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Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer

This song is by Andrew Lloyd Webber and appears on the musical soundtrack The Phantom of the Opera (1986).

Original Cast Recording
SCENE EIGHT
THE LABYRINTH UNDERGROUND

(Meanwhile, down below, we see the PHANTOM and CHRISTINE in the boat, crossing the underground lair)

PHANTOM (furiously propelling the boat onwards)
Down once more
to the dungeon
of my black despair!
Down we plunge
to the prison of my mind!
Down that path into darkness deep as hell!

(He rounds on her, bitterly)

Why, you ask,
was I bound and chained
in this cold and dismal place?
Not for any
mortal sin, but the
wickedness of
my abhorrent face!

(He hears the offstage voices of the pursuing MOB)

MOB (offstage)
Track down this murderer!
He must be found!

PHANTOM (Moving off again)
Hounded out by
everyone!
Met with hatred
everywhere!
No kind word from
anyone!
No compassion
anywhere!

Christine, Christine...
Why, why...?

(RAOUL and GIRY appear above. They make their way down, meeting a pack of rats. MADAME GIRY screams and lowers her guard. The rats and the RATCATCHER pass them. MADAME GIRY raises her hand again)

GIRY
Your hand at the level of your eyes!

RAOUL
...at the level of your eyes...

MOB
Your hand at the level of your eyes!

GIRY
He lives accross the lake, Monsieur. This is as far as I dare go.

RAOUL
Madame Giry, thank you.

(She turns to go back up the slope. RAOUL looks at the water. He removes his coat and plunges in. The MOB appears at the top of the slope. They come down to the lake edge, their torches flickering)

MOB
Track down this
murderer -
he must be found!
Hunt out this
animal,
who runs to ground!
Too long he's
preyed on us -
but now we know
the Phantom of the Opera
is there,
deep down below...

He's here: the Phantom of the Opera...

(They turn back up the slope. Perhaps there is another way in. The gate to the lair descends, as the rest of the lair appears)

SCENE NINE
BEYOND THE LAKE

(The dummy of CHRISTINE sits crumpled on a large throne. The PHANTOM brings CHRISTINE roughly out of the boat. She frees herself and backs away as he stares blackly out front. Braving her terror, she addresses him fiercely)

CHRISTINE
Have you gorged yourself
At last, in your
lust for blood?

(No reply)

Am I now to be
prey to your
lust for flesh?

PHANTOM (Coldly)
That fate, which
condemns me
to wallow in blood
has also
denied me
the joys of the flesh...
this face -
the infection
which poisons our love...

(He takes the bridal veil from the dummy, and moves slowly towards her)

This face,
which earned
a mother's fear and loathing...
A mask,
my first
unfeeling scrap of clothing...

(He places the veil on her head)

Pity comes
too late -
turn around
and face your fate:
an eternity of this
before your eyes!

(They are almost touching. She looks coldly into his face. He puts the ring in her hand)

CHRISTINE
This haunted face
holds no horror
for me now...
It's in your soul
that the true
distortion lies...

(The PHANTOM suddenly senses RAOUL's presence. Behind the portcullis, RAOUL comes out of the water)

PHANTOM
Wait! I think, my dear,
we have a guest!

(To RAOUL)

Sir, this is indeed
an unparalleled delight!
I had rather hoped
that you would come.
And now my wish comes true -
you have truly made my night!

RAOUL (pleading, grasping the bars of the gate)
Free her!
Do what you like,
only free her!
Have you no pity?

PHANTOM (to CHRISTINE, dryly)
Your lover makes
a passionate plea!

CHRISTINE
Please, Raoul, it's useless...

RAOUL
I love her!
Does that mean nothing?
I love her!
Show some compassion...

PHANTOM (snarls furiously at RAOUL)
The world showed no compassion to me!

RAOUL
Christine...
Christine...

(to PHANTOM)

Let me see her...

PHANTOM (dryly)
Be my guest, sir...

(He gestures, and the gate rises. RAOUL enters)

Monsieur, I
bid you welcome!
Did you think that I would harm her?
Why should I make
her pay
for the sins which
are yours?

(So saying, he takes the Punjab lasso and, before RAOUL has a chance to move, catches him by the neck. The end of the rope, of which the PHANTOM has let go, remains magically suspended in mid-air)

(Taunting)
Order your fine horses now!
Raise up your hand to the level of your eyes!
Nothing can save you now -
except perhaps Christine...

