Sheila:
Daddy always thought that he married beneath him
That's what he said, that's what he said.
When he proposed he informed my mother
He was probably her very last chance.
And though she was twenty-two,
Though she was twenty-two,
Though she was twenty-two
She married him.

Life with my dad wasn't ever a picnic
More like a "come as you are."
When I was five I remember my mother
Dug earrings out of the car.
I knew they weren't hers, but it wasn't
Something you'd want to discuss.
He wasn't warm.
Well, not to her.
Well, not to us…

But
Everything was beautiful at the ballet.
Graceful men lift lovely girls in white.
Yes,
Everything was beautiful at ballet,
Hey!
I was happy… at the ballet.

(spoken) That's when I started class.

(Bebe turns and begins to walk downstage)

Sheila:
Up a steep and very narrow stairway

Sheila and Bebe:
To the voice like a metronome
Up a steep and very narrow stairway

Sheila:
It wasn't paradise….

Bebe:
It wasn't paradise….

Sheila and Bebe:
It wasn't paradise….

Sheila:
But it was home.

(Sheila turns to face upstage, Bebe steps forward)

Bebe:
Mother always said I'd be very attractive
When I grew up, when I grew up.
"Diff'rent," she said, "With a special something
And a very, very personal flair."
And though I was eight or nine,
Though I was eight or nine,
Though I was eight or nine,
I hated her.

Now,

"Diff'rent" is nice, but it sure isn't pretty.
"Pretty" is what it's about.
I never met anyone who was "diff'rent"
Who couldn't figure that out.
So beautiful I'd never lived to see.
But it was clear,
If not to her,
Well then to me…

(Maggie turns and begins to walk downstage)

Bebe and Maggie:
That everyone is beautiful at the ballet.
Every prince has got to have his swan.
Yes,
Everyone is beautiful at the ballet.

Maggie:
Hey!

Bebe:
I was pretty

Sheila:
(turning to face front) At the ballet.

(As they sing a group upstage right demonstrates a Barre)

Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie:
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
To the voice like a metronome.
Up a steep and very narrow stairway,

Maggie:
It wasn't paradise….

Bebe:
It wasn't paradise….

Sheila:
It wasn't paradise….

Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie:
But it was home.

(Barre group returns to line, lights dim on Sheila and Bebe leaving Maggie in the brightest light)

Maggie:
I don't know what they were for or against, really, except each other. I mean, I was born to save their marriage but when my father came to pick my mother up at the hospital he said: "Well, I thought this was going to help. But I guess it's not." Anyway, I did have a fantastic fantasy life. I used to dance around the living room with my arms up like this. My fantasy was that it was an Indian Chief… And he'd say to me, "Maggie, do you wanna dance?" And I'd say, "Daddy, I would love to dance."

(Lights full on Sheila and Bebe. Other two girls sing back up "Do-do-doo's" behind solo lines.)

Bebe:
But it was clear….

Sheila:
When he proposed….

Maggie:
That I was born to help their marriage and when…

Sheila:
That's what he said….

Bebe:
That's what she said….

Maggie:
I used to dance around the living room….

Sheila:
He wasn't warm….

Bebe:
Not to her….

("Do-do-doo's" end)

Maggie:
It was an Indian chief and he'd say
"Maggie, do you wanna dance?"
And I said, "Daddy, I would love to"
Everything was beautiful at the ballet.
Raise your arms and someone's always there.
Yes, everything was beautiful at the ballet,
At the ballet,
At the ballet!!

(Dance section)

Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie:
Yes everything was beautiful at the ballet.

Maggie:
Hey!

Bebe:
I was pretty

Sheila:
I was happy


Maggie:
"I would love to.…"

Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie:
At the ballet.


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    General Commentthe part where maggie is doing her little monologue is so wierd. when i saw the movie i laughed my ass off at that part
    ebonyeyeson August 09, 2006   Link

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