Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Eternal Youth Is Worth A Little Suffering lyrics

ASTROLOGER
I don’t think you should shoot before July 15th
Right now is a perilous time for Pisces
If you want ’til Venus is in Capricorn
You’ll avoid a catalogue of crises

MASSEUR 1
I need three more weeks to get these thighs in shape
No more carbohydrates, don’t be naughty

MASSEUR 2
We’ll soon have you skipping like an ingenue
You won’t look a day over forty

BEAUTICIAN 1
We have dry heat, we have steam

BEAUTICIAN 2
We have moisturizing cream

BEAUTICIAN 3
We had mud-packs, we have blood sacks

BEAUTICIAN 2
It’s a rigorous regime

ALL
Not a wrinkle when you twinkle
Or a wobble when you walk

BEAUTICIAN 3
Of course, there’s bound to be a little suffering

ALL
Eternal youth is worth a little suffering

ANALYST
Listen to your super ego not your id
Age is just another damn neurosis
I’ll have you regressing back to infancy
And back into the womb under hypnosis

DOCTOR
I inject the tissue of the fetal lamb
The forumla’s the one Somerset Maugham owns
Just modest course of thirty-sevent shots
And you will be a heaving mass of hormones

ALL
No more crow’s feet, no more flab
No more love handles to grab
You’ll be so thin they’ll all think you’re
Walking sideways like a crab
Nothing sagging, nothing bagging
Nothing dragging on the floor

Of course, there’s bound to be a little suffering
Eternal youth is worth a little suffering
Of course, there’s bound to be a little suffering
Eternal youth is worth a little suffering
Of course, there’s bound to be a little suffering…

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Completion Of The Script lyrics

JOE
Well, I can’t stay. JOE
Norma, the script is finished. NORMA
Stop that! our hopeless opus
My work was over
I was feeling no pain
Locked up like John the Baptist JOE
What do you mean? NORMA
Great day. NORMA
You’ll stay on with full salary, of course… Where? NORMA
Max is going to deliver the script to Paramount. NORMA
Make sure it goes to Mr. NORMA
Call? NORMA
Max. NORMA
DeMille is Leo; I’m Scorpio. JOE
Did she read the script? DeMille in person. NORMA
I’ve just spoken with my astrologer. JOE
I want to thank you for trusting me with your baby. JOE
Oh well, that’s all right, then. Into what Max called “the room of the husbands”. NORMA
Oh, but you couldn’t possibly think of leaving now, Joe. And on a clear day, the theory was, you could see Catalina. JOE
Will you call and let me know as soon as you have some news? JOE
My apartment. JOE
It’s been real interesting. Thank you, Joe. JOE
You’re really going to give it to DeMille? Mars is transiting Jupiter and today is the day of closest conjunction. It’s just the beginning, it’s just the firt draft. JOE
Well… She read DeMille’s horoscope; she read mine. NORMA
Not at all, it is I who should thank you. JOE
Oh, Norma, it’s not the money
Yes, of course, I’ll stay until we get some sort of news back from Paramount. One great big package, over-sized,
Just like everything else in California;
And it came right through the roof of my room above the garage. No. NORMA
Thank you. I couldn’t dream of letting you go, I need your support. So she had me moved into the main house. NORMA
Yes…hasn’t it? JOE
So, Max wheeled out that foreign bus
Brushed the leopardskin upholstery
He trundled along to Paramount
To hand Cecil B. NORMA
No, Joe. MAX
Yes, Madame. JOE
In December, the rains came. Today’s the day. And little by little I worked through to the end of the script. At which point I might have left:
Only by then those two boys from the finance company had traced my car and towed it away,
And I hadn’t seen one single dollar of cash money since I arrived.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Betty’s Office At Paramount lyrics

JOE
How old are you, anyway? Then BETTY blurts out.)

