The House on Sunset (Exterior) Lyrics. From Musical "Sunset Boulevard"

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The House on Sunset (Exterior) Lyrics


by . From Sunset Boulevard.


It is late at night as JOE, in the Isotta, glides back into the garage. HE steps down from the car with a gleam in his eye and a spring in his step, and is therefore thoroughly startled when the sombre figure of Max steps forward out of the darkness. However, HE recovers quickly. It is a murky night, wind rising, rain threatening.

JOE
What's the matter there, Max? You waiting to wash the car?

MAX
Please be careful when you cross the patio. Madame may be watching.

JOE
Suppose I tiptoe up the back stairs and undress in the dark, will that do it?

MAX
It's just that I am greatly worried about Madame.

JOE
Well, we're not helping any, feeding her lies and more lies. What happens when she finds out they're not going to make her picture?

MAX
She never will. That is my job. I made her a star and I will never let her be destroyed.

JOE
You made her a star?

MAX
I directed all her early pictures. In those days there were three young directors who showed promise: D. W Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille and...

(JOE interrupts, as the realisation suddenly dawns on him.)

JOE
Max von Mayerling.

MAX
That's right.

(By now, THEY've moved out of the garage on to the dimly lit patio.)

When we met
She was a child,
Barely sixteen;
Awkward, and yet
She had an air
I'd never seen.
I knew I'd found
My perfect face.
Deep in her eyes,
New ways to dream,
And we inspired
New ways to dream.

Talkies came,
I stayed with her,
Took up this life.
Threw away fame,

(He hesitates, before steeling himself to go on.)

MAX
Please understand,

(A beat)

She was my wife.

(Pause. JOE is staggered. MAX is fighting back a wave of emotion.)

MAX
We had achieved
Far more than most.

We gave the world
New ways to dream.
Everyone needs
New ways to dream.

(JOE shakes his head, still incredulous.)

JOE
You're telling me you were married to her!

MAX
I was the first husband.

So I play this game,
Keeper of the flame,
Sharing with her one last dream.
Don't you think I knew
It could never come true?
She'll be the very last one to surrender.
I will not allow her to surrender.




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