1. COME LOOK AT THE FREAKS

Company
Come look at the freaks
Come gape at the geeks
Come examine these aberrations
Their malformations
Grotesque physiques
Only pennies for peeks
Come look at the freaks

Men
Come look at the freaks
They'll haunt you for weeks
Come explore why they fascinate you
Exasperate you
And flush your cheeks

Women
Come hear how love speaks

All
Come look at the freaks

The Boss
Ladies and gentlemen
Step right up
Right this way
There is no wait
We don't waste your time
So little to pay
Just one thin dime
Gains you admission
To my odditorium
Never have you seen
A comparable emporium
Of wonders under one tent
Your dime could not be better spent

Come see a curious gal
The Bearded Lady
See a man
Turned into a reptile
As punishment for his sins
Come hear the haunting song
Of the Siamese Twins

Come see our elegant geek
Refined but deadly
Chicken necks delight his incisors
Their heads decorate the mud
His fav'rite cocktail drink?
It's warm chicken blood

From the barren desert
Of the heathen camel trade
For our gentlemen friends
The seraglio of a Hashemite sheik
His harem was freed
And we have found it's quite unique
For these girls are virgins still
Had I arrived but an hour late
That old sheik would have had his fill

All
Come see God's mistakes
The freaks God forsakes
Take a look at the monster babies
Dog men with rabies
A bride of snakes

The Boss
And we don't harbor fakes

All
Come see God's mistakes

The Boss
From the inky jungles
Of the darkest continent
You will witness first hand
The ferocity of the Cannibal King
We keep him chained up
Because we know he's hankering
For a taste of one of you
And you are here for enlightenment
Not as stock for cannibal stew

The Boss
Come look at the freaks
Come gape at the geeks
Come examine these aberrations
Their malformations
Grotesque physiques
Only pennies for peeks
Attractions
Come inside
Curiosity satisfied
Come!...
See the underside
Ah, ah, inside...
Ah....

The Boss
Won't you please forgive me
If I seem emotional
For the stars of our show
I am speaking of course
Of the Siamese Twins
I adopted these girls
And gave them moral disciplines
Taught them standards
Right from wrong
I nurtured their musicality
Let them charm you with their song

Daisy & Violet
Ah, ah, ah (etc.)

The Boss
Come look at the freaks
Come gape at the geeks
Attractions
Come inside
Curiosity satisfied

The Boss & All
Come examine these aberrations
Their malformations
Grotesque physiques
Only pennies for peeks
Come look at the freaks!


2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU AND TO YOU

All
Happy birthday to you and to you
Here's a big happy birthday times two
Happy birthday from the whole damned crew
Happy birthday to you and to you


3. I'M DAISY, I'M VIOLET

Daisy
I'm Daisy

Violet
I'm Violet

Daisy & Violet
We're Siamese Twins

Violet
I'm to your right
As you watch our show

Daisy
She thinks she's always right
Not so
I'm Daisy

Violet
I'm Violet

Daisy & Violet
What else would you like to know?

Terry
What are your dreams?
What are you longing for?


4. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE

Violet
I want to be like everyone else
So no one will point and stare
To walk down the street
Not attracting attention
No notice, no mention
No hint of despair
A normal reaction
A standard response
The same as everyone wants

Daisy
I want to be like everyone else
But richer and more acclaimed
Worshipped and celebrated
Pampered and loved
To see those who've laughed
Feeling ashamed
A glorious, frantic
Adoring response
The same as everyone wants

I'd go abroad
See all the sights
Hear folks applaud
Bow to the lights

Violet
I'd settle down
Never to roam
Find a nice husband and home

Daisy
I want to be

Violet
I want to be

Daisy & Violet
Like everyone else
But not like my sister says

Daisy
She wants stability

Violet
She would like fame
I'd like serenity

Daisy
Frenzied acclaim

Daisy & Violet
Though we can't agree on a single response
We want what everyone wants
Only what everyone wants
The same as everyone wants


5. THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

Jake
I'm not gonna tell you
You're making a mistake
Tell you not to go
No I won't
I'll only say
What I've learned along my way
The devil you know
Beats the devil you don't

We don't work
In the best of situations
We don't live very well
We don't live
In the neighbourhood of heaven
We live somewhere closer to hell

We have learned
To work around this situation
Learned to hide
Till the heat has passed
You will learn
A promise of salvation
Can mask another inferno's blast

The devil you know
Beats the devil you don't
That promised land
Could turn out to be dry
Once you're gone
You might ask yourselves why
Maybe you will
Or maybe you won't
But the devil you know
Beats the devil you don't
Oh yeah!