BETTY
I had a telegram from Artie. My heart could see
Way into the future. It is night on the Paramount lot and BETTY is once again at her typewriter,
But this time there is some light on the standing New York street set,
Which is being dressed for action the following day. If I’m a fool,
Well, I’m too much in love to care. My life was set,
My dreams were in place. BETTY
Of course I do. What should I look for? JOE
Is something wrong? What should I look for? I can’t control
All the things I’m feeling,
I’m floating in mid-air. This is crazy. If we are fools,
Well, we’re too much in love to care. Then JOE leads BETTY by the hand back into the office. Come on. JOE
Second generation, huh? If this is real,
How should I feel? BETTY
Please can you tell me what’s happening? All cardboard, all hollow, all phoney, all done with mirrors;
I think I love it better than any street in the world. BETTY
Shouldn’t we open some champagne? I knew where I was,
I’d given up hope,
Made friends with disillusion. I can’t control
All the things I’m feeling,
I haven’t got a prayer. (Pause)

I love the back lot here. I thought make-believe
Was truer than life
But now it’s all confusion. A long kiss.)

BETTY
When I was a kid,
I played on this street,
I always loved illusion. Please can you tell me what’s happening? You’re getting married, isn’t that what you wanted? (As THEY walk down the Manhattan street, the stage begins to revolve slowly,
So that THEY end up walking Downstage;
And the flimsy struts holding up the substantial sets are gradually revealed. All of that goes
When I see your face. JOE
Smart girl. BETTY
It’s exciting, though, isn’t it? JOE
Stop it, you’re making me feel old. We’re floating in mid-air. (They fall into each other’s arms and embrace passionately. (HE fixes a couple of paper cups of water, and hands one to BETTY,
Who’s miles away and comes to with a start when he touches her arm.)

BETTY
What? JOE
What were you, a child actress? (Pause. BETTY
Sure. He says it would only cost 2 dollars to get married in Clinch. My life was set,
My dreams were in place. JOE
If you were smart,
You would keep on walking
Out of my life,
As fast as you can. If this is real,
How should I feel? I had ten years of dramatic lessons, diction, dancing, everything you can think of;
Then the studio made a test. They kiss again and it is obvious that THEY’re about to make love.) BETTY
Not any more. BETTY
Twenty-two. I’m not the one
You should pin your hopes on,
You’re falling for
The wrong kind of man. (Pause)

BETTY
I was born two blocks from here. JOE
Why not? Now we’ve finished the script… What happened? Can one kiss kiss away
Everything I planned? BETTY
T-H-E E-N-D! BETTY
Third. My father was head electrician at the studio until he died,
And Mother still works in wardrobe. (Suddenly, THEY’re in each other’s arms. Grandma did stunt work for Pearl White. All of that goes
When I see your face. I’m just not in love with him any more, that’s all. JOE
Are you all right? BETTY
You did. I thought I had
Everything I needed. I should hate you,
There I was, the world in my hand. I can’t believe it, I’ve finished my first script! I just don’t know any more. My heart could see
Way into the future. JOE
Something’s the matter, isn’t it? JOE AND BETTY
I thought I had
Everything I needed. JOE
Sound advice

BETTY
Great advice

JOE AND BETTY
Let’s throw it away. They come to a halt in front of the water cooler.)

JOE
I guess it is kind of exciting, at that, finishing a script. BETTY

He wants me to come out to Tennessee. BETTY
Sounds good to me. You know we should call it a day. JOE (Laughing)
That’s the saddest story I ever heard. Sound advice, great advice,
Let’s throw it away. If we are fools,
Well, we’re too much in love to care! BETTY
No, but my family always expected me to become a great star. I just don’t know any more. (He breaks off, amazed to see that SHE’s crying.)

JOE
Why are you crying? I can’t control
All the things I’m feeling. You know we should call it a day. JOE
Well, what’s stopping you! JOE
Don’t you love Artie? I spent my childhood here. JOE watches as BETTY finishes typing. I know it’s wrong,
But I’m too much in love to care. JOE
Best I can offer is a stroll to the water cooler at the end of the lot. This is crazy. No one in my life,
But I look at you,
And now it’s all confusion. JOE and BETTY walk in silence for a while; BETTY’s expression is deeply preoccupied. BETTY
Not at all.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Back At The House On Sunset lyrics

JOE
I thought we might cut away from the slave market… MAX
Will you be requiring some supper this evening, sir? Put it back. Look at all the fan mail she gets every day. Earlier this evening, she wanted you for something and you could not be found. MAX
Madame is quite agitated. MAX
A masterpiece can never pall
She is the greatest star of all NORMA
Cut away from me? There have been suicide attempts. MAX
I think, perhaps, sir, you will have to make up your mind to abide by the rules of this house. JOE
Why? MAX
Where have you been? JOE
Norma, they don’t want you in every scene

