SONG: 

Fondle and Lay with Her / Out of Nothing” (reprise)

 

     Mundo

I play my tricks, I play the fool. But cut out this tongue that speaks what others won’t, and behold a tongue like any other tongue. Cut out these eyes that see what others don’t, and behold the eyes like any other eyes.

 

SCRAPE OFF THIS FOOL’S MASK,

AND YOU WILL NOTE

A COMMON FIRE

OF RAW DESIRE!

 

            (Eldora enters. Mundo continues, unaware of her.)

 

     Mundo            

HOW SHALL I BE?

I HAVE A CHANCE

TO DREAM THE DREAM

OF A FOOL, OF A MAN.

WHY NOT JUST FONDLE AND LAY WITH HER?

 

            (Suddenly he sees her.)          

 

     Eldora           

WHY NOT JUST DALLY AND PLAY WITH HER?

 

     Mundo            

AND FORGET . . .

 

     Eldora           

NO REGRET . . .

 

     Mundo           

WHY BE SO SERIOUS?

 

     Eldora           

WHY BE DELIRIOUS?

 

     Mundo            

MOONSTRUCK AND AMOROUS?

 

     Eldora

HEAD-OVER-HEELS RAPTUROUS?

 

     Mundo            

NO WHY,

NO WHEREFORE.

 

     Eldora           

NO RHYME,

NO THEREFORE.

                                                                                   

     Mundo             Eldora

OUT OF NOTHING, I SAY ‘I LOVE YOU.’           

                              CAN THIS BE TRUE?

STANDING NOWHERE, I PRAY YOU LOVE      

                              CAN LOVE UNDO?

STEP THROUGH THE DARK, THERE YOU ARE,

                              WORLDS

ALMOST NEAR, ALMOST FAR,           

                              COME APART.   

AND WE SWIRL AROUND EACH OTHER LIKE THE STARS.                               

                              MUST HARDEN MY HEART!

 

            (strongly)

HERE I STAND,

FALLING FOR YOU

SUDDENLY NOW.

YES, I LOVE YOU!

 

      Eldora           

No, this can’t be!

 

     Mundo            

Eldora!

 

     Eldora           

No, no, you can’t!

 

     Mundo            

Yes, I love you!

 

     Eldora           

Stop! It must not be! I am an Emperor’s daughter. I cannot be with a fool. I must do what an empress would do!.....

 

     Mundo            

Then you will be a very ordinary empress. Every woman in the empire knows what an empress would do. But if you do what an empress would not do, that would be great.

 

     Eldora           

I will judge that.

 

     Mundo            

Most certainly. Judge – am I right? – I am a fool, but flesh like any man! Judge, there is no sin when two hearts understand!

 

(Slowly Mundo advances, intending to kiss her. Eldora almost lets him. The music swells. Eldora breaks away.)

 

     Eldora           

NO! I CANNOT! NO! I AM CAUGHT!

 

            (She runs off.)

           

     Mundo            

How do men and women ever get together?