Roustabout 1
You don't know
The world beyond the sideshow

Roustabout 2
You don't know
What Satan can plan

Bearded Lady
You don't know
The safety you'd be leaving

Jake
We're your family
And we're your clan

Snake Lady
Here we've got
Each other to depend on

Harem Girl 2
Here you've got
The best home you'll ever find

Bearded Lady
Other folk
Don't know how to take us

Jake
The world out there
Can be so unkind

The devil you know...

Beats the devil you don't
Roustabout 1
Devil you know

Roustabout 2
Devil you know

Snake Lady, Bearded Lady, Harem Girl 2, Roustabout 2
Beats the devil
The devil you don't

Jake
His game of chance
Just might be a scam
Sheik
Don't take that chance

Sheik, Harem Girl 2, Snake Lady
It's just a scam

Jake, Roustabout 3
You can't play
Then decide you should scram

Jake, Roustabout 1, Roustabout 3, Sheik
Maybe you'll win
Or maybe you won't
But the devil you know

Bearded Lady, Harem Girl 2, Roustabout 2
Devil you know

Jake, Roustabouts 1, 2, 3, Harem Girl 2, Snake Lady, Bearded Lady, Sheik
Beats the devil you don't

6th Exhibit
How can you
Say that man's a devil?

Roustabout 4
How can you
Say he's wicked and bad?

Geek
How can you
Criticize an angel?

All three
Promising more heaven
Than they've ever had

Fortune Teller
I'm a fortune teller
I can see the future
I can look at people
See what's lying ahead
Violet and Daisy
I see you're bound for glory
The man that was here
Will do all that he said
That man's not a devil

No - believe it I won't
He's not a devil
No
And miss this chance
I hope that they don't
No don't
No don't
No don't

The "No" Group
What if he's a devil?

the "Yes" Group
What if he's not?
He could be an angel

The "No" Group
That heaven forgot!

Fortune Teller
I think you may be jealous

Jake
Jealous of what?

All
That Violet and Daisy
Might give him a shot!

The "No" Group
But the devil you know
Beats the devil you don't
That promised land
Could turn out to be dry
So dry -
Once you're gone
You might ask yourselves why
Maybe you will
But the devil you know
But the devil you know
But the devil you know
The "Yes" Group
He's not a devil
I won't believe it
Believe it I won't
Undertand
He could be a good guy
Why?
Or maybe you won't
No, no, he's not a devil
No, no, he's not a devil
No, no, he's not a devil

Jake
Alright
We could argue all night
Because we care about you two
Maybe you will go
Or maybe you won't
But I hope you will remember
That that mean old
Money-grubbin'
Gin-guzzlin'
Name-callin'
Devil you know
Might be better than
That smooth-talkin'
Fine-lookin'
Dream-spinnin'
Promise makin'
Devil
You don't!

The "Yes" Group
No, no, no
Don't call him a devil!
No, no, no
Don't call him a devil!
No, no, no
Don't call him a devil!
The "No" Group
Beats the devil you don't

Beats the devil you don't

Beats the devil you

All
Don't!


6. MORE THAN WE BARGAINED FOR

Terry
Some hidden magnet
Is pulling me back
Back to this strange little show
An invisible force
Dragging me off course
Pulling me somewhere
I know I shouldn't go

I want
I want
I want to see her
I want
I want to look at her face
I need
I need
I need to see her
That's why I'm back in this place

Buddy
We can't wait to show you
The work we've accomplished
You won't believe your own eyes
Meeting each night
At the oddest of hours
But oh how each hour flies
Our two girls have a special gift

Any clouds of doubt will lift
I tihnk we're getting more
That we bargained for

Terry
We'll see about that. Sounds like you've managed okay here.

