"The Girl With The Golden Hair"

- a mini-musical in 4 scenes -

INTRODUCTION

NARRATOR:

And now, if you please, we’re about to begin
The scene is all set for our star to come in
Magic is hanging like smoke in the air
And all of a sudden you see her, she’s there!
The girl with the golden hair

THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC

AGNETHA:

I’m nothing special
In fact, I’m a bit of a bore
If I tell a joke
You’ve probably heard it before
But I have a talent, a wonderful thing
’Cause everyone listens when I start to sing
I’m so grateful and proud
All I want is to sing it out loud

So I sayThank You For The Music
Thank you for the music
The songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
I can’t live without it
I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me

Mother says I was a dancer before I could walk
She says I began to sing long before I could talk
And now I’m so grateful to all of the guys
Who bring the sweet memories into our lives
I’m in love with them all
I mean Brian, Chuck, John and Paul

So I say
Thank you for the music
The songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
I can’t live without it
I ask in all honesty
What would life be
Without a song or a dance what are we
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me

I’ve been so lucky
I am the girl with golden hair
I wanna sing it out to everybody
What a joy
What a life
What a chance!

Thank you for the music
The songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
I can’t live without it
I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
It makes me happy

Thank you for the music
The songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
I can’t live without it
I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me

So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me

LINK

NARRATOR:

By now, my dear listeners
You may think this girl is fully content in her own little world
But no, she’s ambitious
She wants to appear on TV, on records,
To launch a career

And yes, she’s successful
Her dreams have come true
She’s getting an offer
Accepting it too

She’s leaving her parents, her friends, her hometown
But now on departing
Uncertainty is starting
She’s feeling a little bit down

I WONDER (Departure)

FRIDA:

This park and these houses
Old streets I have walked
Everything dear
Will it be here
One day when I am returning?

My friends will get married
Have children and homes
It sounds so nice
Well planned and wise
Never expecting surprises

I Wonder (Departure)I wonder
It’s frightening
Leaving now, is that the right thing?
I wonder
It scares me
But who the hell am I
If I don’t even try?
I’m not a coward
Oh no, I’ll be strong
One chance in a lifetime
Yes, I will take it
It can’t go wrong

(instrumental break)

My friends and my family
This dull little town
Buses I’ve missed
Boys that I’ve kissed
Everything old and familiar

I wonder
It’s frightening
Leaving now, is that the right thing?
I wonder
It scares me
But who the hell am I
If I don’t even try?
I’m not a coward
Oh no, I’ll be strong
One chance in a lifetime
Yes, I will take it
Yes, I will take it
It can’t go wrong

LINK

NARRATOR:

Famous, successful
Now she’s a star

BACKING VOCALISTS:

She is a star
Shining, shining

NARRATOR:

Fulfilling her contracts whatever they are
The contract’s her manager signed

It happens more often
She wakes up at night

BACKING VOCALISTS:

Wakes up at night
Screaming, screaming

NARRATOR:

Riddled by nightmares she turns on the light
Frightened by what she was dreaming

Disillusioned and lonely
She feels like a clown

BACKING VOCALISTS:

Feels like a clown
Grinning, grinning

NARRATOR:

From concert to concert
From town to town
As though her whole world was spinning
She got what she wanted, and yet
She feels like a marionette!

I’M A MARIONETTE

AGNETHA & FRIDA:

You’re so freeI'm A Marionette
That’s what everybody’s telling me
Yet I feel I’m like an outward bound
Pushed around refugee

Something’s wrong
Got a feeling that I don’t belong
As if I had come from outer space
Out of place like King Kong!

I’m a marionette
I’m a marionette
Pull the string
I’m a marionette
Ev'rybody's pet
Just as long as I sing
I’m a marionette
See my pirouette
’Round and ’round
I’m a marionette
I’m a marionette
Just a silly old clown
I’m a marionette!

And I’m like a doll
Like a puppet with no will at all
And somebody taught me how to walk
How to talk, how to fall!

(instrumental break)

Can’t complain
I got no one but myself to blame
Something’s happening I can't control
Lost my hold, it’s insane!

Look this way
Just a little smile that ‘s what they say
You’ll look better on the photograph
If you laugh that’s okay!

I’m a marionette
I’m a marionette
Pull the string
I’m a marionette
Ev'rybody's pet
Just as long as I sing
I’m a marionette
See my pirouette
’Round and ’round
I’m a marionette
I’m a marionette
Just a silly old clown
I’m a marionette!

I think something’s wrong
Got a feeling that I don’t belong
As if I had come from outer space
Out of place like King Kong!

