Starlight Express the Musical Wiki
Advertisement

"I Was Robbed" is the scene immediately following the Uphill Final, in which Rusty is strongly discouraged from thinking of racing again. Later versions of the show use a musical cue entitled "Terrorising Rusty" for this scene.

Context

Rusty has just lost the race; however through cheating, not any fault of his own. He complains to the Marshals but they aren't interested in his side of the story. The melody used is "Call Me Rusty" for Rusty's complaint.

History

The original production told the story that Rusty, angry at CB cheating, confronted him and Greaseball. Pearl, as Greaseball's race partner at this point, is dragged into the situation. CB taunts Rusty and leaves him behind, having lost a second race, and although the Final will be re-run since it drew as a dead heat, it is only Greaseball and Electra who will be racing.

In the Broadway production, Caboose caused a wreck that caused the race to be cancelled. Greaseball, Electra and Caboose openly discuss the success of their plan, clueing Pearl into the fact they're cheating.  She goes to tell the Marshalls, but the Engines point out she's complicit in the plot.  They leave Rusty with Caboose, who taunts him "You're no Engine!".

Terrorising Rusty

In the later London show – in which Caboose does not appear – Greaseball set his Gang on Rusty to beat him up. This scene is set to the "Wide Smile" melody and is usually referred to in the score as 'Terrorising Rusty'.

The gang kick and punch Rusty, and end with ramming him head-first into the Bridge. At this point, Greaseball and Pearl return, and seeing beaten-up Rusty makes Pearl realise how serious the situation is. She is dragged away by Greaseball, followed by the Gang. Flat-Top has been hanging out at the back of the gang, he was given Rusty's helmet to hold during the beating. He hangs back, and returns it to Rusty, to check up on him. But Flat-Top hurries away before anyone notices him missing.

The 2003 US Tour did not have an First Run of the Final; instead the three racers and their partners began fighting while at the start line. Rusty was the victim of this violence, and Pearl went to his aid, angering Greaseball. He took her away, and the Gang and Caboose beat up Rusty further, apparently for fun. However Control intervenes, and shoos away the bullies. Flat-Top again lingers to return Rusty's helmet.

The UK Tour used essentially the later London version of this scene, despite the presence of Caboose. Rather than the Gang singing a coherent taunt, they simply speak odd lines as they hit Rusty. Caboose manically laughs in the background.

The German production originally used the same plot driven narrative as the Broadway version, but in later years imported the UK Tour (late London) version. Greaseball, Electra and Components all blame Rusty for the crash (it is not clear who they are addressing, the London version included Race Marshals), and Greaseball orders the Gang to beat up Rusty as Caboose laughs. Pearl and Greaseball then return, and she sees that Rusty has been damaged badly. Then Caboose gets his solo to tell Rusty "Kannst kann Zug Sein". After the apparently insane Caboose leaves, Flat-Top lurks to return Rusty's helmet. Therefore the German show uses both alternate versions of the scene consecutively: Rusty damaged both by Caboose in the race, and beaten up by the Gang; he is both abandoned by Caboose, and checked in on by Flat-top.

Lyrics

Original London Lyrics

CONTROL: Re-run in 15 minutes!
RUSTY: I was robbed, it wasn't fair!
GREASEBALL: Look boy, you lost!
RUSTY: That CB he never took off the brakes
CB: Who, me?
RUSTY: Bet he did it for the other two's sakes
GREASEBALL: So what?
ELECTRA: Still don't get you anywhere
CB: That's how it goes
GREASEBALL: Hey CB you did that good
CB: Wow, Greaseball, thanks!
Did it look like I was holding him back?
ELECTRA & GREASEBALL: No way!
ELECTRA: Looked like everything was totally slack
CB: Mind you-
After all these years it should!
GREASEBALL: No-one would know
PEARL: Hey hold on, don't tell me CB's the reason that
He went so slow?
GREASEBALL: Course he was, he had his orders sewn out,
You know
PEARL: I'll go tell the Marshal!
GREASEBALL: You're in it as well
They'll only suspend you if you ever tell
PEARL: This wasn't how I wanted it
This wasn't what I saw
Each time I try it seems that I
Get further from my vision than before!
RUSTY: You held me back!
CB: 10-4, good buddy!
Trust no-one on the track
RUSTY: That's the last time I race with you
CB: That's right, the re-run is for just those two
The two real engines
Big strong engines
Call yourself an Engine?
You're no Engine!
10, 10, never again,
You're no Engine!
10, 7, gone to heaven
You're no Engine!

