SONG:  “ So Opposite We Are

 

     Emperor

SO OPPOSITE WE ARE, YOU AND I.

I AM THE CROWN.

AND YOU JUST BARELY SCORE

AS A TRAMP OF A CLOWN.

ONE WONDERS HOW WE TWO

CAN BE FRIENDS SO BOUND AND TRUE.

           

     Mundo

My master and friend,

MARK MY WORDS, I WON’T HOLD BACK,

THERE’S NO WHITE WITHOUT BLACK.

AND EQUALLY RIGHT,

THERE’S NO BLACK WITHOUT WHITE.

                                   

      Emperor

That’s absurd.

 

      Mundo

BEHOLD BEFORE YOU THE BLACKEST HOLE,

THE DARKEST, INKIEST, JET-BLACK COAL.

HOW WOULD YOU KNOW IT TO BE SO BLACK

IF YOU HAD NEVER SEEN WHITE, JUST A SMACK?

 

     Emperor

Ah-h-h.

SO IF ALL WERE BLACK

OR ALL WERE WHITE,

YOU COULDN’T TELL THE OTHER ONE EXISTED.

 

     Mundo

THAT’S RIGHT!

SO WHAT MAKES YOU AN EMPEROR HIGH AND RENOWNED

IS HAVING THIS LOATHSOME, LOW CRACKPOT LIKE ME AROUND.

 

     Emperor

Crawl!  So, you are saying, that’s why we have this mixed-up world of opposites . . .

THERE’S NO GOOD WITHOUT BAD.

             (The Emperor starts hesitantly, then gets the idea.)

NO JOY WITHOUT SAD.    

NO SWEET WITHOUT SOUR . . .

 

     Mundo

COUNT ETERNITY BY THE HOUR.

HOW COULD WE BE HONEST IF NO ONE LIED?

 

      Emperor

OR HAVE A SECRET IF NO ONE PRIED?

 

     Mundo

WHERE IS SAINTHOOD WITHOUT DEFECTS?!

 

     Emperor

OR CHASTITY WITHOUT SEX?

What is so is not. And what is not is so.

 

         (A moment of mutual puzzlement.)

 

     Both

Yes!

                                               

      Emperor

But, Mundo, it’s all topsy turvy. Black, white, friend, foe, yes, no. Where do we stand? All that’s left is . . .nothing.

 

     Mundo

That’s all you ever had.

           

     Emperor

Nada.

 

     Mundo

Zilch.

 

     Emperor

Locked behind these eyeballs.

 

     Mundo

Looking out at . . .

 

     Emperor

Emptiness.

 

     Mundo

The aching void.

 

     Emperor

As big as the universe.

 

     Mundo

But in this black-white, yes-no world, nothing . . . goes . . . with . . .

 

      Emperor

            (figuring it out)

Everything!

 

     Mundo

Out of the void . . .

 

     Emperor

Comes all creation, bang! Mundo, you are so clever!

 

     Mundo

It’s nothing.

 

      Both

SO OPPOSITE WE ARE, THE CROWN AND THE CLOWN.

WHO CARES WHAT THEY SAY, LET THEM ALL FROWN.

AND FRIENDS WE ARE, YOU AND I!

NONE BETTER BY FAR, JACK LOW AND ACE HIGH!

 

      Emperor        

Mundo, you are like a son. You are the only one I can trust. All the others in court, they all maneuver to impress. I will make you my son, Mundo. I give you my daughter Espi to be your wife.

 

          (A spotlight reveals the courtiers surrounding a shocked Espi.)

 

      Courtiers

Espi?!?!

 

     Emperor

Mundo needs a wife. One man, one woman, yes, Mundo? Are you not a man?

 

      Mundo

Oh, far below.

      Courtiers

Espi to be Mundo’s wife?!?!

 

     Emperor

An emperor’s fool would do well to have a wife.

 

      Mundo

He would be a fool.

 

     Espi

I’m going to be married? To the Fool?

             (protesting proudly)

I am the Emperor’s daughter.

 

      Emperor

You are my bastard daughter. You will marry my fool.

 

      Courtiers

Espi and Mundo! Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!

 

      Espi

Baw-w-w!

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