Newsies - Carrying the Banner Lyrics

Broadway production 2012
Newsies the Musical - Carrying the Banner Lyrics


RACE:
Hey! That's my cigar!

ALBERT:
You'll steal another.

SPECS (referring to the other boys):
Hey, look, it's bath time at the zoo.

HENRY:
I thought that I'd surprise my mother.

ALBERT (spoken):
If you can find her.

NEWSIES (spoken):
Who asked you?

RACE:
From Bottle Alley to the harbor, there's easy pickin's guaranteed.

FINCH:
Try any banker, bum or barber. They almost all knows how to read.

JACK:
It's a crooked game we're playin',
One we'll never lose, long as suckers don't mind payin' just to get bad news!

NEWSIES:
Ain't it a fine life carrying the banner through it all!
A mighty fine life carrying the banner tough and tall.
When that bell rings we goes where we wishes.
We's as free as fishes. Sure beats washin' dishes.
What a fine life carrying the banner home free all.

FINCH (spoken):
Hey, Crytchie. What's your leg say? Gonna rain?

CRUTCHIE (shakes his leg):
(spoken) No rain. Partly cloudy. Clear by evening.

RACE (spoken):
Ha! And the limp sells fifty papes a week all by itself.

CRUTCHIE (spoken):
I don't need the limp to sell papes. I got personality.

(sung) It takes a smile that spreads like butter, the kind what turns a lady's head.

RACE:
It takes an orphan with a stutter,

FINCH:
Who's also blind-

ALBERT:
And mute-

ELMER:
And dead!

CRUTCHIE, BUTTONS & JO JO:
Summer stinks and winter's freezin' when you works outdoors.

JACK, TOMMY BOY, CRUTCHIE, BUTTONS & JO JO:
Start out sweatin', end up snezin', in between it pours!

NEWSIES:
Still it's a fine life carrying the banner with me chums,
a bunch of big shots, tossin' out a freebie to the bums.

FINCH:
Hey!  What's the hold up?
Waitin' makes me antsy. I likes livin' chancey,

NEWSIES:
Harlem to Delancey. What a fine life carrying the banner through the...

NUNS:
Blessed children, though you wander lost and depraved,
Jesus loves you. You shall be saved.
--
RACE (simultaneously with below):
Curdled coffee, concrete donuts spinkled with mold, homemade biscuits, just two years old.

NUNS:
Blessed children, ah. Jesus loves you, ah

ELMER:
Just give me half a cup.

HENRY:
Something to wake me up.

ROMEO:
I gotta find me an angle.

TOMMY BOY:
It's getting bad out there.

MUSH:
Papers is all I got.

SPECS:
It's eighty-eight degrees.

JO JO:
Jack says to change my spot.

SNIPER:
Wish I could catch a breeze.

FINCH:
Maybe it's worth a shot.

BUTTONS:
All I can catch is fleas.
--
JACK:
If I hate the headline
I'll make up the headline.

JACK & CRUTCHIE:
And I'll say anything I have'ta
'cause at two for a penny,

JACK, CRUTCHIE, RACE & ROMEO:
If I take too many Weasel just makes me eat 'em afta.
--
NEWSIE GROUP 1 (simultaneously with below):
Got a feelin' 'bout the headline! I smells me a headline!
Papes are gonna sell like we was givin' 'em away!
Bet'cha dinner it's a doozy 'bout a pistol-packin' floozy who knows how to make a newsie's day!

NEWSIE GROUP 2:
I do, too! So it must be true!
What a switch! Soon we'll all be rich!
Don't know any better way to make a newsies day!
--
NEWSIES
You wanna move the next edition? Give us an earthquake or a war.

ELMER:
How 'bout a crooked politician?

NEWSIES:
Ya nitwit, that ain't news no more!
Uptown to Grand Central Station, down to City Hall, we improves our circulation walkin' 'till we fall!
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NEWSIE GROUP 1 (simultaneously with below):
But we'll be out there carrying the bannerman to man.
We're always out there soakin' ev'ry sucker that we can.
Here's the headline: Newsies on a mission!
Kill the competition! Sell the next edition!
We'll be out there carrying the banner!
See us out there carrying the banner!
Always out there carrying the banner!

NEWSIE GROUP 2:
Got a feelin' 'bout the headline!
I smells me a headline!
Papes are gonna sell like we was givin' 'em away!
Bet'cha dinner it's a doozy 'bout a pistol-packin' floozy!
Don't know any better way to make a newsie's day!
I was stakin' out the circus, and then someone said that Coney's really hot,
But when I get there, there was Spot with all his cronies.
Heck, I'm gonna take what little dough I got and play the ponies!
We atleast deserve a headline for the hours that they work us.
Jeez, I bet if I just stayed a little longer at the circus...
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NEWSIES:
We'll all be out there carrying the banner man to man.
We're always out there soakin' ev'ry soaker that we can.
Here's the headline: Newsies on a mission!
Kill the competition! Sell the next edition!
We'll be out there carrying the banner!
See us out there carrying the banner!
Always out there carrying the banner! Ah, ah, ah, go!

[Thanks to Brooke for corrections]

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