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Tanz auf dem Seil (Balancing Act) is the first new song of the show Der Glöckner von Notre Dame. It introduces Clopin as the Leader of the Gypsies and to Esmeralda. Clopin starts the song by telling the audience and the new members of the Court of Miracles what roles they play in Paris as Gypsies. Those roles are beggars, artists, and the scapegoats and they must understand them in order to survive. One of the newcomers catches Clopin’s attention and that is Esmeralda, a dancer. Esmeralda had to move to Paris as she can’t keep her opinions to herself and it gets her into trouble but she is determined to try and make Paris her home.

LyricsEdit

CLOPIN:
Welcome to Paris
Parasites and rubble
Though there's still our share of trouble we attract
Whereas our wretched race is
Banned or killed in other other places
Here we have a sort of silent pact
And life is like
A balancing act!

GYPSIES:
Welcome to Paris
Parasites and rubble
We have rules here
Learn them on the double

CLOPIN:
We Gypsies here in Paris
Have our specified roles to play

GYPSIES:
We Gypsies here in Paris
Have our specified roles to play

CLOPIN:
And if we play them nice enough
Then maybe they'll let us stay

GYPSIES:
And if we play them nice enough
Then maybe we'll stay

CLOPIN:
First there is the beggar
So forlorn and forsaken
Next the street-performer they acclaim

GYPSY:
Make one of those your aim

CLOPIN:
Last but never least
There is the scapegoat who they can blame
For all their troubles
And we try to keep the times
We're pitied or petted
Greater than the times we are attacked

FEMALE GYPSIES:
Sometimes we're spared...

MALE GYPSIES:
Sometimes we're smacked...

CLOPIN:
It's a balancing act!
Alright, let's get organized. Beggars first! Good, good. Even more pathetic as usual. Now, we need musicians, we need fortune tellers, we need... ahh, what have we here? And what is this beauty's name?

ESMERALDA:
Esmeralda.

CLOPIN:
And how are you going to earn your keep, Esmeralda?

ESMERALDA:
I dance.

CLOPIN:
Dance. Good.
Welcome to Paris, Esmeralda
The way you move
Is made to make men fall

MALE GYPSIES:
Esmeralda...

CLOPIN:
A girl who looks like Esmeralda
Is sure to prove
An asset to us all

GYPSY WOMAN:
Asset, hah! She's the reason we got kicked out of Frankfurt!

CLOPIN:
Oh really? Caught stealing were you?

GYPSY WOMAN:
She hit a soldier.

CLOPIN:
Ah. Listen here Esmeralda, you just worry about yourself here. Otherwise you'll soon be on your way to the next town. Is this clear?

ESMERALDA:
Yes.

(ESMERALDA'S verse)

GYPSIES:
Welcome to Paris, wretched refuge

ESMERALDA:
Can it be
At last I'll find a home

GYPSIES:
This is our home now...

ESMERALDA:
And end to all my years of roaming

GYPSIES:
We'll have a home...

ESMERALDA
I'll hold my tongue

GYPSIES
At last a home...

ESMERALDA
Control my temper

GYPSIES
And in this home

ALL
We'll use our wiles and wits and talents
As we try to keep on balancing
Forever

CLOPIN
And when this day is done
We should have plenty to celebrate

ESMERALDA / GYPSIES
And when this day is done
There will be plenty to celebrate

CLOPIN
Unless of course it's one
When they decide to display their hate

ESMERALDA / GYPSIES
Dear God, don't make it one
Where they display their hate

CLOPIN
Well, no point in worrying
It's time to get out there
And do our level best to keep intact

ESMERALDA / GYPSIES
We'll do our best to keep intact

ALL
Our balancing act

ESMERALDA / GYPSIES
Welcome to Paris
All that we desire
Is a home here
Dancing on a wire

CLOPIN
It's a balancing act

ESMERALDA / GYPSIES
And we're ready
To accept the fact:
Living here is like
A balancing act!

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