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"Only You" is one version of the duet sung between Rusty and Pearl. The song referred to in this article is the second version to use the title, separate from the 1984 London version. This full song version of "Only You" is often referred to by the German title "Du Allein" to disambiguate it from the reprise version in the original production.

Context

During the final race, Pearl is racing with Greaseball, but injured by Electra in the fighting. Greaseball dangerously disconnects her at high speed, and she falls out of control. Rusty spends precious moments of race time to catch her, and once she is safe, he races off. Pearl is left alone, injured, reflecting on her foolish mistakes. Meanwhile, Rusty has gone on to win the race, but rather than celebrate his victory he leaves to find Pearl.

Pearl has been sitting alone, singing that she now realises it was Rusty she was looking for all along, but now it might be too late. Rusty finds her, tells her that she didn't make him lose - he won the race, and they realise their love for each other.

The duet version of "Only You" was introduced for Broadway (1987), and subsequently used in 1987 Japan/Australia Tour, Bochum (1988), 1989 US Tour, and 1990 Japan Tour. The song was used in London between about 1988 and 1992, but replaced by Next Time You Fall In Love in the revamp, and in subsequent productions.

The German production replaced "Du Allein" with "Allein in Licht der Sterne" in 2002, however they kept using a reprise of this duet at the start of the finale for a number of years, despite the different love song.

Melody

The melody is immediately apparent as a reprise of The Starlight Express's melody in the Starlight Sequence, when he appears to Rusty and shows him his courage and confidence. Similarly this song has themes of Rusty and Pearl discovering their true feelings for each other. This duet version of the song removes the mid-section from Only He which includes downwards octave leaps and the modulation, simplifying the structure and shortening the song. Rather than being a show-stopping solo for Pearl to belt, this song is very suitable for the situation, being reflective and sweet.

Video

Greg Mowry & Reva Rice singing "Only You" on Broadway in Starlight Express04:20

Greg Mowry & Reva Rice singing "Only You" on Broadway in Starlight Express

Reva Rice as Pearl, Greg Mowry as Rusty, Broadway closing night 1989

Only You Starlight Express Japan 198704:29

Only You Starlight Express Japan 1987

Nikki Belsher as Pearl, Bobby Collins as Rusty, Japan/Australia Tour 1987


Lyrics

Pearl: Only You have to power to move me
And together we'll make the whole world move in sympathy
But I couldn't see before, that
Only You have the power to move me
Take me hold me mould me
Change me and improve me
It's not funny any more
There was I, wondering why
Every day disappeared into the distance
Now with you the light is shining through
You gave me life not just existence
Only You have the power to move me
And together we'll make the whole world move in sympathy
Only You have the power to move me
Rusty: Pearl, I had to find you! Are you alright?
Pearl: Rusty, I'm fine, but I made you lose the race!
Rusty: You didn't make me lose, you made me win!
Pearl: You won?
Rusty: We won! Come on!
Both: There was I wondering why
Every day disappeared into the distance
Now with you the light is shining through
You gave me life not just existence
Only You have the power to move me
And together we'll make the whole world move in sympathy
Pearl: brighten up the darkest sky (Rusty: brighten up the darkest sky)
Both: If Only You use the power to move me
Take me hold me mold me
Change me and improve me
We can make it happen you and I!

German Lyrics

Koffi Missah as Rusty, Pearl unknown in Bochum, 199102:38

Koffi Missah as Rusty, Pearl unknown in Bochum, 1991

Claudia Bradley (?) as Pearl, Koffi Missah as Rusty, Bochum 1991

"Du Allein" TV appearance Bochum 1990s03:34

"Du Allein" TV appearance Bochum 1990s

Clarissa Grace as Pearl, Ralf Schaedler as Rusty, Bochum

Pearl: Oh Rusty...
Du allein' gibst mir Kraft zu leben.
Und die Welt ist wunderschön, wenn wir zusammen sind.
Nie zuvor war mir so klar:
nur du allein' gibst mir Kraft zu leben.
Nimm mich, halt' mich, führ' mich, spür' mich und versteh' mich,
denn ich weiß es jetzt genau, ganz genau:
hier bin ich, suche dich,
jeder Tag ohne dich ist ohne Hoffnung.
Doch mit dir wird's endlich hell in mir,
du bist das Licht meinem Leben.
Du allein' gibst mir Kraft zu leben.
Und die Welt ist wunderschön, wenn wir zusammen sind,
du allein' kannst mein Leben bewegen.
Rusty: Pearl? Ich hab' dich gesucht, ist alles okay?
Pearl: Ich bin okay, aber meinetwegen hast du verloren!
Rusty: Das stimmt nicht, deinetwegen hab' ich gewonnen!
Pearl: Du hast gewonnen?
Rusty: Ich hab' gewonnen, komm!
Pearl: Hier bin ich -
Rusty: Hier bin ich
Pearl: suche dich -
Rusty: suche dich
Both: jeder Tag ohne dich war ohne Hoffnung.
Doch mit dir wird's endlich hell in mir,
du bist das Licht in meinem Leben.
Du allein' gibst mir Kraft zu leben.
Und die Welt ist wunderschön, wenn wir zusammen sind.
Pearl: Selbst die Nacht ist für mich hell -
Rusty: selbst die Nacht ist für mich hell!
Both: Nur du allein' gibst mir Kraft zu leben.
Nimm mich, halt' mich, führ' mich, spür' mich und versteh' mich
und wir werden's schaffen, wir allein'!

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