Broadway Lyrics

RUSTY: Clear my track, that was cheating!
ELECTRA: Face it boy, you lost
RUSTY: I was Robbed!
GREASEBALL: Hey, Caboose, you did that good
CABOOSE: Wow, Greaseball, thanks!
Did it look like I was holding him back?
ELECTRA & GREASEBALL: No way
ELECTRA: Looking like everything was totally slack
CABOOSE: Well yeah,
After all these years it should
PEARL: Hey, hold on,
Don't tell me the Red Caboose set him up
For the wreck
GREASEBALL: Course he did, the brakes came off
And he hit the deck
PEARL: I'll go tell the Marshals
GREASEBALL: You're in it as well
They'll only suspend you if you ever tell
PEARL: This wasn't how I wanted it
This wasn't what I saw
Each time I try it seems that I
Get sadder but no wiser than before.
RUSTY: You held me back!
CABOOSE: I face both ways,
Like every wagon on the track
RUSTY: That's the last time
I race with you
CABOOSE: That's right,
The final is for just those two
The two real engines
Big strong engines
Call yourself an engine?
You're no engine
Ten ten never again
You're no engine
Ten seven, gone to heaven,
You're no engine!

1987 Japan/Australia Tour Programme Translation

The translation of the song lyrics featured in the 1987 programme. These lyrics were NOT what were sung live during the tour, which was sung in English

ラスティ (Japanese): オレの - 線路を - あけろだと - 笑わせるぜ RUSTY (English): Clear - my - track - you make me laugh
エレクトラ: わかったろ、お前の負けさ ELECTRA: You got it, you lost
ラスティ: やられちまった RUSTY: I got played
グリースボール: よおカフース、やるじゃねえか GREASEBALL: Hey Caboose, you're doing great!
レッド ・カブース: やあグリースボール、ありがとさん CABOOSE: Hey Greaseball, thanks!
俺が奴を引きとめてたのがわかったかい You see how I was holding him back?
エレクトラ

グリースボール:

わかるわけないさ ELECTRA + GREASEBALL: How could I have known?
エレクトラ: ひと休みかと思ったぜ ELECTRA: I thought he was taking a break
レッド ・カブース: この数年ずっとこうさ CABOOSE: I've been doing this for a few years now
パール: ちよっと待ってよ PEARL: Wait a minute!
まさか赤鼻のカブースが You don't mean to say it's the red-nosed Caboose
彼をポンコツにしたっていうんじゃないでしょうね I hope you don't mean he clobbered him
グリースボール: お察しの通り - ブレーキがイカれて GREASEBALL: As you can see - the brakes are out of order
奴はデッキをぶつけちまったのさ He must have hit the deck
パール: 係員に言ってやる PEARL: I'll tell the Marshal
グリースボール: お前も共犯さ GREASEBALL: You're an accomplice
告げ口したら出場停止になるだけさ You'll just get suspended if you tell on us
パール: こんな結果を望んじゃいなかったわ PEARL: I didn't want this outcome
こんなことになるなんて I didn't mean for it to come to this.
努力すればするほど The more I try
悲しいことが増えるばかり The sadder I get
ラスティ: キミが後ろに引っ張ったって? RUSTY: Did you pull me back?
レッド ・カブース: 俺はどっちにも進めるからな、貨車と同じさ CABOOSE: I can go either way, same as any freight car
ラスティ: もうキミとは組まないよ RUSTY: I'm not working with you anymore
レッド ・カブース: そうさ、今度は二人の勝負だ CABOOSE: Yeah, now it's a contest between the two of them.
2台の本物の機関車 Two real engines
大きくて強い機関車 Big, strong, engines
お前さん機関車のつもりかい? You think you're an engine?
機関車なんかじゃないさ You're not an engine
もう復帰はできないぜ You can't come back
お前さんは機関車なんかじゃない You're no engine
あの世行きさ You're going to the other side
機関車なんかじゃないんだぜ You're not an engine

