FANDOM


"Wide Smile, High Style/C.B." (Mein Spiel in German) is Caboose's big reveal of his evil nature and plans to wreak havoc.  This is the major plot twist in the story. This song is also Caboose's showcase, where he demonstrates his skating skill as well as vocal, and acting ability to convey his sudden change in character.

ContextEdit

Aus Caboose Wide Smile
Initially, Caboose hails Greaseball and his Gang, and promises him he's going to wipe out Rusty.  Greaseball threatens him "Remember whose side you're on" as he leaves.  Caboose assures him "I'm on yours", while Electra and components roll in.  Caboose then promises Electra he plans to wipe out Greaseball, and tells him about his career wrecking trains.  It is apparent Caboose is either evil, or insane, or both.  Either way, he is not to be trusted. 

This number underwent little in the way of changes between the first (London) and second (Broadway) productions, beyond lyric changes as Caboose was no longer known as "CB the Red Caboose", but "Red Caboose" or simply "Caboose". It also gained the introduction with Caboose referencing many modern cultural icons such as "ET" and "Donald Duck". For the fast-paced Las Vegas show, the dialogue introduction for the number was kept as a vital plot point, but the actual song was cut. This edit was kept for the 2003 US Tour, the UK Tours and was introduced in Germany as well. However the German production has since partially re-instated the actual song, with Electra and Components coming onstage during the number without introductory dialogue.

As Caboose was cut entirely in the London revamp, this entire scene was simply removed, with the Uphill Final beginning after Purse leads Dinah away.

Lyrics Edit

1984 Original London LyricsEdit

CB: Okay, I copy, read you.
I have you, spend three.
Greaseball: Who You talking to? Who's that talking to you?
CB: It's Electra.
Greaseball: Oh yeah? Whatcha got goin' there?
CB: He gave me a call, I talk to them all.
Greaseball: Just remember who's side you are on.
CB: I'm on mine...
Electra: CB, you brought me all this way.
Okay, whatcha got to say?
CB: Couldn't say it over the air,
want you to know I'm gonna wipe out Rusty!
Electra: You?! The Red Caboose?!
CB: Hey! Shhhh!! Turn down the juice!
Just cause I smile all the time
don't mean I'm not into crime!
Components: Always at the back, I guess that you've
Got an awful lot to prove.
CB: Under the smiles, under the fun,
I'm public enemy number one!
Wide smile, high style, that's me
Out front, in back, C.B.
Wrong side of the track C.B.
See the news on your TV - Rail disaster
Ever wonder why was he getting faster?
Every time the Red Caboose takes a train
Seems to loose it's braking shoes
Can't explain
Components: Stop that train!
CB: Wide smile, high style, that's me
Out front, in back, C.B.
Wrong side of the track C.B.
Hiding at the back of the freight train, unsuspected
When they robbed the great train I collected
While the feds shake their heads I'm on the loose
There each time at the scene of the crime the Red Caboose
Components: Stop that train!
CB: Wide smile, high style, that's me
Out front, in back, C.B.
Wrong side of the track C.B.
The state police they don't suspect
I got old ninety seven wrecked
Interpol don't know that I
Crossed the bridge on the river Kwai
Seems like any train that takes me
Just doesn't get the brakes
Somebody go fetch a cop
Another train just failed to stop
Components: Brake that train!
CB: Wide smile, high style, that's me
Out front, in back, C.B.
Wrong side of the track C.B.
Ten four Smokey bear I could be anywhere
You know I'm to blame but you don't know my name
Wide smile, high style, that's me
Out front, in back, C.B.
Wrong side of the track C.B.
C.B. Hanging loose
C.B. The Red Caboose!

