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(JAKE and LINDA enter.)
LINDAAt least we're not late At least we didn't have to rush and run to make the gate At least we left in time to get here easily and nice At least we didn't have to roll the dice At least we're not late
JAKENot late? Not late? We're so early, the pilot's still in bed We're so early, the plane is back at Boeing being built We're so early, Orville Wright and Wilber haven't even left the ground We're so early, no one knows the world is round.
LINDA and JAKE alternatingYou're an early bird that's always looking for the worm You're a tardy bird who should be treated strict and firm You're a morning person, up at dawn and down by nine You're a nighthawk, rising when the moon begins to shine You're a tidy sweeper with a place for this and that You're a cluttered mess, whereever something falls is where it's at. You're a penny pincher, counting each and every single cent You're a plastic spender wondering where the money went
LINDA and JAKE togetherHow did we ever? Get along at all?
JAKEWe were an odd pair.
LINDABut we were a pair.
LINDA and JAKEA pair.
LINDASomehow we made it together
JAKESomehow we two were a pair
LINDASomehow we kept holding hands kept holding hands.
JAKE and LINDAKept holding hands
JAKESomehow we just stayed together
LINDASomehow we learned how to share
JAKESomehow we kept making plans kept making plans
JAKE and LINDAI guess that must mean we care, must mean we care.
Now you have a new job in Boston, a great new job.
LINDAThe things that last forever somehow always end Things that happen never somehow someday do. Things that are for always, always fade along the way. Don't count on steady things beyond today.
(Chorus 1)The sun will shine tomorrow. A chance of morning rain. I'm holding firm, I will abide. Don't worry, I already cried.
Verse 2Things we take for granted somehow disappear Things we count on someday somehow can't be found. Things we thought would be there we can't see there any way. Don't count on steady things beyond today.
(Chorus 2)The dawn will break at sunrise, A chance of storm by noon. I'm standing tall, it's all in stride. Don't worry, I already cried.
LINDA and JAKE
(Tag)I know the score, when worlds collide. Don't worry, I already cried.
LINDABut that's enough of yesterday. Let's get tomorrow under way. Are you ready? Are you set? Are you good to go?
(Verse)Have you got everything? Have you checked off a list? Have you thought about all that you'll need? Anything you might have missed?
(Verse)Have you got everything? Do you know where you'll stay? There'll be so many hazards to heed. Too much to do in a day.
(Chorus)It snows all year in Boston Or so I've heard them say You fingers will be frostin' You'll need to get a sleigh.
(Verse)Have I covered it all every three thousand miles check the oil and the shocks and the tires and mark every time in your files. Have I covered it all When the laptop goes dead Take it back to the shop for repair They'll give you a loaner instead.
(Chorus)It snows all year in Boston so slick you slip and slide. A place I can get lost in, with no one at my side.
LINDAHave you got everything?
JAKEHave I covered it all?
LINDAYes, you've got everything...
LINDAGot everything... but me.
He's been with some girl, I saw them last night. CASSIE's her name.
'Benton'? Where's 'Benton'?
(Straightening JAKE's collar again.) So, FRED's got a girlfriend. I'm glad. It's time he met a girl and settled down.
Anyway, I was glad you called and I'm always happy to drive you to the airport. Besides, it gives us one more chance to say goodbye.
One more chance to say goodbye. One more time for asking why. One more time to wonder is this just a blunder. One more chance to say goodbye. All our days are memories All our days are in your eyes. All our days we never thought would ever end with One more chance to say goodbye. All the many might-have-beens that make us wonder 'if'. If this if that if which if what if then if.... thanks a lot. All the tiny doubts and second thoughts we fret about. Should I have this should I have that should I have... idle chat. One last chance to say goodbye. One last time to say you're mine. One more time to say so much with just a glance and One last chance to say goodbye.
(JAKE and LINDA exit right.)
(The departure gate sign changes from "GATE 33" to "GATE 62".)
