Fire in the City

Broadway production 1998
Ragtime the Musical - Fire in the City Lyrics


COALHOUSE
Until my demands are met, I will continue to burn down firehouses.
I will destroy the entire city if need be. Let the rules of war prevail.
Coalhouse Walker, Jr., president of the provisional American government.

REPORTER
Can I get one picture?

FATHER
You're trampling the dahlias!
Every day now, I come home to a zoo!

WELFARE OFFICIAL
Will you explain to your wife that the child is illegitimate.

MOTHER
He is not illegitimate.

WELFARE OFFICIAL
:and must be given over one of the excellent facilities
that care for these unwanted infants.

MOTHER
And he is not unwanted.

FATHER
That's enough. Get out of my house.

FATHER
All of you. Get off my property!
This is insufferable. Mr. Walker is on thing but his child's welfare is not our concern.
There are limits to even the most limitless compassion.
We've don enough for his child.

MOTHER
No one will ever do enough for this child.

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