I’m a marionette
I’m a marionette
Pull the string
I’m a marionette
Ev'rybody's pet
Just as long as I sing
I’m a marionette
See my pirouette
’Round and ’round
I’m a marionette
I’m a marionette
Just a silly old clown
I’m a marionette!

(instrumental break)

LINK MUSIC

(instrumental - the girls dance in unison across the stage)

GET ON THE CAROUSEL

NARRATOR:

The journey from Heaven to Hell
Get on the carousel!

BACKING VOCALISTS:

Get on the carousel
Get on the carousel
Get on
The roundabout is just beginning
Get on
It's fun to see the world a-spinning
Get on the carousel
Get on the carousel
Get on
Your happiness is waiting for you
Get on
Be famous, let them all adore you
Get on the carousel
Get on the carousel

AGNETHA & FRIDA:

.
.
.
(indistinguishable)
.
(indistinguishable)
Well all I really wanna do is get off
Well all I really wanna do is get off
.
It’ s only making me scared
.
And I don’t really care
Well all I really wanna do is get off
Oh, I really wanna know

AGNETHA:

I feel so dizzy I wanna go
Listen!Get On The Carousel
Now I don’t think I can take much more

FRIDA:

So can’t you tell ’em to make it slow
Listen!
I want the speed that I had before

AGNETHA:

I’m feeling sick and I wanna stop
Spinning!
So won’t you let me get off this thing?

FRIDA:

I got a feeling I reached the top
Spinning!
I only wanted to dance and sing

BACKING VOCALISTS:

The roundabout is just beginning
Get on
It's fun to see the world a-spinning
Get on the carousel
Get on the carousel
Get on
Your happiness is waiting for you
Get on
Be famous, let them all adore you
Get on the carousel
Get on the carousel

AGNETHA & FRIDA:

(indistinguishable)
.
(indistinguishable)
Well all I really wanna do is get off
Well all I really wanna do is get off
.
It’ s only making me scared
.
And I don’t really care
Well all I really wanna do is get off
Oh, I really wanna know

AGNETHA:

I feel so dizzy I wanna go
Listen!
Now I don’t think I can take much more

FRIDA:

So can’t you tell ’em to make it slow
Listen!
I want the speed that I had before

AGNETHA:

I’m feeling sick and I wanna stop
Spinning!
So won’t you let me get off this thing?

FRIDA:

I got a feeling I reached the top
Spinning!
I only wanted to dance and sing

AGNETHA & FRIDA: (I'm A Marionette reprise)

I’m a marionette
I’m a marionette
Pull the string
I’m a marionette
Ev'rybody's pet
Just as long as I sing
I’m a marionette
See my pirouette
’Round and ’round
I’m a marionette
I’m a marionette
Just a silly old clown

(instrumental break)

BACKING VOCALISTS:

The roundabout is just beginning
Get on
It's fun to see the world a-spinning
Get on the carousel
Get on the carousel
Get on
Your happiness is waiting for you
Get on
Be famous, let them all adore you
Get on the carousel
Get on the carousel

AGNETHA & FRIDA:

(indistinguishable)
.
(indistinguishable)
Well all I really wanna do is get off
Well all I really wanna do is get off
.
It’ s only making me scared
.
And I don’t really care
Well all I really wanna do is get off

AGNETHA & FRIDA: (I Wonder reprise)

No, I’m not a coward
Oh no, I’ll be strong
One chance in a lifetime
Yes, I will take it
Yes, I will take it
It can’t go wrong

(instrumental break)

AGNETHA:

I feel so dizzy I wanna go
Listen!
Now I don’t think I can take much more

FRIDA:

So can't you tell ’em to make it slow
Listen!
I want the speed that I had before

AGNETHA:

I’m feeling sick and I wanna stop
Spinning!
So won’t you let me get off this thing?

AGNETHA & FRIDA:

I got a feeling I reached the top
Spinning!
I only wanted to dance and sing

THE END

The End

All words and music written by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvæus ©1977 Union Songs AB, except I WONDER (Departure), written by Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson & Björn Ulvæus ©1977 Polar Music AB

CAST (in order of appearance)

Narrator: Francis Matthews

The Girl With The Golden Hair: Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Backing Vocalists: Lena Andersson, Lena-Maria Gårdenäs-Lawton, Maritza Horn

Lyrics compiled with assistance from the Australian ABBA Fan Club Newsletters 37 (April/May 1982) and 42 (February/March 1983). As the lyrics for GET ON THE CAROUSEL have been transcribed from a low quality tapes recorded by members of the audience during several concerts, some lyrics sung by Agnetha & Frida in the chorus are hard to decipher and may be incorrect.

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