NORMA
Or course they do. We saw that last week. That is, if you want the job. JOE
I’d made my first big mistake
I’d put my foot in the quicksand
It wouldn’t be a few days
Paste and scissors
This would take weeks

The house was always so quiet
Just me and Max and that organ
No one phoned and nobody ever came
And there was only one kind
Of entertainment on hand

Max, what’s on this evening? Gillis. And Max? She’s done well enough. What else would they have come for? I assume I can go out when I feel like it. JOE
I started work on the script
I hacked my way through the thicket
A maze of fragmented ramblings
By a soul in limbo
She hovered there like a hawk
Afraid I’d damage her baby

NORMA
What’s that? Madame is extremely fragile. MAX
I don’t think you understand, Mr. MAX
Yes, sir? I hope it’s not one of her weepy melodramas

MAX
We’ll be showing
One of Madam’s enduring classics
“The Ordeal of Joan of Arc”

JOE
Oh, God. JOE
Out. I have a life of my own – now you’re telling me I’m supposed to be a prisoner here. Because of her career? JOE
Who the hell do you think you are,
Bringing my stuff up from my apartment without consulting me? MAX
I wouldn’t look too closely at the postmarks if I were you. JOE
Well, that’s tough. JOE
No. She has moments of melancholy. JOE
You mean you write them?

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – At The House On Sunset lyrics

De Mille in person. MAX is at the organ, wearing his white gloves, playing. JOE
It’s been real interesting. (HE leaves the house by the front door. JOE
Oh, Norma, it’s not the money. NORMA
You’ll stay on with full salary, of course… SHE snaps at MAX.)

NORMA
Stop that! The sound of heavy rain. NORMA
Max

MAX
Yes, Madame

(SHE hands the typescript to MAX.)

NORMA
Make sure it goes to Mr. Where? So she had me moved into the main house. Into what Max called ” The room of the husbands.”
And on a clear day, the theory was, you could see Catalina. JOE
What do you mean? There’s a silence;
NORMA moves up and down in a state of heightened emotion;
JOE is steeling himself to broach a difficult subject.)

JOE
Well…. (HE resumes his game;
All of a sudden NORMA sweeps out of her room and down the stairs. Mars is transiting Jupiter, and today is the day of closest conjunction. JOE
My apartment. JOE’s typewriter is no longer on the table, but closed and standing on end on the floor. HE looks up at the audience, breaks off from his game. He trundled along to Paramount
To hand Cecil B. JOE
I want to thank you for trusting me with your baby. NORMA
No, Joe. (NORMA frowns; SHE turns to him, her expression bewildered.)

NORMA
Call? NORMA
Oh, but, you couldn’t possibly think of leaving now, Joe. She read De Millle’s horoscope; she read mine. NORMA
De Mille is Leo; I’m Scorpio. (NORMA now has a look of genuine panic on her face,
And JOE sees that some reassurance is essential.)

Yes, of course, I’ll stay until we get some sort of news back from Paramount. It’s day-time but dull enough to need the lights on. (MAX stops playing.)

Today’s the day. (SHE releases his hand and moves off leaving him a little shaken by this turn of events,
His expression rueful. our hopeless opus. At which point I might have left;
Only by then those two boys from the finance company had traced my car and towed it away;
And I hadn’t seen one single dollar of cash money since I arrived. One great big package, over-sized, like everything else in California;
And it came right through the roof of my room above the garage. And little by little I worked through to the end of the script. NORMA
Not at all, it is I who should thank you. HE’s alone in the great room, playing solitaire. My work was over
I was feeling no pain
Locked up like John the Baptist. JOE
Norma, the script is finished. SHE’s holding a fat typescript in her hand. HE turns to the audience.)

JOE
So, Max wheeled out that foreign bus
Brushed the leopardskin upholstery. JOE
Oh, well, that’s all right, then. Last Update: December, 24th 2013 No. It’s just the beginning,
It’s just the first draft: I couldn’t dream of letting you go, I need your support. JOE
You’re really going to give it to De Mille? hasn’t it? JOE
Well, I can’t stay. NORMA
Yes… NORMA
Great day. NORMA
Max is going to deliver the script to Paramount. NORMA
I’ve just spoken with my astrologer. JOE
Will you call and let me know as soon as you have some news? JOE
In December, the rains came. (HE’s on his feet now, and NORMA grips his hand tightly for a moment.)

