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"Call Me Rusty" is a song in Act 1 in which Rusty responds to being mocked by Greaseball and his Gang. Its length, its lyrics and its position in the show have changed many times with difference productions.

Context

Rusty is sent by Control to fetch the coaches, while Greaseball and his Gang laugh at him. Rusty vents his anger at how the other engines disregard him, and sings about his determination to prove his ability by winning the race. However the coaches worry that he will overstretch his ability and damage himself.

Music

Rusty's introduction is heralded by his distinctive steam train "Woo-woo" whistle, which becomes a recurring theme through the show.

History

Original London production

In the original production, "Call Me Rusty" was the audience's introduction to Rusty. It followed "Taunting Rusty". At the end of the song, the Coaches addressed him directly in "Rusty Can't Be Serious".

Broadway

The Broadway Production replaced "Call Me Rusty" with "Engine of Love", a less angry, more fun pop song. A fragment of "Call Me Rusty"'s melody, however, was paired with different lyrics and titled "This is Gonna be the Day".

Later productions

In later productions, such as the 1992 London revamp, "Call Me Rusty" was shortened to a two-verse fragment between "Taunting Rusty" and "A Lotta Locomotion". In these productions, Rusty left the stage as he finished this song, leaving the coaches behind.

Bochum

At first, the Bochum production used a version, similar to the Broadway, as a coda to "Engine of Love", and used lyrics similar to the contemporary 1988 London version with Pearl having reservations about racing with Rusty.

Later, the production removed replaced "Engine of Love" with the later London fragment version of "Call Me Rusty", translated as "Nennt mich Rostig".

Tours

The 2003 US tour used the same music as the later London version with slightly-altered lyrics by David Yazbek. For the later UK tours, however, these were reverted to the later London version.

Lyrics

Original London

Full length song.

Rusty: Call me Rusty if you like
Rusty's how I look
And Rusty's my name
Slow corrosion is eroding my frame
Call me Rusty if you like
Call me Rusty if you must
It isn't nice but I admit that it fits
For a dead-end engine falling to bits
Call me Rusty if you like
Coaches: Come on Rusty,
Come on Rusty,
Come on Rusty
Rusty: This is not the dream I dreamed when they first lit my fire
Mainline coaches streamed behind as my steam rose higher
Switching and hitching at everyone's call
Never occurred in my vision at all
But when they start the racing and you notice the steam
You know it's me that's moving on
And proving you should listen to your dream
Call me Rusty if you dare
'Cause when you see me on the finishing line
And when I take the place that's rightfully mine
Call me Rusty if you dare
Coaches: Listen to this big shot talking he seems to imply
All the trains will just move over and let him by
Pearl: Rusty you can not believe all that stuff
Coaches: You mustn't go racing you're not tough enough
You'll either be a hundred miles away at the back
Or worse they'll find you scattered
In a million rusty pieces 'round the track
Rusty: Call me Rusty if you dare
'Cause when you see me on the finishing line
And when I take the place that's rightfully mine
Call me Rusty
Coaches: Hello Rusty, good boy Rusty, hello Rusty, good boy Rusty
Rusty: Call me Rusty I don't care

London Revamp

Fragment Version

Rusty: Call me Rusty if you like.
Dinah: Cool off!
Rusty: Soon I'll know just how a champion feels
Buffy: Don't Push
Rusty: When I show the rest a clean pair of wheels
Ashley: Who d'ya think you're shoving?
Rusty: Call me Rusty if you like.
Pearl: Rusty, turn your fire down!
Rusty: Call me Rusty if you dare
Ashley: He'll blow his top
Rusty: Cos when you see me on the finishing line
Buffy: He's off the rails
Rusty: And when I take the place that's rightfully mine
Dinah: He always fails!
Rusty: Call me Rusty if you Dare!

Rustys Demütigung

German version of the London revamp fragment.

Rusty: Nennt mich rostig, wenn ihr wollt!
Dinah: Ganz ruhig!
Rusty: Ihr sollt seh'n, wie stark und schnell ich noch bin!
Buffy: Dück' nicht so!
Rusty: Wenn ich gegen euch das Rennen gewinn'!
Ashley: Hey, nicht schubsen!
Rusty: Nennt mich rostig, wenn ihr wollt!
Pearl: Rusty, nicht so feurig.
Rusty: Nennt mich rostig, wenn ihr meint!
Ashley: Gleich geht er hoch!
Rusty: Aber bald wird euch das Lachen vergeh'n.
Buffy: Ich frag' mich wie?
Rusty: Denn dann werde ich als Sieger da steh'n.
Dinah: Das schafft er nie!
Rusty: Nennt mich rostig, wenn ihr meint!

Video

Starlight Express 03

Starlight Express 03.Call me Rusty

AUDIO - London 1984. Taunting Rusty - Greaseball, Gang and Rusty, and Call Me Rusty - Rusty, Coaches


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