Cagney - Black & White (Reprise) Lyrics

Off-Broadway musical (2016)
Cagney the Musical - Black & White (Reprise) Lyrics


Commissioner Dies:
Want a ticket to the land of dreams?
Well step inside the ring
You can earn your stars and stripes
But cooperation’s king
A grand ol’ patriot party
Come join the free and brave
It’s happy hour in the usa
And you’re our newest knave

All (except Cagney):
If you want to get in
You have to fly the flag higher
Everybody’s welcome ‘long as they do what’s right so
Listen very closely
And swear to tell the truth
It’s just a matter of black and white

Commissioner Dies (spoken):
James cagney, do you know why you've been summoned here?  

Cagney (spoken):
Oh sure, sure, commissioner dies. It's been in a few newspapers.
But I can't say i understand it.  

Senator #1 (spoken):
So, are you a communist?  

Cagney (spoken):
Senator, I love this country and I'll fight for its freedoms to my last breath,
Which is why I'm no communist. 

Senator #2 (spoken):
Then why do you think we summoned you here? 

Cagney (spoken):
I honestly don’t know.
I'm just an old hoofer who got lucky in the movies
And tries to help some down-and-out folks now and then.  

Commissioner Dies and Senators:
It's just a matter of black and white

Commissioner Dies:
A little girl named Shirley T. 
Who should have known far better
Gave her name to a commie cause
And wrote the french a letter
If a little girl with a mop of curl
Might shir-ley be a red...

Shirley Temple (spoken):
Dear french people: lollipop kisses
And chocolate hugs from your friend in the u. S. Of a! 
Your pal, shirley temple.

Commissioner Dies (spoken):
Ah, ha!  Then, miss temple,
You are aware that you wrote this letter to a french newspaper called "ce soir?"
A communist newspaper!

Shirley Temple (spoken):
Yes sir. (Beat) Mr. Dies, what's a communist?

Commissioner dies/senators:
She’ll wave goodbye to red blue and white

Senators:
Mr. Marx your barks are bigger
Than all those little bites
Mr. Lenin keep the kremlin
We'll keep the bill of rights
You're an ever present danger
We got you in sight
It's a matter of black and white...

Commissioner Dies (spoken):
If you're not a communist, mr. Cagney,
Then why is one of your checks hanging framed in
The san francisco headquarters of the communist party?

Cagney (spoken):
The wrote that check for the scottsboro boys defense fund.
You'll have to ask them how the communists got hold of it.
Say i donate to the boy scouts
And then i find out that they’re run by a fascist sympathizer;
Does that make me a fascist?  

Cagney                     
There's a feeling comes a-stealing
And it sets my brain a reeling
When I'm listening to the music 
Of a military band
Though i don't believe in raving
Every time I see a waving
There's a chill runs up my back 
That makes me glad i'm where i am  
You're a grand old flag
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave
Keep your eye on that grand old...

Cagney                                               Commisioner Dies/Senator
There's a feeling                                  Everybody's in doubt                                    
Comes a-stealing
And it sets my brain                              Everybody's a suspect
A reeling
When I'm listening to the                      Someone’s gotta pay the bill
Music of a military band
Though I don't believe in raving             For the bill of rights 
Every time i see a waving
There's a chill runs up my back             So smile for the camera
That makes me glad i'm where I am
You're a grand old flag                         We're not too far away
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave      It's just a matter of
Keep your eye on that grand old...         Black and white...

Commissioner dies           Other Senators            Cagney
Ifyou want to get in       mr. Marx your barks        there's a feeling comes a-stealing
You have to fly            are bigger                 and it sets my brain a reeling
The flag higher           than all those              when i'm listening to the
Everybody's welcome     little bites                   music of a military band 
'long as they do            mr. Lenin keep the kremlin     every time i see a waving
What's right so            we'll keep the bill of rights     there's a chill runs up my back 
Listen very closely   you're an everpresent danger    that makes me glad i'm where i am
And swear to tell        we got you in                  you're a grand old flag
The truth                     sight                           you're a high flying flag
It's just a matter of   it's a matter of               and forever in peace may you wave
Black and...                Black and...                   Keep your eye on that grand old...


Commissioner Dies (spoken):
You can go, but we may call on you again.

All (except Cagney):                                                    
Just a matter of black and...

Cagney:
Eye on that grand old...

Cagney (spoken):
Well you know where to find me.

All:    
It's just a matter of black wand

Cagney:
Eye on that grand old flag.

Commissioner Dies:
Next!!

Senators:
If you want to get in
You have to fly the flag higher
Everybody’s welcome ‘long as they do what’s right so
Listen very closely
And swear to tell the truth

T’s just a matter of black and ...

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