"Rusty, Why You Looking Sad?" is the short scene at the end of "Poppa's Blues", where a despondent Rusty turns up to explain why he's not in the race.


So far in the story, Rusty has failed to secure a race partner - his beloved Pearl chose to race with Electra instead of him. Disheartened and depressed, Rusty returns to the Freight yard where Poppa has been singing the Blues. Poppa asks him what's wrong, and in the original version, suggests Rusty should race with Belle in Race: Heat Two.

Later versions of the show, without Belle, merge this scene, along with "Starlight Express Intro" which came after Belle's Song, and "Boy, Boy, Boy" which occurred after Heat two, into one short scene to cover the plot point of Poppa taking part in the race.

Musically, the Original London section of this scene uses the "Call Me Rusty" melody. The Starlight Express Intro obviously incorporates the title song melody, and the "Boy Boy Boy" section relates to the Race music, and quotes "Light at the End of the Tunnel".


Original London

Poppa: Rusty why you looking sad?
Rusty: I got no hope
Poppa: What you mean? I taught you all that I know
Rusty: I know
Poppa: You'll surprise them when it's your turn to go
Rusty: No sir.
I lost the coach I thought I had.
Poppa: What, Pearl?
Rusty: Yeah, Pearl.
I went and asked her for a race.
Poppa: She wouldn't play?
Rusty: And the rest said no, I knew that they would.
Poppa: Oh no.
We can find another!
Freight: Yes sir we could!
Rusty: No way.
Poppa, listen it's too late.
Poppa: Rusty, you ain't got no faith.
I am a steamer, I was a champion once!
You like the rest, you just blind.
Rusty: No no, I see good, I see without no coach
I got no chance in the race.
Poppa: Look behind you, what do you see?
Rusty: Nothing but an old sleeping car.
Poppa: You got an alarm bell?
Rusty: I do
Poppa: Then Ring it boy (ring that bell!)
Rusty: I can't pull that?
It's peeling, and, well, old.
(into Belle's Song)

Revised, Merged Version

Poppa: Rusty why you looking sad?
Rusty: I got no hope
Pearl decided she's not racing with me
Poppa: So, take Rocky with you!
Rockies: Why not take three?
Poppa: Maybe Flat-top would be good
Rusty: No, Poppa, No!
For all the chance I got, I might as well take Dustin!
Jeez I'm sorry Dustin, but you could lose a few pounds huh?
(Starlight Express Intro)
Poppa: Rusty, you ain't got no faith.
I am a steamer, I was a champion once!
You like the rest, you just blind.
Rusty: No no I see good, there ain't no power in steam no more!
Electricity is faster now.
Poppa: NO!
Let me hear you say STEAM!
Rusty: (steam)
Poppa: Let me hear you ALL say STEAM!
Freight: STEAM!
Flat-Top: Oil, oil, oil!!
Poppa: Oil? Is the work of the Diesel himself.
How many times have you found though you were firm on the ground,
Still the world around you sways?
You notice all that you got does not add up to a lot
And the way ahead's a maze?
You've used everything inside you
So maybe it's time to try to find a brand new power to shine a light
A light to brighten up your darkest hour?
Starlight Express hears your distress
He's there, all around
Starlight Express will answer you yes
He's waiting to be found.
Starlight Express hears your distress,
He's there all around,
Starlight Express will answer you yes, he's-
Five minutes to the second heat!
Racetime minus Five Minutes!
Racetime minus Five Minutes!
Poppa: Rusty?
Rusty: Not without Pearl!
(Boy Boy Boy)
Poppa: Who'll come with me? Who'll come with me?
Race behind me?
Freight: Poppa you're mad. Poppa you're mad!
Poppa: I'm gonna find me
Somebody to go with me, hey, come on Rocky!
Rocky 1: I can't I'm reserved, I got me a ride.
Poppa: Okay Flat-Top you'll do.
Flat-Top: No way, not with you!
Me? Go with a Steamer, all smelly and smokey?
All ancient and filthy, you got to be joking!
Dustin: I'll go with you. I'll go with you!
Poppa: I may be strong, son, but -
Dustin: Okay I know. I'll be too slow.
Poppa: Take too long, son.
Dustin: Oh Please, Poppa take me?
Rusty: No way it's all over, the race is full up, they'll blow you away.
There is no place for Steam on the railroad today!
Control: Control! Control!
Here is an announcement!
The British train has been scrapped!
Space for a late entry.
Space for a late entry...
Poppa: There's a light at the end of the tunnel
There's a light at the end of the tunnel!
Come on, Dustin!