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ANDRE: Your public needs you! FIRMIN: We need you, too! CARLOTTA: Would you not rather have your precious little ingenue? ANDRE/FIRMIN: C Signora, no! The world wants you! Prima donna, first lady of the stage! Am G Your devotees are on their knees to im-plore you! ANDRE: Dm G F Em Am Can you bow out when they're shouting your name? FIRMIN: F C/E Bb7 G Think of how they all a-dore you! BOTH: C Prima donna, enchant us once again! ANDRE: Think of your muse FIRMIN: C7 F And of the queues round the theatre! BOTH WITH PIANGI: Dm G F Em7 Am Can you de-ny us the tri-umph in store? Dm G7 C7 Sing, prima donna, once more! RAOUL: C7 F Chris-tine spoke of an angel... CARLOTTA: F Prima donna, your so-ong shall live again (ANDRE/FIRMIN: F Think of your public!) CARLOTTA: F Dm C You took a snub but there's a public who needs you! [GIRY: Dm C We have heard the voice of the angel] (ANDRE/FIRMIN: C Gm Those who hear your voice liken you to an angel!) CARLOTTA: Gm C Am7 Dm Think of their cry of un-dying sup-port! (ANDRE: Bb We get our opera FIRMIN: F/A She gets her limelight!) CARLOTTA: Bb F/A Eb7 C7 Follow where the lime-light leads you! (ANDRE/FIRMIN: C7 F Leading ladies are a trial!) CARLOTTA: F Prima donna, your song shall never die! (PIANGI: F When she sings we see heaven) CARLOTTA: F7 Bb You'll sing a-gain, and to unending o-vation! (RAOUL: F7 Bb Orders! Warnings! Lunatic demands!) [ANDRE/FIRMIN: F7 Bb Gm7 Tears... Oaths... Lunatic demands are regular oc-currences!] CARLOTTA: Gm C Bb Am Dm Think how you'll shine in that final en-core! Gm C7 Fm Sing, prima donna, once more! RAOUL: Gm Surely, for her sake... (ANDRE/FIRMIN: Gm C7 Surely there'll be further scenes - worse than this!) [RAOUL: Fm Bb ...I must see these demands are rejected!] ANDRE/FIRMIN: Bb Who'd believe a diva happy to relieve a chorus girl, F Who's gone and slept with her pat-ron? Bb Raoul and his soubrette, entwined in love's duet! F7 Al-though he may demur, he must have been with her! (CARLOTTA Bb O, fortunata! F7 Non ancor Cm Abbandonata!) ANDRE/FIRMIN: Cm F7 You'd never get away with all this in a play, Dm7 Gm But if it's loudly sung and in a foreign tongue, Eb Bb/D Ab F It's just the sort of story audiences adore, in fact, a perfect opera! GIRY/MEG: Bb For (But) if his curse is on this opera... COMPANY: Bb Prima donna, the world is at your feet! Bb7 Eb A nation waits, and how it hates to be cheated! (song slows down) Cm F Eb Dm Cm Light up that stage with that age-old rap-port! (Strum rapidly and VERY loudly) F NC Sing, prima donna... (COMPANY takes a HUGE gulp of air, watch out for Carlotta's very high D notes.) Bb Edim B Edim NC ONCE MORE! (Curtain closes) Bb Bb/D Bb/F... Intro to another song.