We Both Reached For The Gun
The Original Broadway Production
Chicago the Musical - We Both Reached For The Gun Lyrics

REPORTER
Where'd you come from?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
Mississippi

REPORTER
And your parents?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
Very wealthy.

REPORTER
Where are they now?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
Six feet under.

BILLY
But she was granted one more start

BILLY (as ROXIE)
The convent of the sacred heart!

REPORTER
When'd you get there?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
1920

REPORTER
How old were you?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
Don't remember

REPORTER
Then what happened?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
I met Amos
And he stole my hear away
Convinced me to elope one day

MARY SUNSHINE
A convent girl! A run-away marriage! Oh, it's too terrible.
You poor, poor dear.

REPORTER
Who's Fred Casely?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
My ex-boy friend.

REPORTER
Why'd you shoot him.

BILLY (as ROXIE)
I was leavin'.

REPORTER
Was he angry?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
Like a madman!
Still I said, "Fred, move along."

BILLY
She knew that she was doin' wrong

REPORTER
Then describe it

BILLY (as ROXIE)
He came toward me.

REPORTER
With a pistol?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
From my bureau

REPORTER
Did you fight him?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
Like a tiger

BILLY
He had strength and she had none

BILLY (as ROXIE)
And yet we both reached for the gun
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes we both
Oh yes, we both
Oh yes, we both reached for
The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun
Oh yes, we both reached for the gun
For the gun.

BILLY & REPORTER
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes they both
Oh yes, they both
Oh yes, they both reached for
The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun
Oh yes, they both reached for the gun
For the gun.

BILLY
Understandable, understandable
Yes, it's perfectly understandable
Comprehensible, comprehensible
Not a bit reprehensible
It's so defensible!

REPORTER
How you're feeling?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
Very frightened

REPORTER
Are you sorry?

ROXIE
Are you kidding?

REPORTER
What's your statement?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
All I'd say is
Though my choo-choo jumped my track
I'd give my life to bring him back

REPORTER
And?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
Stay away from

REPORTER
What?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
Jazz and liquor

REPORTER
And?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
And the man who

REPORTER
What?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
Play for fun

REPORTER
And what?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
That's the thought that

REPORTER
Yeah!

BILLY (as ROXIE)
Came upon me

REPORTER
When?

BILLY (as ROXIE)
When we both reached for the gun!

MARY SUNSHINE
Understandable, understandable

BILLY & MARY SUNSHINE
Yes, it's perfectly understandable
Comprehensible, comprehensible
Not a bit reprehensible
It's so defensible!

BILLY: REPORTER
Let me Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes they both
Hear it! Oh yes, they both
Oh yes, they both reached for
The gun, the gun, the gun,
The gun
Oh yes, they both reached
For the gun
A little louder! For the gun.
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes they both
Oh yes, they both
Oh yes, they both reached
For the gun, the gun,
Now you got it! The gun, the gun
Oh yes, they both reached
For the gun
For the gun.

BILLY & REPORTER
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes they both
Oh yes, they both
Oh yes, they both reached for
The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun
Oh yes, they both reached for the gun.

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes they both
Oh yes, they both
Oh yes, they both reached for
The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun,
The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun,
The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun,
The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun.

BILLY
Both reached for the...gun

REPORTER
The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun
The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun
The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun
The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun
Both reached for the gun.

FIRST REPORTER
"Stop The Presses!"

SECOND REPORTER
"'We Both Reached For The Gun,' Says Roxie!"

THIRD REPORTER
"Dancing Feet Lead To Sorrow, Says Beautiful Jazz Slayer!"

FIFTH REPORTER
"Jazz And Liquor, Roxie's Downfall!"

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