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"Poppa's Blues" is Poppa's introduction.  The lyrics of the song bear little relation to the plot, however, they give us insight into Poppa's character and sense of humour.  The song is also an entertaining pastiche of "Blues", and was written well before the conception of "Starlight Express".

ContextEdit

Following the events of the first Race, we are taken to a completely different scene, at a different pace. Old Poppa, a steam engine we've not yet met, is singing the Blues, hanging out with the Freight cars. The Rockies dance along, and practice their break-dancing tricks, Dustin listens with rapt attention, Flat-Top mooches around.

The scene is set for this being a very different location and mood to previous, by the use of set and lighting. Often Poppa has a set piece to sit on, an old buffer surrounded by corrugated iron and gravel. In both the original London and Bochum productions, the Bridge flies in low, framing the action in a much smaller space.

VideoEdit

Papas Blues, 201402:48

Papas Blues, 2014

LyricsEdit

ROCKY I Hey, Poppa's gonna sing!
FLAT-TOP That stuff is so out of date.
ROCKY I Cool it man. Poppa's gonna sing!
ROCKIES Poppa don't sing often, but he do sing mean.
POPPA Oh the first line of the blues is always sung a second time (oh yeah?)
First line of the blues is always sung a second time (kinda smooth!)
So by the time you get to the third line you've had time to think up a rhyme.
Oh there ain't no law that says the third line has to be different at all.
No, no, there ain't no law that says the third line has to be different at all.
No there ain't no law that says the third line has to be different at all.
Never borrow a mouth organ - not even from your best friend.
No, no, no, never borrow a mouth organ - not even from your best friend.
'Cos you may survive the blowing, but the sucking's gonna get you in the end. Oh yeah!

German LyricsEdit

Hoppers: Hier kommt Papa und Papa will singen!
Papa singt nicht oft, aber er sing echt stark
Poppa: Die erste Zeile im Blues muss immer wie die zweite sein.
Die erste Zeile im Blues muss immer wie die zweite sein.
Denn bis zur dritten fällt dir gewiss ein, was am besten passt, als Reim.
Es gibt kein Gesetz, das sagt:
die dritte Zeile muss ganz anders sein.
Es gibt kein Gesetz, das sagt:
die dritte Zeile muss ganz anders sein.
Es gibt kein Gesetz, das sagt:
die dritte Zeile muss ganz anders sein.
Leih' dir bloß keine Mundorgel,
nicht einmal von einem Freund.
Leih' dir bloß keine Mundorgel,
nicht einmal von einem Freund.
Denn du überlebst das Blasen,
doch am Ende wirst du der Verlierer sein.

GalleryEdit

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