Buddy
Working in the midst
Of the strangest folks
They're helpful
I like them
They get my jokes
I thought they were performers
In a sad, bleak show
But here I am
I fit right in
Into a freak show!

Terry
So, Buddy, you finally found a home.
Have the girls given you any trouble?

Buddy
Well, Violet is slow
But we work till she gets it
Daisy does everything right
I'm more concerned
With some personal questions
I swear I did not invite
I think Violet's sweet on me
Sweet's very hard to ignore
Daisy mentions you with glee
I think we're getting more
Than we bargained for

Terry
Daisy asks about me?

Buddy
Only about fifty times a day.

Terry
You're kidding.
She thinks I'll make her famous
Get her foot in the door

Buddy
I think we're getting more
Than we bargained for
Do you think they're pretty?

Terry
Pretty?

Buddy
Well, they are.

Terry
Let's give them flowers

Buddy
That's going too far

Terry
Why?

Buddy
Flower are romantic
Romance is in the air
So beware

Terry
Buddy, you've got so much to learn
You don't know women

Buddy
Not like them.

Terry
Let me set you right.

Buddy
I know more than you think

Terry
They'll try to hook you

Buddy
Oh, come on.

Terry
But you don't have to bite
I've known lots of women

Buddy
So I've heard

Terry
The lovely
The gruesome
I've seen things
I've tried things
But never a twosome!

Buddy
I'm not interested in that

Terry
Then close your eyes

Buddy
What?

Terry
Just a little joke

Buddy
It's no joking matter

Terry
You worry too much

Buddy
I'm just saying we need to look

Terry
Look at what?

Buddy
Look at where this road leads

Terry
To vaudeville

Buddy
It's not right we overlook their needs
They have needs

Terry
We're giving them the chance of a lifetime

Buddy
Are we doing what's fair and right?

Terry
Yes we are

Buddy
Wish I could know what's in store

Terry
Who knows that?

Terry and Buddy
The future should be clear tonight

Buddy
I think we're getting more

Terry
Are we getting more

Terry and Buddy
Than we bargained for
Than we bargained for
Than we bargained for


7. FEELINGS YOU'VE GOT TO HIDE

Daisy
All of our dreams
Are coming true

Violet
At least the dream
That's starring you

Daisy
Terry's my dream personified
I can feel him there
Right by my side
I can feel his love
I can feel his pride

Violet
Those are feelings
You have got to hide

Daisy
Why do I feel
Like I swallowed a butterfly?
Tickling inside
Makes me laugh
Till I want to cry
Why are my eyes turning moist
While my throat is dry?
Is it that handsome guy?
Why are my feelings
Racing around inside?
Will I explode
If all of my thoughts collide?
One minute brave
The next minute terrified
Are these feelings I have got to hide?

Violet
Don't let your heart
Lead your head astray
He couldn't possibly feel that way

Daisy
I know he loves me
I know I'll be his bride

Violet
Those are feelings you have got to hide
Do not tell
Do not confide
These longings can't be satisfied
This wave will wash out with the tide
These are feelings you've got to hide

Daisy
I can't hide what I feel
The way that you do

Violet
What do you mean?
I'm not in love like you

Daisy
I think you are
And Buddy is the guy

Violet
Why do you say that?
Tell me why

Daisy
I'm your sister
I'm your shadow
I do know

Violet
Oh you know ... ?

Daisy
Yes I know

Violet
What I'm thinking

Daisy
What you're thinking
I'm not deaf
I'm not blind

Violet
You can always
Read my mind

Daisy
Read your mind

Violet
Now I'm the one
Lighting up like a firefly
Now I'm the one
Blushing red
Eating humble pie
Why do I want to tell all
And yet feel so shy
About that handsome guy

Daisy
You want a husband
You want to be a bride

Violet
Heart in my throat
Like I'm on a mid-way ride
But I'll never show
What's going on inside
These are feelings you've got to hide

Daisy
Why do you feel that way?

