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Carrying the Banner is the second song in the musical Newsies.

LyricsEdit

Race: Hey!
 THAT’S MY CIGAR!
Albert: YOU’LL STEAL ANOTHER
Specs: (referring to the other boys) HEY, LOOK, IT’S BATH TIME AT THE ZOO!
Henry: I thought that I'd surprise my mother,
Albert: If you can find her
Newsies: WHO ASKED YOU?!
Race: From bottle alley
 To the Harbor
 There's easy pickings
 Guarenteed.
Finch: Try any banker, bum
 Or Barber,
 They almost all
 Knows how to read
Jack: It's a crooked game we're playing
 One will never lose
 Long as suckers don't mind payin'
 Just to get bad news

Newsies: Ain't it a fine life
 Carrying the bannar
 through it all
 A might fine life
 Carrying the bannar
 Tough and tall
 When that bell rings
 We goes where we wishes
 We're as free as fishes
 Sure, beats washin' dishes
 What a fine life
 Carrying the bannar
 Home free all

Finch: (Speaking) Hey, Crutchie, what’s your leg say? Gonna rain?
Crutchie: (Speaking) (shakes his leg) No rain. Partly cloudy. Clear by evening.
Race: Ha! And the limp sells fifty papes a week all by itself!
Crutchie: I don’t need the limp to sell papes. I got personality.

Crutchie: (Singing) It takes a smile
 that spreads like butter, the kind that
 Turns a lady's head
Race: It takes an orphan with a stutter
Finch: Who's also blind-
Albert: And mute-
Elmer: And dead!
Crutchie, Buttons & Jo Jo: Summer stinks and winter's freezin'
 When you works outdoors
Jack, Tommy Boy, Crutchie, Buttons & Jo Jo: start out sweaten’, end up sneezin’
 In between it pours
Newsies: Still it's a fine life
 Carrying the bannar
 With me chums
 A bunch of big shots,
 Tossin' out a freebie
 To the bums
Finch: HEY! What's the hold up?
 Waiten' makes me antsy
 I like living chancy
Newsies: Harlem to Delancy
 What a fine life
 Carrying the bannar
 Through the-

Nuns: Blessed children
 Though you wander
 Lost and depraved
 Jesus loves you
 You shall be saved
(simultaneously with below)
Race: Curdled coffee
 Concrete Doughnuts
 Sprinkled with mold
 Homemade bicuites
 Just two years old
Nuns: Blessed children
 Ah
 Jesus loves you
 Ah
Elmer: Just gimmie half a cup
Henry: Something to wake me up
Romeo: I gotta find an angle
Tommy Boy: It's gettin' bad out there
Mush: Papers is all I got
Specs: It's eighty-eight degrees
Jo Jo: Jack says to change my spot
Sniper: Wish I could catch a breeze
Finch: Maybe it's worth a shot
Buttons: All I can catch is flees

Jack: If I hate a headline
 I'll make up the headline
Jack & Crutchie: And I'll say anything I Have'ta
 Cause at two for a penny
Jack, Crutchie, Race & Romeo: If I take too many
 Weasel just makes me
 Eat em' afta

(simultaneously with below)
Newsie Group 1: Got a feelin' 'bout the headline
 I smells me a headline
 Papes are gonna sell like we
 W given' 'em away
 Beatcha dinner it's a doozy
 ’Bout a pistol-packin’ floozy
 Who knows how
 To make a newsies day
Newsie Group 2: I do, too!
 So it must be true
 What a switch
 Soon we'll all be rich
 Don't know any better way
 To make a newsie's day

Newsies: You wanna move
 The next edition
 Give us an earthquake or a war!
Elmer: How 'bout a crooked politician?
Newsies: YA NITWIT, THAT AIN’T NEWS NO MORE!
 Uptown to Grand Central Station
 Down to City Hall
 We improves our circulation
 Walkin' till we fall

(simultaneously with below)
Newsies Group 1: But we'll be out there
 Carrying the bannar
 Man to man
 We're always out there
 Soakin’ Ev'ry sucker
 That we can
 Here's the headline:
 Newsies on a mission!
 Kill the competition!
 Sell the next edition!
 We'll be out there
 Carrying the banner
 See us out there
 Carrying the banner!
 Always out there
 Carrying the banner!

Newsies Group 2: Got a feelin' 'bout the headline
 I smells me a headline
 Papes are gonna sell like we
 Was given' 'em away
 Betcha dinner it's a doozy
 ’Bout a pistol-packin' floozy
 Don't know any better way
 To make a Newsie's day!
 I was stakin' out the circus
 And then someone said
 That coney's really hot
 But when I got there
 There was spot with
 All his cronies
 Heck, I'm gonna take what
 Little dough I've got
 And play with the ponies!
 We at least deserves a headline
 For the hours that
 They work us
 Jeez, I bet if I just stayed
 A little longer
 At the circus…

Newsies: We'll all be out there
 Carrying the banner
 Man to man
 We're always out there
 Soakin' ev'ry sucker
 That we can
 Here's the headline:
 Newsies on a mission!
 Kill the competition!
 Sell the next edition!
 We'll be out there
 Carrying the banner!
 See us out there
 Carrying the banner!
 Always out there
 Carrying the banner!
 AH, AH, AH, GO!

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