(At the vacant lot. Joanne is reexamining the cable connections)

Mark:
And so into the abyss...The lot. Where a small stage is partially set up.

Joanne:
(playing with some wires)
"Line in"...
I went to Harvard for this?

Mark:
Close on Mark's nose dive.

Joanne:
"Line out"...

Mark:
Will he get out of here alive...?

(Joanne notices Mark approaching)

Joanne:
Mark?

Mark:
Hi.

Joanne:
I told her not to call you

Mark:
That's Maureen
But can I help since I'm here

Joanne:
I've hired an engineer ...

Mark:
Great!
Well, nice to have met you...

Joanne:
Wait!
She's three hours late
The samples won't delay
But the cable --

Mark:
There's another way
Say something -- anything

Joanne:
Test -- one, two three --

Mark:
Anything but that

Joanne:
This is weird

Mark:
It's weird

Joanne:
Very weird

Mark:
Fuckin' weird

Joanne:
I'm so mad
That I don't know what to do
Fighting with microphones
Freezing down to my bones
And to top it all off
I'm with you

Mark:
Feel like going insane?
Got a fire in your brain?
And you're thinking of drinking gasoline?

Joanne:
As a matter of fact --

Mark:
Honey, I know this act
It's called the 'Tango Maureen'
The Tango Maureen
It's a dark, dizzy merry-go-round
As she keeps you dangling

Joanne:
You're wrong

Mark:
Your heart she is mangling

Joanne:
It's different with me

Mark:
And you toss and you turn
'Cause her cold eyes can burn
Yet you yearn and you churn and rebound

Joanne:
I think I know what you mean

Both:
The Tango Maureen

Mark:
Has she ever pouted her lips
And called you 'Pookie'

Joanne:
Never!

Mark:
Have you ever doubted a kiss or two?

Joanne:
This is ... spooky
Did you swoon when she walked through the door?

Mark:
Every time -- so be cautious

Joanne:
Did she moon over other boys --?

Mark:
More than moon --

Joanne:
I'm getting nauseous
(They begin to dance, with Mark leading)

Mark:
Where'd you learn to tango?

Joanne:
With the French Ambassador's daughter in her dorm room at Miss Porter's. And you?

Mark:
With Nanette Himmelfarb, the Rabbi's daughter at the Scarsdale Jewish Community Center.

(They switch, and Joanne leads)

It's hard to do this backwards.

Joanne:
You should try it in heels!
She cheated

Mark:
She cheated

Joanne:
Maureen cheated

Mark:
Fuckin' cheated

Joanne:
I'm defeated
I should give up right now

Mark:
Gotta look on the bright side
With all of your might

Joanne:
I'd fall for her still anyhow

Both:
When you're dancing her dance
You don't stand a chance
Her grip of romance
Makes you fall

Mark:
So you think, "Might as well'

Joanne:
"Dance a tango to hell"

Both:
"At least I'll have tangoed at all"
The Tango Maureen
Gotta dance till your diva is through
You pretend to believe her
Cause in the end -- you can't leave her
But the end it will come
Still you have to play dumb
Till you're glum and you bum
And turn blue

Mark:
Why do we love when she's mean?

Joanne:
And she can be so obscene

Mark:
Try the mike

Joanne:
My Maureen (reverb: een, een, een..)

Mark:
Patched

Joanne:
Thanks

Mark:
You know -- I feel great now!

Joanne:
I feel lousy

(The pay phone rings. Joanne answers)
Honey, we're... (pause) Pookie?!
You never call me Pookie...
Forget it, we're patched.

(She hangs up, looks at MARK)

Both:
The Tango Maureen!


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    General CommentI love this song!! Why hasn't anyone posted about it yet?? I've had this song stuck in my head ever since I saw the movie and I think it's awesome! Anyway, the song kinda explains itself. If you saw RENT then you know what it's all about. If you haven't seen it, then go right away! It's so good!
    fyshyon January 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMaureen broke up with Mark to be with Joanne, Mark and Joanne are meeting each other for the first time. Since Mark's been with Maureen before he knows how she can be. Now Mark is able to say, "Glad I don't have to put up with her anymore, now someone else can deal with her."
    AngelxCollinson January 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMan, I can't believe I hated this song before. My friends were obsessed with the movie while I hadn't seen it until this weekened. I was laughing when Mark started explaining the Tango Maureen.
    forever.not.yourson May 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlol im listening to this song as im writing this. i love this song, i really love mark's little dance type thing the first time he says "The Tango: Maureen" he always does wierd dances if u pay attention. he also does a wierd one in La Vie Boheme! lol.
    KOPAZI1426on August 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song from Rent. It's amazingly catchy.
    shikonaorion January 09, 2007   Link

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