I Rise Again Lyrics - On the Twentieth Century

Broadway revival (2015)
On the Twentieth Century the musical - I Rise Again Lyrics

OSCAR
(spoken) Traitors! Look at the two of you: Judas Iscariot and his sister Sue.
You think I’m finished? They all think I’m finished. Just because I've had a failure...
all right, four failures. But what glorious ones!
The burning of Joan of Arc in "The French Girl" was the most transcendant
theatrical experience since "The Magic Fire" scene in "Die Walkuere"! Let me enemies gloat.
Let them kick me when I'm down... but every time they think I’m through…

(sung) I rise again
Full size again,
And give those doubting Thomases a walloping surprise again!
I sneer at them,
I jeer at them,
I thumb my nose and bite my thumb and bare my royal rear at them!
With my back up against the wall,
With the wolves yapping at my heels,
With the noose tightening ‘round my neck,
That's the time I know how living really feels.
With the wall up against my back,
With the water rising to my chin,
Chained and bound tight inside a sack,
That's the plight that I'm delighted in!
For I have powers like Aladdin's Genie did.
I do escape tricks better than Houdini did.
In the black of my cul-de-sac,
Do I crack and fall? No – I attack!
With my back up against the wall…

OLIVER & OWEN
Listen boss, you've got to use your brain.
Everyone you owe will meet the train

OSCAR
I Shine again,
All is mine again,
A fighter rising from the canvas at the count of nine - -

OLIVER & OWEN
Nine? The count is ten!
You're out! The drums of doom are knocking.
Your theatre and your offices
The bankers will be locking.

OSCAR
I spit at them,
Spray flit at them.
I'll face those grim Goliaths with my sling shot
And I’ll hit at them.
With my back up against the wall,
Angry birds pecking with their beaks
Or submerged, sealed inside a tomb –
That challenge brings the roses to my cheeks.
So rally 'round me now, my musketeering men.
We’ll turn that raging lynch mob into cheering men!
From the false reports of my demise,
Like the phoenix right before their eyes
With my back up against the wall…

OWEN
With his back up against the wall…

OLIVER
With his back up against the wall…

OSCAR
I rise again!

OWEN & OLIVER
Ah-ah-ah

ALL THREE
I (He'll) rise again!

On the Twentieth Century I Rise Again Lyrics


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