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"No Comeback" was Electra's swan song for the first 4 years of the original London production.

Context

Humiliated and infuriated by losing the race, Electra swears he is leaving, never to return. To make sure there is no misunderstanding, he even says goodbye to the Nationals in their own languages.

History

"No Comeback" was performed for the first 4 years of the London production. It was excluded from the second production of Starlight Express, on Broadway, and all productions after that. In its place, Electra took part in "One Rock'n'Roll Too Many".

It was subsequently removed from the London production around 1988.

Despite the song being removed, a fragment of the melody – "Clear my track" – remains in the show in 3 places:

  1. In "Laughing Stock", sung by Electra and Pearl
  2. In the build-ups to Heats One and Two, added as part of the 30th anniversary revisions
  3. In the Downhill Final, as Electra and Components' music

Lyrics

Electra Components L84 50
Clear my track you had your chance now
I'll find another line, no comeback!
Losing's not my style so I can't show my face now
Find another place now, didn't win so I'll go
Don't try to persuade me, losing always wrecks it
This is my last exit - stand by to fade me!
No comeback this is the last time
We never meet again, no comeback
No comeback this is the last time
We never meet again, no comeback
No come, no come, no come, no come,
No comeback! No comeback!
No come, no come, no come, no come,
No comeback! No comeback!
Adieu, mon ami
Addio, mia carra
Auf Wiedersehen, meine liebe
Sayonara...
EAT MY DUST!
No comeback this is the last time
We never meet again, no comeback
No comeback this is the last time
We never meet again, no comeback!

1985-1988 Outro (as heard in a 1988 bootleg)

Electra: No comeback this is the last time
We never meet again, no comeback
No comeback, this is the last time
We never meet again,
Ensemble: Don't come back!
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