The Friends of Mr. Cairo

Produced by Jon Anderson and Vangelis. Notes from the transcriptor: most movie-like speeches are not transcripted here because the original scripts couldn't be found and many are hard to understand from the recording, due to the music and the noisy background. Special thanks to Paul Naylor for his help to complete some obscure blanks. Some still remains and I marked them with (...) and (*) in the beginning of the dubious parts.

[movie like speech:]
Man: Okay, this is the picture. Johnny's been hurt. He's hurt bad...
Woman: Look, we can't leave him here, we can't! Look, his in a pool of blood. He's gonna die!
Man: We gotta leave him here, honey, we gotta! He won't talk, I promise you that... Will you, Johnny?
Woman: (*) But I don't mind you giving me any counsel! I just can't leave him here like this...
Johnny: Listen... Leave me here I... I... I ca-n... I can handle it...
Woman: Oh, no, Johnny, no...!

Man: The cops are outside. (*) Luke's in the car. Come on, let's get the hell outta this joint...
Woman: We're gonna be dead, I know we are...
Man: Listen, we got three million...
Woman: ...I don't wanna die...
Man: Listen, schmuck, we got three million in the can here. We'll look after him. I'll send his part to his mom. Come on, let's just get out of this place. We can do it!
Woman: Oh, Johnny, no-o...

Man: Okay, now, just lean up against that door. When I give the word go, we just... we just go thru it and blast at the same time...

She came, as in the book, Mickey Spillane
That Saturday night dark masquerade
Had filled his friend with lead, the same, Sweetheart

But then, as nothing happens quite the same
Investigation is the game
He had to check her story right away, he dead
Sam Spade his buddy Archer first to go he got it (he dead)
She spelt it out, how could they know the 'Fatman' got it (he dead)
Her sister didn't really live at all - confusion (he dead)
His chase led to the Fatman, to face the friends of Mr. Cairo

[movie like speech:]
Woman: Hey, there's a really terrific dress shop. Can we stop this raid while I buy a new gown?

I'll buy the whole factory, sweetheart. Don't worry.

That night, the double crosser got it right
Pretending he was really dim
He slipped to Sam a double gin, Mickey Finn

He woke, the boys had gone, but not his gun
They'd left a note to lead him on
The chase to find the Maltese Falcon, you bet

Early thirties gangster movies
Set to spellbind population
From Chicago to Hong Kong
By Istanbul, the Talking Tong
Dirty rats thru' prohibition
Money flowed thru gangsterism
Acting out this fantasy
In Hollywood's vicinity
Best part for the best rendition
Al Capone sent to prison
Citizen Kane came fast and quickly
Conquerin ol' New York City
Poking fun at superstition
Media became television
Give me Cagney anyday
Or Jimmy Stewart for President
Or Edward 'G' and all those guys
Who always shoot between the eyes
Between the eyes
Between the eyes

[movie like speech:]
Mysterious Man: Ha Ha ha ha... Well done Mr. Cairo! (*) I would want to save my life covering.
Man: Alright. So you got me in it. What about her?
Woman: Don't worry about me, I'm okay.
Man: Very magnanimous, sir. Very magnanimous, indeed...

You mean... you are... to make us an offer we... we can't refuse?!...

Father Love do you work, do you work for Mother
Chances could call, and accept that, be no other
Science as it might, disappear correspond with colour
Chance is the flirt, will outlive, what is now the brother
Call for total wealth to distribute like a picture
In black and white, give it joy, give it, let it hit you
Spoil our existence by extreme gift to population
Father Love do you work, do you work for Mother
Tell me straight be the Godfather be no other
Media Kings give us now give us total movie
Display right now believing in this total movie
Now being here, being now, being here believing

[movie like speeches:]
Stranger: I don't know which words to put in there, sweetheart... Don't know... well... pretty kind of useless though. Don't you think so, Mary?

Man: Come with me to the far lands of Bagdhad!
Woman: Oh, if only I could. That's what I want more than anything in the world. It could never be...
Man: Of course it can...
Woman: My father would find us wherever we went. He hasn't permited... to even speak to you. If he finds me now...! I don't know what he do...
Man: But he doesn't know that I'm... I'm a prince! Before, I was the Thief of Bagdhad. Now...
Woman: It doesn't matter...

Then follow me, darling, follow me now to the ends of the Earth!

One and one to talk to you
Like film stars, they get close to you
You've mirrored his appeal
He wants you so, he wants to be beside you
Then you pass by giving him the other side of you
Like the mystics do
So that every time he moves, he moves for you

Soul and light can always see
The meeting of true love and she
This silent night and I,
I guess a lonely mind might see

I've seen love on the screen
I've seen a screen goddess and me - oh
How often this, how often this, the power of you
And so, I must confess
Whatever I see
I'm meant to be there with you, with you

Silent golden movies, talkies, technicolour, long ago
My younger ways stand clearer, clearer than my footprints
Stardom greats I've followed closely
Closer than the nearest heartbeat
Longer that expected - they were great
Oh love, oh love, just to see them
Acting on the silver screen, oh my
Clark Gable, Fairbanks, Maureen O'Sullivan
Fantasy would fill my life and I
Love fantasy so much
Did you see in the morning light
I really talked, yes I did, to Gods early dawning light
And I was privileged to be as I am to this day
[repeat 5 times:] To be with you

[movie like speech:]

Listen. I have arranged, (*) Mr. Spade, for... for all of your people to... to come here this evening... and I... I know you have been searching, but... what you... you don't realize is it... in the back of it, the Maltese Falcon, I have got...

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