STEPHEN SONDHEIM


The Judge's Return Lyrics

JUDGE: Where is she? Where is the girl?

TODD: Below, your Honor. In the care of my neighbor,
Mrs. Lovett.
Thank heavens the sailor did not molest her.
Thank heavens too, she has seen the error of her ways.

JUDGE: She has?

TODD: Oh yes, your lesson was well learned, sir.
She speaks only of you, longing for forgiveness.

JUDGE: And she shall have it. She'll be here soon, you
say?

TODD:
I think I hear her now.

JUDGE: Oh, excellent, my friend!

TODD:
Is that her dainty footstep on the stair?
JUDGE: I hear nothing.

TODD:
Yes, isn't that her shadow on the wall?

JUDGE: Where?
TODD: There!
Primping,
Making herself even prettier than usual —

JUDGE:
Even prettier ...

TODD:
If possible.

JUDGE:
Ohhhhhhh,
Pretty women!

TODD:
Pretty women, yes ...
JUDGE: Quickly, sir, a splash of bay rum!
TODD: Sit, sir, sit.

JUDGE:
JOHANNA,JOHANNA.. .

TODD:
Pretty women . . .

JUDGE: Hurry, man!

TODD:
Pretty women
Are a wonder . . .

JUDGE: You're in a merry mood again today, barber.

TODD:
Pretty women!

JUDGE:
What we do for

TODD:
Pretty women! Pretty women!
Blowing out their candles Blowing out their candles
Or combing out their hair — Or combing out their hair,
Then they leave —
Even when they leave you Even when they leave,
And vanish, they somehow They still
Can still remain Are there,
There with you there ... They're there . ..

JUDGE: How seldom it is one meets a fellow spirit!
TODD: With fellow tastes — in women, at least.

JUDGE: What? What's that?

TODD: The years no doubt have changed me, sir.
But then, I suppose, the face of a barber — the face of
a prisoner in the
dock — is not particularly memorable.
JUDGE:
Benjamin Barker!

TODD:
Rest now, my friend,
Rest now forever.
Sleep now the untroubled
Sleep of the angels ...

COMPANY:
Lift your razor high, Sweeney!
Hear it singing, "Yes!"
Sink it in the rosy skin
Of righteousness!

MRS. LOVETT: Die! Die! God in heaven — die! You! Can it
be?
How all the demons of Hell come to torment me!

TODD: Why did you scream? Does the JUDGE still live?

MRS. LOVETT: He was clutching, holding on to my skirt,
but now — he's finished.

TODD: Leave them to me. Open the doors.

MRS. LOVETT: No! Don't touch her!
TODD: What is the matter with you?
It's only some meddling old beggar - Oh no, Oh
God..."Don't I know you?" she said...
You knew she lived.
From the first moment that I walked into your shop you
knew my Lucy lived!

MRS. LOVETT: I was only thinking of you!
TODD:
Lucy. . .

MRS. LOVETT: Your Lucy!
A crazy hag picking bones and rotten spuds out of alley
ash-cans!
Would you have wanted to know that was all that was
left of her?

TODD: You lied to me.

MRS. LOVETT:
No, no, not lied at all.
No, I never lied.

TODD:
Lucy...

MRS. LOVETT:
Said she took the poison — she did —
Never said that she died —
Poor thing,
She lived —

TODD:
I've come home again . . .

MRS. LOVETT:
But it left her weak in the head,
All she did for months was just lie there in bed —
TODD:
Lucy. . .

MRS. LOVETT:
Should've been in hospital,
Wound up in Bedlam instead,
Poor thing!
TODD:
Oh, my God . . .

MRS. LOVETT:
Better you should think she was dead.
Yes, I lied 'cos I love you!
TODD:
Lucy...

MRS. LOVETT:
I'd be twice the wife she was!
I love you!

TODD:
What have I done?...

MRS. LOVETT:
Could that thing have cared for you
Like me?

TODD:
Mrs. Lovett,
You're a bloody wonder,
Eminently practical and yet
Appropriate as always.
As you've said repeatedly,
There's little point in dwelling on the past.

MRS. LOVETT:
Do you mean it?
Everything I did I swear
I thought
Was only for the best,
Believe me!
Can we still be
Married?
No, come here, my love ..
Not a thing to fear,
My love . . .
What's dead
Is dead.

TODD:
The history of the world, my pet —

MRS. LOVETT:
Oh, Mr. Todd,
Ooh, Mr. Todd,
Leave it to me .. .

TODD:
Is learn forgiveness and try to forget.

MRS. LOVETT:
By the sea, Mr. Todd,
We'll be comfy-cozy,
By the sea, Mr. Todd,
Where there's no one nosy ...

TODD:
And life is for the alive, my dear,
So let's keep living it — !

BOTH:
Just keep living it,
Really living it — !

TODD:
There was a barber and his wife,
And she was beautiful.
A foolish barber and his wife,
She was his reason and his life.
And she was beautiful.
And she was virtuous.
And he was —

Naive.

TOBIAS:
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker man.
Bake me a cake —
No,no,
Bake me a pie —
To delight my eye,
And I will sigh
If the crust be high ...

Mr. TODD.

Pat him and prick him and mark him with B, and put him
in the oven for baby and me!

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