys don’t break the law
Girl meets boy
She gives herself completely
And though she loves him

JOE/BETTY
She keeps one foot on the floor

BETTY
No one dies except the best friend
No one ever mentions communists
No one takes a black friend to a restaurant

JOE
Very good. Gillis
That’s just what I want. BETTY
Oh, I’m not good enough to do it on my own. Moving means starving
And true means holes in your shoe

BETTY
No, you’re wrong
They still make good pictures
Stick to your story
It’s a good story

JOE
O.K., Miss Schaefer:
I give it to you

BETTY
What do you mean? Who the hell wants moving? We could have had fun
Fighting the studio

BETTY
Yes, Mr. Six o’clock in the morning? JOE
Look, Betty, it can’t be done. It’s out. I’d come to your place. JOE
Come on, Miss Schaefer, you know

BETTY
What? JOE
Just what I said. JOE
I can’t. I’m all tied up. So you write it. That way if you get stuck, we can at least talk. But I thought we could write it together. A wedding in the last reel

BETTY
It doesn’t have to be so mindless
You should write from your experience
Give us something really moving;
Something true

JOE
Who wants true? I’ve given up writing myself.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Every Movie’s A Circus lyrics

1ST FINANCEMAN
Come on, Gillis, give us the keys. JOE
See those gorillas? Look, those guys are after my car. BETTY
Shhh! 2ND FINANCEMAN
Relax, we got five minutes. If I lose that in this town, it’s like having my legs cut off. Get off your high horse
Writers with pride don’t live in L.A. JOE
What for? BOTH FINANCEMEN
Hey, hey, come back here… Please be quiet, Mr. You want to stay and watch? JOE
Come to get your knife back? BETTY
He’s working on “Samson and Delilah”: they’re doing a red-hot scene with Hedy Lamarr. BETTY
I read
One of your stories
Wasn’t it Scribner’s
Some magazine. BETTY
Let’s duck into the soundstage. DeMille is shooting right over there. It’s still right there, right between my shoulder blades. JOE
Do me a terrific favour
Keep them amused while I escape

BETTY
If you’re at Schwab’s on Thursday

JOE
Done. JOE
It was “Blind Windows”
If that’s what you mean

BETTY
That’s right
I really liked it

JOE
I’m all warm and runny inside

BETTY
Let me pitch it to Sheldrake

JOE
I may be broke
But I still have my pride

BETTY
Come on. 1ST FINANCEMAN
No. Title –
Something with windows. 1ST FINANCEMAN
So what? Silence
Exile and cunning
Those are the only cards you can play

JOE
Sheldrake won’t buy this story
He likes trash with fairy lights
Jesus, think of the effort
Trying to get him to heighten his sights

BETTY
Every movie’s a circus
Can’t we discuss this
Schwab’s Thursday night? BETTY
Yes, what about them? Nothing will happen
I gotta go now
Fight the good fight

BETTY
What’s the rush? Last Update: December, 24th 2013

Cinderella – The Last Mile lyrics

Me and billy boy and old lady jane
We hitched a ride, took a fast movin’ train
Got to the top with our heads spinnin’ round
You never know just what you got until you’re comin’ back
Down on the farmland mississippi shade
The folks down there they told me take it day by day

And walk the last mile
Before I sleep
It’ll be a while
Before I get my peace
With the same style
I walked for years
On the last mile
I can rest my fears

I got a long way to go before I reach the light of day
Monkies on my back I gotta find a better way
Same old story never get just what you want
The more you got the more you want
Sometimes you do and then you don’t
I guess I’ve always been a travelin’ man
Cause when I’m movin’ I can make a stand

And walk the last mile
Before I sleep
It’ll be a while
Before I get my peace
With the same style
I walked for years
On the last mile
I can rest my fears

Don’t know where I’m going
But I know where I’ve been
Look around me everybody’s trying to win

I guess I’ve always been a travelin’ man
Cause when I’m movin’ I can make a stand yea yea

And walk the last mile
Before I sleep
It’ll be a while
Before I get my peace
With the same style
I walked for years
On the last mile
I can rest my fears

The last mile
Before I sleep
It’ll be a while
Before I get my peace
With the same style
I walked for years
On the last mile
I can rest my fears

The last mile
Before I sleep
It’ll be a while
Before I get my peace
With the same style
I walked for years
On the last mile
I can rest my fears