Violet
Feelings aren't for display

Daisy
Let's announce love today!

Violet
You would shout
What you should never say

Daisy
Why are these feelings racing around inside?
Will all my thoughts colide?
I know I'll be his bride
Are these feelings I've got to hide
Violet
These longings can't be satisfied
This wave will wash out with the tide
These are feelings you've got to hide
Feelings you've got to hide


8. WHEN I'M BY YOUR SIDE

Daisy and Violet
You are my favourite new playmate
I love the fun you provide
A song and a laugh
Are better by half
When I'm by your side

Happy to be your companion
Glad that I qualified
I feel as grand as the canyon
When I'm by your side

People stop dead when they've seen us
We take their staring in stride
Can't fit a needle between us
When I'm by your side

We're an unusual duo
Don't always swim with the tide
But who needs a boat?
I'm always afloat
When I'm by your side

I like what a duo can do
The combination is greater than the sum of its parts
Should we cement this arrangement
Now that it's tested and tried
We're such a tight weave
I don't want to leave

We make a matched set
A perfect duet
Like eggs are to ham
Like twins to Siam
I'm by your side


9. SAY GOODBYE TO THE FREAK SHOW

Violet
What have we done?

Daisy
Lost our jobs

Violet
Closed a door

Terry
Opened more!
Say goodbye to the freak show
Say hello to the footlight's glow
Your success can only grow
Say goodbye to the freak show

Attractions
Goodbye

Daisy
Goodbye
We will miss you

Geek
Don't cry
Let me kiss you

Violet
Oh my
Why should it be so hard
To say goodbye

Harem Girl I
Farewell
Don't forget us

Bearded Lady
Do tell
How you met us

6th Exhibit
Don't dwell
On sorrow as you go

Dolly
You will fare well

Fortune Teller
Now, now
Saying goodbye
Is part of growing up
There's a whole new world
Of friends for you to make

Jake
Goodbye, Daisy
Dear, sweet Violet

Daisy and Violet
Oh no!
Not goodbye to Jake

Jake
Take wing
Fly to glory
Dance, sing
Tell your story
You bring
Such joy to those you've know
Take flight, take wing

Terry
Jake, looks like their hearts might break
Saying goodbye to you
You're a friend to the twins
You've helped them along
Constant support
Quiet and strong
We could use you backstage
As we tour with their act
Why not join the troupe
Your bag is packed

Daisy
Yes - say yes

Violet
Please come along

Jake
Nothing lost if I decide to
I feel I belong beside you

Attractions
Say goodbye to the freak show
Bless your new impresario
We always knew you would outgrow
The tents of the sideshow
Goodbye

Strike tents
Pull the stakes up
Go gents
Let the brakes up
No fence
Stops us from moving on
To our next show

Farewell
Don't forget us
Do tell
How you met us
Don't dwell
On sorrow as you go
You will fare well
Goodbye


10. LEAVE ME ALONE

Daisy
Terry
How about a good luck kiss?

Terry
Well-deserved
Break a leg
Have fun

Daisy
I always have fun
When you're around

Terry
Likewise
You're a good-time girl

Violet
You are shameless
A shameless flirt

Daisy
Showing some interest
Couldn't hurt

Violet
Some?
You show the maximum!

Daisy
And you'd prefer
I act like you?
Afraid to show interest
Afraid it's taboo
How will your Buddy
Ever have a clue
That you love him through and through?

Violet
Don't say that!
He might overhear

Daisy
So what
Why live in fear?
He might feel the same
But he's shy

Violet
So am I
I despise
The way you advertise

Daisy
I hate
Your coy little act

Violet
Is that a fact?

Daisy
Leave me alone
This is none of your business
You don't need to judge
Or offer advice
You're not my mother
You're not my warden
Don't need a strict chaperone
Why don't you leave me alone?

