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"Next Time You Fall In Love" is one of the 11th hour duets between Rusty and Pearl.

Context

During the violence of the final race, Pearl has been injured by Electra, and disconnected at speed by Greaseball, risking her life. Only Rusty, turning away from the race to save her, has shown he cares. Left alone and injured, Pearl reflects on her actions. Unknown to her, Rusty has won the race, but immediately left the finish line celebrations to come find her.

Rusty finds Pearl, tells her he won the race, and they realise their love for each other.

This song was introduced to the London production in the major revamp in 1992 to replace Only You, and subsequently used in the 1993 Las Vegas production, 1997 On Ice production, and translated into German as "Allein im licht der Sterne" in 2002, used until 2008. Subsequent productions have used an arrangement of the original number Only He.

Melody

The melody for "Next Time" is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's more famous pieces of recycling, as it is also well known as the melody of "The Ballad of Billy Macaw" from Cats, which was in turn a re-working of the melody from an earlier work. Its first incarnation in Starlight Express was as They're Out To Get You, with lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. However these character-accurate but unromantic lyrics were replaced by the work of Don Black, with sweet and generic love song sentiments that do not apply particularly closely to the situation of these characters.

While Don Black's lyrics are romantic and pleasant, they do not hold up well to scrutiny in the context of the show. "We touched the Starlight"? Rusty had no faith in the Starlight Express until long after his embryonic relationship with Pearl had been broken by her choosing to race with first Electra, then Greaseball. Rusty never gave up on Pearl, he made no effort to "End a dream", whereas Pearl seemed to value her friendship with Rusty very lightly at the beginning of the show, far more casually than "the way it used to be", and definitely not having fallen in love.

An interesting note is that the dialogue between Rusty and Pearl midway through the 11th hour duet was omitted in this song. This created some confusion, as Pearl would not have known that Rusty had won the race, as she ran away after she was rescued, and yet she acts as if she already knew that Rusty had won.

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Next Time You Fall in Love - Clarissa Grace Franklyn Warfield US Tour 2003

Clarissa Grace as Pearl, Franklyn Warfield as Rusty, US Tour 2003

Lyrics

Original 1992 London Lyrics

PEARL: I'm guess I'm not too good
At keeping love alive for long
I think I've found the answers
But the answers always wrong
My first love was my true love
And it should have been my last
The only time I'm happy's
When I'm dreaming in the past
Next time you fall in love
It better be with me the way it used to be
Back then, was when
We touched the Starlight
Sometimes you turn away
From what your heart tells you is right,
And so you settle for whatever
Gets you through the night
The flame you thought was dead
May suddenly begin to burn
And broken hearts can be repaired,
That's something that you learn
Next time you fall in love
It better be with me the way it used to be
Back then, was when
We touched the Starlight
RUSTY: I've relived every moment
That I've ever shared with you
What fools we were to end a dream
That looked like coming true
Next time you fall in love
It better be with me the way it used to be
Back then, was when
We touched the Starlight
BOTH: Next time you fall in love
It better be with me the way it used to be
Back then, was when
We touched the Starlight
I guess I'm not too good
At keeping love alive for long
I think I've found the answers
But the answers always wrong
My first love was my true love
And it should have been my last
The only time I'm happy's
When I'm dreaming in the past
Next time you fall in love
It better be with me the way it used to be
Back then, was when
We touched the Starlight
Next time you fall in love
It better be with me the way it used to be
Back then, was when
We touched the Starlight

Bochum Lyrics

The German lyrics, while following the same basic theme, create fewer incongruities, with the refrain translating roughly to "us two, alone, beneath the Starlight". This is more poetic and clearly does not refer to Rusty's meeting the character of The Starlight Express.

PEARL: Für dauerhafte Liebe For lasting love
Hatte ich noch nie Talent, I never had talent,
Ich such' noch immer nach der Antwort, I'm still looking for the answer,
Die mein Herz nur kennt. That only my heart knows.
Was tust du wenn die erste Liebe What do you do when your first love
Gleich die Größte ist? Is the greatest?
Die einzige die du The only one that you
Trotz allen and're nie vergisst? Despite all others never forget?
Fragst du mich noch einmal, If you ask me again,
Dann sag' ich wieder ja, I will say yes again,
So wie es früher war: The way it used to be,
Wir zwei, allein, im Licht der Sterne. The two of us alone in the starlight.
Zu schnell verliert man oft den Mut, Too quick we often lose courage
Sobald etwas misslingt As soon as something fails
Und gibt sich dann mit dem zufrieden And then settle for whatever
Was der Zufall bringt. Comes by chance.
Jetzt steh' ich hier und mir wird klar: Now I'm standing here and I realise:
Mein größtes Glück warst du My greatest happiness was with you
Und in meiner Erinnerung, And in my memory
Da lächelst du mir zu. You smile at me.
Fragst du mich noch einmal, If you ask me again,
Dann sag' ich wieder ja, I will say yes again,
So wie es früher war: The way it used to be:
Wir zwei, allein, im Licht der Sterne. The two of us alone in the starlight.
RUSTY: Die Zeit die wir gemeinsam hatten, The time we had together
War so wunderbar. Was so wonderful,
Wann gaben wir den Traum auf, When did we give up the dream,
Der so schien, als würd' er wahr? That seemed to come true?
Fragst du mich noch einmal, If you ask me again,
Dann sag' ich wieder ja, I will say yes again,
So wie es früher war: The way it used to be:
Wir zwei, allein, im Licht der Sterne. The two of us alone in the starlight.
BOTH: Fragst du mich noch einmal, If you ask me again,
Dann sag' ich wieder ja, I will say yes again,
So wie es früher war: The way it used to be:
Wir zwei, allein, im Licht der Sterne. The two of us alone in the starlight.
Für dauerhafte Liebe For lasting love
Hatte ich noch nie Talent, I never had talent,
Ich such' noch immer nach der Antwort, I'm still looking for the answer,
Die mein Herz nur kennt. That only my heart knows.
Was tust du wenn die erste Liebe What do you do when your first love
Gleich die Größte ist? Is the greatest?
Die einzige die du The only one that you
Trotz allen and're nie vergisst? Despite all others never forget?
RUSTY: Fragst du mich noch einmal, If you ask me again,
Dann sag' ich wieder ja, I will say yes again,
So wie es früher war: The way it used to be:
PEARL: Wir zwei, allein, The two of us alone
BOTH: In der Sterne. In the starlight.
Fragst du mich noch einmal, If you ask me again,
Dann sag' ich wieder ja, I will say yes again,
So wie es früher war: The way it used to be:
Wir zwei, allein, im Licht der Sterne. The two of us alone in the starlight.
Im Licht der Sterne! In the starlight!

Videos

Next_Time_You_Fall_in_Love_-_Danni_KW_Jamie_Golding_German_TV_2003

Next Time You Fall in Love - Danni KW Jamie Golding German TV 2003

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