The Ballad of Sweeney Todd Lyrics

Original Broadway production 1979
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street the Musical - The Ballad of Sweeney Todd Lyrics


MAN:
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd.
His skin was pale and his eye was odd.
He shaved the faces of gentlemen
Who never thereafter were heard of again.
He trod a path that few have trod,
Did Sweeney Todd,
The demon barber of Fleet Street.

ANOTHER MAN:
He kept a shop in London town,
Of fancy clients and good renown.
And what if none of their souls were saved?
They went to their maker impeccably shaved
By Sweeney,
By Sweeney Todd,
The demon barber of Fleet Street.

COMPANY:
Swing your razor wide, Sweeney!
Hold it to the skies!
Freely flows the blood of those
Who moralize!

TOBIAS:
His needs were few, his room was bare:

MAN:
A lavabo and a fancy chair,

ANOTHER MAN:
A mug of suds and a leather strop,

TWO MEN:
An apron, a towel, a pail and a mop.

TWO WOMEN:
For neatness he deserved a nod,
Did Sweeney Todd,

COMPANY:
The demon barber of Fleet Street.

WOMEN:
Inconspicuous Sweeney was,
Quick and quiet and clean he was.
Back of his smile, under his word,
Sweeney heard music that nobody heard.
Sweeney pondered and Sweeney planned,
Like a perfect machine he planned.
Sweeney was smooth, Sweeney was subtle,
Sweeney would blink and rats would scuttle.

COMPANY:
Sweeney was smooth, Sweeney was subtle,
Sweeney would blink and rats would scuttle
Inconspicuous Sweeney was,
Quick and quiet and clean he was,
Like a perfect machine he was,
Was Sweeney!
Sweeney!
Sweeney!
Sweeeeeneeeeey!

TODD:
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd.

COMPANY:
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd.

TODD:
He served a dark and a vengeful god.

COMPANY:
He served a dark and a vengeful god.

TODD:
What happened then - well, that's the play,
And he wouldn't want us to give it away,
Not Sweeney,

TODD & COMPANY:
Not Sweeney Todd,
The demon barber of Fleet Street.

[Thanks to Sam Wilkes for lyrics]

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