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​Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love

This song is by Edward Kleban & Marvin Hamlisch and appears on the soundtrack album A Chorus Line (1975) by ​Marvin Hamlisch.

Mark:
Well, I get the feeling most of you always knew what you wanted to do. Me, I didn't. I was just a kid for a while. Oh then one day, well, my father had this fabulous library in the back of the house, and when I was, about eleven, I guess, I found this medical textbook. It had pictures of the male and female anatomy. Well, I thought that was pretty interesting. I use to read that book a lot

Zach:
Were you interested in medicine? Or were you just into the pictures?

Mark:
No, I

Val:
Hello twelve

Richie:
Hello thirteen

Maggie:
Hello love

Al:
Changes, oh!

Bebe:
Down below

Diana:
Up above

Val:
Time to doubt

Mike:
To break out

Richie:
It's a mess,

Maggie:
It's a mess

Paul and Judy:
Time to grow

Maggie and Al:
Time to go

Connie, Bobby, and Richie:
Adolesce

All
Adolesce
Too young to take over
Too old to ignore

Al:
Gee, I'm almost ready

All
But What For?
There's a lot
I am not
Certain of

Hello twelve

Hello thirteen

Hello love

Mark:
And from the book I diagnosed my own appendicitis
Next day I went to our doctor down the block. Sure enough, acute appendicitis!
They rushed me right to the hospital
Well, I figured this book
Would cover ev'rything
The rest of my life
And when I was thirteen, I had my firstWet dream. I went right back to the bookMilky discharge, Milky discharge, milky discharge, Gonorrhea! I was in shock, I mean gonorrhea! Before I'd even started. I was terrified. I couldn't tell my mother I had Gonorrhea! So, the book said, drink a lot of water

Zach:
Is that all the book said?

Mark:
No, it said take penicillin, strepto-something-or-other, but I couldn't do anything about that unless I told somebody
So all I could do was drink the water
And I drank like twenty glasses a day
For three weeks. I almost drowned. Finally I went to confession and told the priest that I had gonorrhea! Well, he was in shock too
"Who have you been with my son?"
Nobody. Nobody
"Then how can you have gonorrhea?"
I told him about the book's diagnosis for milky discharge and he set me straight. It's the only time the church ever helped me out. Well, I was

Connie
Four foot ten!
Four foot ten!
That's the story of my life
I remember when ev'rybody was my size
Boy, was that great. But then everybody started moving up and, there I was, stuck at
Four foot ten!
Four foot ten
But I kept hoping and praying
I used to hang from a parallel bar by the hour
Hoping I'd stretch
Just an inch more
'Cause I was into dancing then, and I was good. And I wanted so much to grow up to be a prima ballerina. Then I went out forCheerleader! And they told me: 'no dice, you'll get lost on the football field. The pom-poms are bigger than you." I spent my whole childhood waiting to grow

Val:
Tits! When am I gonna grow tits?

Paul
Secret, my whole life was a secret

Mike:
One little fart! And they called my "stinky" for three years. Ah!

All
Goodbye twelve
Goodbye thirteen
Hello love

Bebe:
Robert golet, robert goulet
My god, robert goulet!

All
Oh!
Down below
Up above

Don:
Playing doctor with evelyn

Richie:
I'll show you mine

Richie:
You show me yours

All
La la

Kristine:
Seeing daddy naked!

All
Time to grow
Time to go

Sheila:
Suprise!
Mom and dad were doing it

Bobby:
I'm gonna be a movie star

Connie
But you see, the only thing about me that grew was my desire
I was never gonna be maria tallchief. I was just
This peanut on pointe! That was my whole trip, my size. It still is. God, my last show I was thirty-two and I played a fourteen-year-old brat

Zach:
Ah hah, the year of the chicken, thirty-two?

Richie:
Puck-puck-puck-puck, girl!

Connie
So, I got caught But I don't look it. And I shouldn't knock it, 'cause I've always been able to work
From the time I was five in "King and I."
"King and i."
Up till now I've never stopped 'cause whatever I am
I am

Diana:
So excited because I'm gonna go to the high school of performing arts! I mean, I was dying to be a serious actress. Anyway, it's the first day of acting class, and we're in the auditorium and the teacher, mr. KarpOh, mr. KarpAnyway, he puts us up on the stage with our legs around each other, one in back of the other and he says: "okay. We're going to do improvisations. Now, you're on a bobsled, it's snowing out. And it's cold. Okay. Go!"

Music by:

Marvin Hamlisch Wikipedia16

Lyrics by:

Edward Kleban Wikipedia16