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Greaseball and his Gang open the show in this pounding Rock number.

Context

In the original London production, the heavy rock beat crashed over the sweeping orchestration of the Overture. In Broadway and later productions, Greaseball appears as the last and most important of the National Engines.

Greaseball appears accompanied by his Gang, and in versions where the overture is omitted in favour of Entry of the Nationals, also by the National Engines. The Engines sing an anthem to how great it is to be a powerful engine.

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In Bochum Greaseball and his Gang (played by the Nationals, Freight and male Components in different costumes) enter into the dark stage. The Gang comes in two lines from the lit centre entrance, looking very intimidating in their mainly black costumes and large helmets. Greaseball enters from the top, rolling down the middle of the stage directly towards the first row. Sometimes he wears Sunglasses, that he takes off in dramatic slow motion.

Video

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Lyrics

Original London version. Later productions only vary slightly in arrangement.

Greaseball I'm just the fastest thing you'll ever see.
That streak of lightning you just missed was me.
All Don't stop now - you gotta keep it going all night.
Rolling Stock! Rolling Stock!
Greaseball You got no lovers if you got no wheels.
All Come on and heat me up the way you do
And I can keep it going longer than you
Don't stop now, you gotta keep it going all night
Greaseball Don't try to show you can go faster than me.
This is my back view and it's all you'll see.
All Don't stop now - we gotta keep it going all night.
Rolling Stock! We're Rolling Stock!
Rolling Stock! We're Rolling Stock!
(instrumental break)
Greaseball So get the motion in your wheels somehow.
The racing action's starting here and now.
All Don't stop now - you gotta keep it all night.
Greaseball Deep down inside you know that I am the best
So come on, baby, put me to the test
All Don't stop now, you gotta keep it going all night!
Rolling Stock! We're Rolling Stock!

German Lyrics

Greaseball and Gang Ich bin der Schnellste, den es jemals gab,
denn wie der Blitz fahr' ich bergauf, bergab,
ich mach' mit und keiner kann mich bremsen - heut' Nacht!
Rolling Stock, Rolling Stock
Greaseball Und wer nicht rollt, erlebt nie das Gefühl.
Gang Rolling Stock, Rolling Stock
Greaseball Und in der Liebe kommt er nie ans Ziel.
Greaseball Komm heiz mir ein und dann bring mich in Fahrt
und du wirst sehen, welche Zugkraft ich hab.
Ich mach' mit und keiner kann mich bremsen - heut' Nacht!
Und wenn du glaubst, du bist noch schneller als ich,
dann zeigt mein Rücklicht dir: du bist es nicht!
Gang Ich mach' mit und keiner kann mich bremsen - heut' Nacht!
Rolling Stock, der Rolling Stock
Rolling Stock, der Rolling Stock
(instrumental break)
All Kommt macht euch auf die Räder für den Start,
weil der Moment des großen Rennens naht,
ich mach' mit und keiner kann mich bremsen - heut' Nacht!
Rolling Stock, der Rolling Stock
Rolling Stock, der Rolling Stock
Rolling Stock, der Rolling Stock - HUH!

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