NORMA
Thank you, thank you, Joe. JOE
Did she read the script?

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – As If We Never Said Goodbye lyrics

NORMA
I don’t know why I’m frightened
I know my way around here
The cardboard trees, the painted seas, the sound here… And the early morning madness
And the magic in the making
Yes, everything’s as if we never said goodbye

I don’t want to be alone
That’s all in the past
This world’s waited long enough
I’ve come home at last! And this time will be bigger
And brighter than we knew it
So watch me fly, we all know I can do it… Has there ever been a moment
With so much to live for? The whispered conversations in overcrowded hallways
So much to say not just today but always… We taught the world new ways to dream! We’ll have early morning madness
We’ll have magic in the making
Yes, everything’s as if we never said goodbye
Yes, everything’s as if we never said goodbye… Could I stop my hand from shaking? Yes, a world to rediscover
But I ‘m not in any hurry
And I need a moment

The whispered conversations in overcrowded hallways
The atmosphere as thrilling here as always
Feel the early morning madness
Feel the magic in the making
Why, everything’s as if we never said goodbye

I’ve spent so many mornings just trying to resist you
I’m trembling now, you can’t know how I’ve missed you
Missed the fairy tale adventure
In this ever spinning playground
We were young together

I’m coming out of make-up
The lights already burning
Not long until the cameras will start turning…

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – New Ways To Dream lyrics

You don’t yell at a sleepwalker
Or she could fall and break her neck
She smelled of faded roses
It made me sad to watch her
As she relived her glory
Poor Norma
So happy
Lost in her silver heaven

NORMA
Nothing has changed
We’ll give the world
New ways to dream
Everyone needs
New ways to dream
Last Update: December, 24th 2013 NORMA
This was dawn
There were no rules
We were so young
Movies were born
So many songs
Yet to be sung
So many roads
Still unexplored
We gave the world
New ways to dream
Somehow we found
New ways to dream

Joan of Arc:
Look at my face
Isn’t it strong? There in the dark
Up on the screen
Where I belong

We’ll show them all
Nothing has changed
We’ll give the world
New ways to dream
Everyone needs
New ways to dream

JOE
I didn’t argue, why hurt her?

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Let’s Have Lunch lyrics

MYRON
Good morning, C.B. The kid was once mixed up in a holdup. JONES
Name? I’ve read some of your other work and I thought you had some real talent. BETTY
It’s just a rehash of something that wasn’t very good to begin with. SHELDRAKE
Meet Mr. JONES
All right, sir, you know your way? SHELDRAKE
Joe! JOE
What’re you playing? JOE
I love it when you talk dirty. MARY
What’re you doing? He’s batting .347. Gillis. Gillis

JOE
You look great! SHELDRAKE
I believe in self-denial
Gives a man some moral backbone

JOE
Can you loan me three hundred bucks? SHELDRAKE
Why not? JOE
“Bases Loaded.” It’s an outline for a baseball picture. JOE
I’ve got a date with Sheldrake

MYRON
I’m shooting a Western down at Fox

JOE
How can you work with Darryl? Gillis. JOE
“Bases Loaded.”

SHELDRAKE
…”Bases Loaded.”

JOE
They’re pretty hot for it over at Twentieth. SHELDRAKE
No, that was me. What the fuck brings you here? JOE
It’s about a rookie shortstop. MARY
I’m up for an audition

JOE
Sheldrake is driving me insane

MARY
Don’t forget me when you’re casting

JOE
We should talk

MARY
Gotta run

BOTH
Let’s have lunch

JOE MARY
Morning, Joanna Hi there, Myron

JOANNA MYRON
Who are you meeting? Twenty bucks? 1ST FINANCEMAN
Or we’re taking the car. What about? JOE
What sort of material do you suggest? JOE
You wanted to see me. Sheldrake. JOE
I see you’re one of the message kids. 2ND FINANCEMAN
Give us the keys. JOE
Thanks, you’re a pal. JOE
What I need is three hundred bucks