(FRED and CASSIE enter left.)
Thank you for giving me a ride, FRED, even though my flight doesn't leave for hours.
Now, CASSIE, don't exaggerate.
FREDAt least we're not late At least we didn't have to rush and run to make the gate At least we left in time to get here easily and nice At least we didn't have to roll the dice At least we're not late
CASSIENot late? Not late? We're so early... We're so early, the pilot's still in school We're so early, the wings are being bolted to the plane. We're so early, Wilbur Wright and Orville are still making bikes at home. We're so early, maps all say the world is flat.
CASSIE (Vocalizing a drum cadence.)
IntroBeep dee bee deep dee bee deep Out of step! Beep dee bee deep dee bee deep Out of step! Beep dee bee deep dee bee dee bee deep deep Beep dee bee dee bee deep deep
(Verse 1)Life's a parade and a drum Keep with the beat or get out of the street. Find your own way you're a bum. Life's a parade and a drum
(Verse 2)Life's a parade and a drum Keep it in time or go ring your own chime. Set your own course you're a scum Life's a parade and a drum
(Chorus)Oklahoma isn't on the ocean Kansas doesn't have a kangaroo No one pays attention to our wishes Texas doesn't have a purple shoe Alabama's not in Arizona Georgia doesn't have the River Nile. You and I are getting no attention. Mississippi don't know how to smile.
(Extra chorus)Alabama hasn't got a subway South Dakota isn't up for sale What we want is never what we're getting Idaho competes but can't prevail Kansas hasn't got the Eiffel Tower Georgia doesn't have Niagra Falls Where we aimed is never where we're hitting Utah doesn't get to base on balls
(Verse 3)Life's a parade and a drum Click with the tick or go flick your own bic Take your own track and you're dumb Life's a parade and a drum.
(JAKE and LINDA arrive)
(To Cassie) Remember?
That little room in back.
That's what we thought.
(Verse)I will admit at times I have been tempted to do her like a drake would do a duck. I'd be howling I'd be growling I'd be prowling I'd be fouling. But there's rules I simply dare not ever buck She's my cousin so we're never gonna fu*****
(Verse)In Arkansas the story would be different. We'd go behind the barn or in his truck. We'd be squealing we'd be feeling we'd be peeling we'd be reeling. But we know that we are just plain out of luck He's my cousin so we're never gonna fu*****
FREDDaydreams are even off limits
CASSIEThey'd show in the wrong sort of smile
FREDBut friendship is fine,
CASSIEand family is fun
CASSIE and FREDand there's friendship and family constraints. So for friendship and family, we have no complaints No friendship or family complaints.
FREDStill, sometimes I can't help but thinking...
CASSIESometimes I wonder perhaps...
CASSIE and FREDNO... We dare not break the rules or even bend 'em. The folks would wag their fingers and they'd cluck. They'd be screaming they'd be steaming they'd be dreaming they'd be creaming. So with all the social limits we are stuck We're just cousins and we're never going to cousins and we're never going to cousins and we're never going to fu*****
FREDLINDA, Jake didn't tell me his new job's in Boston.
LINDAFRED, he didn't decide which job to take until a week ago.
JAKECASSIE is it OK with you if I move to Boston?
CASSIEJAKE as long as you're for the Red Sox!
JAKEThe Red Sox. CASSIE do you figure Boston's got a chance to win it?
CASSIEJAKE, they do unless Carlucci has a slump.
JAKEI'm worried they might trade away McDougal.
CASSIEThey need to sack Canoga, he's a chump.
LINDAFRED, what's your opinion?
FREDLINDA, I don't have much to say when talking baseball.
LINDAFRED, I'm pretty sure a 'homer' counts a lot.
FREDBut what Canoga hit in sixty-seven?
LINDAIs information I was never taught.
CASSIEPlay ball. Batter up.
JAKEDouble and deep.
