1. A CINEMA IN BUENOS AIRES, 26 JULY 1952 (An audience is watching a movie. Suddenly the film stops. The people in the cinema begin to protest but are silenced by an announcement) THE VOICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE PRESS It is my sad duty to inform you that Eva Peron, spiritual leader of the nation, entered immortality at 8.25 this evening. 2. REQUIEM FOR EVITA (EVA's funeral. CHE is the only non-participant. He moves through the mourners, apparently unseen.) CROWD Requiem aeternum dona Evita Requiem Evita Evita Evita 3. OH WHAT A CIRCUS CHE Oh what a circus! Oh what a show! Argentina has gone to town Over the death of an actress called Eva Peron We've all gone crazy Mourning all day and mourning all night Falling over ourselves to get all Of the misery right Oh what an exit! That's how to go! When they're ringing your curtain down Demand to be buried like Eva Peron It's quite a sunset And good for the country in a roundabout way We've made the front page of all the world's papers today But who is this Santa Evita? Why all this howling hysterical sorrow? What kind of goddess has lived among us? How will we ever get by without her? She had her moments--she had some style The best show in town was the crowd Outside the Casa Rosada crying, "Eva Peron" But that's all gone now As soon as the smoke from the funeral clears We're all going to see and how she did nothing for years! CROWD Salve regina mater misericordiae Vita dulcedo et spes nostra Salve salve regina Ad te clamamus exules filii Eva Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes O clemens o pia CHE You let down your people Evita You were supposed to have been immortal That's all they wanted Not much to ask for But in the end you could not deliver Sing you fools! But you got it wrong Enjoy your prayers because you haven't got long Your queen is dead, your king is through She's not coming back to you Show business kept us all alive Since 17 October 1945 But the star has gone, the glamour's worn thin That's a pretty bad state for a state to be in Instead of government we had a stage Instead of ideas a prima donna's rage Instead of help we were given a crowd She didn't say much but she said it loud Sing you fools? But you got it wrong Enjoy your prayers because you haven't got long Your queen is dead, your king is through She's not coming back to you CROWD Salve regina mater misericordiae Vita dulcedo et spes nostra Salve salve regina Peron Ad te clamamus exules filii Eva Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes O clemens o pia EVA Don't cry for me Argentina For I am ordinary, unimportant And undeserving of such attention Unless we all are--I think we all are So share my glory, so share my coffin So share my glory, so share my coffin CHE It's our funeral too 4. ON THIS NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS (Flashback to 1934 and to a nightclub in Junin, EVA's home town. EVA DUARTE is fifteen. The cabaret is nearly over. MAGALDI is singing with great gusto.) CHE Now Eva Peron had every disadvantage you need if You're going to succeed. No money, no class, no father, No bright lights--there was nowhere she'd been at the age Of fifteen, as this tango singer found out. Agustin Magaldi--who has the distinction of being the First man to be of use to Eva Duarte. MAGALDI On this night of a thousand stars Let me take you to heaven's door Where the music of love's guitars Plays for evermore! In the glow of those twinkling lights We shall love through eternity On this night in a million nights Fly away with me! I never dreamed that a kiss could be as sweet as this --now I know that it can I used to wander alone without a love of my own I was a desperate man But all my grief disappeared and all the sorrow I feared Wasn't there anymore On that magical day when you first came my way Mi Amor! On this night... On this night... On this night of a thousand stars Let me take you to heaven's door Where the music of love's guitars Plays for evermore! 5.EVA AND MAGALDI / EVA BEWARE OF THE CITY (MAGALDI joins EVA and her family--mother, 3 sisters, brother--at their table. CHE is loitering nearby at the bar.) EVA To think that a man, as famous as you are, could love a Poor little nothing like me! I want to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple! EVA and FAMILY She wants to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple! CHE Just listen to that! They're onto you Magaldi! I'd get out While you can EVA It's happened at last--I'm starting to get started--I'm moving out with my man MAGALDI Now Eva don't get carried away- EVA Monotony past--suburbia departed--who could ever be Fond of the back of beyond? MAGALDI Don't hear words that I didn't say EVA's FAMILY What's that? You'd desert the girl you love? MAGALDI The girl I love? What are you talking about? EVA's FAMILY She really brightened up your out of town engagement, She gave you all she had--she wasn't in your contract --you must be quite relieved that no-one's told the papers --so far- EVA