1987 Revised Broadway LyricsEdit

Caboose: Every hero that you trust
In the end they all go bust
Robin Hood kept all the money
Piglet poisoned Pooh-bear's honey
E.T. had no flying permit
Donald Duck has eaten Kermit
Bambi set the woods alight
And the Red Caboose is not Snow White!
Wide smile, high style, hang loose
Out front, in back, Red Caboose
See the news on your TV - Rail disaster
Ever wonder why was he getting faster?
Every time the Red Caboose takes a train
Seems to lose it's braking shoes
Can't explain
Components: Stop that train!
Caboose: Wide smile, high style, hang loose
Wrong side, wrong track, Red Caboose
Hiding at the back of the freight train,
Unsuspected
When they robbed the great train,
I collected
Let the feds shake their heads
It ain't no use
There each time at the scene of the crime
The Red Caboose!
Components: Stop that train!
Fair Play, no way, no truce
Out front, in back, Red Caboose
Wrong side, wrong track, Red Caboose
If the state police should sniff the truth
OK, I'll take the bit
Seems like any train that takes me
Just doesn't get the brakes
Components: Somebody go call a cop
Another train just failed to stop
Brake that train!
Caboose: Fair Play, no way, no truce
Out front, in back, Red Caboose
Can't trust anyone these days
Remember I can face both ways
I'm on my side
This red C will not divide!
Wide smile, high style, hang loose
Out front, in back, Red Caboose
Wrong side, wrong track, Red Caboose
Out front, hanging loose
That's me, the Red Caboose!

UK Tour Short VersionEdit

Caboose: Oh Greaseball!
Oh Greaseball, Excuse me a minute? Just a word?
Greaseball: Yeah, what is it?
Caboose: I want you to know that I'm going to ensure
Your position as champ is completely secure
Greaseball: I know I'm winning this race,
Stop grinning and cut to the chase!
Caboose: The steam train's fast, we haven't seen it yet
But that rusty little engine could turn out to be a threat!
Greaseball: I'm listening, keep talking
Caboose: If he can't start, then he can't win
Let's wipe him out when the race begins!
Greaseball: Ohh, that's nasty....
I like it!
Caboose: I thought you would!
No more Mr. goody-good.
Electra: Red Caboose you brought me all this way,
OK what you got to say?
Caboose: I couldn't say over the air
Want you to know I'm gonna wipe out Rusty!
Electra: You? The Red Caboose?
Caboose: Hey! turn down the juice!
Just cos I smile all the time
Don't mean I'm not into crime
Being good just makes me mad
This little truck is oh so bad!

Original German LyricsEdit

Greaseball: Hey, Caboose, du rufst mich?
Was willst du denn von mir?
Caboose: Ich wollte dir sagen, ich helf' dir heut Nacht,
das Rennen wird ständig von mir überwacht,
ich bremse Rusty!
Gang: Was? Du Saubermann?
Greaseball: Lasst ihn, Jungs, der ist ganz schön link.
Wir wiss'n jetzt Bescheid, doch vergiss nicht,
für wen du dies Rennen mitmachen sollst!
Caboose: Nur für dich!
Electra: Red Caboose, du wolltest mich sehen?
Sag' schon, was ist denn gescheh'n?
Caboose: Electra! Ich bewundere dich sehr,
ich rief dich aus gutem Grund hier her.
Nur keine Sorge, du wirst siegen,
den ersten Platz im Rennen kriegen,
denn ich werde Greaseball bremsen!
Electra: Was? Du? Red Caboose? Hahaha
Caboose: Glaub' mir, ich tu's.
Wenn ich auch sehr freundlich bin,
hab' ich doch Betrug im Sinn!
Jeder Held, egal wie klug,
endet schließlich durch Betrug!
Components: Robin Hood?
Caboose: Behielt die Beute!
Components: Heidi?
Caboose: Ärgerte die Leute!
Components: E.T.
Caboose: Durfte gar nicht fliegen!
Components: Dagobert?
Caboose: Wollte Kermit kriegen!
Components: Bambi?
Caboose: Stiftet Brand im Wald!
Und Caboose macht nicht vor Bösem halt!
Mein Spiel, mein Stil, ich tu's!
Vorwärts, rückwärts, Red Caboose!
Wenn man in der Zeitung lies:
Zug entgleißt!
Fragt man sich, wie das geschieht,
keiner weiß, wenn der Zug mir nicht gefällt,
folg' ich ihm und wenn dann kein Bremsschuh hält -
ist er hin!
Components: Haltet ihn!
Caboose: Mein Spiel, mein Stil, ich tu's!
Irrtum, Irrweg, Red Caboose!
Überfall im Frachtzug - keiner sieht mich.
Wir fahren Nachtzug - sehr gefährlich!
Alle Welt sucht das Geld und findet's nicht.
Keiner glaubt, ich hätt's geraubt - sie irren sich!
Components: Haltet ihn!
Caboose: Fair play, okay, Trugschluss!
Vorwärts, rückwärts, Red Caboose!
Irrtum, Irrweg, Red Caboose!
Später sucht die Polizei den Grund,
warum der Zug entgleißt.
Scheint, dass kein Zug halten kann,
hängt an ihm der Bremswagon!
Components: Holt sofort die Polizei, schon wieder ist ein Zug entgleißt!
Bremst den Zug!
Caboose: Fair play, okay, Trugschluss!
Vorwärts, rückwärts, Red Caboose!
Irrtum, Irrweg, Red Caboose!
Man darf keinen Wagen trau'n,
die nach beiden Seiten schau'n,
ich trau' nur mir, weil ich damit nie verlier'.
Mein Spiel, mein Stil, ich tu's!
Vorwärts, rückwärts, Red Caboose!
Irrtum, Irrweg, Red Caboose!
Glaubt mir, ich tu's!
Ich Bin der Red Caboose!
Electra: Was du sagst erstaunt mich nicht,
aber wehe, wenn du dein Wort brichst!
Vergiss nicht, für wen du heut' kämpfst - HA!
Caboose: Nur für mich!

