King Of New York

by Newsies

Ya don't need money when you're famous.
They gives ya whatever ya want, gratis!
Such as...?

[MUSH]
A pair of new shoes with matchin' laces!

[RACETRACK]
A permanent box at Sheepshead races!

[SPOT CONLON]
A porcelain tub with boilin' water!

[KID BLINK]
A Saturday night with the mayor's daughter!

[RACETRACK]
Look at me!
I'm the King of New York!
Suddenly,
I'm respectable,
Starin' right at'cha,
Lousy with stature!

[JACK]
Nobbin' with all the muckety-mucks,
I'm blowin' my dough and goin' deluxe.

[RACETRACK]
And there I be!
Ain't I pretty?

[RACETRACK AND JACK
It's my city!
I'm the king of New York!

[BOOTS]
A corduroy suit with fitted knickers!

[LES]
A mezzanine seat to see the flickers!

[SNIPESHOOTER]
Havana cigars that cost a quarter!

[DAVID]
An editor's desk for the star reporter!

[NEWSIES]
Tip your hat,
He's the king of New York!

[DENTON]
How 'bout that!
I'm the king of New York!

[NEWSIES]
In nothing flat!
He'll be covering,
Brooklyn to Trenton,
Our man Denton!

[KID BLINK]
Makin' a headline out of a hunch!

[DENTON]
Protecting the weak!

[RACETRACK]
And payin' for lunch!

[DENTON]
When I'm at bat,
Strong men crumble!

[RACETRACK]
Proud yet humble!

[RACETRACK AND DENTON]
I'm (He's) the king of New York!

[NEWSIES]
I gotta be either dead or dreamin'.
'Cause look at that pape with my face beamin'.
Tomorrow they may wrap fishes in it.
But I was a star for one whole minute!

Startin' now,
I'm the king of New York!

[DENTON]
Ain't ya heard?
I'm the king of New York!

[NEWSIES]
Holy cow!
It's miracle!
Pulitzer's cryin'!
Weasel, he's dyin'!
Flashpots are shootin' bright as the sun,
I'm one highfalutin' son-of-a-gun!
Don't ask me how!
Fortune found me!
Fate just crowned me!
Now I'm king of New York!
Look and see!
Once a piker,
Now a striker!
I'm the king of New York!
Victory!
Front page story,
Guts and glory,
I'm the king of New York!

April 2018
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