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8. Classics (Reno, Kurt)
Wounded, Reno and Kurt try to ignore the punks’ mockery. But Anna uses it as a tool to stress that if the group doesn’t release music that will stand the test of time—a classic—then the boys speak a painful truth. Reno and Kurt heed the warning and return to the studio to compose a new song “that will never die.” The two agree, “I want to sing for once a song that will live ever after/I want to leave the world a song that tastes like love and laughter.”

Lyrics

PART 4: DIALOGUE

Kurt:
Don’t take it to heart, Reno.
They were just fooling around.
We shouldn’t take them seriously.
They were...

Anna:
They were right!
They said what we all have been saying all along.
They said most of your songs were the kind one forgets.
You heard them. You mustn’t act as if you didn’t hear them.
(He yawns)
Well, I’d better go.
(Exit Anna)

PART 5: CLASSICS

Reno:
Watch the sky
When the earth’s reproach is more than you can take
Keep up your dreams
Don’t let confidences shake

Kurt:
You can get by
Survive
Spread your wings and start to fly
And the stars will follow in your wake

Reno:
When it rains
All around you, fill a cup and quench your thirst
Keep up your dreams
Let the critics do their worst

Kurt & Reno:
We can survive
The lie,
Spread our wings and start to fly

Kurt:
We won’t let this precious bubble burst

Reno:
I want to sing for once
A song that will live ever after
I want to leave the world
A song that tastes like love and laughter

Kurt:
A song that will never die
Go out of style, or be forgotten

Reno:
A song that can make you cry
For all that’s lost or misbegotten

Kurt & Reno:
Classics
That can touch your soul
Like the distant thunder rolling
Classics
Pluck your heart
And listen to the tune

(They go back to the studio. Reno throws off the cover on the organ, and they start working on a song. Time passes. It is about dawn.)

Reno:
Watch the sky
When the morn’s arrival breaks the sky in two
Keep up your dreams
There is nothing you can’t do

Kurt & Reno:
May roses grow
Just so
You may gather them in snow
Go back to work and let the sky watch you

I want to sing for once
A song that will live ever after
I want to leave the world
A song that tastes like love and laughter
A song that will never die
Go out of style or be forgotten
A song that can make you cry
For all that’s lost or misbegotten

Classics
That can touch your soul
Like the distant thunder rolling
Classics
Pluck your heart
And listen to the tune

Ups and downs, strong and weak
All life fits in a song.
Nothing gross, nothing bleak,
Nothing dire, everlastingly wrong