Revised London Lyrics

GREASEBALL: Rusty did it, he caused the wreck
ELECTRA: Rusty did it, he caused the wreck
GANG: He did it, Rusty did it
He did it, Rusty did it
GREASEBALL: Shut it, I did it he was good, he was fast
Things looked bad, he could have got past
RUSTY: They said -
GANG: What do they say?
RUSTY: You said -
GREASEBALL: What did I say?
RUSTY: You told the Marshals I drove into you!
GREASEBALL: The Marshal's impartial, it has to be true!
Make sure it don't happen again
I'm sure I don't need to explain.
GANG: Hey kid, look what you did
You made the boss unhappy
So we're unhappy
Pull out of the race
Put a smile on his face
And make him happy
And make it snappy
RUSTY: I'm gonna race in the final
GANG: Now that's ungrateful
We try to be nice
We give you advice
It's really hateful
No gratitude
A bad attitude
You got no class
Pass the spanners
Let's teach him some manners
And kick some ass
Let's kick some ass!
PEARL: Rusty!
GREASEBALL: Looks like Rusty had a small "Accident", right?
Right!
PEARL: You did this?
GREASEBALL: He took me on and he lost the fight!
PEARL: I'll go tell the Marshal -
GREASEBALL: You're in it as well
They'll only suspend you if you ever tell
PEARL: This wasn't how I wanted it
This wasn't what I saw
Each time I try it seems that I
Sadder but no wiser than before

Las Vegas Lyrics

PEARL: Rusty!
GREASEBALL: Looks like Rusty had a small "Accident", right?
Right!
PEARL: You did this?
GREASEBALL: He took me on and he lost the fight!
PEARL: I'll go tell the Marshal -
GREASEBALL: You're in it as well
They'll only suspend you if you ever tell
PEARL: This wasn't how I wanted it
This wasn't what I saw
Each time I try it seems that I
Sadder but no wiser than before
GANG MEMBER: Gonna race again, steam train?
GANG: Should do!/Yeah right
GREASEBALL: Who can't do it like a steam train?
GANG MEMBER: He said nobody!
GANG: So he's nobody!
GREASEBALL: Bye-bye, nobody!
FLAT-TOP: Give it up Rusty
You'll never beat them
RUSTY: ??? they cheated me
When I tried to play fair
I complained, they treated me
Like I was not there
They leave me with nothing
Not even doubt,
??? help me
I'm down and I'm out

1997 Mexico + Translation

[1]

PERLA (Spanish): Ferro!! PEARL (English): Rusty!!
TURBO: Creo que Ferro tuvo... GREASEBALL: I think that Rusty had...
Un Accidente ¿verdad? An accident, right?
GANGS: Cierto!! GANG: Of course!
PERLA: Fue por ti PEARL: It was you
TURBO: El me reto, no logró ganar GREASEBALL: He challenged me, but did not win
PERLA: Yo voy a acusarte PEARL: I'm going to accuse you!
TURBO: Tu sabes que haran, estas implicada GREASEBALL: You know that you would be involved
Y te expulsaran And they would expel you
PERLA: Así no es lo que soñé PEARL: This isn't what I dreamed of
Ni lo que quise ver Nor what I wanted to see
Mi peor error, va de mal en peor My worst mistake, it goes from bad to worse
Estoy mas triste y tonta que ayer I'm sadder and dumber than yesterday
TURBO: ¿Vas a correr otra vez, tren de vapor? GREASEBALL: You going to race again, steam train?
GANGS: Si, como no GANG: Yeah right
TURBO: Sabes ya quien es el peor tren? GREASEBALL: Now do you know who is the worst train?
GANGS: Si lo sabe bien GANG: Yeah, he knows well
El peor tren es él He's the worst train
TURBO: Adiós don nadie... GREASEBALL: Good bye Nobody
CABÚS: Mejor rindete Ferro, nunca les vas a ganar CABOOSE: Good riddance Rusty, you'll never win it
FERRO: Yo trate de ser legal RUSTY: I tried to play fair,
No sirvio y perdí But it didn't help, and I lost
Es el fin This is the end,
No tengo ninguna luz pára mi There is no light for me
Yo soy un don nadie I am nobody,
Es lo que soy, It's all that I am
Estoy acabado y solo I'm finished and alone
Y sin fe. And without faith.

