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"Light at the End of the Tunnel" is the big, gospel-flavoured finale to Starlight Express.


ContextEdit

After the big 11th hour duet between Rusty and Pearl, Poppa and the ensemble are led to their location by the crashed Greaseball, Caboose and Electra. Poppa convinces Greaseball and Electra that the future lies in their converting to Steam power.

The first productions, London and Broadway, gave the main vocals to Poppa and Belle, but in subsequent productions, Belle's lines were sung in the main by the ensemble, but occasionally by Ashley and Buffy. Later productions altered what was originally a slow break in the middle to continuing the upbeat pace throughout.

This number is often performed for promotional purposes. In permanent productions, the staging of the finale brings all the characters out into the audience, breaking the 4th wall and encouraging the audience to clap along.

Prior to the Megamix, this number concluded the show, with an instrumental skate-round and individual bows, then the cast singing a final refrain of "At the end of the tunnel there's a light - Starlight!" to finish the show.

LyricsEdit

Poppa: Diesel is for unbelievers!
Electricity is wrong!
Steam has got the power that'll pull you along!
There's a light at the end of the tunnel
There's a light at the end of the tunnel
The inside might be as black as the night
All: But there's a light at the end of the tunnel
There's a light at the end of the tunnel
The inside might be as black as the night
But at the end of the tunnel there's a light.
(There's a light)
Poppa: It's the power of James Watt, the steaming Scot
All: The man who watched the pot and said "Hey, I've got
A brilliant plot: when the steam is hot
It seems to make a lot of power"
Poppa: It could turn a wheel ...
All: Lots of power ...
Poppa: It could drive it down a track ...
All: Clickety clack, clickety clack...
Poppa: It could drive it with a beat ...
All: Choo-choo-choo...
With enough left over for a
Whoo-whoo!
He saw the light at the end of the tunnel
He saw the light at the end of the tunnel
Poppa: Thanks James Watt (thank you Mr Watt)
For watching the pot
All: He saw a light at the end of the tunnel
He saw a light at the end of the tunnel
The inside might be as black as the night
But at the end of the tunnel there's a light.
Poppa: There are dark days ahead
When the power goes dead.
When the oil runs dry
What can we try?
All: We could use the sunlight
Poppa: But it don't shine at night.
All: Nuclear fission
Leaves a nasty emission.
Poppa: Soon the pistons will be humming
Steam will have a second coming
Woo-woo-woo!
All: We see light at the end of the tunnel
We see light at the end of the tunnel
Just dig a hole and haul out the coal
We see light at the end of the tunnel
We see light at the end of the tunnel
So let the water boil - goodbye to oil
At the end of the tunnel there's a light.
We see light at the end of the tunnel (we see the light)
We see light at the end of the tunnel (we see the light)
When the Angel Gabriel blows his magic toot
We see light at the end of the tunnel (we see the light)
We see light at the end of the tunnel (we see the light)
We see the distant gleam that tells you it's steam
At the end of the tunnel there's a light
Starlight!

German Lyrics Edit

Poppa: Diesel nimmt dir deinen Glauben!
Electrizität schaff es nie!
Dampf allein' hat Kräfte, die uns jetzt vorwärts zieh'n.
Es gibt ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Es gibt ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Ist man im Tunnel drin, dann sieht man es nicht,
jedoch am Ende des Tunnels scheint ein Licht.
All: Es gibt ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Es gibt ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Ist man im Tunnel drin, dann sieht man es nicht,
jedoch am Ende des Tunnels scheint ein Licht.
Poppa: Es entdeckte James Watt den Dampf im Pott,
Der Schotte war ganz platt, dass Dampf Kraft hat,
denn in der Tat bringt Dampf in Fahrt,
mit Dampf kann man sehr viel bewegen.
Er bewegt das Land -
All: kann bewegen.
Poppa: Bringt jeden Zug in Fahrt -
All: Ratatata, Ratatata.
Poppa: Sein Rhythmus tut uns gut -
All: Shoo Shoo Shoo.
Poppa: Und er hat genug Kraft für das -
All: Wowoo.
Er sah das Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnel.
Er sah das Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnel.
Poppa: Denn dank James Watt bringt Dampf in Fahrt.
All: Er sah das Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnel.
Er sah das Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnel.
Ist man im Tunnel drin, dann sieht man es nicht,
jedoch am Ende des Tunnels scheint ein Licht.
Poppa: Es kommt eine Zeit großer Dunkelheit,
wenn das Öl versieht - wo es nichts mehr gibt!
All: Es gibt Sonnenenergie -
Poppa: doch nachts gibt es sie nie!
All: Atomenergie -
Poppa: wollen wir nie!
Lass den Kolben nicht verstummen,
Dampf wird schließlich wieder kommen!
All: Wir sehen ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Wir sehen ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Drum grabt ein Loch und holt Kohle raus.
Wir sehen ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Wir sehen ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Das Wasser gibt uns kraft, wir haben's geschafft,
ganz am Ende des Tunnels schein ein Licht.
Wir sehen ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Wir sehen ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Wenn der Engel Gabriel uns ein Zeichen gibt,
seh'n wir das Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Wir sehen ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels.
Wir sehen den hellen Schein, der Dampf muss es sein,
denn ein Licht scheint uns in der Dunkelheit:
Starlight!

Video Edit

Light at the End of the Tunnel Broadway04:45

Light at the End of the Tunnel Broadway

Broadway production, Light at the End of the Tunnel promo footage

Light at the End of the Tunnel - Starlight Express London02:40

Light at the End of the Tunnel - Starlight Express London

London 1992, Royal Command performance

Starlight Express - Pebble Mill London 1995-9615:08

Starlight Express - Pebble Mill London 1995-96

London cast TV appearance 1995-96

Ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels, 199502:19

Ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels, 1995

Bochum Cast 1995

Gallery Edit

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