MORINO
Maybe what you need is a new agent. JOE
How come you get such lousy breaks? SHELDRAKE
This is Sheldrake
Bring some water
Get me that shithead Nolan

Nolan, sweetheart
Great to talk
This draft is so much brighter
You’re the best
Even so
I’ve hired another writer

SECRETARY
Mr. James Joyce? JOE
You never call me any more

ARTIE
Found a cuter dancing partner
How are things? SHELDRAKE
So, pitch. SHELDRAKE
Wait a minute. JOE
I believe in self-denial
I’m in training for the priesthood

2ND FINANCEMAN
O.K., wise guy, three hundred bucks. JOE
Yeah. Last Update: December, 24th 2013 You look great

JOE MARY
Sheldrake, but do I need it? And right now, I’d like to crawl into a hole and pull it in after me. 2ND FINANCEMAN
We have a court order. KATHERINE

I hate this weather CLIFF
You look great LIZ
RKO are O.K.! ENSEMBLE
Let’s have lunch

BETTY
Here’s that “Bases Loaded” materical, Mr. BETTY
I’m sorry, Mr. BETTY
Well, I’m sorry, Mr. JOE
Hi there, Myron

MYRON
How’s it hanging? MYRON
Morning, Joanna CLIFF
Where’ve you been hiding? ENSEMBLE
Gotta run

BETTY
And I guess I was disappointed. Well, looks like Zanuck’s got himself a baseball picture. MORINO

I’m very close to Sheldrake ARTIE
We shoot next month

SAMMY, SANDY, ARTIE, MORINO, MYRON
Gotta run

JOHN
Let’s drive to Vegas this weekend

KATHERINE, JOANNA
Let’s have lunch

ANITA
You look great JOANNA
I’m handing in my second draft MARY
It’s between me and Dietrich KATHERINE
I’ve landed a big Broadway show ADAM

I’m gonna work for Metro CLIFF
Let’s have lunch MARY
Let’s have lunch

GIRLS
Let’s have lunch, this is the biggest film ever made MYRON
I’d really love to read it CLIFF
I’d know just how to light you JOHN
Let’s have lunch JOHN/LISA

It won’t work MORINO
Let’s pencil Thursday morning

GROUP 1
We should talk

GROUP 2
Gotta run

CHORUS
Let’s have lunch! Sheldrake. SHELDRAKE
I’m sorry, Gillis. Betty Schaefer. JOE
Gillis. I made a two-page synopsis for you, but I wouldn’t bother to read it. BETTY
I think pictures should at least try to say a little something. BETTY
Schaefer. Aren’t we lucky? He wrote it. MYRON
We should talk

JOE
Gotta run

BOTH
Let’s have lunch

MARY
Hi, Mr. SHELDRAKE
Good! SAMMY
One learns to grin and bear ’em

GIRLS
This is the biggest film ever made. This year I felt like eating. MORINO
He’s my wunderkid from Broadway
Every major studio wants him

YOUNGER MAN
Playing one against the other… 1ST FINANCEMAN
We want the keys to your car

2ND FINANCEMAN
You’re way behind with the payments

1ST FINANCEMAN
Don’t give us any fancy footwork… Good-bye. SAMMY
Bless you, Joseph

JOE
That you, Sammy? Now he’s trying to go straight. JOE
Yeah, that was last year. Gillis, I couldn’t see the point of it. ANITA
Temple virgin

DAWN
Handmaiden to Delilah

JOE
Let’s have lunch
Gotta run

You’ve got to find me a job
I’m way behind with my payments
I thought you were meant to be my agent
I need some work

MORINO
I only wish I could help
This town is dead at the moment
There’s been this slowdown in production… SHELDRAKE
Thank you, Miss Kramer. Dostoyevsky? ENSEMBLE
We should talk
Gotta run
Let’s have lunch

JOE
You’ve got to give me some work
I’ll take whatever’s on offer
There must be some shit that needs a rewrite
Throw it my way

SHELDRAKE
I only wish I could help
There’s no spare shit at the moment
Remember the greatest writers starved in Garrets
Didn’t care about pay

JOE
Are you trying to be funny? JOE
But can you see Ty Power as a shortstop? I expect you’d have turned down “Gone With the Wind”. JOE
Hello, Artie