I want to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple! Would I have done what I did if I hadn't thought, if I Hadn't known, we would stay together? CHE Seems to me there's no point in resisting, she's made up her mind, you've no choice. Why don't you be the man who discovered her? You'll never be remembered for your voice. MAGALDI The city can be paradise for those who have the cash, the class and the connections--what you need to make a splash. The likes of you get swept up in the morning with the trash--if you were rich or middle class- EVA Screw the middle classes! I will never accept them! My father's Other family were middle class and we were kept out of Sight, hidden from view, at his funeral! DESK CLERK Do all your one night stands give you this trouble? MAGALDI Eva, beware of the city It's hungry and cold, can't be controlled, it is mad Those who are fools are swallowed up whole And those who are not become What they should not become Changed--in short they go bad EVA Bad is good for me--I'm bored, so clean and so ignored I've only been predictable--respectable! Birds fly out of here so why oh why oh why the hell can't I I only want variety--of society! I want to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple! EVA and FAMILY She wants to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple! MAGALDI Five years from now I shall come back And finally say, you have your way--come to town But you'll look at me with a foreigner's eyes The magical city a Younger girl's city, a Fantasy long since put down EVA All you've done to me--was that a young girl's fantasy? I played your city games alright--didn't I? I already know what cooks, how the dirty city feels and looks I tasted it last night, didn't I? I'm going to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple! EVA and FAMILY She's going to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple! MAGALDI Eva beware your ambition It's hungry and cold, can't be controlled, will run wild This in a man is danger enough But you are a woman, not Even a woman, not Very much more than a child and whatever you say I'll not steal you away! 6. BUENOS AIRES (EVA and MAGALDI arrive in Buenos Aires) EVA What's new Buenos Aires? I'm new--I want to say I'm just a little stuck on you You'll be on me too! I get out here Buenos Aires Stand back--you ought to know what'cha gonna get in me Just a little touch of star quality! Fill me up with your heat, with your noise, with your dirt, overdo me Let me dance to your beat, make it loud. let it hurt, run it through me Don't hold back you are certain to impress Tell the driver this is where I'm staying Hello Buenos Aires! Get this--just look at me, dressed up somewhere to go We'll put on a show! Take me in at your flood, give me speed, give me lights, set me humming Shoot me up with your blood, wine me up with your nights, watch me coming All I want is a whole lot of excess Tell the singer this is where I'm playing Stand back Buenos Aires! Because you ought to know what'cha gonna get in me Just a little touch of star quality! And if ever I go too far It's because of the things you are Beautiful town--I love you And if I need a moment's rest Give your lover the very best Real eiderdown--and silence You're a tramp, you're a treat, you will shine to the death, you are shoddy But you're flesh, you are meat, you shall have every breath in my body Put me down for a lifetime of success Give me credit--I'll find ways of paying Rio de la Plata! Florida! Corrientes! Nueve de Julio! All I want to know! Stand back Buenos Aires! Because you oughta know what'cha gonna get in me Just a little touch of Just a little touch of Just a little touch of star quality! 7. ANOTHER SUITCASE IN ANOTHER HALL EVA I don't expect my love affairs to last for long Never fool myself that my dreams will come true Being used to trouble I anticipate it But all the same I hate it--wouldn't you? So what happens now? CHE Another suitcase in another hall EVA So what happens now? CHE Take your picture off another wall EVA Where am I going to? CHE You'll get by, you always have before EVA Where am I going to? Time and time again I've said that I don't care That I'm immune to gloom, that I'm hard through and through But every time it matters all my words desert me So anyone can hurt me--and they do So what happens now? CHE Another suitcase in another hall EVA So what happens now? CHE Take your picture off another wall EVA Where am I going to? CHE You'll get by you always have before EVA Where am I going go? Call in three months time and I'll be fine I know Well maybe not that fine, but I'll survive anyhow I won't recall the names and places of each sad occasion But that's no consolation--here and now So what happens now? CHE Another suitcase in another hall EVA So what happens now? CHE Take your picture off another wall EVA Where am I going to? CHE You'll get by, you always have before EVA Where am I going to? CHE Don't ask anymore NOTE: The rest of Disc 1 can be viewed by clicking below.