(He turns to her)

Start a new life with me -
Buy his freedom with your love!
Refuse me, and you send your lover to his death!
This is the choice -
This is the point of no return!

CHRISTINE (to the PHANTOM)
The tears I might have shed
for your dark fate
grow cold, and turn to tears
of hate...

RAOUL (Despairing)
Christine, forgive
me, please forgive me . . .
|I did it all
|for you, and all
|for nothing . . .
|
|CHRISTINE (Looking at the PHANTOM but to herself)
|Farewell,
|my fallen idol
|and false friend...
|One by one
|I've watched
|illusions shattered...
|
|PHANTOM (to CHRISTINE)
|Too late for
|turning back,
|too late for
|prayers and
\useless pity...

|RAOUL (to CHRISTINE)
|Say you love him,
|and my
|life is over!
|
|PHANTOM
|Past all hope
|of cries for help:
\no point in fighting -

|RAOUL
|Either way you choose,
|he has to win...
|
|PHANTOM
|For either way
|you choose,
\you cannot win!

So, do you end
your days with me,
or do you send
him to his grave?

RAOUL (to PHANTOM)
Why make her lie
to you, to save
me?

|CHRISTINE
|Angel of Music. . .
|
|PHANTOM
|Past the point
|of no return -
|
|RAOUL
|For pity's sake,
\Christine, say no!

|CHRISTINE
|...why this torment?
|
|PHANTOM
|The final threshold...
|
|RAOUL
|Don't throw your life
\away for my sake...

|CHRISTINE
|When will you see
|reason?
|
|PHANTOM
|His life is now the prize
|which you must earn!
|
|RAOUL
|I fought so hard
\to free you...

|CHRISTINE
|Angel of Music...
|
|PHANTOM
|You've passed the point
\of no return...

CHRISTINE
...you deceived me -
I gave my mind
blindly...

PHANTOM (to CHRISTINE)
You try my patience -
make your choice!

(She reflects for a moment, then with resolutions moves slowly towards the PHANTOM)

CHRISTINE (quietly at first, then with growing emotion)
Pitiful creature
of darkness...
What kind of life
have you known...?
God give me courage
to show you
you are not
alone...

(Kisses him long and full on the lips. The embrace lasts a long time. RAOUL watches in horror and wonder.

The PHANTOM takes a lighted candle and holds it above RAOUL's head. A tense moment. But the suspended rope suddenly falls harmlessly - the PHANTOM has burnt the thread by which the noose was held. Resigned, he addresses RAOUL, as we hear the offstage voices of the approaching MOB
)

|MOB (Some)
|Track down this murderer -
|he must be found!
|Hunt out this animal,
|who runs to ground!
|
|Too long he's preyed on us -
|but now we know:
|the Phantom of the Opera
|is there,
|deep down below...
|
|MOB (Others)
|Who is this monster,
|this murdering beast?
|Revenge for Piangi!
|Revenge for Buquet!
|This creature
|must never go free...
|
|PHANTOM
|Take her - forget me - forget all of this . . .
|Leave me alone - forget all you've seen . . .
|Go now - don't let them find you!
|Take the boat - leave me here - go now, don't wait...
|Just take her and go - before it's too late...
\Go...
Go now - go now and leave me!

(RAOUL and CHRISTINE move off towards the boat. The PHANTOM looks mockingly at his mask. The musical box starts up magically, and he listens to it)

Masquerade...
Paper faces on parade...
Masquerade...
Hide your face,
so the world will
never find you...

(CHRISTINE re-enters and walks slowly towards him. She takes off her ring and gives it to the PHANTOM)

PHANTOM
Christine, I love you....

(She hurries off. The PHANTOM puts the ring on his finger)

CHRISTINE (in the distance, to RAOUL as the boat pulls away in the distance)
Say you'll share with
me, one
love, one lifetime...
say the word
and I will follow you...

RAOUL
Share each day with me...

CHRISTINE
...each night...

BOTH
..each morning...

PHANTOM (looking after her)
You alone
can make my song take flight -
it's over now, the music of the night...