ARTIE
Joe, you bastard! I think I have read this. Hi, good morning. SAMMY
Hi there, Lisa MYRON
How’re you doing? I’ve spent the last month fasting

JOANNA MYRON
I’m handing in my second draft I’m shooting a Western down at Fox

JOE MARY
I’d really love to read it Don’t forget me when you’re casting

JOANNA MYRON
We should talk We should talk

JOE MARY
Gotta run Gotta run

BOTH BOTH
Let’s have lunch Let’s have lunch

JOE
Yeah, I have an appointment with Mr. Going to work with Cukor
Paramount is paradise
Movies from A to Zukor
We should talk, gotta run

GROUP 1
Let’s have lunch

GROUP 2
We should talk

GROUP 1
Gotta run

GROUP 2
Gotta run

ALL
Let’s have lunch! SAMMY
How do you like my harem? JOANNA
You look great GIRLS
This is the biggest film ever made CLIFF
I’m trying to make my mind up MARY

Guess I was born to play her DAWN
What is my motivation? JOE
If I could be of any help… JOANNA
You look great SAMMY
They’re talking nominations LIZ
You should go work for Warners’ MYRON
Is your new script with Sheldrake? DeMille. JOE
Not so great

ARTIE
Will this help? JOE
I just love Hollywood. ENSEMBLE
We should talk

SHELDRAKE
This is Miss Kramer. JOE
Who is this jerk? SHELDRAKE
I did? JOE
I only wish I could help
I loaned it to my accountant
He has an important client down in Palm Springs
Felt like shooting the breeze

1ST FINANCEMAN
Are you telling us you walked here? Somebody, bring in what we’ve got on… Joseph Gillis. Wait a minute. Gillis. ALL
Good morning, Mr.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Journey To Paramount lyrics

Tell him without me, there wouldn’t be any Paramount Studio. How have you been, Miss Desmond? NORMA
You read the script, of course. I was dancing on the table. Himself must call

JOE
I don’t know if this is the time to stand on ceremony. DEMILLE
Come on in. Lindbergh had just landed. GUARD
Mr. I have a message for Mr. Open the gate. NORMA
Won’t you come along, darling? NORMA
Thank you, Jonesy. And teach your friend some manners. You need an appointment. Isn’t that enough? HEATHER
Miss Desmond. NORMA
Yes, you do. JOE (V.O.)
It took her three days and she was ready
She checked with her astrologer
Who sacrificed a chicken
She dressed up like a pharaoh
Slapped on a pound of make-up
And set forth in her chariot
Poor Norma
So happy
Re-entering her kingdom

MAX (V.O.)
If you will pardon me, Madame, the shadow over the left eye is not quite balanced. Give me a minute. DEMILLE
Thirty million fans have given her the brush. DeMille. GUARD
They don’t have a pass. It’s happened, Joe
I told you so
The perfect year

Now, let’s go upstairs

JOE
Shouldn’t you at least call back? JONES
You heard Miss Desmond. HEATHER
Maybe I could give her the brush. DeMille is going wild

JOE
Well, that’s wonderful, Norma. DEMILLE
Norma Desmond? JONES
Get me Stage 18. NORMA
No; they can wait until I’m good and ready. JONES
Why, if it isn’t Miss Desmond. MAX
To see Mr. DEMILLE
Well, well, well. DEMILLE
A lot of people were. MAX
This is Norma Desmond. HEATHER
Mr. DEMILLE
Well, yes… The last time I saw you, we were someplace terribly gay. DeMille is shooting. No appointment is necessary. NORMA
But it was some fool assistant
Not acceptable at all
It he wants me, then Cecil B. NORMA
Thank you, darling. It’s your show. JONES
Stage 18, Miss Desmond. NORMA (V.O.)
Thank you, Max. DeMille. DEMILLE
It must be about that appalling script of hers. HEATHER
She’s here at the studio. Open the gate. DEMILLE
What is it? NORMA
Fine, Jonesy. NORMA
Hello, Mr. Good luck. NORMA
Jonesy? GUARD
Hey, that’s enough of that. NORMA
I’ve been waiting twenty years now
What’s a few more days, my dear? GUARD
Norma who? JOE
It’s your script. NORMA
Now, I know how busy you are during shooting,
But I really think you could have picked up the phone yourself,
Instead of leaving it so some assistant. NORMA
There’s been a call
What did I say
They want to see me right away
Joe, Paramount, they love our child
Mr. HEATHER
Norma Desmond is here to see you, Mr. DeMille? DeMille. What shall I say? DeMille. DEMILLE
I don’t know what you mean, Norma.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – I Guess It Was 5 A.M. lyrics

