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Real Big News

 
Parade Soundtrack Musical, 1998
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Real Big News CRAIG
Big news! My saviour has arrived!
My intuition's never been so strong!
Big News! My career has been revived
All I needed was a snippy, p**sy Yankee all along!
Take this superstitious city, add one little Jew from Brooklyn
Plus a college education and a mousy little wife,
And big news! Real big news!
That poor sucker saved my life!

So give him fangs, give him horns,
Give him scaly, hairy palms!
Have him droolin' out the corner of his mouth!
He's a master of disguise!
Check those bug-out creepy eyes!
Sure, that fella's here to rape the whole damned South!
They'll be bangin' down my door,
Yellin' "More, Craig, more!"
"Call for justice! We need justice!
Beat the bastard! Kill the bum!"
Big news! Real big news!
My saviour has finally come!

According to reports obtained exclusively by this reporter,
Prosecutor Dorsey has the villain in his sights.
A highly ranking unnamed source in this investigation tells me
Leo Frank's the only likely culprit in this case.
Anyone with any information on the suspect, Leo Frank,
Should contact this reporter care of the Atlanta Georgian.

MAN
I saw this little kid---
Said, "Look what Leo did!"
And then she run and hid:

CRAIG
Go on, go on, go on, go on now!

PRETTY GIRL
He sat down next to me---
His hand went on my knee---
I had to shake it free!

REPORTERS
Go on, go on, go on, go on now!

KID
I say it isn't fair!|I saw his books, I swear
That man's a millionaire!

A WOMAN
He likes 'em young and small!
Got nekkid pictures all
Pinned to his office wall!

REPORTERS
Go on, go on, go on, go on now!
(Oo, oo, oo)

A MAN
He has a kid, you know
Knocked up some student so
He paid to make her go|I know it, yes, I seen it, yes!

A MAN
My brother says he knows
Wherever Leo goes|
He carries Mary's clothes!
I know it, yes, I seen it, yes!

A PSYCHIATRIST
I've watched him for a while
Behind that creepy smile
The classic pedophile!
I know it, yes, I seen it, yes!

ENSEMBLE
I know it, yes, I seen it, yes!
I know it, yes, I seen it, yes!

REPORTERS
|Go on, go on, go on, go on now!
|Go on, go on, go on, go on now!

CRAIG
Look! You just scribble it down and it covers the town like molasses or mud!
Look! For us drunken ol' bums, opportunity comes in a magical flood!
Look! You might never be sure if your motives are pure, but your profits are clear!
Look! You were down and depressed, now you're ridin' the crest of the scoop of the year!

DORSEY
Jim Conley. I got a piece of paper here says you spent a little time on the chain gang.

CONLEY
That right?

DORSEY
Twice, according to this.
And the second time it says here you were out with the road gang
and you just up and disappeared.

CONLEY
Well, you know, my time was about up.

DORSEY
Really? I think you had a few more months to serve.
You know what that makes you, don't you?

CONLEY
Lucky?

DORSEY
I was going to say an escaped convict. Now, what should we do about that?

CONLEY
What was that you was askin' me about Mr Frank?

REPORTERS AND CRAIG
Accordin' to reports obtained ex
Clusively by this reporter,
My Leo Frank has been in
Dicted on the charge of murder!
Prosecutor Dorsey states the
Trial will begin in the
Atlanta County Courthouse
Only one month from today!
Mrs Frank, the Suspect's wife,
Has still not spoken to reporters!
What's the word from Mrs Frank?
What's the word from Mrs Frank?
Mrs Frank! Mrs Frank!

ENSEMBLE
Extra! Extra! Leo Frank indicted!
Trial set for a month from now!
Prosecutor Dorsey will|
Try the case himself, he says!
Luther Rosser will represent
Mr Frank in the fight of his life!
Dorsey promises surprise witnesses
And a quick finish!
Mrs Frank, the Suspect's wife,
Has still not spoken to reporters!
What's the word from Mrs Frank?
What's the word from Mrs Frank?
Mrs Frank! Mrs Frank!

LUCILLE
Let me alone! Please! Let me alone!

[Thanks to AEJemspell@aol.com for lyrics]
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