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There Is Greatness In Me

Album lyrics:
  1. Act 1
  2. Opening
  3. There Is Greatness In Me
  4. A Letter to Jane/The Tiger
  5. Charity
  6. Glorious Devil/The Waters Glorious Devil/The Waters Video
  7. The Barrel/Cradle or Coffin The Barrel/Cradle or Coffin Video
  8. Types Like You Types Like You Video
  9. Do the Pan! Do the Pan! Video
  10. Floating Cloud/Cradle or Coffin Reprise Floating Cloud/Cradle or Coffin Reprise Video
  11. Laugh at the Tiger Laugh at the Tiger Video
  12. On the Other Side
  13. Act One Finale Act One Finale Video
  14. Act 2
  15. The Quintessential Hero The Quintessential Hero Video
  16. Million Dolla’ Momma Million Dolla’ Momma Video
  17. Expectations Expectations Video
  18. Bookings (Part One) Bookings (Part One) Video
  19. Break Down the Door Break Down the Door Video
  20. The Green The Green Video
  21. Bookings (Part Two) Bookings (Part Two) Video
  22. Postcards Postcards Video
  23. The Fall (Act Two Finale) The Fall (Act Two Finale) Video

There Is Greatness In Me lyrics

There Is Greatness In Me

ANNA EDSON TAYLOR has appeared. SHE’s an older woman; dressed in a worn outfit from the turn of the century, 1900. She is in the city of Indianapolis. MR. MALLARDO addresses her.
MR. MALLARDO
Miss Taylor---
ANNA
Mr. Mallardo! Come to take a dance lesson?
MR. MALLARDO
Miss Taylor---
ANNA
Mrs. Taylor. I was married once, but my husband died early in our marriage. He never drank and I do believe that is what killed him.

MR. MALLARDO
Your rent must be paid within the week or you’ll be evicted.
ANNA
A week?
MR. MALLARDO
A week.
ANNA dons an absurd hat, packs her bags and journeys to Snadusksy, Ohio.
ANNA
THERE IS GREATNESS IN ME. IT SHALL BE REVEALED.
I HAVE GREATNESS IN ME.
IT CAN’T BE CONCEALED.
I SHALL PROVOKE A WORLD SENSATION.
BREAK DOWN MORE DOORS THAN CARRIE NATION.
THE HOI POLLOI WILL ALL AGREE:
THERE IS GREATNESS IN ME.
MRS. GUMSTOCK appears.
ANNA
Mrs. Gumstock----how lovely to receive you! Have you come for a hygenics lesson?
MRS. GUMSTOCK
Mrs. Taylor, the rent on your studio is overdue---
ANNA
Yes, Mrs. Gumstock---and I will pay you all of which you are owed as soon as I am paid all which I am owed by my students.

MRS. GUMSTOCK
Mrs. Taylor, you have no----
ANNA

No students! And isn’t that a terrible reflection on our lovely community of Sandusky; a terrible reflection of the state
of female hygenics and fitness that women cannot---no!----will not take the necessary time and energy to concern themselves with a proper physical program! We are becoming a nation of bovine creatures, Mrs. Gumstock- --overfed, cud-chewing, bovine creatures, slouching our way to the slaughterhouse! Why, when
I was studying in New Haven for my teaching degree in physical education, all I did was exercise! Exercise! Men appreciate that--- even at my age, men appreciate me and I intend to keep it that way! And I may also compliment you in the appreciative glances you have been receiving of late from that handsome Mr. Colby: he is a man’s man, un homme des hommes! No wonder other men are jealous of him---your dear, old Mr. Gumstock must be, too, oh he must be!----for Mr. Colby is a fine specimen---

MRS. GUMSTOCK
Mrs. Taylor! Pay your rent...or I and Mr. Gumstock---will have to make you leave.
ANNA
A week.
MRS. GUMSTOCK
No. By Friday.
ANNA
Friday...
MRS. GUMSTOCK exits. Anna dons another absurd hat, takes her traveling bag and journeys to Bay City, Michigan.
ANNA
THERE IS GREATNESS IN ME WOE TO YE WHO DOUBT. THERE IS GREATNESS IN ME. TIME WILL BEAR IT OUT.
I MAY NOT LOOK LIKE LILLIAN RUSSELL
BUT I CAN STILL FILL OUT A BUSTLE.
WHY IS IT THUS NO ONE CAN SEE:
THERE IS GREAT---
OFFICER DARLING appears.
OFFICER DARLING
Anna Edson Taylor, I have a claim brought against you in
the amount of one hundred and twenty-two dollars and three cents that you are ordered to pay
in full or surrender the premises on which you conduct...
ANNA
Music lessons. Mr...?
OFFICER DARLING
Officer Darling.
ANNA
Officer Darling. Yes. I teach classes in musical education
but not standard practice by any means---I teach a revolutionary new system of learning music that is a sensation! Through
a system of massage and
muscle manipulation: massage and manipulate, massage and manipulate---Anyone can learn: the portals are opened and
the joys of music are no longer consigned to the ecclesiastic gatekeepers but now can be shared with the masses----even you, Officer Darling---darling Officer Darling! Alas, no one here in Bay City----sad, little, non- revolutionary Bay City--is eager to try the new----to dare to venture! No, not here. No one dares to
be transported, and that’s what music does, Officer Darling--
-it transports! We can literally traverse time and place! Do you travel? I myself have traveled to the Florida Straits, sailed to Cuba during a hurricane, journeyed by rail to the wilds of Texas where armed robbers held up the train and demanded money from me-- -eight hundred dollars concealed in my undergarments! But I said no! Blow away! I’d rather lose my brains than not have money! And they let me keep it!

OFFICER DARLING
I’d get out of town tonight, Ma’am.

ANNE
Tonight.

Last Update: May, 05th 2015


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