JOE (V.O.)
I guess it was five a.m. A homicide had been reported
From one of those crazy mansions up on Sunset
Tomorrow every front page
Is going to lead with this story
You see an old time movie star is involved
Maybe the biggest star of all

But before you read about it
Before it gets distorted
By those Hollywood piranhas
If you wanna know the real facts
You’ve come to the right party

Let me take you back six months
I was at the bottom of the barrel
I’d had a contract down at Fox
But I’d fallen foul of Darryl
Now I had a date at Paramount
Along with about a thousand other writers
If it didn’t come up roses
I’d be covering funerals
Back in Dayton, Ohio

I’d hidden my car three blocks away
Turned out to be a smart move.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Girl Meets Boy (Reprise) lyrics

Back to work. BETTY
I’ll say: this is solid gold. I’m missing him something fierce. JOE
So how’s Artie? JOE
How about
They don’t know each other
He works the night shift
And she takes clases all day? It rains all the time, they’re weeks behind. BETTY
Yes, but if he’s just a teacher
Then we lose those scenes in the factory

JOE
Not if he’s a champion for the working man. BETTY
What’s good about it? Here’s the thing, they both share the same room
Sleep in the same bed
It works out cheaper that way

BETTY
I’ve a feeling you’re just kidding
But to me it sounds believable
Makes a better opening than that car chase scene
Girl find boy, borrowing her toothbrush
Or oversleeping
Or at her sewing machine

JOE
You know, it’s not bad, there are some real possibilities… JOE
Good. BETTY
What if he’s a teacher? JOE
Who’s who? BETTY
Sorry, I don’t usually read private cigarett cases. JOE
No, I mean this idea we had. Don’t see what good it would do. BETTY
Who’s Norma? BOTH
I know that we can! JOE
A helluva movie

BETTY
Can we really do this? “Mad about the boy”? No one knows when they’ll be back. It’s really pretty good. JOE
Norma’s a friend of mine: middle-aged lady, very foolish, very generous. BETTY
Stuck in Tennessee. JOE
Where does that get us? Girl likes boy, she respects his talent

BETTY
Working with someone can turn you into a fan

JOE
This is fun, writing with a partner

BETTY
Yes, and it could be… BETTY
No, it’s great
If they do the same job

JOE
So much in common
They fall in love, wouldn’t you?

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Girl Meet Boy lyrics

JOE
Look, Betty, it can’t be done. I’d come to your place. I’ve given up writing myself. JOE
I can’t. JOE
Girl meets boy
That’s a safe beginning

BETTY
It’s nearly closing
I thought you weren’t going to show

JOE
So did I
I felt it might be kinder

BETTY
What are you saying? JOE
Every time I see some young kid
Dreaming they’ll produce a masterpiece
I just want to throw them on the next train home

BETTY
Never thought
You’d be so condescending

JOE
Sorry, Miss Schaefer
I didn’t come here to fight

BETTY
Girl meets boy
If that’s how you want it
She’s a young teacher
He’s a reporter
It’s hate at first sight

JOE
It won’t sell
These days they want glamour
Fabulous heiress meets handsome Hollywood heel
The problem is
She thinks he’s a burglar
Would you believe it? I’m all tied up. A wedding in the last reel

BETTY
It doesn’t have to be so mindless
You should write from your experience
Give us something really moving;
Something true

JOE
Who wants true? Moving means starving
And true means holes in your shoe

BETTY
No, you’re wrong
They still make good pictures
Stick to your story
It’s a good story

JOE
O.K., Miss Schaefer:
I give it to you

BETTY
What do you mean? Six o’clock in the morning? So you write it. Gillis
That’s just what I want. BETTY
Couldn’t we work evenings? We could have had fun
Fighting the studio

BETTY
Yes, Mr. Let’s keep in touch through Artie. ARTIE
What a nightmare
Good to see you
Come to my new year’s party