Shortened German LyricsEdit

Caboose: Greaseball! hahaha
Herr Greaseball, ich muss Ihnen 'was sagen!
Nur ganz kurz?
Greaseball: Na gut, was willst du?
Caboose: Ich kann dafür sorgen, dass Sie heute siegen
und von Anfang an vorne im Wettrennen liegen.
Greaseball: Das werd ich sowieso tun - klar?
Jetzt grins' nicht, was willst du denn nun?
Caboose: Die Dampflok ist schnell, das war bisher nicht klar,
doch dieser Haufen Schrott ist eine wirkliche Gefahr.
Greaseball: Ich höre, sprich weiter!
Caboose: Doch wer nicht fährt, kann auch nicht siegen,
ich bring' ihn dazu, aus der Bahn zu fliegen!
Greaseball: Uh
wie gemein!
Das mag ich!
Caboose: Jahahaha, das dacht' ich mir.
Greaseball: Plötzlich so böse? Was ist mit dir?
Caboose: Wenn ich auch sehr freundlich bin,
hab' ich doch Betrug im Sinn.
Die nette Bahn von nebenan ist eigentlich ein Dunkelmann!
Mein Spiel, mein Stil, ich tu's!
Vorwärts, rückwärts, Red Caboose!
Wenn man in der Zeitung lies:
Zug entgleißt!
Fragt man sich, wie das geschieht,
keiner weiß, wenn der Zug mir nicht gefällt,
folg' ich ihm und wenn dann kein Bremsschuh hält -
ist er hin!
Components: Haltet ihn!
Caboose: Fair play, okay, Trugschluss!
Vorwärts, rückwärts, Red Caboose!
Irrtum, Irrweg, Red Caboose!
Später sucht die Polizei den Grund,
warum der Zug entgleißt.
Scheint, dass kein Zug halten kann,
hängt an ihm der Bremswagon!
Components: Holt sofort die Polizei, schon wieder ist ein Zug entgleißt!
Bremst den Zug!
Caboose: Mein Spiel, mein Stil, ich tu's!
Vorwärts, rückwärts, Red Caboose!
Irrtum, Irrweg, Red Caboose!
Glaubt mir, ich tu's!
Ich bin der Red Caboose!
Electra: Was du sagst, erstaunt mich nicht,
aber wehe, wenn du dein Wort brichst!
Vergiss nicht, für wen du heut' kämpfst!
Caboose: Nur für mich!

VideosEdit

Starlight Express 1705:34

Starlight Express 17.CB

1984 London - AUDIO ONLY C.B. 3:15min- post-race dialogue, Michael Staniforth

Starlight Express BROADWAY 1989 - Wide Smile, High Style04:20

Starlight Express BROADWAY 1989 - Wide Smile, High Style

Broadway 1989 - Wide Smile, Todd Lester

Starlight Express - National Tour 199003:28

Starlight Express - National Tour 1990

1990 1st US Tour - Wide Smile

Wide Smile ~ Starlight Express Japan Australia Tour02:30

Wide Smile ~ Starlight Express Japan Australia Tour

1897 Japan/Australia Tour - AUDIO ONLY Wide Smile, Peter Rees

Gallery Edit

London

Bochum

Others

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.