German Lyrics

RUSTY: Aus dem Weg, das war unfair!
Für dich ist es aus!
So'n Betrug!
GREASEBALL: Hey Caboose, du warst echt gut!
CABOOSE: Hey Greaseball, yeah!
Merkte man, dass ich es mit Absicht tat?
GREASEBALL: Niemals!
Sah' so aus, als käm er nicht recht in Fahrt
CABOOSE: Na klar! Schießlich war ich auf der Hut!
PEARL: Moment mal!
Red Caboose war Schuld daran,
Dass der Unfall geschah?
GREASEBALL: Ja er war's,
Er hat gebremst,
Warf ihn aus der Bahn.
PEARL: Ich sag' es dem Spielwart!
GREASEBALL: Lass' das lieber sein,
Du wirst mit bestraft,
Denn du warst auch dabei!
PEARL: Das ist gemein,
Das wusst' ich nicht,
Das hab' ich nicht gewollt.
Mir scheint, egal was ich auch tu',
Es kommt doch immer anders, als es soll.
GREASEBALL: Mach's gut, kleiner.
RUSTY: Das war Betrug!
CABOOSE: Hab' zwei Seiten,
Wie jeder and're Zug.
RUSTY: Ich werd' nie wieder mit dir fahr'n.
CABOOSE: Genau!
Jetzt sind die beiden and'ren dran,
Die wahren Züge, starken Züge,
Kannst doch nie ein Zug sein,
Kannst kein Zug sein.
Drei, vier, nicht mit mir,
Kannst kein Zug sein,
Sechs, sieben, du bleibst liegen,
Kannst kein Zug sein!
Ahahaha!

Revised German Lyrics

GREASEBALL: Das war Rusty, er ist 'dran Schuld.
ELECTRA: Das war Rusty, er ist 'dran Schuld.
COMPONENTS: Er war es, Rusty war es!
CABOOSE, FLAT-TOP, GANG: Er war es, Rusty war es!
GREASEBALL: Ich war's in Wahrheit, er holte auf,
Darum stoppte ich seinen Lauf.
RUSTY: Ihr sagt...
COMPONENTS, FLAT-TOP, CABOOSE, GANG: Was sagen wir?
RUSTY: Du hast...
GREASEBALL: Was habe ich?
RUSTY: Mir an dem Unfall die Schuld zugeschanzt.
GREASEBALL: Dein Pech, wenn du nicht besser aufpassen kannst!
Und nicht, dass das nochmal passiert,
Ich hoffe, du hast es kapiert!
ESPRESSO: Fährst du nochmal, Dampflok?
HASHAMOTO: Sag' schon!
BOBO: Keiner kann es besser, als die Dampflok!
TURNOV: Er sagt niemand.
ESPRESSO: Dann ist er niemand!
ALL: Mach's gut, niemand!
PEARL: Rusty!
GREASEBALL: Ich glaub' nicht, dass Rusty noch mitmachen kann.
PEARL: Du warst das!?
GREASEBALL: Man legt sich besser mit mir nicht an.
PEARL: Ich sag' es dem Spielwart!
GREASEBALL: Lass' das lieber sein,
Du wirst mit bestraft,
Denn du warst auch dabei!
PEARL: Das ist gemein,
Das wusst' ich nicht,
Das hab' ich nicht gewollt!
Mir scheint, egal was ich auch tu',
Es kommt doch immer anders, als es soll!
CABOOSE: Rusty!
RUSTY: Das war Betrug!
CABOOSE: Hab' zwei Seiten,
Wie jeder and're Zug.
RUSTY: Ich werd' nie wieder mit dir fahr'n.
CABOOSE: Genau!
Jetzt sind die beiden andern dran,
Die wahren Züge, starken Züge,
Kannst doch nie ein Zug sein,
Kannst kein Zug sein.
Drei, vier, nicht mit mir,
Kannst kein Zug sein,
Sechs, sieben, du bleibst liegen,
Kannst kein Zug sein!
Ahahaha!
FLAT-TOP: Bist du okay, Rusty?
Gib' auf! Du wirst sie nie schlagen!

Gallery

Advertisement