JOE
Last year it got out of hand

ARTIE
Guaranteed bad behaviour

JOE
See you then

BETTY
Don’t give up
You’re too good

JOE
Thanks. Who the hell wants moving? Nothing I can teach you. It’s out. JOE
Come on, Miss Schaefer, you know

BETTY
What? But I thought we could write it together. BETTY
Oh, I’m not good enough to do it on my own. JOE
Just what I said. Write this down
I’ll give you some ground rules
Plenty of conflict
But nice guys don’t break the law
Girl meets boy
She gives herself completely
And though she loves him

JOE/BETTY
She keeps one foot on the floor

BETTY
No one dies except the best friend
No one ever mentions communists
No one takes a black friend to a restaurant

JOE
Very good. That way if you get stuck, we can at least talk.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – Every Movie’s A Circus lyrics

BOTH FINANCEMEN
Hey, hey, come back here… JOE
Come to get your knife back? JOE
It was “Blind Windows”
If that’s what you mean

BETTY
That’s right
I really liked it

JOE
I’m all warm and runny inside

BETTY
Let me pitch it to Sheldrake

JOE
I may be broke
But I still have my pride

BETTY
Come on. Please be quiet, Mr. You want to stay and watch? Nothing will happen
I gotta go now
Fight the good fight

BETTY
What’s the rush? Last Update: December, 24th 2013 BETTY
Yes, what about them? It’s still right there, right between my shoulder blades. DeMille is shooting right over there. 1ST FINANCEMAN
So what? BETTY
Let’s duck into the soundstage. Silence
Exile and cunning
Those are the only cards you can play

JOE
Sheldrake won’t buy this story
He likes trash with fairy lights
Jesus, think of the effort
Trying to get him to heighten his sights

BETTY
Every movie’s a circus
Can’t we discuss this
Schwab’s Thursday night? Look, those guys are after my car. 2ND FINANCEMAN
Relax, we got five minutes. BETTY
He’s working on “Samson and Delilah”: they’re doing a red-hot scene with Hedy Lamarr. 1ST FINANCEMAN
No. If I lose that in this town, it’s like having my legs cut off. 1ST FINANCEMAN
Come on, Gillis, give us the keys. Get off your high horse
Writers with pride don’t live in L.A. BETTY
Shhh! JOE
Do me a terrific favour
Keep them amused while I escape

BETTY
If you’re at Schwab’s on Thursday

JOE
Done. JOE
What for? Title –
Something with windows. JOE
See those gorillas? BETTY
I read
One of your stories
Wasn’t it Scribner’s
Some magazine.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – New Year’s Eve (Back At The House On Sunset) lyrics

You’ve been good to me. NORMA
Great stars have great pride. NORMA
I’ll do it again! JOE
I never meant to hurt you, Norma. You must have some girl, why don’t you go to her? NORMA
Then why don’t you say thank you and go? NORMA
Happy New Year, darling. You’re the only person in this stinking town that’s ever been good to me. Go! JOE
What kind of a silly thing was that to do? JOE
Attractive headline: “Great Star kills herself for Unknown Writer”. I’ll do it again! NORMA
Go away. Go, go! I’ll do it again! JOE
Happy New Year.

Musicals – Sunset Boulevard – New Year’s Eve lyrics

Follow me. NORMA
Oh, shut up. JOE
Norma, it’s that thing. JOE
Max, you’ve pulled the stops out
It looks like Gala Night aboard S.S. Open it. JOE
No, no, not on the same floor as Valentino! Titanic
Will we play spot the actor? Read what it says. JOE
“Mad about the boy”. Come on. As if we’re visiting a gallery of waxworks? JOE
Norma, I can’t take this. JOE
Well, thank you. Happy New Year. NORMA
I had these tiles put in, you know,
Because Rudy Valentino said to me, it takes tiles to tango. NORMA
Oh come on, come on, come on. and one, two, one two, together. And one. Get up. NORMA
Yes; and you do look absolutely divine. MAX
Would you rather I mix for you a dry martini
Or shall I open the champage

JOE
Max, don’t be so evasive
Who’s she invited to the ball? Don’t lean back like that. It tickles. MAX
Madame herself made every call

NORMA
Here. And one, two…