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"The Rap: Hey You!" is the song that started Act 2 of the Original version of Starlight Express. The scene features the entire ensemble boasting and arguing about the races.


At the close of Act 1, Pearl has chosen to race with Electra rather than Rusty, Rusty lost the race against Electra and Pearl, Poppa incredibly won a race but is now too exhausted to continue; he nominated Rusty to take his place. Now, in The Rap, all the characters argue what should happen next. Eventually they conclude that, although Bobo came second to Poppa in their heat, Poppa has the right to nominate his replacement and Rusty should take his place. Caboose volunteers to partner with him, Pearl races with Greaseball and Electra takes an unwilling Dinah.


Original London Lyrics

ROCKIES: Hey you!
Who me?
Yes you, Race you!
Hey you! Who me?
Yes you, Race you!
Rusty's gonna race,
Rusty's gonna race,
Rusty's gonna race,
Rusty's gonna race,
Race in the final
Rusty's gonna race—
GREASEBALL: No he ain't, no he ain't,
BELLE: Who says?
GREASEBALL: I say, He ain't gonna race.
BELLE: But Poppa won a place,
Poppa won a place,
Poppa won a place,
Poppa won a place,
A place in the final
Poppa can't take it,
He's half-dead,
Chosen Rusty to go instead!
BELLE & ROCKIES: Hey you, yes you.
Rusty can race you! Hey you, yes you,
Rusty can race you!
DINAH: Yes let him race you,
GREASEBALL: Shut it Dinah!
DINAH: Let him race you in the final,
ASHLEY: Let him race, what harm can he do?
BUFFY: You know he's no match for you,
ALL: Let him race!
ELECTRA: No! No question,
Won't even listen to your suggestion
Pearl and me will never be seen
Racing against yesterday's machine.
COMPONENTS: Electra won't share a circuit with him,
Needs water and coal and still wears a chimney.
PEARL: Now that's not fair
What do you prove if he ain't there?
BELLE: Right!
ROCKIES: That's right!
GREASEBALL: That's true, Okay Pearl I'm with you!
PEARL: Hey you, yes you,
Rusty can race you!
ALL: Hey you, yes you,
Rusty can race you!
CB: Must be a steamer
Poppa was a steamer,
Rusty is a steamer,
He has a right.
ROCKY: Who'll go with him,
Can't take a heavy truck.
DUSTIN: Look what happened.
CB: I'll go, I'm light
DUSTIN: Why not? Leaving out steam trains isn't fair,
Steam trains ought to 'ave their share.
FLAT-TOP: No, I hate steam trains,
Don't look the same an' have different smoke,
Eat strange things, keep the rhythm going all night.
And some next door. Just a joke.
POPPA: Steam will beat you!
Steam will race you!
Hey you, yes you,
Rusty can race you!
ALL: Hey you, yes you,
Rusty can race you!
BOBO: No! I was second,
I should have won. I'm incredibly fast.
Nobody beats me, everybody beats him.
Where's the point? He'll only be last.
DINAH: He has a point there,
COACHES: Shut it Dinah!
[All argue]
BOBO: Will somebody listen to what I say?
Yes CB?
CB: You ought to take on Rusty and me,
If the French train runs and I'm not in it
Could go wrong at the last minute.
Trust me, I'll sort it out
Tell you later what it's all about.
GREASEBALL: Let him race against Pearl and me,
If he wants he can have CB,
You take Dinah.
TANK: That'll be good,
TANK, BELLE, and DUSTIN: That's how it's gonna be, understood?
DINAH: I don't wanna.
ALL: Shut it Dinah!
GREASEBALL: Electra, All this fuss you've made,
Don't tell me you're a little bit afraid?
COMPONENTS: Eleeeectraaaaa,
ELECTRA: Hey you!
RUSTY: Who me?
ELECTRA: Yes you, race you!
COMPONENTS: Hey you, yes you,
Electra's gonna race you,
Hey you, yes you…
ELECTRA: I'll erase you, you'll be the last,
The future's a duty to rub out the past!
ALL: Hey you, yes you,
Hey you, yes you,
Hey you, yes you,
Hey you, yes you,
Hey you, yes you
Hey you, yes you,
Race you--Race you!

Additional Bobo Verse

PEARL: Can he race you?
COACHES: Yes he should!
PEARL: In the race, he'll be good! Can he-
BOBO: Yeah! I say no!
Poppa and Rusty cannot go!
That old steam train will be too slow!
In the race, Rusty's out of steam!
But me-
ALL: Rusty's gonna race, Rusty's gonna race!
Rusty's gonna race, Rusty's gonna race!
Race in the final!