Mimi:
What's the time?
Well it's gotta be close to midnight
My body's talking to me
It says, "Time for danger"
It says "I wanna commit a crime
Wanna be the cause of a fight
Wanna put on a tight skirt and flirt
With a stranger"
I've had a knack from way back
At breaking the rules once I learn the games
Get up - life's too quick
I know someplace sick
Where this chick'll dance in the flames
We don't need any money
I always get in for free
You can get in too
If you get in with me

Let's go out tonight
I have to go out tonight
You wanna play?
Let's run away
We won't be back before it's Christmas day
Take me out tonight (meow)

When I get a wink from the doorman
Do you know how lucky you'll be?
That you're on line with the feline of Avenue B

Let's go out tonight
I have to go out tonight
You wanna prowl
Be my night owl?
Well take my hand we're gonna howl
Out tonight

In the evening I've got to roam
Can't sleep in the city of neon and chrome
Feels too damn much like home
When the Spanish babies cry
So let's find a bar
So dark we forget who we are
And all the scars from the
Nevers and maybes die

Let's go out tonight
Have to go out tonight
You're sweet
Wanna hit the street?
Wanna wail at the moon like a cat in heat?
Just take me out tonight

(Mimi makes her way to Roger's door and ends the song in front of him)

Please take me out tonight
Don't forsake me -- out tonight
I'll let you make me -- out tonight
Tonight -- tonight -- tonight


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    I guess I have a weird oppinion of this song. When I first saw RENT I thought, wow this is song is so great, Mimi is so happy and fun and dancing and it is so upbeat and really moves...but now...having seen RENT many times and analyzing the song more carefully, I see this song as a simple side effect of the heroin she so desperately craves.

    So let's find a bar So dark we forget who we are And all the scars from the Nevers and maybes die

    It's all about enabling herself to be someone she isn't and forgetting her pain. If you've seen the show, you know that Mimi shakes a gram of heroin in Roger's face towards the end of the song...she wants him to join her in an unforgettable high...and though I love it...at times I just feel as sad as Roger clearly is because we both know that underneath the rubber and the glitter and the manic smile is just a 19 year old girl living on the streets who for one night does not want to concern herself with T-cells and AZT.

    MusicaLInterlude22on July 03, 2003   Link
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    If you've seen the movie, Rosario Dawson just rocks this song out. It's an amazing song don't get me wrong, but Rosario brings the life right back to it.

    i love musicon December 04, 2005   Link
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    Wild, daring daredevil girl, Yet lonely, craving for attention, some one to use for emotional crutches, maybe even love. Likes to screw people around, not maliciously.. Just because.. It feels good. Their affection, like a drug, like the heroin. An arrogance about her power, her ability to do whatever she wants. And she loves it Every fall, adrenaline to her

    Escaping reality even?

    tigerindshadowson December 16, 2005   Link
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    I always loved this song, but Daphne Rubin-Vega's voice just doesn't do aaaaaanything for me. Hearing Rosario sing this is just terrific; she looked great in the movie, too.

    foundherselfon December 17, 2005   Link
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    i love daphnes voice its so crak addict like cuz its annoyigingly good for that part but i totally agree w/ attention craved mimi who only wants to get high

    thats why he says take ur needle and hes so mad beucase he knows shes weet and cant see someone he could possibl care about lose the war once again like april did

    meerys74on January 06, 2006   Link
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    What a fun song!

    fxcking_turtleon December 27, 2006   Link
  • -1
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    I guess I have a weird oppinion of this song. When I first saw RENT I thought, wow this is song is so great, Mimi is so happy and fun and dancing and it is so upbeat and really moves...but now...having seen RENT many times and analyzing the song more carefully, I see this song as a simple side effect of the heroin she so desperately craves.

    So let's find a bar So dark we forget who we are And all the scars from the Nevers and maybes die

    It's all about enabling herself to be someone she isn't and forgetting her pain. If you've seen the show, you know that Mimi shakes a gram of heroin in Roger's face towards the end of the song...she wants him to join her in an unforgettable high...and though I love it...at times I just feel as sad as Roger clearly is because we both know that underneath the rubber and the glitter and the manic smile is just a 19 year old girl living on the streets who for one night does not want to concern herself with T-cells and AZT.

    MusicaLInterlude22on July 03, 2003   Link
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    I love this song because it captures how I see Mimi's character perfectly.

    When you first hear it, you hear happiness and vibrancy and a free-spirited party girl. But the subtext- both in the lyrics and the harmonies- says otherwise.

    "Let's find a bar/ so dark we forget who we are"- I saw Mimi as a viciously self-destructive person. A runaway who doesn't want to be reminded of home and a heroin addict.

    It's my favorite song in Rent.

    Lolita.Dannonon December 01, 2007   Link

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