CASSIEHeads up, look alive
JAKEWinning's not cheap.
CASSIE and JAKEPlay ball. Batter up. Play ball. Batter up.
CASSIEJAKE, do you remember when Castille was playing center?
JAKECASSIE, he'd scramble, dive, and catch whatever came.
CASSIEHis last year up he hit three twenty seven.
JAKEYou always knew he came to play the game.
LINDAFRED, I like to go to games in sunny weather.
FREDAs long as I can sit up in the shade.
FREDLINDA, the game is fun to watch for half an hour.
LINDABut then my int'rest always starts to fade.
FREDPlay ball. Batter up.
LINDASingle to right.
FREDOn base, heading home.
LINDASee you tonight.
LINDA and FREDPlay ball. Batter up. Play ball. Batter up.
CASSIEJAKE, a bunch of us are getting season tickets. You int'rested? There's always room for more?
JAKECASSIE, I'd like to get the night games, that's for certain. It's good to be with folks that know the score.
LINDAFRED, maybe not baseball, but this year the Philharmonic's playing Hayden.
FREDI've only heard them once, The Rite of Spring
LINDAThe season tickets make it quite a bargain.
FREDThat sounds like fun, I'd like to 'take a swing'.
JAKEPlay ball. Batter up.
CASSIERunner on third.
FREDStay cool, saddle up.
LINDADo what you do.
ENSEMBLEPlay ball. Batter up. Play ball. Batter up.
CASSIEJake, are you seeing anyone? Someone special?
JAKEAre you socially engaged? Are you free?
CASSIEAre you looking? Seeking?
JAKEOpen to some new thing
CASSIE and JAKEGame to see what might be in the cards?
LINDAFRED, have you thought of having kids, start a family?
FREDLINDA, Is that something in your plan? On your mind?
LINDAAre you looking? Seeking?
FREDOpen to some new thing.
CASSIE and LINDAGame to see what might be in the cards?
CASSIE and LINDAStarting out we don't know where we'll end.
JAKE and FREDJumping off we don't know where we'll land.
CASSIEEverything on everything depends.
JAKENothing ends up like we thought we planned.
CASSIE and JAKEOur mightly castle built upon the sand.
CASSIE and LINDAAre you seeing anyone? Someone special?
JAKE and FREDAre you socially engaged? Are you free?
CASSIE and LINDAAre you looking? Seeking?
JAKE and FREDOpen to some new thing?
ENSEMBLEGame to see what might be in the cards? Game to see what might be in the cards?
Tomorrow's flight to Boston at GATE SIXTY TWO is ready to board. Ready to board.
(Chorus)Boarding now, tomorrow's flight. Take a trip, the future's bright. Take off here and end up there. Climb upon the airy stair. Reach up high and reach the height. Boarding now, tomorrow's flight.
CASSIE(To FRED) FRED it's time for me to board. Time to say good-bye. It's time to get my ticket out. Time to learn to fly.
FRED(To CASSIE) CASSIE your visit was a gas. So stop in any time. We'll chit and chat and do the town and ring the midnight chime
LINDA(To JAKE) JAKE we've said our sad farewells. We've bid our fond adieu. I'll write, you phone, you're not alone. My thoughts will be with you.
JAKE(To LINDA) LINDA remember days gone by. The things we've said and done. Remember smiles and laughing days. Remember all the fun.
JAKE(To CASSIE) CASSIE we know the bird in hand, the bird already won. But now it's time for something new, more fire, more fuel, more fun.
CASSIE(To JAKE) JAKE we need a greater goal, a prize to track and trail. A quest to draw us ever on, like Ahab and his whale.
FRED(To LINDA) LINDA at times the bird in hand. is better than the bush. We find our fortunes near us when We poke we prod we push.
LINDA(To FRED) FRED the rainbow points out there. A quest that calls the bold. But look, right here, right now, so near,
LINDA and FREDthe glint, the gleam, the gold.