RETURN TO: THE ROARING TWENTIES

RETURN TO: SONGS

 
SCENE: Capone’s henchmen tell him that Tony Cermak can’t be bought.  Capone has a ‘meet’ with Cermak, tries to convince him that they’re cut from the same cloth. Tony doesn’t buy it.
 
GUYS LIKE US
 
AL CAPONE:

you know Tony
I’m one of nine kids
nine kids that kept comin’ and comin’ and comin’
you know, it was tough

you know Tony
New York and nine kids
nine kids that went runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’
you know, we got rough

and my Pop was just a barber
cuttin’ the hair and sweeping it up
just a poor, workaday barber
but of all of these six sons, who would become
a man who who would rise from the dust?

guys like us

guys like us
always finding our way
guys like us
always keepin’ the faith

’cause who will be there to lean upon
who will left here to trust?
who won’t get scared when the heat is turned on?
the men who have learned to adjust

guys like us

I’m sure I know you, Mr. Tony
I know you come from the old, sad places
somewhere I’m sure they don’t grow up phonies
and just like me
you were destined to be
a man who will who do what he must

guys like us

guys like us
always finding our way
guys like us
always keepin’ the faith

and like the words to that sad, silly song
the good times, they all go to bust
but be assured when they are all gone
there’ll be two guys standing, shaking rust

guys like us

TONY CERMAK:

Mr. Al Capone
I have always known
I have always known
many men like you

men at home
men that always roam
men who’ve met some cruelty in their youth

and Mr. Al Capone
I’m quite aware you own
like so much scattered stone
men that game the truth

but my friend I am not one
nor will I soon become
a member of that crew

for every father’s son
is someday lost or won
upon the things that he will do

CAPONE/CERMAK SING IN PARTS:

(C=CAPONE, T=TONY)

C: guys like us!
T: men like you!
C: guys like us!
T: no, thank you!

CAPONE:

what’s with all the fuss?
why don’t cha’ nail a broad or two?
then we sit down, then we discuss
the shining of your shoes!

CERMAK:

I will not discuss
what lawlessness accrues!
you are paid by blood and lust!
the Devil asks his due!

C: guys like us!
T: men like you!
C: guys like us!
T: no, thank you!

C: Tony…you’re makin’ a mistake!
T: mistakes are nothing new
C: you know you’ll have to sleep in this bed you make
T: and I will sleep just fine the whole night through!

CAPONE:

guys….like….us!!!

CERMAK:
men…..like…..you!!!