(The PHANTOM walks slowly towards the throne. He takes his place on it., sitting on his cloak. The MOB, including MEG, appears above, climbing down the portcullis. They enter the lair. MEG crosses to the throne and picks up his mask in her small hand)

Soundtrack

SCENE EIGHT
THE LABYRINTH UNDERGROUND

(Meanwhile, down below, we see the PHANTOM and CHRISTINE in the catacombs)

PHANTOM (Carrying a torch, forcefully and angrily pulling Christine along)
Down once more
to the dungeon
of my black despair!
Down we plunge
to the prison of my mind!
Down that path into darkness deep as hell!

(He rounds on her, bitterly)

Why, you ask,
was I bound and chained
in this cold and dismal place?
Not for any
mortal sin, but the
wickedness of
my abhorrent face!

(He hears the offstage voices of the pursuing MOB)

MOB (offstage)
Track down this murderer!
He must be found!
Track down this murderer!
He must be found!

(The dummy of CHRISTINE sits crumpled on a large throne. The PHANTOM brings CHRISTINE roughly out of the boat)

PHANTOM (Moving off again)
Hounded out by
everyone!
Met with hatred
everywhere!
No kind word from
anyone!
No compassion
anywhere!

Christine...
Why, why...?

(RAOUL and GIRY appear above. They make their way down)

GIRY
Your hand at the level of your eyes!

RAOUL
...at the level of your eyes...

MOB
Your hand at the level of your eyes!

GIRY
This is as far as I dare go.

RAOUL
Thank you.

(She turns to go back up the slope. RAOUL looks at the water. He removes his coat and plunges in. He goes through all the traps of the labyrinth underground. He swims through the waters, breaks through gates, turns every wheel, everything)

SCENE NINE
BEYOND THE LAKE

(The dummy of CHRISTINE sits crumpled on a large throne. The PHANTOM brings CHRISTINE roughly out of the boat. She frees herself and backs away as he stares blackly out front. Braving her terror, she addresses him fiercely)

CHRISTINE
Have you gorged yourself
At last, in your
lust for blood?

(No reply)

Am I now to be
prey to your
lust for flesh?

PHANTOM (Coldly)
That fate, which
condemns me
to wallow in blood
has also
denied me
the joys of the flesh...
this face -
the infection
which poisons our love...

(He takes the bridal veil from the dummy, and moves slowly towards her)

This face,
which earned
a mother's fear and loathing...
A mask,
my first
unfeeling scrap of clothing...

(He places the veil on her head)

Pity comes
too late -
turn around
and face your fate:
an eternity of this
before your eyes!

(They are almost touching. She looks coldly into his face. He puts the ring in her hand)

CHRISTINE
This haunted face
holds no horror
for me now...
It's in your soul
that the true
distortion lies...

(The PHANTOM suddenly senses RAOUL's presence. Behind the portcullis, RAOUL comes out of the water)

PHANTOM
Wait! I think, my dear,
we have a guest!

|CHRISTINE
|Raoul!
|
|PHANTOM (to RAOUL)
\Sir, this is indeed
an unparalleled delight!
I had rather hoped
that you would come.
And now my wish comes true -
you have truly made my night!

CHRISTINE (as the PHANTOM grabs her)
Let me go!

RAOUL (pleading, grasping the bars of the gate)
Free her!
Do what you like,
only free her!
Have you no pity?

PHANTOM (to CHRISTINE, dryly)
Your lover makes
a passionate plea!

CHRISTINE
Please, Raoul, it's useless...

RAOUL
I love her!
Does that mean nothing?
I love her!
Show some compassion...

PHANTOM (snarls furiously at RAOUL)
The world showed no compassion to me!

RAOUL
Christine...
Christine...

(to PHANTOM)

Let me see her...

PHANTOM (dryly)
Be my guest, sir...

(He gestures, and the gate rises. RAOUL enters)

Monsieur, I
bid you welcome!
Did you think that I would harm her?
Why should I make
her pay
for the sins which
are yours?

(So saying, he takes the Punjab lasso out of the water and, before RAOUL has a chance to move, catches him by the neck. As RAOUL tries to escape, the PHANTOM forces him back and ties the lasso around the gate and tighter around RAOUL's neck)

(Taunting)
Order your fine horses now!
Raise up your hand to the level of your eyes!
Nothing can save you now -
except perhaps Christine...

