Musicals – Love Never Dies – Dear Old Friend lyrics


sublime! Meg (reeling):
No… Meg:
You look the same! Old friends! Meg and Christine:
And isn’t life a splendid thing? That music! Christine:
Oh my god, I can’t believe it’s you! please… Madame Giry:
It’s him. Don’t we all revere old friends! Christine (with too much charm):
Hope it extends. Madame Giry:
That’s what I said. (such true friends!)
Old friends back again at last (back again),
With everyone (everyone),
Isn’t this great! Meg (to Christine, smiling, with venom):
Honey, break a leg. Inform your boss that,
By the by,
The fee goes up,
Or else we go. (As they confer, Meg and Madame Giry have their own whispered colloquy.)

Meg (sotto voice):
Did you know? Here to sing? Christine (sotto voice to Madame Giry):
Why would I leave? Meg:
Yes! Christine:
Tomorrow night. (Back to Madame Giry and Raoul.)

Raoul:
Him! Christine:
And here we are–

Meg:
Too see the sights! Meg:
I’m afraid there must be some mistake. Who was its creator? (They embrace.)

Meg and Christine:
My dear old friend! (Raoul enters and walks, stunned, toward Meg…)

Raoul:
You! Madame Giry:
Speaking as your host-

Meg:
As an artiste-

Christine:
What a surprise-

Raoul:
To say the least-

All four:
Yes, dear old friend,
That’s a happy tear, old friend! He storms over to Christine.)

Christine:
Darling… Madame Giry (sotto voice to Christine):
You mustn’t stay! You can’t be performing. Why even start? (god it’s great!)
Won’t this be fun! Madame Giry:
Why, it’s absurd! Christine:
Just one little thing – an aria. Raoul and Madame Giry:
And dear old friend,
Now that we are clear, old friend-

Madame Giry:
That’s all very well,
But ’till you’re gone you’ll wait upon my boss’s whim. You’re dear old friends (dear old friends!),
So much more thean mere old friends! Christine and Raoul (simultaneously with Meg and Madame Giry):
Dear old friends! All four:
So glad you’re here our lovely dear old friends! Meg:
Heaven help me, could it be–? Meg:
Yes, I think you do! She’ll be appalled! Christine:
Why? Meg:
So glad you came! Madame Giry:
At whose request? Christine:
Meg, and you as well! don’t squeeze so tight. (so much fun!)
With dear old friends–
Utterly sincere old friends! Christine:
After all this time! All four:
What dear old friends! What are you to sing? Meg:
And never will. I can’t conceal,
Try though I may,
The way I feel,
So why pretend? Christine:
Have we–? Raoul:
Something’s going on here–
I’ll deal with you later… Meg (sotto voice):
Why won’t they go? sing? Meg (sotto voice to Raoul):
Don’t play naive! Meg:
Go on, take a guess! Raoul (overly polite, to Madame Giry):
Madame, good day. Madame Giry (snatching it from him):
I want to see! Christine:
And sing. and right past her, astonished at another figure
Who has just appeared.)

Madame Giry (stunned):
It can’t be you! (The focus turns back to Meg and Christine.)

Meg:
Sorry, did I hear you right? Christine:
Wait – it can’t be! I could hardly tell it’s you–! Meg, meet Gustave… (Raoul seizes her roughly.)

Raoul:
Tell me now! Raoul (sotto voice to Meg):
Why are we here? Madame Giry:
How can this be? Meg (taken aback):
To… Raoul:
And handsomely. Raoul:
Nothing has been changed. Christine:
And of course as a treat for my son. Raoul:
We’ve come to work. Such good friends! Can’t believe you’re here, old friends! Christine:
Look at you, a star! Regal as a queen, and beautiful! Raoul:
It’s rather high. Words could not suggest what’s in my heart–
And for the rest? Meg:
Mainly, dear, ’cause so am I. Raoul (producing an envelope):
The contract’s here. (opens, skims)
My god, the price. Madame Giry and Christine:
Just rearranged. are you all right? (Raoul is thunderstruck. Christine:
Please, you needn’t fret,
I’m sure you will get your due… Madame Giry:
Unless she knew. I’m in fact the star, for heaven’s sake! Meg and Christine:
My sweet old friend,
Never thought we’d meet, old friend! Christine:
Darling, please… Meg (ignoring the boy):
Who hired you to sing here? (… Raoul:
Is this a jest? Madame Giry:
Now so do you. Raoul:
You work for him! I’m sure it’s clear, to such a dear old friend! No, it couldn’t possibly-

Christine:
Sorry, do I–? Why would they come? Raoul:
Ah yes, your boss–
And who is that? All four:
And yet we’re still such grand old friends,
Such devoted and old friends! Christine:
You look… Meg:
Look at you, Christine! Madame Giry:
Be sure he will. Meg:
And you a wife! (All four catch each others’ eyes and immediately regain
Their social graces.)

Meg and Madame Giry:
My dear old friends! Raoul:
Oh yes, I know. Madame Giry (pointedly to Raoul):
Enjoy your stay. Raoul and Madame Giry:
My dear old friend,
Here’s how things appear, old friend-

Madame Giry:
He who pays the bill-

Raoul:
Times two or three. Is it–? Madame Giry (sotto voice):
How could I know? Can’t believe you’re here old friend! Raoul:
And my poor wife–
We thought him dead!