Violet
Leave you alone?
I am trying to help you
Your blatant behaviour
Embarrasses me
If you could see you
From my perspective
You wouldn't like what you were shown
No, I won't leave you alone

Daisy
Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone
I need some time on my own
Violet
And how would I do that?
Tell me where would I go?
Believe me I'd love to

Daisy
Leave me alone
You don't know
What you're saying
You'll never find love
By playing it shy
Don't need the wisdom
Or the opinion
You grandly dispense
From your throne
Why don't you leave me alone?
Violet
Leave you alone?
Can you hear
What you're saying?
You won't find love
By chasing the guy
I don't have wisdom
Just an opinion
My throne? Oh no
I won't

Daisy
That's what I'm asking
It's a simple request
I'd be fine without you
I need some time on my own
Why don't you
I hate you
Why
Don't you leave me alone?!
Violet
Leave you alone?
Leave you alone?
Leave you alone?
I don't like your tone
How could I
So do I
Why
Don't you leave me alone?!


11. WE SHARE EVERYTHING

4 Archaeologists
We've traveled from Nome to Bali
Seen the hist'ry of human folle
Courted danger till our hair was curled
Seen all seven wonders of the world

While those seven wonders deteriorate
Our new discovery
Is right up-to-date
This is a wonder
You can't duplicate
Clean the slate
Here's the great
Number eight

Daisy and Violet
Life's ducky
Balmy weather
We're lucky
We're together
We're a pair remarkably mated
People swear we must be related
We can't bear to be separated
We share everything

Two songbirds
Zero friction
No strong words
Dainty diction
Harmony is what we always sing
We're so happy
We share everything

Violet
Never division
On any decision
Never a word that's severe

Daisy
Two different voices
Identical choices
Never an argument here

Daisy and Violet
We're both sweet and understanding
We divide the pie
We see eye-to-eye

We're never pushy-shovey
Forever lovey-dovey
All through summer
Winter, fall or spring
We're united through every season
We're delighted
You know the reason
You can share too
There's nothing to it
So prepare to
Watch how we do it

Come on, boys
Build a barge
Make it fancy
Make it large
Grab an oar
Row with style
Take us down that Nile!

We're so happy
We share everything

Pharaohs
We're so happy
We're so happy
We're so happy

Company
We share everything


12. BUDDY KISSED ME

Violet
Buddy kissed me
He kissed me for the first time

Daisy
Didn't you hear what he said?

Violet
There's only one thought
Running through my head
He kissed me

Daisy
And then they both denied
Any thought of romance

Violet
But he kissed me
Words can lie
But kisses don't

Daisy
You can lie to yourself
I won't
No one could love a Siamese twin
Nobody wants us
No one ever has
No one ever will

Violet
Why are you trying
To kill my dream?

Daisy
It's not a dream
It's a nightmare
Wake up
Look around you
We are freaks
Stuck together
And we'll always be alone

Violet
But I want to wake up
To what I'm dreaming of
Dreaming that some day
Some night
I could find love
Will I find love?


13. WHO WILL LOVE ME AS I AM?

Violet
Like a fish plucked from the ocean
Tossed into a foreign stream,
Always knew that I was different
Often fled onto a dream.
I ignored the raging currents,
Right against the tide I swam.
But I floated with the question
Who will love me as I am?

Daisy
Like an odd exotic creature
On display inside a zoo.
Hearing children asking questions
Makes me ask some questions too.
Could we bend the laws of nature?
Could a lion love a lamb?
Who could see beyond this surface?
Who will love me as I am?

Daisy and Violet
Who will ever call to say "I love you"?
Send me flowers or a telegram?
Who could proudly stand beside me?
Who will love me as I am?

Daisy
Like a clown whose tears cause laughter
Trapped inside the center ring

Violet
Even seeing smiling faces
I am lonely pondering

Daisy and Violet
Who would want to join this madness?
Who would change my monogram?
Who will be part of my circus?
Who will love me as I am?
Who will ever call to say "I love you"?
Send me flowers or a telegram?
Who could proudly stand beside me?
Who will love me as I am?

Company
Who could proudly stand beside me?
Who will love me as I am?


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