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The Music and the Mirror

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

Cassie:
Spoken: I can't get a job zach... God, you sound like all my friends - my fans. Acting like I'm a star and don't know it - when the truth is I never even came close and nobody has the guts to tell me. Well, it would be nice to be a star... But I'm not, I'm a dancer.


Give me somebody to dance for
Give me somebody to show
Let me wake up in the morning to find
I have somewhere exciting to go

Zach:
So, you're going through a slow period, it happens to everyone. Something will happen

Cassie:
That's what I kept telling myself in California, and I kept telling myself that and telling myself that... Well... Nothing will happen. I can't act

Zach: What?

Cassie:
I can't act. And there I am in California supposed to be this actress. Well, it didn't take me long to find out I can't act... Didn't take Hollywood very long either.

Zach: You didn't work out there?

Cassie:
Oh, sure. A rotten part in a so-so film - part ended up getting cut, thank god - I was a go-go dancer in a TV movie of the week. Let's see - oh, yeah - commercials, I almost got to squeeze a roll of toilet paper but I lost out in the finals. Isn't' that something? Seventeen years in the business and I end up flunking toilet paper squeezing? And I was a dancing band-aid - that was fun. We had an earthquake. And I got a terrific tan - and surely you must have heard about

Zach:
I did hear you were going out with some big agent. Being a bit wild, running around, carrying on

Cassie:
Well, when you're a woman of leisure what else is there to do but get a bit wild and run around? Not to mention getting fat - and going crazy - which is why I came back to new york and which is why I am here today, zach, old dear. Little pussy cat. I need a job

To have something that I can believe in
To have something to be
Use me. Choose me

Zach: I just can't see you dancing in the chorus, cassie.

Cassie: Why not?

Zach: Listen, if you need some money, call my business manager

Cassie:
Well, sure I need money. Who doesn't? But I don't need a handout. I need a job. I need a job and I don't know any other way to say it. Do you want me to say it again?

Zach: No

Cassie:
Fine, then we got that far. Look, I haven't worked in two years, not really. There's nothing left for me to do. So - I'm putting myself on the line. (stepping to the line) yes I'm putting myself on your line. I don't want to wait on tables. And what I really don't want to do is teach other people how to do what I should be doing myself

God, I'm a dancer
A dancer dances!

Give me somebody to dance with
Give me a place to fit in
Help me return to the world of living
By showing me how to begin

Play me the music
Give me a chance to come through
All I ever needed was the music, and the mirror
And the chance to dance for you

Give me a job and you instantly get me involved
If you give me a job
Then the rest of the crap will get solved
Put me to work
You would think that by now I'm allowerd
I'll do you proud!

Throw me a rope to grab on to
Help me to prove that I'm strong
Give me the chance to look forward to sayin':
"Hey, listen they're playin' my song."

Play me the music
Give me a chance to come through
All I ever needed was the music, and the mirror
And a chance to dance

Play me the music
Play me the music
Play me the music
Give me a chance to come through
All I ever needed was the music, and the mirror
And a chance to dance

Music by:

Marvin Hamlisch Wikipedia16

Lyrics by:

Edward Kleban Wikipedia16