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Cell Block Tango

This song is by John Kander and appears on the movie soundtrack Chicago (2002 film cast) (2002).

(Liz)  Pop!

(Annie)  Six!

(June)  Squish!

(Hunyak)  Uh-uh

(Velma)  Cicero

(Mona)  Lipschitz!

And now
The six merry murderesses of the Cook County Jail
In their rendition of
The cell block tango


(Liz)  Pop!

(Annie)  Six!

(June)  Squish!

(Hunyak)  Uh-uh

(Velma)  Cicero

(Mona)  Lipschitz!

(Liz)  Pop!
(Annie)  Six
(June)  Squish
(Hunyak)  Uh-uh
(Velma)  Cicero
(Mona)  Lipschitz!

(Liz)  Pop!
(Annie)  Six
(June)  Squish
(Hunyak)  Uh-uh
(Velma)  Cicero
(Mona)  Lipschitz!

(Liz)  Pop!
(Annie)  Six
(June)  Squish
(Hunyak)  Uh-uh
(Velma)  Cicero
(Mona)  Lipschitz!

(Liz)  Pop!
(Annie)  Six
(June)  Squish
(Hunyak)  Uh-uh
(Velma)  Cicero
(Mona)  Lipschitz!

(all)
He had it coming
He had it coming
He only had himself to blame
If you'd have been there
If you'd have seen it
(Velma)  I betcha you would have done the same!

(Liz)  Pop!
(Annie)  Six
(June)  Squish
(Hunyak)  Uh-uh
(Velma)  Cicero
(Mona)  Lipschitz!

(Liz)
You know how people have these little habits that get you down?
Like Bernie. Bernie liked to chew gum.
No, not chew: pop!
So I came home this one day and I am really irritated
And I'm looking for a bit of sympathy
And there's Bernie, lyin' on the couch
Drinkin' a beer and chewin'
No, not chewin': poppin'!
So, I said to him,
I said, "You pop that gum one more time...."
And he did.
So I took the shotgun off the wall
And I fired two warning shots
...in-to his head.


(all)
He had it coming
He had it coming
He only had himself to blame
If you'd have been there
If you'd have heard it
I betcha you would have done the same

(He had it coming)
(He had it coming)

(Annie)
I met Ezekiel Young from Salt Lake City about two years ago
And he told me he was single
And we hit it off right away.
So, we started living together.
He'd go to work, he'd come home,
I'd fix him a drink, we'd have dinner.
And then I found out,
"Single" he told me?
Single, my ass.
Not only was he married, oh no
He had six wives; one of those Mormons, you know.
So that night, when he came home,
I fixed him his drink as usual.
You know, some guys just can't hold their arsenic.


(all)
He had it coming (Pop, six, squish)
He had it coming (uh-uh, Cicero, Lipschitz)
He took a flower in its prime (Pop, six, squish)
And then he used it, and he abused it (uh-uh, Cicero, Lipschitz)
It was a murder but not a crime! (Pop, six, squish)
(uh-uh, Cicero, Lipschitz)

(June))
Now, I'm standing in the kitchen, carvin' up the chicken for dinner,
Minding my own business,
And in storms my husband Wilbur in a jealous rage.
"You been screwin' the milkman," he says.
He was crazy and he kept screamin',
"You been screwin' the milkman."
And then he ran into my knife.
He ran into my knife ten times


(all)
If you'd have been there
If you'd have seen it
I betcha you would have done the same!

(Hunyak)
Mit keresek, én itt?
Azt mondják, hogy a híres lakem lefogta a férjemet én meg
Lecsaptam a fejét.
De nem igaz, én ártatlan vagyok.
Nem tudom miért mondja Uncle Sam hogy én tettem.
Probáltam a rendõrségen megmagyarázni de nem értették meg.


(Roxie)  Yeah, but did you do it?
(Hunyak)  Uh-uh, not guilty!

(all)
He had it coming...
He had it coming...

(Velma)
My sister, Veronica and I had this double act
And my husband, Charlie, traveled around with us.
Now, for the last number in our act
We did 20 acrobatic tricks in a row
One, two, three, four, five, splits, spread eagles,
Back flips, flip flops, one right after the other.
So this one night we were in the hotel Cicero,
The three of us, boozin', havin' a few laughs
And we run out of ice, so I go out to get some.
I come back, open the door
And there's Veronica and Charlie
Doing Number 17: the spread eagle
Well, I was in such a state of shock
I completely blacked out, I can't remember a thing.
It wasn't until later,
When I was washing the blood off my hands
I even knew they were dead.


(Veronica (echoed by all))
They had it coming (they had it coming)
They had it coming (they had it coming)
They had it coming all along (they had it coming all along)
I didn't do it (she didn't do it)
But if I'd done it (but if she'd done it)
How could you tell me that I was wrong?

They had it coming (they had it coming)
They had it coming (they had it coming)
They had it coming all along (they took a flower in its prime)
I didn't do it (and then they used it)
But if I'd done it (and they abused it)
How could you tell me (it was a murder)
That I was wrong? (but not a crime)

(Mona)
I loved Alvin Lipschitz more than I can possibly say
He was a real artistic guy
Sensitive, a painter
But he was always trying to find himself
He'd go out every night looking for himself
And on the way he found Ruth
Gladys
Rosemary
And Irving
I guess you can say we broke up because of artistic differences
He saw himself as alive
And I saw him dead

(all)
The dirty bum (bum, bum, bum, bum)
The dirty bum (bum, bum, bum, bum)

(all)
They had it comin' (They had it comin')
They had it comin' (They had it comin')
They had it comin' (They had it comin')
All along (all along)
'Cause if they used us ('Cause if they used us)
And they abused us (And they abused us)
How could you tell us (How could you tell us)
That we were wrong? (That we were wrong?)

He had it coming
He had it coming
He only had himself to blame.
If you'd have been there
If you'd have seen it
I betcha you would have done the same!

(Liz)   You pop that gum one more time!
(Annie)   Single my ass.
(June)   Ten times!
(Hunyak)   Miert csukott Uncle Sam bortonbe.
(Velma)   Number 17: the spread eagle.
(Mona)   Artistic differences.


(Liz)  Pop!

(Annie)  Six

(June)  Squish

(Hunyak)  Uh-uh

(Velma)  Cicero

(Mona)  Lipschitz!

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