(He turns to her)

Start a new life with me -
Buy his freedom with your love!
Refuse me, and you send your lover to his death!
This is the choice -
This is the point of no return!

CHRISTINE (to the PHANTOM)
The tears I might have shed
for your dark fate
grow cold, and turn to tears
of hate...


RAOUL (Despairing)
Christine, forgive
me, please forgive me . . .
|I did it all
|for you, and all
|for nothing . . .
|
|CHRISTINE (Looking at the PHANTOM but to herself)
|Farewell,
|my fallen idol
|and false friend...
|We've had
|such hopes, but now
|I've seen them shattered...
|
|PHANTOM (to CHRISTINE)
|Too late for
|turning back,
|too late for
|prayers and
\useless pity...

|RAOUL (to CHRISTINE)
|Say you love him,
|and my
|life is over!
|
|PHANTOM
|Past all hope
|of cries for help:
\no point in fighting -

|RAOUL
|Either way you choose,
|he has to win...
|
|PHANTOM
|For either way
|you choose,
\you cannot win!

So, do you end
your days with me,
or do you send
him to his grave?

RAOUL (to PHANTOM)
Why make her lie
to you, to save
me?

|CHRISTINE
|Angel of Music...
|
|PHANTOM
|Past the point
|of no return -
|
|RAOUL
|For pity's sake,
\Christine, say no!

|CHRISTINE
|...who deserves this?
|
|PHANTOM
|The final threshold...
|
|RAOUL
|Don't throw your life
\away for my sake...

|CHRISTINE
|When will you see
|reason?
|
|PHANTOM
|His life is now the prize
|which you must earn!
|
|RAOUL
|I fought so hard
\to free you . . .

|CHRISTINE
|Angel of Music...
|
PHANTOM
|You've passed the point
\of no return...

CHRISTINE
...you deceived me -
I gave you my mind blindly...

PHANTOM (to CHRISTINE)
You try my patience -
make your choice!

(She reflects for a moment, then with resolutions moves slowly towards the PHANTOM)

CHRISTINE (quietly at first, then with growing emotion)
Pitiful creature
of darkness...
What kind of life
have you known...?
God give me courage
to show you
you are not
alone...

(Kisses him long and full on the lips. The embrace lasts a long time. RAOUL watches in horror and wonder.

During this, the PHANTOM lets go of the rope. Resigned, he addresses RAOUL, as we hear the offstage voices of the approaching MOB
)

|MOB (Some)
|Track down this murderer -
|he must be found!
|Hunt out this animal,
|who runs to ground!
|
|Too long he's preyed on us -
|but now we know:
|the Phantom of the Opera
|is there,
|deep down below . .
|
|MOB (Others)
|Who is this monster,
|this murdering beast?
|Revenge for Piangi!
|Revenge for Buquet!
|This creature
|must never go free...
|
|PHANTOM
|Take her - forget me - forget all of this . . .
|Leave me alone - forget all you've seen . . .
|Go now - don't let them find you!
|Take the boat - swear to me never to tell
\the secret you know, of the angel in hell...
Go now - go now and leave me!


(RAOUL and CHRISTINE move off towards the boat. The PHANTOM looks mockingly at his mask. The musical box starts up magically, and he listens to it)

Masquerade...
Paper faces on parade...
Masquerade...
Hide your face,
so the world will
never find you...

(CHRISTINE re-enters and walks slowly towards him. She takes off her ring and gives it to the PHANTOM)

PHANTOM
Christine, I love you....

(She hurries off. The PHANTOM puts the ring on his finger)

CHRISTINE (in the distance, to RAOUL as the boat pulls away in the distance)
Say you'll share with
me, one
love, one lifetime...

RAOUL
Say the word
and I will follow you...

CHRISTINE (Looking back at the PHANTOM)
Share each day with
me, each
night, each morning...

PHANTOM (looking after her)
You alone
can make my song take flight -
it's over now, the music of the night...

(The PHANTOM a golden candlestick and smashes two mirrors with it. He then heads to a third - the one he sometimes uses as a door - and smashes it. He then steps inside and lowers the cover of the mirror. The MOB, including MEG, appears above, climbing down the portcullis. They enter the lair. MEG crosses to the throne and picks up his mask in her small hand)

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