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​Upper Hand

This song is by Dana P. Rowe & John Dempsey and appears on the musical soundtrack The Fix (1997).

Cal:
You've got to see thing my way, Uncle Grahame - it helps.
How can I convince you?
Can you ever be persuaded
Or be made
To understand?

Look, it keeps me focused
Helps me sense the competition
Gives me... dare I say?
The upper hand?

To use your words...

How can I describe it?
Could I ever do it justice?
Make you know
How I feel?

How the heart starts beating faster
Till the limbs grow warm and steady
Red as fire
Hard as steel

There...
Hard as steel

And there...
Hard as steel
And there...

Is there something wrong, Uncle Grahame?


Grahame:
Mercy...

Cal:
What was that?
Did I hear that word from you?
You who used, who trained, restrained,
Controlled me?

Grahame:
Mercy...

Cal:
So it was
Well, this changes thing, you know
Weren't you, after all
The one who told me -

"Keep 'em jumping right on cue
Your clientele?"
"See that things progress as planned?"
"Make 'em lift their eyes to you?"
You taught me well
"Gotta keep the upper hand!"

Grahame and Cal:
And it's a journey all too quick
From the golden boy to the old and sick
From the luminary to the lunatic
And the diff'rence is
You surely under -

Cal:
Sweet Jesus, how you understand -

Grahame and Cal:
The upper hand

Grahame:
That's the game...

Cal:
How absurd...

Grahame:
What a shame...

Cal:
Yes, "shame"'s the word...

Make 'em lift their eyes to you...

Now, don't tell mother...