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"Pearl, You've been Honoured" (Invitation - Pearl) is a short recit scene where Purse invites Pearl to race with Electra, to Rusty's dismay.

Context

During "Hitching and Switching", Electra left with the intention of racing with Volta, his Freezer Truck. However, the pretty young Pearl is left without a race partner, so Electra sends Purse to fetch her to race with him.

Pearl had tentatively already agreed to race with Rusty, but she was already doubting her decision on the advice of the other coaches.

The original London production told the story that Pearl explained to Rusty that she's waiting for her "Dream Train" in "He Whistled At Me", so when Purse offers her an alternative to racing with Rusty, she accepts.

The Broadway production changed Pearl's solo to "Make Up My Heart", rather than dreaming of her lover, she has to decide between two possible race partners. Therefore Purse invites Pearl to race with Electra before, not after, her solo. This format is used in all later productions: Purse arrives with his invitation, which prompts a conversation between Rusty and Pearl in which Pearl refuses to commit to racing with Rusty. Aggrieved, he leaves, leaving Pearl to sing "Make Up My Heart" alone.

The melodies used are references to main songs in the show - Purse sings to the tune of "I am Electric" passage of AC/DC, Rusty and Pearl's conversation is the same melody as the coaches' section of "Call Me Rusty", as they criticise Rusty's ambition.

Lyrics

1984 London

(after "He Whistled at Me")

Purse: Pearl, you've been honoured, Pearl you've been chosen.
Electra selected you for heat two.
Pearl: He has a coach?
Purse: His coach has a headache.
Also he said that he'd prefer you
Please come, I'll be fired if you won't
Pearl: Can he Whistle?
Purse: NO! AC/ trains don't!
Pearl: AC/DC it sounds good to me.
I'm no nearer hearing my Woowoo
Nobody can do it like a steam train...

1987 Broadway

Purse: Pearl, you've been honoured, Pearl you've been chosen.
Electra selected you for this race.
Rusty: He has a coach?
Purse: His coach has a headache.
He's chosen Pearl to race in her place.
Please come, I'll be fired if you won't
Pearl: Can he Whistle?
Purse: NO! AC/ trains don't!
Pearl: Rusty needs me, which way should I go?
Thank him kindly, say, I'll let him know.
Rusty: What's all this? You have a partner!
Pearl: Well...
Rusty: Yes you do!
We're all set!
Pearl: I always said that if somebody new...
Rusty: You fell for the posing, you fell for the star!
Pearl: You don't understand, that's not how things are.
I must have time -
Rusty: But Pearl!
Pearl: No! Let me work it out my way.
I must be free to leave you, Rusty,
That's the only way I'm free to stay...

1992 London Onwards

Purse: Pearl, you've been honoured, Pearl you've been chosen.
Electra selected you for Heat One.
Rusty: He has a coach?
Purse: His coach has a headache.
Also, he says you're second to none.
Please come, I'll be fired if you won't.

German Lyrics

Purse: Pearl, welche Ehre, Pearl, welche Gnade:
Electra will, dass du jetzt mit ihm fährst!
Rusty: Er hat 'ne Bahn...
Purse: Der Bahn tut der Kopf weh.
'Drum soll jetzt Pearl als Bahn mit ihm fahr'n.
Bitte komm', ansonsten flieg' ich raus.
Pearl: Kann er pfeifen?
Purse: Nein! Da wird nichts 'draus.
Pearl: Rusty braucht mich, mit wem soll ich ich geh'n?
Sag Electra, ich weiß nicht mit wem.
Rusty: Was soll das? Du hast 'nen Partner!
Pearl: Tja
Rusty: Allerdings!
Du hast mich!
Pearl: Ich sagte dir doch: nur für den Fall...
Rusty: Er hat dich beeindruckt,
er hat dich verwirrt!
Pearl: Du weißt ganz genau, das ist gar nicht wahr!
Ich brauche Zeit.
Rusty: Ach, Pearl...
Pearl: Nein! Lass' mich jetzt besser allein'.
Ich brauche meine Freiheit, Rusty,
denn nur so kann ich auch bei dir sein.

Video

Starlight Express - Pearl, welche Ehre

Starlight Express - Pearl, welche Ehre