Merrily We Roll Along - That Frank Lyrics

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Merrily We Roll Along the Musical - That Frank Lyrics

GUEST (TYLER)
I said, “frank, this picture is a watershed…”

GUEST (TERRY)
I said, “frank, one day you’ll run my studio…”

GUEST (SCOTTY) (To DORY)
I said, “frank, will you listen to that response?”

GUEST (DORY)
I said, “frank really knows what the public wants.”

TYLER
I said, “Frank, this picture is a watershed…”

MARY (spoken)
Know what i’m having?

RU (spoken)
What?

MARY (spoken)
Not much fun.

FRANK
Party!

GROUP I
That frank —

JEROME
The guy is too much —

FRANK (spoken)
Hey, the party’s inside!

GROUP II
That frank —

FRANK (spoken)
You like the picture?

TERRY
The platinum touch.

FRANK (spoken)
How about more champagne?

SCOTTY
He has taste, he has talent —

TERRY
Is he the best?

TYLER
Plus a fine head for business.

K.T.
The man is blessed.

ALL
That frank!

RU (to MARY)
I wrote the screenplay for frank’s movie.

MARY (spoken)
Your secret’s safe with me.

FRANK (spoken)
Oh tyler, i want you to meet meg, the star of my movie. My old friend tyler here is
The man who invented the telephone answering machine.

TYLER (spoken)
And people are living in fear i’ll invent something else.

GROUP I
That Frank —

RU (to Mary) (spoken)
So what do you do?

JEROME
He’s full of advice.

MARY (spoken)
I drink.

GROUP II
That frank —

RU (spoken)
No, what do you really do?

ALL
And god, is he nice!

MARY (spoken)
I really drink.

K.T.
What a friend —

MEG
What a host —

BUNKER
And his work is great!

TERRY
Has a wife who is gorgeous —

MEN
A son who’s straight.

ALL
He’s the type you could easily learn to hate, That Frank!

FRANK (to the Guests)
Who says, “lonely at the top?”
I say, “let it never stop!”
It’s our time coming through,
All our dreams
Coming true. Working hard, getting rich,
Being happy —
There’s a switch!

GROUP I
That smile —

BUNKER (spoken)
Don’t you miss writing music?

GROUP I
He’s hot but he’s cool.

FRANK
That was the old frank shepard.

GROUP II
What style —

JEROME (spoken)
This guy’s the american dream!

MEG
And what a great pool!

GROUP I
If you had no idea what
Charisma meant —

GROUP II
And you just can’t be jealous, he’s such a gent —

ALL
He’s the kind of a man that
You can’t resent, that frank!

MEG (spoken)
Franklin?

FRANK  (spoken)
Oh, meg, this is mary flynn.
Mary is my deepest, closest, best friend in all the world. We go way back.

MARY (spoken)
But seldom forward.

MEG (spoken)
Actually, franklin gave me the novel you wrote and i read it over and over.

MARY (spoken)
Didn’t you get it the first time?

FRANK (loudly, to the guests)
Hey, gang, we got this orchestra and dancing inside.

TYLER
I said “frank, you’re coming down to mexico…”

JEROME
I think frank is moving back to paramount…

MARY (to the Audience)
These are the movers, these are the shapers, these are the people
That fill the papers.

GROUP I
… Mexico…

MARY
These are the friends of Frank.

GROUP II
… moving back to paramount…

MARY
Each one a perfect blank.

ALL
When you see a movie that successful, What can you say?
(to Frank) Congratulations!

FRANK
Thank you!

MARY
These are the movers, these are the shapers, these are the people
That give you vapors…

FRANK
Twenty years ago, who’d have guessed, who’d have guessed
We’d be standing here?
God, we would have been so impressed! Now we’re here with the most —

GROUP I
… Mexico…

FRANK
— Brilliant minds on the coast.

GROUP II
… Moving back to paramount…

FRANK
And notice who is their host.

GROUP I
… Mexico…

GROUP II
Beautiful, Frank!

GROUP I
… Acapulco, mexico…

GROUP II
Beautiful, Frank!

ALL
When you’ve made a movie that successful, where do you go?

FRANK (spoken)
Uhhh — paramount! “here’s to us.”

MARY (spoken)
“who’s like us?”

FRANK, MARY (spoken)
“Damn few.”

FRANK (spoken)
Thanks pal, for flying out.

MARY (spoken)
Thanks pal, for the ticket. I got a letter from frankie.

FRANK (spoken)
Well, at least my son writes to you.

MARY (spoken)
To thank me for coming to his graduation.

FRANK (spoken)
He didn’t invite me.

MARY (spoken)
He didn’t invite me either.

FRANK (spoken)
How is frankie?

MARY (spoken)
He asked the same thing about you. Oh, Frank, why don’t the two of you —

K.T. (spoken)
Frank, I am beginning my broadcast, “where franklin shepard goes I go, because
That is where the ‘a’ list goes.”

MARY (spoken)
I just figured out what the ‘a’ stands for…

JEROME (spoken)
Now I heard a reliable rumor that you’re selling the malibu house?

FRANK (spoken)
You don’t want it. The place doesn’t even have a pool.

MARY (spoken)
No pool!?!
In my rat’s hole in new york the john is terminally busted and the kitchen should be condemned.
But no pool!?! Trash it!!

FRANK (spoken)
Let’s have some coffee, Mary.

ALL
Poor Frank —

MARY (spoken)
I never drink coffee.

ALL
He handled that well.

MARY (spoken)
Caffeine isn’t good for you.

GROUP II
That Frank —

FRANK (spoken)
Look, I’m aware this was just a formula movie.

JEROME
He’s loyal as hell.

FRANK (spoken)
But my next picture. You wait.

MARY (spoken)
I gave up waiting.

ALL
He’s polite and considerate, rain or shine —

MARY
It began when I tasted communion wine —

ALL
That Frank.

FRANK (to Guests)
Who says, “mustn’t go too far”?
I say, “look at where we are!” It’s our time, coming through —
I say, “good, me and you!”
I say, “roll!”
I say, “ride!”
I say, “hey, there’s food inside!”

ALL
That Frank —

Terry (spoken)
Frank’s movie was fun!

ALL
You’d think he’d relax.

TYLER (spoken)
Frank knows what the public wants!

ALL
Not Frank —

BUNKER (spoken)
Frank understands commercial!

ALL
He’s laying new tracks.

K.T. (spoken)
And frank made a star!

ALL
If you had no idea what
Charisma meant —
And you just can’t be jealous,
He’s such a gent —
He’s the kind of a man
Could be president,
That Frank! That Frank! That Frank!

[Thanks to Michael Prince for lyrics]

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