Chess - Anatoly & Molokov Lyrics

1988 Broadway
Chess the Musical - Anatoly & Molokov Lyrics

MOLOKOV (spoken):
The man is utterly mad.
Believe me, Anatoly, you're playing a lunatic.

ANATOLY (spoken):
That's the problem. He's a brilliant lunatic,
And you can't tell which way he'll jump.
Like his game, he's impossible to analyze.
You can't predict him, dissect him,
Which of course means he's not a lunatic at all.

What we've just seen's
A pathetic display
From a man who's
Beginning to crack.
He's afraid--
He knows he isn't
The player he was,
And he won't get it back.

Why do you people
Always want to believe
Third-rate propaganda?

My friend, please relax,
We're all on your side.
You know how you need us.

I don't need my army
Of so-called advisors,
And helpers
To tell me the man
Who's revitalized chess single-handed
Is more or less out of his brain,
When it's very clear
He's sane.

Listen, we don't
Underestimate Trumper.
We won't get caught
In that trap.
After all, winning or losing reflects on us all.

Oh, don't give me that crap.
I win, no one else does,
And I take the rap if I lose.

It's not quite that simple--
The whole world's tuned in,
We're all on display.
We're not merely sportsmen.

Oh, please don't start
Spouting that old party line.
Yes, I know it's you job,
But just get out and get me
My chess-playing second.
In 36 hours we begin--
That is if you want to win!

MOLOKOV (spoken):
Wanting is not sufficient. We have to know.
We have to make sure.
All men have a weakness. His is that woman.
Take her, and you win the game.

ANATOLY (spoken):
So you think I can't win otherwise?

MOLOKOV (spoken):
I'm not saying that. I'm just making certain.
And she is attractive.
Then there's her intriguing family history--
Hungary, 1956 and all that.

ANATOLY (spoken):
I'm a chess player, Mr. Molokov.
You go and play these other games.

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The Story of Chess
Commie Newspapers
Press Conference
Anatoly & Molokov
Where I Want to Be
The Arbiter
Hymn to Chess
The Arbiter (Reprise)
Quartet (A Model of Decorum and Tranquility)
Florence and Molokov
1956 – Budapest is Rising
Nobody's Side
Mountain Duet
Florence Quits
Pity the Child
Embassy Lament
Heaven Help My Heart
Anatoly and the Press
One Night in Bangkok
One More Opponent
You and I
The Soviet Machine
The Interview
Someone Else's Story
The Deal
I Know Him So Well
Talking Chess
You and I (Reprise)
Anthem (Reprise)