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Prima Donna Chords

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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...

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