Mark
How Do You Document Real Life
When Real Life's Getting More
Like Fiction Each Day?
Headlines - Bread-Lines
Blow My Mind
And Now This Deadline
"Eviction - Or Pay"
Rent!

Roger
How Do You Write A Song
When The Chords Sound Wrong
Though They Once Sounded Right And Rare?
When The Notes Are Sour
Where Is The Power You Once Had To Ignite the Air?

Mark
And We're Hungry And Frozen!

Roger
Some Life That We've Chosen!

Together
How We Gonna Pay
How We Gonna Pay
How We Gonna Pay
Last Year's Rent?

Mark
[We Light Candles!]

Roger
How Do You Start A Fire
When There's Nothing To Burn
And It Feels Like Something's Stuck In
Your Flue?

Mark
How Can You Generate Heat
When You Can't Feel Your Feet

Both
And They're Turning Blue?

Mark
You Light Up A Mean Blaze-

Roger
With Posters-

Mark
And Screenplays!

Roger & mark
How We Gonna Pay
How We Gonna Pay
How We Gonna Pay
Last Year's Rent?

Joanne
(On phone)
[Don't Screen, Maureen
It's Me - Joanne
Your Substitute Production Manager
Hey Hey Hey! (Did You Eat)
Don't Change The Subject Maureen!
But Darling - You Haven't Eaten All Day!]

[You Won't Throw Up!
You Won't Throw Up!
The Digital Delay--
-Didn't Blow Up (Exactly)
There May Have Been One Teeny Tiny Spark.
You're Not Calling Mark!]

Collins
How Do You Stay On Your Feet
When On Every Street
It's 'Trick Or Treat'
And Tonight It's 'Trick?'
'Welcome Back To Town'
I Should Lie Down.
Everything's Brown
And Uh - Oh
I Feel Sick!

Mark
Where Is He?

Collins
Getting Dizzy.

Mark & roger
How We Gonna Pay
How We Gonna Pay
How We Gonna Pay
Last Year's Rent?

Benny
(On cellular phone)
[Allison Baby - You Sound Sad.
I Don't Believe Those Two
After Everything I've Done!]

[Ever Since Our Wedding
I'm Dirt - They'll See
I Can Help Them All Out In The Long Run!]

[Forces Are Gathering.
Forces Are Gathering.
Can't Turn Away.
Forces Are Gathering!]

Collins
[Ughhhhh-
Ughhhhh-
Ughhhhhh- I Can't Think!
Ughhhhh-
Ughhhhh-
Ughhhhh- I Need A Drink!]

Mark
"The Music Ignites The Night With
Passionate Fire."

Joanne
[Maureen - I'm Not A Theatre Person!]

Roger
"The Narration Crackles And Pops With
Incendiary Wit."

Joanne
[I Will Never Be A Theatre Person!]

Mark
Zoom In As They Burn The Past To The
Ground-

Joanne
[Hello?]

Mark & roger
And Feel The Heat Of The Future's
Glow!

Joanne
[Hello?]

Mark
(On phone)
[Hello? Maureen?
-Your Equipment Wont Work?
Okay, All Right, I'll Go!]

Mark & half of the company
How Do You Leave The Past Behind
When It Keeps Finding Ways To Get To
Your Heart?
It Reaches Way Down Deep And Tears
You Inside Out
Til You're Torn Apart!
Rent!

Roger & other half of company
How Can You Connect In An Age
Where Strangers, Landlords, Lovers
Your Own Blood Cells Betray?

All
What Binds The Fabric Together
When The Raging, Shifting Winds Of Change
Keep Ripping Away?

Benny
Draw A Line In The Sand
And Then Make A Stand!

Roger
Use Your Camera To Spar!

Mark
Use Your Guitar!

All
When They Act Tough - You Call Their Bluff!

Mark & roger
We're Not Gonna Pay

Mark & roger with half the company
We're Not Gonna Pay

Mark & roger with other half of
Company
We're Not Gonna Pay

All
Last Year's Rent,
This Year's Rent,
Next Year's Rent!

Rent Rent Rent Rent Rent!
We're Not Gonna Pay Rent!

All
'Cause Everything Is Rent!

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